Month: June 2019

Drive Manual vs Automatic Transmissions

Automatic Transmission Pros and Cons

In general, cars with automatic transmissions are easier to drive and preferred by some for this reason. Automatic’s still shift gears like a manual, but it is involuntary, so you do not have to focus on controlling several things yourself while driving. It can also be safer because you can keep both hands on the wheel. The automatic vehicle has a clutch, but the clutch pedal and torque converter separate the transmission from the engine automatically.

Some negative aspects to this kind of transmission is that it is not as fuel efficient. That torque converter and the hydraulic pump working together cause the car to lose power and lowers efficiency. These cars also take automatic transmission fluid, which has to be changed more often than a manual. This kind of fluid can deteriorate quicker over time. Another con to automatic’s is that the vehicle may require more repair costs because of the gear box and complexity of the transmissions used while driving.

Manual Transmission Pros and Cons

There are several reasons to drive a manual transmission car, as well as adverse things to consider.Manual vehicles are driven with a clutch pedal and stick shift to change gears yourself. These cars tend to be cheaper in general for repairs because problems are less likely and they are less complex making them easier for mechanics to work on. Manual vehicles also take gear or engine oil, which has to be changed less frequently than its automatic counterpart. Also, these cars are much more fuel efficient because they don’t use as much power while driving.

While manual cars are easier to control, some cons to consider are how much harder they can be to learn to drive at first. When you are driving, you shift gears based on the speed of the vehicle. This is done by depressing the clutch pedal, however, it is disengaging that pedal that can prove to be difficult. If not done correctly, it can make the car jump-start and may even cause it to stall out. It takes time to learn how to drive a manual so that you start out smooth and transition between gears smoothly. Since all of this is required while on the road, you have to take your hand off the wheel and concentrate more on shifting, sometimes proving to be distracting.

Manual vs. Automatic Driving in the Snow

While there are several pros and cons to consider when deciding between an automatic transmission or manual transmission vehicle, there are certain things to consider while driving on snow and ice. With both, you will always want to keep your distance to bring your vehicle to a complete stop avoiding sliding regardless if you are down shifting yourself or simply stepping on the brake. Driving a stick shift can be easier in the snow because you are controlling the gears yourself. With a manual, the car is in more control so ease up on the gas if you are slipping on ice so your wheels can gain traction.

If you are driving on a hill, there are several things to keep in mind. Make sure you are pushing on the brakes as little as possible whether you are going downhill or uphill. When you’re about to drive uphill, speed up so you do not have to hit the gas as much causing the wheels to spin. If going downhill, slow down before the hill so you can coast as much as possible. You want to do your best to drive as smoothly as possible with steering, accelerating, as well as using the brakes as little as you can. With an automatic transmission, an automatic gearbox can help with decelerating just as a manual would do;while declutching.

Peak Power Inverter

You do not want to be caught off guard and without power once a storm hits in your area as this will cause you a great amount of stress. There are several option for you to consider in order to be prepared in a case of an emergency.

Do you recall the last time you were without power and much of your precious food spoiled or someone caught a cold and worse yet, there was a freeze-up and you had no way to get heat into your home?

There are several options for you to be prepared. You may either purchase a generator or a Peak Power Inverter that you may plug into a vehicle battery. You would plug an extension cord that is attached to the battery of your vehicle into the Inverter.

With this Power Inverter you may then plug your refrigerator, a small appliance, some lights, a portable heater, a sump pump or such items into the Inverter. You should not plug all of these items in at the same time as this will overheat the Inverter and cause a power failure.

Tips to run a Power Inverter Safely!

  1. Read the manual and follow the directions
  2. Have extra gasoline stored in a dry cool place away from heat or sparks
  3. Make sure your vehicle is parked at least 15 feet away from your home with the exhaust facing away from your home as this could cause carbon-monoxide poisoning
  4. Use undamaged extension cords to run from the vehicle to the Power Inverter
  5. Do not run the Inverter cable to the cigarette lighter adapter or AC power source because it is not strong enough,
  6. Plug the Power Inverter cable to the battery terminals of the vehicle
  7. Keep the Inverter far from the vehicle engine in a cool dry place, because of gas fumes which could cause a fire.

Alloy Wheel Repair

The staging area at the repair facility.To capitalize on this trend, manufacturers have begun to change their styling to appeal to consumer demand for larger and flashier wheels, equipping even everyday vehicles like SUVs, compact cars, vans and motorcycles with larger-diameter alloy wheels.

While they look great, alloy wheels present a problem. Wheels from European manufacturers like Volvo, as well as 2- and 3-piece wheels, like BBS, tend to be soft and are more easily damaged. When they are damaged – bent or curbed, among other potential issues – do you need to completely replace them?

Replacing your wheels – through a dealer or local performance wheel shop – can cost hundreds of dollars and take days, depending on the severity of the damage.

Repair vs. Replace

Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention. Because replacing a factory wheel can range from $350 to $2,000 per wheel (for some Porsche wheels), those who didn’t want to invest in wheel replacement from a dealer began asking about having them “bent” back out – and the wheel rim repair industry was born.

So long as safety isn’t an issue (that is, when a wheel can be repaired by a professional technician without jeopardizing the lives of the passengers relying on the wheel to do its job), then alloy wheel repair is an excellent choice for economy and cosmetic restoration. But when a wheel has been damaged severely, Metro Wheels will not compromise your safety: if there’s any question, we’ll err on the side of not repairing what could lead to serious injury.

Our Team of Experts

Metro Wheel’s repair facilityOne of the better-known alloy wheel repair businesses in the country is Metro Wheels, Inc. in Marietta, Georgia, just north of Atlanta. Metro has one of the largest wheel repair facilities and wheel networking capacity in the country, with the expert team to repair alloy wheels quickly and safely.

At Metro Wheels, we teamed up with the sharpest engineers to design a state-of-the-art wheel repair facility. Our repair processes assure 95-100% wheel accuracy at completion.

Wheel repair in many areas has been saturated with many companies claiming that they can fix any wheel. But the truth is that many of them are “fly by the night” companies with a sledgehammer and a torch. This is not the proper way to fix any wheel. Some can make the wheel unsafe by not properly applying consistent pressures in a specific way with an exact heat. They stress crack the wheel beyond safety standards and call it a repaired wheel. But you could be jeopardizing your safety and that of your family by using someone without proper experience.

Because we have been in business for over 15 years, our experience in alloy wheel repairs exceeds most shops’. Our aluminum wheel repair specialists can repair most wheels that have been curbed, scraped up, cracked or chemically damaged, providing excellence in both structural and cosmetic repairs; and our professional, certified welders are second to none.

Checking the wheelMetro Wheels uses its own engineered equipment and guaranteed processes to return damaged, scraped and, in most cases, cracked wheels back to their original factory specifications. Because your safety is our highest priority, we will not repair any alloy wheel that cannot be safely ridden on after repair.

Metro Wheels’ Repair Process

The repair process is straightforward. First, we mount the wheel accurately on a vehicle simulator. With the proper heat, consistent hydraulic pressure and light vibrations under pressure, the alloy wheel will move – without cracking – back to its original condition. If there is a crack that can’t be seen by the naked eye (under chrome or paint), it will instantly pop out; our certified welders will then fill and repair the crack. After the wheel has cooled, it will retain its original strength. Heat, consistent pressure and vibration are key to an excellent wheel repair.

detailing areaWhen a wheel is delivered to Metro Wheels, it is either dropped off by the owner, shipped in or picked up in the metro Atlanta area from our wholesale customers. We generate a work order for each individual wheel detailing the customer’s information and any special instructions. Each wheel is assigned a unique work order number that is engraved on the inside of the rim, so that Metro can track its history precisely. This number also makes it much easier to track the wheel throughout the repair process.

Once identified, each wheel is washed thoroughly to remove all brake dust, because the dust could be hiding additional scratches, gouges or cracks. Metro uses a pressure washer system with a diluted acid-based cleaning compound that will not damage a wheel’s existing finish.

wheel washerThis is particularly important because brake dust removal is essential to determining the level of damage to a wheel. But it must be done correctly, because wheels with a polished or anodized finish can be damaged if the wrong washing compound is used. For instance, a two-piece wheel with a bright lip that is not chromed is typically an anodized finish, a chemical treatment that is very hard to see. If the wrong cleaner or acid is used on such a finish, the wheel surface will be streaked; however, this anodized finish can be stripped off and any scratches buffed out.

Once thoroughly cleaned, one of our expert technicians performs a complete inspection of the wheel for radial and lateral runout.

Radial runout is vertical, and Metro measures to see just how much the wheel is out of round with a micrometer gauge that measures to 1/1,000 of an inch. If a wheel has 5/1,000 of an inch radial runout, you could put a dial indicator on the wheel and then spin the wheel. The distance the wheel traveled up and down while spinning would be 5/1,000 of an inch both in the high and low position – or swing.

Lateral runout, on the other hand, is how much the damaged wheel will wobble from side to side. On some larger diameter wheels subjected to a hard pothole hit or curb, the wheel will be bent and, if hit hard enough, it will bend and twist the spokes. Most lateral runout can be corrected with pressure on the back of the wheel. But when the lateral runout cannot be corrected, the wheel is not repairable.

Lateral runout is the hardest type of repair to accomplish. It also happens to be the most deceptive, because while a wheel may look like it has only minor rim damage, it can actually be fairly significant and not easily seen to the naked eye unless the wheel is spinning. This is especially common on newer front-wheel-drive cars, where much of the force is cantilevered to the back.

The next point of inspection is for alloy defects such as curb rashes and cracks. Metro recommends that the tires be removed for this inspection because most damage cannot be seen otherwise.

Used Cars Are Better Than New

Certified Vehicles

It used to be that when you bought a vehicle from the market of used cars, you were going to have to deal with some deficiencies, such as faded paint, worn tires, dirty seats, or rust on the frame. Buying pre-owned also meant that you wouldn’t have the luxury of a warranty if anything went wrong. Fortunately, consumers now have the option to buy certified used cars that are as close to new as possible. Certified pre-owned vehicles are carefully inspected by dealerships, and any problems are fixed. That means the interior is cleaned, the paint is fresh, and any dents, dings, or scratches are repaired. They even have the new car smell. Furthermore, since these vehicles have been so closely inspected, they are offered with a factory warranty. That means you can drive off the lot with a vehicle that is new in all but name, but carries a reduced price tag since it is considered pre-owned.

Same Safety Features

Years ago, people would buy new sedans or trucks in order to have the latest safety features. Drivers wanted air bags, anti-lock brakes, and traction control. Fortunately for buyers of used cars, these features are standard, or at least very commonplace. Since the mid-1990s air bags are installed in every car. Since 2011, anti-lock brakes have been necessary requirements in all vehicles sold in the U.S. Buyers can easily find a model that is a few years old with all of the best safety equipment. This means that a pre-owned automobile can offer the same level of safety as a new one, at a greatly reduced price.

Better for the Environment

In years past, the environment was generally not something considered by the average automobile buyer. Fortunately, consumers today are more aware of how their purchases impact the world. For every new truck or convertible that is built, a large amount of energy is used to create it. In fact, some recent studies have shown that the energy used to build a new vehicle is greater than the energy emitted by that vehicle over the course of its lifetime. Furthermore, for every new vehicle, a pre-owned model goes unused. The unused vehicle then has to be disposed, creating waste. If you buy an auto that is several years old, a new one will not be built, and an old one will not be junked. It is a win-win situation.

Car Repair Costs

If you want to have less worries you could always choose a good auto insurance policy but usually insurance companies solve problems pretty slow, and you probably want your car fixed and running as fast as possible. But if you need a quick solution you have to know that car repairs can get expensive and you always have to search the best repairs for your money. You should always estimate car repair costs before choosing a company that would repair your car. There could appear several cost differences for repair prices in different areas of a country and you should always pick the best choice for you.

If you have a scratched hood, small engine problems, smashed bumper or slightly damaged side skirts, these are problems that could be repaired easily and pretty cheap. But you have to know that minor repairs are pretty inexpensive, but when it comes to severe car damage then you surely have to be really careful when you estimate your car repair costs. There are some companies that overcharge you for your car repair and you surely don’t want that to happen.

A car repair estimate has six major headings: your information and your vehicle information, replacement parts needed for the repair, labor cost, miscellaneous charges, flat fees and a summary of charges. The labor cost is the number of hours spent to repair multiplied with the hourly charge of the car service. You should always check the car repair estimate to ensure that you won’t be overcharged.

In the end, if you’re careful when you’re choosing a repair company, you could get your car back faster and you could always get a good repair price.

Shop SUV Accessories Online

The search engines offer a multitude of search choices. Just type your desired product name into the search box and watch the number of sites that appear. The search engines are set to find, what they believe is your best choice for the words you search.

For instance, if you type the words, SUV accessories, into the search box then the search engines will give you results back that are more generic. If you know that you are looking for floor protection then it is best to search for SUV floor protection rather than SUV accessories. The search results will be related to SUV floor protection. The landing pages that appear on the search engine results will very likely reference a multitude of SUV floor protection pages. These choices would include SUV mats, SUV liners, and SUV rubber mats.

Going a step further, if you know you want SUV mats then it is best to search for SUV mats, or SUV car mats. Your search results will reference SUV mats rather than the more generic SUV accessories or SUV floor protection. Doing a search this way will save a lot of time. Your shopping is more focused. Think of it as starting out in the right department, rather than walking through the whole store.

The most direct route for shopping a product online is to search the exact product. Let’s say you wanted a specific brand for your SUV mats. Simply type in, ford explorer lloyd mats, and the search engines will return pages that relate to that search.

The internet is a powerful research tool. The important thing is to understand that power when shopping for your SUV accessories online. If you are not sure what you want and just want to shop then go for a generic search. If you have an idea that you want something for the interior but not sure what then search SUV interior accessories. If you are in a hurry and want to get on and get off the internet as quickly as possible then search as specifically as you can.

Always make sure the site gives you a secure checkout environment. When on the check out page, before you give any credit card information, identify the security seal. Look for the green bar in the url area or the pad lock symbol. If your sense is that the site is not secure, get out of the store with a click.

Hydrogen Fuel System

Hydrogen fuel system for SUV is basically using hydrogen gas (H2) as a supplementary fuel to normal gasoline. H2 can be generated from water with electrolysis process. When electricity is passed through water, H2 is produce. The next step is to vent the hydrogen gas into the engine air filtration system. The concept is the same as shooting nitrous oxide into the engine to generate a higher engine power output. By introducing H2 into the combustion chambers, it will mix with gasoline fume and produce a bigger explosion in the engine. The end result is a smoother and stronger power from the engine.

When a SUV is consuming the same amount of gas but is achieving a higher engine output, the vehicle will cover more ground hence increasing its mileage and saving fuel. The only by product of hydrogen fuel system is pure water vapor released into the exhaust pipe.

It used to be very expensive to convert a SUV to run on water fuel. The modification process has to be done in a high tech workshop with specialist automotive engineers. Nowadays, the conversion process has been made easier and simpler. Anyone with some car maintenance skill can do it. You will need to get an instructional guide online to assist you. With the local gasoline prices hitting the roof, any ideas that can reduce the fuel cost of a SUV will be a blessing.

Auto Locksmithing

The best thing to do when you get a new car with factory original keys is put those keys away in a safe place; after getting spares made. Use the spares and then every time you need a new key you’re getting it made off an original; rather than copying a copy. It is not unusual when someone’s problem is the spares he had made don’t work and they lost their other set. Or the key they are using works but they have had to play with it and wiggle it, and now even that doesn’t work. The problem is many times that they have a worn out key.

But when you have such problem, locksmith can supply, copy and repair automotive transponders keys for many types of vehicles, with no need for you to go to the manufacturer or dealer. With Automotive Transponder device locksmith can make a new set of your car keys and program your automobiles Electronic Management System computer, to match the Immobliser Technology built in.

Locksmiths are acquainted with any vehicle lock system out there, from simple car keys to biometric keys and locks. Locksmith solution is an answer to any car lockout scenario. Replacing outdated car locks, ignition keys and vat keys is also one of locksmith companies features and due to advanced security on modern vehicles replacing lost or stolen keys can be a costly process often involving sending the car back to the dealers. Auto locksmiths are equipped with the latest in vehicle key and remote programming equipment and are able to program new transponder keys from the original, to the lock or from the code. Locksmith also offer a full range of low cost replica keys and remotes for large range of vehicles.

Repairing Car Heater

There could appear some problems if the heater core gets plugged and it will require replacement or flushing from time to time. When the engine is hot, there are 2 hoses from the engine to the heater core and these could cause leaks at high pressure. You can buy flush kits from auto parts stores or you can use even a garden hose to flush the car heater and the car radiator.

When it comes to car heater and radiator problems, the most common one is low engine coolant level. You should always check it before you go on a long journey. Also, if you’ve got an older car you could have faulty engine thermostat and that should be changed at car repair shop.

When you enter the car you should check the temperature gauge and make sure it’s in the normal range. You could also check the temperature yourself by using a metal case thermometer placed into the filler of the radiator when the engine is cold.

If temperature and fluid level are good and you still have heater problems then it might come from poor circulation through the heater core. Test that by keeping your engine running at good temperature and try to feel the heater hoses. Both hoses should have the same temperature. If their temperature is different you should try flushing them or replacing them.

When you’re working around the car heater always use caution because it could be very hot and never try to work at it while the engine is hot. You should also use some gloves to protect your hands from being burned.

Smart Car Repair & Motoring

Alter your lifestyle: It has been discovered that if 10% of the population used their Auto one day less a week, that every year 100,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide would be saved from going up into the atmosphere. So, try staying at home one day extra a week (working, not lazing around!). Alternatively, join a car pool.

Use SMART car repair for damages: Whatever brand your car is, treat minor damages the (Small To Medium Repair Technique) way. Minor car repair can not only save you a fair amount of money, but can help the environment too, as the damaged parts – particularly plastic ones – do not have to be replaced.

A lot of S M A R T car repair jobs also take a lot less time than at a garage. In addition, many minor repair jobs can be done on your premises, saving you the petrol used to travel there, as well as time and inconvenience.

Techniques that SMART car repair undertake include paintless dent removal, seat and trim repair, plastic welding and bumper repair, air conditioning repair, and alloy wheel repair.

Get a car repair technicians to check you out: illuminated warning signals on your dashboard need immediate attention as they could indicate serious problems indirectly leading to inefficient fuel consumption (in addition to the car being unsafe to drive!). Make use of car repair services, which also include a car diagnostics service to ensure the problem does not escalate.

Choose a motor that facilitates your lifestyle: If you mainly use it as a run around, then a small car or electric one would be much better than a 4WD, which will use a lot more petrol and cost a lot more to run and maintain, though minor car repair can reduce a lot of those costs in the case of minor damage.

For regular long-distance drivers, a diesel engine uses less fuel than a petrol engine, so would be a better choice , environmentally speaking.

Slow down: Putting the “pedal to the metal” may be cool in films, but in reality, it’s an excessive waste of petrol radically and unnecessarily increasing your fuel consumption. By reducing your speed from 135 kms/hr to 112 kms/hr, your fuel efficiency increases to 25%. By travelling between 80 and 96 kms/hr, your fuel consumption will be at its optimum.

Alter your driving: Slamming on the brakes or accelerating suddenly also increases fuel consumption and increases your risk of an accident. Although car -repair services are quite comprehensive, if you lurch forward in slow-moving traffic and smash into the car in front causing considerable damage, SMART car repair technicians may not be able to fix it.

Use mobile services: Where possible and practical, use mobile services that come to you, rather than you going to them, such as (Small To Medium Repair Technique) car repair services. You will save on petrol and reduce fuel emissions.

Walk: Try walking (rather than driving) to your destination. It will alleviate any thoughts about fuel consumption, will be better for your health, and better for the environment!