Linggo, Hulyo 30, 2017

Top 10 Important Things You’ll Learn About Your Car If You Read Your Owner’s Manual

Some car owners don’t give their manuals a second glance after getting their car. However, they may not realize how much they're missing out on all the things their manuals can help them out with. Don’t be one of those car owners have wasted time, money, and gotten all panicked and frustrated with a car issue when the answer to the problem is all written down on their manual. Take the time to get familiar with what your manual has to offer, and it can greatly enhance your driving experience and extend the life of your car.

1. How To Initially Set Up Your Car
Have you struggled with key-less entry, delayed lighting, and even sound system decibel thresholds the first time you tried to drive a car? Well, guess what, instructions on how to set those all up are all written in your owner’s manual.

2. How To Check Your Fluids
You may think that checking your fluids isn’t as complicated but you’d be surprised to know that some fluids should be checked hot while others give more accurate readings cold. Those things wouldn’t be so surprising if you gave your owner’s manual a little more time to read it because it’s all indicated in there.

3. Advice For Better Driving Practices
Yes, you already know how to drive but did you know that there’s an ideal way to drive your car that may or may not fit your way of driving? Your owner’s manual outlines the dos and don’ts in driving your car especially during that critical break-in period which is typically the first 1,000 miles of your car engine.

4. How To Troubleshoot Common Problems
Did you know that you don’t have to be an experienced and expert mechanic to solve some car problems? You can learn how to handle some of the basic ones just by reading your owner’s manual. This way you won’t feel like it’s the end of the world the next time you have a flat tire in the middle of the road or have to manually open an electric window because that manual can teach you that.

5. Access Technical Data Easily
Granted that you may be driving a car for its convenience alone and not because you’re a car enthusiast. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t encounter a situation where you’ll need technical information about your car.  From your car’s dimensions for a paint job estimate to the size of your car’s engine can be found in your manual’s section for technical data. Knowing this information or even knowing where to find them can come in handy when something technical needs to be fixed on your car.

6. How To Achieve Ideal Tire Pressure
Over and under inflation seems to be a simple issue but a lot of car owners are still having trouble with it. Although the ideal tire pressure is indicated on the side of each tire, you can always find it in your owner’s manual along with step-by-step instructions on how to achieve it.

7. How To Clean And Protect Your Car’s Surfaces
Who doesn’t like a car that always looks brand new not just on the exterior but as well as the interior? But because some car owner’s don’t know how to clean and protect their car’s surfaces properly, their cars suffer premature wear and tear. What they don’t realize is that proper cleaning methods for their car’s particular material are outlined in their manual. It even states cleaning instructions for areas people don’t usually give second thought like side mirrors, windshield wiper blades, or chrome accents. If only car owners would read their manuals, they could have saved a lot of time, hassle, and money on car repair by being able to prevent it from the first place.

8. What Does This “Gizmo” Do
Since every car is different, you can’t automatically know what every knob and lever controls in your vehicle. Although you could start flipping switches or pressing buttons just to see what happens, you could accidentally do something you regret or can’t easily reverse. If you don’t know what function a particular switch has in your car, simply check your manual to be illuminated on the subject.

9. How To Decipher Warning Lights
Consulting your owner’s manual can save you a lot of frustration and worry. Not all icons on your dash are self-explanatory, so when an icon you’re not familiar with lights up it can easily send you in panic. Good thing your manual is well-versed with those icons, so that you can immediately tell if that warning light is worth a trip to the car repair shop or it’s something you can handle.

10. What Your Warranty Covers
When your mechanic gives you a list of everything that needs to be done to your car, it’s easy to just give the guy a go especially when you know nothing about cars, you don’t know the possible consequences of that and you’re afraid about car troubles happening while you’re on the road. It may seem reasonable but, you should know that not every part or issues in your car is covered by your warranty and just letting your mechanic touch everything may meaning voiding that warranty. You don’t want that, if you’re not sure which is or isn’t covered by  warranty hold any repairs and consult your manual first. 


When You Notice Any Of Signs In Your Car, Get Your Brakes Check ASAP!

Martes, Hulyo 18, 2017

When You Notice Any Of Signs In Your Car, Get Your Brakes Check ASAP!

A vehicle’s braking system is a very important part a car. If they’re not in good condition it means you car’s ability to slow down or stop when you’re driving can be compromised. Moreover, your family, other motorists and your own safety could also be at risk! 

Don’t wait for that to happen before you realize the importance ensuring your brakes are always working properly. Here are the signs that could mean they’re not.

Temperamental Pedal
Once your pedals becomes mushy where one goes to the floor before you even engage the brake, that’s a big red flag! This could mean your pads are already worn out or your car’s hydraulic system is malfunctioning. However, if your brakes tend to grab immediately at the slightest touch it can still pose a problem. Possible reasons for these are uneven worn rotor, dirty brake fluid or contamination of the fluid by moisture. Either way, you shouldn’t take this for granted and take your car to the car repair shop right away.  

A vibrating brake pedal even under normal braking circumstances is bad news. This usually happens when you have warped rotors from a lot of driving down steep mountains or by stopping frequently while towing something heavy. While those two naturally occur over time, it doesn’t mean that such vibrations are normal especially since it can also happen when your wheels are misaligned. So, to be safe just have a mechanic check and fix it before you drive it again.

A stuck caliper, unevenly inflated tires or worn tires, poor alignment, or a problem with your car’s suspension can make your car make right or left turns when you’re actually just trying to drive straight ahead or are hitting the brake. Since there are a lot of possible causes of pulling, don’t attempt to drive your car or immediately stop to the nearest car repair shop once this happens to you because this can be very dangerous on the road. 

Strange Sounds
This is the reason why you shouldn’t turn the music so loud while driving or better yet don’t listen to any and just focus on driving. Sometimes the only indication that there might be a problem with your brakes is some strange sounds. It could be a high-pitched squeal which means you need to replace your pads or  harsh grinding sound that indicates you’ve completely gone through your brake pads and the metal of the calipers is already grinding against the metal of your rotors. Do not delay car repair once you hear any of these sounds otherwise you’d be faced with a bigger damage and cost.

Worn Pads
Due to the constant friction the brake pads deal with when you’re driving, they become thin over time. When this happen it can no longer slow or stop your car effectively. Good thing you can easily check your vehicle’s brake pads on your own. If they’re thinner than one-quarter of an inch, time to have them replaced.