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Martes, Mayo 14, 2019

3 Ways It’s Better To Park In Reverse In Perpendicular Parking Lots

here are some reasons why it may be a better option to park in reverse when you’re in perpendicular parking lots whether you’re a newbie or already a seasoned car owner.
Parking doesn't seem as important as driving but working on your parking skills is a crucial part of driving and maintaining a dent-free car. So even though paintless dent removal can be done in car repair shops or even on your own, it would still be better to avoid dents all together to save money and hassle. When it comes to parking there are different ways to do it, unless the establishment you’re parking to states their preference. But otherwise, here are some reasons why it may be a better option to park in reverse when you’re in perpendicular parking lots whether you’re a newbie or already a seasoned car owner. 

1. Calculating Distance From The Car Beside You Is Easier When Backing Up
Newbie drivers who are still working on their parking skills actually try to park away from other cars as much as possible. This is because of the fear of bumping and damaging other vehicle since their control on maneuvering and ability to accurately measure distance are still a bit off.

This is where parking in reverse makes your life easier. Due to how side mirrors are designed to work for cars, backing into parking spots makes it easier to see you side panels and avoid bumping into anything. Not to mention how reverse parking also works best for other car features for safety like rear view cameras and sensor.

2. Backing Up Into Your Parking Spot Requires Lesser Space To Maneuver
In a packed parking lot, the space gets tighter which means you may not have enough to maneuver your car into a spot without hitting another car. But with reverse parking you only have to worry about your front bumper possibly hitting what’s in front of it because your rear wheels will be your pivot point. Therefore, even with a lot less wriggle room, reverse parking will allow you to park damage-free.

3. Compared To An Open Traffic, Backing Into An Empty Spot Is Safer
Granted, maneuvering in reverse is difficult due to reduced visibility (and because we naturally drive forward). That’s why, backing into an empty spot is much safer, as opposed to backing into what essentially is open traffic.

Now, in the latter situation, if your car has considerable blind spots due to narrow rear windows, and isn’t equipped with rear-cross traffic alert system, you will need someone to assist you. Otherwise, it’s risky for your car, other cars, and road users like pedestrians, cyclists, stray pets, etc.

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Miyerkules, Pebrero 6, 2019

How To Do A Quick Car Safety Check

A quick car safety inspection is always recommended every time you use your car but no one hardly do it even when going for long trips.
How many people nowadays even check if they have enough fuel or replenish the water in the windshield washer bottle? A quick car safety inspection is always recommended every time you use your car but no one hardly do it even when going for long trips. What many people don’t realize is that spending a couple of minutes doing car inspection could prevent a lot of road mishaps or get you out of one with minimal injury and damages. If you don’t wanna be the one ending up sorry later and have someone telling you I told you so, make it a habit to at least do the following whenever you’re taking your car out for a ride.

Tires
Tires heat up and wears faster on long trips, add that to a hot weather and you’re a sure candidate for blowouts. So you better see to it that you’re not driving with really worn tires, if you are then replacing them before you leave is a must. Doing visual inspection will also keep you aware of wear, cracks, slipped belts, bulges or other abnormalities when it comes to your tires. Moreover, don’t neglect your spare. If you have a properly inflated spare then you can change your own tire when the need arise and save you tow bill or road service call.

Under The Car
Since you’re already kneeling by the tires, then might as well take a quick look under to see if there’s any oil or coolant leak.

Windows And Mirrors
Your car windows and mirrors help you see the road clearly from all necessary angles. So don’t underestimate their importance. All you have to do is make sure they’re clean and not blurry from dust and dirt and if there are no cracks as those things can affect visibility.

Wipers
As mentioned above, visibility is vital when you’re driving, so if your windshield wipers are failing already then replace it. To see if they’re still good, you just need to run your fingers along the rubber part to make sure they’re still supple to touch. If they’re hard then it’s time for replacement. Don’t wait until you’re driving on a rainy day and the wipers can’t clear the windshield before you realize how important it is not just for car grooming but also for your safety. It’s worth checking the windscreen washer works too.
The Fluids
While learning to change your fluids is a different thing, you should at least know how to see if you’re running low or it needs to be changed or if there’s  a leak. Clutch fluid, which is often the same with brake fluid, coolant, windshield wash and power steering fluid should be at appropriate level, especially if you’re going on a long ride. Otherwise you’d be risking accident or breakdown on the road.

The Lights
Sit in your car, turn each light or signal and have someone see if they’re working or not. Don’t settle with blinking lights; if they’re not fully functional replace the bulbs. Don’t wait until it’s time to go before you do this because it takes time. Bringing spare bulbs for each light won’t hurt either, just in case.

Seatbelt
Not to be too morbid but your seatbelt is the only thing that’s keeping your head from smashing onto the windshield and be thrown completely out of the vehicle in case of a collision. So always check of it locks properly and give it a tug to see if it still has a good resistance.

Driving doesn't seem like a life-threatening activity because you’re essentially just going from one place to another. But even when you’re already at your destination and parking your car, an accident can still happen. Doesn't matter if it’s a minor accident or not but the point is, as a car owner, you’d want to avoid it as much as possible. Not only because your life and others life can be put at risk but also because it may mean hefty car repair cost as well as other damages. So, aside from investing in a better car complete with the latest safety features like front crash avoidance system and active blind-spot detection system, it helps to perform quick check before going out to see if there are any problem that may lead to an accident on the road.

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Lunes, Setyembre 24, 2018

How To Detail Your Car To A Professional Standard

Here are some tips to help you detail your car like an expert!
Going to the car servicing center is great but we all know we can’t always go, so we end up taking care of the car detailing ourselves. But just because we aren’t experts in that field doesn’t mean we can’t achieve professional standard results. Here are some tips to help you detail your car like an expert!

Dry Glass Surfaces In Two Directions
Streaks are annoying, it makes it look like you did a sloppy job cleaning your car. To avoid this, try drying the surfaces in two direction. For example, go vertical when wiping first then go over it again in horizontal direction.

Clean The Top Most Portion Of The Windows
When you don’t clean this part it comes back ruining your effort to clean because buildup dirt and grime can drip and streak eventually. So roll down the windows and make sure you clean this part first so you don’t forget it later on.

Treat Your Trim First
Black plastic trim requires different care and maintenance from the rest of the bodywork. To keep plastic trim looking its best, we’d recommend treating it with a black restoring product before waxing and polishing the surrounding metalwork.

Apply Wax With Buffer –Don’t Remove It With One
A power buffer is a great way to get professional results, but only when you know how to use it properly. For best results, you should only use it when applying wax on your vehicle, not when you’re trying to remove it.

Use Plastic Bag When Checking Surfaces
When you apply wax, or polish or even when you just had it repainted, it takes time for the product to dry and set. But aside from that, you also have to check for imperfections like bubbles or any dirt that got stuck on it. Naturally you use your hands to feel for those imperfection, but the thing is doing that will leave fingerprints. To avoid this put your hand in a standard plastic carrier bag and run it over the surface of the car. 

The Cloth You Use Matters
Always use microfiber cloths when cleaning your car. It only takes a rough towel or dirt on a towel to scratch your precious paint job. Do not risk it and make sure you’re always using clean microfiber cloth to wipe your car with.

Invest In Dual Action Polisher
Polishing is one of the most misunderstood paint care procedures and as a result many individuals skip this important step. Polish is an abrasive compound, which, when worked into the paint using the hand or a polisher, shaves off imperfections of the paint. It levels out the surface and makes it smooth, thereby preparing it for the next step of applying wax or paint sealant. If you wax without polishing the surface first, not only will the paint look dull, but you will also notice that the wax layer will wear off quicker than usual. So ultimately it is a huge waste of your time and resources. Because polish is abrasive, it is important to master polishing techniques especially if you are using a rotary buffer, or you risk burning right through the paint. Having said all that, take it up a notch and invest in a dual action while you’re at it. Perfect for ironing out areas of abrasion, and removing layers of old wax, these motorized polishers will ensure your car always has a smooth, even finish for a lasting just-bought shine.

Use Static Electricity On Carpets
Carpets collect dust, dirt and other bits that can be difficult to remove even when using a vacuum. To loosen those bits up, wear latex glove and gently rub your hands across the surface of the carpet. This creates static that draw bits upwards and out of the fibers of the carpet making it easier for the vacuum to suck everything up. 

Deodorize Your Vents Using Compressed Air
If your car no longer has that new car scent, and you’ve tried a range of air freshening products without success, use a can of compressed air to give the vents a quick blast. Dust, dirt and moisture can build up on the inside of air vents, causing stale odors to circulate through the cabin whenever they’re in use. Compressed air will remove the offending muck, grime and bacteria, giving your car a fresher, more neutral smell.

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Biyernes, Hunyo 22, 2018

7 Tips To Drive Safely During Night Time

Here are some tips that will help you drive peacefully and safely at nighttime.
Driving at night is inevitable. But if you know the right thing to do, you can live through its hazards and enjoy your quiet evening ride. Here are some tips that will help you drive peacefully and safely at nighttime.

1. Always Check If Your Headlamps Are Working Before You Drive
Visibility is always important whenever you’re driving but even more so when you’re out at night when it already dark. So always check if your lights are working because they’re your primary source of light. Aside from that, your signal and tail lights will keep you visible on the road and help your communicate with other drivers. As soon as you notice your headlamps aren’t in good condition, take your car to car servicing right away especially if the problem is not just the bulbs but in the electrical wirings.

2. Limit Your Speed
Your headlamps can only cover a certain distance, so limiting your speed can give you more time to react to oncoming road hazards. As a general rule, it’s always better to drive slowly and carefully if you’re unfamiliar with the road that you’re taking.

3. Clean Your Windshield
What’s the use of your headlamps if your windshield is keeping you from being able to see the road ahead of clearly? Your windshield is one of the important features of your car to ensure visibility on the road, so it’s a must that you keep it dirt and grime free.

Not only that this keeps your full attention in the road, which is always good for your safety, but it can also save you some car repair. Sometimes those little dents or scratches happens because you we’re checking a text message and missed the approaching car or the traffic light or the signal light of the car in front of you.

5. Avoid Poorly Lit Roads
As much as you can, don’t pass roads that are barely lit. Even when your headlights are perfectly working, they can only cover certain distance like mentioned above. Animals coming out of nowhere, pedestrians, speed bumps and pothole may not be easily seen with just your headlights. So it’s always best to take well-lit route.

6. Be Cautious Of Drunk Drivers
You may be a careful and responsible driver but others may not be. If you notice a car going too fast and being careless at night, it’s safer to assume that the driver behind the wheel is drunk. In this kind of situation, better avoid the car. Let it go ahead of you and allow ample distance between you.

7. Maintain Your Vehicle
Aside from car grooming which is on high demand here in Singapore, you should also prioritize maintenance. If your car is also in good running condition all the time, you save yourself from surprise breakdowns on the road which can lead to accidents, especially on a dark road where you can’t see potential hazards that may aggravate the situation.

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Lunes, Marso 19, 2018

4 Steps To Keep Your Car Rust-Free

Rusts on your car is not only unsightly to look at but also means your vehicle’s value drops as the damage develops. If the area affected by rust is very small, repairing it on your own is still an option. But if the rust has eaten through the metal or if the damage is extensive, you’ll need to seek professional car repair services. This way you’re guaranteed to get recommendations on how best to deal with the rust damage.
Rusts on your car is not only unsightly to look at but also means your vehicle’s value drops as the damage develops. If the area affected by rust is very small, repairing it on your own is still an option. But if the rust has eaten through the metal or if the damage is extensive, you’ll need to seek professional car repair services. This way you’re guaranteed to get recommendations on how best to deal with the rust damage.

1. Wash Your Car Regularly
Driving regularly means you’re car is always getting in contact with dirt, debris and other chemicals on the road. All of these things contribute to rust formation on your car’s exterior. To prevent this, the first thing that you should be on top of is being consistent with car wash. This should be done at least once every two weeks. Don’t forget to keep your car’s drain plugs clear, otherwise this will lead to water accumulation and rust formation. If you regularly wash your car, you should see to it that you wax your vehicle at least once a month in order to provide a barrier between the metals and the water. Lastly, always clean up spills immediately. Don’t let it sit for too long or it will be harder to clean it off and will lead to rust.  

2. Use Products That Prevent Rust
In addition to washing your vehicle regularly, you can have your vehicle pre-treated to help prevent rust. Have this done by the manufacturer when first buying the car. Another option is to treat suspect areas whenever you wash your car with an anti-rust spray. Look for chipped paint or areas that look like bubbles in the paint. These areas are an indication that rust has begun to corrode the part of the vehicle just under the paint. Clean the area around the bubbling or chipped paint. Allow the vehicle to dry and apply an anti-rust spray to your car to help prevent rust damage before it begins.

3. Wipe Down Car Surfaces
Yes the sun and wind can easily dry your car, but letting your vehicle dry that way will leave unsightly water marks which not only renders your hard work useless but also causes moisture to seep through and develop rust. Use a microfiber towel or preferably a weave drying towel to absorb the water and dry the car. This also applies to your car interior. Letting moisture sit for too long on any surface of the car is bound to cause damage.

4. Treat Rust Spots Early
Rust spreads if left untreated, so deal with it when the first signs appear. Don’t forget to obtain your touch-up paint from a reputable automotive parts retailer or body shop. Match it up with your car’s paint code that you will find on a placard under the hood or on the driver’s side door pillar. Sand the affected area. Scuff the surface. To further break down the affected area and prepare it for new paint, use a scuffing pad. Scuffing pads create a rough surface, which is easier for the paint to stick to. Rub the scuff pad along the path of the corroded area back and forth until the surface feels rough to the touch. Tape off areas where you don’t want the paint to get onto like the headlights.  Apply primer. This is necessary if the damage have gone through the primer. Let the primer dry overnight before you begin painting.  Shake the touch-up paint well to ensure that it will leave an even color deposit. Dab the touch-up paint onto the paint chip. Be light handed to make sure that just enough paint is being applied that covers all edges of the affected area. Let it dry for at least 15 minutes before you apply another layer. Be sure to use thin layers, slowing building up until the replacement paint matches the original paint. Re-apply clear coat. Ones you’ve matched the paint and have let it dry for at least 2 days you can now apply the clear coat. Replacement clear coat typically comes in an aerosol can and can be sprayed directly onto the vehicle. Wax the whole vehicle. To prevent a small section of your car from being shinier than the rest of your paint, apply a coat of wax to the whole car.

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Huwebes, Enero 18, 2018

Top 9 Mistakes You’re Doing In Cleaning Your Car

Sometimes, because people don’t know how to properly clean their cars, they end up damaging it. Remember that even if you do clean your car, it doesn’t count if you’re not doing it right.

Unclean car isn’t only unsightly but can also lead to unnecessary car repairs. While it’s easy to assume that this shouldn’t be an issue nowadays since there’s ample access to car polishing here in Singapore, a busy schedule and tight budget makes it more difficult.

On the other hand, just because you clean your car doesn’t mean you’re doing a good job  with it. Sometimes, because people don’t know how to properly clean their cars, they end up damaging it. Remember that even if you do clean your car, it doesn’t count if you’re not doing it right.

1. Using Dish washing Liquid As Cleaning Agent
You have to remember that your car is made of completely different materials than your dishes or clothes, etc. So don’t assume that the cleaners that you use to clean the rest of your house will also do with your car. Buy a car shampoo that works specifically well with getting stubborn dirt and grime off your paintwork without causing damage.

2. Using Abrasive Cloths
Always use microfiber cloths when cleaning your car. It only takes a rough towel or dirt on a towel to scratch your precious paint job. Do not risk it and make sure you’re always using clean microfiber cloth to wipe your car with.

3. Cleaning Under Direct Sunlight
If you think that cleaning your car under direct sunlight is a good idea because it will reduce drying time, think again. Yes it may help dry the car fast but it can also cause smears, water spots, and residue which are never a good idea for your car.

4. Removing Missed Patches With A Drying Cloth
It happens to the best of us: you rinse your car, only to find you’ve missed a bit. But, instead of reaching for the cleaning cloth (the recommended solution), you attack the spot with your drying cloth – a big no-no. By rubbing a mucky mark with a dry cloth, you’ll effectively work the dirt into the paint, or at the very least cause a stubborn swirl mark. Remember – never clean your car with a dry cloth.

5. Applying Products Directly To The Paintwork
The golden rule is to dilute and apply to cloth first. Dilute cleaning products to water and apply polishing products to cloth first. Don’t even think of cutting this process short by applying the products directly to the paintwork. The damage that over-applying of products may cause is not worth the seconds you may have saved on cleaning.

6. Thinking One Bucket Is Enough
Always use two buckets when cleaning your car, one for washing and one for rinsing. It just doesn’t make sense to use the same water filled with dirt and suds to rinse the car.

7. Cleaning The Wheels Last
Just because your wheels are at the bottom part of your vehicle doesn’t mean it should be the last part to be washed. If you do, you will end up splashing dirt and suds back into an already cleaned part which you’ll have to clean again.

Majority of people loves a shiny car. This is why it’s easy to get carried away with waxing. However, any more than 2 coats of wax can lead to over-buffing and removing earlier coats. This then not only waste time and effort on waxing, but can also risk damage on the paint you’re supposed to be applying protection to.

9. Skipping Towel Drying
Although it’s not always necessary to towel dry your motor, if you’re going to do it, at least use the right towel. Unless you want to scratch the paintwork, never use a standard household towel, or a chamois for that matter. Instead, use a dry microfiber cloth to quickly remove excess moisture.

Car repairs don’t come cheap. Actually they can really be hefty especially if it’s been awhile since your last maintenance and its condition is quite bad already. Take car re-painting for instance, when your paint gets damaged, you can’t just fix the damaged part, you have to repaint the entire car. If you don’t like to spend a huge amount of money trying to fix your car’s paint, better pay attention to this. They may seem nothing but could lead to serious damage in your vehicle if not taken care of.

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Linggo, Nobyembre 19, 2017

Possible Reasons Why You Started Losing Interest In Your Car

 Here are some problematic elements that make your vehicle look old, slow and junky
Buying a car and driving one every day is easily one of the most popular goals among working individuals. Not only because of the convenience that it provides but also because of the feeling of independence that it gives you and sometimes the status symbol that comes with it. However, no matter how important this investment is to you, you start losing interest in it once it no longer looks like the dream car it once looked. Here are some problematic elements that make your vehicle look old, slow and junky. 

Heat Consumption
Even if you don’t live in a tropical country, heat and sunlight will eventually take toll on your car’s condition. It can damage both exterior and interior surfaces of your vehicle and when that happens it’s natural to feel dismayed. Your car is an expensive investment after all. However, using sun control window films on your vehicle’s windows can help keep the heat away.

Dust Issues
There’s no way to avoid getting dusts all over your car, especially if you drive a lot and keep you windows down every once in awhile. But a little dust here and there is not enough reason to be turned off with your car altogether. Besides, dust will only accumulate if you don’t maintain cleanliness in your car. If you’re really that busy that you can’t spare some time to do the cleaning yourself, then at least take your car to car grooming regularly to keep it from looking like you go through the Sahara desert every day.

Fading Car Paint
Paint doesn’t just give color to your car and make it look like new, but it also protects it from premature rusting and corrosion. This is why it is very important to protect your paint from things that fades it sooner than it should. What you can do to prevent this is take your car to your trusted car servicing shop and have a car paint protection applied on it. This will serve as a protective barrier between the paint and any particles.

No Shiny Car Surface
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Biyernes, Nobyembre 10, 2017

7 Warning Signs Of Brake System Issues That You Should Not Ignore

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.

1. 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. 

2. Vibrations
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.

3. Pulling
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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. Leaks
A leak in the braking system is usually a hydraulic issue. If the brake pedal goes to the floor, it can usually be traced back to a leak. A leak in the brake line will result in a loss of brake fluid, and eventually the brake system may fail altogether. Leaks should be addressed immediately, a pool of brake fluid on the garage floor or a low brake pedal are all symptoms of this problem.

7. Brake light
If the brake light on the dash illuminates it can indicate a serious issue with the braking system. In most cases it indicates a problem with the hydraulics and the vehicle should be inspected and repaired as soon as possible. It is never safe to drive if the brake light is illuminated. The light also doubles duty to let you know the parking brake is on in some vehicles.

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Martes, Oktubre 10, 2017

Top 10 Signs You’re About To Say Goodbye To Your Car

Top 10 Signs You’re About To Say Goodbye To Your Car
Like many things in life, 'you don't know what you got till it's gone'. So before your car gives up on you and becomes too late to realize how much your life is so much easier with having your own ride, pay more attention when it’s already sending you SOS signals! Save yourself from the headache, bigger costs, and road risk.

1. Warning Lights Going Crazy
Your Check Engine Light is already enough to know that something is wrong with your car. But once all the other warning lights that can be found on your dashboard starts to go off, there’s no doubt there’s some serious trouble.

2. Oil Leak All The Time
Never underestimate oil leaks no matter how small it may seem. Otherwise you could be leading yourself to critical engine damage in your car or worst a fire hazard which can put your life in danger if it happens while you’re driving. Moreover, once this problem keeps recurring and you haven’t changed your oil in forever and are already covering the neighborhood in a smokescreen, it’s probably time to let go.

3. Dry Car Fluids
If you’re checking your car fluids every month and notice that something is bone dry every time, that means something is ready to grenade.

4. Strange And Exotic Smoke
It’d be foolish to ignore any kind of smoke you see or smell coming from your car. Blue-ish smoke coming out your tailpipe means you’re burning oil. Heavy white smoke means you’re burning engine coolant, and that means either your head gasket is done for, or worse, your cylinder head is cracked. Black smoke could be a lot of things, including fire. Whatever it is your car is emitting, best to get it to the car repair shop before your engine finally gives up.

5. Poor Timing
Timing belts can be expensive to replace this is why some car owner hesitate or insist to use their existing one as long as possible. But if you hear ticking noise from the engine, the engine won’t turn over or misfires every single time, plus you’re not sure about the last time you had your timing belt replaced, do it now!

6. Something’s Trying To Escape From Your Engine
Your vehicle’s engine is made up of giant lump of metals designed to withstand and contain thousands of explosions every single day. When any of those parts get detached and blow a hole right in the side of your engine, know that it’s really bad news.

7. Terminal Rot
In most parts of the country, rust is a scourge. Rocker panels, fenders, hoods, and trunks can all be fixed, but once you’re dealing with the tin worm in vital places like the frame, shock towers, fuel and brake lines, or suspension mounting points your car is as good as dead.

8. Your Car Is Bouncing Like It’s On Hydraulics, And Your Wheels Creak, Crack, And Thump Every Time You Turn
This means your front suspension is shot. This happens because your shocks, tie rods, steering rack, and ball joints all take an enormous amount of punishment which is why it’s important that you keep up with their maintenance. If you don’t then they’ll give eventually and cause you your car.

9. Tired Transmission
As soon as you start losing gears, your automatic is likely toast, and flogging it for a few extra miles is only delaying the inevitable. If you have the funds, it’s time to buy a new transmission. If you don’t, then it’s time to put your car to bed. 

10. You’ve Replaced The Battery, Alternator, And Starter; It’s Still Not Working
Let me guess, your mechanic is already running out of ideas? He’s tried everything and touched every part and your car still won’t start or when it does it leaves you stranded again and again. This just says it’s time to put your car to rest

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Miyerkules, Setyembre 27, 2017

Top 8 Tips That Will Help You Protect Your Car's Paint Job


Save yourself and your wallet the annoying car repairs. Follow these tips and you’ll surely enjoy a shiny and brand new looking car longer than most cars wherein their owners don’t take these extra precautions.

1. Use A Car Cover
There will be times when you won’t be able to find a covered parking lot, but that doesn’t mean you have to let your car get soaked in the sun.

2. Wash It Thoroughly
People don’t just seek car servicing in Singapore due to engine problems, more often than not it’s due to exterior damage from different kinds of dirt like grease, grime, and bird poop. When left unattended for extended period of time, they can cause serious paint damage on your car. Avoid the stress and unnecessary expenses by keeping your vehicle clean.

3. Do Not Skip Drying
Yes the sun and wind can easily dry your car, but letting your vehicle dry that way will leave unsightly water marks which renders your hard work useless. Use a microfiber towel or preferably a weave drying towel to absorb the water and dry the car.

4. Clean With A Clay Bar
Washing your car with water and car specific cleaning agent is a great way to prevent any dirt from causing damage on the paint. However, even after washing, some contaminants still cling to the paint. To totally get rid of them, using a clay bar is the way to go. Using this product is very easy but time consuming. First, use a good quality auto detailing shampoo to wash the paint and get rid of dirt and grime as much as possible. After that, you can use the clay. Many clay bars in the market come with a lubricant but if it does not, there are products that you can purchase separately. It is extremely important to lubricate the surface first to enable the clay to glide easily across the surface. You’ll know it’s working because the clay gets dirtier as you go because of all the contaminants it’s grabbing.

5. Wax Your Car
Remember that a good wax will easily last 8 – 10 months on a car that will protect the paint of the car from external elements like scratches, dust, contaminants, and UV rays. To be on a safer side, apply a coat of wax every six months on your car to keep it clean and smooth.

6. Seek Car Polishing
Polishing is one of the most misunderstood paint care procedures and as a result many individuals skip this important step. Polish is an abrasive compound, which, when worked into the paint using the hand or a polisher, shaves off imperfections of the paint. It levels out the surface and makes it smooth, thereby preparing it for the next step of applying wax or paint sealant. If you wax without polishing the surface first, not only will the paint look dull, but you will also notice that the wax layer will wear off quicker than usual. So ultimately it is a huge waste of your time and resources. Because polish is abrasive as mentioned above, it is important to master polishing techniques especially if you are using a rotary buffer, or you risk burning right through the paint.

7. Clear Coat Protector
Most new cars come with a clear coat over the paint layer to keep the car shiny and protected from external elements. The clear coat offers a more glossy finish to the car, and will keep harmful elements like UV rays and dust at bay to protect the paint of the car. Any minor issues can also be buffed out, if the car has a clear coat. However, clear coats are sensitive to scratches and are prone to oxidation. It is still not a substitute for wax and needs to have a wax job to protect the shine of the car.

8. Park In A Garage When Possible
Even a warm garage beats being parked in the sun all day. So whenever there’s an available garage, use it. Not only that your interior will stay cool, but your paint job won’t suffer to premature damage either.

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Biyernes, Setyembre 22, 2017

Best Ways To Polish Your Vehicle


Car washing and grooming sure guarantees a sanitary environment for you while driving and a clean looking car outside. However, if you like to keep your vehicle looking branded new, that won’t be enough. You need car polishing to achieve that. If you’re in Singapore, it will be hard to escape from the periodic drizzles and the rays of the sun. Washing the cars will take care of the dirt accumulated but will not help you get rid of the harm done by the climatic changes. Polishing the car would be the best thing to keep the vehicle fresh and shining. Doing this at least once every three months will keep it looking like those automobiles in showrooms. Here are the different ways you can do that.

Include Clay Bar In Your Car Cleaning Supplies
Washing your car with water and car specific cleaning agent is a great way to prevent any dirt from causing damage on the paint. However, even after washing, some contaminants still cling to the paint. To totally get rid of them, using a clay bar is the way to go. Using this product is very easy but time consuming. First, use a good quality auto detailing shampoo to wash the paint and get rid of dirt and grime as much as possible. After that, you can use the clay. Many clay bars in the market come with a lubricant but if it does not, there are products that you can purchase separately. It is extremely important to lubricate the surface first to enable the clay to glide easily across the surface. You’ll know it’s working because the clay gets dirtier as you go because of all the contaminants it’s grabbing.

Seek Car Polishing
Polishing is one of the most misunderstood paint care procedures and as a result many individuals skip this important step. Polish is an abrasive compound, which, when worked into the paint using the hand or a polisher, shaves off imperfections of the paint. It levels out the surface and makes it smooth, thereby preparing it for the next step of applying wax or paint sealant. If you wax without polishing the surface first, not only will the paint look dull, but you will also notice that the wax layer will wear off quicker than usual. So ultimately it is a huge waste of your time and resources. Because polish is abrasive as mentioned above, it is important to master polishing techniques especially if you are using a rotary buffer, or you risk burning right through the paint.

Waxing And Applying Paint Sealant
Most people love shiny cars because it makes the car look expensive and sleek. To achieve this look, they often opt to wax their car because we all know wax can help give that sparkling effect. However, the problem with this is that it is temporary and easily melts especially when constantly exposed in the sun. A much better option will be paint protection because it can provide the same luster for your car but is more durable compared to wax so it last longer.

Make Sure You’re Using Non-Abrasive Car Wash Methods
People don’t just seek car servicing in Singapore due to engine problems, more often than not it’s due to exterior damage from different kinds of dirt like grease, grime, and bird poop. When left unattended for extended period of time, they can cause serious paint damage on your car. Avoid the stress and unnecessary expenses by keeping your vehicle clean. 

Avoid Sun Damage At All Cost
Summer time is a fun season to drive to the beach, go on a road trip, or simply go anywhere because the weather is nice. But while you may not have to worry about slippery roads driving which can be dangerous, it’s the heat of your car that you should be worried about. This is why aside from preparing thick towels to place on the seats, and windshield cover, it’s also important to try to park your car in the shade as much as possible and invest in paint protection especially in such a sunny country like Singapore. Unless you’re fine with your car paint blistering and peeling as well as premature fading and cracking of your car interior.

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Linggo, Agosto 20, 2017

5 Ways To Protect Your Car’s Paint

If you wait until chips and dings on your car turn into rust before you take care of it, prepare yourself for bigger problem and heftier car repair costs. Here are five tips that will save you from an awful looking car and unnecessary expenses.

1. Use A Clay Bar
Washing your car with water and car specific cleaning agent is a great way to prevent any dirt from causing damage on the paint. However, even after washing, some contaminants still cling to the paint. To totally get rid of them, using a clay bar is the way to go. Using this product is very easy but time consuming. First, use a good quality auto detailing shampoo to wash the paint and get rid of dirt and grime as much as possible. After that, you can use the clay. Many clay bars in the market come with a lubricant but if it does not, there are products that you can purchase separately. It is extremely important to lubricate the surface first to enable the clay to glide easily across the surface. You’ll know it’s working because the clay gets dirtier as you go because of all the contaminants it’s grabbing.

2. Polish The Paint
Polishing is one of the most misunderstood paint care procedures and as a result many individuals skip this important step. Polish is an abrasive compound, which, when worked into the paint using the hand or a polisher, shaves off imperfections of the paint. It levels out the surface and makes it smooth, thereby preparing it for the next step of applying wax or paint sealant. If you wax without polishing the surface first, not only will the paint look dull, but you will also notice that the wax layer will wear off quicker than usual. So ultimately it is a huge waste of your time and resources. Because polish is abrasive as mentioned above, it is important to master polishing techniques especially if you are using a rotary buffer, or you risk burning right through the paint.

3. Waxing And Applying Paint Sealant
Most people love shiny cars because it makes the car look expensive and sleek. To achieve this look, they often opt to wax their car because we all know wax can help give that sparkling effect. However, the problem with this is that it is temporary and easily melts especially when constantly exposed in the sun. A much better option will be paint protection because it can provide the same luster for your car but is more durable compared to wax so it last longer.

4. Use Non-Abrasive Car Wash Methods
People don’t just seek car servicing in Singapore due to engine problems, more often than not it’s due to exterior damage from different kinds of dirt like grease, grime, and bird poop. When left unattended for extended period of time, they can cause serious paint damage on your car. Avoid the stress and unnecessary expenses by keeping your vehicle clean. 

5. Prevent Sun Damage
Summer time is a fun season to drive to the beach, go on a road trip, or simply go anywhere because the weather is nice. But while you may not have to worry about slippery roads driving which can be dangerous, it’s the heat of your car that you should be worried about. This is why aside from preparing thick towels to place on the seats, and windshield cover, it’s also important to try to park your car in the shade as much as possible and invest in paint protection especially in such a sunny country like Singapore. Unless you’re fine with your car paint blistering and peeling as well as premature fading and cracking of your car interior.

Car repairs don’t come cheap. Actually they can really be hefty especially if it’s been awhile since your last maintenance and its condition is quite bad already. Take car re-painting for instance, when your paint gets damaged, you can’t just fix the damaged part, you have to repaint the entire car. If you don’t like to spend a huge amount of money trying to fix your car’s paint, better pay attention to this. They may seem nothing but could lead to serious damage in your vehicle if not taken care of.

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How Often Should You Seek Car Grooming Services


Huwebes, Agosto 10, 2017

How Often Should You Seek Car Grooming Services

If you want a clean, sleek, and brand new looking car all the time, seeking car grooming services is a must. Aside from that, it also maintains that value and warranty claim of your car. Although, most people understand the necessity of this, they also struggle with distinguishing the right time to do so.

The help you, here are some guidelines that may help you tell whether it’s time for a car wash, car polishing, or car paint.

Wash
Car Wash
There are car owners who wash their car as often as they can while others drag it as long as possible. But is there really a schedule that you should keep up to when it comes to getting a car wash and grooming? Well, it would have to depend on a lot of factors. Do you drive all day every day? Are you a very busy person? Have you been out on a rainy day lately? All cars accumulate dust, dirt, grime, and all sorts of impurities that can affect your car’s exterior as well as interior, but those question above makes all the difference on how frequent should you avail car grooming services.

It’s understandable that it’d be hard to squeeze in car washing everyday if you’re busy, but you should at least do it once a week or every time you get a day off and if you really can’t do it yourself then take advantage of  the car grooming service that are widely available in Singapore. If you drive on poor conditions a lot, like when it’s rainy or on rough roads you have to get it done more often than once a week.

Paint
Car painting
Luckily for your, car paint last very long provided that you take good care of it like parking on covered parking lots or shaded area all the time and only using microfiber cloths when wiping any dirt off it. This means you can go for years before having to get a paint job for your car. But once your car have a lot of noticeable scratches and dents already, you should get it re-painted right away, otherwise you’d be risking further damage to your car exterior.

Polish
Car Polishing
Car washing and grooming sure guarantees a sanitary environment for you while driving and a clean looking car outside. However, if you like to keep your vehicle looking branded new, that won’t be enough. You need car polishing to achieve that. If you’re in Singapore, it will be hard to escape from the periodic drizzles and the rays of the sun. Washing the cars will take care of the dirt accumulated but will not help you get rid of the harm done by the climatic changes. Polishing the car would be the best thing to keep the vehicle fresh and shining. Doing this at least once every three months will keep it looking like those automobiles in showrooms.