Martes, Disyembre 18, 2018

4 Times When Your AC Unit Seriously Needs Help


When you live in a tropical country like Singapore, driving with your air condition unit running is must. But aside from that, it’s not enough that it is running but it should also be running smoothly otherwise it’s no use having it in the first place. That is unless you like driving uncomfortable and drenched in your own sweat. Just imagine your AC unit not working properly, everyone from the driver to the passengers in the car will suffer. Here are some of the AC unit scenarios where you should immediately take your  vehicle to your mechanic.

1. Weird Smell Is Starting To Come Out From The Vents
The distinctive smell of mildew flooding out of your air vents is usually caused by a buildup of bacteria and mold. This can happen to older cars that have had bacteria growing behind the dashboard for years and in cars that rarely run the air conditioning, as they don’t enjoy the drying effects that it provides to excess water on the coils. So if you do your own car cleaning, make sure you clean your car AC vents too.

2. It Won’t Turn On
Driving when the AC unit is not working can be an unpleasant experience. On extremely hot days, an air conditioning system can overheat and this can cause the fan to burn out. A broken dial can also affect your ability to switch the auto air conditioning on, as well as a broken switch, a stuck valve, a wiring fault, a blown fuse or an obstruction in the air ducts. So if you’re having this issue, it’s best that a professional can take a look at it fix the problem and not let it get any worse.

3. AC System Is Blowing Hot Air
This can really suck because if there’s anything worse than an AC unit not working at all is an AC unit blowing hot air instead of cool air. When this happens, you’re probably looking at variety of reasons like damaged cooling fans, a blocked or broken condenser, an internal obstruction, an electrical fault, and/or low refrigerant levels. When this happens, it’s best that you take your car to a trusted car servicing center right away to get it checked and fixed as soon as possible.

4. It Won’t Turn Off
This doesn't seem like a problem until you’re getting too cold behind the wheel and you’re consuming way too much fuel than you usually do or your car’s battery gets drained because the AC keeps running even with the engine switched off. The culprit behind this can range from faulty or loose ribbon cable, broken controls / dial stuck in the “on” position, broken selector switch, shorted blower resistor, shorted blower motor relay, shorted a/c controller, and/or shorted blower control circuit.

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5 Possible Culprits Of Car Battery Draining

Miyerkules, Nobyembre 7, 2018

5 Possible Culprits Of Car Battery Draining

Here are some of the most common reasons for a dead car battery.
If you’ve ever been the victim of a dead car battery you know that they die at the most inconvenient of times. Whether it’s on your way to the airport, work or picking up your kids from school it is always a pain. If you have recently noticed your car not starting consistently, it could mean that your battery is close to dead. If you see the symptoms of a dead battery in your own car you should try to figure out why it is happening. Here are some of the most common reasons for a dead car battery.

1. Human Error
Mistakes happen, especially when you’re tired or very busy. Sometimes that’s the reason why you’re car’s battery is dead is you left the headlights on or didn't completely close the trunk. Overnight, these can cause drained battery which will prevent your car from starting the next day.

2. Parasitic Drain
There are some components in your vehicle that continues to run even after the key is turned off. That where parasitic drain happens. Although it’s completely normal for your battery to deliver enough energy to maintain things like clock or security alarm, it may exceed what’s normal and deplete the battery when electric problem happens at the same time. In this case, it would be best to take your ride to car repair shop to stop the problem from getting worst and get it fixed.

3. Bad Charging
If your battery drains even while you’re driving, there’s a fair chance that your charging system isn’t working properly. In this case, it wouldn’t be a surprise if you end up stranded on the road with a drained car battery because many cars power their lights, radio, and other systems from the alternator, which can make the battery, drain worse if there's a charging problem. Don’t let this issue lead to an even bigger one; make sure to seek car servicing here in Singapore right away as soon as this happens.

4. Defective Alternator Diode
A car alternator recharges the battery and powers certain electrical systems. If your alternator has a bad diode, your battery can drain. The bad diode can cause the circuit to charge even when the engine is shut off, and you end up in the morning with a car that won’t start.

5. Old Battery
Sometimes your car’s battery drains way to fast is because it has simply run its course. Many people don’t pay attention to the lifespan of batteries until it’s too late. Typically, they last for three to five years. If you find that it’s not holding a charge as well as it should be and it is in this age range, it is likely that it is time to invest in a new one.

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Huwebes, Oktubre 25, 2018

Ways To Keep Car Maintenance And Repair Cost Down

nowadays, it’s not only important to accept and understand the need for car maintenance and repair but it’s crucial to be practical about it and know how you can spend less on them without compromising your car’s performance and look.
Think car maintenance and car servicing are an unnecessary expenditure? Think again! Costly, maybe, but definitely necessary. Because by keeping your car in good running condition means not needing to buy a new ride after every couple of years, not spending money on major car repairs due to malfunction, and more importantly avoiding hospital and damage expenses in case of an accident because of malfunction too.

The more you keep its maintenance up-to-date the more your car’s condition is restored therefore prolonging its lifespan. With that, you’ll be able to enjoy your car longer than it would if you just let minor damages turn into unrepairable ones due to neglect. But nowadays, it’s not only important to accept and understand the need for car maintenance and repair but it’s crucial to be practical about it and know how you can spend less on them without compromising your car’s performance and look. Otherwise you’d end up with, yes, a reliable car but no savings.

Fluid Level
It does feel like you are spending more by adhering to maintenance schedule when there seems to be nothing wrong with your car. But that’s exactly the point, by ensuring that you have the correct levels of oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze, wiper fluid, power steering fluid and brake fluid all the time, you can avoid expensive car repair as well as risking your life while on the road.

Be Friends With Your Mechanic
Do not be afraid to seek a car servicing shop near your location or try one that is recommended by a friend or family member because of warranty. If your mechanic uses quality parts and you keep the paper, there shouldn’t be any problem. Just make sure you’re on your mechanic’s good side and he’ll surely take care of your vehicle.

Do It Yourself
There are a lot of car repairs that you can definitely take care of like dead battery, oil change, windshield wipers, headlights, and air filter. Aside from that you get to save money, you are guaranteed that it’s really being fixed, you get to hone your car repair skills, and most importantly you become more and more self-sufficient.

Have Tire Intelligence
Instead of buying your tires from a garage, check out a warehouse store. You’ll probably find a good deal there, plus there are a host of other bonuses as well. In addition to the warranty, you’ll also have the perks of your club’s satisfaction guarantee, and your installation costs may also include services for the future like rotations and balancing.

Park Away
If you’re new to driving or you know you’re parking skills is still not good yet, it would be best to park away from other cars as much as possible. This way you wouldn’t worry about your car being scratched or dented when you have to maneuver it in or out of the parking lot since there’s less obstruction in your way.

Reduce Driving Distractions
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.

Mind Your Driving Habits
Do you drive on bald or underinflated/overinflated tires? Speed a lot? You hit the brake until the last minute? These are some of the driving habits that aren’t just asking for premature damage but also early retirement of your car when you don’t correct them early on. If you want to spend as little money as possible on repairs, then drive carefully and properly to lessen damage to fix in the first place.

Biyernes, Setyembre 28, 2018

Signs That May Indicate You Need To Take Your Car To Engine Repair Services

We always say that skipping on car maintenance can lead to costly car repairs in the future. But what you should know is that even if you’re the type who never misses a maintenance car checkup or takes all the preventive measures, car engines are bound to give at some point. So how do you know if it’s time for some serious engine repair services? Here are the cues that you should pay attention to.

Check Engine Light Is On
This light don’t go off for no reason at all. So when it does, don’t assume that whatever problem that it may be telling you about can wait, because if it can, it wouldn’t be switched on. Many of the issues it detects relate to power loss, so do not ignore this ominous light.

Cut Out Or Struggle Up An Incline
When this happens, there’s a big possibility that your fuel filter dis clogged, hence your engine is losing power. To keep your engine free from gunk, the filter end up accumulating the dirt this is why the fuel struggle to get through it. As a result, the fuel doesn’t reach the engine in a timely manner and you lose power when you’re up an incline.

There’s A Lot Of Shaking
Engine tremble when idle at a stop light and tremors through the steering wheel or into the rest of the vehicle are often followed by loss of power. These are known symptoms of misfiring cylinders. If this is your engine’s case, there are three most likely reasons: spark loss, lost compression or a way-out-of-whack air-to-fuel ratio. Any of these three not only needs a lot of work but as well as expertise to diagnose and solve. Therefore, it would be best for you to take your car to the mechanic for a car repair.

Backfiring Or Smoking Exhaust 
This can mean there’s too much fuel or too little spark, but either way they can both cause power loss. When your spark plugs are covered with engine oil, ash or other deposit, it does cause misfire, but once there’s black smoke that may indicate spark problems that can lead to engine damage. When you notice either of these while you’re on the road, pull up at the roadside and call for a tow. You need to get your vehicle checked by a mechanic immediately. 

Car Loses Power When You Try To Accelerate
Sounds like your fuel system is malfunctioning which is keeping your engine from drawing more fuel to accelerate. Fuel system may malfunction because of clogged injector, leaking fuel line, or gummed-up filter or kaput fuel pump. While you may be able to fix the problem yourself if you’re familiar with this and you have the proper tools, make sure you have the right diagnosis and skills before you proceed. Otherwise, it may be best to consult a professional especially if the problem is a bit more complex than usual.

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How To Detail Your Car To A Professional Standard

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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Martes, Setyembre 18, 2018

Top Maintenance Tips You Should Follow If You Want To Drive A Reliable Vehicle For A Long Time

 If you want to prolong your vehicle’s life, make sure you don’t fall behind these following car maintenance checklists
Think car maintenance and car servicing are an unnecessary expenditure? Think again! Because by keeping your car in good running condition means not needing to buy a new ride after every couple of years, not spending money on major car repairs due to malfunction, and more importantly avoiding hospital and damage expenses in case of an accident because of malfunction too.

The more you keep its maintenance up-to-date the more your car’s condition is restored therefore prolonging its lifespan. With that, you’ll be able to enjoy your car longer than it would if you just let minor damages turn into unrepairable ones due to neglect.

Don’t let your car go! If you want to prolong your vehicle’s life, make sure you don’t fall behind these following car maintenance checklists.

Change Power Steering Fluid
Be sure to have the power steering fluid changed every 50,000 miles or three years. If you don’t, it will result to difficult steering which can’t be good while driving. If your fluid level is low, you may have a leakage problem which will need to be reviewed at a professional car servicing center here at Singapore.

Check Out Car Engine
To keep powerful and extend engine life, make treatment of your engine. This added lubrication can keep your engine running smoother, providing greater damage protection than oil alone and extends the life of your car’s engine.

Exact Rotation Of Your Tires
If you’re not sure about the recommended tire rotation interval, check your owner’s manual or you do it every other time you get an oil change. Doing this regularly promotes even tread wear and helps the tire perform as designed.

Keep Up Tire Pressure
This means they shouldn’t be overinflated nor underinflated. Otherwise they’ll wear out faster than they typically should and will affect vehicle handling and fuel economy. To avoid this, check your owner’s manual for recommended tire pressure and always stick to that. It’s best to check your tires’ pressure at least once a month but do it more often if you always go on long trips or you carry heavy loads all the time.

Be Careful Of Brakes
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. Once you notice, vibrations, strange sounds, or pulling, don’t ignore them and get it checked right away.

Regularly Change Oil
Always consult your owner’s manual to know your car’s required oil change interval. Don’t just think it’s every 3,000 miles because it’s a standard. It differs for every car. Motor Oils Have Antioxidants. This antioxidants helps limit oxygen exposure for moving parts which could cause rust and corrosion. Therefore, forgoing oil change is actually putting your car at risk of damages. Aside from that, try to use only the grade, viscosity or weight of oil that is set for your particular car.

Replace Engine Coolant
In order to keep your engine running efficiently, engine coolant removes excess heat. It depends upon the type of coolant you purchase, most antifreeze or engine coolants can last from 30,000 – 50,000 miles, or about three years. You can check your engine’s level by locating the plastic coolant repository under your hood.

Replace Air Filter
Okay, here’s the thing, your air filter’s job is to make sure you are breathing clean air as you drive. When the air filter itself becomes too dirty to function it puts your health to risk because it could pump your car full of dust and allergens. This is why it’s important to change your filter every three months, as it also prevents airborne contaminants from being pulled into your car’s engine. Don’t worry it’s so simple you can easily do it yourself as long as you follow instructions on your owner’s manual, so no need to spend on car grooming services in Singapore.

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Huwebes, Setyembre 6, 2018

Top 9 Car Transmission Red Flags That You Should Address Right Away

here are the shifting trouble signs that you should watch out for to avoid unnecessary car problem and expenses.
Transmission is important in a car because it helps with changing gears and get from point A to point B without trudging along in first gear. So, obviously a car needs transmission, but what if you start having problems with it? And how do you determine that it is actually the problem?

As soon as you notice any sign that your car is not shifting the way it should, be sure to deal with it immediately. Waiting won’t help you save money nor make the car less problematic. Letting simple car problems go unattended lead to serious problems and bigger repair cost. So here are the shifting trouble signs that you should watch out for to avoid unnecessary car problem and expenses.

1. Check Engine Light Comes On
A warning light is just that, a signal telling you that something is wrong. But this doesn’t automatically confirm a specific problem on your car. However, if your warning light is on and you have noticed the rest of these symptoms on your car then that almost guarantees that your vehicle is having transmission problem. You should get it checked right away before it develops into a more serious transmission trouble.

2. Clunking, Humming, Or Whining
Chunking or thudding sound when the car shift gears? Having difficulty reaching the proper speed? If it feels like your car is fighting you when you shift or it does shift but only after some struggle, you might wanna take your ride to a car repair shop because this is not a problem you wanna have on the road.

3. Shaking Or Grinding
Your car shouldn’t shake or jerk, and you shouldn’t hear grinding. These are all indications of transmission trouble. With a manual transmission, the most common red flag is grinding when you shift. If it happens after you engage the clutch and shift, it could also be a sign of a faulty clutch.

4. Noise In Neutral
When you have low or dirty transmission fluid, your car usually creates this bumping sound when you’re in neutral. So when this happens, topping up the liquid should be the first thing you should do. If that didn’t help, it’s possible some parts in the transmission are already worn out.  If this is the case, it’s best that you take your vehicle to the car servicing shop to get it checked and fixed.

5. Hesitation
When there’s a pause or delay before your car moves according to the action you made, like your car waits for a bit before going into drive and moving forward, that’s a problem. It’s not only frustrating but a driving hazard. If you experience this be sure to contact a car repair shop before you end up having to replace your transmission instead of simply fixing the existing one.

6. Low Or Leaking Fluid
Transmission fluid is clear red that comes with a slightly sweet smell. If you see this under your car, check for clogged filter or loose plug immediately. Because that’s the closest possible reason for the leak which is can be causing you to have a hard time shifting gears.

7. Car Won’t Go Into Gear
Check your fluid again. If this is happening, there’s a big chance you’re low on transmission fluid. If not, you could be looking at clutch problem, the shift cables or the computer system.

8. Burning Smell
Some car smells are perfectly normal, even if they're annoying. Other odors are definitely evidence of something wrong and one of those is burning smell! Pull over immediately and eliminate possibility of fire and then consider other causes. One of the most common causes of a burning smell is car transmission fluid that’s overheating. This happens when the fluid breaks down due to debris and sludge. Dirty fluid isn’t going to keep your transmission parts cooled and lubricated so that they don’t become damaged, and if you allow your car to run with dirty fluid, you’re eventually going to end up with a bad transmission.

9. Slipping Gears
If your car changes gears on its own when you’re on manual transmission in a certain gear or it slides into neutral in an automatic, seek car repair right away. Don’t waste time doubting or risking it on the road. This is definitely a clear sight of car transmission problem.

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