April 1, 2015

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Common Vehicle Tune up Tasks and How to Do Them Yourself

Maintaining your vehicle so it can perform its best doesn’t have to eat into your budget. It’s not uncommon knowledge that sending your car to be maintained by a professional crew can send you into a sticker shock episode. Many of the common tasks can be done at home by yourself so long as you have the basic knowledge and basic tools. fixing

How Often Does a Car Need A Tune Up?

A tune up is defined as servicing a vehicle to ensure it functions properly and safely. While a tune up can eliminate most problems, it’s not solution for every problem. While you can consult your user manual for your vehicle, here are a few signs to look for when considering if your vehicle needs a tune up:
  • Your once gas efficient car now consumes gas greedily.
  • Power seems low or lacking.
  • The idle is unpredictable and may stall
  • Your car misfires on the occasion
  • Runs roughly especially when first started
  • Engine no longer runs smoothly
  • Engine is more difficult to start.
  • Etc.

Tools To Have On Hand Before You Start

Doing the job correctly is partially dependent on having the right tools. Here’s a small list of what you’ll need:
  • Several wrenches, or just an adjustable wrench
  • A torque wrench
  • Pliers
  • Socket and ratchet set
  • Torque wrench
  • Philips screwdriver
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • A jack
If you don’t already have these tools on hand, consider purchasing them at your local home improvement store. Don’t be tempted to purchase tools that are cheap. Find tools that are comfortable to hold and the handles are strong. You don’t want a wrench breaking when you need it the most. Other than the tools you’ll be purchasing, you need to purchase the new auto parts if you’re going to be replacing anything. Online auto stores make it easy for you by enabling you to enter information about your car to match you with the proper parts. If an online store is out of question, visit your local auto part store and tell them what you need. Most likely they’ll help you get the right part the first time. If you don’t get the right part, hold onto the receipt so you can exchange the wrong part for the right one.

Replacing Your Drive Belt

You’ll need to replace your drive belt when it’s broken or worn. If your car happens to squeal when you first start it up in the morning, chances are it’s a drive belt. If you’re not sure, look your drive belt over for any signs of cracks, daily wear and tear and even lack of firmness.

How to Replace the Belt Step By Step

Replacing an Alternator or the Battery

If your car has a hard time starting, it might be time to take a look at the alternator and or battery. Using a multimeter to test your alternator will help you quickly find out if the alternator is to blame. This handy device will display the power levels and whether or not your alternator or battery are dead. If either your battery or alternator are dead, you’ll need to replace it. Locating the alternator may be a little difficult for newbies, consulting the user manual that came with your car will usually make this painless. A battery may cease to work if you accidentally left a car door open overnight (even partially) or even the lights. You may try jumping the batter to see if this breathes new life into the battery.  

Brake Pads

Brake pads are an essential function you can’t afford to skimp on when it comes to preventive maintenance. The brake pads will begin to make squealing noises whenever you decide to glide to a stop. Grinding noises are a different story. If you hear grinding noises, it’s probably best to consult the advice of an expert. Take the car to a repair shop to be serviced.  

How to Fix Leaks and Avoid Damaging Your Driveway

If you back your car out of the driveway or its parking spot and you happen to see liquid puddles where your car was, chances are your car has a leak. They come in a variety of colors from orange to green and even orange. After you first notice the leak, pop the hood on your car and see if you can locate the source. Be careful! If you’re lucky, you may find the source dripping from a hose or a plastic part. Don’t touch it! The liquid will more than likely be scorching hot. To fix the problem, remove the hose and replace it with a new one. If you can’t seem to locate the leak, consider turning the car over to a professional.  

Some Other Common Tasks That Are Performed During a Tune Up

  • Oil Changes are essential to keep your motor performing its best. Most people recommend scheduling an oil change every 3,000 miles. While you can do this at home, proper disposal of the old oil can be very messy and dangerous. Consider finding a shop nearby that can do it for you.
  • Spark plug and wires are some of the things that are responsible for starting your vehicle. If your spark plug can’t get a proper contact, your gas mileage may go down, the car may be difficult to start and emissions will most likely fail your vehicle.
  • Replacing the air filter prevents harmful debris and particles from getting into your engine. If you put off maintain the air filter, your vehicle will suck the debris in and collect. This will cause poor gas mileage and even your engine’s performance.
  • Replacing a fuel filter is an intimidating task because you’re working directly with fuel. If you don’t know how to do this or never learned how to do it, consider seeking the advice of a professional at your local auto part shop. Most professionals are all too happy to show you how to do this simple but intimidating task.
While this article is not a comprehensive to do list on auto maintenance, it’s basic and provides an ample starting list for vehicle maintenance.
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One of the Most Influential Inventions To This Day

It can be argued that the automobile has been one of the most influential inventions to this day. The present vehicles owe their inspiration from a collaboration of ideas from their predecessors. The earliest record of an attempt to build a vehicle stems from the 17th century. A priest in China attempted to build a vehicle powered completely off of steam to please the Emperor. If he succeeded, this would be the first vehicle that relied on steam completely for power. By the time the 18th century rolled around, more designs for vehicles were beginning to surface. These vehicles were not elaborate in design, but would be powered entirely off of steam.

Gas Powered and Electric Vehicles

1806 would be the year that the first internal combustion engine would hit the streets. Instead of being powered off of steam like its earlier predecessors, this vehicle would be the first to run completely off of gas. This idea was met with lots of criticism and it would be a while before the idea would suddenly catch on. In the 19th century, gas powered vehicles were now more common than ever. Cars powered from steam were nearly forgotten. Eager to improve upon the gas powered vehicles, inventors started toying with the idea of electric powered vehicles. The world was content with the gas powered vehicles already on the streets and displayed no interest in the electric powered vehicles. Around the 19th century, owning a vehicle was considered a luxury. Not everyone could afford to own one. Quite a contrast to today’s world. Nearly everyone capable of driving owns or leases at least one vehicle! The 19th century would also inspire inventors to begin designing vehicles according to their own tastes. Ransom Olds (Oldsmobile) would be the first to pave the way towards the creation of vehicles. The Cadillac and Ford brands would follow closely behind. The technology that powered these amazing machines would undergo several changes. Previously the vehicle would be steered by what was called tillers. The Rambler Company would be the first automotive company to develop a round steering device called the steering wheel. Unlike the previous creations, no longer would the driver have to be positioned in the middle of the car. Instead, the steering wheel would be placed on the left side of the vehicle. The models that first rolled out onto the streets would be single speed vehicles only. The 20th century would see many improvements including drum brakes and even standard drive being developed.

Keeping Up With Demand

Money was considered abundant after the First World War, and people were all too happy to spend their hard earned money. Vehicles started rolling out onto the streets and everyone had to have one. Olds and Ford were producing increasing amounts of vehicles nearly every day, but had to find a new way to increase the efficiency of the production. The assembly line was the answer to the crisis. By developing the assembly line, more vehicles could be produced so as to meet the public demand, but it also became more efficient allowing the auto makers to lower the prices. This enabled the auto makers to produce a car that the general public could afford, whereas the car was considered a luxury in the previous years. Henry Ford is recognized as being the inventor of the assembly line, but many others would create similar concepts. It was Henry Ford who finally produced something from his concepts. With his invention, Henry Ford was able to produce a vehicle every 15 minutes. His assembly line would produce another temporary problem, however. At the rate the vehicles were being assembled, the dry time for the paint would present a whole new problem. Waiting for the paint to dry caused several sales issues. The only way around this problem, was to begin painting all his Model T’s with a paint known exclusively as Japan Black. This paint was known to dry faster than any other paint produced at the time. Henry Ford made it known that any customer desiring his cars would have to accept black as the only color palette for his vehicles. When the First World War declined, designs for the vehicles continued to undergo changes. For instance, cylinder engines went from a minimal eight to a staggering twelve and sixteen. Malcolm Loughead would be credited with the design of the first ever hydraulic brake in the 1900’s. Hermann Rieseler decided the auto could be further improved by installing an automatic transmission. His first concepts were well known around the 1920’s, but it wouldn’t be till the 1940’s when cars started sporting the new automatic transmissions.

Horse Drawn Wagons/Steam Engines Completely Abandoned

After the end of the World War II, the world seemed to be in tatters. Economics took a hard hit and would take some time to rebuild. Horse drawn wagons and steam powered vehicles were completely forgotten, seemingly overnight. American based factories continued to produce vehicles instead of tanks. When the economy finally recovered, the car would be considered the symbol for this rapid recovery. The United States was considered to be the top producer and perhaps the only place where you could purchase a vehicle. As time went on, other European countries began to build their own creations. Japan started producing enough vehicles to be able to compete with the United States. Ford, Cadillac, and Oldsmobile were no longer the only options to pick from. Japan produced the reliable Toyota, and Germany would go on to produce the sporty Volkswagen.

Our Cars Today

Today’s cars are being designed with a new interest in mind. The continuously rising costs of gasoline have made it more difficult to travel the world or get to our daily destinations without being charged an arm and a leg. The trend for vehicles these days is to combine fuel efficiency, cool electronic gizmos, with a stylish package. For this reason, smaller cars are purchased the most frequently. I have found the best online reviewing centers in order to help me out determine which cars are going out to the market. Chuck Giametta one of the main auto reviewers of carpreview is recognized nationally and always do honest and unbiased coverage of the newest cars in the market. Make sure to check them out.
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Similarities between Jet Planes and F1 Formula Cars

f1F1 formula cars and fighter jets are related in more ways than one; they go fast. The North American X-15 currently holds the highest speed record for the fastest aircraft. With a top speed of 4,520 miles per hour, it is revered by many and piloted by few. Formula One race cars can reach speeds up to 220 miles per hour. While the speed differences may seem significant, these two adrenaline rushing vehicles share similarities that make it possible to reach these top speeds.


If you ask any racing enthusiast whether it be for cars or any other high speed sport, they all share a common concern other than going fast. Aerodynamics; aerodynamics is an important consideration that should be made in any vehicle that is going to be traveling at high speeds. This feature involves studying how objects move through air and how best to construct an object so the air will flow around or over it. By paying special attention to this consideration, higher speeds can be achieved because air is no longer an obstacle. This is what aerodynamics is all about. If the object happens to be a plane or a jet, the aircraft needs to be able to maintain high enough speeds so they can remain in the air. To do this, the plane also needs to encounter as little air resistance as possible. When the air passes directly over the wing, a lift is created allowing the plane to stay in the air. F1 cars however function on the opposite principle. F1 car wings are specially designed to allow air to pass on the lower surface of the wing instead of over it. More pressure is created on the top surface instead of the bottom. This is where the word Downforce comes from. The higher the downforce, the better the grip the car has on the race circuit. Aerodynamics is tricky to navigate. Too much tampering can create too much drag which slows the vehicle down. Just the right enough tampering may make the difference between winning on race day. Formula One race car engineers are constantly finding ways to get the best of both worlds. One of the most under looked considerations is the underflow. Underflow refers the air that goes directly under the car. This is why most race cars have a particularly low stance.


If the plane you’re driving doesn’t have a reliable set of tires on it, they’ll be in shreds in a matter of seconds upon take off. Even worse, they’ll be useless when you decide to land the high speed aircraft. Specially designed tires are relied to bring a fast moving plane that is going about 12400 miles per hour to a complete stop. This requires a tire that is capable of standing pressure, high volumes of weight, and blistering speeds. Next to the engine, the tire is one of the parts of a vehicle that take the most beating. Engines are constantly being tweaked to develop the most power and speed, and tires are constantly touching the ground. It would come as a surprise to some that these tires perform the best when they’re lightweight. Bulky tires would do nothing but slow the vehicle down and possibly cause mishaps. A typical race car tire is capable of reaching the high temperatures of about 120 degrees just from doing a few laps about the race circuit. These temperatures are more than capable of cooking food with. So what goes into the creation of these amazing tires? The tires owe their success to three main ingredients: Oil, Carbon and Sulfur. These three ingredients are key to creating a winning tire. Oil will create a soft tire, but it will also grip the track with ease. It’s not just the ingredients that go into making these tires that make them successful in stopping these powerful machines, it’s how they’re inflated too. Jets and top performing race cars have their tires inflated with Nitrogen. Nitrogen enables these tires to achieve high speeds and high temperatures without exploding like an air inflated tire would do.


F1 race cars and high speed jets do share differences when it comes to comparing the oils that fuel these fast machines. The similarities are easily realized as soon as you consider that you can’t take a drive to your local gas station and purchase the same oil that these planes and race cars need to function properly. The exactly formulation of the oil isn’t top secret, but the mixture is heavily supervised to avoid any tampering. Some of the chemicals that are found in the commercial gasoline you pump into your car would be considered un-acceptable if found in jet or facing fuel. F1 racers may create several kinds of mixtures of racing fuel to achieve the results they’re looking for. Some formulas may even be used on different tracks depending on the circumstances.


The pilots or drivers that are behind the wheel of these machines need to be able to focus on the road in front of them. Adjusting or monitoring the vital settings would be distracting and could potentially cause a disaster. On top of that, these drivers need to be capable of making fast decisions and hope they’re correct. Specifically designed electronics takes all the guess work and enables the driver to focus on the road ahead of them. These electronics can monitor everything from the amount of fuel going to the engine, oil pressure, and even wing angles. Special sensors may make the adjustments necessary and even record the information in special logs so problems can be prevented before they occur.


Carbon Fiber can be found on both jets and F1 racing cars. Despite being a lightweight material, carbon fiber is capable of surpassing the strength of most metals. The light weight nature of this material is not only sleek, but it also goes a long way toward increasing speeds.
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The Beginnings of Hot Rod Fandom

One very 2014-08-12_1524popular hobby in USA is the modification and tuning of cars of all kinds and age. In this area is also a popular category called Hot Rod, it is based on the modification of old timers from the 1930’s and 1940’s, this kind of vehicles are easy to customize for adding new parts such as oversized engines, tires, electronics and so on. This kind of vehicles are also light in weight and therefore is another characteristic why this kind is chosen, their form is also very particular and makes them special and one of a kind. The very fact that this vehicles are not manufactured any longer gives this hobby a twist due to the added difficulty to find them. The search and most of the time rescue is part of the fun for the people, most of the time these cars are abandoned somewhere in the country and not everyones knows about them too. The people interested in this hobby have builded their own network of people to contact them and to search for these cars, the most exotic and weird the car is the better and of course the most expensive it will be. The prices for the unrestored vehicles is also a mystery, it all depends on where and who owns the vehicle remember that we are talking about very old and abandoned cars. Sometimes this cars are somewhere in the middle of the country in a farmland, no papers or identity of the car are available, possibly the owner is not around and the people have no idea how to classify the car to give a correct value to it, but if the car is on a farm it belongs to the owner of the farm. Only the people searching for theses vehicles have most of the time an extensive knowledge about them and therefore they can sometimes buy the car for a very low value and then do the proper restoration to convert it into a hot rod.
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About Me

I am Marc. A Fanatic automobile tuner. I do all kinds of modifications to my cars in order to create the coolest and most creative cars ever. Im also proud of creating the fastest cars I can and enjoy the sound they make when they roar.

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