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Category Archives: Automotive

Heater Core Problems

Playing with the heat settings does no good and a check of the coolant, hoses, and connections reveals that everything is okay. So, what is the problem? More than likely your Ford heater core has died. You jump in your car and head directly over to your Ford dealer to get a price on a new heater core. Within moments you are gasping for air as the man behind the counter looks over his computerized inventory and quotes an outrageously high price. For a moment you don’t know whether to whack the guy over the head or start driving around with a portable heater you plug into your car’s cigarette lighter. Quickly you dismiss either option and decide to take matters into your own hands.

Fortunately a heater core isn’t all that difficult to change yourself. For most cars, a heater core can be reached by pulling out the dash or checking under the hood adjacent to the firewall, locating the unit, yanking it out, and replacing it with a new one. Naturally, you will pay gobs of money through your dealer’s parts department, but you have other options besides visiting the dealer or making a futile trip to your local junkyard: shop the internet.

That’s right, online auto parts wholesalers carry Jeep heater cores and heater cores for just about any make/model of car out there. Best yet, when shopping with a wholesaler like the Heater Core Experts, you can save big bucks. By purchasing direct from the manufacturer, a first class wholesaler will turn around and sell a heater core to you for less. A lot less than what Mr. Parts Dealer would charge and without you having to pay for labor costs either.

Yes, you could always ignore the problem and hope that Spring comes early and stays forever, or you can sell your first born child and head over to your dealer’s part department and hope they have mercy on you…they most certainly will not! Better yet, shop online for an OEM replacement heater core that meets or exceeds manufacturer specifications, save big, and get warm!

Info of Repairing Car Damage

Skilled car damage repairers earn almost four folds of what novice repairer gets. Statistics show that of the 223,000 automotive repairers in 2004, 10% of them, the skilled automotive repairers earn more than $28.45 per hour. This is about four times what the less skilled repairer’s get, which is about $9.42 per hour.

If we then compare it to the median per hour rate of company executives which is about $29.75 per hour, you probably pair enough in take-home money because being in the business of repairing car damage, you do not need to wear a suit and tie, and get stressed to much thinking of how you will run the business. You may also need to worry about the life of all the people in your company. You thus sport a stressful lifestyle, although from a distance, you may look far better than blue-collar workers. You may have the power to command as a company executive but you do not have the coziness of a blue-collar job. You may be more stressed as compared to skilled car damage repairers.

On the other hand, as a skilled car damage repairer, you go to work in noisy body shops with clatters of hammering and whining of power tools. You also will be dirty at the end of the day. You are also working in a condition where there is great possibility of being hurt while repairing car damages.

In addition to this, you will need to have at least 3 to 4 years of hands-on experience in all the paces of automotive repairing before you reach a receive a handsome pay.

Therefore, to ensure that later on, your business of repairing car damages will go up to the level where you will earn like those handsomely dressed company executives, it may help to have yourself certified by the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence. Once you are certified as an ASE Master Collision Repair and Refinishing Technician, you may already command your price.

However, before you get this far in your business of car damage repairing, you may need continuing education on the modern and technically advanced quality of cars that manufacturers introduce to the market.

Formal training will help you develop your skills and attending seminars sponsored by automotive manufacturers will keep you at the top of your business.

It may also help to understand the government requirements and that of insurance companies so that you will be able to assist your clients well enough.

Remove Rust From a Motorcycle Gas Tank

What you’ll need:

  • Acetone
  • Distilled water (it’s important that you only use distilled water)
  • Two stroke oil
  • A length of chain 4 to 6 feet long
  • Rags
  • Something to plug the fuel outlet (I used a small piece of hose a small rag and a piece of black tape)

IMPORTANT NOTE: ACETONE AND RUBBER DO NOT MIX! If you use rubber to seal the fuel output replace it every time you drain the acetone mix as the acetone will eat away at it.

At this point I’m going to assume that you have the gas tank off the bike and that it’s empty. Here is a step by step.

  1. Plug the fuel output and make sure it is sealed
  2. Fill the tank about ½ full of acetone and let it sit turning occasionally
  3. Wait overnight
  4. Shake the tank and empty the acetone/rust mixture into a bucket
  5. Fill the tank ½ way again with acetone and this time drop the chain in
  6. Shake the tank often and vigorously. The chain will knock remaining rust off
  7. Empty the acetone/rust mixture into the bucket
  8. Fill the tank up with distilled water and empty it out. Do this until only fairly clean water comes out and no rust can be heard rattling around. I put a hairdryer in the fuel hole and dried it out immediately after
  9. Fill the tank about ¼ with two stroke oil and shake it around then empty it
  10. Please dispose of the acetone and other nasty chemicals properly

Info of Car Ding Repair

We see a trend today that more and more vehicle manufactures are using light gauge sheet metal in the construction of vehicles. In fact, it is not difficult to dent many new cars by simply leaning against them. The nice things about these dent/ding out, glue puller kits are that they give the do-it-your-selfers and car amateur enthusiasts a professional option to expensive dent removal services.

There are also different kinds of ding or dent repair kit and each of them offers a tool for specific damage. So you must know which repair kit you need for fixing your specific problem. This is no big deal however, because the only thing you have to do is to tell the sales person in the auto part or accessory store what you’ll need to do and he or she will find the dent fix kit for your needs. To cover yourself completely, you can buy several of them, thus having a tool for any ding or dent problem your car might incur. If you purchase three different ding or dent fix kits, you’ll have what you need for all types of dent repair.

How to use these kits? Here is what you do:

  • apply a bead of glue to the pulling nib
  • affix the nib to the lowest area of the dent you’re going to fix
  • the ding repair tool slips over the threaded stud
  • a wing nut tool is threaded down pulling the metal up
  • as soon as the dent is pulled out, a couple of drops of a release agent that normally is included in the kit is applied to the glue and the pulling nib will come right off.

These dent fix kits are inexpensive and easy to use and they will not damage your factory finish.

Auto Electrical Repair

An auto battery is built up of six cells, each containing stacked positive and negative lead plates. These are divided and separated by insulators and immersed in an electrolyte, a liquid blend of sulfuric acid and water. However, some batteries, use a gel instead of the electrolyte. This is considered to be safer and because you do not have to refill it with electrolyte, it has been labelled “maintenance-free”. Each cell generates or more correctly put, stores 2.1 volts for a total of 12.6 volts.

Between the electrolyte and the lead plates, a chemical reaction is created. This produces dangerous, explosive gases that vent through the battery cover vents. Because of this, caution should be taken when you charge or jump start a low battery. The same caution should also be taken every time you are working under the hood of your vehicle. It is important to provide as good ventilation as possible in the battery, so always keep it clean. All batteries, even those using gel instead of electrolyte lose charging capacity as the time passes. The reason for this is that the chemical breakdown of the connections inevitably takes place leading to the deterioration of the plates and loss of the electrolyte.
When your vehicle has start up or charging problems, the vehicle troubleshooting procedure should start with a test of the battery. You do that with a visual check followed by a voltage test. If the battery is ok, other components of the electrical system is probably the reason, but battery problems are by far the most likely reason.

A good thing with battery checking and trouble shooting is that you need very little technical equipment. All you need is a good, old Digital Volt Ohm Meter and a charger for the battery.
Each auto battery manufacturer uses a certain color in the battery ‘eye’ which tells whether a charge is needed. This is a fast and easy way to alert you for re-charging. Check out your battery manufacturer’s specification of the ‘eye’ and everything associated with it.

If you need to replace your auto battery, always test it before you replace it. Also test the entire electrical system of your car. The reason for your battery problem might be a weak alternator or a drain on the system and if this is the case it won’t take many weeks before your have to replace the new one as well. What seems to be a battery problem is not always caused by the battery itself. You can acquire more information about how to repair your car’s electrical system on the web.

About Oxygen Sensor Solutions

As a backgrounder, your oxygen sensor works like this: placed inside of your exhaust pipe, the oxygen sensor detects the ratio of air and gasoline your engine is fed. If the mixture is too rich or too lean than the oxygen sensor adjusts the amount of fuel entering your engine accordingly. The wrong mix of gasoline and oxygen can increase pollutants that exit your vehicle – thereby harming the environment — as well as potentially causing your catalytic converter to fail or even damage your engine. So, a properly working oxygen sensor is a must for any vehicle.

There are some clear signs that your oxygen sensor is no longer functioning. They can include:

–A rotten egg odor emitting from the exhaust.

–A reduction in fuel economy.

–Your catalytic converter fails unexpectedly.

–Exhaust emissions reach undesirable levels.

–Your engine surges or hesitates.

You can diagnose the problem yourself if you have access to the right tools including a digital voltmeter, an oxygen sensor socket, and a propane enrichment device. These specific tools, along with a proper Haynes or Chilton manual by your side, should be all that you need to determine if the oxygen sensor is no longer working. If it has failed, than consider ordering your replacement part online through a reliable wholesaler such as the Oxygen Sense shop to obtain a high quality OEM part at discounted prices. Once your part has arrived than all you will need is one or two automotive wrenches to accomplish the job. Again, reference your car’s manual for exact instructions.

Apply Graphics and Decals on Bike

Bikes look ordinary. Others might do it to hide any dent or scratches from their automobile. So, if you too are looking for similar solutions or graphic installations then read this quick, professional guide on how you can apply and install the graphic kits on your bike:

Before you start

Inspect whether the plastic of the graphic kit you purchased. It looks defective, scuffed or scratched then you should get it replaced. Before you apply the graphics to your bike, you need to make sure that the bought plastic is in good condition.

For installation you will need:

• – adhesive paper tape;
• – paper knife / scissors;
• – hair dryer or heat gun;
• – degreasing agent or alcohol-water mixture;
• – squeegee (optional);

Now wash your hands as clean hands will help you prepare surface better and also keep the application area cleaners. If your hands have any dirt or oil over them then your graphics are likely to loose their stickiness.

Now you need to prepare the surface. If your bike has some pre-installed graphics or tattoos then remove it completely. You can use a hair dryer or heat gun warm up the old graphic and then clean the surface through a degreasing agent. You must not leave any sort of glue residues on the surface. Before you apply the new sticker, the bike material should be warmed up well.

Apply the Graphic:

Now place the Decal graphics over the spot you want to install them and tape down the decal on it. This will help to hold it in place. Use as much tape as you want to be comfortable. Now peel off the backing paper from the background of the decal to till its middle. Cut the peeled part and check the alignment of the decal, whether it is as you desired or not!

Scooter V-Belt

DISCLAIMER: Maintenance, disassembly and repair of your scooter should only be performed by people with sufficient mechanical skill or experience so that no unsafe repair or modifications are made.

Before you begin a scooter v-belt replacement, make sure you have ordered a new belt that is the correct size for your scooter. Also, a word to the wise, a cheap belt will cost you more down the road. It is recommended to buy either a brand name or premium belt such as a Gates Powerlink or Kevlar Belt. They will last longer than a cheaper standard belt.

Let’s begin! First you will need to remove the CVT cover from the engine to expose the drive train of your scooter. The cover is held in place by a handful of bolts. Once the bolts have been removed, you may need to give a gentle tap on the CVT cover with a soft rubber mallet. Always use a rubber mallet to avoid marring or flattening the cover. A gentle tap usually will help “pop” the CVT cover free from the engine.

Once the CVT cover is off, inspect the inside of the CVT. Usually the belt will be shredded and there will be a lot of belt debris. Remove the old belt and clean out all debris from the CVT, variator and clutch. Any debris left in the CVT will likely cause further problems later on.

Now you need to remove the outside half of the variator. A 17 mm socket will be needed to remove the nut. This is probably the most difficult part, as the engine will want to turn with the variator. This is where the impact gun comes in handy. If you do not have an impact gun, you can use a block of wood and a flat screwdriver as a wedge.

Once the nut has been removed, pull off the variator top half. A quick inspection of the roller weights inside is necessary to ensure there are no flat spots or excessive wear. Replace the roller weights if this the case. Now check the clutch pulley operation. You are making sure that the pulley can move freely when compressing with your fingers. To install the belt on the clutch first you will need to compress the clutch. Leave enough slack to loop the scooter belt back on to the crankshaft where the variator will be reinstalled.

Checklist For A Motorcycling Trip

Let’s run through a checklist that you must bear in mind before hitting the road for that much longed for road trip with your friends.

A drawback you are likely to have to put up with is that a motorbike is unlikely to offer you the same storage capacity as in line with a car. A conventional motorbike would let you carry a nice rucksack over your shoulders and a saddle bag for some additional storage.

Now you are sure to find some chic options for the saddle bags. A hard saddle bag is sure to look suave and stylish, as it shines in the sun. But suede is equally charming and impressive.

Another very common type of storage accessory for your bike is tank bags. Tanks bags may not be as common as saddle bags, but these are placed directly over the top of fuel tanks.

A tank bag may even have a glassy window which displays maps.

If it is weather protection which forms a constraint, harder bags are the right option to go for. But these need more time for installation.

If you require even more storage space, you may consider going for tail bags.

We can now run through the inspection checklist. The T-CLOCS method is a fine way to inspect your bike just before you get set for your journey.

  • T: Tires. The tires should be well inflated. If you carry a pressure monitor with you, that should meet its purpose. If you feel that a tire might need replacement while the journey lasts, why not have it replaced!
  • C is for controls. Are your entire clutch, brakes and cables operating well?
  • L stands for lights. Make sure that high and low beam lights, turn indicators and tail light are all in excellent condition.
  • O is for oils and fluids. You must check everything, starting from engine oil, coolant and brake fluid.
  • C: Chassis. Frame, chain and fasteners should all be intact and in a great working condition.
  • S: Stands. The side stands and centre stand should both not be cracked or bent. Stand springs should be in an excellent condition, such that these hold the assembly away from the pavement when you set the bike into motion.

Strategies for Safety on Motorcycles

Injury and Fatality Data

Only about two percent of the total number of registered vehicles in the United States are motorcycles. However, these vehicles represent about five percent of all highway fatalities that occur each year in this country. The disparity between these two percentages illustrates the high number of people killed when they choose this type of transportation. In a motorcycle accident, about 80 percent of the time, the rider is either injured or killed. With an automobile accident, occupants of the car are only injured or killed about 20 percent of the time.

Comparison of Vehicles

The reason for the high number of incidences resulting in both injury and death with motorcycles is mainly due to the lack of protection. With a car, people have the heavy structure of the vehicle around them. The roof and door beams protect in the event of a rollover or impact. Automobile restraints and airbags also offer important protection from injury and death in accidents. Cars are also much heavier and bulkier. The stability of four wheels is a vast improvement over two wheels. It’s also more difficult to see motorcycles on the road due to their smaller size. This difficulty means that sometimes other drivers simply don’t see a motorcycle, which can contribute to serious accidents.

Agility Factor

While these vehicles do have some serious safety issues, there are some positive factors. A person riding a motorcycle has better maneuverability and agility on the road. This driver can often stop faster and swerve to avoid obstacles. While these are important benefits, they do not completely offset the negative safety issues.

Staying Safe

– Before choosing this two-wheeled form of transportation, a rider should take and complete a training course that teaches skills and safety. At the end of the course, the student should pass a test to certify the skills.

– When riding, it is best to remain constantly vigilant for dangers. Defensive driving is an important tactic. Try to anticipate what other drivers may do. Along with staying alert, assume that other drivers will not see you.

– Use extreme caution at intersections. Intersections present serious dangers, and they are the location where most accidents occur for motorcycles.

– Remaining visible is one of the most important goals. Never ride in another vehicle’s blind spot.

– Avoid riding in inclement weather due to obstacles and slippery surfaces. A lack of windshield wipers can reduce your ability to see.

– Ride with a helmet, eye protection, and appropriate clothing. Long pants, a jacket, and gloves can help reduce the severity of injuries.

– Never ride when under the influence of alcohol or drugs.