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4 Signs You Might Have a Faulty Fuel Pump That Needs to be Replaced

Posted by James Williams on Nov 17, 2016

As you might well be able to guess, your car’s fuel pump is one of its most vital parts. If your fuel pump isn’t working, the engine can’t run, but even driving with a faulty fuel pump can be problematic since it affects the way your car runs and can place additional strain on other components. Here are just four things you need to be on the lookout for. 1. Odd Whining Noise As with many common car issues, one of the first signs that something is amiss with the fuel pumps will usually be detected by your ears. Fuel pumps should hum quietly as they provide fuel to the engine, but if one starts to become old and worn, that sound can change to a high-pitched whine when the engine is running. 2. Misfires When your fuel pump isn’t adequately supplying your car’s engine with fuel, the air-fuel ratio within the engine can be affected and the pressure can drop. When this happens, your engine just won’t be able to run as it was designed to, and misfires and stalls are therefore more likely to occur. Of course, misfires can be caused by numerous internal problems, but, whether the fuel pump or something else is to blame, you need to take your car in to see a professional in order to get to the heart of the matter. 3. Performance Issues When a fuel pump no longer works at all, no fuel will be supplied to the engine....

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From Waxy Residue to Smears: Four Car Cleaning Issues and How to Avoid Them

Posted by James Williams on Oct 7, 2014

A clean car looks impressive and feels fun to drive, but getting your car super clean isn’t always easy. To help you out, here is a look at several issues that may occur as a result of improper cleaning and how to avoid them: Waxy Residue After waxing your car, you may notice a waxy residue on some of the trim. This is especially noticeable if you have black trim on your vehicle. The most effective way to remove this residue is by gently moving a rubber back and forth over it. Avoid using a pencil rubber as the metal holding the rubber onto the pencil could scratch the plastic. Instead, use a small detached rubber, and make sure to only apply it to the plastic bits of the car’s trim as it could leave marks on your paint job. Smeary Swirls If you notice swirls and smears on your car, those usually appear after a routine cleaning. However, with the right techniques, you can avoid these blemishes. Start by making sure that you have at least two buckets available to clean your car. Fill the first bucket with a soapy mixture of water and the second with clean water. Then, start scrubbing the car from the top. Instead of scrubbing in circles, use back and forth motions and as much water as possible. When the area looks clean, rinse it with the clean water. This prevents the soap from drying onto your car and creating streaks. Repeat the...

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4 Car Spray Paint Tips For First Timers

Posted by James Williams on Sep 26, 2014

If you’ve decided that your car needs a paint job, you can take it to a professional automotive paint shop, or you can do the job yourself. If you choose to go at it on your own, you will need good quality spray paint, a spray gun and plenty of patience. And if you follow these four tips, you will maximise your chances for a job well done. 1. Spray Paint The Entire Car — Instead of trying to just spray paint a bumper silver, you should spray paint the entire car. As a first-timer, you may not have the skill necessary to prevent spray paint from overlapping if you are only trying to paint a panel of your vehicle. Spray painting the entire car is much easier than trying to keep the spray paint in a contained section of your vehicle. That kind of specificity is best left to a professional. 2. Use Sandpaper To Prepare Your Car — Before you get started, you will have to sand down your vehicle to ensure optimal adherence of the spray paint. What happens is that over time, your vehicle picks up scrapes, dents and bumps that must be smoothed out before any application of paint. Sandpaper grit is always designated in descending order. To smooth out your vehicle prior to spray painting, use a medium grit level such as P60, but test it out on a small part of your vehicle, and if it’s too soft, move up to a...

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Prepare Your Vehicle Now For Safer Winter Driving!

Posted by James Williams on Sep 26, 2014

As summer winds down, it is time to begin getting ready for winter weather and part of the process involves getting your vehicles prepared for driving on treacherous roads. Even though people depend on their vehicles for daily transportation, it is easy to put off making needed repairs, having worn parts replaced or even outfitting them for safer winter driving. If your vehicle has not yet been prepared for winter driving conditions, keep reading for some timely tips on accomplishing this important task. Check The Tires Make sure that your vehicle’s tires are in good condition, with plenty of tread left for maintaining traction on snow and ice covered roadways. Look for any bald spots or uneven wear patterns on tires that could indicate the vehicle has a steering or braking problem that could be particularly dangerous when driving on slick surfaces. If the vehicle is equipped with 4-wheel drive, be aware that worn 4×4 parts can also be the cause of abnormal tire wear. Replace the worn tires and make sure to have all parts of the drive train, steering and braking system examined and repaired before the winter arrives. Talk to your mechanic, such as A1 Automotive Suspension & Exhaust, about any issues you have noticed so that they can be addressed. Carry A Winter Driving Kit Driving on snowy and icy roads carries the risk of being stranded along the way. While the safest practice can be staying off the road completely during bad weather, sometimes this is...

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3 Signs That Your Vehicle Is Having Transmission Trouble

Posted by James Williams on Sep 26, 2014

It is important to be able to spot troubles with your transmission, especially since you need to make sure that it is repaired as quickly as possible. Therefore, make sure that you are taking a moment to check out the following three signs that may indicate the need for a trip to the transmission shop. Inability To Go In Reverse Some people find that they may not notice any problems with their transmission until they are suddenly unable to go into reverse. When this happens, you are being given a clear warning sign that your transmission is about to get much worse if you do not get it fixed promptly. Instead of having to replace your entire transmission, you might simply be able to have the problem fixed and be back on the road in no time. Leaking Fluid While a small transmission fluid leak may not be a sign that the entire transmission is about to stop working, it is still a clear indication that there is an issue that needs to be addressed. Your vehicle could need nothing more than have a seal or two replaced. If there does happen to be a bigger issue, your transmission specialist will be able to spot the problem and suggest a way to solve it. Problems With Engagement When you shift your vehicle from park to drive, it should engage and take off right away. If there is a problem with your transmission, you might find that there is a...

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Choose the Performance Exhaust System that Suits You!

Posted by James Williams on Sep 25, 2014

If you love your cars and are constantly tinkering around with different parts, then you probably have replaced or upgraded an exhaust pipe or two in your day. But what is the best performance exhaust system and which type suits your needs? Are you looking for a rumbling exhaust that looks stylish, or do you want the simplest option that functions the best? Check out this list and decide for yourself! The Single Side Exhaust As its name suggests the single side exhaust consists of one exhaust pipe on one side of the vehicle. This works out as the most cost effective exhaust system, but it doesn’t provide a lot of horsepower. So if your looking for something with a lot of rev, then the single side is not for you! The Dual Rear Exit Exhaust Are you looking to get noticed when you drive your car through town? Looking to be heard before you are seen? Then you need to get your hands on a dual rear exit exhaust. This flashy-looking piece of equipment consists of two pipes sitting side by side under the bumper. As it consists of two outlets the dual rear exit exhaust imposes less restrictions on your exhaust system than the single side exhaust. It also produces a deeper roar than a single side alternative. Opposite Dual Exhaust This system works in a similar way to the dual rear exit exhaust, but it has some major differences. Whereas the dual rear exit exhaust’s pipe...

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