Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Christmas Paella

Servings: 4

Shungiku Pesto
150 grams chrysanthemum greens (shungiku), chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
30 grams walnuts
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
½ teaspoon salt
50 milliliters olive oil
400 milliliters water

300 grams rice
½ onion, diced
6 shrimps, removed back vein
100 grams Asari clams, flushed the sand out
100 grams cauliflower
½ red pepper, diced
½ yellow pepper, cut into star shape
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil

Salmon roe

For chrysanthemum greens pesto, put crown flower, garlic, walnut, parmesan cheese, olive oil, and water into a blender and process until smooth.
Heat olive oil and garlic in a frying pan. Fry on low heat until fragrant. Add clams and shrimp, and fry until shrimps change color. Then remove them.
Pour remaining olive oil and add onion. Stir on medium heat until golden. Then put rice, and stir until translucent.
Add chrysanthemum greens pesto and mix well. Lay shrimp, clams, cauliflower, and peppers.
Put a lid over the pan and allow to steam for 15 minutes, or until rice and seafood are cooked through.
To serve, top with salmon roe.

Monday, December 19, 2016

What's Really In Car Exhaust

Car exhaust will kill you in at least four different ways: three are quick and one is pretty slow. One: There’s no oxygen in exhaust - so that’s generally bad, unless you want to suffocate. And even if you put the oxygen back, there are two deadly poisons in it that will kill you regardless: Number two: Carbon dioxide - people forget the number one greenhouse gas is also a deadly poison. Number three: carbon monoxide - an even deadlier deadly poison. And then there are (number four) the carcinogens…

And you’re breathing some car exhaust every minute of every day. We all are. You’re sleeping in it, eating dinner in it, exercising in it.

Friday, December 16, 2016

How To Check Air Pressure In Tires

Checking your tire pressure is crucial in the maintenance and the performance of your vehicle. Check air pressure in tires with help from an automotive professional in this free video clip.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

How To Start A Car With Jumper Cables

How to Start a Car With Jumper Cables. If your car won't start because the battery is low or dead, a jump-start will get you back on the road in a matter of minutes. This is an easy procedure that anyone with a pair of jumper cables can accomplish.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Drive Carefully This Winter

We wish you safe travels on the road this season and every season to come. Check out these winter driving tips:

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Hot Shot's Secret Original Stiction Eliminator on TruckU

If you have an injector problem in your diesel, 9 times out of 10 the injector is just "hung-up". By simply pouring in Stiction Eliminator, you will save a ton of money and life will be a whole lot easier. This product (and other Hot Shot's Secret products) is built specifically to solve a problem and is backed by a 100% guarantee.

Monday, November 28, 2016

What You Need to Know About Brake Repair

Did you just roll up to a stop sign, apply the brakes and hear a funny metallic sound you don't remember hearing before? Or maybe you hear a grinding sound, but have ignored it for a few weeks now? Hopefully the latter is not the case, because it could be a serious problem with your brakes. The longer you go with a funny noise from the brakes region, the potential for a more expensive fix exists. The brakes might only new pads, but the longer the problem goes, they might need new rotors, calipers or something else.

Have the Brakes Checked Routinely

The brakes are something that can be checked often, when you have a routine maintenance check done or if you are having the tires rotated. Having the brake pads checked when the tires are off the vehicle is more accurate than when they are on the tires. The brake pads are measured to see how much is left and then you are given a percentage of how much brake pad is left.

Once the brake pads are getting down towards the 25% range, you should consider having them replaced. Once the pads get worn down below 50%, they can wear even faster. What might be 25% one week can be down to 15% in just a few short weeks. It is better to have the brakes replaced sooner rather than later, since you can then be assured you aren't damaging other parts of the brakes.

To repair the brakes, the car is simply put up on a lift, the tires pulled off and then the brakes looked at. Depending on how many of the parts need to be replaced will determine how long the process will take. When just the brake pads need repair, then it will only take an hour or so. When you need the brake pads, new rotors and even calipers installed, it might take a half of a day to complete the job.

Brake repair can be costly, but it is not something you can go without on the car. When the brakes don't work properly, the car won't stop properly. A car that cannot stop when predicted will get in accidents or be scary to take out on the road. As soon as you suspect a brake problem, have it checked out by an ASE technician so you can get the problem fixed if it exists.

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Friday, November 25, 2016

How Do I Tell What Country My New Car Really Comes From?

It's very hard to know where any car is really made. It's easy to presume, and be dead wrong. In practice, the car industry does not want you to know.

We've got allegedly German cars built in South Africa, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, the Slovak Republic and Spain. So-called Japanese cars that come from 'Straya, the UK, India and Thailand.We've got notionally American cars coming from Mexico and Canada, and allegedly South Korean cars coming from the Czech Republic and India. There are even French cars coming from South Korea, and Italian cars from Poland.

It's a multi-cultural motoring mish-mash, and the car industry really doesn't want you to think too hard about it. Not on the cusp of writing any big, fat check.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Thanksgiving Travel Tips

Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year and now more people are driving than flying due to the increased costs. Lauren Fix, the Car Coach, has some Thanksgiving travel tips.

Plan ahead -- you won't be alone on the roads this year. Families accustomed to the convenience of air travel may decide to endure a long drive instead this year to cut down on costs. With proper planning, you can have a safe and cost-effective trip.

Auto check up: Before you leave home, have an ASE certified technician inspect your car. Make sure he or she checks for any car maintenance left undone, inspects your tires, and provides a tune-up to help you get the best fuel economy on your trip.

Make frequent stops. Stop at least once every two hours to stretch your legs and walk around a bit.

Keep the little ones engaged. Magnetized board games, travel bingo, and word games are saviors on long car trips. Newer vehicles often have video displays and DVD players for the backseat. If your children watch movies or use game consoles, provide them with headsets so they don't distract the driver.

Bring snacks. Most kids are content with small snacks throughout the day. Greasy "road food" definitely isn't the right thing for staying alert or feeling good on trips. Bring fruits and vegetables that are easy to eat, like carrot sticks, bananas, and apples. Also consider easy snacks like granola bars and pretzels. Stay away from excessive caffeine and sugary soft drinks, in favor of juice and water. If you must use caffeine to stay awake, you probably shouldn't be on the road.

Make it an adventure. Make a pit stop at a zoo, tacky tourist destination, or ask relatives or friends for advice for a stop on your route that the kids might enjoy. Both you and your kids will look forward to these breaks that parcel the trip into manageable pieces.

Use The Internet: Plan in advance with websites like Rand McNally, Trip Advisor, or MapQuest to decide your route and get turn-by-turn driving directions.

Be Weather Ready: Prepare for inclement weather and bad road conditions. If visibility is poor or the road becomes slippery, slow down. Prepare in advance for problems by packing a winter emergency kit. Also pack extra blankets, clothing, hand warmers, and water for each passenger.

Have patience! Holiday travel - especially in bad weather - may take much longer than anticipated. Allow extra time for weather and traffic, and arrive safely.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Auto Advice : How To Check Your Brake Pads

Checking your brake pads regularly can prevent serious accidents. Check your brake pads with the advice of an automotive expert in this free video.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Breathing Clean - When Do You Need To Replace That Air Filter?

Maintenance had a totally different meaning in the pre-computer auto repair days. Back then, we performed regular “tune ups” to keep cars of the day running their best. By one definition, the term “tune up” means “an adjustment, as of a motor, to improve working order or condition”. In other words, the stock systems (carburetion, ignition and even some engine mechanical) would be tweaked to return them to an original condition, with existing parts cleaned and adjusted and only replaced if worn outside of serviceable limits. Today, these systems have no capacity for adjustment and the “tune up” of the old days has been replaced by the need for routine maintenance – a process of inspection and replacement.

The process of keeping the engine running at peak performance has gotten simpler as a result. No ignition points to gap and time, no valves (for the majority of engines anyway) to adjust, no idle speed or choke rods to inspect and correct. But that doesn’t mean it’s gotten any less important. If anything, today’s engines are increasingly less tolerant of maintenance mistakes. Use of the wrong engine oil and other fluids is one example, improper servicing techniques leading to engine component damage is another, and we’ve reported on several others over the last few years.

Today’s topic of the Trainer ties to the service of another component that is often considered less important than it is – the air filter. This simple part is responsible for keeping dirt and other contaminants out of the engine’s internals while offering minimal restriction to the airflow the engine needs to breathe properly. How do you know when the filter is no longer able to do either job? And is servicing the air filter really a matter of yanking one out and putting one in?

Sunday, November 13, 2016

The Truth About Motorkote

See how leading brands' diesel additives oxidize & cause diesel sludge - while Hot Shot's Secret FR3 maintains performance.

This test shows that in a period of 100 hours at 300F, a popular retail oil-additive begins to oxidize, causing sludge and stiction.

The Hot Shot’s Secret FR3 was subject to the same test conditions; remaining crystal clear, with no signs of oxidation on the steel bearings in the test tubes.

Oil in a turbo charger can reach temperatures of 400F, which, over time breaks down engine oil causing stiction.

Some additive companies use a chlorine based additive that breaks down and oxidizes even faster than conventional oil.

This test shows the dangers of using these additives, which is not mainstream knowledge. These products include: Motorkote Hyperlube, Duralube and Prolong Engine treatment.

They contain chlorinated paraffin which should NOT be used in combustion applications.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Is My Car's Fuel Consumption Too High?

Does your car have a drinking problem? Is the fuel consumption excessive? This video examines why most drivers never achieve the official claimed fuel consumption figures. Government regulations are out of step with reality, leading to false expectations in the minds of car buyers, aided and abetted by car companies claiming that economy over-zealously. (Note that the liquid being poured is water. It would be dangerous to behave in such a cavalier way with actual gasoline.)

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

The Smartest Car - Single Battery Technology | NAPA AUTO PARTS

Every car company’s talking about electricity like it’s something new. The truth is, we’ve had electricity in cars for years. Behold: the revolutionary Single Battery Technology.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Halloween Light Show 2016 - Highway to Hell

Halloween Light Show 2016 - Highway to Hell by AC/DC

The new Matrix boards are too bright and detail for my video camera but look very good in person. Need to figure out how to fix this. Sorry.

4 singing pumpkin faces, tombstones, hand carved pumpkins, strobes, floods, 2 P10 Matrix boards and thousands of lights. All RGB LED except for the faces, floods and a few light strings. E1.31 DMX driven. 183, 000 DMX channels. Riverside, CA.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Smartest Car - Single Battery Technology

Every car company’s talking about electricity like it’s something new. The truth is, we’ve had electricity in cars for years. Behold: the revolutionary Single Battery Technology.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Top 3 Mistakes Teen Drivers Make

PARENTS- Know the Top 3 Mistakes Teen Drivers Make- So You Can Keep Your Teen Driver Safe!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

How to Check Your Tire Pressure

Keeping the recommended air pressure in your tires will provide you with safer driving and better fuel efficiency. Especially when gas prices are going up, in difficult weather conditions like rain, snow, or ice; tire pressure can make a difference when driving.

Checking the pressure is simple, everything you need is a good quality tire pressure gauge and a source of air to inflate the tire to proper pressure. You can choose between digital and standard tire gauge. Digital ones are usually very accurate and have the advantage of an easy to read backlit screen. The source of air can be air compressor at the gas station or you can get one for yourself, it can always come in handy. Do not rely on the gas station's air machine gauge, as it is usually beat and inaccurate, so have your own gauge to ensure proper PSI for your tires.

Be sure to check your tire pressure while the tires are cold. That means they should not have been driven on for at least three hours. If they are hot, add some excess pressure (5-10 PSI) to compensate for the increased pressure from the hot air inside. It will normalize when the tires cool down. Also be sure that your car is unloaded while doing the check. Weight in the car will give you inaccurate pressure value

First, find out the recommended pressure for your tires. It is usually displayed on the sticker on the driver's side door or in your car owner's manual. You shouldn't over inflate your tires as they wear out more quickly. Under inflating them wears out the side of the tire and is a safety hazard. Try to keep the tire pressure within 5 PSI of recommended value.

Now, locate the tire valve and remove the protective cap. Place the gauge on the valve stem, try to keep it even. You will hear some air escape, but if you've placed the gauge right it should stop immediately. Press it firmly and you will get a reading, either by blowing out a metered stick or a needle on a traditional gauge, or a number reading on a digital model.

If the pressure is low, inflate your tire and recheck the pressure. If it's too high, let some air out by the air bleed valve on your gauge if it has one, or by moving the gauge until you hear the air escaping.

For the remaining tires, repeat the last two steps.

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The Smartest Car - Odor Optimizing Technology | NAPA AUTO PARTS

Can you smell that? It’s the future. The future of odor optimization. Open your eyes, and nostrils, to the next big thing that’s taking over the automotive industry.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

TBN Booster only from Hot Shot's Secret

TBN Booster from Hot Shot’s Secret will raise your diesel engine’s oil TBN number up to 6 points and save 2-4 oil changes per year. TBN stands for Total Base Number. It is a measure of how much active detergent and dispersive additive is left in your engine’s oil. A TBN rating of 6-9 is typical. As miles are added, the TBN number decreases as the detergent and dispersive additives are used up. When TBN less than 5, your oil has lost its effective capacity to neutralize acid and breakdown dirt.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Difference Between Anti-Lock Brakes and Standard Brakes

An Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) is a type of breaking system that prevents your tires from locking up, when placed under heavy load. When jamming on the break, the break pad will typically grip the rotors too hard, locking up and making it difficult to maneuver. Anti-Lock brakes will pulse, keeping the pads from locking onto the rotors, thus enabling the driver to maintain a level of control.

Traditional brakes do not have the ability to pulse and instead of lock into the rotors. This inhibits the ability to steer the vehicle, since when the tires aren't rotating sliding straight is the only option. ABS is considered optional safety equipment, but comes standard on most newer vehicles.

Traction Control

Traction control is an option sold along with vehicles equipped with anti-lock brakes. This system helps tires keep traction on the ground during hard acceleration or turning. Traction control almost always works with a vehicles ABS and would not be included on vehicles with standard brakes. Some of the newest technology in anti-lock brake systems allows for detection of slippage, then controls the throttle and braking simultaneously.

Anti-Lock Brakes As Safety Equipment

Previously we discussed how anti-lock brakes can help keep the driver in control of braking vehicle. Well, there have been numerous tests done on how anti-lock brakes can improve the safety of passengers, one of the latest studies was by Monash University Accident Research Center. They found that Anti-Lock Brake Systems reduced the chance of multi-car accidents by 18% and Run-Off-Road accidents by as much as 35%.


So, when buying that next car, whether new or used, consider the added value of a vehicle with an Anti-Lock Brake System. The difference between an ABS and traditional brake systems makes the up charge worth every penny.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

America's Lesser Known National Parks

Don’t make a mistake and overlook these lesser-known national parks. Experience wonders off the beaten path including canyons, hot springs, sequoias, glaciers, waterways, dunes and islands.

Friday, September 23, 2016

5 Steps To Passing Your Smog Check Without Wasting Time

You receive your DMV notice in the mail and it's that dreaded time again. Thank God, it only happens once every 2 years but it still can be quite a daunting task. Getting that Smog registration form in the mail can be pretty nerve racking, especially with today's strict environment standards and poor economy. Failing your smog check is no joke too because it often results in expensive repairs, dirty shops and hidden fees and upsells.
Although, I cannot fix your car, I can give you tips on how I got my smog check done in as little as 30 minutes, without having a heart attack.
1) Research - First things first, you have to do your research. If you don't, you'll end up going to the wrong shop that can play you like a fiddle. I like to go to yelp to find the top restaurants, dry cleaners, and yes smog shops in my city. If you are in San Francisco, I personally recommend Clean Air Smog. Ive been there three times already and I cannot agree more with the over 100+ 5 star reviews on their place.
2) Call To Set An Appointment - You would be surprised at how many friends I talk to that say they waited 3 hours to get their smog check. Simple solution, set an appointment and you'll be in and out in 15 minutes. (Bonus: look for a shop that has 2 smog machines and usually, you'll get done a lot quicker.)
3) MapQuest - Don't get lost and miss your appointment. MapQuest it so that you will get their prompt and on time.
4) Bring Your Favorite Mag - You will have to wait for your car to be smogged. Make sure you keep yourself entertained.
5) Drive Your Car - Don't lag, get in your car and head over to the car smog station.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

12 Important Safety Features On Our Cars We Don't Think About

Well ok, this is kind of a different subject, and probably not the most obvious to some. But I'll guarantee some of us will be a little bit more informed, folks might even feel safer when they drive to work tomorrow. Whether you're the consumer or an automotive sales consultant, this article will list a dozen important safety features found on every car on the road. The consumer can benefit knowing what's on today's automobiles, just in case he/she meets the salesman who is not the most educated on their product knowledge. And lastly, sales consultants can enhance their presentations with these tasty tid-bits and increase potential commissions. So without fail, here are the main safety features found on the exterior of those cars.

#1-crumple zones-A mainstay in today's automobiles, this is the harmonic flow of numerous body panels and brackets that absorb the energy normally associated with a crash. Parts like the hood, bumper and fenders are engineered to crumple like an accordion, therefore taking the brunt in any accidental situations.

#2-Wraparound Headlights-Just like its name implies, it's a one piece headlight design that integrates the low beam, high beam, and turn signals. The headlights wrap around from the front or back of the car to the sides. Not only are the halogen headlights brighter and wider with the use of reflective cuts in the chamber, but folks driving along our blind spots can easily know our lane changing intentions. As a result, causing less accidents.

#3-Breakaway Motor Mounts-These mounts attach the engine to the frame of the car. They're not noticeable, but the life saving impact is huge. In a front impact collision, they're specifically designed to break the engine away from the frame and with the forward motion, will make the engine slide underneath the car at a 45 degree angle. Making it less likely to have an engine sitting in your lap when the crash comes to a halt.

#4-steel belted radials-It's pretty obvious, our tires are very important safety features, it is what keeps the car on the road. Tires are built with steel fibers built right in, how do they help? Well, motorists will have the peace of mind that their tires will hold up in even the most extreme conditions. Those belts will also give these tires a longer lasting life span. Less maintenance in the long run.

#5-ventilated disc brakes-Equally important as the tires are, disc brakes stop the car. Brakes are constructed of a rotor, pads, and calipers for short. The rotors are engineered with internal vanes, to help vent out the heat. And this will help defend against fade and making it less likely to repair the brakes often.

#6-Side Impact Door Beams-Like the crumple zones, this aids in absorbing energy in a side impact collision. They are steel intrusion beams built inside the door for extra reinforcement. Every car and truck have these.

#7-Laminated Windshield-This might be important, it is the very object that keeps bugs out of our teeth, and the rain out of our hair. The windshield is made up of two pieces of tempered glass with a laminate sheet in between. This is a glass sandwich that holds together well when sharp or heavy objects smash into it. There's no shattering or large pieces of glass flying about.

#8-Tempered Safety Glass-The other glass that gives us 360 degrees of protection is also designed with safety in mind. Automotive glass is heat tempered, so that when it breaks, it shatters into a multitude of small cubes. The small cubes won't cut or injure the occupants.

#9-Child Safety Door Locks-As this name indicates, they are small locks in the inside door jams of the rear two doors(4 door sedan or suv only). Lock them up and the little guys in the back seat can't unlock and pull the inside door handles while we are driving.

#10-5 mph bumpers-I would classify this as a safety item for the car itself. In the event a driver lightly hits a lightpole, grocery cart, etc. at 5mph or under, it is unlikely there will be any major structural damage. These days, the government mandated limit to follow is 2.5 mph, most automakers have the 5 mph variety.

#11-Center High Mounted Brake Light-It's actually just a 3rd brake light mounted higher than the two main brake lights, and most autos have them. They're main purpose is to make drivers behind the motorist aware of their braking intentions, normally cars 6-10 back can see this clearly.

#12-Safety Cage Construction-Think of a built in rollcage, it's the main exo-skeletal feature that provides the most protection. In every accidental situation, this protects 360 degrees. We can even literally turn a car or truck upside down on its roof, the cage will support 1.5x it's own weight. There's nothing more important.

Hence, there is our short list of safety features, hopefully you readers have a use for this information. And maybe, this will put more awareness at just how safe our cars really are. No longer will we pinpoint safety as just airbags and alarm systems, our daily drivers have been designed as intricately as the human body. All this for making our commutes, a safer one.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Diesel Fuel Quality In Your Truck: What You Need To Know

In this video we go over the diesel fuel supply and quality issues that will affect your diesel truck.
You can check out Hot Shot Secret at their website were there is plenty of great information-

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Introducing the NAPA Team 24 Chase Elliott Race Swancho!

Do you love NASCAR? Do you hate being cold? If yes, you need the world’s most innovation sweatshirt-poncho combo – The Swancho. It’s the only racing Swancho endorsed by Chase Elliott. See how you can get yours.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Drive Like Batman

When Delaware Governor Jack Markell is going to AAA Mid-Atlantic Headquarters to sign legislation to stiffen penalties for distracted driving, he asks for help in getting the message out from someone who knows what focused driving is about.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Give Your Headlights Clarity With #NAPAKnowHow

Old headlight lenses are no match for the 3M Headlight Restoration System. See some #NAPAKnowHow at work.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Hot Shot's Secret Diesel Extreme Demonstration - TruckU

Dirt and water in your fuel system steal the power from your diesel. Your engine needs an extreme cleaning. Hot Shot's Secret Diesel Extreme is a new and powerful formula designed to rejuvenate your diesel's fuel system's performance. Add a dose of Diesel Extreme at your next fill up and your engine's fuel system will be cleaned, restored and boosted to its original performance power.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Signs and Symptoms of Spark Plug Failure

Spark plugs are the most important part of a car to start up the engine. They conduct high tension electricity and ignite air/fuel (A/F) mixture to start the vehicle. Good spark plugs enable smooth vehicle movement, increase fuel efficiency, and reduce discharge of polluting gases.

If these plugs are unclean or damaged, it affects the performance of your car badly. This article discusses briefly the symptoms that you find in your car because of bad spark plugs, and different signs on these plugs to identify the bad ones.


Difficulty in starting: Starting problem is the most common symptom.

Engine misfire: Engine misfire makes your vehicle stammer, and emit more polluting gases. This is due to bad functioning or failure of spark plugs in at least one cylinder of the engine. The cylinder fails whenever the air/fuel mixture in its combustion chamber is not ignited.

Rough engine idle: Rough engine idle means heavy vibration occurring all through the vehicle while running. This is again due to bad spark plugs, and could lead to severe damage to the engine if ignored.

Poor acceleration: Poor acceleration is also one of the most common symptoms that can be observed. Acceleration of the vehicle goes down, and it will not pick up speed if the spark plugs of the vehicle are damaged.

Vehicle jerks: When the spark plugs malfunction, more air is sucked by the engine affecting A/F ratio, and this causes jerks while the vehicle is running. The engine starts and stops all of a sudden.

Less mileage: Bad spark plugs affect the fuel efficiency of the engine. As they become worse, the mileage of the vehicle reduces drastically.

Poor engine performance: These symptoms such as less fuel efficiency, vibrations, jerks, etc. indicate bad performance of the engine due to bad spark plugs.


Oily deposits: Deposit of oil occurs when the valves of a cylinder or piston rings are worn or split, and excess oil enters the chamber. This is indicated by grease or oil on it.

Carbon deposit on the plug: The carbon deposit is because of weak ignition voltage system or the carburetor of the vehicle taking in more air. This can be identified by soft black or gray deposits.

Ash deposits on its insulator: This occurs due to accumulation of combustion deposits on the plug. Ash is non-conducting, covers the nose of the spark plugs, and then blocks them from producing spark. Ash deposits can be clearly seen on the plug.

Chipped insulator: This may be because of pre-ignition shock causing physical damage to the plugs or because of mechanical damage by foreign elements when its transition between the electrodes happens. The damage is clearly visible when observed.

Therefore, it is sensible to check the condition of the spark plugs of your car when you see any of these signs and symptoms. Regular cleaning and replacing them whenever required gives your vehicle a long life and better engine performance.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

BuzzFeed Recipes: Breakfast & Lunch Ideas! Back to School!

I'm testing BuzzFeed food recipes! 5 DIY breakfast and lunch recipes for back to school! Easy, affordable, quick recipes for school or work!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

How To Check Windshield Wipers

The windshield wipers like any other component of your car, is also an important device that keeps your windshield clean and wipes away the water when it rains. We will go through how to check the windshield washer fluid and the wiper blades themselves.

Firstly the windshield washer fluid in held in a plastic container under the hood of your car. Check to ensure that is is full of liquid, if not, it will need topping up. There are a variety of windshield washer solutions available but make sure that you do not use detergent. This has potential to clog up the lines and leave residue all over the windshield.

There is quite a range of windshield washer fluids that you can get, for example there is the concentrated type. You need to mix this with water before filling up the reservoir. There are the types that contains antifreeze in the washer solution. This type would be used in areas that get very cold in the winter season.

If you find that your windshield gets messy each time you use the wipers, it is likely that the blades of the wiper need replacing. These rubber wiper blades are quite easy to replace and not expensive and just simply slide into place.

The actual metal blades that holds the rubber component is a little more expensive so if you notice that they are corroding then consider replacing it also.

If you are unsure about how to change the blades, then check your owners manual as there would be more detailed steps in the steps required depending on the make of your car.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

How Well Do You Know Your Car Battery

Perhaps the most well known part of the automobile engine outside of the mechanical world is the car's battery. Many people have experienced dead batteries. Usually, dead batteries occur at the worst possible time of the absolute busiest day of the year. When the car doesn't start, it's more likely than not your battery. It is important to monitor how well your car starts. If your car is not igniting, check your battery.

Car batteries have different roles in different cars. In electric cars, they are the main source of power. Batteries in electric cars replace the need for constant refueling, and can be charged when not in use. Batteries in standard cars are used to start the car. Without the battery, the car would not grumble itself into movement in standard cars. In hybrid vehicles, the battery plays a combination role. In city driving with stop and go movement, you'll primarily be using fuel based power. On long highway drives, the hybrid car will kick into electric power. Essentially, the battery can change what a car is classified as.

Replacing a car battery is one of the simpler tasks in maintaining a car's engine. When the car is off, simply unplug the negative and positive cables with a wrench. Remember that red is positive, black is negative. Then, put in the new battery. It may be difficult to get the cables back where they are supposed to because of the tight confines of the engine, but with a little sweat, it is do-able. Put the old battery in your car and drive over to where you purchased it so that they can dispose of it properly.

It is a good idea to change your battery every couple of years. Most folks are going to stubbornly replace it whenever the battery dies. Drivers who are proactive in their maintenance of vehicles experience less problems at bad times. Batteries are not overly expensive, either. Most auto shops will give you a discount for a battery swap, you give them your old battery and they give you a new one.

Another good idea is to keep a pair of jumper cables in your car. Jumper cables allow the use of another car's battery to help the car with the dead battery get a "jump" start. These cables have red and black ends to match the car battery. These cables can be found at any auto part store for $15 to $50, depending on the length. Don't go with the cheap cables as they may not work when you need them the most!

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Tire Maintenance Tips - Tire Pressure

Your cars tires can effect not only the way your car handles, but also can effect the overall performance and fuel economy of your vehicle. One of the of the most important things you can do is a regular schedule is to check you air pressure in your tires. Incorrect air pressure in tier is the major cause of tire failure. Tire failure while driving can lead to a automobile accident and possible injury to the driver and passengers. You should check you tire pressure at least once a month.

The proper tire pressure should be in your owners manual, or on the drivers side door. On some vehicles the manufacturer also places this information on the gas tank lid door. You should not use the information on the side of the tires. This may not be the proper air pressure for you car or truck.

When checking your tires air pressure, make sure to check them while they are cold. This means before you drive your vehicle. Tire pressure will go up or down one to two pounds per squire inch (PSI) for every 10 degrees in temperature change. If the air temperature goes down, you cars tires pressure will drop, if the air temperature goes up, your air pressure will rise.

Make sure after you have check you tire pressure, that you replace the valve caps, this will help keep out the dust and dirt that might cause a leak. Any missing valve caps should be replaced right away.

Also make sure not to forget to check the spare tire air pressure. You don't want to be stranded or have you car towed, just because you spare was flat when you need it

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016

Is It Okay To Use Water Instead Of Car Coolant?

Even though many people choose to simply put water into their radiators instead of coolant, it is not really a good idea. If you do not have any coolant on hand and must use water, then by all means do so. It is much better than nothing and will definitely keep your vehicle from overheating. Do however, make sure that you purchase some coolant and put it into your radiator at your next available moment. When asked, many people simply do not know the difference between putting water into a vehicle or coolant; so if you have been wondering about this yourself, then you are not alone.

There is a big difference between using proper coolant and water. While water does help to keep your engine cool, it does not work nearly as well as coolant does. First of all, water boils faster and at a lower temperature than does coolant. Another thing that you should keep in mind is that coolant also performs the duties of antifreeze as well. If it is winter, than you risk having your engine block crack if you run your engine with only plain water. Engine coolant also has been formulated to keep the parts in your engine from becoming corroded. Water, it goes without saying, does not possess these qualities.

Now that the importance of always having coolant in your vehicle has been established, it is important that you check your coolant level if you have not done so in awhile. Coolant is very easy to check, and you should probably do so every time you check your oil. First, you should check your overflow tank. This is a clear tank and you can check the level without even taking off the cap. There is a fill line on the side, go ahead and fill it with 50/50 coolant to this point if you need to. If you have unmixed coolant, then you need to mix it with 50 percent water beforehand. Make sure your radiator is filled as well.

It is natural for dirt and residue to clog your cooling system, so doing a full radiator flush is a good idea once in awhile. In order to do this, you will need a wrench or screwdriver, rag, radiator flush solution, funnel, and a receptacle to place the used coolant. Making sure that your engine is cool, drain the coolant that is already in the tank. There is a drain plug on your radiator tank that you'll need to unscrew. Make sure you have your receptacle underneath for the old coolant. Do not leave the old coolant where a pet or animal may drink it.

Now you have to replace the radiator drain plug. You are ready to put in your radiator flush solution. Unscrew the cap on the top of the radiator and fill it all the way to the top. Let your car run for about 10 minutes with the heater on all the way. After your engine has cooled completely, you may drain the fluid. Now you just have to replace the plug again and fill the tank up with coolant. Do not pour the coolant or flush solution on the ground, dispose of it properly.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Rainbow Orzo Pasta Salad


250 g Orzo Pasta
1 Large Sweet Potato
Red Onion
1 Courgette
1 Avocado
150 g Goat's Cheese
A Handful of Baby Tomatoes
Handful of Pine Nuts
2 Cloves Garlic
6 tbsp Olive Oil
1 tsp Dijon Mustard
1 Garlic Clove
2 tbsp White Wine Vinegar
Salt and Pepper

Preheat the oven 180C. Peel and cube your sweet potato and place in a baking tray, with the onions. Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and toss. Roast for 30 mins or until the sweet potato cubes are soft. For the last 15 mins add the the courgette slices and toss in the roasting oil.

Place your orzo into a pan of salted boiling water and cook to packet instructions.

Make up the dressing by pouring the oil, mustard, peeled garlic clove, white wine vinegar, salt and pepper into a small jar and shaking until thoroughly combined.

Drain your orzo and place and leave to cool in your serving bowl. Heat a frying pan over a medium heat and add your pine nuts. Toast for a few minutes until they start to brown. Remove from the pan and add to the orzo.

Add some oil to the pan and leave to heat. Once hot add the slices of goats cheese and fry on both sides until golden brown.

Add the roasted veg, the avocado and the tomatoes to the orzo. Drizzle over the dressing and toss. Serve with slices of the fried goat’s cheese.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

How Disc Brakes Work

Without a braking system, motor vehicles would be impractical for us to use. They help us stop our cars, maintain traction in emergency situations, and if you brake while in a turn, they help with that too. But many people may not understand how they work or what it takes to stop a 2,000 + lb. vehicle. In the following paragraphs, I will describe the basic components of a brake system, how it works, and how you can improve your braking system.

Although brake systems are highly engineered systems that are designed for safety and reliability, they are fairly easy to understand you know what the components are. There are two main types of brakes found on cars and trucks; disc brake systems and disc/drum brake combination systems. Older vehicles will have disc brakes on the front wheels and drum brakes in the back. Most modern vehicles have disc brakes at all four wheels, so I will be focusing primarily on that and will not cover drum brakes in this article.

The typical components of a disc brake system are: the pedal, the master cylinder, hard brake lines, soft brake lines, brake calipers, brake pads, and brake rotors. There can also be secondary or slave cylinders and Anti-Lock Braking (ABS) components too, but we'll forget about those for now. The brake pedal is obviously located inside the vehicle and the master cylinder is mounted to the firewall which is found under the hood. When you push the brake pedal, it leverages the master cylinder to push brake fluid through the brake lines. The brake lines are attached to the master cylinder and run to the brake calipers found at each wheel. The brake calipers contain anywhere from one to eight pistons in them. The brake fluid forces the pistons to compress the brake pads onto the brake disc. The brake rotor, AKA brake disc, is attached to the hub which is attached to the axle. So the brake pads compress onto the rotors and create lots of friction, which in turn slows you down.

Is your vehicle no longer stopping like it used to? Got the need for speed and want to make sure you can stop as fast as you go? Do you now have the need to tow heavy payloads with your truck? Here are some tips to improve brake feel, response, and stopping distance.

Brake feel can be defined as the feedback the brake system gives to the driver. That feel is delivered through the pedal. The biggest things you can do to improve feedback from the brake pedal is better brake fluid and stainless steel brake lines. All cars sold in the US must have DOT 3 brake fluid; this is the standard off-the-shelf fluid and the rating DOT3 requires that a threshold boiling point to be met. If brake fluid boils, your brakes won't work. For most applications, DOT3 is safe and it is recommended for the average driver. If you like spirited drives, participate in road racing, or just want better pedal feel, try using a DOT4 approved brake fluid. It should give you a firmer pedal and higher performance, but be careful because DOT4 needs to be changed more frequently than DOT3, which translates into higher vehicle maintenance costs. You can also install stainless steel brake lines, which don't flex as much as the rubber ones that come standard on most vehicles. The reduction in brakeline flex means improved brake feel. Another good option to improve brake feel is a master cylinder brace, which further reduces flex in the brake system.

Brake response is primarily affected by the brake pads and rotors. Some brake pads have more "bite" than others; the ones that bite faster respond better, but they can be difficult to live with in everyday life. Performance pads are a good option for improving response, especially if the pads need to be replaced anyway. New brake rotors can also improve the response you get when you hit the pedal, but not as much as performance brake pads will. Where rotors will really make a difference is when you are descending a mountain road and are on the brakes frequently. New rotors can make your brake pads perform at their best for sustained periods of time due to better cooling and out-gassing technologies.

It is important to realize that brake feel and response have almost nothing to do with your stopping distance. Getting new brake pads, rotors, lines, and fluid can make the driver feel better and will make a vehicle stop safer, but it will do very little to help you stop faster. If you want to shorten your stopping distance, the only way to really achieve that is with a big brake kit. A big brake kit includes larger diameter rotors, upgraded calipers, and new brake pads. The larger diameter rotors are the key component here because they give the brake system more leverage to stop the wheels. Big brake kits can be expensive and usually require larger wheels to accommodate the larger brakes, but if shorter stopping distances are your goal, it is worth the time and investment. I know this is a lot of information to consume, but there is one last thing you want to think about. Your tires are what really slows your car and how much grip they have is a big factor in how quickly you stop.

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

The 5 Benefits To Changing Your Automatic Transmission Fluid

One of the most commonly over looked aspects of a vehicle is the transmission. Many people tend to either ignore their transmission all together, or simply do not understand how it works. And that is fine and dandy until the day comes that things start to get ugly with it. A busted transmission is another way of saying a car that isn't going to be running any time soon without some serious work. The transmission is the power source, and it provides proper application of the power of your vehicle. So if you want to ensure your vehicle's transmission lasts just as long as possible (and most will last the entire vehicle's life time if maintained properly), then you will want to get on top of changing your automatic transmission fluid.

Benefit Number One: Preventing Lock Up

Odds are you know what tetanus is, because it is commonly referred to as "lock jaw." You would never want to have lock jaw. Not only would it be painful, but it would be inconvenient. Well, it would surprise you to know that it would be twice as inconvenient if your vehicle got lock jaw. Lock up happens when your vehicle's transmission gets so hot that your vehicle simply shuts down. It no longer runs. Changing your automatic transmission fluid when it turns black can prevent this happening to your car.

Benefit Number Two: Saving Money

Who doesn't like saving money? Literally every person you meet does things to save money, unless they've got tons to throw around or are children. Usually, they amount to the same. Changing your automatic transmission fluid when it turns black (not flushing it-flushing your automatic transmission fluid can be dangerous to your vehicle, tantamount to bleeding it dry then trying to fill it back up with new blood) can help prevent most transmission problems from occurring, meaning you save the woes of a blown transmission.

Benefit Number Three: Run Cleaner

Changing your automatic transmission fluid, and using the right fluid, can make your engine run cleaner and more efficiently than it has since it was brand new. This means better fuel economy (which we'll get to next) and better oil usage. However, using the wrong fluid, any fluid not recommended by the manufacturer for your specific make and model, can damage your transmission greatly, so be sure to check.

Benefit Number Four: Better Fuel Economy

Less work means less wear. Less wear means your transmission, and your engine, last longer. Changing your automatic transmission fluid when it turns black can help you to keep your transmission running strong for a very long time, making your vehicle more fuel efficient.

Benefit Number Five: Cost Effective

What do you think costs less: a new transmission, or automatic transmission fluid? Hopefully, you went with the latter choice. A new transmission is expensive, while automatic transmission fluid is relatively cheap in comparison, making taking care of your transmission a no brainer.

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Monday, July 4, 2016

4th Of July No Bake Cheesecake Pie!

A sweet biscuit base filled with a creamy, lemony filling and topped with your favourite summer berries – flag arrangement optional! :)
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Friday, July 1, 2016

How Your Car Brakes Work

It's common knowledge that the brakes are what stop our cars. We trust those brakes to bring our vehicle to a halt when we need them to. But, what most of us don't know is how our disk brakes or brake pads actually work. When you obtain regular auto service in Delaware County, you may find it beneficial to not only have them take care of your brakes, but also teach you the mechanics of how your car brakes work.

There are two typical types of brakes: disk brakes and drum brakes. Disk brakes are usually found on the front of your car, with drum brakes usually found in the back. Depending on the make and year of your car, you may also find disk brakes on the rear brakes. The mechanics providing your auto service in Delaware County will be able to tell you which type that you have.

In order to put your brakes into action, you have to compress the brake pedal on the driver's side of the car. Once the brake pedal has been pushed down, it will signal the master cylinder to push fluid out to the calipers. The calipers will then squeeze both brake pads against the disk or rotor to stop the car. When you consider this process, liken it to the rubber pads on a bicycle rubbing against the wheel rim to create friction and to stop the bike.

For those vehicles with drum brakes, fluid is forced into what is known as the wheel cylinder. When the fluid is forced into the cylinder, the pressure from the fluid then pushes the brake shoes out so that friction is created against the drum to stop the car. The brake shoes are on the inside of the drum, rather than on the outside like a disk brake.

Of course slowing down causes friction, which creates heat. This process eventually wears out the brakes on your car, leading them to need replacing.

Knowing not only the proper maintenance your brakes require, but also how they work, can help you and your auto mechanic take care of this vital car equipment.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

How Does A Truck Transmission Work?

Car gear-changing devices are designed to allow the gear ratio between the car engine and wheels to change when the car is slowing down or speeding up. Gears have to be shifted for various reasons including preventing engines from being overworked and maintaining the engines' optimal performance. There are many types of car shifters including automatic and manual transmission.


The two main types of vehicle transmission are unsynchronized and synchronized shifters. The former features a number of gears including a reverse gear. The gears in this type of transmission shift by engaging and disengaging the clutch. This type of gear-changing device is suitable for large trucks, racecars, and machinery.

One of the benefits of the unsynchronized shifter is its simpler design, which makes it more reliable and less costly long-term. Large trucks that use this type of shifter experience reduced weight, which allows for significant amount of cargo to be carried.

The gears in a synchronized shifter are usually meshed together in the gearbox, which translates to less effort required to shift gears. The clutch in this type of gearshift is typically made from brass. The synchronized gear-changing device is used to match gear speeds before locking in the change in gear.

How Truck Shifters Work

Trucks use different types of gearshifts. Recreational trucks feature gearshifts that are quite similar to car gearshifts, having up to six gears, and can be either manual or automatic. Three types of gearshifts are used in large or heavy trucks including range, splitter, and range splitter. Smaller trucks usually have the range gearshift, which have high-low gear splits to allow reuse of the same gearshift position.

The splitter gearshift works almost in the same fashion as a range shift. The only difference between the range gearbox and the splitter shift is that the former uses a high-low gear division. This means that the gears in a splitter shift are split into two with each position of the gearshift split into two: a high one and a low one. The range-splitter gear combines the features of both the range gear and the splitter gear, allowing for greater gear selection and positions.


The main function of the shift fluid is to supply an automatic shift with adequate amounts of hydraulic pressure for optimal gearbox performance. Manual shifts use gears, levers, and linkages that are operated manually to shift gears and engage or disengage the gearbox. On the other hand, automatic shifts rely on the gearbox fluid to perform important gear-changing device functions. Gearbox fluids flow under varying levels of pressure in automatic shifts. The gearbox fluid pressure is determined by various factors including engine load, gear selection, and driving conditions.

The main similarity between an automatic and a manual gear-changing device is that both require manual shifting into reverse and neutral gears. However, unlike a manual gearbox that requires the driver to shift each gear themself, an automatic gear-changing device only requires the driver to shift into "drive" and the car will handle the rest.

A car transmission or shifter plays various important roles in vehicle performance. Knowing the type of shifter you have on your truck will help you determine which one to purchase in case you need a replacement.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Car Air Filter - Its Functions and Maintenance

A car cabin air filter is a very important component of your vehicle. It is a filtration device attached to the air intake of car's ventilation system. The main function of this device is to improve the quality of air penetrating inside your car as well as of the air already present inside the car. Although most of the filters are made using pleated paper system, a host of other filtration media is also present. An intelligent blend of paper and cotton is perfect for the filter. However, other models using miniature paper filters are also available.

This filter is totally different from the internal combustion filter that sits under the hood of the car and prevents the dust from getting into the car's engine to facilitate smooth functioning. Distinction between the two is very clear and having its knowledge is very important. Both of them hold an important place in your car's smooth functioning and hence you must check their quality while buying.

The cabin air filter is responsible for the kind of air you breathe in while you are sitting inside the car. Installing a high quality filter is the only option if you want to offer fresh and pure air to those who are sitting with you in your car. The green filters are the best options for the people who are more worried about the allergens. However, every air filter needs to be replaced after a period of time to ensure quality of air is maintained inside the vehicle.

There are some tips that everyone must follow to replace one of the most important component of your car. Replace your filters carefully after opening the hood and prop. Then, you will find the plastic cowling covering the filter between the engine compartment and the windshield. Remove the cowling after taking out the clips holding it. After that remove the filter for examination and if it is fully covered with dirt and dust then replace it immediately. You can go ahead with the same filter if it is neat and clean. Then, install the filter and cowling and push in the clips supporting the cowling. Finally, close the hood and enjoy your journey.

The process changes a bit if the vehicle has the CA filter. You have to open the front passenger door and then the glove compartment. Now, open the cable holding the door and swing it down. After this, remove the filter cover as well as the filter to check the presence of dirt and dust. If the filter needs replacement then replace it, otherwise, go ahead with the previous one. Now, re-install the filter and cover attaches cable to glove box door and close it.

Take care of the car cabin air filter that takes care of the air you breathe.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Factors That Greatly Influence The Life Of Your Tires

An important topic for the car owners will be the life of the tires and when to change the tires. As we know tire has a major part to play in the vehicles performance, these tires are to be taken care regularly to avoid serious damages to cars in braking, acceleration and fuel consumption. The life of a normal tire is found to be 25,000 miles for front tires and 30,000 for the rear tires. This is because that the front tires have to with stand with the action of the steering and also the weight of the engine and other components.

Four main objectives are there to determine the life of your vehicles tire. They are

  • Pattern of the Thread 
  • Depth of the Tread 
  • Nature of Driving 
  • Road conditions

Pattern of Thread: The pattern of the tread is designed for grip of the tire. It is important for all the tires in the vehicle to have the same thread pattern for good life of the tire. There are four types of thread pattern namely directional, asymmetric, multi directional and cold weather pattern. The tread quality depends on the depth of the thread in the tire

Depth of the Tread: The higher depth of the tread is the good quality of tire. The distance of braking of the car or truck depends on the depth of thread. When ever the tread depth is large then the braking capacity will improve in the wet conditions also. Thread plays 55 % role in the life of the tire.

Nature of Driving: the driving pattern of the driver will also determine the life of tires. The life of tire will be less in the city driving as frequent braking is required. When the braking increases, the tread of the tire will decrease in depth and makes the tire become slippery and easily wears our. When there is a frequent acceleration in low speed will also reduce the life of tire. Many turns and corners are also responsible in tire wear outs.

Road Conditions: Highly damaged road will definitely damage the tire. High bumps not only reduce the performance of the shock absorbers but also the performance of tire. The grips become damaged and the tread is more affected. Sensible driving and good road conditions will improve the life of the tires at any cost. Maintaining the tires with correct pressures will be a safety for tires.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

5 Basic Checks Before Replacing A Catalytic Converter

Do you think you need to replace a catalytic converter? Learn what tests need to be performed to save money, save time and maintain the best converter efficiency. This video will also inform you of what you need to do to reduce your chances of repeat emission control failures

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Top Summer Travel Destinations In The United States

Orlando maintains its top spot on AAA’s list of most-popular U.S. summer travel destinations:

Monday, June 13, 2016

Running Rough / Misfire - Heavy-Duty Cummins Issues

Problem: Several things could be causing rough running or a misfire in your Cummins Semi:
Cause: Stiction
Solution: Treat with Stiction Eliminator to clean out all of the injectors. Use Diesel Extreme to clean out the fuel system.
Cause: Mechanically failing injector(s)
Solution: If the truck continues to run roughly, investigate electrical issues and more serious injector issues.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Car Fix "Quick Fix": Hot Shot's Secret Stiction Eliminator

Some diesel engines use the engine oil to lubricate the fuel injector. Using Hot Shot's Secret reduces black smoke, cleans your turbocharger, giving you more power and better fuel economy.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Professionals Should Handle Brake Repair Issues

Contrary to what some people may believe, there are some tasks that should only be completed by professionals. For instance, a licensed cardiologist is the only person that should be allowed to perform heart surgery. A dentist should be the only one allowed to perform root canals. A certified teacher should be responsible for teaching students, no matter what grade they are in. Now, there aren't many people who disagree with the aforementioned examples.

However, the disagreement comes in when the issue of vehicular repairs comes up. Some people believe things such as brake repair issues can easily be solved by a non-professional, inexperienced person. Because they see mechanics and auto shops as being overpriced, they believe that it's a good idea to solicit the help of an amateur in order to save money. In their eyes, it doesn't take certification to know how to perform something like a brake repair job. However, this way of thinking is far from the truth. Professional auto services are vital and essential, especially when it comes to fixing something as important as brakes.

As previously mentioned, one of the reasons professional help is needed in this case is because of how important this particular piece of equipment is to a vehicle. Having faulty brakes can be extremely dangerous. Imagine if you had to drive your car without brakes. The only way you would be able to stop your car is if you crashed into something. Now, take a second and imagine if you had brakes, but they didn't work properly. This scenario could be just as scary and dangerous as the first one. Not only could you run into a building and end up harming yourself, you could also run into pedestrians or even other vehicles. All of these scenarios could end up tragically.

Even if you don't end up causing deaths, you could still encounter some serious issues. Think about if you were to run into a bike rider who was in their designated bike lane, for example. Because they were in their lane, you would be responsible for their injuries. In other words, you would have to shell out a lot of money.

So, because brakes are so essential to every vehicle, it should be a no-brainer that brake repair issues should be handled by a professional. You don't want to run the risk of having a faulty brake job. Not only could this cause a financial burden, but you could also end up causing a serious injury or a tragedy.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

7 Common Reasons For An Oil Change

The lifespan of any vehicle revolves around several factors one of them is the maintenance of the vehicle. Most people neglect their vehicles and when they really need it the most, the vehicle might suddenly die. This can happen not only to old cars but to new cars as well and hence it's very important to make sure your vehicle is in for a scheduled maintenance check-up often. Consider these seven reasons why you should get your oil changed.
1. Longevity - If you are looking to increase the lifespan of your vehicle you will probably want to get this done. Getting your oil changed is not expensive and by servicing you would get a filter replacement with fresh oil that would keep your engine lubricated and perform optimally. You can either do it by yourself or you can visit a mechanic who would do it for you at a small price.
2. Sludge - Do you know that your engine parts are ruined because of dirty clogs and then an engine build up acidity which causes unnecessary damage to the internal parts of your vehicle? Damaging the engine would require a replacement or repair which is much more costly than a simple process of oil change.
3. Stress - If you are going on a long road trip or going through the mountainous terrain you will need all the possible power in the engine to get you through. Changing your oil regularly will not give you any problems and your car will run just fine. If you have not been doing a regular oil change you would find that the car will have a real hard time going up the hills and engine could get over heated.
4. Most vehicles especially during mild climate regions should have its oil changed every 3000 miles. And if you're living in an area that is particularly dirty or dusty you will want to take care of this more frequently. Do not delay, as this should not take long, especially if the mechanic is not very busy. This is a simple, inexpensive, and crucial service, so forgetting to keep up with it can lead to some serious setbacks.
5. Depending on whether you are an aggressive driver and drive in a lot of stop and go traffic, you will want to check your fluid level and regularly top it off as needed. This style of driving will necessitate changing out the engine oil more often than average drivers would need to
6. Oil constantly burns as we drive and simply adding fresh lubricant bought from a store is not good enough for your car's motor. Over time, the oil inside will turn black and accumulate dirt and other debris. After a while this will likely clog your engine and can lead to permanent damage. Once this fluid is contaminated, it can lead to some serious problems. To properly address the problem, a full oil change is necessary.
7. If you have any pinging in your engine or other unusual noises could indicate that the oil level is low or that it is dirty. Oil dampens noise and reduces friction, so when it is degraded your car will typically begin making different sounds.
The above are some of the main reasons why one should get their oil changed regularly, you can do so by having a scheduled maintenance plan with your mechanic. This will increase the lifespan of your vehicle and you will be at a lot of peace when you know you're vehicle is functioning well.

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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Put A 24 On It! With NAPA and Chase Elliott.

Do you want to go fast like our driver of the No. 24 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet SS, Chase Elliott? The answer may be easier than you think.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Top 10 Memorial Day Weekend Travel Destinations

Here are the top 10 Memorial Day weekend travel destinations based on AAA member bookings.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Running Rough / Misfire - 6.0L Powerstroke Symptoms

Troubleshooting a rough running or misfiring Ford 6.0L Powerstroke. "A condition of running rough can be one of several factors..."

Friday, May 20, 2016

Five Safety Checks For Your Tires

The following five measures will help you protect your family from injuries in preventable car accidents.

1. Monthly Air Pressure Checks.

The tire pressure should be checked when the tire is still cold, that is before it has been driven more than a few miles. The correct safe pressure is usually listed inside the glove compartment or gas cap door or on a sticker on the doorjamb.

2. Observe the Weight Limit.

Do not operate the vehicle above the safe weight limit listed for the vehicle. An overloaded vehicle heats up tires. Heat can cause tire failure. The safe vehicle weight is listed on the placard in the door jam of the vehicle and in the owner's manual.

3. Check the Tread Depth.

New tires average 10-11/32 inches of tread depth. The tread depth is needed to channel water to prevent hydroplaning in the rain and to provide traction in snow and mud. Legally the tread needs to be only 2/32 of an inch deep. This is usually the point where the wear bars on the tire are flush with the tread. An easy way to tell if the tread is too worn is to put a penny in the tire groove. If the top of Lincoln's head is visible you need to change the tires in any driving conditions. If the Lincoln memorial is completely visible, you're at 6/32 inches or less of tread and you should replace the tires if you may be in snow. Put a quarter in the tread. If George Washington's head is completely visible, there is only 4/32 inches or less of remaining tread and you should replace the tire if you'll be driving in rain.

4. Check the Tread Wear.

Examine the tires on the front and back for uneven tread wear. Uneven tread wear is often caused by improper wheel alignment or worn suspension components. If unchecked these problems can cause parts of the tire to wear out very quickly resulting in unforeseen tire failure. Always check the alignment and suspension before replacing tires to save the new tires from premature wear.

5. Check for Tire Defects.

Examine the tires for cracking, cuts, foreign objects (nails etc.) or bulges in the sidewall and tread. These are signs of tire failure and you must replace these tires even if they have sufficient tire tread left.

Tire failure causes of thousand of car accidents every year. Please follow these steps to protect yourself and your family from the time, expense and potentially life altering injuries that can result from preventable automobile accidents. If you take these steps and you still have a tire failure you may have a defective tire. Defective tires can result from defects in the manufacture, design or installation of the tires.

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

How To Jack Up A Car Safely

Everyone should know how to use the jack that comes with his or her car. Try this at home so if you ever get a flat, you'll know where the jack is and how to use it.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

60 Second Diesel Oil Change

In this instructional video, we will show you how to change the oil on a Ford 6.0L Powerstroke; model years 2003 to 2007.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

DIY Cinco De Mayo Cookie Taco Treats

Learn how to make your own Cinco De Mayo cookie taco treats! Perfect for kids and adults! Make them for your next Cinco De Mayo celebration or any future fiesta, no baking necessary!


- vanilla cookies
- chocolate icing
- coconut flakes
- red hot candies
- orange and yellow jimmies
- green food coloring
- serrated knife
- piping bag and 2 or 3 piping tip

Visit my blog for more pictures of these taco treats and other fun recipes like this!