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Repairing Your Vintage Volkswagen Bug and How It Differs from More Recent Bug Models

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Repairing Your Vintage Volkswagen Bug and How It Differs from More Recent Bug Models

When Volkswagen first put the Beetle, or Bug, car on the market in the sixties and seventies, German engineers put the engine in the trunk and the trunk where the engine was. Americans thought this a very strange thing to do, but responded positively to the little car nonetheless. With the presentation of the “Herbie, the Love Bug” movies, more Americans became interested, despite its unusual design. The one major problem with putting the engine in the trunk area of the car is that the engine was smaller and required frequent repairs. If you own a vintage Beetle-Bug, here are the repairs you should expect, and how they compare to a more recent model of this popular car. Shifting Issues In old VW bugs, shifting problems between 2nd gear and reverse were, and are, common. The shifting plate that guides the stick often bent or bends out of place, and your stick shift in the car will slide or grind between these two gears. In the newer models, shifting problems present themselves as sticking, jamming, and jarring when you are trying to shift. Fortunately, if you have gone out of your way to purchase either a vintage model or late model Bug with automatic transmission, you can avoid the shifting issues entirely. Engine Issues If you have a vintage VW Beetle, the problems that often occurred had to do with the fuel pump, the fuel push rod, and the engine overheating and shutting down. Not surprisingly, the engine reports on some late models of the same car also involve the engine shutting down out of the blue. A mechanic can make the necessary Volkswagen services to make sure your vehicle keeps working and does not stall out. The biggest difference here is that it will cost you more on a vintage model because the engine has to be removed from the trunk before the problematic parts can be removed or replaced. Finding a Mechanic That Can Repair a Vintage or a Late Model Most mechanics have the skills and knowledge to fix problems with modern VW Beetles. They may not have enough experience fixing and replacing parts in a vintage model. The only exception to this rule is a mechanic that works directly for a Volkswagen dealership like Euroclassics Limited and provides service to any year, make, and model of Volkswagen, including the Bugs from the sixties and seventies. This is because the manuals and other experienced mechanics are available to them and can assist in their...

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Car Problems: Find Out If It’s Your Throttle Body & Deal With It

Posted by on Jun 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Car Problems: Find Out If It’s Your Throttle Body & Deal With It

The throttle body helps your vehicle control the amount of air that goes into your engine. That means that the throttle body is responsible for things like your speed, idling, and overall performance, so it can really affect you when it goes wrong. This guide will help you identify some symptoms and help you fix the problem. Symptoms Of A Dirty Throttle Body There are several signs of a dirty throttle body, and hopefully the following can help you confirm your issue: 1. The Mileage One of the easiest things to notice is a decrease in mileage performance. Remember that a specific amount of air is needed for proper engine combustion. A clogged throttle body impedes the right amount of air, which causes your engine to run rich and eat up too much gasoline. 2. Idling Pay attention to the way your car idles. As mentioned earlier, the throttle is responsible for the amount of air that gets into your engine. A clogged throttle body will make it harder for your car to keep a steady idle. And when your throttle body disk is not opening as it should, your car may stall when idling. 3. Acceleration A lot happens when you press down on your gas pedal, like the fuel pump delivering gasoline to your engine. And your throttle body disk opens to let the right amount of air in to produce the power you are seeking. When you have a problem, you will feel a slow or rough acceleration as soon as you try to speed up, because the throttle body is too dirty for the disk to open properly. You can always ask your auto care specialist to confirm some of the symptoms you are seeing, just to be sure. Cleaning Your Own Throttle Body You will need the following: Your owner’s manual or repair manual Safety glasses and gloves Throttle body cleaning solution Throttle body wire brush or just a regular clean toothbrush Socket wrench set Steps: Park your car in a leveled and safe area. Let the car sit (if has been driven recently) so that you can work on it safely. Put your gloves and glasses on, and lift the hood. Disconnect your negative (red) cable from your car battery, just for safety. Locate your throttle body. This is usually located on the other end of the air duct, away from your air filter. You can use your owner’s manual or repair manual to help you find the throttle body, too. Remove the bolts holding the air duct to your throttle body. Use the throttle body cleaning solution and a toothbrush to clean the buildup around the throttle body, the disk (or valve), and behind the disk. Reconnect the air duct. Connect the negative cable to your car battery and you are done. As you can see, you can take care of a dirty throttle body all on your own, saving you a bundle. If you run into any problems, it may be best to rely on the services of a professional such as Slipstream...

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Is Your Car Ready For A Long Family Car Trip This Summer?

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Is Your Car Ready For A Long Family Car Trip This Summer?

Long car trips are a part of a grand tradition in the world of family vacations. Of course, fun on the open road can easily turn into an epic disaster if you fail to prepare. Before you leave with the kids, follow these packing and maintenance tips to get your car ready for the journey. Perform Regular Car Maintenance Before you embark on your long car ride, take your vehicle to an auto repair shop like Soundside Automotive for a tune-up and inspection. Get windshield wipers replaced. You should change your windshield wipers once annually, or every 6 months. If it’s time to get your wipers replaced again, do it before your trip. Have brakes, tires and filters inspected. This is especially important if you’ll be traveling through mountainous or hilly areas. Perform oil change. Even if it’s not quite time to get your oil changed yet, estimate the number of miles you’ll be traveling and determine if your next scheduled oil change will fall while you’re on your trip. If it does, better to be safe and have the oil changed before you go. Check timing belt. If your car has a timing belt that is nearing the end of its lifespan, have it inspected before it’s time to leave, and replace it if necessary. Pack Emergency Supplies Never leave on a long trip with children without packing some emergency supplies in the car, including: Water. Try to match the amount of water you keep in the car to the number of people you’ll be traveling with. Blankets. Travel with at least one blanket per family member. Flashlight. Check the batteries before heading out. Car jack and spare. Check for these in the hidden compartment inside the trunk. Vomit bag. Keep this in the cab with you, not in the trunk. Pack Family-Friendly Accessories Keeping these accessories on hand is nearly as important as keeping emergency supplies in the trunk. These supplies will help prevent bickering among family members and will also prevent the kids from getting bored. Car organizers. Organizers that fit over the back of the seat can prevent the kids from making a mess in the back. Car organizers may also prevent kids from encroaching on one another’s space. Travel pillows. Pack one travel pillow per child. Travel pillows take up less room than normal pillows and will help your kids stay comfortable. Car games. Pack car games to keep the kids entertained for long stretches of time. Keep a variety on hand. Preparing your car for a long journey can help make your family road trip successful this summer. With luck and careful planning, your trip should be a...

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3 Signs That There’s Something Wrong With Your Transmission Fluid

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Signs That There’s Something Wrong With Your Transmission Fluid

As you probably already know, your vehicle’s transmission is one of its most important parts. For it to run properly, however, you have to make sure that there is enough transmission fluid and that the transmission fluid is in good shape. Luckily, there are a few things that you can look for if you are afraid that there is something wrong with your transmission fluid. These are a few signs that you might need to have your transmission fluid looked at; for example, you might need to add more, have it flushed or have a transmission fluid leak repaired: 1. You Spot Transmission Fluid Underneath Your Car Although it might not seem abnormal to see some liquid underneath your car — such as if you see water from your air conditioner — you should always look out for transmission fluid leaks. Luckily, transmission fluid is relatively easy to identify; it is generally red in color, and it should have a rather sweet smell. If it is old and needs to be flushed and replaced, however, it might be much darker in color and have a burnt appearance. If you spot an unfamiliar liquid underneath your car, there is a good chance that there is a leak that needs to be repaired. If it isn’t, then all of your transmission fluid could run out. 2. Your Transmission Fluid Levels are Low Periodically, you should check the transmission fluid levels in your vehicle. To do so, you should make sure that your vehicle is still running and that your engine is warm, and you should find the dipstick to check for recommended transmission fluid levels. This is a simple guide for how to do so on an automatic vehicle, although you can find additional information in your car’s owner’s manual. 3. Your Transmission Fluid is Burnt Burnt transmission fluid can be an indication of a problem that needs to be resolved right away, such as using the wrong type of fluid. If you notice a burning smell coming from under the hood of your car, there is a good chance that your transmission fluid is burning, which means that you need to have your vehicle looked at by a professional at a transmission repair shop. Transmission fluid helps keep your transmission properly lubricated and can cause a lot of problems if it isn’t present and in good shape. These are a few signs that you are dealing with a potential transmission fluid issue. If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to take your car to the shop now, before you have to deal with any expensive transmission-related...

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Misaligned Wheels On A Car: The Problems It Can Cause

Posted by on Jun 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Misaligned Wheels On A Car: The Problems It Can Cause

Does your car vibrate a lot when you are driving? The vibrations may possibly stem from you needing to take your car to a mechanic to get the wheels adjusted, which should be done as soon as possible if you don’t want to experience other problems. Below, learn about the problems a car can experience when the wheels are misaligned and what fixing the problem will cost. What Kind of Problems Can Wheel Misalignment Cause for a Car? If you are experiencing more wear on one tire than the others, it is a sign that your wheels are not aligned properly. The problem can be associated with the axle being off-balance from regularly driving over potholes, hitting curbs or going over speed bumps too fast. It is necessary for a mechanic to place your car on a platform that will allow him or her to use a computer to take calculations as the wheels are spinning. The mechanic will basically examine the position and movement rate of the tires. You don’t want to keep driving around without getting your vibrating wheels repaired because your car can get into an unsafe condition. For instance, the wheels may begin to pull to either side when you are driving. You will have to force your steering wheel to stay straight, which is dangerous because you can cause a collision if you lose grip of the steering wheel for even a second in heavy traffic. Another problem that can occur includes your car not getting an efficient amount of miles per gallon (mpg). Due to you having to wrestle with the steering wheel from your car pulling to the left or right, it can lead to longer rides to each destination. Getting your wheels aligned will protect the steering column and make your rides a lot smoother. What Do Mechanics Charge to Align Wheels? A mechanic at an auto repair shop will charge based on what kind of car is being worked on, as some vehicles require more work because they have rare or foreign parts. You are looking to spend at least $75 plus for a mechanic to perform a complex wheel alignment. However, a basic two or four-wheel alignment can cost as little as $20 plus. Make sure your vehicle is safe by getting the wheels properly aligned so you can drive without pulling or vibrations. Stop by a mechanics shop to get your car repaired as soon as...

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A Guide Concerning Painting Auto Wheels With Plastic-Based Spray Paint

Posted by on Jun 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Guide Concerning Painting Auto Wheels With Plastic-Based Spray Paint

When a vehicle rolls off of the lot, it comes equipped with wheels that are supposed to complement the overall look of the vehicle. However, this off-the-lot look may not always coincide with your personal style preferences when it comes to a vehicle. If you are looking for a quick way to make some changes to the look of your auto wheels, plastic-based spray paint is an easy way to give your ride a whole new personality. From flat black to fire-engine red, the color choices are endless and the resiliency of this material makes it ideal for painting parts that go through a lot of use. Where can you find plastic-based spray paint? Plastic-based spray paint is available everywhere, from regular retail stores to online auto shops. There are several different brands, each with their own benefits and drawbacks. For example, some brands only have neutral colors to choose from, while others may have several colors and also textured paints. How much prep work do you have to do to the wheels before painting them? One of the great things about this paint is that it is thick and will cover most small scratches and even nicks and dings. If you prefer, you can do a light sanding just to ensure you have a semi-smooth surface, but thorough cleaning is always a must. Will the plastic-based spray work for plastic wheels? You can used plastic-based spray paint on everything from metal to plastic and still achieve a desirable result. Plastic should be sanded lightly, however, just to give the wheels a little bit of texture to adhere to. Will the paint stand up to gravel and other roadway debris? Plastic-based spray paint is durable enough that it will actually hold up well. In some cases, it even holds up better than the typical spray paint because it is thick and heavy. What looks like one layer is actually several chemical layers of paint and epoxy-resin materials Where surface scratches would show through a layer of paint, you will not see the same issue with plastic-based spray. When it comes down to it, coating your auto wheels with a plastic-based spray paint is a simple solution when you just want a change that makes your vehicle more your own. Be sure you take some time to check out all of the different choices you have to make your usual wheels look like something from a high-end parts store. For more information, contact a company like Buettner Tire &...

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New Eco-Friendly Ways to Power Your Car Coming Out in the Near Future

Posted by on Jun 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on New Eco-Friendly Ways to Power Your Car Coming Out in the Near Future

Cars use a large amount of fossil fuels every year, and even the electric solutions for cars are sometimes going to be problematic if they draw energy from plants that use coal or other fossil fuels. Fortunately, there are some new technologies coming out within the next few years that will help you reduce your carbon footprint when it comes to making your car go. Power-generating Tires The type of tires you have on your car can have a huge impact on the miles per gallon rate you get on your car, but they usually didn’t feed electricity back into your engine, until now. New emerging technology will soon make it possible to allow tires to use the heat generated from the rubber hitting the road to be converted to electricity. This material is called a thermal piezo-electrical layer. Obviously, this technology would only work with all-electric or hybrid cars. But the idea is that heat energy created from tire friction is often just wasted anyway. With these new tires, that heat can instead be converted into electricity used to help recharge the electrical batteries your engine uses to generate movement. This technology often uses a charging cord going from the tires to the charging slot by snaking up through the bottom of the car.  This isn’t enough to generate electricity all on its own of course, but it could severely reduce the amount needed once the car is in motion. It will likely be available shortly in the coming years. Saltwater Another approach for helping to make cars more eco-friendly in how they generate and store power is using salt water. This is apparently already being done in parts of Europe. Cars with the technology use something called an electrolyte flow cell power system. The power is generated when two electrolyte solutions create an electrochemical reaction that generates electricity. This electricity is then moved to super capacitors in the car where it can be stored for future use by the car’s systems. The power is said to still be enough that it can match the acceleration rate of 0 to 60 for top cars. Currently, the technology is only used by sports cars in Europe, but there’s every indication that it will move down the economic line to more general consumers. Salt water is only part of the electrolyte in the flow battery, however, and the battery requires more electrolytes every few hundred miles to work, but saltwater is still a key component in the power generation. For more information, talk to a professional like XL Auto Service &...

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5 Tips For Preparing To Drive In The Winter

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Tips For Preparing To Drive In The Winter

When the winter season hits, there is a lot to think about. You need to winterize your home, stock up on supplies in case you get snowed in, and take good care of your car. Aside from winterizing your vehicle, you should also be ready for driving in cold temperatures: Warm Your Car Up Before Driving When you are driving in the winter, you should never start driving off immediately after starting the engine. Your engine needs a few minutes to warm up. One good way to time it is by turning on the radio when you start the car and listening through one or two songs. Make sure you open the door or roll down the window if you are parked in a closed garage when warming up the car. If you are parked outside, you can remove ice from your windshields while waiting for the car to warm up. Change Your Oil and Antifreeze Before the winter season hits, make sure you start by changing your oil. Not only should it be changed regularly, but you need to use a type of oil that is not as thick when you will be winter driving. With lower temperatures, the oil may thicken up. With oil that has a less-thick consistency, your oil won’t turn into sludge, making it less effective. You should also make sure the antifreeze is filled up and that you are using a proper amount of antifreeze and water for your radiator. Keep Your Gas Tank as Full as Possible It is always a good idea to have as much gas in your tank as possible, but especially in the winter. Be sure your gas tank is always at least half-full as this reduces the risk of the gas lines becoming frozen. If you consistently drive your car in the winter when it is at a quarter full, you may end up with frozen gas lines that will need to be repaired or replaced. Speaking of gas, using the highest grade gas you can afford will benefit you and help your vehicle run more efficiently. Stock Up on Essential Supplies Before you head out during the winter, make sure your vehicle has all the proper supplies. Since it will be cold and snowy weather, you should always have a change of clothes as well as extra shoes and socks, blankets, and heavy coats. Have emergency supplies like bottled water, flashlights and batteries, extra phone batteries that are fully charged, and a first aid kit. You also want to have towing supplies just in case you get stuck in a snow pile. Get a Tune-Up Lastly, have a tune-up before the winter season approaches. This allows you to get proper maintenance on your vehicle and any necessary repairs done. The last thing you want to do is break down on the highway when it is below freezing out. If you do need repairs while on the side of the road, mobile mechanics are available. Contact a company like Immortal Auto Moto for more...

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4 Tips To Keep Your RV Secure

Posted by on Jun 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Tips To Keep Your RV Secure

You probably have a lot of valuable equipment in your recreational vehicle. Plus, you and your family spend time in it. Therefore, there are more reasons than one why your RV should be kept as secure as possible. Unfortunately, RVs aren’t known for being particularly secure, but there are steps that you can take to help prevent break-ins. These are a few ideas for keeping your RV as secure as possible, both for your family’s safety and to protect your valuable belongings. 1. Keep Your RV in Good Repair First of all, make sure that you keep your RV in good repair. Over time, windows and doors can become worn-out and can be easier to break into. If you fix these problems as soon as possible, however, you can help keep your RV as secure as possible. Plus, doing so will help you maintain the value of your recreational vehicle. 2. Swap Out Factory Locks The factory locks that come in most RVs aren’t usually very secure. It’s best to spend a little bit of money now to purchase secure deadbolts, such as a deadbolt that you would install on the door to your home. You can find them at home improvement stores, or you can ask an RV repair professional to help by installing a stronger lock. 3. Add Slide Bolts Deadbolts are nice, but it’s best to add another layer of security to help prevent thieves from breaking into your RV doors. A slide bolt can be a great option; they are very affordable and easy to install, but they help make it even more difficult for your RV doors to be pried open. You can also add slide bolts over your laundry hatch and any other potential openings to your RV. 4. Install an Alarm Alarm systems aren’t just for your home. You can install a burglar alarm with a motion detector that will let out a loud alarm if someone activates the sensor. These can be purchased from an RV supply store or even from your favorite mass market retail store. As you can see, there are a few additional things that you can do to make your RV more secure. There is no reason to put yourself, your family or your belongings at risk; instead, follow these four tips. Then, not only can you help add added security, but you can also gain peace of mind as well. To learn more about RV repair, contact a company like Auto-Truck Services...

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