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Category Archives: Automotive

Customize Car Seat Covers

Tie and dye

This is ideal when you are operating on a tight budget. You should buy white car covers and large rubber bands. You should also buy at least four colors of your favorite dye.

While sectioning off large and small areas of your covers, you should place each of your favorite dyes in a large bucket and dip each section of the cover in the bucket. For ideal results you should ensure that the car cover is saturated with the dye.

Applique

This is where you customize the seat cover using your favorite sports team logo. You can also customize it using your favorite cartoon character or flower image. You should start by buying a fabric with images that you like. To make your work easy, you should choose a fabric with images that are large enough.

Once you have found the fabric, you should cut the images out and identify where you want to place them on the covers. You should then iron the image on the seat cover.

For ideal results you should ensure that you use the correct heat setting on the iron. To prevent melting of the synthetic material, you should place a piece of fabric between the iron and cover.

You should finish the appliqué by sewing the edges of the image onto the car cover.

About Wheel Balancing

It is the distribution of the weight of the vehicle across the four tyres. If the vehicle is not properly distributed across all the tyres, it causes the vehicle to be unbalanced or out of balance.

If the wheels are unbalanced, then it could cause a vibration when you drive which makes it a very unpleasant experience. The first sign that indicates unbalanced wheels is when your steering wheel starts to wobble when you reach a certain speed. It can also cause the premature wear of the tyres, the suspension, and the steering components. So it is quite important to have it checked when you notice that wheels are unbalanced.

The solution to this problem is relatively easy. When you feel the vibration, take your car to a wheel and fitment centre that makes use of superior equipment. They will take the car for a test drive to monitor the vibration and the sounds. Then they will conduct a test in the fitment centre. With the selected equipment, they will balance the wheels. They will take the car for a final test drive to monitor whether the vibration has been eliminated. Then the car will be handed over to you. It is advisable for you to perform your own test drive once you leave the wheel and tyre fitment centre. Drive the speed that previously caused the vibrations to check if the steering wobbles and feel for any vibrations. These issues should be resolved, so there should be no odd occurrences while you’re driving.

Wheels that are correctly balanced will eliminate the vibration and avoid the premature wear of the rotating wheel and tyre assembly. If you are vigilant to any sounds or vibrations on your vehicle, you’ll have a good driving experience all the time.

Take Care Of Car

You should check the oil and change it on time. You can’t extend the life of your vehicle without changing its oil and filter. On the other hand, if you want to destroy your engine, you should stop changing its oil.

Although washing the exterior of the car is recommended, you should do it anyway. Aside from this, hosing off road grime and winter salt is also a great idea.

You should flush your cooling system and then change the coolant every year. If you want to maintain your cooling system, we suggest that you create a mixture with an equal amount of distilled water and coolant. This is to prevent deposits and corrosion from accumulating in the cooling system.

You should change the differential oil and transmission. Although these fluids don’t require frequent service, they must be changed based on the service frequency. What you need to do is use gear oil and transmission fuel of the right viscosity and type.

keep in mind that every vehicle with parts that move requires grease in order to stand the test of time. Actually, the ball joint life decreases because of poor lubrication.

If you want to keep the paint looking great and protected, we suggest that you apply a coat of high quality wax. You may want to use wax a minimum of twice per year.

Driveline parts like u-joints also need lubrication on a regular basis. Aside from this, the driveline may need to be removed in order to get access to the fitting of zerk grease.

You should protect the internal plastic if you park your car in the shade with a UV protector and a window deflector. This will prevent the vinyl and plastic from drying out.

Buff a Car

Choose a Buffer

For fine results, it’s better to work with a high-speed buffer as they are better at eliminating blemishes and scratches thoroughly. However, make sure you practice using this type of buffer.

Orbital buffer: for better results, we suggest that you try out a random orbital buffer. The great thing about these buffers is that they are not hard to use. Moreover, random orbital buffers make use of less compound relatively. Therefore, they are cost-effective.

Manual buffing: if you can’t bear high costs, use manual buffing. However, keep in mind that manual buffing requires a lot of effort, and the results won’t be impressive. On the other hand, manual buffing doesn’t require lots of equipment.

Compound or polishing product: you can also buy a compound of polishing product for best results. If the finish has deep scratches, you should go for this option. On the other hand, polisher is used when the body paint is good but needs better shine. Actually, this decision will vary based on the model, age and condition of the car. With the buffer, you can use either of the products. You can ask your friends, or good car aficionados for product recommendations.

Buffing

First of all, you should dry your vehicle with a soft towel. In order to make sure that the vehicle is dry, you should work on the whole unit.

Next, you should apply lots of compound or polisher to the car body. Ideally, you should start with the hood.

Put the buffer on your quality polishing product and then move it around for proper application. Moreover, you should use circular motions for buffing each area of the vehicle.

Moreover, if you are going to use a good powered buffer, you should switch the product on and then move your quality buffer in a circular motion.

Remove Carbon Fiber Decals From Vehicles

Much like the application process, it is best to start with heat. Most professionals will use a heat gun, but a hair dryer will suffice if need be. You need to work in sections when heating the decal, it’s pointless to heat the whole space up as you won’t be able to work fast enough to remove the entire thing before it cools down. Heating up the decal helps to soften the adhesive making it easier to remove. However, be sure not to overheat as it can make the adhesive too sticky, making more work for you in the long run.

Once you have heated up the decal, start in a corner spot and gently begin peeling back the decal. You can typically do this with your finger nails, but you can also use a plastic scrapper or old credit card if need be. DO NOT use metal; this will damage the paint job underneath. Smaller decals may come off in one peel, but for larger spaces, you will need to work at it, and it may rip off in spots.

When peeling, be sure to work at about a 120 degree angle, meaning pull the material backwards towards the remaining decal. Keeping the material at a low angle will reduce the amount of tension on the vinyl, making it less likely to tear in the process.

Once the decal is removed, you may notice there is some sticky residue left over. Many stores offer products that are specifically made to remove this residue, but be sure not to use harsh chemicals as this can cause damage to the surface. After removing the sticky residue, wipe the area with a mild soap and water to remove any remaining residue and be sure to let the surface dry completely before installing another decal.

Car Audio Installation Options

Materials Needed

Some of the materials you need to install a stereo include a socket wrench, a screwdriver, voltage meter, a solder or crimper, and a small battery. You may need some wire ties and electrical tape to keep the wires of the system tied in one place.

Removing the Original Radio or Stereo

You need to remove your old radio before you can install the new one. This is where the screwdriver comes in handy. Start by removing the screws that hold the front panel of the system. Be sure to keep the screws in one easy-to-reach place where you cannot lose them. Take the front panel of the system out. Inside the CD player housing, you will find another panel that you need to gently pull out until it unsnaps. Unscrew all the screws and bolts holding in the system. Pull out the CD player and unplug the cable that connects it to the automobile.

Wiring the New Radio

Take the cable of the new stereo and plug it into the car. Put the stereo where it needs to be and screw it into place. Make sure the screws are screwed in tight. Do the same for the front panel.

Hiring Someone Else

Many automotive companies provide radio installation services. In addition, electronic stores can install entertainment systems purchased from their stores. A car entertainment system installation is quite simple and there are slim chances that you will encounter any problems when you hire a professional to do the installation.

Car Audio Tips

Many modern vehicle CD players come with a wide range of features and are relatively sensitive pieces of equipment. It is important to take caution when operating your car CD player in different temperatures. If the motorcar has been exposed to the sun for a prolonged period and its interior temperature has increased, consider waiting until the automobile has cooled down before turning on the vehicle entertainment system. The same rule applies during winter; let the vehicle warm up a bit before turning on its entertainment player to reduce the risk of a malfunction.

Keep Tyres Looking Good

Did you know that there is a practical way to get your tyres to be glossy? This is known as dressing or protectant. Many car dealers will apply this substance on the tyres to give the car a glossier and more attractive appearance. It also protects the rubber from the UV lights of the sun and the toxic air pollution that degrades the quality rubber surface. The dressing or protectant also adds a layer to prevent any oil or dirt from sticking onto your tyre. This chemical isn’t greasy so it won’t cause you to spin on the road. Rather it is more of a non-stick surface that can grip onto the gravel or tar road.

Sunlight has the harsh ability to age and damage the rubber on the tyres. Over time you will start experiencing the tyres to be brittle and it can break with the slightest hit. However, you can avoid this from happening.

When cleaning your tyres you need to use a cloth, a high pressure hose and the cleaning detergent of your choice. You always start with hosing down the tyres to remove any dirt, oil or residue. This shouldn’t take long and will make the cleaning process easier. After you have hosed the dirt away you can apply the wheel detergent. To remove oil from the wheels you will require than just water so a wheel detergent would be ideal. Next, you can use brushes that can clean the treads and crevices. The cloth will absorb any water that was on the rim and leave it looking clean and sparkly.

About Car Waxing And Car Polishing

Compare polishing and waxing to a family portrait. Everyone wants to capture a beautiful moment and protect it with a nice frame. You may have an expensive, solid gold picture frame, but it can’t change a bad picture where your aunt and cousin’s eyes are closed.

Likewise, if a driver is seeking the best paint job possible then polishing may have to be done before waxing. Many paint jobs have deep defects that wax merely hides. As mentioned before, even a brand new car will need paint correction after just one bad wash. The swirls, scratches and air contamination that lay on an untreated car make waxing a stopgap solution at best. A contaminated paint job won’t gloss, and once the wax compound wears off, the defects will still be there. To properly eliminate those paint job defects, claying and/or polishing with an abrasive is necessary.

What’s An Abrasive?

An abrasive is any compound or instrument that has the ability to “cut” into your vehicle’s paint job and level out the defects. When a vehicle is fresh from the manufacturer, there is (hopefully) one top coat of paint evenly distributed along it. Over time, scratches, swirls and other scrapes tear into that top coat, leaving noticeable dips in the surface.

In order to re-align the paint job, paint correction must be done with abrasives such as car polish, clay bars, or even sandpaper. The average full paint correction consists of:

• Clay Barring, which removes surface contamination
• Wet Sanding or Color Sanding, which refines and smooths the paint job, priming it for
• Polishing, which eliminates swirls, scratches and other marring.

When polishing, detailers create a combination of friction and heat with their buffers, and eat away at all defects. Depending on how level (or not) the paint job is, a variety of buffers and compounds may be used to polish a vehicle’s surface. Paint correction is generally measured in three levels:

• 1-Step Paint Correction (Up to 75% of defects) – A less aggressive cut that removes most scratches on vehicles
• 2-Step Paint Correction (Up to 90% of defects removed) An aggressive approach which leaves only the deepest swirls apparent.
• 3-Step Paint Correction (90%+ of defects removed) A tedious, aggressive polish typically

Once proper correction has been done and any potential micro-marring (residual marks from aggressive polishing) has been removed, the wax process begins.

All About Car Wax

Car wax doesn’t have the restorative properties of polishing compounds, but it’s still of vital importance to your vehicle. A pure wax or “glaze” will protect your car’s paint job from the elements. Not only does wax provide a layer of security, it provides a beautiful gloss that will help your car shine like it did when you bought it.

Most auto industry waxes are made with Carnauba wax, which comes from Carnauba trees.

Should Pump Your Tyres

If you’re not sure what your car’s tyre pressure should be, or how to check the tyre pressure then refer to your car’s manual. The information may also be marked on the driver’s door pillar, or on the inside of the petrol flap. In most cases, two different sets of pressures are given; one for normal driving conditions and the other for a loaded vehicle with extra people or heavy items on board. Driving with incorrect tyre pressures can affect the vehicle’s handling, and can seriously compromise safety or lead to accidents. You need pump your tyres if the pressure is too low.

To check your tyre inflation pressure you will need a tyre pressure gauge or use the gauge on the inflation equipment found at most wheel and tyre fitment centres and petrol stations. Low tyre pressure can affect your vehicle’s endurance, road holding and your braking system. Having the correct tyre pressure on your vehicle is one of the easiest and most important things you can do for your car. The economic and safety benefits are huge.

When you have the correct pressure your tyre wears longer and is not required to be changed as often. You save on fuel as your car is moving efficiently and fewer accidents will occur. If you consider that your tyres are the only part of the car that’s in constant contact with the road, you tend to realise how important they are to your safety and its role in efficient handling. For this reason it is essential to check the tyre pressure.

Right Decals for Jeep

Think of Who You Love

Love, like belief, is another great source of strength. Again, many might say that love has more potential for heartbreaks than it does for giving one strength, but the fact is, love does create a lot of hope and optimism in one’s life.

You can turn your jeep into something truly inspiring for yourself by getting customized decals that are dedicated to the special ones in your life. It would also make them happy to know that you care for them so deeply to have their names etched on your jeep.

Think of What You Like/Love

You might be a hardcore Game of Thrones fan, or you might have been inspired deeply by the Fast and the Furious series of movies, and you want to show the world how much these things mean to you every time you rev up your jeep and leave your house. But how do you do it?