4 Things That You Should Know When Driving With The ABS Light On

for you to keep yourself informed and running into car troubles here are the things that you should know about it.Nowadays, most cars are equipped with anti-lock system or ABS. Your ABS exists to keep your car from skidding dangerously during braking. It is an automated safety system that recognizes when your wheels stop rotating (while your car is still in motion) and releases brake fluid pressure, allowing the wheels to continue to rotate.

However, there are some people that don’t know much about it. This can lead to problem because they don’t know how to react or what to do when the light comes on or what it actually means when it’s on. So for you to keep yourself informed and running into car troubles here are the things that you should know about it.

1. Don’t Freak Out Right Away When It Comes On
It is normal for the ABS light to illuminate briefly every time your switch your car on. That means your car is running a check-up. However, if that light stayed on that’s when you should worry because it may mean that the computer detected a problem.

2. Don’t Ignore It When The ABS Light Comes On While Driving
The ABS or anti-lock braking system is a very vital feature in your car because it helps with the vehicle control and stopping distances. Having said that, you shouldn’t just shrug it off when it illuminates especially while you’re on the road driving. This is because this indicates that your car’s ABS isn’t working right and that you’re at risk of running problems with your brakes which is never a good thing when you’re driving. So as soon as that warning light turns on, the first thing that you should think about is getting a mechanic to get it checked for you. If you’re in a location where it doesn’t look like you’d be able to find a mechanic nearby, pull up by the safe side of the road and call for help.

3. ABS And Brake System Light Coming On At The Same Time Is Definitely Bad News
We’re already cautious about your vehicle’s ABS warning light going off. Now top that up with the brake system light coming on and you really have a serious problem with your car. This time driving around a little more to look for a car servicing shop isn’t even an option. This means there is a serious problem with the braking system, and continuing to drive puts yourself and others at risk of a car crash. Therefore, once this happens, pull over to the side of the road immediately with your emergency light on.

4. Brake Pedal Pulsating Is Completely Normal
As you are braking heavily and your ABS engages, you will notice the brake pedal pulsating. This is completely normal and it means the ABS system is working normally. The ABS works with your braking system to creating this pulsating so thFFe wheels do not lock up. Once you feel this pulsating, keep your foot on the brake pedal and let the ABS system do the work for you. All you need to do is concentrate on steering safely.

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8 Things That You Should Know About Engine Sludge

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8 Things That You Should Know About Engine Sludge

8 Things That You Should Know About Engine SludgeEngine sludge is a very common and costly problem a car owner can experience. This is one of the reasons why proper maintenance is always encouraged. If you still haven’t heard of it or aren’t very sure what it is, here are some things that you should know about engine sludge which may help you avoid it and keep your car run great for years.

4 Steps To Identify Engine Sludge

1. Start Up The Engine
Once your car is on, your dashboard may show signs of possible engine sludge like the check engine light coming on or the oil change notification light.

2. Turn It Off Then Pop Up The Hood
If you want a more straightforward way to check for engine sludge, you can look under the hood and inspect your engine.

3. Check For Oil Splatter Signs Outside The Car
Sometimes you don’t even have to pop open your hood. If there’s, really, an engine sludge, small clumps of thick and dark looking oil can usually be found outside of the car.

4. Take A Look Inside Your Oil Pan
Simply remove the oil cap and take a peek inside. Using a flashlight may make it easier for you to see inside. The contents of your oil pan should appear clean. Although the walls and parts will be covered in oil, they should still appear metallic silver underneath. Any sign of engine sludge in the oil pan is an indicator of high levels of engine sludge in your motor.

4 Steps To Avoid Engine Sludge

5. Make It A Point To Be On Top Of Your Regular Oil Change And Oil Filter Change
The best way to avoid engine sludge is to be up-to-date with the suggested oil and oil filter change intervals. It doesn’t matter if you do it yourself (as long as you know exactly how to do it properly) or you let a mechanic do it, you just have to make sure it gets done according to your owner’s manuals suggestion.

6. Try To Keep Stop And Go Driving To A Minimum
Driving short distances all the time is actually bad for your car. It’s strenuous on the engine which causes buildup of engine sludge. So for short distances, you may wanna opt to using your bicycle or do it on foot so that your car isn’t always in a stop and go driving condition.

7. Buy An Engine Sludge Remover
Mechanics and car owners have varying opinions on the usefulness of these products but many individuals claim that they can help remove sludge. Engine sludge removers are available at most auto parts stores and can be used by following the simple instructions printed on the back of the bottle.

8. Go To Your Trusted Car Repair Shop
If despite your efforts there still seem to be strong signs of engine sludge, don’t worry. Take your vehicle to your trusted car repair shop to get it checked and clean so you two can get back on the road!

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Top 10 Car Detailing Mistakes Most People Make

Top 10 Car Detailing Mistakes Most People Make

Top 10 Car Detailing Mistakes Most People MakeIt’s no secret that auto detailing can be pricey, this is why a lot of people are trying to DIY as much as they can to minimize the cost. But DYI-ing auto detailing can also be challenging and overwhelming. If you haven’t done it before, you’ve probably made a mistake or two. Here are the most common car detailing mistakes that car owners make and how to do it right the next time.

1. Substituting Car Polish For Car Wax
People often assume that car polish and car wax are basically the same thing. But they’re actually not. If you want shine and eliminate minor imperfections on your exterior, you should go for car polishing. Or better yet, you might wanna opt to ceramic coating; your car will have a layer of permanent adhesion to the paint which can only be removed through abrasion, compared to the traditional coating which can be torn off by using different chemicals.

2. Not Knowing How To Clean Your Windows Thoroughly
When we say windows, we don’t mean just the obvious surface that we see. You also need to look at the tops of them when they’re partially rolled down and clean it because since that is often overlooked, dirt really accumulates in there.

3. Forgetting To Clean Under Your Seats
Most people only clean parts of their car that they can see. But if you want a thoroughly clean, you really have to get into all the crevices that your car has and under the seats. You’d be surprise that your vehicle isn’t actually as clean as you think it is.

4. Not Letting Your Car Benefit From Clay Bar
Washing your car with water and car specific cleaning agent is a great way to prevent any dirt from causing damage on the paint. However, even after washing, some contaminants still cling to the paint. To totally get rid of them, using a clay bar is the way to go. Using this product is very easy but time consuming. First, use a good quality auto detailing shampoo to wash the paint and get rid of dirt and grime as much as possible. After that, you can use the clay. Many clay bars in the market come with a lubricant but if it does not, there are products that you can purchase separately. It is extremely important to lubricate the surface first to enable the clay to glide easily across the surface. You’ll know it’s working because the clay gets dirtier as you go because of all the contaminants it’s grabbing.

5. Cleaning From Bottom To Top
Do it the other way and you’ll end up re-doing your car washing. Why? Because some of the dirt will run off to the bottom while cleaning the top part.

6. Working Under Direct Sunlight
If you think that cleaning your car under direct sunlight is a good idea because it will reduce drying time, think again. Yes it may help dry the car fast but it can also cause smears, water spots, and residue which are never a good idea for your car.

7. Thinking One Bucket Is Enough
Always use two buckets when cleaning your car, one for washing and one for rinsing. It just doesn’t make sense to use the same water filled with dirt and suds to rinse the car.

8. Not Knowing About Using Interior Foggers Early On
Some people already hate car smell because it’s often a mix of gasoline, rubber and those weird smelling air-freshener. Now add a foul smell to that and it’s just nasty. Try using an odor eliminating fogger for this.

9. Applying Products Directly To The Paintwork
The golden rule is to dilute and apply to cloth first. Dilute cleaning products to water and apply polishing products to cloth first. Don’t even think of cutting this process short by applying the products directly to the paintwork. The damage that over-applying of products may cause is not worth the seconds you may have saved on cleaning.

10. Skipping Towel Drying
Although it’s not always necessary to towel dry your motor, if you’re going to do it, at least use the right towel. Unless you want to scratch the paintwork, never use a standard household towel, or a chamois for that matter. Instead, use a dry microfiber cloth to quickly remove excess moisture

Car repairs don’t come cheap. Actually they can really be hefty especially if it’s been a while since your last maintenance and its condition is quite bad already. Take car repainting for instance, when your paint gets damaged, you can’t just fix the damaged part, you have to repaint the entire car. If you don’t like to spend a huge amount of money trying to fix your car’s paint, better pay attention to this. They may seem nothing but could lead to serious damage in your vehicle if not taken care of.

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Pros And Cons Of Getting Paint Protection Film Done For Your Vehicle

Pros And Cons Of Getting Paint Protection Film Done For Your Vehicle

Pros And Cons Of Getting Paint Protection Film Done For Your Vehicle

If you wait until chips and dings on your car turn into rust before you take care of it, prepare yourself for bigger problem and heftier car repair costs. This is why investing in paint protection is a must if you want to preserve your car’s pristine appearance. However, that’s not to say that paint protection eliminates all risks. So if you’re already planning on getting it done to your car, it pays to know what exactly you could be getting, both the good and the bad.

Pros

1. Paint Protection From Scratches
It’s such a bummer when your beloved car’s good looks get ruined due to scratches. When this happens, it loses its shine, it appears worn out than it really is and no longer looks covetable. The thing is that it doesn’t even take an accident for your car to get scratches, even bird poop that you failed to clean soon enough or loose stone that hits your car while driving can cause that. But this wouldn’t be a problem if your vehicle has paint protection as this will keep your car looking sleek longer than when it doesn’t have it.

2. Protection From Weather
We can’t really help the kind of weather you’ll have in the place you live. Whether you have four seasons or two extreme weathers, all you can do is take extra step to protect your car from these. Paint protection in Singapore’s tropical weather will prevent your paint job from fading fast, it also keeps it from expanding and contracting which results to cracking where water or moist can seep through the cracks and create rust.

3. No Waxing
Most people love shiny cars because it makes the car look expensive and sleek. To achieve this look, they often opt to wax their car because we all know wax can help give that sparkling effect. However, the problem with this is that it is temporary and easily melts especially when constantly exposed in the sun. A much better option will be paint protection because it can provide the same luster for your car but is more durable compared to wax so it last longer.

4. Front Protection
If you noticed, the most blemishes on your car’s paint can be found at the lower front portion of it. This is because you’re essentially moving forward so stones or other road debris hit this part first. While you can’t really do anything about that road debris, you certainly can do better in protecting your car’s paint by investing on paint protection paint!

5. Increases The Value
Every time you do something on your car to either upgrade its look or performance, it either maintains or increases its value. By deciding to invest in paint protection film you are definitely increasing its value because this prevents exterior damage while making your car look attractive!

Cons

1. Price
Having said that car paint protection film is an investment should immediately cue you into knowing that it doesn’t come cheap. In fact, it may cost thousands of dollars. But, with all the advantages mentioned above, this investment will all be worth it.

2. Wear And Tear
Naturally, the paint protection film will eventually show signs of wear and tear since it’s the one catching all the damage from the road debris, weather, and sunlight that your paint job should have caught if it weren’t for the protective film. However, since you wouldn’t be going out of your way to intentionally damage your car and will surely be taking extra care to prevent premature damage on your car paint on top of the film, it will take years before you see signs of wear and tear.

3. Paint Adhesion
Vinyl wraps in general will adhere better to factory paint jobs on cars that have had no major damage. If your car has been repainted or the finish hasn’t been taken care of, the vinyl wrap may not adhere well and will lead to wrinkling, lifting and bubbling. So this is one thing that you should consider when having your vehicle installed with paint protection film.

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Why Rainwater Is Bad News For Your Car

Why Rainwater Is Bad News For Your Car

Why Rainwater Is Bad News For Your CarYou’d think leaving you’re your car out when it’s pouring is clever because you’re giving it a good wash without you spending a dime. However, what you do not realize is how detrimental this could actually be for your car’s paint.

Too cold or too hot temperature can make your car paint expand and contract and then result to cracking. When this happens, it’d be easier for water or moist to seep through the cracks and create rust.

Aside from that, rainwater forms by collecting several elements from the atmosphere. This means water isn’t the only things hitting your car when it’s pouring. You have other impurities that causes acid rain and deliberately exposing your car to that is bound to cause trouble for you sooner or later.
So generally, there’s constant exposure of your car to rainwater that can lead to cracking, chipping and peeling off the paintwork. Aside from that, you can also end up with buildup of tough stains from the rainwater that can often be very hard to clean and premature rusting and corrosion.

How To Protect Your Car From The Negative Effects Of Rainwater

Park In A Garage When Possible
This might be obvious but people seem to think you only need it during sunny days.

Use A Car Cover
If you can’t find any covered parking space, at least use a car cover so that your paintwork isn’t directly soaked in rainwater.

Wash It Thoroughly
So you forgot your car cover? That can’t be helped sometimes but remember to wash your car after being left in the rain. Your car had just been exposed to a lot of different impurities and when left like that for extended period of time, that can cause serious paint damage on your car. So give it a good car wash.

Do Not Skip Drying
Letting your vehicle air dry will leave unsightly watermarks and will render your hard work useless. . Use a microfiber towel or preferably a weave drying towel to absorb the water and dry the car.

Wax Your Car
Remember that a good wax will easily last 8 – 10 months on a car that will protect the paint of the car from external elements like scratches, dust, contaminants from the rainwater, and UV rays. To be on a safer side, apply a coat of wax every six months on your car to keep it clean and smooth.

Get Car Paint Protection Treatment
We can’t really help the kind of weather you’ll have in the place you live. Whether you have four seasons or two extreme weathers, all you can do is take extra step to protect your car from these. Paint protection in Singapore’s tropical weather will prevent your paint job from fading fast, it also keeps it from expanding and contracting which results to cracking where water or moist can seep through the cracks and create rust.

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Gains and Losses Of Paint Protection Film For Your Car

Gains and Losses Of Paint Protection Film For Your Car

investing in paint protection is a must if you want to preserve your car’s pristine appearance.

If you wait until chips and dings on your car turn into rust before you take care of it, prepare yourself for bigger problem and heftier car repair costs. This is why investing in paint protection is a must if you want to preserve your car’s pristine appearance. However, that’s not to say that paint protection eliminates all risks. So if you’re already planning on getting it done to your car, it pays to know what exactly you could be getting, both the good and the bad.

Gains

1. Paint Protection From Scratches
It’s such a bummer when your beloved car’s good looks get ruined due to scratches. When this happens, it loses its shine, it appears worn out than it really is and no longer looks covetable. The thing is that it doesn’t even take an accident for your car to get scratches, even bird poop that you failed to clean soon enough or loose stone that hits your car while driving can cause that. But this wouldn’t be a problem if your vehicle has paint protection as this will keep your car looking sleek longer than when it doesn’t have it.

2. Protection From Weather
We can’t really help the kind of weather you’ll have in the place you live. Whether you have four seasons or two extreme weathers, all you can do is take extra step to protect your car from these. Paint protection in Singapore’s tropical weather will prevent your paint job from fading fast, it also keeps it from expanding and contracting which results to cracking where water or moist can seep through the cracks and create rust.

3. No Waxing
Most people love shiny cars because it makes the car look expensive and sleek. To achieve this look, they often opt to wax their car because we all know wax can help give that sparkling effect. However, the problem with this is that it is temporary and easily melts especially when constantly exposed in the sun. A much better option will be paint protection because it can provide the same luster for your car but is more durable compared to wax so it last longer.

4. Front Protection
If you noticed, the most blemishes on your car’s paint can be found at the lower front portion of it. This is because you’re essentially moving forward so stones or other road debris hit this part first. While you can’t really do anything about that road debris, you certainly can do better in protecting your car’s paint by investing on paint protection paint!

5. Increases The Value
Every time you do something on your car to either upgrade its look or performance, it either maintains or increases its value. By deciding to invest in paint protection film you are definitely increasing its value because this prevents exterior damage while making your car look attractive!

Losses

1. Price
Having said that car paint protection film is an investment should immediately cue you into knowing that it doesn’t come cheap. In fact, it may cost thousands of dollars. But, with all the advantages mentioned above, this investment will all be worth it.

2. Wear And Tear
Naturally, the paint protection film will eventually show signs of wear and tear since it’s the one catching all the damage from the road debris, weather, and sunlight that your paint job should have caught if it weren’t for the protective film. However, since you wouldn’t be going out of your way to intentionally damage your car and will surely be taking extra care to prevent premature damage on your car paint on top of the film, it will take years before you see signs of wear and tear.

3. Paint Adhesion
Vinyl wraps in general will adhere better to factory paint jobs on cars that have had no major damage. If your car has been repainted or the finish hasn’t been taken care of, the vinyl wrap may not adhere well and will lead to wrinkling, lifting and bubbling. So this is one thing that you should consider when having your vehicle installed with paint protection film.

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7 Reasons Why People Hardly Ever Use Their Turn Signals

 

7 Reasons Why People Hardly Ever Use Their Turn Signals

here are some lame reasons why they do it that will infuriate you even more.Have you seen people almost get caught in an accident because they didn’t use their blinker? Or have you been in the receiving end of this irresponsible behavior? Isn’t it frustrating most of the time or annoying at the very least? If it isn’t, here are some lame reasons why they do it that will infuriate you even more.

1. Nobody’s Around
People are less likely to use turn signal on an empty road than on a busy one. Why? Because they assume it’s pointless since there are no cars around to signal to. However, this is also the reason why fatal crashes happen on rural country roads than busy urban areas.

2. Their Turn Signal Is Broken
Some people may not use a turn signal simply because it’s broken. The problem here, however, is not the broken turn signal but the car owner’s unwillingness/lack of interest to get it done because most car owner doesn’t look at it as such a big issue. If this is the case, then they are just as reckless as someone who forgets or deliberately chooses not to use their turn signal. So better take your car to your trusted car servicing shop and get it done.

3. They Are Too Lazy
It can be both amusing and dumbfounding how drivers think they can text and drive at the same time but cannot be bothered to use their turn signals. Sometimes flipping that turn signal switch is just too much work – at least, for some people. You’d have to wonder how they got enough willpower to drive in the first place.

4. They Think Turn Signals Are Optional
There are people who seem to think that using their turn signals depends on the situation they’re in. However, what they’re failing to realize is that it only takes a second to catch another driver off-guard. So, keep in mind that using turn signals is necessary every time you make a turn regardless of how busy the road is or if the guy in front of you didn’t use his.

5. They Forget To Flip The Switch
Keeping your blinker on when you don’t intend to turn can be just as annoying and dangerous as having it off when you do turn. There are plenty of drivers who keep their indicators on for long periods of time because they forget to turn them off. As a result, some of them decide to take care of this issue by never using turn signals again. Neat trick — except that it can be illegal and dangerous.

6. They Want To Cut You Off
When you’re running late and get stuck in traffic it’s easy to lose your cool and try to do any move to get to your destination as fast as humanly possible. One of that is preventing anyone to enter their lane which is why some drivers purposely don’t show their turn signals, so that they could quickly slip into lanes before anyone would block their access.

7. They Feel Like They Don’t Have To
There will always those drivers who overestimate themselves when it comes to their driving skills. They tend to think that they’re so good at maneuvering the road that they don’t have to use turn signals because they’re a potential F1 driver who can drive fast without crashing.

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Top 6 Ways To Take Care Of Your Car’s Battery

Top 6 Ways To Take Care Of Your Car’s Battery

Top 6 Ways To Take Care Of Your Car_s BatteryIf you’ve ever been the victim of a dead car battery you know that they die at the most inconvenient of times. Whether it’s on your way to the airport, work or picking up your kids from school it is always a pain. If you have recently noticed your car not starting consistently, it could mean that your battery is close to dead. Don’t wait for that to happen and start taking care of your car’s battery. Here are some tips to do that.

1. Keep Your Battery Clean
Dirt and dampness can damage a battery case, causing it to lose charge. To avoid this, ensure that the case and terminals are checked and cleaned during car services. If you notice corrosion or acid on battery terminals, clean it off with water and cover the terminal connection with grease to avoid it recurring.

2. Insulate Your Car Battery
Exposing your car battery to cold temperature all the time shortens its lifespan. So, always insulate your battery especially if you live in a cold temperature area.

3. Avoid Leaving Car Lights And Accessories On For Long Periods Without The Engine Running
Mistakes happen, especially when you’re tired or very busy. Sometimes that’s the reason why you’re car’s battery is dead is you left the headlights on or didn’t completely close the trunk. Overnight, these can cause drained battery which will prevent your car from starting the next day. Constantly doing this will shorten your car battery’s lifespan. So make sure you try to avoid leaving car lights and accessories on for long periods without the engine running.

4. Add Distilled Water
A car battery delivers electric power that starts the car. Most auto batteries work by chemical action to make power. This can cause water to evaporate from the battery. When the water level drops too far, more water needs to be added and in this case distilled water would be your best bet.

5. Secure The Battery
If your battery is jiggling around, it could tip over. A loose battery bashing against other parts of your engine is bad. Battery acid spilling all over your motor is also bad. Keep the battery tray clean. Make sure the battery sits correctly.

6. Take The Time To Do Regular Checks And Replace Your Battery When It’s Time
If you have been having trouble with your car battery often lately, take your car to the servicing shop to have it checked. It could be a defective alternator diode or charging issue. But you should also learn to acknowledge when the problem can no longer be repaired. Sometimes your car’s battery drains way to fast is because it has simply run its course. Many people don’t pay attention to the lifespan of batteries until it’s too late. Typically, they last for three to five years. If you find that it’s not holding a charge as well as it should be and it is in this age range, it is likely that it is time to invest in a new one.

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10 Reasons Why Car Fire Happens

10 Reasons Why Car Fire Happens

things you need to know are the common reasons why car fire happens

Car fires hardly happen due to a single cause. More often than not, it is a combination of factors that complicate things and can make dangerous situation. To avoid that, the first things you need to know are the common reasons why car fire happens. This way, you’re more likely to consciously avoid it.

1. Fuel System Leaks
Never underestimate fuel leaks no matter how small it may seem. Otherwise you could be leading yourself to critical engine damage in your car or worst a fire hazard which can put your life in danger if it happens while you’re driving. If you started noticing blue smoke coming from your car, burning smell or saw brown stain on your garage or pavement, time to pay attention and take it seriously before something worse happens.

2. Electrical System Failure
Faulty or loose wiring can produce sparks that can quickly ignite a fuel drip or leaked vapor which then can lead to car fire. This doesn’t even have to be under the hood. Electrical wiring that runs throughout the entire car can cause fire.

3. Spilled Fluids
A car requires a bunch of fluid to run, from gasoline or diesel fuel, engine oil, transmission fluid, power steering fluid, brake fluid and even engine coolant. You have to remember that all of these are flammable and can ignite a fire easily. So whenever you get a sign that any of them spilled, stop and check it out. Don’t risk driving in this condition.

4. Overheating Engines
When your car overheats, it’s easy to panic. But if you want to keep the damage to a minimum, here are the things you can do until you can take it to the mechanic for a thorough car repair.

· First, you should not attempt to drive an overheating car.
· In case you’re already driving, shut of the air conditioner and open the windows immediately. This should help lessen the temperature.
· If that didn’t work, pull over on the side of the road, turn off the engine, open the hood carefully, and wait until your car cools down.
· Do not try to open the radiator cap while the engine is hot because the coolant can spray and burn you.
· Once the vehicle cooled down, drive directly to the mechanic to have it assessed properly.

5. Overheating Catalytic Converters
It’s natural for your car exhaust to smell because of the catalytic converter. However, you should be alarmed once the smell becomes too strong, considering that it’s one of the consistently hottest parts of your car. That may mean there’s leaking fluid, your catalytic converter is failing, or there’s something off with your air/fuel mixture.

6. Hybrid And Electrical Vehicle Batteries
Leaking coolant interacted with the damaged batteries is often the cause of hybrid and electrical car fire. Concerns about hybrid and electric batteries go way back, though, and there are new potential risks with each new design.

7. Arson
Well, not all car fires are due to the car itself. There are cases where people would deliberately set a car on fire. This happens for plenty of reasons like to cover up a theft, or to cover up the evidence of another crime. It could be old fashioned vandalism, too, wrecking something just for the sake of wrecking it. Or it could be insurance fraud. So when you can’t seem to find what went wrong with the car to cause the fire, it pretty reasonable to look at this angle too.

8. Car Crashes
It may not be apparent right away, but once you got caught up in a car crash it’s best to move away from the damaged car as soon as you can. The impact, fuel leak and heat can all create a perfect condition for a fire.

9. Poor Maintenance
Failing to keep up with your car’s regular maintenance is like setting yourself and your vehicle up for future trouble. Just do a run down once in awhile, check how the tires, lights, is there any kind of strange sound when you drive it, or anything out of ordinary at all. Spotting irregularities early on could save your car from serious damage in the future and a lot of money on car repair. A noise or smell from your car may be trivial, but you should always get it checked out to be on the safe side.

10. Design Flaws
Design flaws can make conditions really ripe for a fire, and sometimes even create conditions in which an eventual fire is inevitable. Usually, the manufacturers catch on to these situations before incidents become widespread. They issue recalls to get the dangerous cars off the street and fix the problems, because no car maker wants to be known for com busting its customers.

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4 Steps That You Need To Remember When Your Car Overheats

4 Steps That You Need To Remember When Your Car Overheats

4 Steps That You Need To Remember When Your Car OverheatsOverheating is one of the things that can lead to stress and panic while driving. If ever you find yourself in this situation, try to stay calm and do the following steps to ensure your safety.

Step 1: Turn Off The Air Conditioner
Your car’s air conditioner makes the engine work extra hard. So once you notice that the temperature gauge is going up towards the H (hot) sign, turn it off right away. This way you reduce the engine’s load a bit which helps bring the temperature down a little too. This gives you time to do the second step as well which is to find a safe place to pull over.

Step 2: Pull Over To A Safe Place
Do not attempt to continue driving if the temperature gauge is already going up. After turning off the AC make sure you look for the nearest emergency bays or expressway’s shoulder lane where you can safely stop and examine your car. But don’t forget to put early warning device for the safety of other motorist as soon as you pull over. After that, pop open your hood to allow trapped heat to escape and pour water over the radiator once the steam subsides. This will help lower the temperature.

Step 3: Open The Radiator Cap
Keep in mind that the radiator cap will be hot if your engine is already in the brink of overheating which is why you poured water on it to help dissipate the heat. However, you should still give it some time before opening it because while hot, the radiator cap have pressure that can cause serious burns and injuries.

Now, when you sure it’s okay to open it, grab a thick rag and use that when opening it to protect your hand. After that, fill up the radiator with coolant (preferably) but if you don’t have it on hand, water works too. While you’re at it, see if your car’s hose are still intact and undamaged. Otherwise, you need to replace it so that the car’s cooling system would go back and function to normal.

Step 4: Restart The Engine
After filling the radiator with water or coolant, restart the car so that the water can circulate which would further bring down the engine’s temperature. While in idle, monitor the temperature gauge to see if your car has cooled down. If not, chances are your radiator is clogged or has a leak. You can go on and resume your travel when things go back to normal. However, visit your trusted car servicing shop or mechanic as soon as possible in order to ensure that your car is problem-free.

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5 Questions That You Should Ask Yourself To Ensure A Smooth Holiday Trip