How To Repair Scratches On Your Car Exterior

How To Repair Scratches On Your Car Exterior1Scratches happen even to the most careful driver and doting car owner. But no need to feel like it’s the end of your car and your wallet every time it happens because you have to get it done to the car repair shop and we know how much it would cost. You can actually do it yourself, here’s how.

Assess The Damage

Before you even do anything, you should check if you could actually do something about the damage first. While majority of scratches can be repaired, there are certain types of scratches, like deep paint scratch that can no longer be repaired without needing an overall paint job. When that happens, it’s best that you seek professional car repair to make sure everything is done thorough especially the paint protection application as this can be delicate. If you’re not sure about the depth of the scratch, it’s best to assume that it’s one level deeper than you think.

Prepare The Things You’ll Need

For Shallow Scratch
· Clean cloth
· Rubbing compound
· Soap and water
· Wax

For Deeper Scratches
· Painter’s tape
· Primer
· Sandpaper (1500-grit)
· Scuffing pad
· Touch-up kit of paint
· Wax

Prepare The Car

· Wash the exterior of your car using the bucket of soap and water. This will keep any dust and dirt from causing any more abrasion on your car’s paint.

· When you’re done washing, wipe it dry to star sanding. Sanding the area surrounding the scratch smoothens the area you want to work on which allows a consistent look when you apply the new paint.

· If the affected area isn’t big though or is only up to the clear coat, you can just use toothpaste. No need to sand the area.

· For small scratches, all you need is toothpaste because it has the same abrasive properties as fine sandpaper. Just dab a small amount of toothpaste onto a cotton swab or clean cloth and rub it onto the affected area in a circular motion.

· For scratches that take up a larger area, you’ll want to use sandpaper. Use fine sandpaper – one that is 2000-grit should work fine. Sandpapers that are coarser could inadvertently remove further layers of the exterior, causing further damage and more money spent on repairs. Using small, circular strokes, rub the sandpaper around the affected area, wiping occasionally with a clean cloth to remove any flecks of paint or primer that been removed.

Repair Light Scratches

· Clean the car’s surface and remove possible debris.

· Get a tape (masking tape is ideal) to cover areas near the scratch.

· Apply a bit of polishing compound to the microfiber cloth. Rub the compound on the area in small, vigorous circles. You should begin to notice the scratch disappear. When the scratch is completely gone, you can move on to waxing.

· Polish the scratch. You can do this by applying wax to the repaired area. This is basically replacing the worn down clear coat.

· Wash the vehicle again after to see if you did it right. You’ll know this if the part you just waxed is repelling the water.

Repair Deep Scratches

· Don’t forget to obtain your touch-up paint from a reputable automotive parts retailer or body shop. Match it up with your car’s paint code that you will find on a placard under the hood or on the driver’s side door pillar.

· Sand the area as described above for deeper scratches.

· Scuff the surface. To further break down the affected area and prepare it for new paint, use a scuffing pad. Scuffing pads create a rough surface, which is easier for the paint to stick to. Rub the scuff pad along the path of the scratch back and forth until the surface feels rough to the touch.

· Tape off areas where you don’t want the paint to get onto like the headlights.

· Apply primer. This is necessary if the damage have gone through the primer. Let the primer dry overnight before you begin painting.

· Shake the touch-up paint well to ensure that it will leave an even color deposit.

· Dab the touch-up paint onto the paint chip. Be light handed to make sure that just enough paint is being applied that covers all edges of the chip. Let it dry for at least 15 minutes before you apply another layer. Be sure to use thin layers, slowing building up until the replacement paint matches the original paint.

· Re-apply clear coat. Ones you’ve matched the paint and have let it dry for at least 2 days you can now apply the clear coat. Replacement clear coat typically comes in an aerosol can and can be sprayed directly onto the vehicle.

· Wax the whole vehicle. To prevent a small section of your car from being shinier than the rest of your paint, apply a coat of wax to the whole car.


Concerns You Shouldn’t Be Afraid To Ask When Buying A Car


Concerns You Shouldn’t Be Afraid To Ask When Buying A Car

Concerns You Shouldn_t Be Afraid To Ask When Buying A Car

You probably already know that car repair and car grooming is a part of the expenses and responsibilities of owning a vehicle. But that comes later; do you know what comes with it as you purchase it? Here are some questions that will help you know exactly what you’re paying for and if it’s worth it! This is especially helpful if you do your shopping via internet.

What’s My Out-The-Door Price?
Most of the time, the salesperson will hype you up with how affordable the vehicle is. While it may be true that the car is budget-friendly, you have to know that you’re also required other fees like sales tax, registry costs and a documentation fee. The sooner you get a quote on all this, the clearer it’ll be to you how much you’re actually gonna spend on the car.

How Much Do You Charge For Documentation Fee?
All dealers charge documentation fee, but not all dealers charge the same. There are instances where they offer a good deal on the car but charges larger on this fee. So asking for this early on allows you to see if you’re actually getting a “good deal”.

Are There Any Add-Ons On The Car?
Add-ons in a car are great. However, they’re often a way for dealers to boost profit. What you can do though is ask about this before signing anything, this way you can still negotiate on them. Otherwise you’ll only learn about them once you read about them on the contract and when you’ve already paid for them.

How Many Miles Are On The Car?
Most people now do transactions online. While things like paying for the car or emailing documents that comes with purchasing one is convenient, shopping online doesn’t show you how many test-drives the particular car you’re eyeing has had already. So even if you’ve inquired about it online, you should confirm it when you go check the car out in person. You can negotiate for a lower price if it has more than 300 miles.

Can You Deliver The Car?
If the dealer offers delivery, why wait while the car is washed, gassed and prepared for delivery in their site? This and not getting sales pitches from finance and insurance manager is the reason why transacting online can be advantageous for you. So do not forget to ask this question if you’re shopping online.


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

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.


8 Things That You Should Know About Engine Sludge

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!


Top 10 Car Detailing Mistakes Most People Make

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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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

5 Questions That You Should Ask Yourself To Ensure A Smooth Holiday TripWhen planning a vacation out of town, the itinerary, food, accommodations, and activities you plan to do usually take up most of your mind. But, not overlooking if your vehicle is actually road trip ready will eliminate unnecessary stress that you may encounter on the road, really pays.

Answer these questions and see if you’re actually ready to take on that holiday getaway!

1. Do I Know How To Change A Flat Tire?
A flat tire is one of the simplest road troubles that you should expect especially on long drives. But then, even if it’s pretty easy to change a flat tire, the question is do you know how to do it? Don’t assume you can always find someone to help change it for you. So better learn this essential skill before you find yourself in a middle of nowhere with a flat tire.

2. When Was The Last Time I Had My Car Checked?
If you can’t even remember, then chances are it’s been a while. If this is the case, take your car to your trusted car servicing shop for repair and maintenance as soon as you can before your trip. This should ensure you that you vehicle is in top condition and lessen your chances of car troubles when you hit the road.

3. Do I Know The Emergency Hotlines?
Even the most prepared and careful drivers out there get into trouble because of circumstances that are out of our control like the weather. If you get caught up in such cases, you better know the hotlines of proper authorities to call for help.

4. Do I Have Car Tools?
It’s great to learn basic car repairs so that you don’t depend on mechanics every time something needs to be done on your car, especially if you’re on the road. However, having the skills is only half of the solution. You also have to have necessary tools to actually do the repair! If you don’t have tools, maybe it’s time that you buy them.

5. Do I Have A Copy Of My Car’s Documents?
In case you run into a problem, you can easily present all the necessary documents to the authorities. These include the original and photocopy printouts of your car’s official receipt, car registration, insurance form, and driver’s license.


Top 6 Things That Says It’s Time Your Vehicle Should Get Suspension Repair

Top 6 Things That Says It’s Time Your Vehicle Should Get Suspension Repair

To know if your suspension system needs some work, here are some signs that you should watch out forMost often than not, people think that suspension is only there to give you a smooth rise. However, what you may not realize is that it can greatly affect your ability to control the car, especially when stopping or turning. Because of this, this part of your car deserve just as much attention and case as issues like oil changes and brakes! To know if your suspension system needs some work, here are some signs that you should watch out for.

1. Car Rides Roughly
Once it feels like every bump on the road has become so intense while you drive, it’s almost the surefire sign that your car’s suspension needs to be repaired already.

2. Drifting Or Pulling During Turns
Once your shocks are no longer able to keep the car stable against centrifugal force of turn, you will notice that your car “drift” or “pull” when turning. When this happens, it’s most likely because your suspension system is failing! Don’t let this go on for too long and take your vehicle to your trusted car repair shop immediately.

3. Dips Or Nose Dives When Stopping
Does it feel like your car’s body lurches forward and downward nose-first whenever you hit the brakes? This means your shocks are already worn out! If this is your case, it can really be dangerous for you on the road since it affects your car’s ability to stop right away.

4. Uneven Tire Treads
You wanna see a visual sign of suspension problem? Look at your tires! Failing suspension system usually causes uneven tread wearing on your tires. This is because the suspension isn’t holding the car evenly, and therefore putting uneven amounts of pressure on the tires.

5. Damaged, Oily Shocks
Wanna know what your shocks looks like if it really needs repair? They often look greasy or oily because damaged shocks often leak fluid. If you’re not sure, take your car to your mechanic to have your shocks checked and replaced when necessary.

6. Try The Bounce Test
If you suspect your suspension is going bad (perhaps due to one or more of the symptoms we mentioned above), try this simple test. With the car in “park,” press down on the front of the vehicle with all your weight, “bounce” it a few times, then release. Do it again on the rear of the vehicle. If the car continues to rock or bounce more than 2-3 times after you release it, the suspension is wearing out.


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