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4-Step Guide To Maintaining Your Diesel Engine’s Fuel Line And Filter

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When your vehicle has a diesel engine, proper maintenance of the fuel line and filter is essential for extending the life of your motor. It is also important for reducing your fuel costs. If you want to perform this maintenance yourself, use the following four-step guide to keeping your fuel system at peak performance. Step 1:  Inspect The Exhaust Smoke With Gas Pedal Down The first step in checking your fuel system is to inspect the smoke coming from your exhaust pipe. For this step, you will need an assistant to rev the engine while you stand outside of the vehicle. Instruct your partner to put the engine in neutral. Then, have them press the gas pedal up and down slowly. As they are revving the engine, look at the color of the exhaust. If it is a light gray, the proper amount of fuel is being burned within the engine. However, if the smoke is black, the efficiency flow is set too high. This dark color means the exhaust contains pure diesel fuel that is not being burned. When this happens, the fuel is being wasted and you will have to refill your tank more often. To fix this problem, look at the filter and make sure its grade is not too high for your engine’s particular model. Refer to your owner’s manual to find out the proper size. If the grade is too high, replacing the filter with the proper one should solve the problem. Step 2:  Examine The Diesel Fuel Filter If the color of your exhaust is normal, the next step is to examine the fuel filter itself. Typically, your diesel engine’s fuel filter should be changed after every 10,000 to 15,000 miles. However, if you are using your vehicle for heavy duty use such as hauling large loads or driving up and down steep inclines, you may need to change it more often.  When you remove the filter, look inside of it. If the screen appears black or clogged with particulates, it should be replaced. This will ensure enough fuel is reaching the motor without interruption, giving you better gas mileage. Step 3:  Bleed And Prime The Fuel Line The third step of your routine maintenance involves bleeding and priming the fuel line. Over time, air bubbles from the diesel fuel can become trapped inside the lines. When this happens, you may feel the engine sputter when you step on the gas pedal. Once you bleed the fuel line, you will then need to prime it with fuel to ensure no air remains. There are two ways you can bleed the line. The first is cranking the engine. While this may seem easy, it can severely drain your battery. It also does not always remove all of the air. The second method of using the filter’s built-in primer pump saves your battery’s power. It also ensures the air is completely removed. Simply press down on the primer’s button until you no longer hear a hissing noise. Another advantage of using this method is that fuel is primed into the line at the same time. Step 4:  Check And Empty The Water Separator  If you do not have a diesel fuel filter with a water separator, you may want to consider removing  your current filter and installing one...

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Protecting Your Car Body From Surface Rust

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Most cars are made out of steel materials, and this helps to keep your vehicle strong and resilient as you drive. Unfortunately, steel will oxidize when it is exposed to moisture and air and this can cause rust to form. When oxidation advances to the point that holes and openings form in the side or rear panels of your vehicle, then an auto body repair will be required. This is necessary to repair the damage and to stop oxidation from spreading. If you have recently had a major body repair completed, then make sure to reduce the risk of surface rust forming on your car in the future. This way oxidation will not have the opportunity to spread. Protect Vehicle Paint From the Sun When you drive of park your car outdoors, the exterior of your vehicle is exposed to harmful UV rays for hours on end. Auto paint is made out of a resin based material that holds color pigments together so they can adhere to the body of your vehicle. This paint is secured over a primer, and a clear coat of polyurethane covers the paint. Multiple layers are utilized to protect the steel surface of your vehicle. Although this is true, the sun can and will break down the color pigments within your vehicle paint over time. The photodegradation will make your car appear faded and the paint can become weak. When you vehicle paint is not as strong as it should be, the edges of the auto body may bubble and allow moisture to work its way underneath the pigments. Rust can then form once the moisture reaches the steel underneath the paint. Use a UV Protective Wax One of the easiest ways to protect your vehicle from UV sun rays and oxidation is to apply a wax to the surface of the paint. Your best option is a natural carnauba wax that is created by collecting the outer coatings from Brazilian palm leaves. The wax will protect your car from UV rays, heat, moisture, and oxidation. Once you purchase your wax, apply a thick coat of the material to the surface of your car. Use circular strokes to add the paste and allow the wax to dry for about 30 minutes. Use a clean cloth to buff the wax away afterwards. Apply a new protective layer to your vehicle every six to eight weeks. Protect Your Car From Road Salt If you live in a cold weather area and see a great deal of snow in the winter, then it is likely your town or city uses road salt to get rid of the ice on the roadways. When the salt is used, it turns the ice and snow on the roads into a slushy material that attaches itself to your car. The slush will contain some of the road salt and this material can cause surface rust to form. This occurs, because the salt acts like a catalyst that allows water and air to oxidize the steel at a faster rate. You can stop the oxidation process from occurring by making sure that salt cannot come into direct contact with the metal components of your car. The underside of your vehicle is most susceptible to road salt, so consider spraying automotive lubricant or penetrating oil across...

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5 Of The Craziest Windshield Attacks In Pro-Wrestling History

Posted by on Dec 15, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Getting a rock chip in your car’s windshield is nothing compared to the damage that’s been done to vehicles in the world of pro-wrestling. The next time you need to hire a professional for auto glass replacement, think back on the following five pro-wrestling moments and know that it could be a lot worse. In wrestling organizations, cars often end up being a weapon of choice and the windshield gets smashed over and over again. Stone Cold Steve Austin Fills a Car with Cement The feud between Vince McMahon and Stone Cold Steve Austin reached a huge peak in 1998. During this time, Austin would torment McMahon, and in one instance he chose to do so by using McMahon’s personal convertible. Driving a cement truck right up to the car, Austin flipped a switch, lined up the ramp, and the car started filling with cement. Once the car completely filled, the pressure built up and fans were in awe as the windshield and side windows smashed into tiny little pieces. Not only would McMahon need a new windshield, but the car was likely destroyed for good. Kofi Kingston’s NASCAR Attack Plenty of NASCAR race cars are destroyed during a race, but rarely are they attacked when on-display. After Randy Orton received his own NASCAR vehicle as a gift, his rival at the time decided to take some anger out on him. Kofi Kingston stomped all over the car, smashed the windshield repeatedly, and then proceeded to pour paint all over the windshield. Orton’s gift was so new, that he probably didn’t have time to insure it at the time. We never saw the car again, likely getting scrapped and sent to the junkyard instead of having everything replaced. Bill Goldberg Punches Out a Window Many types of insurance can cover car damage from natural objects like stones and sleet, but there probably isn’t much you can do when a human fist goes through the window. In WCW, Bill Goldberg was going on a rampage while looking for his rival Bret Hart. After Hart locked himself into a vehicle, Goldberg decided that the only way to get in was through the windshield. He uses his fist to smash through multiple windows and then ultimately cuts his arm on the windshield. The blood pours all over the hood of the car and Goldberg actually needed 200 stitches to repair the damage that was done. John Cena’s Parking Lot Brawls There have been a number of cars damaged in a variety of Parking Lot Brawls hosted in the WWE. Car doors, dented frames, and even fires have occurred as wrestlers brawl freely around the vehicles. One of the more memorable windshield smashing happened when John Cena was trying to get revenge on the group known as Nexus. As John Cena pounded away at Justin Gabriel, he lifted him high over his head and delivered an Attitude Adjustment that went right through the windshield of a car. The glass cracked and shattered everywhere, creating another memorable car moment in WWE history. Stone Cold Steve Austin’s Monster Truck Austin apparently has a knack for destroying cars. It’s only fitting that his theme song starts off with the memorable sound of glass shattering. In the middle of a heated feud with The Rock, Stone Cold...

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Making Your Car Work For You

Posted by on Nov 21, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have been struggling to make ends meet, it may be time to put your car to work for you. How? For starters, you could sign up to be part of one of today’s popular ride-sharing programs that will connect you with paying customers who need to be ferried from one destination or another. Or you could allow guests from out of town to rent your vehicle for a fee. These internet-based services have seen dramatic growth in recent years, and by signing up with one of them, you could infuse much-needed cash into your budget. Ride-Sharing Services In the past, it would have been almost impossible to pick up paying customers on a regular basis if you weren’t a bona fide taxi driver. Today, however, there are several services on the Internet where you can sign up to offer rides for a fee. While some people consider this a taxi service, for legal reasons, the companies promote them as ride sharing programs for a fee. If you are interested in joining one of these programs, you will need:  A late-model vehicle in good working condition that seats at least four passengers. It needs to be clean. If you don’t own a late-model vehicle, this may be a good time to purchase a new car. A clean driving record. The companies also typically run background checks on their drivers.  A smartphone so you can download the app that will allow you to pick up riders.  Automobile insurance. Most car-sharing services also provide supplementary insurance for their drivers.  If you want to make more money providing ride-sharing services with your vehicle, you should: Let the service know if you own a high-end or a larger vehicle, which could possibly allow you to join an upper-tier car-sharing service that pays more money. The upper-tier services cater to customers searching for the best vehicles for their more discriminating clientele or larger ones to accommodate big parties. Thus, if you are currently interested in purchasing a new vehicle, you may want to search your dealership for a high-end or larger automobile, such as a Chrysler Town & Country minivan, that could allow you to make more money  Only agree to take customers to and from areas that you are familiar with. You could make less in fares or even lose money if you were to get lost while driving a paying customer around. Plus, customers rate your service. So if you were to get lost, an angry passenger could ding you. Unfortunately, you could be deactivated from the service if you receive too many poor reviews.  Accept tips. Some ride-sharing services allow you to accept tips, while others don’t. So make sure you read your service’s guidelines carefully.  Work only during high-volume times when the rates that these services charge are automatically raised, which can result in higher earnings for you.  Let Others Use Your Vehicle There are also Internet-based, peer-to-peer car-sharing services that connect you with people looking for a vehicle to rent. You can either rent out your vehicle when you are, for example, out of town, or you can choose to share a second vehicle that you don’t use very often. If you do decide to use one of these services, you should verify that it: Has insurance to cover possible...

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Cars Can Now Outlast Their Payments, But Are They Worth It?

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Experts have recently predicted that when some cars are maintained properly, they can last for more than 200,000 miles. Irv Gordon of New York currently holds the world record for owning the car with the highest mileage—a 1966 Volvo whose odometer reached 3 million not long ago. If you’ve seen his car, you know it’s a beauty. He’s kept it in pristine condition. While Gordon has obviously gone out of his way to take exceptional care of his vehicle and rack up the miles, is it worth it for the average consumer to do the same? The advantages and the downfalls just might surprise you. Advantages of Keeping An Older Car  No car payment, eventually. As of April 2014, the average age of a vehicle on the road is 11.3 years. This number is up from 2007, and there may be a good reason. AOL Autos claims that the only people who can afford payments on a new car are residents of Washington, D.C. This claim is slightly tongue-in-cheek and is based on the average income for families in the 25 biggest metropolitan locations. But it’s true that many Americans are struggling to stay ahead of their current financial status, and a car payment is simply out of reach for them. The average new car will run you $32,086. This comes down to a monthly payment of $633. Those who can afford a new car but choose to keep theirs for as long as possible will enjoy the eventual elimination of that car payment. Take a look at this post by Joel Berry, who claims that by keeping his 1995 Geo Prizm for nine years after paying it off, he’s saved $27,000. And that was with a $250 monthly payment. Imagine how much he’d save today with the average payments being much higher. Berry maintains that even after factoring in the costs of repairs and maintenance, he will have saved $33,000 after 17 years of driving the vehicle instead of purchasing a new one. Extra money for other things. Without that “average” $633 per month going to car payments, you can put your green somewhere else. Certainly part of the savings will go to the upkeep of your current car, but consider putting the extra in a savings account, towards an annual vacation, or in a retirement fund. Disadvantages Of Keeping an Older Car Constant upkeep and maintenance. You’ve probably figured out that if you want your car to last more than 200,000 miles, you’ll need to get your hands a little dirty. While it’s certainly doable to drop the old clunker off at the mechanic’s every week to have it looked over, it just isn’t feasible. The good news is that most of it is fairly simple. The bad news is that you cannot slack off. Not one bit. Start with referencing the manual for recommended procedures and how often they need to be done. You’ll also need to check all the fluid levels each week or month, and that includes monitoring tire pressure. You’ll have to get new car tires from time to time. Regular oil changes are a must, as well as adhering to schedules for replacing parts like timing belts, water pumps, spark plugs, brakes, and the like. Staying on top of these things is mandatory to have the odometer...

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5 Things You Need To Think About Before You Start A Trucking Business

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Trucking can be a lucrative business if you do it right. No matter what the economic conditions are like, businesses will always need a way to transport goods from one place to another. So, despite the rising fuel costs, transport and shipping services remain in demand. If you’re considering starting your own trucking business, here are five things to take into consideration first. Continue reading more to get more information. It’s more than driving a truck. It’s easy to idealize the trucking business, imagining nothing but you, the truck and the open road. But, as you may know, a lot of work goes into the business side of things. Networking, marketing, hiring, payroll, deadlines and setbacks all take up a considerable amount of time and money. On the other hand, wearing many hats is good for variety, so you don’t burn out as easily when working long hours. You won’t be working 9 to 5. If you’ve worked for other companies in the trucking business, you know how demanding the job can be on your time. For those who are new to the industry, it may come as a shock that normal business hours are typically out of the question. You’re only making money when that truck is on the road. That may mean working evenings, weekends, holidays and extended hours (within legal driving limits). You’ll need to hire someone to do the driving for you if you can’t handle a schedule like that. Most companies start out small and stay small. Do you see yourself having a large fleet of trucks someday? You may think that more trucks mean more success, but the fact is that 90 percent of trucking companies own fewer than six trucks. So don’t pressure yourself to find more trucks and more employees before your business can afford the extra expenses. Startup costs don’t have to drain your bank account. Entrepreneurs often get carried away when starting a new business. Despite the lack of funds, they take on new debt in order to market themselves and to have the latest, greatest equipment available. Big mistake. You need to keep your startup costs as low as possible during the first few years, and you can approach limiting your costs several different ways. For example, you can: Purchase a used semi truck rather than a new one. A new truck can set you back $150,000 or more, and considering that it costs $180,000 annually to operate a truck, this is one area where you need to cut back. A used truck, on the other hand, can be purchased for as little as $15,000 and up to $100,000, depending on the condition of the truck. The lower the price, the more wear and tear you’ll find on the vehicle, which increases your maintenance costs, repair costs and fuel economy. Try to find a vehicle with low miles and a detailed maintenance record as proof that the truck has been well taken care of. Market your business yourself. Rather than spending money on expensive billboards, commercials and newspaper ads, learn how to set up a website and blog. Join conversations on social media. Participate in industry forums, particularly those that attract the types of clients you’re after. And don’t forget to link up with local businesses to build...

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