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Re: ******Kakaki presents: Your Daily Car TIPS****** by kakakibuy: 9:10am On Dec 11, 2015
Blast mats with the hose When washing your car, drag out the rubber or carpet floor mats and blast them with the hose.This will dislodge dirt particles that, if allowed to build up, will grind holes in your mats. Let the mats dry thoroughly in the sun before reinstalling them.
Re: ******Kakaki presents: Your Daily Car TIPS****** by kakakibuy: 9:03pm On Dec 11, 2015
Maintain your transmission Change automatic transmission fluid and filter after the first 5,000 miles (8,000 km) and after every 25,000 miles (40,000 km) or two years thereafter, or as recommended in your owner’s manual. If you use your vehicle for towing, change the fluid and filter every year. For manual transmissions, change the lubricant (motor oil or gear oil, depending on the car) after the first 5,000 miles and after every 50,000 (80,000 km) thereafter. Use synthetic motor oil or gear lube for longer transmission life unless the manufacturer recommends otherwise.
Re: ******Kakaki presents: Your Daily Car TIPS****** by kakakibuy: 8:29am On Dec 16, 2015
Don’t fill up if you see the tanker If you happen to see a gasoline tanker filling the tanks at your local gas station, come back another day or go to a different station. As the station’s underground tanks are being filled, the turbulence can stir up sediment. Sediment in your gas can clog fuel filters and fuel injectors, causing poor performance and possibly necessitating repairs.
Re: ******Kakaki presents: Your Daily Car TIPS****** by kakakibuy: 9:49am On Dec 22, 2015
Avoid overfilling your crankcase with oil Don’t overfill your engine crankcase with oil. If you do, the oil can rise into the crankshaft, where air bubbles will get churned into the oil.Your oil pump can’t do a good job of circulating oil with air bubbles. The result can be overheating and stress on engine components. Overfilling can also foul your sparkplugs. In fact, overfilling is a bad idea with all automotive fluids.
Re: ******Kakaki presents: Your Daily Car TIPS****** by kakakibuy: 10:49am On Dec 26, 2015
Have wheel alignment checked Have your car’s wheel alignment checked every 30,000 miles (48,000 km), or as recommended in your owner’s manual. Also have it checked after buying new tires and when you replace a rack-and-pinion steering unit or other steering parts. Improper tire alignment will shorten the life of your tires as well as cause poor handling. If your steering is stiffer than normal or the vehicle pulls to one side, you probably have an alignment problem.
Re: ******Kakaki presents: Your Daily Car TIPS****** by kakakibuy: 12:46pm On Dec 28, 2015
Touch up nicks sooner rather than later:Touch-up paint won’t adhere well to rust. So be sure to keep some matching touch-up paint on hand so you can touch up any minor nicks, often found around door edges, before rust has a chance to form.
Re: ******Kakaki presents: Your Daily Car TIPS****** by kakakibuy: 5:55pm On Dec 28, 2015
Avoid light fixture problems When changing a bad bulb, clean dirty or corroded sockets with fine steel wool or a small wire brush.Wipe the socket clean of debris before installing the new light bulb.
Re: ******Kakaki presents: Your Daily Car TIPS****** by kakakibuy: 9:15am On Dec 29, 2015
Choose a good car insurer Sometimes, no matter how careful you are, disaster inevitably strikes — typically in the form of an accident. Make sure that your car will be repaired to the best possible standard by finding an insurer that will pay for parts from the original manufacturer and guarantee the repairs it authorizes.
Re: ******Kakaki presents: Your Daily Car TIPS****** by kakakibuy: 2:22pm On Dec 30, 2015
Keep your cool Check the coolant-antifreeze level weekly that shows on the translucent coolant-antifreeze overflow tank. If low, fill to the maximum fill mark on the tank with a 50-50 solution of coolant-antifreeze and water. Some coolant manufacturers now sell premixed coolant and water for the motorist who wants a quick and easy way to top off.
Re: ******Kakaki presents: Your Daily Car TIPS****** by kakakibuy: 5:44pm On Dec 30, 2015
When temperatures affect tire inflation When outside temperatures drop or soar, tires tend to lose pressure. A drop of 10 degrees F (6 degrees C), in fact, will decrease a tire’s air pressure by 1 or 2 pounds.Tires can lose even more air in hot weather. Under-inflated tires can result in accelerated wear and poor driving performance. If you live in a place where temperatures vary a lot, check your tire pressure often and add air as needed.
Re: ******Kakaki presents: Your Daily Car TIPS****** by kakakibuy: 11:05pm On Dec 30, 2015
Don’t mix coolants Avoid mixing coolants that are different in color. If your coolant is pink, don’t add a green formulation to it. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a thick solution that won’t do its job. Use only the coolant specified in your owner’s manual.
Re: ******Kakaki presents: Your Daily Car TIPS****** by kakakibuy: 7:11am On Dec 31, 2015
Secure loads to avoid dents and scratches The beginning of the end for the finish on many cars and trucks — and for wagon and hatchback interiors for that matter — is an improperly stowed load. Invest in the appropriate racks for bicycles, cargo, and luggage. A good trick to keep tall objects from sliding around in a pick-up truck bed is to use a shower curtain rod (or two) as a brace. Just push the cargo against the front wall of the truck bed and install the rod behind it. Twist to secure. Cargo nets will also help keep objects from banging around and damaging a truck bed.
Re: ******Kakaki presents: Your Daily Car TIPS****** by kakakibuy: 6:24pm On Dec 31, 2015
Top off your brake fluid Check brake fluid monthly.Wipe dirt from the master cylinder lid before you open it. If you need fluid, add the type recommended by your car’s maker. Never substitute other fluids, such as transmission or power-steering fluid. And don’t use brake fluid from a previously opened container. Once exposed to air, brake fluid absorbs moisture and contaminates easily.
Re: ******Kakaki presents: Your Daily Car TIPS****** by kakakibuy: 11:00am On Jan 01, 2016
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Re: ******Kakaki presents: Your Daily Car TIPS****** by kakakibuy: 2:46pm On Jan 01, 2016
Preserve door and window seals Wipe a rubber protectant (such as Armor-All) or silicone on door and window weatherstripping to keep it in good condition. Don’t use an oilbased product, such as WD-40, because the oil will damage the rubber. Regular cleaning and treatment of your car’s weatherstripping will also lessen the likelihood of your door sticking to its rubber seal in cold weather, a common cause of damage to the rubber.
Re: ******Kakaki presents: Your Daily Car TIPS****** by kakakibuy: 1:12am On Jan 02, 2016
Choose a good car insurer Sometimes, no matter how careful you are, disaster inevitably strikes — typically in the form of an accident. Make sure that your car will be repaired to the best possible standard by finding an insurer that will pay for parts from the original manufacturer and guarantee the repairs it authorizes.
Re: ******Kakaki presents: Your Daily Car TIPS****** by kakakibuy: 9:53am On Jan 02, 2016
Top off your brake fluid Check brake fluid monthly.Wipe dirt from the master cylinder lid before you open it. If you need fluid, add the type recommended by your car’s maker. Never substitute other fluids, such as transmission or power-steering fluid. And don’t use brake fluid from a previously opened container. Once exposed to air, brake fluid absorbs moisture and contaminates easily.
Re: ******Kakaki presents: Your Daily Car TIPS****** by kakakibuy: 12:12pm On Jan 02, 2016
Clean dash gauges carefully Use a soft damp cloth to lightly wipe dust from the clear plastic lenses on your dashboard. Too much pressure will scratch them. Too many scratches can make it difficult to read your gauges under certain lighting conditions.
Re: ******Kakaki presents: Your Daily Car TIPS****** by kakakibuy: 2:18pm On Jan 02, 2016
Check power-steering fluid Check the power-steering fluid once a month with the car warmed up. If the level is low, have the hoses and pump inspected for leaks. In addition to making your car difficult to steer, low power-steering fluid will damage the power-steering pump. Be sure to use the powersteering fluid recommended for you car
Re: ******Kakaki presents: Your Daily Car TIPS****** by kakakibuy: 6:16am On Jan 03, 2016
Maintain proper inflation Under-inflated tires are a tire salesman’s best friend. They create excessive heat and stress that can lead to tire failure. If you want to get every last mile out of your tires, get yourself a tire pressure gauge and use it at least once a month (more in hot weather) to keep your tires inflated to the recommendation in the vehicle’s owner’s manual. Check tires when they are cold (driven for less than one mile) for an accurate reading.
Re: ******Kakaki presents: Your Daily Car TIPS****** by kakakibuy: 2:42pm On Jan 03, 2016
Avoid light fixture problems When changing a bad bulb, clean dirty or corroded sockets with fine steel wool or a small wire brush.Wipe the socket clean of debris before installing the new light bulb.
Re: ******Kakaki presents: Your Daily Car TIPS****** by kakakibuy: 10:40pm On Jan 03, 2016
Clean the inside, too Vacuum and sponge your interior every time you wash your car. Dirt particles are abrasive, and spilled liquids, such as soda, can be corrosive.Vacuum your interior thoroughly with a powerful vacuum (small cordless models are generally too weak). Use the appropriate wand heads when vacuuming. The bare metal wand can mar and scratch surfaces. Sponge vinyl surfaces clean with a solution of mild detergent and water.
Re: ******Kakaki presents: Your Daily Car TIPS****** by kakakibuy: 2:21pm On Jan 04, 2016
Wax to protect your car’s paint job No way around it! Waxing your car is work. But it’s satisfying work that will help keep your car looking new. Car wax preserves paint by slowing oxidation and forming a barrier against bird droppings, sap, and pollution. Plus driving a nice shiny car is just plain fun.
Re: ******Kakaki presents: Your Daily Car TIPS****** by kakakibuy: 5:25pm On Jan 04, 2016
Fix the washer fluid tank:Cracked washer-deicer fluid tanks are fairly common once a car is of a certain age. A good remedy — until you can buy a new tank or find one at the junkyard — is to insert a plastic freezer bag into the tank and fill it with the washer fluid.
Re: ******Kakaki presents: Your Daily Car TIPS****** by kakakibuy: 7:23pm On Jan 04, 2016
No Fake Replacements:Many car owners, in order to save few bucks, compromises with fake or less priced spare parts to replace the worn out parts. The fake parts take a toll on the complete car engineering. Always use genuine company made parts to replace the old one.
Re: ******Kakaki presents: Your Daily Car TIPS****** by kakakibuy: 10:09pm On Jan 04, 2016
Blast mats with the hose When washing your car, drag out the rubber or carpet floor mats and blast them with the hose.This will dislodge dirt particles that, if allowed to build up, will grind holes in your mats. Let the mats dry thoroughly in the sun before reinstalling them.
Re: ******Kakaki presents: Your Daily Car TIPS****** by kakakibuy: 6:40am On Jan 05, 2016
Place a towel under baby seats All manner of food bits and liquids can accumulate under a baby seat, where they can permanently stain the upholstery. Place a sheet of heavy plastic and an absorbent towel under the seat to prevent damage, and re-secure the seat according to the manufacturer’s directions.
Re: ******Kakaki presents: Your Daily Car TIPS****** by kakakibuy: 10:14am On Jan 05, 2016
Preserve door and window seals Wipe a rubber protectant (such as Armor-All) or silicone on door and window weatherstripping to keep it in good condition. Don’t use an oilbased product, such as WD-40, because the oil will damage the rubber. Regular cleaning and treatment of your car’s weatherstripping will also lessen the likelihood of your door sticking to its rubber seal in cold weather, a common cause of damage to the rubber.
Re: ******Kakaki presents: Your Daily Car TIPS****** by kakakibuy: 12:57pm On Jan 05, 2016
Fill with washer fluid only:Don’t add water to the windshield washer reservoir. It won’t clean as well as washer fluid, and it may freeze in cold weather and damage the system. Don’t try to run your windshield washer system once you suspect there’s no more fluid in the tank, or you may damage the washer fluid pump.
Re: ******Kakaki presents: Your Daily Car TIPS****** by kakakibuy: 3:29pm On Jan 05, 2016
Dilute your coolant Your cooling system needs both coolant-antifreeze and water, so don’t pour undiluted coolant into your cooling system. Dilute it with water to the commonly recommended 50-50 ratio. Similarly, don’t use straight water in your system either.The coolant protects against corrosion and freezing.The water ensures good heat transfer from the coolant to the radiator.
Re: ******Kakaki presents: Your Daily Car TIPS****** by kakakibuy: 6:12pm On Jan 05, 2016
Keep leather from drying out and cracking Leather cars seats are durable and don’t require a lot of maintenance. After a few years, however, the seats can become soiled. Use a leather cleaner to remove dirt and stains.Then apply a leather protectant formulated for pigmented or top-coated grain leather (the leather used for most leather car upholstery). Protectants will resist stains and make the upholstery easier to clean in the future. Choose a protectant that includes conditioners to keep your leather supple.
Re: ******Kakaki presents: Your Daily Car TIPS****** by kakakibuy: 9:59am On Jan 06, 2016
Keep an old blanket handy Protect your car’s roof from scratches with an old blanket before tying lumber, bicycles, or luggage to your roof rack.

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