Monthly Archives: May 2016

Avoiding the Tow

54At some point in our road lives, we will need towing services; whether it be an engine failure, a combination of a blown tire and forgetting a spare or an accident. Towing is very common owing to the large amounts of potential trouble people can face while driving and a tow is by no means cheap; it can deplete your cash rather quickly depending on where you need to be saved from. So while it will happen at one point or another, there are several ways in which you can reduce its likelihood of occurring. So here are some ways you can avoid getting towed.

Avoid Running low on Gas/Petrol

This seems like a fairly obvious point, but it is surprising how often this is overlooked during the course of our daily activities; we may be too hurried or busy to check the fuel gauge slowly depleting. In order to avoid this make a schedule of when you’ll get the fuel refilled. Every three days should do it, or every Wednesday and Saturday (you get the idea). Or you can mark a point on the gauge, beneath which you do not allow the needle to go, if it’s near that marked point get it filled. Or if you run out very frequently it’s suggested that keep 5 gallons of fuel in your garage just in case.

Vital Signs

While at a gas station waiting as your car gets refueled, instead of checking social media, check your car for any signs of trouble. Not all of us are car enthusiasts and we may not know what to look for but there are a few basic things which anyone can look out for. Check your tires first of all, how is the tread? Do any of the tires look lower than the others? If you can’t arrange a tire pressure cause then simply use your foot to press down and get a feel for the tire pressure – you’ll know when it’s below normal. Next check for signs of debris beneath your car – if you see anything hanging on the underside that’s usually a bad sign.

Helpful Habits

It’s a good idea to get your car a tune up every once in a while. For newer models (2008 onwards) a full checkup is recommended every 5000 – 6000 km, for cars older than 2008 one is recommended for every 3k km. It’s also a good thing to learn how to change a tire – our dependence on machines may cause us to overlook such simple and useful skills but it can be a lifesaver. While we’re on the topic of changing tires it’s always a good idea to keep a spare tire in your trunk – every car usually does but it’s good to check. And finally there is a list of tools that should always be in your car’s trunk: Jumper Cables, Screw Driver, Lug Wrench, Jack, Jack Stand, Small Hammer and a multipurpose wrench. These tools will help you get of many a jam.

Maintain Your Vehicle’s Tire

dkIt is important to know how to maintain your vehicle tires accordingly. Proper tire maintenance will not only extend its life span, but also ensure safety to all users.

Here are some tips and tricks on how to ensure your tire maintained well.

Checking the tire pressure with a tire pressure gauge at least every month or more often when it’s cold outside. On average, tires lose around 1 psi (pound per square inch) every month and 1 psi every time the temperature drops 10 degrees F. It is important to maintain proper tire pressure.

Fill up under inflated tires to their recommended psi rating. You can typically find the recommended psi for your tires on your car’s vehicle information sheet attached to the panel of the driver’s side door or on the tires themselves. You can use the public air compressor at any gas station for a nominal fee or you can also fill up your tire with nitrogen for a better performance.

Make sure to rotate your tires every 5,000 to 8,000 miles. Rotating tires ensure that they wear evenly and prolong the life of your tires. When you don’t rotate your tires, you run the risk of having one tire that wears more significantly than the others and that has to be replaced sooner.

Inspect the tread on your tires for wear regularly. If you become familiar with what your tread looks like, it will be that much easier for you to identify when the tread is worn down. When you can see the tread bars that run across the tires, it’s time to have your tires replaced.

Regularly check the depth of the tread with a penny. Hold the body of Lincoln on the penny and insert his head into the tread groove. If the head is hidden by part of the groove, the tread is within acceptable legal limits.

Try to listen to your car for irregular noises, particularly at speeds in excess of 50 mph. If your car is making noises when in motion, it could be a sign of irregular wear or other problems with your tires. Have a professional check this problem.

Also, make sure to choose the appropriate tire type for your need and do not over inflate within the recommended or maximum PSI. In purchasing a set of new tires, It would be a good practice to check the manufactured date. The manufactured date could be seen on the tire wall. It’s usually a four numeric number; example is “1525” 15 is the year 2015 and 25 is the 25th week of that year.

Honda Accord Repair Car Maintenance

dffChances are if you don’t own a Honda, you probably know someone who does. As the second-largest Japanese automobile manufacturer, Honda creates popular vehicles that are durable, zippy, and dependable.

Some of the scheduled maintenance & services that your Honda car, truck or SUV may need include:

  • Oil Changes / Lube Service
  • Tune Ups
  • Radiator – Coolant / Antifreeze Change / Flush
  • Air Filter Replacement A/C – Air Conditioning
  • Wheel / Tire Alignment
  • Timing Belt Replacement / Inspection
  • Brake Inspection / Check / Repair /
  • Service Exhaust & Muffler Repair & Service
  • Honda Inspection Service
  • Transmission Service & Repair
  • Suspension and Shock Absorber repair service

The Honda Accord is one of the most beloved sedans ever. Excellent engineering, comfort, and reliability are reasons Accord owners often buy the same model again. However, every vehicle will have mechanical problems at some time or another.

Here are the top 5 most common Honda Accord repair problems.

#1: Vibration When Braking This problem typically is caused by warped front brake rotors. Some owners describe this as a rattling, shaking, or rubbing sensation. Accords with over 98,000 are more likely to experience this issue. In some cases, the rotors can be machined as a fix. If too thin, the rotors will require replacement. Brake pad and rotor replacement can cost up to $900, parts and labor.

#2: Transmission Failure Transmission slippage, poor shifting, skipping, or failure may occur in some Accords, usually at over 70,000 miles. Repair might require a transmission overhaul or complete replacement If your vehicle is under the factory warranty, the repairs should be covered. If not, costs for repairs can run you anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000.

#3: Compliance Bushing Cracking If you hear squealing or feel shuddering when turning, it could mean that a part of the steering/suspension mechanism is broken. The compliance bushing is typically the culprit, especially in Accords with 95,000 miles or more. In some cases, a cracked compliance bushing will be detected upon routine service or oil change. Typical repair cost for this problem is $500 to $600.

#4: Power Door Lock Failure Your Accord’s power door locks might activate intermittently on their own, usually on vehicles with over 105,000 miles. Also, the remote door lock control might not function properly. If your vehicle is equipped with an alarm, you might have problems with it going off due to a door lock malfunction. Each door has an actuator, and if one is faulty the entire system can be affected. It costs about $200 to have a door lock actuator replaced.

#5: Dashboard Display Dark For Accords with more than 109,000 miles, you might experience the dashboard display going dark, especially the radio and climate control. This problem is caused by a faulty circuit board which should be replaced. The total cost to repair, parts included, can be around $200 to $300.

Overall the Honda Accord has proven to a reliable and dependable vehicle and consistently garners high customer satisfaction reviews. So what new for the 2016 Honda Accord.

The Honda Accord receives a variety of updates for 2016. Revisions include updated exterior styling (including new LED taillights for all models), revised suspension tuning, new interior trim and, on EX models and above, a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. All sedans except the base LX model now get a 60/40-split rear seat, while the new Honda Sensing package of driver assistance features is available on all trim levels.

5 Maintenance Tips for the Longevity of the Trailers

ssProper maintenance of trailer parts is the most important thing after you are done with the setting up of the trailer. You should never treat these as an afterthought as it is only through them that your boat or truck becomes roadworthy. One more thing that you should keep in mind is that you should not compare driving you car or truck with that of towing this. The following are some of the tips just to ensure that these always remain in the top condition.

Inspect suspension – You should check the suspensions properly. You can look for the wears and wears and tears of heat cracks on the air springs. You should properly see if anything is interfering with the movement. Apart from that, you should also see to it whether the air springs have sufficient air pressure.

Check tire – The tires are one of the major expenses and that is why you must take good care of the same. Adequate air pressure is the key to the longevity of the tires. The drivers get very busy when they are out on the road. That is why you should opt for tire pressure monitoring while the vehicle is not being used. This will make sure that the tire pressure remains adequate whenever you are preparing to go out. You should also check the auxiliary power fuse, whether the system pressure is set correctly or not and the position of the system shut-off valve.

Always be careful about the brakes – Taking proper care of the brakes is absolutely necessary as this is one of the major parts that if fails to work correctly can be fatal. Try To measure the drums just to make sure that there is enough left for the next time you hit the road.

Lubrication is a must – The correct lubrication is essential for the proper operation of this. Grease mainly is of three types. These performance rating, thickening systems, as well as the grade, all play a significant part in selecting the right grease. Purge the old grease with the new one in the proper manner so that the parts can work correctly.

Lighting it up is essential – Light that does not operate is the red flag for inviting someone for a roadside inspection. Corrosion is the staunchest enemy of any vehicle. So you should put a close eye on the lamps, the harness systems and the wires. You should put regular grease on the points of any link for the proper mobility of the vehicle.