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Be Your Own Mechanic

 

Are you getting tired of all the money you are spending on your car in your local garage? It’s true that hiring a mechanic for all the repairs and maintenance can be very expensive but, unfortunately, all of the checks that they carry out are extremely important. After all, you’d rather drive a safe vehicle than one that could put you in any danger, right?

Well, you might be very happy to hear that there are a number of these checks that you will be able to carry out on your own. You don’t always have to take your car to the mechanic and pay the expensive bills – you can do some of it yourself! Don’t worry if you don’t have any experience of mechanics; most checks and small jobs are very easy to do. Here are some that you should be able to do on your own at home.

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Replace Spark Plugs

You might think that a job like replacing a car’s spark plugs would be quite complicated but, in actual fact, it is very easy indeed. Ideally, you should replace these plugs after 30,000 miles but it doesn’t matter too much if you leave it till slightly later. Just don’t leave it for too long, though! This job usually takes around thirty minutes so make sure you have the time to carry it out and all the right tools too – you’ll need a ratchet wrench, socket extension, and spark plug socket. First of all, locate your spark plugs. They should be easy to find as they are on the end of some big rubber wires. Remove one wire at a time – don’t remove them all at once as that can be dangerous! You can remove the first spark plug using your wrench and spark plug socket. Then just install the new one by screwing it on with the wrench. Make sure you don’t tighten it too much. Once you have done one wire, you can then move onto the next!

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Change A Tyre

Another job that you should be able to do is change a tyre. Imagine if you get a flat tyre while you are out and about – it could take a few hours for a mechanic to be able to get out to fix things for you, so it’s much more efficient to be able to do this yourself. First of all, you just need a spare tyre in your car at all times. If you contact Telle Tire, they’ll be able to fix you up with one that suits your car. Before you start changing your tyre, make sure no one is inside and that the handbrake is firmly on. Then remove the wheel cover or hubcap. Once you can see the wheel nuts, use a wrench to loosen and remove them. You should then be able to pull the wheel towards you. Once it has been removed, put the spare wheel into place and then put the nuts into it. Make sure they are nice and tight so that they don’t fall off! Finally, put the wheel cover or hubcap back on. All done!

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Change Your Oil

It’s also really simple to change the oil in your car as well. There’s no real reason why anyone should have to take their vehicle to a mechanic to get this done. Most car experts agree that the oil should be changed every 3,000 miles or so. However, depending on the exact type of car you have, you might be able to get away with waiting until the 5,000 mile point. First of all, remember that you should never attempt to change the oil while the engine is hot. If you think it might be, always wait a couple of hours until it has completely cooled down. So, first things first; you need to locate the oil pan. Take off the drain plug so that all the old oil will drain into the pan. Once you’ve done that, replace the plug. Then you need to take off the old oil filter. You should use a wrench to do this. Replace it with a new oil filter. Use a funnel to fill up the engine with some new oil. Once you’ve added some oil, use a dipstick to check the levels and make sure that there is enough new oil in the car. If there isn’t, simply top it up with a little more until you get the right amount in. Ok, so this may be a very dirty job, but it is also very important – don’t skip it, whatever you do!

Inspect Your Battery

Looking after your battery will ensure that your car runs very smoothly for as long as possible. It also cuts down the risk of you ever finding your battery completely flat! So, it’s necessary to carry out regular checks on the battery to make sure it is always in peak condition. The best thing to do is to check the connection. First of all, remove the battery from its position and then simply clean the posts. You should clean these with a solution of baking powder and water for a thorough clean. Then rinse off the solution with some clean water. Use some old tea towels or rags to dry the posts. Make sure they are completely dry, and then put the battery back in position. Keeping the battery posts as clean as possible will help to improve the connection. Even just a few specks of dust or small particles on them will weaken the connection between the battery and the car, and this could make the battery a lot less efficient. You could experience a few different car issues as a result.

Hopefully, all of the above jobs will be easy enough for you to handle on your own! They might take a bit of practice to start off with, but you should find that they become a lot easier to do over time. And your car maintenance will work out a lot cheaper!

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It’s All About The Engine, Isn’t It?

As a car lover, you might have a passion for power and a passion for speed. Maybe you just love the roar as the machine fires up? Perhaps it’s more about the handling and the drive for you, though? Either way, most of us with a love for cars will admire the craft and workmanship that goes into an engine. Whether you see it as elegance in design or a raw statement of strength, you’ll probably spend a little more time considering the engine in your other power equipment too.

The Macho Mower

Let’s face it – nobody wants to be seen trimming their front lawn with a weedy electric mower that can’t make the cut. We want it to make some noise! An engine with force behind it has to be petrol driven. Outdoor power equipment like this takes the effort out of the job at hand too. Simply hit the button and let that mower munch it’s way around your lawn to a perfectly trimmed finish.

The Beast Inside The Backup Generator

Power cuts will never phase the man that has his backup generator fuelled and ready to crank up. There is certainly something smug about the guy that never has to go without, whatever the weather! No more shall he worry about the freezer defrosting. Nor shall he miss the big game on the sports channel. Most importantly, the beer will remain chilled throughout until the utility company puts the mains power back on.

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The Snarl Of A Snow Blower

Yes, even the trusty snow blower has an engine that can put you in charge of the weather at once. Working in subzero temperatures can cause engine problems, so it’s important you pick a make and model that can truly handle its purpose. After all, you don’t want to be THAT guy, freezing in the winter, trying to coax his engine to start!

The Thrust Of A Tractor

Tractor engines might not be built for speed, but they’ve got enough thrust and power to drag, pull, and push whatever might be in their way. Driving a tractor is only half the story with these machines. It’s about the ability to control even the heaviest obstacles. You can carve out the land, shift tree trunks, or simply ride up high and take in the view!

What About The Motor?

A motor powers many things, including our beloved remote control cars. The main difference between an engine and a motor is the energy source. Engines usually run on fuel while the motor is electric powered. So, with the dawn of electric cars, are we saying goodbye to our trusty combustion engines?

The hybrids that are becoming more popular right now have both the combustion engine and the electric motor. One or both might be used during a typical journey. It is fair to say that the sound of the engine can’t be replicated by an electric motor. Not many of us are too convinced that the power and thrust can be replicated either. For now, we have our beloved fuel powered machines. Savor it!

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The 3 Types Of Car Salespeople You Will Meet!

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Would you buy a car from this man?! (Source: Wikimedia.org)

The perks of being a modern driver are many, right? Well, not so much. Although our cars are secure and full of the modern tools, there is still one part of the equation that every driver has to deal with at some point. You know, the person that sells the car to you! Unfortunately, as time has gone on, the image of the sleazy car salesperson has seldom changed, except the fact that they are wearing newer clothes! So, let’s look at the different types of car salesperson you will encounter, and for those that haven’t bought a brand new car before, pay close attention!

Type 1: The Switcheroo-er!

This type of dealer sells the car that is advertised at a fantastic price, but when you show up to the dealership, they will tell you that it’s already been sold. So, this is to get you to buy a far more expensive vehicle. If you ever encounter these types of people, the best thing to do is to call the dealership just before you visit to confirm that the vehicle they have is in stock. It’s always handy to look at the inventory and check for yourself, or you can ask them to email you a signed statement confirming that the vehicle is in stock and available for you. This method they use is also known as the bait and switch method. So, if they try and pull this on you, you’ve got some proof to combat their shoddy sales techniques.

Type 2: The Flat-Out Liar

We all know the car salespeople have a little bit of the untruth in them, but a lot of them get by on making small lies that may not matter when they add up. A good example is that a certain color is not available, or the price is only okay for today, or someone else is interested in the car (which is always a big one)! What you need to do is to take your time, don’t rush into anything. You could be very pressured to walk out of the salesroom having purchased something but take everything they say with a pinch of salt.

Type 3: The Playing Dumb-er

There can be mistakes that pop up in the paperwork, which always appears to be to the advantage of the dealer. And if you call them on it, they will give that quizzical expression that we’ve all done when we feel like we’ve been caught red-handed at something. The best approach to make sure you get out of this unscathed is to review the paperwork to make sure that the numbers match up to what you originally agreed on. We can all feel pressured to sign on the dotted line, and they will no doubt talk to you while you’re trying to read the contract, but make some notes as to what you had agreed on beforehand.

Dodgy car dealers will be around until the end of time ,and as stressful as it can be to go through, if you know the types of people you will encounter, you will be better prepared to fight for the deal that you want.