How to wash your car the right way.

car-washEveryone loves a beautiful shine to their vehicle all the time. I will walk you step by step on how to wash your car the right way. The first thing you need to do is get the proper items for that beautiful shine. You will need some car wash soap, you can buy it at your local auto parts shopor even your local retailers. When picking your soap make sure it is a brand that gurantees to get the bugs and grime off your car. Next you will need to get a leather shammy cloth for drying your vehicle. With this cloth it removes water better than a bath towel. Next get some good wax to shine your vehicle to its beautiful state. Get some exterior window cleaner that repels rain and water and also some interior glass cleaner. Last but not least if you want your tires to be glossy like the day you bought your vehicle get some sort of tire gloss or tire shine. Here are the steps:

Step 1: pull your vehicle on to your lawn or on a cement driveway.

Step 2: mix your car wash soap into a bucket along with a sponge, or soft brush sponge.

Step 3: take a garden hose with a spray nozel and pre rinse your vehicle. Make sure to spray your wheels and rims good for another step in the process.

Step 4: once you have rinsed your vehicle of all the dirt and grime start to apply your soap. (Note: that only wash portions of your vehicle especially in hot heatthis will keep from having the soap dry and leaving residue on your vehicle). Start with your front bumper and work your way back to the back of your car. The best way to wash with soap is to soak your sponge and go in circular motions with a little presser.

Step 5: after you wash each section it is a good idea to rinse it off so the soap does not stay on there while you are doing the next section.

Step 6: once you have cleaned each section and rinsed it off it is a good idea to repeat steps 3-5 to get any left over dirt or bugs off your vehicle.

Step 7: now its time to take your shammy cloth and start drying your vehicle. (Note: get the shammy wet then ring it out really good it works better wet). As you begin drying your vehicle you will notice that the shammy will absorb the water from your car. Do not be alarmed that it is doing its job just continue to ring it out as it gets full of water.

Step 8: once your vehicle is completely dry you can now begin to wax your car. Again only do portions of your car at a time. When waxing do not put a bunch of wax on your wax sponge. Just put a quarter size on the sponge and start running the sponge in a circular motion over each portion. Once the wax has dryed you may now take a soft dry cloth and begin to wipe the wax off. Again I would do this in a circular motion.

Step 9: once you have waxed your entire car you are now ready to shine the tires with tire gloss. In this step make sure your tire and rims are both dry. Most of the tire glossy is liquid and it comes in a squirt bottle. Squirt each tire and rim till it has the wet look. Wipe down rims only at this time. The gloss will begin to soak into your tire. Once this is complete you may have to apply another coat to each tire.

Step 10: now clean your windows inside and out. If time permits vaccuum the inside of your car to give it that new car look.

At this time your car should be as beautiful as the day you bought it and now its time to take it around the block and show off your beauty to your friends. This is the proper way to wash and clean you car. Good luck!

Things to watch out for when buying a new/used car

buying-a-carWe have all been there. Sick of taking public transportation everywhere you go. Sick of depending on others for a ride to the store or to the party down the street. You have now decided that you want to buy a car. Do you buy a new car? Do you buy a used car? These are just some of the things you need to pay attention to when you consider purchasing a vehicle. There are pro’s and con’s to both options and in this article we are going to explore them so you can decide what option is best for you.

There is no greater feeling than buying your first brand new car. Having less than 50 miles on the dashboard while breathing in that new car smell is one feeling that can’t be replicated too easily. Being the first owner of the car saves you from any possible surprises from the previous owners had you bought a used car. If you don’t have the cash on hand, financing a new car is easier than financing an older one. Now that I have shown you the light, I must show you the dark. As soon as you drive that new car off the lot you just lost, in many cases. thousands of dollars. A car depreciates in value much quicker than many other assets such as houses and other property. Almost always, a car should not be viewed an investment vehicle, no pun intended.

Now, although you will be missing out on that sweet smell of fresh leather getting a used car has it’s perks. Remember when I told you that as soon as you drive a new car off the lot you just lost some equity in your car? Although your car still depreciates afterwards, that part is usually the biggest point of depreciation so the worst is over. Used cars are obviously much cheaper than the cars original MSRP. Buying a used car gives you many more options to choose from. You can select from many different body styles from various years. If you are on a budget you can still drive a luxury car that is just an older model. Imports become more of affordable and so do those upgrades that were too expensive for you when you wanted to buy a brand new car. As always though, for ever pro there is a con. If you are buying a used car you may have a little bit of time left before the warranty expire or they would have expired by then. Some car companies do not even allow a transfer of the warranty if one of their cars were resold. This is especially alarming because you take a bigger risk by buying a second hand car. As you rack up the miles there is more of a chance that you’ll run into maintenance problems so always be aware of the milage. You don’t know if they got oil changes timely or if they really took care of their car. There are many possible “bumps and bruises” that the car can take and if you don’t know about some it can be costly down the road. Finding a used car that has all the documentation of maintenance is ideal. Consider all of these things and you will be on the safe side.

*** This article does not relate to antique or historic cars ***

How to Change Your Car Breaks

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Learning how to care for your vehicle is an important step as a vehicle owner. Part of this involves learning how to change your own car brakes. Although many would believe the process to be very difficult, it you learn the proper steps to take it is not difficult at all to change brakes on your vehicle.

 

NECESSARY TOOLS

There are some necessary tools, that you will need to gather before you begin working. When you go to buy your car brakes and rotors, be sure to speak with someone to ensure you purchase the correct parts.

  • 3/8″ and 1/2″ Ratchet
  • 1/2″ Breaker Bar
  • 3/8″ Assorted Extensions
  • 3/8″ and 1/2″ Assorted Sockets
  • Assorted Open-Ended Wrenches
  • Assorted Torx Sockets
  • Assorted Hex Sockets
  • Assorted Reverse Torx Sockets
  • C-Clamp
  • Hydraulic Jack and Jack Stands
  • Pry Bar
  • Wire Brush
  • Gloves
  • WD-40
  • Brake Pads
  • Rotors

 

STEPS

  1. Ensure the emergency brake is set for your protection.
  2. Put your 1/2″ breaker bar (with the correct size) on the front lug nuts and turn counter-clockwise while the car is on the ground. Loosen all of the lug nuts.
  3. Put the hydraulic jacks underneath either the frame rail or the jacking points if available. Place jack stands under the car and rest the car securely on the jack stands.
  4. Remove all of the wheels.
  5. Check the caliper for the size of the bolts. Remove them and slide the caliper out. Rest on the suspension. Do not let it hang.
  6. Remove the bolts on the rear of the hub that hold the caliper carrier on.
  7. Remove the rotor after first checking that there is no locating screw to be removed first.
  8. Use the wire brush and clean the rust of off the hub. Use the WD-40 if it is needed.
  9. When you install the rotor, be sure it stays flush by using a lug nut and an open-ended wrench. Tighten down all of the components. Make sure to use a brake cleaner or degreaser to wipe off residue from the rotor.
  10. Replace all of the carrier bolts. Use a breaker bar to tighten them down.
  11. Use a c-clamp and an old brake pad, compress the caliper piston. Make sure it is flush with the housing. Have the cap off of the brake reservoir.
  12. Install the pads in the carrier. Use anti-squeal grease on the outside of the pad. Install the caliper bolts. Make sure the caliper can move smoothly. Tighten the bolts.
  13. Put the wheels back on and tighten the lugs.
  14. Lower the car to the ground and check the lug nuts.
  15. Pump the brakes until the pressure is released.

Now that you can change brakes on your vehicle, this is one part of the car maintenance that you no longer have to go to a garage for. Following these steps will allow you to safely change your brakes and teach you to be more self-sufficient.