Stop Neglecting Your Interior

Cleaning the interior of your car serves several purposes. It can:

  • Increase your car’s value if you are selling it
  • Extend the life of your vinyl or leather components such as the dashboard and seats
  • Improve your satisfaction with your vehicle

Services that clean vehicles are expensive. Interior detailing can be as simple as vacuuming the carpets and floor mats, and ranges into full detailing including carpet shampooing, vinyl cleaning and dressing, and leather conditioning.

If you want to save money, you can clean your vehicle on your own. Depending on how in-depth you want to clean your vehicle, it can range from less than an hour to four or more hours of your time. The end result will be the satisfaction of a job well done, a clean vehicle, and more money in your pocket.

  • Tip: Take everything out of your car regardless of how much of a deep clean you would like to perform. Throw out any garbage and store any seasonal items like a snow brush or scraper in the trunk or in your garage if they are not needed.

Step 1: Remove your floor mats if equipped. Carefully lift out your mats whether they are rubber or carpet floor mats.

  • Once they are outside your vehicle, dump off the loose dirt and gravel. Beat them lightly with a broomstick or against a wall.

Step 2: Vacuum the floors. Use an upholstery attachment without bristles on the vacuum hose and turn the vacuum cleaner on.

  • Run the vacuum over all the carpeted surfaces, first picking up loose dirt and gravel.
  • Once the bulk of the dirt has been vacuumed up, go over the carpet again with the same attachment, agitating the carpet with the vacuum attachment in short back and forth strokes.
  • This loosens dirt and dust that is deeper in the carpet and sucks it out.
  • Pay special attention to the area around the pedals on the front driver’s side.
  • Reach the vacuum end as far under the seats as possible to pick up dirt and dust that collect there.
  • Vacuum the floor mats thoroughly. Pass the vacuum over them several times as dirt and dust get embedded deep in the fibers.

Step 3: Vacuum the seats. Pick up any loose dirt or dust from the seats with the upholstery attachment.

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Save Yourself Money

Whether changing the oil, replacing the wiper blades or checking the tires, finding the Close up of a man writing on a clipboard in a garagetime to perform simple preventative vehicle maintenance is money in the bank, says the non-profit Car Care Council.

According to research conducted by IMR Inc., one out of three consumers that put off routine vehicle maintenance do so because they cannot find a convenient time. In addition, millennials and those who own older vehicles are more likely to delay routine maintenance.

“There is an old adage that if you take care of your car, your car will take care of you,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “Making time to perform routine auto care not only ensures a safer, more dependable vehicle, but car owners can preserve the trade-in value and save money by addressing small issues before they become more complicated, expensive repairs.”

The most common maintenance procedures to keep a car operating safely and reliably while maintaining its long-term value involve checking the oil, filters and fluids, the belts and hoses, brakes, tires and air conditioning. The Car Care Council also recommends an annual tune-up and wheel alignment.

Vehicle Rotors

If you don’t maintain your cars brake pads, you will wear out your cars rotors more quickly. Worn out  rotors can significantly affect your ability to slow down or stop your vehicle when you need to. It will feel as if you are pumping your brakes when  you are trying to slow down your vehicle, due to air in your brake system as a result of the worn rotors. In addition, worn out rotors can affect your ability to maintain control of your car. The rotors have become warped because they do not wear evenly when the pads are worn, and this also affects your entire suspension system.

Your  vehicle’s steering wheel may vibrate so vigorously that you could lose your grip on the wheel, or the steering can be affected by the vibrations. Braking your vehicle when you are driving fast can also be affected by  the shaking and the shuddering of the suspension, which could put you at risk of having a car accident. Replacing the rotors is one of more expensive types of a vehicle brake repairs, and maintaining your cars brake pads will help prevent premature wear on rotors.

Watch Your Steering and Suspension

Your vehicle’s steering and suspension system serves many important functions.  It photos.demandstudios.comgettyarticle17117594146372cushions you from bumps and uneven street surfaces. It prevents important underside components from making contact with the road.  And, last by not least, it allows you to direct your car or truck where you want it to go.

To accomplish these things, it makes use of a number of different parts.  Most modern cars feature a rack and pinion steering system.  When the wheel is turned it rotates a pinion gear that makes contact with the steering rack, making it go left or right.  This motion is transferred through tie rods to the spindles, which turn the wheels in the direction you want to go (trucks and SUVs often have a somewhat more complicated setup known as recirculating-ball steering).

In a power-assisted rack and pinion system, a cylinder attached to the rack contains hydraulic fluid that puts pressure on one side of it or the other.  This makes the vehicle easier to steer.  Meanwhile, the vehicle’s frame, struts, and tires support it and make for an even, comfortable driving experience.

All of these components are designed to work well together for years. Over time they can start to break down, however, causing a variety of problems that can compromise your ride quality and even your safety.  Let’s take a look at some of the more common warning signs of steering and suspension issues.

Symptoms of Common Steering and Suspension System Issues

Vehicle pulls to one side while driving – tires with different levels of tread wear or inflation can cause this.  It may also indicate that you need an alignment, or that your steering and suspension components have become worn and need replacing.
Continued bouncing after hitting a bump or a pothole – your vehicle will go up or down when you hit a high or low spot in the road, but it should immediately return to smooth driving.  If it doesn’t, the most likely cause is worn shocks or struts, or in some cases a damaged leaf spring.

Steering seems to slip as you hold the wheel in a turned position – low steering fluid, a loose steering pump belt, or worn or damaged steering rack components can cause this.

Steering wheel takes a great deal of effort to turn – this can be caused by a power steering pump going bad, a leaking steering rack, or low power steering fluid.

Steering wheel bounces up and down while traveling at highway speeds or when braking – this can be caused by a number of different things.  Your wheels may be out of balance.  Your tires could be unevenly worn or incorrectly inflated.  You could even have loose wheel bolts or problems with your brake rotors.

Steering wheel “wander” – if you notice your vehicle swaying from one side to the other when you turn the wheel, you might have bad strut bearings or tie rods.  Broken steering rack mounts or worn ball joints also cause this problem.
Knocking or clunking when hitting bumps or cracks in the road – this may be a sign that your shocks or struts need to be replaced.  It can also indicate bad ball joints or strut bearings.

Daylight is Fleeting

Adjust for Fewer Hours of Daylight

In the fall there are fewer hours of daylight. In the earlier darkness it is common to see children outside playing or riding their bicycles. People are walking their dogs, jogging or taking late afternoon or evening walks. In the fading light of dusk it is more difficult to see the children and pedestrians.

  • Watch out for children at their bus stops in the morning and as they return home in the afternoon.
  • Halloween is a fun fall holiday. Take special care where children are out trick or treating. They may be wearing masks or costumes that limit their visibility.
  • Always drive defensively.

Vehicle Maintenance

  • Keep your headlights cleaned and in proper working order, making sure they are aligned.
  • Replace your windshield wiper blades if they show any signs of wear.
  • Keep an emergency car safety kit in your vehicle.

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Check Engine Light

One fine morning when you turn on your car’s ignition, you notice that something is Mechanic at workstrange about your dashboard; something looks different on the dashboard you do not quite figure out what it is. Then you pay close attention to the dashboard examining each item and you realize that your “Check Engine” or “Service Engine” light is on, which does not glow normally. When the “Check Engine” light glows, most of us do not know how to react to it. If this happens to you here are few important things that you should do.

Your car’s microchip is designed to pick up certain signals from the various components of your vehicle and notify you when things are not quite right. Do not hope that the Check Engine light will go off by itself. It will not turn off until you act on it. Delaying to attend to the problem will only result in very bad damage to your vehicle. It is best to attend to the problems when you notice the earliest symptoms of the problem. We offer FREE intial Diagnostics of your check engine light.

The first thing that you should do when your car’s Check Engine light is on is to take it to your Dallas transmission repair center Eagle Transmission. Yes, if there is problem with your vehicle’s transmission system the check engine light comes on. Your vehicle’s transmission system is a very important part of your car’s mechanism. If you do not attend the problem at the early stage, you will run into frequent issues and your vehicle will become unreliable. You will never know when your vehicle will refuse to move another inch and where you will be when that happens. So first things first, when the check engine light is on, you should without further delay take your car to a Eagle Transmission of Mesquite your transmission repair center.

There could be number of situations that triggers your vehicle’s “Check Engine” light and here are few such indicative situations for you to keep a tab on. For each problem mentioned here there could be various other reasons besides the reasons mentioned here. Therefore, it is best not to diagnose the problem yourself but to take your car to a Dallas transmission repair company. It can mean very high fuel to oxygen ratio. If this condition prevails, you will face misfires, which could be due to blockage in the fuel injector or fuel delivery system. Another possible reason could be blockage in the Exhaust Gas Recirculation tube. Your ‘Check Engine’ light will be on even when there is any minor sensor connection problem or when there is something wrong with the sensor itself.

The challenge here is that until a qualified technician checks your vehicle, you will never know the seriousness of the problem. Do not take chances therefore ignoring the warning. If your ‘Check Engine” light should start flashing then you should know that the problem is really serious and the first place that you should be driving your vehicle to is your Eagle Transmission of Mesquite your transmission repair & Auto repair center.