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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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.

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.

Rough shifting? Clutch slipping?

Is your manual transmission getting harder to shift? Does it feel like it just doesn’t grab like it used to, or maybe it’s starting to chatter or vibrate? Is your clutch slipping? A worn clutch may be the culprit here, or it could be the result of something else, such as a transmission misalignment. One obvious sign that misalignment is the problem would be rust residue on the disc and pressure plate.

Pinpoint the problem
In the case of the driveline shown to the right, one of the two transmission dowel pins was missing, which allowed the transmission to tilt down on the passenger side of the vehicle, causing the misalignment. The input shaft on the transmission was also heavily worn where it rides on the pilot bearing, due to the misalignment.

Correcting the cause of the problem was simply a matter of making a new dowel pin for the transmission and installing it. Although this relatively simple fix is just one example of many possible problems that might need to be addressed, the procedure for service and reassembly applies to clutches in general.

The Importance of Detailing Your Car

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The difference between an “OK” and an “incredible” result is tied to the tools you use and the time you spend on the job. It helps to use specialized car detailing products for specific tasks. For instance, toothbrushes come in handy for small areas that are harder to clean, like vents and grilles. Cotton swabs are useful in these spots, too.

Also, try to use name brand products to play it safe, but be certain to read the labels. Even name brand products aren’t suitable for all paint finishes. If the product does not list that it’s safe for clear coat finishes, it’s probably not. And keep in mind that this likely won’t be a five-minute commitment; a high-quality car detailing job can take between four and eight hours.

Step 1: Getting the hard-to-reach places

Work on the interior first. Use compressed air in a can to blow dirt out from the tiny crevices. Save exterior cleaning for later. By taking this approach, you’ll prevent all the dirt you brush out from undoing exterior detailing efforts.

Step 2: Cleaning vinyl, plastic and windows

Hard interior surfaces can be cleaned with a cloth dampened with all-purpose cleaner. Use a window cleaner and paper towels on the interior glass. Pro tip: Finish the glass by rubbing with balled-up newspaper to give it a gleaming shine.

Step 3: Scrubbing the seats

Specific products are important when you get to the seats. Treat dirty fabric upholstery with foaming cleaners designed for the task. Always follow the manufacturers’ instructions. Remember, it also helps to have an upholstery brush. Use only a leather conditioner on real leather – never a vinyl cleaner. For tears in vinyl seats, repair kits can work wonders. Pro tip: If you have pet hair on fabric upholstery, wrap duct tape or wide masking tape around your hand with the sticky side out. Then, roll your hand over areas until the tape is full of hair. Repeat with new tape until all areas are done.

Step 4: Taking out the floor mats

When it concerns floor mats and carpeted areas, it’s best to create extra room by getting all of the heavily soiled items out of your car. Follow these tips:

  • Rubber and fabric floor mats should be washed outside of the car.
  • If these mats are worn, consider replacing them with new ones.
  • If you use a dressing on rubber floor mats, use one that will not make them slippery.
  • Use a foaming cleaner for minor carpet stains.
  • Avoid getting carpets saturated with water or cleaner, so mildew won’t become a problem.

Step 5: Considering the nitty gritty

This is definitely an optional step. The dashboard and steering column present some of the most time-consuming tasks. Any knobs that can be removed without damage should be taken off so that the bezels beneath them can be more easily cleaned. After you get the air vents cleaned up, spray a light mist of aerosol rubber or vinyl dressing for a polished, “brand new” look. Pro tip: Some crevices can be cleaned with a thin cloth placed over the end of a plastic knife.