• Top 10 Tips For Classic Car Restoration

    Possessing a car and taking care of them are two different things. It looks very interesting and exciting to restore a classic car but it has to go under various stages for a complete makeover. Evaluating the exact condition of the car is vital for its proper restoration. Every individual has its own set of(…)

  • How to Perform Basic Tire Maintenance

    The car tires are undoubtedly some of the most crucial aspects of your vehicle and hence demands proper maintenance. Accidents and damage are not uncommon if you are any less attentive to the tires. Thus, the post here jots down some basic tire maintenance tips that would ensure great longevity for your treasured 4 wheeler.(…)

  • How Car Restoration Works

    So are you a car enthusiast who loves tweaking around with your car? Want to take the process of customization to a whole new level with special tips? Now, car restoration can actually be quite a major undertaking, however, if you do it right, not only can you save big buck, but also can get(…)

  • Choosing The Right Repair Shop

    Certified shops are no doubt the best ones for car repair but other shops need to be properly checked in beforehand. The competency of the car repair also matters. Also, selecting a good repair shop comes in handy. To choose the right repair shop one needs to look into certain factors. The credibility of the(…)

  • Polishing and Waxing Your Car to A Perfect Shine

    Your car would tend to lose out on its luster over time. Now, if you ask the experts on how to bring back your steam to its original glorious look, they will generally suggest for a polishing and waxing work on the vehicle. The article here offers a brief discussion as you proceed to wax(…)

  • Tips And Techniques For Interior Detailing

    The car interior usually sits at the lowers rung of any car-cleaning checklist. In most of the cases, it’s the car exterior that gets the detailing treatment while the interior keeps on waiting for a rare annual cleaning. The post here presents some effective tips to follow for a perfect interior detailing of your car.(…)

  • Mahindra XUV500 – a premium SUV

    Mahindra XUV500 is yet another mighty vehicle from the country’s own automaker – Mahindra & Mahindra. It was launched in the year 2011 and has been selling as hot cakes. This sports utility vehicle is completely different from its earlier sibling UVs in terms of design, looks, style, performance, technology, safety and comfort features. The(…)

  • How To Take Care Of Your Vehicle’s Tyres

      The majority of drivers do not remember that tyres are the only contact point between the road and your vehicle. This is the main reason as to why it is very important to preserve the performance and quality of your car tyres. This will increase the safety of both you and your vehicle. The(…)

Top 10 Tips For Classic Car Restoration

Top 10 Tips For Classic Car Restoration

Possessing a car and taking care of them are two different things. It looks very interesting and exciting to restore a classic car but it has to go under various stages for a complete makeover. Evaluating the exact condition of the car is vital for its proper restoration. Every individual has its own set of purpose and budget involved with it so one needs to go through a step by step procedure. 10 tips for classic car restoration are:-

  • Budget matters- for accessing the parts of the car to be restored one needs to finalize the budget beforehand and then getting all of parts assembled in a lot helps.
  • Inspection- proper checking of the car inside out to top-down proper checking has to be done for the parts to be restored.
  • Restoration work- one needs to check whether the car is solid or lightweight and if it is solid then the restoration work can be done but if not then there is no point in wasting time and money on it. Some parts can be replaced like the axle, handle, gears but some cannot be so the parts that are replaceable are to be easily done with.
  • Using a professional help- Professional help is advisable as the car works for longer run but if it is done single handedly then judicious use and proper implementation has to be done.
  • The degree of restoration- an intensive method or an extensive method is depended upon by the individual. A simple restoration or an elaborate one where most of the parts have to be changed and giving it a new look. A professional restoration is another one where thorough technical skill is required.
  • Selection of a proper car shop that provides cheap parts but with good quality products is always advisable.
  • Local products that need to be brought – scrap materials and other rusty parts that needs to be fit in is another area where one needs to hunt properly.
  • Products required – products should be of high quality and necessary items should be brought in without clustering it much and hence adding to the confusion.
  • Maintenance – proper maintenance after the restoration is very significant as it is upon the maintenance that how far the car is going to remain in good shape is to be decided.
  • Hand tools – hand tools matter a lot if one is pursuing to do the car restoration all by oneself.

All the restored items should look to be new otherwise it will look as a second hand product. One can always go through the catalogues to get a better idea of the process of car restoration. One can even design one’s own car by seeing it from the catalogue. To highlight the car with fancy item detailing should be given to the flooring, the lens, the paint and polish. Good company products for paint and other spare parts need to be furnished with.

 

How to Perform Basic Tire Maintenance

How to Perform Basic Tire Maintenance

The car tires are undoubtedly some of the most crucial aspects of your vehicle and hence demands proper maintenance. Accidents and damage are not uncommon if you are any less attentive to the tires. Thus, the post here jots down some basic tire maintenance tips that would ensure great longevity for your treasured 4 wheeler.

Properly inflated tires

Always make sure to guarantee properly inflated car tires and this is one of the most principal tips on car tire maintenance. The tires that are inflated adequately reduces chances of fast tear & wear – moreover, these would also assure an enhanced fuel efficiency for the car whilst keeping it safe as you pass across varied terrains. Thus the experts always advise to keep check on air pressure of the tires and any indication of lower pressure should be treated immediately.

Seasonal tire replacement

You must be careful with tire replacement as the seasons change because not all tires are perfect for every season and hence having the same tires throughout the year would badly affect the car condition. For example, as the winter months approach, you should not delay to change the all-season car tires to the special winter tires. Then, again, as spring ushers, you should be quick to get the previous all-season car tires. This change of tires with seasons would prevent any chance of untimely & premature wearing.

Tire rotation

The experts always advise to rotate the car tires from time to time. It’s an effective strategy to distribute the car weight evenly which in turn assures even distribution of the wearing as well. Tire rotation enhances the tire longevity by great extent. You must make sure to go for a timely checkup on the wear and tear received by the tires and if there is any sign of balding on one of the tires, do not delay to rotate position. The tire position should be rotated diagonally.

Tire replacement

Many a times your car would need a tire replacement to ensure the usual sturdy performance. Tire replacement would be necessary when there is abnormal wearing, cracks or if it is recommended by a professional mechanic.

Finally, avoid heavy braking to reduce chances of wear & tear on car tires.

How Car Restoration Works

How Car Restoration Works

So are you a car enthusiast who loves tweaking around with your car? Want to take the process of customization to a whole new level with special tips? Now, car restoration can actually be quite a major undertaking, however, if you do it right, not only can you save big buck, but also can get a perfect car of your dreams. Before you start off, make sure you have your protective gear on without fail for maximum safety. Find below essentials to keep in mind, if you want to take up the chore of restoring your dream car.

The first step is to inspect and evaluate your car well enough. The underlying points will help you do it well.

  1. The first step is to wash and clean your vehicle to get a better view of what you are looking at.
  2. Now make a checklist of all auto parts you might need.
  3. Making a labor list is a good idea this time
  4. Create a checklist of material, tools you might need, such as air regulator, compressor, hose, hand tools, hardware etc. Fillers and sandpapers are also essential.

The next step post evaluation and creating a checklist is disassembling your vehicle. Once you do the same, keep the lose parts organized especially the delicate parts. Do not dispose off anything at the moment since the part might come handy later.

Next clean your metal parts, and strip them off. Use a good quality rust converter and a primer in order to protect the metallic parts. Next, finish off the filler work and metal repairs. Try to get tools such as stud welder die grinder and MIG welder. If the chore in hand looks large enough, it is good to focus on one thing at a time.

Once that is done, finish off the works on the body and start with priming. Usually polyester putty is used as the final filler. Before finish off the paint job, an undercoat is painted on for a better finish. You can even pick a good quality direct use to metal paints if you want to protect the car underside from depreciation.

Next comes the painting process, which is one of the most essential one as well as the most time consuming one as well. A lot of planning is required here to give your car a desired look. Once the paint hardens, it needs to be sanded using a super fine sandpaper. Now if he pain is completely cured that compounding takes more time, but gets less damaged.

Research a lot before you take the thing in hand and give each step the required time before you go about the next step.

Choosing The Right Repair Shop

Choosing The Right Repair Shop

Certified shops are no doubt the best ones for car repair but other shops need to be properly checked in beforehand. The competency of the car repair also matters. Also, selecting a good repair shop comes in handy. To choose the right repair shop one needs to look into certain factors.

  • The credibility of the repair shop matters- Rushing into any sort of hasty decision is not advisable. The history and longevity has to be checked in
  • Recommendations- asking for any kind of advice, solutions and discussion from the colleagues comes handy but one should put one’s own mind into the kind of repair shop one needs to go into.
  • Reputation of the shop- reputation of the shop matters when one asks the locals and checks their performance. It is also advisable to get hands on experience from those who have already gone in for car restoration from the shop.
  • Reviewing the repair shop- if locals or friends do not satisfy or redress your problem then one can always log on and seek for reviews.
  • Facilities that need to be taken into account- some facilities like good parking space, a congenial environment, proper work base is one area where one needs to look into.
  • The staff and mechanics matter- the actual work is to be done by the mechanics. Hence, those mechanics that are properly equipped and skilled in the knowhow of the car is ideal.
  • Selecting the correct location- if one is panicky about the repair work and wants to go and check in every now and then for them selecting a car repair shop which is close by is always necessary.
  • Determining the kind of work done in the repair shops- if the repair shop is well equipped with all bare necessities as well as other flashy parts that one needs for the repair of the car then nothing can be better then such a shop.

Other conditions include the budget factor. Selecting a particular shop that suits your budget and does not give bad variety products is one criterion. Whether the repair shop has got any awards or accolades also is a criterion. The staff and mechanics all needs to be friendly and easy to converse with. An established repair shop is the place where the persons concerned will be able to answer the technical questions and also be able to listen to your remodeling of the car. The rates should be noted in front of the repair shop. If you are in a fix then may be a small repair should be done initially and if the service is satisfying then one can go in for an elaborate reapir of the car. It is upon the customers to decide whether one needs to go in for an elaborate repair of the car or local repair for fixing some parts. Apart from the criteria’s it is one’s intuition that helps the person in choosing the correct repair shop.

Polishing and Waxing Your Car to A Perfect Shine

Polishing and Waxing Your Car to A Perfect Shine

Your car would tend to lose out on its luster over time. Now, if you ask the experts on how to bring back your steam to its original glorious look, they will generally suggest for a polishing and waxing work on the vehicle. The article here offers a brief discussion as you proceed to wax and polish your car.

Thorough clean-up

You must make sure to clean up & wash your vehicle thoroughly prior to start on with waxing & polishing. Waxing and polishing a dirty car can leave on the undesired hairline scratch marks from debris or dirt on the car body. To wash off the car properly, you have to follow a thorough rinse-up routine. Wet up the entire car body and remove all the loose debris or dirt. Now, use your car washer soap and a towel or soft sponge to lather it on the vehicle. Wash the panels one by one & rinse properly so that the soap and suds don’t get to dry on your car paint. Now, dry off with microfiber towel or clean terry cloth.

The waxing step

Waxing is required to smooth imperfections in car paint. Browse online, survey and follow reviews to find out a quality car wax that can guarantee you the best, in terms of shine, durability and value. The cleaner wax should be applied in little circular motion. Work on the panels one by one, akin to the car washing procedure. Allow the wax to dry up to a pristine haze. Then buff the area waxed with a terry cloth. You can repeat if needed. The experts advice to wax the car twice a year.

The polishing

You have to get a polymer auto polish here to follow up on the car treatment post the waxing work. Get a clean damp sponge to apply the polish on the car body. Get some polish on the sponge and apply it on the entire car. You have to buff the sponge well in small circular movements till the car gets back its shiny aura once again. Apply around 2-3 coats of polish for optimum protection.

Carnauba wax

Next to polishing, you have to take another round of waxing. Get a premium carnauba wax to ensure a wet looking deep shine for the vehicle. Apply a couple of coats akin to cleaner wax application as described in the previous waxing step.

Tips And Techniques For Interior Detailing

Tips And Techniques For Interior Detailing

The car interior usually sits at the lowers rung of any car-cleaning checklist. In most of the cases, it’s the car exterior that gets the detailing treatment while the interior keeps on waiting for a rare annual cleaning. The post here presents some effective tips to follow for a perfect interior detailing of your car.

Things needed:

Putty knife, rags, 4-in-1 screwdriver, carpet cleaner, vinyl/leather cleaner conditioner and all-purpose window cleaner.

Cleaning behind the seats

Start with cleaning the car seats- you have no idea how much junk is at store behind or below the seats. There could be pens, pencils, change, food-bites, cigarette butts, papers and so on. You must vacuum up the seats well and then vacuum on the carpet below the mats. Use brush attachment with the machine for the door panels and dash. Don’t ignore the door pockets.

Deploy carpet cleaner

Use your carpet cleaner to thoroughly clean out the dirt deeply-seated on the car carpet fibers. In-depth carpet cleaning is a great way to suck up all the long-deposited grime & dirt from the car carpet.

Clean & condition the seats

The car seats tend to discolor after 2 years or so. If your car seats have reached to that point where the color is no longer matching up with the entire car interior, you have to condition the seats. First of all, spray some vinyl/leather (depending on the seat fabric) cleaner on the seats & rub it well with a terry-cloth towel. You must keep on flipping the cleaning cloth to avoid any chances of rubbing grime back to the seats. Post clean-up, allow the seats to dry for say an hour. Then, you would have to rub on a good leather conditioner to ensure a supple feel.

Clean up nooks & crannies

Wrap a rag around your screwdriver & spray the all-purpose cleaning agent on it to clean up along trim lines, buttons & controls.

Brush out air vents

The air vents always attract a huge amount of dust which the brush attachment (of vacuum) alone won’t be able to get out. You will nee to get your unused paint brush for a thorough cleaning on crevices.

Wash the windows

The windows must be cleaned up in the last step so that these do not get to accumulate further dirt and dust from the remaining cleanup. Lower down the windows to clean upper edge of window pane. Now, close them fully to clean up the remaining part.

Mahindra XUV500 – a premium SUV

Mahindra XUV500 is yet another mighty vehicle from the country’s own automaker – Mahindra & Mahindra. It was launched in the year 2011 and has been selling as hot cakes. This sports utility vehicle is completely different from its earlier sibling UVs in terms of design, looks, style, performance, technology, safety and comfort features. The XUV500 has also won quite a few awards and compliments for the company.

The hard work put in by Mahindra’s research and engineering team is clearly apparent in the XUV500. It is built on a monocoque chassis where the body and frame together is one single piece. The protruded honeycomb front grille, barrel shaped headlamps with LED lights, bold lines on the sides till rear and stylish wheel arches add to the masculine look. The general design is not that boxy, nevertheless it commands great road presence. A spare wheel is hidden behind the boot. A rear wiper, high mounted stop lamp, stylish tail lights and twin exhausts adorn the rear of an XUV500.

Mahindra XUV500

Seven or more people can fit in easily in the XUV500. Apart from the traditional two rows of seats, there is a foldable pair of seats at the rear. One can use this row for sitting people or else as a boot area. One can also store things in the glove box and cool box in addition to cup holders, sun-glass holder, umbrella holder and bottle holders. Mahindra has used good quality plastics inside, besides fine upholstery for the height adjustable and comfortable seats. There is an array of lamps like the puddle lamps, entry assist lamp, door ajar lamps and camping lamps in the XUV500. It houses a six-inch colour display with voice-activated module and a music system with USB and Bluetooth connectivity. The fully automatic AC with temperature control and dual HVAC add to the luxury.

Mahindra XUV500 power is equipped with a 2179cc mHawk type engine which produces a maximum power of 140 bhp at 3750 rpm and a maximum torque of 330 Nm at 1600-2800 rpm. The engine is based on a direct injection technology with Variable Geometry Turbocharger that makes it more powerful. It is mated to a six speed manual gearbox. The engine has Micro Hybrid technology in place making it more fuel efficient than other Mahindra SUVs in India. It yields a mileage of 12 kmpl in the city and 14 kmpl on highways. It has a good pick up and acceleration. The ride and handling is also commendable.

Four models of the XUV500 are available in seven attractive colours. The base variant costs Rs 10 lakh and the cost of the high-end version may go up to Rs 15 lakh approximately.

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How To Take Care Of Your Vehicle’s Tyres

 

The majority of drivers do not remember that tyres are the only contact point between the road and your vehicle. This is the main reason as to why it is very important to preserve the performance and quality of your car tyres. This will increase the safety of both you and your vehicle. The following are some tips on how to take care of your vehicle’s tyres.

The pressure of the tyre

The risk of losing control of the vehicle can be reduced by having the correct tyre pressure. Correct tyre pressure will protect your vehicle from premature wear and the damage which occurs in the internal construction. You should ensure that the pressure of the tyres is checked every month and before any long journey.

This should be done when the tyres are cold. It is advisable to not deflate a hot tyre. The risk of tire damage can increase due to under or over inflation. In addition, fuel will be saved due to having the correct tyre pressure.

tyre maintenance

Balancing

Balancing is used to eliminate vibration and prevent premature wear of the tyres. More to this, it also protects the steering system, bearing and suspension of your car. Balancing should take place when you purchase new tyres or when one is replaced. If you are driving and realize that one side is lighter or heavier than the rest, then your car needs balancing.

Contact patch

Only a small part of the tyre is actually in contact with the road. That small area affects the fuel consumption and the comfort of your car. Therefore, you should ensure that your car is using the right tyres and that they are maintained regularly.

Rear tyres

It is difficult to judge the grip of the rear tyre because they are not connected to the steering wheel. Therefore, ensure that tyres, which are less worn out or new tyres are the ones fitted to the rear wheels.

Tyre wear and depth

Check the tread depth of all the tyres on a regular basis, and ensure they are replaced when they are worn. Through this you will have a guarantee of proper grip and traction. Changing should take place when the tread depth is worn to 1.6mm. A good tread depth will disperse more water, reducing the chances of aquaplaning.

Wheel Alignment

During driving one cannot tell if the wheel and axles of your car are properly aligned. However, in some situations the geometry is usually not correct, compromising your safety. Potholes are the major causes of bad wheel alignment. Regularly take your car to a wheel alignment specialist to inspect it thoroughly.

Repairing the tyres

Tyre repairs should only be done by a specialist. The tyre needs to be removed from the vehicle and to inspect it from the inside. When the tyre is mounted on the vehicle it is not possible to inspect internal damage.

Handling and storage

Tyres can also get damaged even when they are not in use. You should never store them in stacks unless if they are inflated and assembled. Avoid putting them under objects. Ensure they are not kept close to any heat source or any other device that can cause electrical discharges or sparks. Ensure that you are wearing protective gloves when handling tyres.

Tyre rotation

Every tyre on your vehicle supports a different amount of weight. The tyres might wear out due to unequal distribution of weight. The useful life of a tyre can be extended through rotation. Your vehicle manual can assist you in rotation recommendation. If your manual does not contain tyre rotations recommendation, it is advisable to rotate after every 4,000 to 6000 kilometres.

Service life

It is extremely difficult to accurately predict the serviceable life of any type of tyres. This is because there are many components that make up the tyre that affects its performance. Other factors that affect its performance include storage condition, weather and the manner in which it is used. Therefore, drivers are recommended to inspect their tyres regularly to identify anything that may require them to service or replace the tyres.

Taking care of your vehicle’s tyres is simple and easy. It does not require you to reinvent the wheel. Therefore, ensure your vehicle’s tyres are regularly checked to increase the safety of both you and your vehicle.