4 Smart Tips For Making Your Vehicle Last

4 Smart Tips For Making Your Vehicle Last

Because the prices of new cars has climbed steeply over the last decade, people are more willing to keep their older models. As long as they can keep running without requiring major repairs (for example, a transmission overhaul), it’s far easier on the budget. And therein lies the challenge.

Your vehicle will eventually die and need to be retired. There’s little you can do to prevent that from happening aside from pouring money into an ongoing string of expensive repairs. However, there are some smart things you can do that will prolong your car’s life. The following four items are simple and intuitive, yet millions of drivers fail to do them:

#1 – Follow Your Owner’s Manual Closely

Strangely, many people have never looked at their owner’s manual, even though it holds the secret to your car’s life. It contains a service schedule (this might be a separate booklet) that details every important maintenance item. It explains exactly when those items should be performed. From oil changes to air filter checks, and spark plug replacements to your ignition system, everything is listed in your service schedule. The key is to use it.

#2 – Be Gentle When You Start It

When your car sits for hours, the oil that circulates throughout the engine falls to the oil pan. Without that oil, your engine would overheat. When you start your vehicle, the engine roars to life, but it takes several seconds for the oil to move from the pan to the moving parts. Have you ever watched someone start their car and immediately floor it? That’s a good way to damage the engine. Be gentle. Crank the engine and let it idle for twenty or thirty seconds before throwing it into gear. You won’t notice the benefits, but over time, it will make a difference.

#3 – Check The Fluid Levels

Your oil, coolant, power steering, and transmission fluid levels can decline over time. It is critical that you keep all of them replenished. Most drivers neglect to check their levels because it’s inconvenient to do so. Get into the biweekly habit of checking all four fluids at once. It only takes 15 minutes and will help you avoid expensive repairs down the road.

#4 – Drive Easily

If you own a performance vehicle, you’re probably going to treat the engine harshly. Chances are, you spent a good sum of money and you want to enjoy the benefits. Fair enough. On the other hand, if you own a Toyota Camry, Dodge Charger, or a Honda Civic, you’re likely budget-conscious. So, drive gently. There’s rarely a need to drop the clutch and peel your wheels at 6,000 rpms. Besides, constantly doing so will land your vehicle in the repair shop far sooner than otherwise.

Your car won’t last forever. But, if you address key maintenance items, regularly check the fluids, and treat it gently (at start-up and while driving), you’ll prolong its life. And avoiding expensive repairs is nearly as good as money in the bank.

Does Your Street Race Car Have Tinted Windows?

Hey there,

Happy you stopped by this post… I wanted to write a post about your street Race Car having Tinted Windows or not and if not, why?

As Race Car lovers, we put so much money into our rides, from rims, tires, paint, graphics, and all sorts of engine enhancements plus all kinds of interior upgrades and add-ons…

One of the most valuable things you can invest in your race car is window tinting. There are many benefits, most commonly is changing the looks with Tinted Windows. But you also get UV protection from the sun’s harmful rays. You can also protect the interior from cracking and fading from the sun damage… most high quality films protect from skin cancer and is backed my the Skin Cancer Foundation.

With Tinted Windows you can go with dark tints for more of a privacy look also known sometimes as a ghetto look but can also serve a purpose if you need privacy to hide tools or something like that in the back of a truck or van… As you know we are more taking about race cars here and not trucks or van, so some of us do like there windows blacked out pretty dark getting the Gangster look.

You can also go with a really light shade if you want to be seen easier in your ride, this is more for the benefits of UV Protection and or Heat Rejection from some of the higher end films out there.

You can also go with something in-between, the medium shades keep your race car looking more classy looking, more of my personal favorites. People can obviously tell your windows are tinted but its not supper dark either.

All Tints are not created equal… there are many different brands of automotive window film out there and within each brand there are multiple different lines of films. Each have there different qualities and benefits that should be considered before getting your windows tinted.  So do your research before investing in window tinting for your ride… Trust me it’s not worth it to go cheap in the short run just to save money because it will cost you double or triple in the long run if you go with cheap tint. I have seen it first hand.

Enjoy this video I found on YouTube

and feel free to leave a comment and tell me what you think…

Do you have your car tinted?

How light or dark did you go?

What brand of film did you go with?

What line within that brand did you get?

leave a pic of your car if you can.

 

Thanks and all the best,

Check you on the next post.

Racing And Race Cars

Why Are We Obsessed With Race Cars?
The fascination with car racing and race cars is easily explained when you take into consideration that is a sport that involves racing of automobiles for competition. So, in other words it includes newest machinery, speed and adrenaline – which is just as much stimulation needed to get just about any man excited about racing. The purpose of the car racing is to set the fastest time, this of course also is done in a number of laps. The number of laps has been previously set, or a time limit is provided as a guideline for achieving this goal.


Who Wins The Race?
Well, it is well known that turtle wins the race, but not in this game! The order of winners is strictly determined by the time they had achieved in the race.
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The fastest driver logically takes the first prize and so on. In addition to that it should also be mentioned that if a driver fail to complete a race for any reason, they are disqualified from the race.

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The term which is used for this racer is that they have ‘retired’ from the race, or simply referred to as ‘out’ of the race. However, even these drivers are given positions after the race, and they are ordered in the sequence in which they have retired, simply put – the first one to retire from the race will be the last in the race and so on.


How To Communicate In Racing
Racers and auto races use a distinct system of communication through flags. If you have not heard of it before, we will explain it briefly in this blog and you will understand some of the basics when it comes to flag communication as the system which is used in car races and auto races.
The basic concept is pretty simple, there are flags of different colors and each flag which is displayed has a different meaning due to the color used. Flags are displayed to communicate instructions to competitors and contestants in the game, but it is also useful that spectators are aware of the meanings of the flags. Individual series have different rules, and also bear in mind that some flags have changed throughout the years, but generally, the meanings of the flags are accepted as follows.

Yellow flag means that a local area is the area of caution. The type of racing might also determine whether there will be more than one yellow flag used for full course caution or sign with ‘SC’. Yellow flag might also signify that no cars may pass. Green flag means that the session has started or it was resumed after a full course caution or stop.
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The green flag can also be used to signify the end of hazardous section of track.A black flag is used to summon the car to pit for consultation and halt the session and allow all cars to return to pit lane.

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