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Engine Causing Problems? Is Repair Or Replacement The Best Choice?

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If you’ve recently noticed some troubling noises or odors coming from your vehicle’s engine compartment, you may be dreading the thought of getting an official diagnosis. Whether you’re dealing with corroded pistons, a thrown rod, or an unidentified oil leak, having your engine repaired, rebuilt, or replaced can be a pricey prospect. Fortunately, there are some easy-to-answer questions that can help point you toward the right path when it comes to solving your vehicle’s engine troubles.Read on to learn more about the factors you’ll want to consider when deciding between engine repair and replacement. Do you want to keep the vehicle? If the answer to this question is an unequivocal “no,” there are relatively few situations in which it would make sense to sink money into engine repairs when you’re not planning to keep the vehicle much longer. Although a vehicle with a working engine will almost always fetch a higher price than one needing repair work, it’s less common to get back all the funds you’ve poured into repairs, especially if you’re selling immediately after the repairs have been made and can’t warrant to a potential buyer that the vehicle is in good shape.   How much is the vehicle worth? Even for those who would like to keep their vehicles, repair or replacement of a failing engine isn’t always the right decision. If your vehicle is worth less than $2,000 or so, it’s likely that sinking money into an engine repair (even if you do most of the labor yourself) will leave you with a vehicle that’s still worth less than the amount you just paid out. How extensive are the necessary repairs? For situations in which you’d like to keep your vehicle and can financially justify purchasing a new engine (or funding engine repairs), the extent of the repairs needed may dictate whether you choose a refurbished engine, new engine, or opt to replace only individual components. In general, the more parts within your engine that require repair, the more the economic scale will tilt toward replacement—largely because the labor costs associated with multiple engine repairs can quickly begin to dwarf the equipment costs.  What’s your repair budget? If the sky is the limit when it comes to your automotive budget, the installation of a new engine (often called a “crate” engine because it comes fresh from the crate) can give your vehicle hundreds of thousands of miles of trouble-free driving. However, those who are more constrained by financial considerations may want to look into a refurbished engine as opposed to a crate engine. Refurbished engines often carry the same extended warranty as crate engines at a fraction of the price, and can help you reserve additional funds to put toward labor costs.   For more information on repairs, consider contacting a company like American Transmission...

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How Magnesium Chloride Affects Cars And How To Keep Your Vehicle Protected

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A lot of states are now using a de-icing chemical that contains magnesium chloride on roads. This chemical is highly effective for helping roads stay clear of ice but can be extremely damaging for cars. Magnesium chloride can increase the risk of your car developing rust, but there may be a few things you can do to prevent this from happening. Here are three things you should understand about magnesium chloride, its effects on cars, and ways to protect your car. What is magnesium chloride? Magnesium chloride is a chemical that melts ice, and it is commonly used on roads located in mountains, but it is also used in a variety of other places. Using magnesium chloride offers a better way to keep roads safe in comparison to salt or sand, and this is the primary reason many states have turned to this product. How does it cause rust? When road crews apply magnesium chloride to roads, it is in a liquid form, and you can tell if it was just applied on roads by looking for white streaks. This chemical stays wet for a very long time, and it can get on your car when you drive on it. When this happens, it works like any other type of acid; it eats away at the finish on your car. This can cause rusting on your car, but it can also lead to damage on the undercarriage of your vehicle. How can you protect your vehicle from this? While it might be impossible to fully protect your car against the damaging effects of magnesium chloride, there are still things you can do. For one, you can try to avoid driving on the roads if they have been treated with this chemical. Unfortunately, you may not be able to control this, and you might not even realize if this is the chemical that was used to de-ice the roads in your area. Here are a couple other tips that can help you protect your car: Wash your car at least once a week during periods of cold weather. Wax your vehicle just before winter strikes so you can protect the finish on it. Pressure-wash the undercarriage of your vehicle every month. Apply a lubricating oil to the undercarriage of your car before winter sets in. You may also want to look into other products that are specifically designed to stop magnesium chloride rusting and other rusting. You can do this by visiting a store that sells auto...

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How To Choose A Motorcycle Trailer

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Hauling your motorcycle, whether it’s cross country or just up the road, means that you will need the right type of trailer. You don’t want to trust the safety of your bike to just any stock utility trailer, since it won’t be made for the unique needs of motorcycle safety. The following guide can help you choose the right trailer. Pick the right decking Two types of decking are common on newer utility trailers – wood and aluminum – and they both have their pros and cons. Aluminum trailers are low- to no-maintenance, durable, and lightweight. It also will require installation of the wheel chock and tiedown bars, usually by bolting through the deck, which can be more difficult if you don’t have the ability to drill through metal. Wood, on the other hand, is heavier, requires periodic sealing, and is more prone to damage. Its main benefit is that you can easily install your tiedowns with nothing more than a hand drill. Generally, though, an aluminum trailer is the best choice since once it is modified for the bike, it won’t require much more deck maintenance. Consider the trailer style Your next choice is enclosed or open. If you only plan to haul motorcycles, and especially if you haul any distance, then enclosed is the best option. For any overnight stays while on the road, the bike will be much safer from both weather and thieves if it is kept in an enclosed trailer. The trailer will also protect it while on the road, while providing storage space for a few other pieces of gear. Opt for open if you want a multi-use trailer, such as one you can also use to haul loads to the dump or help your buddy move, and if you don’t foresee many long road trips hauling your motorcycle. Don’t forget the ramps Ramps are one of the most vital extras to consider, since waiting to install them until later can limit your options. If you want built-in ramps that slide out from underneath the trailer deck, make sure you only look at trailers constructed with this option as it is difficult to add as an aftermarket feature. Otherwise, you can have ramps that slide out from the top of the deck, or removable ramps that either double as rails on an open trailer or slide out of the way to the side of the bike in an enclosed trailer. Contact a trailer dealer in your area to begin shopping for your next bike...

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An Amateur’s Guide To Changing A Dead Headlight Bulb

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Changing the bulbs of car headlights is one of those tasks that, though simple in theory, always turns out to be more difficult than expected. The good news is that a few helpful tips are all it takes to remove the mystery from this operation. If you have a dead headlight bulb that needs to be replaced, read on. This article will walk you through the process in four simple steps. Step 1: Locating The Bulb Holder Headlight bulbs are always accessed from below the hood, so begin by securely propping your hood open. You may find it helpful to attach a clip lamp to help illuminate the area. Next, locate the bulb holder by narrowing your search to the area directly behind the headlight. The bulb holder can be identified by the presence of three wires feeding into it. Step 2: Removing The Harness These three wires connect to a part of the bulb holder known as the wiring harness. In order to gain access to the bulb, you will first need to remove this harness. There are three different ways that the wiring harness may be secured in place, depending on the type of car you have: a button a clip a screwcap Check the top of the harness. If you see a small plastic button, simply hold it down while wiggling the harness free. If you see a small metal clip, pull this outward in order to loosen the harness. Finally, if you don’t see either of these things, your harness is likely held in place by a screwcap. Gently unscrew it in a counter-clockwise direction until it comes loose. Step 3: Detaching The Bad Bulb In certain styles of headlight holders, the bulb is designed to pull free along with the wiring harness. In that case, all you have to do is carefully remove the bulb from its plug. Take note that certain bulb styles require you to rotate the bulb slightly in order to unlock it before it can be unplugged. Other wiring harnesses are designed so that when they are removed, they automatically unplug themselves from the bulb. In that case, the bulb remains in its housing. To remove it, simply grab the base of the bulb and pull it out. You may need to use a pair of needle nose pliers if the bulb is set too deep within the housing to reach with your fingers. Step 4: Install The New Bulb Getting your fresh headlight bulb installed is as simple as repeating the steps you’ve just taken in a backwards order. The trickiest thing here is not the installation itself, but ensuring that your replacement bulb is of the correct style. If you’re not sure about the part number of your specific bulb, simply take the bad one with you to the auto supply...

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3 Tips To Protect Yourself From The Sun While You’re Driving

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When it comes to driving, you have to worry about more than just potential car accidents — you also have to worry about the sun. If you have ever seen someone whose left arm was more tan than their right arm, you have likely seen the effects that the sun can have on someone who is behind the wheel. Luckily, following these three tips can help you protect yourself from the sun while you are driving. 1. Tint Your Windows First of all, consider tinting your windows with window tint to help shield your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Along with protecting your skin, window tint can also make it more comfortable for you to drive on a sunny day because it can help keep your car cool and can help prevent glare. As an added bonus, along with protecting you from the sun, it can also protect the interior of your car from the sun’s rays. Consider taking your car to a car window tinting shop to find out more about tinting your windows. 2. Use Your Sun Visor Your sun visor is there for a reason, so use it. Exposure to the sun can harm your eyes if you aren’t careful, and it can also affect your visibility when you are driving. Plus, few things can be as uncomfortable when you’re behind the wheel as trying to see when the sun is shining bright in your face. If your car visor does not do a good job of shielding the sun, you can go to an auto parts store and purchase an extender. Then, you may find that you are better able to shield your eyes from the sun. 3. Wear Sunglasses It’s a good idea to keep a pair of sunglasses in your car at all times so that you don’t forget it when you drive. Wearing sunglasses can help you prevent cataracts and other issues with your eyes that can occur if you don’t wear protection. Plus, sunglasses can also make it easier for you to see when you’re driving in sunny conditions, which can help keep you safe when you hit the road on a sunny day. Protecting yourself from the sun while you are behind the wheel is important. Luckily, following these three tips can help you prevent damage to your skin, eyes and the rest of your body when you’re exposed to the sun on a regular driving day....

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Get Your Boat Trailer Serviced In These Ways Before Boating Season Begins

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On any moderate-length drive during the summer months, you’ll often encounter a boat trailer parked at the side of the road, obviously suffering from some issue that makes it unable to continue to be towed. When you’re an avid boater, the last thing you want to do is be sidelined on the edge of the highway with a trailer problem that prevents you from enjoying the water that day. The best way to avoid running into preventable problems with your boat trailer is to take it to a boating center for an annual service — ideally, before the start of the boating season so that any potential issues can be addressed without cutting into your boating time. Here are some areas to ask about. Electronics Check Failed electronics in a boat trailer could result in a rear-end accident or even a citation from the police. It’s a good idea to ask for a thorough inspection of your trailer’s electronics when you take it in for a service. This will involve more than just checking that the brake lights and turn signals work; the technician will also check the condition of the wiring hookup and the wires themselves. Pests such as mice may have sought shelter in your boat and trailer over the winter, and they can often chew through the wires. The service appointment will catch any such issues. Wheel Bearings While a flat tire can force you to pull over on your way to the lake, worn-out wheel bearings can keep you on the sidelines longer than it takes to mount your spare tire. Because boat trailer tires are smaller than your vehicle’s tires, they spin much faster — and are prone to wearing out quickly. The service technician will check the health of the bearings, lubricate them if necessary and recommend that they be changed if they look close to failing. Hitch Wear If your boat trailer is old, it’s possible that the hitch can get damaged or worn out. When this is the case, the hitch will not grip the hitch ball properly, and a bumpy road could cause the trailer to bounce off the hitch. The technician will inspect the inside of the hitch, check the locking mechanism and make sure there are no signs of wear that could compromise the hitch’s performance. If this is the case, the technician will likely recommend that the hitch is changed for safety reasons. Contact a business, such as AB Trailers, for more...

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