Choose the proper tool & save money

Car is a big investment. As a car becomes older, its maintenance becomes increasingly important. There are many tools that every car owner should have. Car shops can sometimes charge high for a simple fix that could have been done at home for much cheaper. Having the proper tools and knowledge will allow any Car owner to save money.

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1. Every auto owner should have a jack and jack stands. Simple procedures like rotating tyres can be done at home with the help of a Jack. Additionally, all car owners should have a jack in their car with them wherever they go. In the unfortunate event of a flat tyre, having a jack and a spare tire can lead to a simple tire replacement.

2. One of the most important car maintenance practices is the oil change. To maintain a car, the oil should be changed once every 3,000 miles. Successful oil change is having an Oil Wrench that takes the oil filter off and allows the oil to be changed appropriately.

3. Often when dealing with parts of the engine, or the hard-to-reach spots under the hood, proper tools are required.

4. When changing oil, having a funnel, some rags, and a bucket is very helpful. Once again, the oil change is one of the most important maintenances for a car, and it can be done easily by anyone.

5. Finally, every auto owner should have a pair of solid vice grips. Some time a part will just not come loose. Other times, a car part may not seem to be tight enough despite one’s best efforts. Vice grips can hold a wide variety of car parts and allow the user to obtain more leverage for either tightening or loosening a part. When encountering a part that will simply not come loose, many car owners will give up and take their car to a shop. Having vice grips can help one to avoid this problem.

Unfortunately, there is no car in existence that doesn’t require constant maintenance. However, with the right tools, anyone can fix minor problems and maintain his or her car without the assistance of a car mechanic. The right tools can lead to a longer last vehicle, and large cost savings.

Source: http://myautocare.blogspot.in/2007/02/must-have-tools-for-auto-owner.html

How to increase the life of car tyre?

Tyre pressures are very important for balanced breaking, maximum grip and maximum tyre life. Recommended pressures vary according to load or speed. The part of the tyre in contact with the road is the ‘footprint’.

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Wrong tyre pressures will cause rapid wear and shorter tyre life. Check the pressure in your tyres daily and when the car has been parked for at least 3 hours. If you think a tyre might be low, try and check it immediately with a tyre gauge and do not forget your spare tyre! The recommended cold tyre pressures are usually given on the tyre information label on the rear doorjamb on the driver’s side and can be checked at the majority of petrol garages.

The life span of tyres is dependant on the type of car, the amount of use and the driver! Reasons for changing tyres are usually legal (i.e. safety reasons and maybe driver preference). The tyres that are fitted to the car from the factory are generally the best tyres for your car. Make sure the installer balances the wheels when you have new tyres installed. This increases riding comfort and tyre life.

Source: http://www.availablecar.com/Blog/Article/20/Advice/Tyre-care-for-your-car

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Destroying Your Car?

If you love your car, the car will love you back. Are you sure? Do you really believe in this saying .There are many ways car repairing, but people are so sensitive and creative they even destroying their own Car. Check out the list in which you knowingly or by mistake ruining your own car.

• Oil changing and servicing are the vital component of a car. If you assume your oil level in your car is perfectly fine, then it is not true your wrong assumption can cause your vehicle performance a lot of degradation. Check your oil levels today, 70 % of car have dangerously low level.
• If you see road repairs going on, Road, small rocks/pebbles could put a real hurting on your car’s paint job. Trying to take tar off a car is a real workout. Do avoid those road construction sites at all cost; it will cost your car in it.
• If someone writes words on the surface of your dirty/dusty car, using only their finger and you leave it on, when you finally get around to washing your vehicle, the word will still be visible.
• Wrong car tyre pressure? Are you sure the pressure of car tyres are right check them often because extra heat up amongst car tyre make your journey dangerous.
• Avoid short journey? Why? Because it will never allow the car engine to reach its operating temperature and the oil takes time to flow and lubricate the main components of the car engine .Hence, it reduces the peak efficiency of the vehicle.
• Have you ever left a coffee cup on top of your car’s roof as you’re trying to make that mad dash to work? Well, if coffee spills on your car, the acid will work its way all through your car’s paint and cause corrosion. So, Rust is happening on your car.

Are you planning to buy new car tyres? Check out expert’s tips

Tyres are probably the most important tool in your vehicle because no car can work without four perfect tyres. Tyres are important for other reasons too like your safety and safety of those around you depends on them. So it’s essential that you select the right kind of tyres for your vehicle and also maintain them well.

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In India, there are around 40 listed tyre companies in India. Major Key players in India are MRF, Apollo Tyres, JK Tyre & Industries, Ceat, Goodyear. These companies account for almost 90% of the organized market.

Buying new tyres can be a tough job as most of us do not know how to pick the right tyres for their vehicle. Right tyres are the one that suits your car and helps in improving its effectiveness. Before you plan your purchase, you must know what to look for in your tyres. Here are some tips that will help you in your purchase.

• Do not compromise on the cost. Always try to get the quotations from at least three shops. Compare them and then go for the best option.

• While replacing new tyres with the old ones, remember to note important information from old tyres regarding brand, size, height, width, design etc and get the same kind.

• Buy tyres from a place which has tools for fitting, balancing, alignment and other stuff.

• Try not to buy single tyres as this can affect the balancing part. Buy tyres in pairs and put the new ones on rear tyres as this will provide good traction with the brakes.

• Remember to change those worn out tyres, before they cause any accidents. Your car brakes will not work properly if your tyres are not in good condition.

• If you do not remember the size of your tyres, you can also check it from your car’s manual. Knowing the right size will save a lot of your time and energy.

• Always buy tyres from famous brand because there is a reason why it is popular.

• Check with your tyre shop about warranty period. Mostly famous brands also come along with 3 years warranty. Warranties are applicable on original usable tread pattern. For Michelin tyres, the original usable tread pattern is the original pattern down to the level of the tread pattern wear indicators – 1.6 mm of tread pattern remaining.

We hope this will help you. Remember if you think your car need new tyres, it’s not good to delay it. If you need more help related to tyre purchase, please get in touch with MeriCAR.com™ service representative at +918750000555.

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This article is contributed by Neha Singh, she is writing blog for MeriCAR.com
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Bring down car fuel costs by 20%

Commented on article by The Economic Times (18.05.2012) Founder, MeriCAR.com says “Drive sensibly, maintain your tyre pressure as specified, check the air filter at regular intervals. These simple practices could help bring down your fuel costs by as much as 10-20% over a period of time.”

You can reduce your fuel bill by as much as 20%, the sensible way.

Car users have seen their fuel bills rising significantly over the past couple of years. The price of petrol in Mumbai has moved up from 44.55 a litre in January 2009 to 70.68 today, a rise of 59%. Another price hike looks imminent.

The government is likely to give its nod to the oil marketing companies to hike prices once again on account of higher international prices as well as depreciation of the Indian rupee. In such a scenario, one should try to reduce fuel cost by some way or the other.

According to auto experts, if you drive with a little care and maintain your car well, you can save around 10-20% on your fuel costs.

Drive sensibly

The manner in which you drive your car plays the most important role in saving fuel. It is possible to drive the same distance in the same time, and yet use less fuel.

Adjust gears as per your speed. Shift to the highest gear once you touch the speed of 50 km/hour. Sudden acceleration and braking tend to increase your fuel cost.

If you can see a signal 100 meters ahead of you, it makes no sense to accelerate and reach there, as you will burn fuel unnecessarily. Signals are another area where there is scope to save fuel. Today, many traffic signals indicate the waiting time.

“If you have to wait for more than 50 seconds, it makes sense to switch off the engine, and restart it again as that saves fuel,” says Rakesh Sidana.

Read more at: http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com