What Is A Tune Up? The Most Important Things You Should Know.

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December 2018

If you’re a new car owner, hearing that your car needs to undergo an engine tune-up can be overwhelming, particularly if you haven’t heard of that term yet. The truth, however, is that engine tune-ups are part of a car’s routine scheduled maintenance. It’s basic and it’s something that shouldn’t stress you out.

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What’s Involved in a Tune-Up?

Technically speaking, a car tuneup isn’t really new. It’s an outdated service wherein parts of the car are replaced to ensure the vehicle’s maximum efficiency and performance.

A modern tuneup, however, includes cabin air replacements and new spark plugs. The two are part of your car’s maintenance schedule. You can think of it as something similar to the schedule you do in getting an oil change or checking your tire’s

Now, why those two?

Cabin filters aren’t that critical to your car engine’s performance. However, since they can get clogged and create a really poor airflow to the dashboard vents, they need to be checked and changed on a regular basis

Spark plugs, on the other hand, are present on all vehicles. They typically require replacements every 100,000 miles. Failure to replace them can create a lot of problems in your car.

In addition to those two parts, there are modern vehicles that still require certain items to be taken care of routinely.

The list includes the myriad of fluids that are necessary for a car to run, like the transmission fluid, engine oil, and coolant.

Your car’s battery, as well as the surrounding area, should also be assessed during the routine tune-up. The mechanic should check the life and condition of the battery and if there’s any presence of battery acid around the hardware.

Your car’s belts and hoses should be inspected as well. Your mechanic should make sure that the clamps holding the hoses in place are intact and secure. The same applies to the belts. They shouldn’t display any splitting or cracking. If there are defects in the belts, they should be replaced before they even snap and get broken.

Don’t forget your windshield wiper during the tune-up. You wouldn’t want to deal with the annoying squeak of malfunctioning wipers when it rains. Apart from that, be sure to have your mechanic top off the wiper’s fluid. It’ll help you keep your windshield clean and sparkling with just a press of a button.

Your tail lights, headlights, brake lights, and blinkers are essential parts your mechanic shouldn’t miss as well. They need to be functioning well when you’re driving to avoid accidents and problems.

Signs Your Car Needs A Tune-Up

Just like going to a doctor, the first thing that your mechanic will ask you are the changes in the way your car runs that prompted you to ask for a tune-up. In most cases, the following signs and symptoms may suggest that a tune-up is necessary:

Engine Deposits

This is frequently caused by contaminated or low-quality gasoline creating problems with the drivability of your car. The best way to solve that is to do a fuel system cleaning.

Clogged Engine Air Filter

This often results in a small but steady loss of performance. If not addressed right away, it will leave you with a car running like a turtle.

Misfiring Engine

A worn out or fouled spark plug typically causes engines to misfire. Additionally, bad spark plugs can also cause slugging acceleration and hard starting.

Low Fuel Economy

If you’re experiencing reaching fewer miles per gallon, there’s probably something wrong with your spark plug or your air filter is already clogged and dirty. If you notice that the low fuel economy appears with an odd sound, consider scheduling a tuneup right away.

Check Engine Light Turns On

Before you panic, a check engine light doesn’t really mean that there’s something wrong with your car. There are actually a handful of reasons why it would turn on. In some cases, it’s simply caused by a faulty gas cap.

Now, if you notice that the light is flashing, you should consider taking your car to a repair shop soon. It’s usually an indication of something malfunctioning in the system.

Unusual Sounds

A transmission grinding or engine clunking are hard to miss. If you notice any unusual sound in your car and you can’t find where it’s coming from, visit a repair shop.

How Much Does A Tune-Up Cost?

Typically, a minimal car tune-up can cost you around $40 to $150. If you are looking for a more standard tune-up, prepare as much as $200 to $800. That price includes the cost of replacing the wires, rotor, spark plugs, fuel filter, air filter, changing the oil, and inspection of the car’s systems.

Apart from the cost of the tune-up, expect to pay a small fee for the hourly labor rate of the mechanic. It typically costs between $40 to $90 in repair shops and about $80 to $150 at dealerships.

The prices mentioned can change depending on the location, the parts that need replacement, as well as the required hourly labor rate.

Before you get your car opened and checked, it’s best to ask for the estimated cost of the tune-up. This is to make sure that you don’t end up getting surprised by the total cost you have to pay. Don’t hesitate to ask about discounts as well.

Also, be involved as much as possible. Even if you’re new to owning a car, it doesn’t mean that you can rely completely on your mechanic or repair shop. You can’t expect everyone to be honest with you all the time.

Conclusion

Getting a car tune-up is necessary whether you own a new or used car. It’s a basic part of your car’s routine maintenance. As a new car owner, you should have a clear idea of what a tune-up is, what is involved in the process, how much it costs, and what you can expect after. It also a good idea to be aware of how your car runs as much as possible. That way, you’ll be able to recognize the signs that your car requires a tune-up.

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Basic Seat Care

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November 2018

A comfortable and clean set of car seats are essential if one intends to drive comfortably. Here are some tips on how to maintain them….

Your seats are what connect you to your car. Most drivers, especially in India have no idea on how to position their seats for an ideal driving position. That said, a set of dirty seats, is not only a put off for your passengers but can also lead to one getting lower resale value when you want to sell you car. Here are some tips that can help you bring the shine back in your car’s seats.

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Here are some tips that can help you bring the shine back in your car’s seats.

Do not eat or drink in your car

Spilling a can of cola or a dollop of ketchup is a sure shot way of ruining your car’s interiors. As with most things in life, the best way to avoid this is by not eating or drinking in your car. Although most people would find this unreasonable, not eating in your car can also help you in many other ways. For example, crumbs falling off your favourite sandwich can attract both rodents and insects like ants and cockroaches, which can in turn lead to more headaches in the long term.

Use foam based cleaner to clean stains

Using heavy detergents on your fabric seats will most probably end up ruining them. The best thing one can do is used a speciality foam based cleaner to clean the seats. Spray the dirty spot on the seats with the cleaner and rub vigorously for a minute or two till the stain disappears. Wipe the spot thoroughly with a clean and dry soft cloth till the surface feels dry. You can clean your whole car’s upholstery the same way, area by area till you get satisfactory results. If you don’t have access to foam based speciality cleaners, a spoonful of mild detergent mixed with warm water can also give satisfactory results. Remember to always squeeze out as much water from the cloth as possible before starting the cleaning process.

Leather is more delicate than fabric

Spilling a can of cola or a dollop of ketchup is a sure shot way of ruining your car’s interiors. As with most things in life, the best way to avoid this is by not eating or drinking in your car. Although most people would find this unreasonable, not eating in your car can also help you in many other ways. For example, crumbs falling off your favourite sandwich can attract both rodents and insects like ants and cockroaches, which can in turn lead to more headaches in the long term. Although a leather interior may look clean and crisp when new and clean, a neglected leather interior looks (and smells) nasty. Leather though is much more delicate than fabric and needs special care. It is best to use a good product specially formulated for cleaning leather seats. Some leather care products make the leather more shiny or slippery. Other products can make it sticky or tacky, so before using it, test a product in a small area to see if you like it. Don’t use paper towels on leather, they can leave scratches; use a soft clean cotton towel instead. Start with vacuuming leather seat crevices with the soft brush attachment, but be careful, as the vacuum hose can easily scratch the leather. Spray some leather cleaner agent on the soft clean cotton towel and wipe the seat gently, reaching into crevices and around the edges

Leather wrapped steering wheels and gear knobs should never be cleaned with the same agent used to clean seats, as they can get slippery or sticky. The best thing to do is to clean them with a slightly damp soft cloth thoroughly to remove any dust, dirt or fungal growth from them.

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At What Temperature Does Gasoline Freeze?

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November 2018

Gasoline is essential as fuel for different modes of transportation. However, like any other liquid, it freezes eventually in certain temperatures. To avoid mechanical issues just because of frozen fuel, at what temperature does gasoline freeze?

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WHAT IS THE COMPOSITION OF GASOLINE?

We can understand better the exact answer to the question “At what temperature does gasoline freeze?” by identifying the elements that compose gasoline.

First off, gasoline is not a plain substance. It is not pure at all. Instead, it is a mixture of various hydrocarbons and additives – hundreds in quantity. Common ones are ethanol, toluene, octane, hexane, and heptane. On the other hand, optional ones are butane and pentane depending on a certain area’s winter climate. Most chemicals mentioned can have several structural forms called isomers. That leads to the fact that all things forming gasoline have their own melting point. Obviously, they also have different freezing points.

AT WHAT TEMPERATURE DOES GASOLINE FREEZE?

You might have thought about the answer already based on the fact that gasoline is a mixture. At what temperature does gasoline freeze again? None exactly. Gasoline does not have the so-called freezing point. The same idea goes for candle wax and diesel. Rather, gasoline has a freezing range.

While the temperature is descending, gasoline is changing gradually. The first part is little bits of sediments and gums coming out of the liquid. Next, when it gets extremely cold, the heaviest hydrocarbon molecules like cyclo-heptane and iso-nonane slowly solidify. They would look waxy. Now, when the temperature gets more and more intolerable, gasoline becomes much waxier and slushier until the remaining liquid elements are the lightest molecules.

Meanwhile, some sediments form due to impurities in the gas tank. Cold temperature just makes them even more solid. Fortunately, the filter located in the fuel line can actually catch these sediments. Things get worse only if gasoline becomes extremely waxy. In this stage, we are talking -40 to -200 degrees Fahrenheit. The range is wide since gasoline has various types of mixtures and blends. Another factor is the source of gasoline’s crude oil.

Since refineries can actually tweak a particular mixture of gasoline, they can provide special blends for areas with an extremely cold climate. They can make gasoline have a lower freezing range. An example is ethanol gas.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF A FROZEN FUEL LINE?

It is impossible to talk about the symptoms of frozen gasoline. Long before gasoline ever freezes inside the car, the first elements to get frozen are water and water vapor. So, let’s talk about the signs of a frozen fuel line instead. After all, the point of asking “At what temperature does gasoline freeze?” is to prevent extreme winter issues car owners may face.

When both water and water vapor freezes inside the automobile, they block gas in the fuel line from entering the engine. To find out if gasoline is already blocked by frozen water, here are symptoms to watch out for:

Constant Stopping or Sputtering During Movement

Some people find the need to drive their car even if the outdoor temperature gets unbearably cold. The bad news is that no matter how the car generates heat while you are driving, the gas tank can still freeze. You would definitely know if the tank is already malfunctioning due to cold. The car would start to stall or sputter. Actually, even if the tank is still okay, a frozen gas line can still provide this symptom.

Failure to Start

Some people find the need to drive their car even if the outdoor temperature gets unbearably cold. The bad news is that no matter how the car generates heat while you are driving, the gas tank can still freeze. You would definitely know if the tank is already malfunctioning due to cold. The car would start to stall or sputter. Actually, even if the tank is still okay, a frozen gas line can still provide this symptom.

Failure to Turn Over

Some people find the need to drive their car even if the outdoor temperature gets unbearably cold. The bad news is that no matter how the car generates heat while you are driving, the gas tank can still freeze. You would definitely know if the tank is already malfunctioning due to cold. The car would start to stall or sputter. Actually, even if the tank is still okay, a frozen gas line can still provide this symptom.

HOW CAN WE FIX A FROZEN FUEL LINE?

When push comes to shove, here are practical solutions in thawing a frozen fuel line:

Push your car into an enclosed area.

In the first place, as soon as you hear winter is coming, make sure that your vehicle is in a safe place. It is purely a bad idea to leave your car in the open during winter. In a worst-case scenario such as leaving your car in the front yard overnight until snow falls, the initial step you need to do is to push your car towards the garage. However, make sure that you prepared the area. The garage must be dry and warm to successfully thaw the frozen fuel line. Waiting will take hours, but the whole idea is effective. To speed up waiting time, turn on kerosene or electric heaters inside the garage, specifically facing the car. This makes the thawing process faster to one hour only. Be careful though; cars are really flammable so put a big space between the heat source and the automobile.

In case you would experience a difficult time getting your car out of the snow, check out how to make the first attempt and proceed to plan B if necessary.

Put antifreeze additives in the tank.

No matter what season it is, go to an automobile parts store and purchase antifreeze additives. These treatments are very useful during winter, so always remember to have one in your garage. It is recommended to put two to three bottles of antifreeze treatments into the tank. You still have to wait for a few hours to let the antifreeze completely mix with the fuel, but it really works. You can also make the waiting time faster. Just rock the car back and forth to make the antifreeze blend with the gasoline quickly.

HOW CAN WE PREVENT A FROZEN FUEL LINE?

To avoid all the hassle of thawing a frozen fuel line, prevention is key. Here are some tips on how to keep the fuel line from freezing aside from keeping the car inside your garage:

Keep the tank full.

This lessens moisture in the system. Water vapor is the main culprit for freezing fuel lines after all. Condensation produces water, and we all know that water freezes in cold temperature.

Add antifreeze treatment.

Antifreeze is both a solution and a prevention factor when it comes to frozen fuel lines. Just make sure to follow the product’s instructions.

SUMMARY

For the last time, at what temperature does gasoline freeze? The exact answer is none. Gasoline is composed of various elements with different freezing points. So, basically, it does not have a freezing point. Rather, it has a range of temperatures that gradually change the fuel’s original liquid form. Based on various types of gasoline mixtures and blends, the usual range is -40 to -200 degrees Fahrenheit. Gasoline is already considered frozen if it turns into a thick sludge or wax. To totally avoid frozen gasoline inside the car, focus on preventing the fuel line from freezing during winter. When you take good care of the fuel line, prevention of frozen gasoline follows.

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What You Need to Know About Baby and Child Seat Laws

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November 2018

There’s no question that when travelling in a car, the safest place for a young child is the back seat.

But what might seem like common sense to some isn’t necessarily sensible to others, so there are firm laws set around keeping your kiddos safe from harm in the event of an accident.

At what age is your little one safe to sit in the front seat? Sit tight, we’ll help you figure that out.

There are different laws in each Australian state and territory that regulate which car seat you need for your child from birth to 16 years, so make sure you check your local laws via the links at the end of this article.

Now, let’s take a good look at common laws so you can make educated choices when it comes to the safety of your little one/s.

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Baby and Child Seat Laws

Baby Seats

A newborn child should always be securely fastened into a rear-facing child seat, like an infant capsule or a convertible car seat specifically designed for newborn babies.

The seat must be mounted in the back seat. The left hand passenger side of the car is safest for when parked on the side of the road and transferring your baby in and out of the car.

Make sure the baby seat is properly fastened and adjusted using a five or six-point harness.

Keep your little one in a rear-facing safety seat until they outgrow it.

By law, they must be rear-facing until they are at least six months old, but research shows the longer they stay in a rear-facing seat, the better.

Even two-year-old kids are fine in rear-facing seats, so long as they don’t exceed the sizing specified by the seat manufacturer.

Young Children

From 6 months to at least four years of age children must remain in the back seat, safely strapped into an approved, properly fastened and adjusted child restraint with an inbuilt harness.

That means a properly sized forward or rear-facing seat with a five or six-point harness is required for children aged between six months and four years.

Once your child reaches four years of age, they’re no longer required to use a child seat with a harness.

Whilst it’s not mandatory, it is still safest for your child to be seated in an approved, properly fastened and adjusted forward facing child restraint with an in-built harness.

The alternative to this is a properly positioned, approved booster seat and a seatbelt that is properly fastened and adjusted.

Until your child outgrows their child safety seat, it’s a good idea to keep using it.

Remember: you’re the parent and it’s your job to enforce safe car rules until you think your child is ready to progress.

Where a car has two or more rows of seats, kids under four years of age must not travel in the front seat.

School Age Kids

Children aged between four and seven years must not travel in the front seat unless all other seats are being used by children under seven years of age.

If this is the case, a child may travel in the front seat using an approved booster seat and a properly fastened and adjusted seatbelt.

Four to seven year old children travelling in the back seat are permitted to use a lap sash seatbelt, although a booster seat along with a properly adjusted seatbelt is the best combo.

It raises your child to a height where the belt crosses at their shoulder, not their neck or face which is much safer in the case of sudden stopping or an accident. It’s more comfortable as well!

Kids aged 7 years and older

From seven years of age and up, kids may ride in the front seat by law. That said, it’s still safest for youngsters to remain in the backseat as long as possible. In a collision, their bodies are more susceptible to injury from airbags, even when seated in a booster seat and properly buckled in.

For safety’s sake, your child should use a booster seat as long as they still fit.

In a collision, the booster seat positions them to avoid injuries that could have been avoided, such as neck injuries from the seatbelt.

Many car manufacturers recommend that front seat passengers be aged 12 years or older. If space permits, your kids are safer riding in the back seat until 12 years of age.

They may not like it, but failure to comply with child restraint requirements is a serious offence and my result in substantial fines and demerit points.

Besides, as an adult you know what’s best for your child. Most kids don’t like veggies, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have to eat them!

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What Does an AC Compressor Do?

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November 2018

Air conditioner compressors are lifesavers for drivers living in hot climates or only experiencing summer months in cold areas. To be honest, the idea of AC alone is already promising. However, there should be a special air compressor to make that notion into reality.

The invention of AC had nothing to do with automobiles. That’s why air compressors exist to make the standard AC system compatible with cars. Now that we have realized that there is more to air conditioners than just simply providing us with cool temperature, let’s find out the answers to this question: “What does an AC compressor do?”

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How Important Is the Refrigerant?

Before anything else, it is a must to know first the function of refrigerant for the car’s AC system. Besides, refrigerant and air compressors go hand in hand.

The most straightforward way of explaining the purpose of refrigerant is that it is a type of fluid that turns hot air into cold air. Refrigerant’s importance as an automobile fluid is comparable to the likes of antifreeze and oil. Antifreeze is one of the factors that make it possible for people to use cars during cold weather or season. Meanwhile, oil is so essential for car movement that every vehicle must have a filter for it to ensure its maximum performance.

Refrigerant comes in two major forms: R-12 and R-134a. In the past, R-12 was the original type. However, in 1994, the United States banned the use of chlorofluorocarbon fluids after it was proven that CFM has bad effects to the ozone layer. Unfortunately, R-12 was filled with CFM.

After years of research and experimentation, R-134a is now the safer alternative compared to R-12. It still has chemicals, but at least it does not have a strong environmental impact unlike the latter.

What Are the Parts of the AC System?

To better understand the functions of an AC compressor, learn the components of the whole system first.

Condenser

This component produces cold fluid by converting the properties of the hot gas. It is usually located before the radiator. From the air compressor, hot gas is radiated by the condenser. Then, the condenser continues depressurizing, cooling, and liquefying it for the dryer.

Evaporator

The one responsible for cooling the air and making it free from moisture is the evaporator. As soon as you turn on the AC, the evaporator makes sure that you will feel cool in just a matter of seconds. It is actually the final component before cool air finally reaches the passenger compartment. It is strategically located behind the dashboard. At the same time, it must absorb heat from the passenger area to completely give way to low temperatures.

Clutches

Once the button is pressed to turn on the AC, a clutch activates the air compressor through electromagnetism. It aims to pressurize the refrigerant to make it pass the condenser until it reaches the evaporator. Then, a cycling clutch switch regulates or gauges the temperature inside the evaporator to keep the component from completely freezing.

Expansion Valve

There must be something that divides the evaporator and condenser. Good thing the AC system has an orifice tube or expansion valve. Starting from the condenser, the expansion valve gauges the pressure and heat. Meanwhile, for the sake of the evaporator, it controls the pressure of refrigerant.

The orifice tube, even though it is similar to the expansion valve, has an extra responsibility. It also helps to separate the impurities away from the AC system’s parts.

Accumulator

More about orifice tubes, what these components need is an accumulator, not a dryer. The accumulator removes moisture and dirt from the air that goes throughout the entire AC system. It also controls the refrigerant that enters the evaporator. This is important since too much refrigerant is bad for the air compressor.

Dryer

While accumulators are for orifice tubes, receivers or dryers work with expansion valves. They focus on keeping the air compressor clean from moisture, dirt, and other harmful substances.

We mentioned before that the evaporator absorbs heat from the passenger compartment. To avoid putting the AC system at risk because of the area’s damaging airborne elements, the dryer collects all impurities – solid or liquid – from the filtered gas.

Filtering air is essential to prevent water from entering the air compressor. Also, it stops moisture from combining with refrigerant. When moisture and refrigerant mix together, they release acidic pollutants around the system.

Compressor

Finally, we are going to discuss the AC compressor’s function in a nutshell. Basically, without a compressor, the whole system will never produce cool air. The system would still be able to absorb the passenger compartment’s atmospheric air, but that’s it. There would be no cycle, throwing the idea of a system.

As a warm-up for the detailed explanation of what does an AC compressor do, the main purpose of this component is to put pressure on the refrigerant and change the temperature when activated.

What Does an AC Compressor Do?

An air compressor is a trigger to start the AC system and an overseer to keep the cycle going. For more depth, let’s go over the whole system again to give you a clearer picture of what an AC compressor does.

The first thing you activate as soon as you press the AC button is the air compressor. To start the system, the compressor controls the temperature and pressure of the refrigerant. Then, the refrigerant passes the condenser to cool down. Next, it enters the dryer for the elimination of impurities. When it is finally filtered, the expansion valve lowers its pressure.

At last, the refrigerant enters the evaporator, extremely cold and completely free from moisture. It is the reason why the blower can pump out cool air all over the passenger compartment.

What Should We Know About AC Compressor Maintenance?

You would know if everything is okay in your car’s AC system if the passenger compartment is already cold within the first few minutes of activation, regardless of how hot it is outside. On the other hand, it is obvious that something is wrong if it takes too long for the car to get cold. In fixing the AC, the two options are recharge and replacement, depending on the level of malfunction. We do not recommend DIY fixing and maintenance unless you are a pro. The AC system’s circuitry is too complicated which has a lot to do with the compressor’s function of pressurizing the refrigerant. Only expert technicians can solve vehicle-related AC problems.

Summary

To refresh our memory about the answers to the question “What does an AC compressor do,” the keyword is the refrigerant. Even though refrigerant is the common denominator of all components of the system, the air compressor is the reason why this fluid is able to pass through each section while undergoing pressure and temperature changes. It is the reason why everything in the system works together.

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Extended Warranty and Its Types Explained

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October 2018

When you go to buy a new car, looks, fuel economy and performance are certainly a part of the car-buying criteria. But there’s something more that we all expect from our car, and that is peace of mind. Nobody likes to make frequent visits to the service stations. Unlike older cars, it is sporadically possible to repair or refurbish a broken part in modern cars and hence replacement is the last resort. The fact is that no matter how reliable modern cars are, the spares are still expensive to replace. More importantly, you surely don’t want to have a hard time getting your car fixed, especially after the manufacturer warranty has lapsed. The only solution that you are left with to address the plethora of issues is extended warranty, which is basically a repair coverage after the manufacturer’s warranty is expired.

This concept, where, for a minimal investment, you can save your pockets and your car from the hassles, has not been unheard before. Most car manufacturers offer extended warranty, and some would even notify you to purchase it, before the standard warranty gets lapsed. You must be wondering whether these extended warranties are really worthwhile.

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But before going any further and purchasing the warranty, it is important to make up your mind on which type of warranty you need for your car. So, let’s dig deep in this and know more about the types of extended warranties.

Types of Extended Warranties

Primarily, there are two types of extended warranties – the one offered by the car manufacturers or their authorized dealerships and the after-market warranty offered by third-party vendors (third party would be an insurance or a warranty company).

Manufacturer’s Extended Warranty

Don’t get confused between the manufacturer’s warranty and the extended warranty, as they are entirely different. Buying an extended warranty at the time of purchase of the vehicle is the right thing to do, as the price of the package may vary with time passing. This is because most manufacturers have after-sale support for cars till a particular time (for a defined period starting from the date of purchase or for certain kilometres run, whichever comes first).

Just like any other service contracts, different extended warranties can vary in what they cover. Make sure that you are aware of what portion of the vehicle is covered under the extended warranty package.

Third-Party Extended Warranty

A third-party extended warranty is often referred to as an after-market warranty, which is a service contract from an independent retailer that has no direct business relationship with the auto manufacturer. Although it can be purchased at any time, it is best to purchase these warranties before the manufacturer’s warranty gets expired, to get a cheaper quote. These warranty packages offer different coverages starting from the basic coverage, like major engine components, transmission, and front and rear drive axles to the highest protection option, which is not the same as the manufacturer’s bumper-to-bumper coverage, yet similar. This means that some parts will be left, so don’t forget to go through the contract.

In case of crash tests, the worthiness of a structure is generally tested by colliding it with a stationary object. In real, a car may undergo collision with a bigger and even heavier car, in such a case, chances are that a car with more weight may prove to be safer than a car with lighter construction. So, in general, a recently launched car, that has more weight would be comparatively safer than a car that’s comparatively light.

Parts Coverage

The most important thing to be noted is that both of these types of warranties may vary in terms of parts they cover. So below we have listed some detailed auto parts for your general understanding that are covered under these warranties. However, it should be noted that the list is only for reference; not all manufacturers or third-party vendors would cover these spares and it may also vary according to the package you opt for.

Internal components of the engine include oil pump, crankshaft and pulley, connecting rods, gudgeon pins, piston and rings, inlet and exhaust valves, springs and guides, cylinder block and cylinder head, cylinder head gasket, camshaft, rocker arm, etc.

Components in the manual gearbox include gears, shafts, hubs and rings, etc., whereas in the automatics, you can think of brake bands, oil pump, bearings and bushes, valve, drive plate, and transmission gears as well.

Parts of suspension and steering system covered are rack and pinion, steering column, steering box, and power steering pump.

The braking system includes master cylinder, brake booster and vacuum pump.

Parts of fuel system covered are mechanical and electrical fuel pumps, injectors, air flow meter, fuel accumulator, fuel distributor, warm-up regulator, cold start valve, pressure damper, auxiliary air regulator, deceleration valve, engine speed sensor, ECU and throttle body.

Diesel Injection System parts include injection pump, injectors, glow plugs and electromagnetic cut-off.

Air conditioning and cooling system parts like compressor, condenser, evaporator reservoir, thermostat switch and fan motor, heater core, and AC switch are included.

Electrical components like starter motor and solenoid switch, alternator, rectifier, regulator, ignition coil, cooling fan motor, power window motors, ignition switch, relay, thermostat switch, speedometer, oil pressure switch, temperature gauge, and fuel gauge and horns (if dual tone) are covered. Oil seal parts like crankshaft seal, camshaft oil seal, auxiliary shaft oil seal, gear box oil seal and drive shaft seal are covered.

All this sounds great, yet we would strongly advise you to read the terms and conditions before applying for a warranty. There could be clauses that might nullify the warranty; so it’s better to read the documents first and make sure that the warranty stays intact.

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How Safe Is My Car?

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Among all nations worldwide, India leads in the road accident-related deaths and fatalities. In fact according to a statistic, in the year 2014 alone, there were more than 141000 fatalities. Lack of independent crash testing norms in the country does not help because car buyers cannot know the crash worthiness of the car. What does not help the matter further is that the safety equipment is still being offered as an option and not as standard in many entry-level cars.

Crash tests that provide a really clear picture about car’s safety would not be made mandatory in India until October 2017, and till then one of the important questions that one asks oneself before buying a car, “Is my car safe?” would remain unanswered. However, we will answer a few of those questions by letting you know the factors that contribute to the overall safety of the car.

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Factor of Safety Car

Active Safety Features – How do they make my car safe?

Unlike the passive safety features that help the passengers in an event of a crash, the active safety features prevent the crash by helping the driver maintain proper control at all times. Features like ABS, EBD and ESC ensure that the car is in control of the driver under hard braking, cornering or any other situation that may become difficult for the driver to handle himself. ABS ensures that you are able to steer the car even while braking hard, while EBD ensures that optimum brake force is sent to all wheels depending on the dynamic loading conditions. The video present below explains how does ABS and ESP work and make the car safe.

Large glass area and rear-view mirrors ensure that you get great all around visibility and clear view of the road and vehicles around you while driving. Grip from tyres, precise handling and decent chassis balance are foremost contributors to the safety and ensure that you never lose the control of your car. Features like automatic braking / brake assist further contribute in making the car safe and actively contribute in that sense.

Passive Safety Features – How do they contribute to safety?

What goes without saying is that each safety feature that the car comes with is of some significance, and more the number of safety features that the car comes with, the better. Seat belt being one of the most basic passive safety features is offered with even entry level cars as standard and is the primary restraint system. Another important passive safety feature that every car comes equipped with is the collapsible steering column. Together, these two, make a world of difference in a head on collision that creates great amount of forces in which the passengers would sustain heavy injuries in their absence.

A basic yet very important feature of a car is headrest. It prevents a whiplash injury in case of rear collision. Adjustable or not, headrest should be of the sort that extend beyond the neck region and right upto head. The airbags extend the safety net even further but they work efficiently when the passengers are wearing seat belts, they extend the safety provided by the seat belts and do not negate their use. A well built car that accommodates deformation in the crumple zones and resists deformation forces in the passenger compartment is considered safe. Side impact beams, curtain and side airbags provide the passengers survival space in an event of T-bone collision.

Weight / Size – How does it affect safety?

A lighter car is generally more fuel efficient but if it is safer too? A crumple zone of the car is designed so that it gets destructed during a collision and absorbs the energy in the process, thereby protecting the occupants from the shock. However if the crumple zone is too weak, and the cage (inside which the passengers sit) is not strongly built, the passengers may not be safer.

In case of crash tests, the worthiness of a structure is generally tested by colliding it with a stationary object. In real, a car may undergo collision with a bigger and even heavier car, in such a case, chances are that a car with more weight may prove to be safer than a car with lighter construction. So, in general, a recently launched car, that has more weight would be comparatively safer than a car that’s comparatively light.

Sedan / Hatchback / SUV – Does it matter?

Hatchbacks and SUV do not have a three box design like the sedans. Hence, in a rear end collision, the passengers in the last row of seats are at a greater risk in a hatch and an SUV, than in a well-built sedan. Not all SUVs have a third row of seats, but the ones that have are relatively less safe than the second row of seats. While there aren’t any comparative tests to show this, but it is evident from the test of sedans and small hatches, that use crumple zones of different sizes to protect the occupants in a front end collision. A rear end that’s capable of deforming and absorbing energy offers more protection to the rear seat passengers in a sedan than what they would get in a hatch or an SUV that that has three row of seats.

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General Car Buying Tips

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Is the car you’re looking to buy suitable for your needs? It may sound like a simple question – but it is so easy to be distracted by impractical cars when you’re looking for a new car. Prioritise your needs. Is it space or speed? Looks or practicality? There’s no point buying a sports coupe if you want to transport a family of four. Likewise, why buy a big clumsy off-roader if you’re a city dweller? Why consider mileage as top priority if you travel less than 10km a day? Petrol or diesel? To answer these questions, and make your buying and selling experience as easy as possible – read on – we’ve compiled the guide that should provide the answers to all your questions.

Car Buying Tips

New or Used

Nothing beats the smell of a new car, the thrill of driving away in a car that is yours, one that’s never been owned by anyone else, but it comes at a price, namely, depreciation. You can virtually write off 20 per cent of the purchase price the moment you drive away from the dealer because it is then a used car. Cars depreciate faster in the first two or three years of their life and the new car buyer has to bear that for the pleasure of being the first owner. By buying used it is possible to avoid the heaviest depreciation. Cars will still depreciate in the years that follow, but at a slower rate. New car buyers can choose the engine, transmission, the colour of the paint and the interior trim, and accessories, but used car buyers have to take what’s available.

New car buyers have the reassuring backup of a new car warranty so they know that if anything goes wrong they won’t have to suffer the consequences of a big repair bill. Anyone buying from a used car dealer will also have a warranty, but it won’t be for the same duration as a new car warranty. Private buyers don’t have a warranty at all.

By buying used it is possible to get behind the wheel of a better car than you might when buying new. For the cost of a new Zen or Indica it is possible to purchase a used City or Scorpio.

There is always the risk of buying a ‘lemon’ when buying used because there is no way of knowing how previous owners have treated a car.

 

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Petrol or Diesel

Both petrol and diesel engines have their advantages and disadvantages. The gap is narrowing day by day so you can choose either on the basis of your needs.

Diesel engines used to be slow and noisy, but the latest diesel engines are as refined as petrol ones. Now diesel engines are fitted in a number of high-performance models also. Diesel engines emit less carbon dioxide, so they are better in terms of pollution. However, diesel engines tend to pump out more particulates, which are associated with smog formation, respiratory and cardio-vascular illness. Increasingly, diesel engines are being fitted with particulate filters, but this is by no means widespread at the moment.

Petrol engines are getting cleaner and more economical, too. Direct-injection technology now features in a number of models. Performance-minded drivers still tend to opt for petrol cars, though many diesels can accelerate faster than petrol equivalents at speeds from 50-80kph – a more useful advantage in everyday driving.than a quick 0-60 standing-start time. The prices of new diesel cars are usually slightly higher than for similarly-specified petrol models, but they have better resale value.

Diesel is only three quarters the price of petrol and is therefore easy on the pocket. Diesels also travel further on a litre of fuel compared to their petrol counterparts. However, bear in mind that a diesel car makes financial sense only if your annual mileage is more than 13,000-15,000km. If your annual mileage will be less than that, opt blindly for a petrol. If your usage is less than 12,000km annually never think diesel.

 

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How to Effectively Test Drive a New Car

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Tips For The Test Drive

Short listing Cars for a Test Drive

Before you decide on taking a test drive, based on your budget, finalise the specifications and features you absolutely must have on the car. The feature could be as basic as a power steering to something as non-essential as a Bluetooth sound system. Logon to navnitmaruti.com and research the car models and variants that fit these aspects. If you are still confused about which car to buy and will only decide post a test drive then shortlist a maximum of 3 cars as more the number of car you shortlist, the more confused you will be while making the final decision.

Test Drive the Version You Are Considering for Purchase

Yes, it is critical to inform the dealership that you would like to test drive a particular version and not a generic model. When the dealership executive calls you to confirm the test drive, you must insist on knowing the version they are sending. If you are not sure, confirm the following:

Engine: Does the test drive car have the engine shortlisted by you e.g. Petrol or Diesel, 2.4L or 3L?

Gearbox: Does it have the kind of gearbox you are looking for e.g. manual or automatic?

Features: Does it have the features that are going to help you decide e.g. heightadjustable driver seat, lumbar support, power steering etc?

Upholstery: If the car is offered in more than one upholstery options, ask for the car with the upholstery you are interested in e.g. black or beige.
Having the exact engine and gearbox is critical. If the dealership doesn’t have the version you wish to test drive, you might want to consider another dealership.

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Convenient Time and Place

Test drives normally take about an hour from start to finish, including test driving the car and discussions with dealer executive post test-drive. We strongly recommend that you schedule the test drive at a convenient time and place so that you don’t have to hurry up. The test drive should typically be scheduled on a day you are relatively free and are at leisure.

Things to Take Along

Family / friends – Have family members or friends join you for a test drive. They can give feedback on how the ride feels in the back seat and will give you a proper understanding of how many people you can actually seat comfortably. They will also help in observing things that you might miss out on.

Your favourite music – Take along a CD/ USB drive with your music on it to test the music system of the car.

Navnit Motors will also perform overall health checks on your vehicle and if there is other work that needs attention or other parts that need changing they will communicate this with you in advance to make sure you are aware of what additional work is required and whether any further costs may be incurred.

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How to Protect Your Car’s Interior

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Try to add up the hours you spend in your car. It’s a lot, isn’t it? Commutes, errand runs and road trips can have you sitting in those bucket seats for hours on end, and during that time, you and your passengers are actually living in the interior. That means smudges on the windows, scratches on the dash and food in the seat crevices accumulate and leave you wondering what happened to the spotless interior you swear it had when you first bought the car.

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A Quick Clean

Luckily, it’s not that difficult to keep a car’s cabin from looking a little too, well, lived in. First things first, get something to stuff your trash into. Just use a plastic bag or a container you don’t use around the house and throw it in the backseat. You can even affix a temporary hook to the door or seat to keep things even neater. Every once and awhile, take it out and relish in the fact that you haven’t spent an hour cleaning up. Keeping trash off the floor also preserves your carpets, which can get stained from any number of items.

The idea of taking a rag to your dash and leather seats is made easier if you have them on-hand. The key here is to just use a little bit of soapy water to wipe the surfaces of your car – some cleaning products contain alcohols that prematurely dry and age the materials by reducing the flexibility in the vinyl. Store a small spray bottle of your homemade cleaning fluid and a rag under your seat or in a storage bin for access when you’re waiting for your kids to get out of school or sitting in that crazy-long drive-through line. This will also come in handy when an emergency spill happens. Lastly, keep your car smelling like roses (or at least a laundromat) by adding dryer sheets under the seats.

Weather Resistant

You can’t discount the impact weather has on your vehicle either. In summer, sandy feet can quickly make a mess of an interior, and dare we mention the destruction caused by mud and snow? If you spend a lot of time ducking in and out of the elements, you might want to grab some all-weather floor mats. They’re easy to clean and do a great job of keeping the muck in one place.

The sun’s rays can also wreak havoc on your car’s surfaces, causing vinyl to crack over time and materials to fade. A simple solution is to regularly put a sunshade on the windshield. They’re inexpensive and help to keep your interior looking new. Saving money on repair work and cleaning comes more easily when you take the time to make preventative care a priority. Not only will these tricks make your car a nicer place to be, keeping grime out of your ride will cut down on large maintenance costs in the future and will help to retain its value over time.

Maruti Suzuki Car Service Centre in Thane will also perform overall health checks on your vehicle and if there is other work that needs attention or other parts that need changing they will communicate this with you in advance to make sure you are aware of what additional work is required and whether any further costs may be incurred.

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