Monday February 18, 2019, 02:51 PM

Are Your Car Brakes Okay?

A brake dust cover or sometimes called a brake shield is manufactured of aluminum plates custom molded to specific automobile brake system.

It is located between the rim and brake discs of your car right above the wheel arch. It's strategic location gives effective shielding and collection of debris. To install it, simply slide it to fit onto the wheel. As a performance and maintenance equipment, it is designed to serve as a protective cover (or shield) to minimize wear and tear due to daily driving.

Providing substantial savings on vehicle maintenance and less frequent system component replacement costs, brake dust covers make a worthwhile add-on. They're sleek and look great as well as add vehicle protection. A Volkswagen brake dust cover can extend the life of a vehicle's brake system.

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Car Air Conditioner Tips

Air conditioning, which was once considered a luxury, but it's now a common feature on most cars and vehicles today. While the servicing of modern car air conditioning systems is best left to professionals, you can get the most enjoyment from your ac system if you know a bit about how it works and what malfunctions you should be on the lookout for.

1. Odd smells coming from the air conditioning may be caused by bacterial build-ups in the A/C system. As your car becomes older, or when the air conditioning system is used infrequently, bacteria, micro-organisms, mold and fungi may start growing, just behind the dash panel on the evaporator causing some very unpleasant odors. Some even claim this can result in headaches and flu like symptom sometimes referred to as "sick car syndrome."

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Cold Weather Driving Tips

Black ice is the major cause of many accidents each year. If the temperature falls below 32° ice may blanket the road even if it's not immediately visible. One way to check if icy road conditions are likely is to... check the mirrors of your vehicle. Touch the glass and if a thin layer of ice is present, the roads may be icy. When driving in slushy snow or on icy roads, try to stay near the edge of the road as much as possible. Extra salt and cinders get brushed to side of the road with every passing car. You will find better traction by staying near the edge of the road and if you loose control, you will not careen wildly before coming to a stop. Do not drive in the tire tracks of others.

Heavy vehicles passing repeatedly over the same spot will compact the snow and the heat from the passing tires will melt the uppermost layer,

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Fuel Saving Tips

  • Turn your engine while at idle: It's not always practical advice, because many times you cannot stop your engine in the middle of a traffic jam. But if you'll be in a long line at McDonald's drive-in window, it's worth some thought. Even better: Why not park the car and for just a few minutes more buy what you need in the store and then head off again. It's really quite easy to put into practice these fuel saving tips. What you put into it time and money you'll be able to reap the benefits and save a lot of fuel in the process.
  • Accelerate slowly but evenly. Gradual but even acceleration is a fine art for excellent drivers, and it pays off in better fuel economy.

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What Does The Car Vin Mean?

The acronym VIN actually stands for Vehicle Identification Number. They are placed on your vehicle so as to identify motor vehicles. Each one is unique so that it becomes the vehicle's identity. At present, a VIN number is made up of some 17 characters. Interestingly, it does NOT include the letters I, O, and Q. The VIN is generally found at the upper left side of your vehicle's dashboard. Once you have located it, you'll notice all 17 characters on it. The first character represents the nation of origin of your vehicle, although it could also stand for the final point of assembly. For example, J is for Japan, W is for Germany, 1 is for the US, and 2 is for Canada. The next character is actually the code of the manufacturer. A is for Audi, B is for BMW, L is for Lincoln, and N is for Nissan. These are just a few. Of course, there are various characters for each one.

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How To Prevent Serious Tire Failure

There is a serious and preventable tire condition that could even kill or cripple you and harm others. And it can happen on brand new tires. Have you ever seen a tire that had what looks like a bubble formation on its side wall? It actually looks like the tire has exploded. Imagine what could happen if a tire's sidewall completely fails. If this ever occurred say while you a passenger in another persons car which direction do you think the car would go? To answer that question, let's imagine you are on a two lane highway and a there is an oncoming car... in just a split second what could happen if a tire as we've described let. What could be the possible outcome? So then, what causes a tire's side wall to fail? Most of the time it is... running the tire seriously under inflated. We're not talking about a couple of pounds low, but low enough for the tire to begin to flatten out on the road and

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