A well maintained and performing car

Maintenance Tips that Will Keep Your Car at Its Prime Performance

No matter how luxurious and expensive a car is, even a sports car, it is still going to lose its best performance if you do not conduct a routine inspection and maintenance. The battery will wear out, and the engine parts will become prone to damage. Components that do not receive proper lubrication can get corroded and degraded.

And there are two types of auto maintenance: one that you can do independently and manually, and the other that needs professional assistance. Let us discuss them further below.

Manual Maintenance

1. Start Your Car Every Morning and Let It Warm

Car back lightStarting the car every day can give you the benefit of an early alert just in case your car’s battery starts to wear out. It can save you from the trouble of getting your car jammed in the middle of a trip.

Letting your car in a stationary position while the engine is on allows the oil to lubricate all of the engine parts properly. New cars that are made above 2010 might not need this routine, but if you are a fan of old cars, it is a necessity.

2. Cleaning the Air Filters

There are two filters in every car: the engine air filter and cabin filter. An engine air-filter halts damaging debris and dust from contaminating the car’s system. Your engine needs oxygen to burn the fuel, and what is in the air is not only oxygen. And there is where an engine air-filter plays a significant role.

Cabin filter, on the other hand, protects the driver and the passengers from harmful materials from the outside. It is responsible for keeping the air inside the cabin clean and breathable.

To clean them, you need to disassemble the necessary parts and begin brushing. Make sure you wear a masker because you do not want to get sick by the accumulated dust on the filter.

3. Flushing the Radiator

Car’s cooling system holds the key to the engine’s performance. If your engine is overheated, it can fail and burn. And once the engine is damaged, you will need a considerable amount of money to repair the car.

All you need is to buy a cooling liquid/coolant and replace the old one. First, make sure you know where the drain plug is. Place a liquid container and flush the old coolant from the car’s system. Make sure that your car is cool and has not been ignited in the past two hours. If you unplug the drain while the engine is hot, you can hurt yourself. The coolant absorbs and stores the heat from the engine, and its temperature can be much higher than boiling water.

Maintenance with Professional Assistance

1. Fuel-Injection System Maintenance

Fuel InjectorModern cars abandon the function of carburetors and use fuel-injection technology instead. This system allows more fuel efficiency than the carburetor version. And it uses a computer chip to regulate the fuel distribution for the engine. However, maintaining a fuel-injector requires specialized technical skills.

Once you notice something is strange with your car’s performance, you should check the fuel-injection system, especially if your car has been running for more than 500,000 km.

Another symptom of a damaged fuel-injector is the abnormal gas use. When your car consumes gas more than it is supposed to be, you should check it to the nearest mechanic.

2. Exhaust and Emission Maintenance

Vehicle Exhaust PipeAlthough damage to a car’s exhaust is extremely rare, regular inspection is still necessary. By going to a professional mechanic and have him/her examining your car’s exhaust, subtle leaks can be easily detected. Carbon Monoxide leakage is fatal to passengers, and the way to notice it is by conducting regular maintenance on the exhaust system.

Emission maintenance is a must for old cars. If you are a collector, you should know that the classic cars were made without a careful estimation of the emission.

Besides, exhaust and emission inspection these days is all computerized and precise. Improperly reassembled parts or human errors are least likely to happen because everything is calculated according to the machine.

Endnotes

Maintenance is vital to the engine’s longevity. And we can do some inspections and maintenance by ourselves, while for some others, we need professional assistance. Our rides are as valuable as our lives, especially if we claim ourselves as auto fans. So, there should be no reason for us to postpone or decline an inspection, repair, or replacement schedule.

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Living in a Camper Vehicle: The Basics

Living a nomadic style in an RV (Recreational Vehicles) can be interesting. And if the idea has ever occurred to your mind, then this article is the right one for you. You can read this as a recreational reading or a prelude to more serious preparation.

First, you have to know that there are two types of RV: Campervan, and Camper truck. You can either rent them just for a short getaway or purchase one to live forever as a camper. And you can even modify commercial vehicles on your own.

Building a Camper Truck

Truck Camper InstalledIf you own a truck, you can either purchase a truck camper directly or build one on your own. Creating everything from scratch is, of course, unadvisable. It will take an unreasonable amount of time, and the result will be very vulnerable to errors. What you can do instead is to partner with a professional camper builder. Bahn Camper Works and Capri Camper are the examples of professional custom truck camper builders.

By working with a custom camper shop, you can ask for a personal request, such as extra bed bunks for the kids, a bathtub, or special contraptions for gaming or storing sports equipment. Although custom shops handcraft their works, the credible ones, such as the Bahn and Capri, use premium materials.

If you want to buy the mass-produced campers, here is a list of the top picks:

  • Earthcruiser GZL-400
  • Hellwig-Lance 650
  • Bundu Camp Short-Bed Pop-up
  • Hallmark Milner 6.5 Pop-up
  • The Lance 1172 Double Slide-Out Hard-Slide

The first two products are designed aerodynamically, while the others optimize space more than speed. It means that if you want more space in your camper, you have to sacrifice your truck’s speed on the highways.

Camper Van

Unlike camper trucks, of which the camper function as a detachable contraption, camper van requires a permanent interior modification. Here are three types of the van that can be converted into a moving house:

Conversion Vans

CampervanA conversion van has back seats for passengers, but those seats can be folded to be a king-size bed. This van is ideal if you do not want to include a cooking space or bathroom. And it is also difficult to imagine how the seats are going to stay. Even the simplest modifications, such as adding a wardrobe or some compartments, will need the back seats to be out of the vehicle.

But because a conversion van is designed to handle passengers, the suspension will be much better and smoother than a cargo van. And that is the only factor that you need to think of.

Cargo Vans

Like the conversion van, a cargo van is designed to contain heavy objects. But instead of a filled backspace, a cargo van has it blank and empty. You can directly load your belongings and think of building a kitchen and a bathroom without being bothered with the useless back seats.

Vanagon

A VanagonVolkswagen Vans have their own charisma. Vanagon owners are known for their solid brotherhood. So once you join the club by creating your own Vanagon, you should be ready with a warm welcome.

Possessing a Vanagon is like participating in a real nomadic community.

But owning a Vanagon comes at an extra price. Most Volkswagens are no longer in their good condition. And it has become harder to get the replacement parts each day. Also, regular maintenance is a must, unless you want your Vanagon to jam in the middle of the road.

Conclusion

To choose between the twos, you must consider your budget wisely. Bear in mind that some vehicles need permanent modification, which also means an expensive cost, while the others are just a detachable contraption.