3-Step Guide For Filling In And Hiding Small Cracks In Your Car’s Windshield

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3-Step Guide For Filling In And Hiding Small Cracks In Your Car’s Windshield

If you have small cracks in your car’s windshield, you may decide to fill them in so they do not grow larger. However, you may also want to hide them to improve your vehicle’s appearance. If so, use the following three-step guide for filling in and camouflaging your windshield’s small cracks. Step 1:  Test The Depth Of The Cracks The first step involves testing the depth of the cracks in your windshield. Knowing the depth will dictate how you go about repairing the glass. It also determines whether the damage has created an opening through the glass, leaving a hole that allows water and air to leak into your car. If any penetrated areas are found, you may want to take your car to a professional to prevent water damage to your car’s interior. The integrity of the glass may also be compromised, increasing the chances of it shattering during impact or high winds. For the test, straighten a paperclip. You can also use a thick sewing needle. The test instrument is placed straight up and down inside the crack. After it is in position, place your head on the windshield so you can see how far down it goes.  If the crack is less than halfway through the glass, go on to step three. However, if the damage is more than half, first go to the second step. Step 2:  Apply A Thin Layer Of Super Glue To Deep Cracks When the crack has damaged the glass more than halfway, a thin layer of super glue is applied before filling it in. Once dried, the glue bonds with the windshield to stabilize it. It also gives you a sound foundation on which to apply the filler solution in step three. When applying the super glue inside a crack, use either the brush that came with it or a small painter’s brush. This will keep you from getting the glue on your skin. After you have applied the layer, let the glue dry according to the instructions on the bottle. Then, go on to the third step. Step 3:  Use A Homemade Solution To Fill And Hide The Cracks Once you have applied a layer of super glue in the deeper cracks, it is time to fill in all of them with a homemade solution. The ingredients for the filler are water, rubbing alcohol, bug repellent spray, and table salt.  The alcohol slightly melts the windshield’s plastic film, allowing the filler to bond with the glass, while the bug spray adds a new, protective film. This helps camouflage the cracks, minimizing their appearance. The salt adds substance to the solution so it fills in the cracks. You will also need a couple of soft, lint-free rags, such as chamois cloths or mechanics rags. In a small bucket, combine a quarter of a cup of warm water and a teaspoon each of the alcohol, spray, and salt. Dip one of your rags into the solution and wring it out slightly. Gently wipe the cracks and the glass around them, saturating the windshield. Once you have done this with all of the cracks, let the glass air dry. Then, repeat to add a second layer of filler. Once the windshield has air dried a second time, use your other rag to carefully buff the...

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Four Tips For Pursuing A Career As A Trucker

Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Driving a truck, whether over-the-road or local, is a career that offers good pay, independence, and a chance to see parts of the country you might otherwise miss. But this career has its drawbacks as well — long hours, time away from family and friends, and tight time restrictions that can become stressful. It’s not a job that just anyone can take on and turn into a successful career, but for the right individual, it can be a dream come true. If you’re thinking of pursuing a career as a professional truck driver, there are several steps you can take to help increase your chances of success: Go to School If you’re on the fence about whether to pursue formal schooling at a truck-driving academy or just try to go it alone on the driving skills you already have, opt for the former. According to CNN Money, companies who hire truck drivers are becoming increasingly picky about their training. It’s a big responsibility to maneuver a large rig up and down America’s interstate highways, and no company wants to end up in the hot seat over an accident caused by an inexperienced driver.  With about an 8-week investment and around $6,000, you can take the training courses necessary to make you an expert driver. This will buy you the certifications you need to work for most major trucking companies, as long as you pass the test, and it will get your trucking career started off on the right foot.  Understand What’s Involved Taking a truck-driving position with most companies means a lot of time away from home. Even local routes are often overnight hauls that leave you sleeping either inside the cab of your truck or in a lonely motel in a strange town. If you’re a devout family man who hates being away from home for long periods of time, you might want to reconsider a career as a truck driver. But if you’ve examined the requirements and still wish to give it a go, you might search for local vending routes that take you around the city and bring you home again each night.  Give Yourself Time to Adjust After you’ve obtained work in the field, give yourself a period of adjustment to decide whether this is a career choice that you can happily live with. Trucking isn’t for everyone, but for those who enjoy driving America’s highways, who love a challenge, and who enjoy visiting new towns and seeing new things, it can be a solid fit. But you won’t know this right away. Give yourself time to experience both the best and worst of what the industry has to offer before making a solid decision. Consider Becoming an Owner/Operator Once you have a bit of driving experience under your belt, and you realize that you genuinely enjoy your trucking career, you might want to consider becoming an owner-operator. This is a trucker who owns his own rig and is usually an independent contractor. While you’ll have more responsibility for locating jobs, the independence you’ll experience when you work for yourself is hard to beat. And while the cost of buying a rig outright can be daunting, if you purchase a used semi truck, you’ll take a much smaller hit to your wallet. Companies who offer...

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Fleet Managers: Four Tips On Improving Fuel Efficiency On The Trucks In Your Fleet

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you are paying to fill up one truck, you may be slightly worried about fuel economy, but if you take care of a fleet of vehicles, you need to be especially worried about fuel economy. Even shaving a few dollars off each tank fill-up can translate to massive savings throughout the year. Want your fleet to consist of large impressive trucks without the giant gas bill? Take a look at these fuel efficiency tips: 1. Look for trucks with lightweight bodies The heavier a vehicle is, the more fuel it needs to move. Luckily, manufacturers have figured this out, and they have brought forward a fuel efficient solution – lightweight trucks. With the new F-150, lie those at Metro Ford, the body has been constructed of aluminum. In the past, the body of these heavy duty trucks were made of steel, and by making the shift, manufacturers were able to shave at least 700 pounds off each truck. The extra weight came from various areas of the truck including its body, bumpers and dashboard. 2. Consider the bed of the truck as well In addition to the type of metal used to construct the body of your fleet’s trucks, you should also consider the materials used to manufacture the bed of the truck. To lighten the weight of some trucks, manufacturers have embraced the practice of making beds out of composite materials. This materials has long been popular as a truck bed liner, but it can be used to create the entire bed of the truck. In addition to helping the truck be lighter weight, this material offers truck versatility. For example, you can have features molded into the bed such as side and floor storage areas – depending on how you use your fleet, these features can be essential. If you don’t want a composite truck bed, consider looking at the fuel savings offered by a bed that is lighter due to being shorter. For example, instead of opting for a composite truck bed, look for an aluminum truck bed but make it even lighter by ordering a short bed. 3. Opt for low resistance or super wide tires Whether you order a new F-150 or buy a used Honda pickup with a composite bed, you can further boost your fuel economy by selecting the right tires. Although you want deep tread for off-road driving or winter driving, you don’t need it for well paved roads that are not full of snow and ice. Tread helps you maintain control and traction on the road, but if you have too much tread, it creates excess heat – heat is essentially energy loss, meaning too much tread drives up your fuel costs. If possible, opt for tires with low resistance, and if necessary, change your fleet’s tires based on the season. If you are getting a truck such an F-250 or an F-350 with double tires on the back, consider substituting a single wide tire for the two doubles – these so-called super wides can be over 9 percent more efficient than double tires. 4. Lose weight in your fuel tanks If you are carrying unnecessary weight in your fuel tank, that can also affect the fuel efficiency of your fleet. If your drivers are primarily working in towns or...

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An In-Depth Guide On Changing Your Diesel Fuel Filter

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on An In-Depth Guide On Changing Your Diesel Fuel Filter

You’d be surprised at what you’d find in a gallon of diesel fuel. While gasoline has its fair share of contaminants, diesel fuel is often chock-full of microorganisms, solidified wax, sediment and other contaminants. With today’s high-pressure common rail fuel injection systems, you can’t afford to have these particles damaging or even destroying injectors. For this reason, changing your diesel fuel filter on a regular basis is a crucial maintenance task. The following explains how you can do this on your own, along with a few caveats to avoid along the way. Locating the Fuel Filter The first step involves locating the diesel fuel filter. Keep in mind that most diesel vehicles have two of these filters: a primary filter located closest to the fuel tank and fuel pump, and a secondary filter located near the engine. You should consult your owner’s manual for a precise location of the diesel fuel filters, since they can vary among vehicles. Fuel Filter Removal and Replacement After locating the diesel fuel filter, your next step involves preparing it for draining and removal. Some filters may have sensors attached to the bottom of the housing, so don’t forget to unplug the sensors prior to draining and removing the filter. If you’re replacing the primary fuel filter, you may have to undo the quick-disconnect fuel lines attached to it. Next, place a catch pan underneath the filter. Locate the diesel fuel filter‘s drain valve and open it to drain the excess fuel in the filter. To make things easier and a bit cleaner, you can attach a length of hose with roughly the same diameter as the drain valve outlet and direct the excess fuel into the pan that way. Afterwards, the actual removal and replacement of the diesel fuel filter can take place. Most modern filters are split between cartridge-style types and sealed units that must be replaced as an entire unit. How you remove these filters depends on your vehicle’s specific setup: Some fuel filters are held on with a single nut or bolt, with which you can use a ratchet and the appropriate socket to remove. Others are held in place with plastic clips or snap fasteners. These are the easiest and fastest to remove, although care should be exercised to avoid breaking the clips or fasteners. Some filters may require a specialized tool for removal and installation. It’s a good idea to check your owner’s manual for more details, since the required tool could vary among manufacturers. When replacing the filters, don’t forget to lubricate and install the new O-rings provided with the filter. Reusing the old O-rings isn’t advisable, as these won’t provide the proper seal required for the new filter to function without leaks. Post-Installation Prepwork After installing the new filters, it’s likely you’ll have to prime and bleed the fuel system. This step ensures that there aren’t any air pockets trapped within the fuel lines. Some diesel vehicles offer a manual primer pump for this purpose – all you’ll have to do is pump the primer and crack open the nearby air bleed screw to release the built-up air from the fuel system. Other vehicles may require the fuel pump to be cycled on and off several times via ignition key without starting the engine. This also...

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What To Check When Checking Out A Used Engine?

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What To Check When Checking Out A Used Engine?

Finding out your car needs a new engine can be a painful experience, especially in the financial sense. That’s what makes used engines from used auto parts mechanics such an attractive buy for many car owners. However, there are plenty of pitfalls to be avoided when it comes to purchasing a used engine from a salvage yard or even a trusted rebuilder. The following offers plenty of important tips that’ll help you find the best used engine available and avoid some the more common traps that could prove painfully expensive. It’s the Simple Things That Count Sometimes the most costly mistakes are those that could have been prevented with just a simple action. Performing these simple steps will help you find out more about your engine of choice as you shop around: High-mileage warrior or low-mileage creampuff? Checking how many miles the engine has clocked is a prudent step, as high-mileage engines are bound to have suffered greater wear and tear. This is relatively easy to do when the engine is still in a car whose odometer can be read. If the engine is already out, chances are you’ll only have the salvage yard’s word to go by. Eyeball the engine for a moment. Preferably, you should have a reference image and schematic of the exact engine intended for your vehicle. This would help you spot any details that appear out of place, such as a missing or damaged component. Turn it over by hand. To make sure the engine’s not locked up due to rust or mechanical failure, you’ll want to turn its crankshaft. You can do this by attaching a wrench or ratchet with the appropriate socket onto the crankshaft pulley nut and turning the nut clockwise. Take a look at the oil dipstick. Just looking at the condition of the oil can tell a lot about an engine. Look out for metal flakes, sludge or signs of coolant mixing in the oil (such as a milk chocolate-like appearance and/or consistency to the oil. Looking for signs of collision damage on the donor vehicle is another useful trick, but only if the salvage yard hasn’t already pulled the engine from the car. Digging Deeper Checking a used engine’s condition isn’t just skin deep. For starters, you could perform a leak down test to gauge the engine’s compression capabilities. This test essentially records the amount of air that’s capable of leaking past the piston rings. For this, you’ll need a pressure gauge and a source of compressed air. Since no engine is capable of a perfect seal, you can expect a 10 to 12-percent loss of air pressure for an engine in good condition. A 20-percent loss (or more) is a clear sign of major problems. Remember the bit about the oil saying volumes about the engine’s current state? You can dig deeper by sending the oil off to a laboratory for a professional analysis. A typical analysis checks for a variety of items, ranging from the concentration of aluminum, iron and other metals to the “total base number” of useful additives left in the oil sample. You can also pull the oil pan and check the contents within. In addition to checking for metal shavings within the pan itself, you should also make sure the crankshaft bearings and...

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