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Why You Should Involve a Professional During the Fabrication of Custom Exhausts

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why You Should Involve a Professional During the Fabrication of Custom Exhausts

Some performance car enthusiasts wish to fabricate all the performance-enhancing components of their cars. However, it is advisable to involve a professional when fabricating custom exhaust systems. This article discusses why that is important. Getting the Right Tube Diameter Performance car lovers are thrilled by the growl that emerges from a large exhaust pipe. However, several factors determine what the right diameter for a custom exhaust system should be. If the tube is too narrow, exhaust fumes will find it difficult to exit the engine and engine performance may drop since the exhaust gases may occupy the space that should be taken by a fuel/air mixture. If the pipe is too wide, the exhaust gases will not be sufficiently compressed in order to gain the high temperature that can burn the particulates trapped in the exhaust filter. This can make your car to fail emissions tests. Choosing the Right Materials Different parts of an exhaust system are subjected to different conditions. For instance, the parts closest to the engine must be able to withstand high temperatures and pressure as the exhaust fumes are forced out of the combustion chamber of the engine. The parts at the end of the system must be able to withstand the impact of the elements (such as moisture and dirt). It is important to select the best material for a specific role. For example, stainless steel is more brittle than aluminised steel so it may not be the best material to use where very high pressure and temperature exist. However, the corrosion resistance of stainless steel makes it ideal for sections exposed to moisture. One needs to choose the right material for a given application. Adjusting Sensor Locations Performance vehicles have different sensors that provide the onboard computer with data to help the system to adjust critical settings so that vehicle performance remains optimum. For instance, vehicle manufacturers position oxygen sensors at specific locations within the exhaust system so that engine settings can be adjusted according to the volume of oxygen present in the exhaust gases. It is important to readjust the location of these sensors once you install a custom exhaust system so that wrong readings are not sent to the central computer of the engine. Striking a balance between all the factors above requires a high level of technical competence that you may not possess. That is why you should involve an expert (like those at Genie Performance Exhausts WA) during the fabrication of your custom exhaust...

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3 Important Questions For Hiring A Food Transport Truck

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Important Questions For Hiring A Food Transport Truck

Transportation of food items is a delicate activity. The slightest of mistakes when transporting food items can lead to huge loses. It can also lead to food poisoning in the event that such food items end up on a consumer’s plate. For this reason, there is great importance attached to choosing the right refrigerated transport company. This article provides a few important questions that a restaurant owner should ask before he or she gets into any lease agreement with a refrigerated transport service provider. Does The Company Have The Required Food Handling Approvals? For guaranteed safety of food items, the refrigeration transport business is often regulated by local by-laws. Among other things, these laws require refrigerated transport companies to get food handling approval licenses before they’re can ply their trade. In order to get this certification, affected companies have to provide evidence of their capability to safely handle food items on transit. Whenever in doubt, restaurant owners should ask for physical proof of compliance with food handling laws and regulations related to food transportation. It is important to point out that the mentioned laws (and their application) often differ from one state to the next. Consequently, restaurant owners looking to transport food items across state boundaries need to ensure that their preferred company is in possession of food handling approvals from each state. Do The Company Trucks Offer Temperature Zoning? Temperature zoning in a refrigerated van is achieved through the installation of internal partitions in the van’s freezing unit. Each compartment (temperature zone) created by the partition has an independent thermostat used to adjust the temperature setting within the specific compartment. Temperature zoning is an important feature for restaurant owners who have a variety of food items that they would wish to transport. Because the different food items have different temperature requirements, they can be placed in different compartments within the van’s freezing unit for simultaneous transportation. This is more economical than hiring multiple refrigerated vans for the transportation exercise. How About Loading And Unloading? It is important for refrigerated transport companies to match the right food items with the right loading and unloading mechanism. For example, meat products such as pork and beef should be loaded or offloaded using meat hooks. This helps to prevent contact between meat products and the people handling these products. Tailgate loaders are also recommended for loading and unloading of food items onto refrigerated vans. The use of tailgate loaders reduces the manpower required for loading and unloading food items onto the truck or...

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3 Essential Tasks to Complete before Heading Off on Your Christmas Road Trip

Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Essential Tasks to Complete before Heading Off on Your Christmas Road Trip

Road trips are one of the great Australian pastimes. The destination is important, but the journey to get there is almost as much fun. However, if your car breaks down along the way, your dream adventure can swiftly turn into a nightmare. If you’re heading off on a road trip over the Christmas holidays, then here are three important tasks to attend to before you leave. 1. Get your car serviced Regular car service is always an important task to keep your car in top condition, but it’s especially important if you’re heading off on a long road trip that will see your car doing many more kilometres than usual. A good quality service will ensure that the various systems in your car are working correctly and have the correct amount of liquids and lubricants in them. A service will also identify any wear and tear within the systems that may cause problems down the track. The mechanic who undertakes the service will be able to advise you on whether you should repair any detected problems before leaving or if they can wait until a future date. Certain issues, such as a worn timing belt, are worth fixing immediately. They are quick to replace but can cause serious and very costly damage to your car’s engine if they break. 2. Get your tyres checked If you haven’t put new tyres on your car recently, then it’s a good idea to have them checked by a professional tyre-fitting company before you hit the road. Worn tyres can be very dangerous, especially if the weather is likely to be wet. The tyre-fitting company will be able to tell you which tyres will need to be replaced. They can also check the wheel alignment and balance of your car to ensure that you are getting good mileage and even wear on your tyres. Always get your spare tyre checked as well to ensure that it is in good condition and able to be used if you get a flat. 3. Get breakdown cover If you don’t have it already, then getting comprehensive breakdown cover for your vehicle is imperative before any road trip begins. Breakdown cover will not only provide you with practical assistance if you have car trouble, it can also cover the cost of accommodation and a hire car if you become stranded in a location far from home. If you already have basic breakdown cover, then it’s worth upgrading your policy before heading off on a road trip. This will give you greatly increased towing distances, more accommodation options, and often big discounts on other services such as dining out and tourist attractions. Well-planned and prepared-for road trips can be an amazing holiday experience. By following the above tips, you’ll ensure that you’re creating memories that will make you smile and not ones that you’d rather forget...

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What Are Some of the Common Myths About DIY Car Detailing?

Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What Are Some of the Common Myths About DIY Car Detailing?

Car detailing refers to all activities involved in the thorough cleaning and restoration of both the interior and exterior parts of an automobile. Activities undertaken under car detailing are aimed at removing swirls, stains, scratches, dirt contaminants and other impurities. A large number of vehicle owners prefer the convenience of paying for professional auto detailing service, while some vehicle owners prefer DIY auto detailing. This article debunks three myths about auto detailing for the hands-on kind of vehicle owner. Dish Washing Liquid Is Best For Auto Detailing This is among the most prevalent myths related to DIY auto detailing. Thanks to this myth, a large number of vehicle owners have used dish washing detergent on their automobiles only to get the most disappointing results. It is wrong to think that dish washing liquids are suitable for car detailing based on the fact that these solutions help to get rid of oil and grease from dirty dishes. The chemical composition of vegetable oils and grease is significantly different from that of petroleum oil and grease. As such, dish washing liquids will not get the job done. Additionally, these liquids are good at removing polymers, silicone, and wax from the vehicle’s paintwork. Regular use of dish washing liquids for detailing will leave the vehicle with dull-looking paintwork. Vehicle Waxing Eliminates Swirl Marks Vehicle owners undertaking DIY auto detailing should not be fooled into believing that they can get rid of swirl marks through the application of wax. This is simply because swirl marks are caused by paint damage, as a result of scratching. Polishing is the only remedy for vehicle paint damage. This is especially true for automobiles that feature a clear coat paint finish. However, it is important to point out that wax is used to protect automobile paintwork after swirl marks have been polished away. Using Old Shirts And Towels For Automobile Cleaning Is A Good Idea It is common practice for vehicle owners to use old towels and shirts to clean the car in the process of auto detailing. This is because towels and shirts are soft and non-abrasive. They are therefore presumed to have no damaging effect on automobile paintwork. This notion is misguided and false. Old shirts and towels often contain threads of polyester that will create swirl marks and cause other forms of physical damage. DIY detailing can be tricky if the vehicle owner is unable to distinguish auto detailing myths from facts.  In case of doubt, always seek professional...

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Available Options When a Car is Totaled By the Insurance Provider

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Available Options When a Car is Totaled By the Insurance Provider

If you and your vehicle have been involved in a collision, it is important to understand what your options are. Finding a mechanic that specialises in crash repairs is essential. Many auto insurance companies will determine that a car is totaled when it is actually possible for the vehicle to be repaired completely. A car is labeled as totaled when the expected cost of repairs totals more than half of the total market value of the vehicle. However, just because a car is deemed as totaled does not mean that you do not have the ability to have it repaired. Contest It is possible for you to contest the evaluation of your insurance company. If you have an older vehicle that you claim has worth, it might be possible to justify to your insurance company that your car is valuable enough to be repaired instead of totaled. This can be done by demonstrating that your vehicle has been properly maintained and cared for throughout the years. This means that it is possible to get a reprieve for your vehicle by showing all the mechanical improvements that have been made to it over the years. Repair on Your Own It is still possible to have your totaled car repaired even if you can’t contest it. You can take the amount of money that you were given since your car was totaled and add that to the amount that you use on repairs. Your insurance company will likely give you cash for the value of your vehicle minus the deductible that would have been given if the car was sold to a junk yard. You will then be responsible for coordinating all crash repairs on your own without the assistance of your insurance company any further. Mechanical Integrity When it comes to keeping a car that has been deemed as totaled by your insurance provider, mechanical integrity is what matters most. Safety should be the primary concern when you are deciding if a totaled car can simply be repaired. When a car is involved in a collision, it is possible for some of the damage to compromise the mechanical integrity of the vehicle. Some of the damages are not visible and once you begin crash repairs, you might notice even more extensive repairs that were not accounted for originally. It is also important to note that many insurance companies will not offer coverage for vehicles that have been classified as totaled. This is something that you have to look into before you decide to have a totaled car...

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Safety Tips When Using a Trailer Ramp to Load a Motorcycle

Posted by on Oct 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Safety Tips When Using a Trailer Ramp to Load a Motorcycle

It is common for people to transport their motorcycle in some type of trailer. You might be relocating or simply bringing your motorcycle along on a vacation. If you decide to transport your motorcycle in a trailer, you need to first load it safely. This requires the use of an aluminum trailer ramp. A trailer ramp is specifically designed to allow you to load objects without having to lift them. Driving your motorcycle up the ramp takes much less effort than lifting it into the trailer. Before you begin, it is important to understand the most important tips that ensure you load your motorcycle into the trailer safely. Forward or Backwards The first thing that you need to consider about your motorcycle is the direction that you will drive the bike up the ramp. The biggest risk when you are driving a motorcycle up a ramp involves the risk of falling backwards. This means that if your motorcycle has rear-wheel drive, it is not recommended that you drive your bike forward up the ramp. It is safer to drive it up the ramp backwards if you have rear-wheel drive. This will prevent the wheels from spinning around and causing the motorcycle to overturn. If your motorcycle is front-wheel drive, you can drive it forward up the ramp without risk of falling backwards. Traction Design It is also important to choose a ramp that offers traction. Slipping can be common when you are trying to drive your motorcycle up a ramp. However, you will not have to worry much about slide slipping off the ramp if you purchase a trailer ramp that has traction. It is also a safety tip to never drive up a ramp that is wet. Secure Ramp You should never use a trailer ramp that is not secured to the trailer. It is possible for the back wheel on the motorcycle to begin to spin slightly once the front wheel reaches the top of the trailer, this could result in the ramp being pushed downward if it is not secured. If you want to avoid taking a tumble on the bike, it is essential that you secure the ramp to the trailer using some type of safety strap. Many ramps even come equipped with safety straps to offer more security. Angle Low If you position the ramp at a steep angle, this will only increase the likelihood of an accident. This means that you should keep the angle of the ramp low to minimise the amount of risk. To ensure safety, make sure that you purchase or acquire a secure trailer ramp with some traction, so talk with automotive accessory companies, such as Sureweld, for more information and...

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Benefits Of Regularly Checking Your Car’s Tyres

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Benefits Of Regularly Checking Your Car’s Tyres

You might have been advised to check regularly your tyres, but this advice has gone unheeded. It ‘s hard to put the effort into doing something unless you think it is truly worth it. Checking your tyres regularly is crucial. Periodic checks can save you money, can identify mechanical problems you may not otherwise be aware of, and can improve your car’s safety and performance on the road. How You Should Check Your Tyres Firstly, there are three different ways you should check your tyres. You should perform a visual inspection of each tyre, monitoring tread wear patterns. Some wear patterns are best discovered by feel, so you should also run your hand over each tyre. Additionally, it is important to verify the pressure fortnightly with a tyre pressure gauge. Save Money On Tyre Replacement And Petrol Inspecting your tyres on a regular basis is not a waste of time, as it can save you money. If the tread wears unevenly, you will have to prematurely replace the tyre.  When checking for uneven tread wear, look out for the following patterns. Are the tyres excessively worn on both the inner and outer sides of each tyre, or are they worn only along the centre? Wear on both the inner and outer surface can indicate underinflated tyres; excessive wear down the centre can indicate overinflated tyres. If you are in the habit of monitoring your tyres with a pressure gauge, you should prevent these patterns developing in the first place. But picking up uneven tread wear as soon as possible will help you to identify any problems that have developed, and to minimise further damage. Another way monitoring your tyres can save money is at the petrol pump. If your tyres are underinflated, the greater rolling resistance encountered as more tyre surface impacts the road increases fuel usage. So periodically checking your tyres can potentially reduce your weekly fuel bill. Identify Wheel Alignment Problems Regular tyre checks can identify faulty wheel alignment. A visual inspection should show whether the tyres are worn either on the inside or outside; this can indicate a camber misalignment where the tyres are either leaning inwards or outwards. Another misalignment problem, where tyres are incorrectly pointing inwards or outwards rather than straight ahead, can be picked up by running your hand over the tyres looking for signs of feathering. This is when one side of each tread block is worn smooth, but the other side is sharp. You can feel for this wear pattern by running your hand across the width of the tyre. This type of misalignment, where the wheels are pointing inwards or outwards, is termed toe misalignment. Improve Road Safety And Handling Regular inspections of your tyres can help keep you safe on the road. Some types of tyre problems are downright dangerous. For example, underinflating your tyres can make them susceptible to blowouts, which can have dire consequences. A visual examination of each tyre should identify any bulges, lumps or cracks in the side wall that can indicate damage to the internal structure. Again, a damaged tyre is more likely to suffer a potentially catastrophic blowout. Make sure to contact a tyre expert for a replacement if you have any safety concerns. The condition of your car’s tyres is also crucial...

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The Importance Of Coolant In Keeping Your Engine Cool

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Importance Of Coolant In Keeping Your Engine Cool

Your car generates a lot of heat. The combustion engine process produces heat, and the moving parts and friction of many other systems create additional energy. Your car has complex systems to cool the various parts down, to lower temperatures so as to prevent overheating. The different fluids needed by your car play various roles, and usually cooling temperatures is one of those roles. One central fluid required by your car is coolant, which is vital in keeping your car’s engine functioning at optimum temperatures. Radiator Coolant Coolant is the lifeblood of your car’s cooling system. Coolant is usually made up of a mixture of glycol, water and chemicals that prevent corrosion.  Coolant travels through tubes in the radiator, through hoses to tunnels in the engine block and then back again to the radiator in an endless loop. As the coolant travels through the engine block, it picks up the heat from the engine. As the coolant moves through the radiator, it is cooled by fans and by the flow through breeze created by a moving car. It is the capacity of coolant to transfer heat that is central to its ability to cool your car. The coolant is able to pick up heat from the engine and to release heat as it moves through the radiator. Also, coolant has a higher boiling point than water, and it has a low freezing point. This means it can more efficiently keep your engine cool and also delay the point at which it freezes in cold climates. If coolant levels are low, your car is at risk of overheating so you should check the levels regularly. Always wait until the engine is cold before removing the radiator cap, as otherwise hot coolant can spray out causing severe burns. After removing the radiator cap, you will usually see a level marker, usually about 25mm from the top. Most cars have an overflow reservoir, and the minimum, halfway and maximum levels will be marked. The coolant level should never get lower than the minimum level, even if the car is cold. After your car is warm, the level will usually register as higher. Always uses a recommended coolant for your car by either checking the owner’s manual or checking with your mechanic. Toxicity  Coolant is usually made from a mixture including either Ethylene Glycol or Propylene glycol.  Ethylene Glycol is very poisonous if swallowed and can cause harm though inhalation or skin absorption. If bright green or yellow liquid leaks from your radiator, keep pets away. Don’t ever pour coolant down the toilet as some pets may drink it. Contact your mechanic or a poison’s information center for instructions on how to responsibly dispose of it.  Propylene glycol, on the other hand, is much less toxic, and coolant made from this chemical is sometimes labeled as ‘non-toxic antifreeze’. Coolant is the lifeblood of your car’s cooling system and is central in helping to run it at optimum temperatures. Coolant does degrade with use and needs to be refreshed, so make sure to have a regular car service to keep the cooling system in prime...

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The Heat Is On: Protecting Your Car Battery During The Summer Months

Posted by on Aug 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Heat Is On: Protecting Your Car Battery During The Summer Months

Anybody who’s lived in Australia for even a brief period knows that the summers can be absolutely brutal. But the baking heat of a typical Australian summer doesn’t just drain you – it can drain your car battery too. Excessive heat building up in and around your car battery, especially for extended periods, can drastically shorten the useful lifespan of a typical car battery, and many of the car battery failures that hit drivers in winter can be blamed on the long term effects of summer heat damage. With this in mind, here a few effective ways to keep your battery protected against the merciless summer sun, saving you money and effort in the long run. Keeping your car cool when not in use Leaving your car parked out in the open during the summer months is one of the worst ways to abuse a car battery. Obviously, if you possess a covered garage or carport, you should keep your vehicle parked in there whenever possible, but if this isn’t an option, try investing in a car cover. Reflective car covers with foil linings are best, but even an ordinary car cover can provide significant protection from the worst of the sun’s heat, particularly if it is pale in colour. Using a car cover isn’t exactly practical, however, when leaving your car parked in public spaces while out and about. Instead, you might consider paying a little extra for a parking space in a covered car park. If this isn’t an option, parking in any kind of shade is still better than nothing. Large, overhanging trees are good sources of shade, but you should avoid parking under evergreen trees, as the sap they drop can ruin a car’s paint job. Try to make sure that, wherever you park, there is a good amount of air circulation, to keep hot air moving away from your battery. Keep your battery topped up When the battery of your car heats up, the battery liquid inside does the same, increasing the amounts of battery liquid that escape through evaporation. This evaporation places a small, but gradually increasing strain on your battery – a battery with low levels of liquid overcharges easily while running, shortening the lifespan of the battery’s terminals and other conducting components. To avoid this, you should check your car battery levels at regular intervals, making sure to keep them optimal without overfilling the battery. The liquid inside is a mixture of sulphuric acid and water (exact concentrations of each will depend on the make of battery), but it is the water component which evaporates much more readily, leaving behind excessively high concentrations of acid. Make sure to top up your battery with distilled water whenever possible, as the impurities in regular tap water can cause long-term damage. You should, at the very least, wear protective gloves and goggles when topping up a battery. For more ideas on how to protect the lifespan of your car battery, consider contacting a car battery supplier like 1st Choice Mechanical...

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Don’t Have a Spare? 4 Immediate Actions to Undertake When Car Tyres Burst

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Don’t Have a Spare? 4 Immediate Actions to Undertake When Car Tyres Burst

Perhaps you’ve already had a flat tyre once or maybe you needed the extra boot space ­— either way you’re driving without a spare tyre. Driving on major highways without a spare tyre is a foolhardy choice, but nevertheless if you find yourself in one of these situations with a blown out tyre, you’ll need to know what to do. Follow these actions to stay safe and out of harm’s way before the towing service arrives to take your car to the closest service centre. Regain Control of the Car A tyre puncture causes instability in directional car control, so you should not force the car into making sudden directional movements by suddenly turning your steering wheel. Most importantly, you must maintain your calm to regain control of your car while driving. You’ll want to keep it on the road without swerving till you are able to safely come to a halt on the side of the road. Avoid Slamming Your Brakes When your tyre blows out, it can be extremely tempting to slam on your brakes immediately ­— don’t do this. Braking suddenly on a front blown out tyre will increase the stress of weight on the flat. This may cause your car to swerve in the blown-out tyre direction, which could cause the car to flip. When you rear tyres blow out, sudden braking increases the drag and will cause the car to lose its balance. This makes it difficult to steer and can cause your car to swerve out of control. Turn On Hazard Lights You’ll want to turn on your hazard emergency lights and the handbrake as soon as you come to a halt on the side of the road. This will help other drivers know that you’re in an emergency situation, and it will be easier for them to spot you. This helps maintain a higher level of safety as you wait for the towing truck to arrive. Call the Towing Service You’ll want to call the towing service immediately once you have come to a safe halt. Be sure to let them know of your exact location (as accurately as possible), so that they can get to you on time. Most importantly, don’t try to get back on the road or leave the location you have identified before the towing service arrives. Some services, like Barnes Towing & Salvage Qld Pty Ltd, offer 24/7 towing, so it can be smart to research towing services before you ever think you’ll need to call one. Tyre blowouts are stressful situations, so follow these immediate actions before the towing service arrives — and remember never to drive without a spare in your boot...

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