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Shoot The Soot: Particulate Filters Explained

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Shoot The Soot: Particulate Filters Explained

Particulate filters are an integral component of any 4×4 vehicle that runs on a diesel engine. This is because particulate filters are designed to trap and eliminate the soot that would have otherwise been released into the environment from a vehicle exhaust system. Thus, the effectiveness (or lack thereof) with which particulate filters work will often determines whether an automobile owner complies with environmental protection laws formulated to deter air pollution from vehicle emissions. Here are answers to three questions that a first-time 4WD vehicle owner may have about diesel particulate filters. How Do Particulate Filters Work?  Diesel particulate filters work through the process of regeneration. Through this process, particles of soot that may have accumulated on the filters are burnt off at high temperatures. Exposure of soot particles to the high temperatures turns these particles into a residual ash-like compound, thereby allowing the regeneration cycle to continue. Particulate filters used with diesel engines are named after their mode of regeneration. This nomenclature gives rise to active regeneration filters and passive regeneration diesel particulate filters. What Differences Are There Between The Two Types Of Filters? Active regeneration filters work by bringing increasing heat energy levels within the filter such that the temperature inside the filter is higher than the temperature required to burn particles of soot. The additional heat energy needed in an active regeneration filter has its source in the heat energy given off by the burning soot particles. In a passive regeneration diesel particulate filter, a catalyst is introduced into the filters. The catalyst is responsible for bringing down the ignition temperature of accumulated soot particles. Once the ignition temperature goes below the temperature of exhaust gases being produced, the regeneration process commences. In a large number of cases, there’s also a significant difference between the cost of an active regeneration filter and its passive counterpart. This is because active filters are designed with a higher degree of complexity. As a result, the installation of active regeneration filters is also often more complicated than the installation of passive filters. DIY-minded 4WD vehicle owners would have better luck with a passive regeneration filter. How Does One Know The Type Of Filter Fitted On Their 4WD? Passive regeneration diesel particulate filters are sensitive to the sulfur-content in diesel fuel. Thus, this type of filter will often only be fitted on 4WD vehicle engines that operate on ultra-low sulphur diesel...

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Tips For Diagnosing Auto Air Conditioning Problems

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Diagnosing Auto Air Conditioning Problems

If you have noticed that your auto air conditioner isn’t quite working right, it might be time to have repairs done. However, it helps to do your own inspection first, since the problem might be something you can deal with yourself. Here are some tips for diagnosing common auto air conditioner problems. Are you getting air but it isn’t cold enough? One of the common issues associated with an auto air conditioner is having some cool air when turning it on, but not quite enough for the setting. This could be due to a few different problems, some of which you can check on your own. A good place to start is by checking for blockages in the unit and near the condenser, including bugs or dirt buildup. You might also have problems with the radiator or condenser cooling fans, which may be bent and need adjusting. Also check to see if the cabin air filter is clogged. Do you smell something funny? You might be getting cold air when turning on the air conditioner, but it has a bad odour. This is often from lack of cleaning and maintenance of the air conditioning unit. It happens more often after a longer period of not using it, such as between the winter and spring seasons. During this time, debris collects, and the unit sits there unused as it collects debris and moisture. In this case, you may need to clean out the filters and have the entire system flushed to get rid of the smell. Do you have a complete lack of cool air? One of the bigger issues with an auto air conditioner is that it doesn’t provide cool air at all, but that doesn’t mean it will require expensive repairs. Sometimes, this is nothing more than a lack of antifreeze in the system. However, you should not mess around with this on your own. On the other hand, it could also be due to more serious issues, such as the condenser failing not just from buildup, but from needing to be replaced due to age. Is there a leak when you operate the air conditioner? Some faulty auto air conditioners might provide you with cool air, but there is a lot of moisture leaking out from underneath your car. This can be from a lot of different issues, most of which you can fix on your own. This includes having fittings that aren’t secure, problem with the hose manifolds or pressure switchers on the compressor, or holes in the condenser. There are UV detector kits that can help you find the source of the...

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Caravan Towing Tips for Beginners

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Caravan Towing Tips for Beginners

Towing a caravan for the first time can be challenging but with the right procedures, towing won’t be as intimidating. Driving your truck with another automobile hooked up behind it is very different, and will affect the way you drive. For this reason, you need to keep in mind several issues when towing in order to make the process as effective as possible. If you tow your caravan the wrong way, you risk damaging your truck and jeopardising safety, especially because of the possibility of an accident. Therefore, here are a few tips to consider when towing your caravan for the first time. Be Careful When Overtaking It is best to drive slowly when towing a caravan, but if you must overtake another vehicle, you need to be very careful in order to prevent accidents. This is because when towing the caravan, its extra weight will decrease your acceleration significantly. In addition, you will need more distance when overtaking. These two conditions mean that you will take longer on the wrong side of the road, making it necessary to be mindful when overtaking. Choose the Right Hitch If your vehicle doesn’t come with a factory-mounted hitch, you will have to choose it on your own. Finding the correct one is imperative so it’s important to know what to look for. Hitches usually come in two types, the weight-carrying and weight-distributing hitches. There is a standard weight of the caravan (including the weight of what’s inside), which is recommended for weight-carrying hitches. If the weight exceeds the standard recommended weight, you will need to use a weight-distributing hitch. This type of hitch redistributes the downward pressure on the hitch ball to your truck and caravan axles. If you don’t use the right hitch, the downward pressure on the hitch ball will be too high, making your vehicle as well as the caravan to sag and this will affect the towing. Increase Your Travelling Distance When towing your caravan, increase the distance between your truck and the vehicle in front of you. Make sure that the distance is longer than the normal. When towing, the extra weight of the caravan will increase the time your vehicle takes to come to a stop. When it’s wet or slippery, you need to make the distance even longer because of the significant reduction in traction in such conditions. Increasing the distance is more of a safety measure when...

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Renting cars for your wedding

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Renting cars for your wedding

When planning a wedding, there are a lot of things that you need to think about and carefully plan in order to have everything run smoothly. One of the most important things when planning a wedding is to make sure you have transportation sorted. A common way of transporting yourself and your guests on your wedding day is car rental. To rent cars for your wedding and have everything work as planned, there are a few things you should consider. Book on time In most cases will have to book rental cars well in advance to make sure you get what you want. Remember that other weddings, proms, and parties are most likely looking for the same means of transportation as you. This is even more important if you’re looking to rent vintage cars or limousines, as there aren’t very many companies that offer these types of vehicles. If you want to transport your entire wedding party in matching cars, you might want to opt for ordinary car rental, as hiring so many special cars can become quite expensive if you’re a large party. Have a look If you are opting for vintage cars, you should make sure you go see the cars before you actually hire them. A reputable company won’t have any issues with that and might provide you with the car’s logbook for you to see how it has been running and that it has been repaired. If you’re not booking through a company, you should ask to have the car or cars looked at by mechanics. Also enquire how much the car has been running during the past year, as this can give you an indication of its condition on the road. If it has been in the garage for most of the time, it probably needs to have maintenance done before it can be used on a road. Mind the time Remember that most car rental companies don’t rent their cars out per hour. Most vintage car rental companies have rates based on a few hours, as they’re rarely used for longer than that. If you only wish to hire transportation from the wedding to the reception, this might be enough. If you have more than one trip you need to make with your wedding party, or if you have a lot of out-of-town guests, you might want to rent the cars for the entire day to provide transportation throughout and make things easier for your guests. This will also give you a better rate and might not end up costing much more than just renting for a few hours....

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Tips When Choosing a Transporter for Your Oversize Load

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips When Choosing a Transporter for Your Oversize Load

A lot of people think that moving an oversize load to the intended destination is just a matter of sub-contracting a regular trucking company. Unfortunately, they have got it all wrong. It takes a great deal of skill and specialty to ensure that oversize loads are transported the right way. Every oversize load is unique in its own way and thereby calls for careful, focused attention to even the slightest of details to facilitate smooth, safe and efficient delivery. The following are some of the things you should consider when looking for reliable oversize transport for your oversize load. Communication When transporting an oversize load, you need to be continually updated about the status and progress of your consignment. It is important to know when the freight leaves the pick-up point and when it is delivered so that you can ensure you are operating within the available time budget. There should be precision in communication each time you have a concern to raise and whenever you need a status update. The freight company should be in a position to pick up your calls 24/7 (e.g. via a live answering service) and also allow you to track your consignment in real-time (e.g. via an online vehicle tracking feature). This way, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing the location of your shipment until it is successfully delivered where you want. Cargo Securement and Road Safety Your preferred transporter should engage the services of risk control experts to help them review risk management protocols related to driver training and road safety issues that are vital to keeping your shipment protected. People hired to transport oversize loads should be well-versed with the safety risks involved in the job so that they can take all necessary measures to prevent causing damage to clients’ shipment. This may include using safety equipment, such as safety straps, chains, traps and binders, to ensure that the load is secured for hauling as required. Also, as to reduce the likelihood of road accidents, your transporter should provide escort vehicles for the heavy haul trucks. Financial protection Another thing that should be at the top of your mind is ensuring that your consignment is fully protected against the risk of financial loss during transport. That is why you need to opt for a transporter that is insured and fully bonded, as this will protect you against financial loss in the event that the shipment is lost or damaged while in-transit. In order to reduce the risk of financial loss due to cargo theft, the trucking company should have specialty investigators to help recover the stolen cargo quickly as well as offer advice on theft prevention...

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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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