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The Top 4 Safety Items Your Tow Trucks Should Have

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Uncategorized |

One of the biggest concerns that managers and owners of tow companies have is how to ensure that their operators remain safe when they are working in challenging environments (such as busy highways). This article discusses four safety items that you can avail to your tow crews so that they can avoid some of the risks that they face. Roll Up Doors It can be very risky to open conventional doors in order to access tools and equipment inside the tow vehicle. This is because the employee has to step away so that space is available for the door to open. As he or she steps away, an oncoming vehicle can knock him or her. Roll up doors help to avoid this risk to your employees. The person can remain standing very close to the vehicle while retrieving something that is needed during the recovery of a crippled vehicle. Nitrile Gloves Nitrile gloves are an extra item that you should give to your tow vehicle crews. Such gloves are ideal for workers who are allergic to latex. The gloves protect the employees from being exposed to any hazardous liquids that may be at a recovery site. These gloves should be worn under the regular work gloves (such as leather gloves) as a second line of defence in case the work gloves fail to keep contaminants off the hands of the employees. Remote Winch Controls These controls will free your employees from the necessity of standing close to the tow vehicle as they recover a damaged vehicle. This item is particularly helpful when the workers are operating in a constricted space that exposes them to injury. For instance, the remote winch control can be used by an operator standing at an elevated location overlooking a crash site at a blind spot on a country road. Headsets Some environments are too noisy to allow effective communication. This can increase the risk level that your employees face. For instance, an employee may be unable to hear a warning about an errant driver who is speeding towards a tow truck parked on a noisy highway. Such failures in communication can be prevented by giving employees headsets so that any communication between them can be clearly heard. The items above will reduce the number of safety mishaps that your employees are involved in as they do their work. This will have a positive impact on your cost of operation. For instance, you will have a better safety record that may result in lower insurance premiums for your company. For more information, you might contact another towing company like Barnes Towing & Salvage Qld Pty...

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How to Choose an Upgraded Suspension System for Your Vehicle

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in Uncategorized |

An upgraded suspension system may be needed if you take your vehicle off-roading or just want to give it added protection against the bumps in the road along your daily commute. A stronger suspension can protect the underside of the car from scraping the ground and can also mean a more comfortable ride. When it comes to an upgraded suspension, you have a number of options from which to choose, and these can be overwhelming. Note a few tips for making your choice so you know what will work best for your vehicle. 1. Shocks New shock absorbers can be what you need to increase your comfort and to protect your car from bumps when on the road, or when off-roading. One of the best choices you can make when choosing upgraded shocks would be adjustable shocks. These allow you to adjust the height and, in turn, the amount of absorption. New, heavy-duty shocks will absorb more impact on bumpy roads and keep your car’s body steady and even, and if you find that the car’s body is still dipping and diving, adjustable shocks allow you to extend them as needed. If you drive in hot conditions, choose more than one shock absorber so that just one doesn’t get fried, and both can absorb the heat of your commute. 2. Coil Spring Lift Kits Coil spring lift kits work with a longer coil or spacer to actually lift your vehicle and not just absorb shock. This can keep it protected when off-roading where there is brush and other debris that can scrape the underbody of the car. The longer coil will also help to absorb shock and keep your car’s body steady on severely bumpy roads. If you need to keep your vehicle elevated rather than just absorbing extra shock, choose a coil spring lift kit. 3. Leaf spring kits A leaf spring is like a curved lift that fits heavier vehicles; the leaf springs actually look like windshield wipers, not coils. The curve of the leaf spring and the layers of the spring absorb the weight of a vehicle as it shifts and bounces. This is unlike a coil spring, which simply gives the vehicle space to move up and down freely. If you’re driving a heavier vehicle, such as a jeep or heavy-duty truck, a leaf spring kit can be the better option, as it will help to absorb its weight and protect it from damage if it should actually make contact with the ground. If you have any questions about what suspension upgrades will work best for your vehicle, contact a local specialist, such as Wilkinson Suspension...

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3 Most Common Methods You Can Use To Dispose Of Your Car

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Disposal is one of the things that people go for when they find no use for something that they have or when they are tired of using what they already own. In some cases, you may want to dispose of your car just because it is extremely old. This article will help you to know the various methods you can go for when in need of disposing of your car without causing any environmental problems. 1. Automatic recycling Recycling is one of the best methods that you can personally use to dispose of your car mainly if it fails to run or its in a bad shape. In this case, what you need to do is take your car to a junk yard or salvage yard. In other cases, your car could still be running but you do not need it any more. What you need to know is that some parts of it might still be in good condition, and therefore, you can sell them to car dealers so that that they can be used on cars that have same parts spoiled. Other parts of the car, like windows, the engine and several steel parts can also be kept and recycled. Contact companies like Buffalo Motor Wreckers for more information. 2. Car donations This method of cars disposal is a widely used option. Donating your car to charity helps them a lot. In case the vehicle had been damaged or was in bad condition, it can be serviced and sold out. After selling the car, the next thing is that, it can also be donated to other people, whereby you can get tax deduction after donating. Also you can still donate your car if some parts of it are not running, for example, the engine. In other cases, donating your car that is not running to charity will help save money because some of its parts that are running can be used as spare parts of other cars that are not much damaged. 3. Trade in This is another method that you can use when you want to dispose your car. In this case, you can sell your old car to buy a new one. By doing this, the money from selling your old car funds you to purchase a new one. This is one of the best methods because it helps you save money. Trade-in will in other ways increase your chances of making easy money rather than losing...

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Common Problems With a Car’s Transmission and How to Address Them

Posted by on Dec 1, 2015 in Uncategorized |

A car’s transmission will need servicing and repair just like any other part of your car, and it’s good to know what to expect by way of repair bills when you do have a problem with shifting gears or other parts of the transmission. In some cases the fix can be very simple, but in other cases, you may need to have major work done. Note a few common problems with a car’s transmission and how to address them, or what to expect by way of repairs on your car. 1. The car won’t go into gear, as if it’s stuck in neutral The first thing to check is the transmission fluid. If it’s low, you need to fill it properly. The reservoir tank will have a dipstick like the oil tank so you can check to see if fluid is needed. If the fluid is not the issue, it may be the shift linkage to the transmission. You can have a friend get to a safe spot under the car and note if there is a shift in a chain when you change gears. If the chain does shift, then it’s working properly and chances are it’s an internal problem with the transmission that will need some major repairs. 2. The car feels like it’s always stuck in first gear You may know what it’s like when a car is stuck in first gear even if the car has an automatic transmission; you have little power and hear the engine revving as you use the gas pedal. Very often the problem is that the transmission fluid is burnt out. You can check the condition of the fluid; if it’s cherry red, it’s fresh and clean. If it’s brown then it’s burnt and won’t allow the gears to shift so easily. Burnt fluid may mean that you need a full transmission flush. If the fluid looks fine then the transmission itself may need to be replaced. 3. The gearshift is very sticky This can be a problem with low fluid, and it can also be a problem with the chain underneath the gearshift that moves it along the console. If this chain gets sticky or dirty then the shifter won’t move very easily. If this chain is fine then it may be the shift linkage mentioned above. When this chain is not properly lubricated or is otherwise damaged, it won’t move easily between gears and you’ll feel it in the gearshift itself. For more information on transmission repair, contact a local repair...

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Things to Keep In Mind for New Buyers of Luxury Cars

Posted by on Nov 11, 2015 in Uncategorized |

For the average person, their first vehicle will not be a luxury car. However, if you are a petrol head, chances are luxury cars are something you aspire to invest in down the road. A common misconception that people have is that purchasing a luxury car is simply about having the spending power to afford one. Although money is a factor, it is not the only thing that you should think about. Here are some of the other things to keep in mind if you are a newbie contemplating the purchase of a luxury car. Establish what the term luxury translates into for you There are different degrees of opulence and, as such, what you may term as luxury may be someone else’s idea of a regular vehicle. It is important to establish what you believe luxury to be so that you can determine what vehicles fall under your reach. For instance, are you looking to purchase a handcrafted European machine? Would you prefer a custom design vehicle? Or are the popular expensive vehicles what you would be happy with? Knowing what you deem as luxurious will enable you to stay focused in your search for your perfect luxury car and not be distracted by the myriad of options available. Establish what features you want from your vehicle Luxury cars offer different features for their owners. Some people would want to invest in luxury cars due to the superior handling that they offer you while on the road. On the other hand, other drivers may prefer luxury cars simply because of their beautiful interior décor that can make long trips quite comfortable. You should also keep in mind that some luxury cars designed for performance might not be suited for interior comfort. Thus, knowing what features are of importance to you can help you narrow down the options available to you. Establish what type of power you want Undoubtedly, luxury cars are built for above-average performance. Your choice of power for your vehicle will ultimately depend on what you will mainly use the car for. If you are looking to reach unparalleled car speeds while on the road, then you will be looking for luxury cars that have been built with high-powered engines. On the other hand, if you prefer handling rather than speed, then the design sensibilities of the luxury car are what should be at the forefront when making your decision. Overall, your power as well as engineering preferences will play a role in dictating what type of luxury cars would be best suited to you. For the best results when you’re checking out luxury cars, talk with the experienced staff at a local dealership that specializes in the type of car you’d like to...

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Choosing the differential best suited for driving in demanding environments

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Uncategorized |

When choosing which differential to use in your vehicle, you need to be aware of your driving habits. If you enjoy driving off road, or if you often find yourself driving on low traction surfaces, you have probably already considered the option of switching the diff in your vehicle to a locking or a limited slip differential. The two are fairly similar in function, but are still suited for different types of driving. Just a quick evaluation of the properties of these two models can help you choose what would suit your driving habits best. Locked differential (or lock diff) A locking differential is suited for the full off road experience. As it allows both wheels on the same axle to rotate at the same speed in nearly all situations, regardless of traction, it can allow the vehicle to move over any type of surface without getting stuck as it gives the same amount of power to both tyres. The lock diff comes in two different executions; one that can be locked manually and one automatically. However, when the vehicle needs to be driven on road, an automatic lock diff can activate without it being necessary and make it difficult to turn the vehicle properly. The manual types might require action from you as a driver, but do not differ from the automatic type when off road. You might not want to choose a locking differential if you’re not frequently driving off road in rough terrain. Driving a vehicle with a locked differential on a regular road might become rather dangerous. Limited slip differential A limited slip differential differs from a locking differential by never locking completely. It does allow the vehicle to skid, just as an open differential, but transfers the main power to the wheel with the most traction. It’s somewhat of a hybrid between a lock diff and an ordinary open differential. A limited-slip diff is practical if you often drive on low traction surfaces, such as grass, or if you find yourself driving off road in easy terrain often. On the road, the limited slip diff won’t make much difference and can therefore be used in a vehicle that also drives on the road quite a lot. This differential is not suitable if you drive off road in rough terrain. If you use your vehicle to pull things, such as a horse trailer and similar things on low traction surfaces, such as grass, a limited slip differential might suit your needs.  For more information about your options and any needed diff repairs, contact a local auto...

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Get Your Vehicle Inspected: Why You Need An Annual Inspection

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you want to remove a yellow sticker (compliance notice) or to license your vehicle, you will have to examine it. Also, if your vehicle requires examination, every year, you must examine it as well. Why vehicle registration inspection is mandatory? The vehicle registration inspection is needed so all vehicles on public roads are in good shape. This means that they are safe to drive and they are reliable. You should know that examination is done by professionals who must check all vital parts of a vehicle. What is going to be checked on your vehicle? The Department of Transport has centres across the whole country. There, your vehicle will be examined and tested for failures. Experts will check: brakes, body work, chassis and suspension, steering, electrical, tires, vehicle identification and vehicle modification. If you notice that something is wrong with your vehicle, go to a mechanic and solve the problem before you go to vehicle examination. How much this will cost me? The examination is cheap. It is done as a precaution in order to reduce the risk of car accidents. The cost may vary, depending on the region. However, the prices are usually around: $23 (Temporary movement permits) and $20 (Modification permit). The price is higher for heavier vehicles. For example, the initial examination fee for a car (under 4.500kg) is $92.55 but for a vehicle that is heavier than 4.500kg is $147.15. Rego Inspections Rego inspections include: vehicles lighter than 4.500kg, motorcycles, trailers, caravans, change of owner, change of details, bookings essentials and defect inspections. If your vehicle runs on the LPGA, you must have an ACT LPG certificate. It must be renewed annually. All vehicles, older, more than 3 years require this type of inspection. It is mandatory so all vehicles on public roads are trustworthy. Minor inspection The minor inspection is mandatory for light vehicles (under 4.500kg). This includes: cars, motorcycles, scooters, trailers and caravans. All of these vehicles will be fully examined. In order to pass the inspection, they must be in good shape. This inspection does not apply to: new cars, vehicles heavier than 4.500kg, boat trailers, vehicles for dangerous goods transport and vehicles that were recorded on the WOVR (Written off Vehicle Register). Your vehicle must be in good shape and it must be safe to drive. Do not try to register a vehicle that has been damaged or has a malfunction. In this case, repair it at a place like Kevin’s Auto Repairs, and then register...

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Auto Repairs You Can Do On Your Own

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Have you finally decided that you are capable of handling your vehicle’s repairing needs by yourself? If so, you have to prepare first before starting any repair work on your vehicle. This article will help you understand the most basic types of repair that you can perform on your car by yourself. But if your vehicle has an engine, battery, or alternator problem, it’s best to visit an experienced mechanic that can sort the problem out. Rust Repair Dealing with rust on your vehicle is easy. You can get the rust out of the car by scrubbing the rusty areas with a wire brush. Once you do that, you have to scrub the area with sandpaper to remove the primer and the old paint. Next, you’ll have to grind the area with a metal wheel. This grinding process should be done slowly to avoid any damage to the car. Clean the scrubbed area with a cotton cloth, cover the areas that don’t need to be repainted with a piece of cardboard, a cloth, or a sticker, and spray some primer on the area. Once the primer is dried, you can proceed to paint over the area. Finally, apply another coat of primer over it to make sure the paint will last. Scratch Repair Depending on the severity of the scratch, you have two options. If the scratch is superficial and is not deeply embedded into the car’s body, you can buy a car scratch repair pen and simply draw over the scratch. In a few hours, you won’t be able to see the scratch. If, however, the scratch is deeply embedded into the car’s body paint, you will have to perform a process similar to that of rust repair. Simply clean the area with a piece of cloth and scratch it using fine sandpaper. Once the body is level with the scratch, apply some compound using a knife and leave it there until it gets hard. After that, level it up again, clean the surface, and apply a coating of primer. Finally, finish things up with paint. Window Repair The windows of your car can become stuck for a wide variety of reasons. The primary reason windows get stuck though is because of dust and debris. You can try to use a duster to clean away any debris or dust that may have found its way under the windows. If the window doesn’t move at all, there might be a problem with its fuse. In this case, it’s not recommended to try and repair it yourself as you can cause even more problems. Instead, visit an auto repairs shop, such as Wollongong Auto Electrics, and get it fixed...

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Things You Can Get From A Tyre Mechanic

Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Auto mechanics specialise in different components of your vehicle, so it’s important to understand what each specialty entails. When you have issues with your car tyres or wheels, you need to have a tyre mechanic inspect and assess your vehicle to determine the problem. If you are visiting one of these professionals for the first time, here are some of the services they can offer you. Tyre Patching — In some instances, one of your tyres may be losing air pressure due to a puncture or hole caused by a nail, a sharp stone or some other object capable of perforating the treads. A tyre mechanic can inspect the puncture and perform what is known as patching on the tyre. This is a corrective process that doesn’t require you to buy a new tyre, and it typically entails the mechanic plugging the hole to seal it so that air no longer escapes. In many cases, the object that caused the puncture is still in your tyre, which is why your tyre is slow-leaking. Typically, a tyre that is completely flat indicates the object that caused the puncture is no longer inside the tyre, which means air will escape with no impediment. The most common method to patch a tyre is by use of a liquid sealant, which becomes hard once applied and seals the puncture. Tyre mechanics also use a safety seal repair process, in which they seal the tread of the tyre and the first layer beneath the tread with a patch, which not only closes the puncture but also protects it from a second rupture. Alignment — After a tyre mechanic has replaced one or all of your tyres, he will usually perform an alignment, which helps stabilise your vehicle on the road and ensure that you won’t find your car pulling to the right or left when you drive. A wheel alignment is a process in which the mechanic calibrates the configuration of the wheels to match the original manufacturer’s standard. Over time as you drive, the alignment of your wheels goes out of balance, and that can increase tyre tread and decrease the longevity of your tyres. Tyre mechanics now use computers to properly align your wheels, and the entire process usually takes just a few minutes to complete. Tyre mechanics will always recommend an alignment when you rotate or change tyres, so that you maximise the utility of your tyres and save yourself money down the...

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Signs of Mechanical Problems That Many Car Owners Overlook

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Uncategorized |

As a car owner, it’s good if you understand signs of needed repair work for your car, as getting work done quickly can often mean avoiding larger repair bills in the future. Ignoring certain repairs can mean more damage to your car and in some cases, being unsafe when on the road. You don’t need to be an actual mechanic to be familiar with how your car operates and common problems you’ll soon face, so note the following. 1. Squealing brakes It’s not unusual for brakes to squeal slightly when they’re wet, which is probably why so many car owners overlook this problem. They may assume squealing is just normal and to be expected when in truth this can be a serious problem. Loud squealing can mean a brake pad is slipping, whereas a sound that is closer to grinding can mean a rotor has worn down. Whatever the tone or volume of the squealing, don’t overlook this but have your brakes checked as soon as possible. 2. Odd smells If your car’s emissions smell like rotten eggs, this is often the fault of a dirty catalytic converter. If you don’t have this addressed, the engine will suffer additional wear and tear and your gas mileage will be compromised. A sweet smell could signal loss of radiator fluid and if this drains out completely, your car could overheat and the engine might seize up. If you can smell your car’s exhaust from underneath the body of the car, you may have a hole somewhere in the exhaust and this too can cause your engine to run too hot. 3. Shaking Some vibration from a car is normal as the engine and its components all create vibrations, but if your car is outright shaking, this needs to be addressed. Your car’s alignment might be off so the car shakes as it tries to drive straight with wheels that pull in different directions. Your car may also be low on steering fluid so it pulls and shakes as you try to turn the wheel.  4. Dashboard lights It’s not uncommon for drivers to ignore dashboard warning lights, but remember that these are connected to sensors under the hood that are more aware of problems than you will be, sitting behind the wheel. The ‘check engine’ light, one that many drivers ignore, could be any number of problems, from the transmission to oxygen sensors. No matter the light that comes on, have it checked with a mechanic and address the problem as soon as possible. If you have questions about how your car is running, contact a mechanic with a shop like Titan Automotive to determine how serious of an issue you might be...

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Using Gauges to Troubleshoot Auto Air Conditioning Systems

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Some of the common problems associated with your vehicle’s air conditioning system can be easily diagnosed and repaired. You can even do the diagnosis yourself and save on the service charge you would incur by taking it to a shop. All you need to have is some basic tools and the right information on how to go about troubleshooting. What You Need A manifold gauge is the basic toolset that you need for the work. This comprises of two tubes that are to be connected to your vehicle’s service ports when you are carrying out the troubleshooting. There is also a third tube that connects to the refrigerant cylinder. The three tubes have different colours for easy identification. The blue coloured tube is connected to the low pressure port, the red coloured tube is connected to the high pressure port and the yellow coloured tube is connected to the refrigerant cylinder. This set is completed by a gauge with knobs for controlling the tubes connected to the pressure ports. The gauges have the same colour as the tubes they are supposed to be connected to. Understanding the Gauges The two gauges are numbered differently since they measure different things. The low pressure gauge has markings to measure both pressure and vacuum. The markings on the outer side of the gauge measure the pressure. The markings on the inner side indicate the temperature measurement of the refrigerant. The markings at the bottom of the gauge indicate the vacuum measurements. The high pressure gauge only has markings to measure the pressure. Faulty Compressor If your vehicle’s compressor is faulty, the air conditioning unit may not operate properly at idle speeds. This means that you have to increase the engine speed for you to get the air conditioning pressures you find satisfactory. Using the manifold gauge, you can detect this problem when the gauges show low pressure and low vacuum. This means that even changing the refrigerant may not help and you might need to replace or repair the compressor. Bad Expansion Valve This is a common culprit in faulty auto air conditioning systems. The gauge in this case will show that the low pressure port has low suction while the high pressure side has normal pressure. This might mean that the valve is clogged. The solution would be to replace the valve and ensure that you use clean refrigerant that does not have impurities that might desiccate and clog the valves. Once you have identified a problem, or if you can’t find and solve the issues yourself, contact a business like J & D Auto Electrical to get the needed repairs...

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