Checking and Changing Your Tyres

cropped-cropped-Automotive-2.jpgIt is essential that you know how to check your tyres as they are the only part of your car that makes contact with the road surface and they play a critical role in the steering, braking and general safety of your car.

You need to ensure that your tyres are inflated at the correct pressure. There are cars out there that have two recommended air pressure ratings, one for light loads and one for heavy loads. You will find the information on the tyre pressure requirements for your vehicle in your owner’s manual or on a sticker in the door jammer or in a petrol filler cap.. There is a number on the tyre’s side that indicates the maximum pressure the tyre can withstand, not the recommended amount. There are possible consequences for inflating your tyres too much (high pressure) as well as if you inflate it to little (low pressure) because both could cause blow outs. Low pressure can cause extra heat buildup that can lead to a blowout at high speeds. Low tyre pressure has been connected to a lot of problems from accidents to premature wear, and even low petrol mileage. Your car will not handle or respond the way it is designed to if the tyres are under-inflated.

You also need to check on your tyre tread. Take note that the minimum legal tread depth limit in South Africa is 1mm. You should ensure that you change your tyres before the legal limit is reached. It is advisable that you check your tyre tread at least once a month; rather be safe than sorry. Secure and accurate tyre tread is essential when traveling on a long road trip and on highways. Tyres heat up on long trips which can cause blowouts on worn out tyres. If the tyres are showing any tread wear, replace the tyres. If the tyres have uneven tread wear, check the alignment too. Ensure there are no defects in the sidewall of the tyres or bulges and bald spots on your tyres. It is critical for steering and braking to have good, well maintained tyres.

In case you have identified a need to change the tyre you will need to be prepared by insuring that the spare is inflated and that your jack is in good condition. If you are changing a tyre on the road side then you must turn on your hazard lights. You need to ensure that there is no one in the car while you are changing the tyre. You need to pull up the handbrake and take the car out of gear. The wheels on the side that is not being lifted must be blocked. The nuts on the wheels should be loosened while the vehicle is on the ground. The jack needs to be placed on firm ground that is as flat as possible. You need to slowly raise the car and then you can now remove the nuts and the wheel. Replace the wheel with the spare and replace the wheel nuts and make sure they are secured. When you lower the car you should tighten them properly; if you over- tighten the nuts you can damage the brake components and if you do not tighten them enough that is very dangerous so you have to be extra careful.

You should get that changed tyre checked at the nearest service station to ensure that all is done right and ensure your safety on the road.

Air Bag Suspension Technology Replace Mechanical Leaf Springs

Automotive 3This can be accomplished either by adding additional leaf springs, usually referred to as helper springs; or you can add suspension air bags. The following products are required: Full-tapered leaf springs, add a leaf, shock absorbers and air bag suspension….. In recent years, air bag suspension technology has begun to replace mechanical leaf springs. – Manufacture of air suspension parts and kits including air struts, bags, pumps, and springs… The air bags make it easy to slightly adjust the suspension height and provide ride comfort difficult to match with steel springs.

The suspension has eight air bags compared with four bags used by other manufacturers. The Kenworth AirGlide suspension has eight air bags compared with four bags used by other manufacturers. The AirGlide rear suspension uses an alloy pedestal and has eight airbags whereas some other brands have four bags. That is a stock suspension using an airbag to pre-load the suspension. We stock many different brands of truck air bag suspension. In this image you can see the stock air bag suspension system (rear in this photo). Looking for a truck air bag suspension.

The truck runs excellent and the airbag suspension works perfect. The following products are required: Full-tapered leaf springs, add a leaf, shock absorbers and air bag suspension….. Too high will blow the bags, leaving the suspension aired up while uncoupling can shock the air bag causing damage. Inflatable air bags serve as the sole shock absorber in some large vehicle suspension systems. Custom air bag suspension the vehicle raises and lowers on air bag suspension with controls inside. Whereas with Kenworth%u2019s AirGlide airbag suspension, the suspension levels out quickly, maintaining stability without affecting the vehicle.

Many highway and transit passenger buses use air bag suspensions for superior stability and passenger comfort. On-board air compressors on passenger vehicles equipped with air suspension enable the air bag pressures to be changed to meet different load requirements. The walking-beam suspension causes more dynamic load variation than the air-bag and leaf-spring suspension. This air bag suspension kit makes your vehicle’s suspension adjustable for various road and load conditions. Independant rear suspension, full air bags. The Kenworth-designed suspension system uses two level sensors and large, one-inch airline connections into the airbags which provide rapid response to equalise the weight.

The air leveling system is available for motorhomes equipped with an air bag suspension. Four air bag suspensions use an individual air bag between the axle and the frame on the inside and very near to each wheel. The airbag and torsion suspensions are significantly more expensive than leaf spring suspensions and are usually only found on luxury motorhomes. Spring suspensions are often modified by adding auxiliary air bags to bolster the weight capacity and to soften the ride. Whether you are looking for air bag suspension or huge suspension and body lifts, they have it all. The air bags make it easy to slightly adjust the suspension height and provide ride comfort difficult to match with steel springs.

This image shows the front suspension with the air bag removed. Order your air bag suspension kit today! This can be accomplished either by adding additional leaf springs, usually referred to as helper springs; or you can add suspension air bags. We’re not referring to air shocks or helper airbags for your suspension; those are effective, but different. District were charges of air bag suspension she. Rest of air bag suspension and a air bag suspension mirror. These fully adjustable air bags bolster your suspension to eliminate sag, bottoming out, sway and more. If you encounter a car with airbag suspension, don’t be deterred, just know you may wind up replacing it with a conventional setup.

Manufacture of air suspension parts and kits including air struts, bags, pumps, and springs… Overall the industry has not had much success historically with air bag suspension because of their instability in agitator work. Today’s air bag suspension systems are automotive engineering at its best. Is air bag suspension supposed to call public knowledge says i swear. Just a few of the changes include standard Side Airbags on all models, new dashboard, XS brakes and suspension upgraded. Pigeon, cat, and none of air bag suspension honest little christian maids.

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Vacuum sewer – automotive lockout tools – car door unlock

Automotive 2Basic elements Collection chambers and vacuum valve units Vacuum sewer lines Central vacuum station Vacuum technology is based on differential air pressure. Rotary vane vacuum pumps generate an operation pressure of -0.4 to -0.6 bar at the vacuum station, which is also the only element of the vacuum sewerage system that must be supplied with electricity. Interface valves that are installed inside the collection chambers work pneumatically. Any sewage flows by means of gravity into each house collection sump. After a certain fill level inside this sump is reached, the interface valve will open. The impulse to open the valve is usually transferred by a pneumatically (pneumatic pressure created by fill level) controlled controller unit. No electricity is needed to open or close the valve. The according energy is provided by the vacuum itself. While the valve is open, the resulting differential pressure between atmosphere and vacuum becomes the driving force and transports the wastewater towards the vacuum station. Besides these collection chambers, no other manholes, neither for changes in direction, nor for inspection or connection of branch lines, are necessary. High flow rates keep the system free of any blockages or sedimentation. Vacuum sewer systems are considered to be free of ex- and infiltration which allows the usage even in water protection areas. For this reason, vacuum sewer lines may even be laid in the same trench as potable water lines (depending on local guidelines). The system supplier should certify his product to be used in that way. To achieve the condition of an infiltration-free system and therefore allowing to reduce the waste water amounts that need to be treated, water tight (PE material or similar) collection chambers should be used. Valve and collection sump (waste water) preferably should be physically separated (different chambers) in order to protect service personal against direct contact with waste water and to ensure longer life cycles (waste water is considered to be corrosive). In order to ensure reliable transport, the vacuum sewer line is laid in a saw-tooth (length-) profile, which will be referred to more precisely afterwards. The whole vacuum sewers are filled with air at a pressure of -0.4 to -0.6 bar. The most important aspect for a reliable operation is the air-to-liquid ratio. When a system is well designed, the sewers contain only very small amounts of sewage. The air-to-liquid ratio is usually maintained by “intelligent” controller units or valves that adjust their opening times according to the pressure in the system. Considering that the vacuum idea relies on external energy for the transport of fluids, sewers can be laid in flat terrain and up to certain limits may also be counter-sloped. The saw-tooth profile keeps sewer lines shallow, lifts minimise trench depth (approx. 1.0 1.2 m). In this depth, expensive trenching, as it is the case for gravity sewers with the necessity to install continuously falling slopes of at least 0.5 – 1.0%, is avoided. Lifting stations are not required. Once arrived in the vacuum collection tank at the vacuum station, the wastewater is pumped to the discharge point, which could be a gravity sewer or the treatment station directly. As the dwell time of the watewater inside the system is very short and the wastewater is continuously mixed with air, the sewage is kept fresh and any fouling inside the system is avoided (less H2S). Advantages closed, pneumatically controlled system with a central vacuum station. Electrical energy is only needed at this central station no sedimentation due to self-cleansing high velocities spooling and maintenance of the sewer lines is not necessary manholes are not required Usually only a single vacuum pump station is required rather than multiple stations found in gravity and low pressure networks. This frees up land , reduces energy costs and reduces operational costs. investment costs can be reduced up to 50% due to simple trenching at shallow depths, close to surface flexibility of piping, obstacles (as open channels) can be over- or underpassed reduced installation time small diameter sewer pipes of HDPE, PVC materials; savings of material costs aeration of sewage, less development of H2S, with its dangers for workers, inhabitants, as well as corrosion of the pipes may be avoided; sewage is kept fresh no odours along the closed vacuum sewers no infiltration, less hydraulic load at treatment station and discharge sewers absolutely no leakages (vacuum avoids exfiltration) sewers may be laid in the same trench with other mains, also with potable water or storm-water, as well as in water protection areas Lower cost to maintain in the long term due to shallow trenching and easy identification of problems In combination of vacuum toilets it creates concentrated waste streams, which makes it feasible to use different waste water treatment techniques, like anaerobic treatment Limitations vacuum systems are not capable of transporting sewage over very long distances, but can pump long distances from the vacuum station to the next STP or main gravity sewer. vacuum sewerage systems are only capable for the collection of wastewater within a separated system (not for the collection of storm-water) the lines can only reach up to 3-4 km laid in flat area (restrictions of the system due to headlosses (3-4.5 m) (friction and static)) systems should be designed with help of an experienced manufacturer (concepts are usually free of charge) external energy is required at a central point for collecting sewage odours close to the vacuum station can occur, a biofilter may be necessary Integrity of the pipe joints is paramount Application Fields Vacuum sewer systems becomes more and more the preferred system in the case of particular circumstances: Especially difficult situations as ribbon, peripheral settlements on flat terrain with high specific conduit lengths of longer than 4 metres per inhabitant are predestined for the application of vacuum sewerage systems. In the case of sparse population density the influence of the costs for the collection chambers and vacuum stations are less important in comparison to the costs of long and deep sewers on gravity. Missing incline of the ground, unfavourable soil (rocky or swampy grounds) and high groundwater table (with the necessity of dewatering trenches) lead to enormous investment costs in regards to gravity sewerage systems. On the contrary vacuum sewers that are small in diameter can be laid close to the surface in small trenches. Vacuum sewers can pass through water protection areas and areas with sensitive high ground water tables, because there is no danger of spoiling groundwater resources (vacuum sewers have a high leak tightness due to their material; moreover the vacuum itself does not allow exfiltration). Vacuum systems has also been applied to collect toxic wastewater. Vacuum systems are seen as a priority in many environmentally sensitive areas such as the Couran Cove Eco Resort close to the Barrier Reef in Australia. In seasonal settlements (recreation areas, camping sites etc.) with conventional gravity sewer systems, sedimentation problems can easily occur as automatic spooling from the daily waste water does not take place. High flow velocities within vacuum sewers prevent such sedimentation problems. The Formula 1 race tracks in Shanghai and Abu Dhabi are using a vacuum sewer system for that reason. Even in old narrow and historical villages, the use of vacuum sewer systems becomes more and more important due to a fast (traffic, tourism), cost-effective and flexible installation. Good examples and references can be found in France, such as the village of Flavigny, in Oman at the township of Khasab and Al Seeb. Lack of water in many countries and drastic water savings measures have led to difficulties with aging gravity networks with solids blocking in the pipes. Neither the lack of water nor solids affect resp. occur in vacuum sewer systems. That’s why this technology becomes interesting for such kind of applications. As PE or PVC pipes are used, no solids from ageing pipes will enter the system. All other solid are kept out at the collection chambers. vacuum sewer systems don’t have any manholes to dump big solids into the system. Project Examples The county of Sarasota, Florida and the city of Carnation, Washington are developing a county wide collection system and is incorporating vacuum sewers. In Germany, several hundred well-working systems are operating since the 1970. Especially in the Middle East (United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman), vacuum sewer systems become more and more important due to easy and fast installation along with water saving effects and easiness of maintenance. The world’s most famous vacuum sewer project is currently the Palm Island Jumeirah, located at the coast of Dubai City, United Arab Emirates. Approx. 23.000 people will be connected to this vacuum sewer system with only 1 central vacuum station. The vacuum station is considered to be the biggest vacuum station in the world. The biggest installation in Europe (several vacuum stations) can be found in Gerasdorf (near Vienna), Austria, where many benefits of a vacuum sewer system helped to overcome difficult conditions in this mountainous area. Good examples can be found on the Maldives, the post-tsunami WATSAN project UNICEF – UN, where on several islands vacuum sewer systems have been the best option. Several other project, mainly for resorts, have already been realized on the Maldives. Vacuum sewer systems are not only used in the Europe or Middle East but even in low developed third world countries. Several vacuum sewer systems have been already built or are currently under construction in Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Namibia) for townships and rural areas where the benefit of fast construction time, cost saving trenching and high flexibility have come to full effect. Australia has been one of the largest users of vacuum sewer systems due to the low installation and operational costs. The largest system to-date has been at the Tea Gardens development in New South Wales, which will ultimately handle over 4.500 houses. The Water Corporation in Western Australia is considered the largest single owner of vacuum systems in the world with over 30 schemes now under their operational control. The United Kingdom is well served by Vacuum Sewerage Systems, the region most extensively served are the low lying fenlands of the East of England. High water tables (in some cases less than 1metre below the surface) and poor ground conditions have meant that the local Water Company Anglian Water has embraced the use of Vacuum Sewerage, taking advantage of the system’s requirement for small bore sewer pipes laid in shallow trenches, dramatically reducing the requirement for pumping stations as would be required by conventional gravity sewer systems. The largest Vacuum Sewerage scheme in this region serves the villages of Outwell and Upwell, 4 vacuum collection stations serve some 1500 homes in this agglomeration. On initial costings for a conventional gravity sewer to serve the area, previously served by domestic septic settlement tanks the site would have required the installation of 32 pumping stations. Using a vacuum sewer system, this number of pumping stations was reduced to 4 vacuum stations. Other companies in the UK such as Southern water operate vacuum sewer systems, too. Lately, vacuum sewer systems become popular for industrial and commercial projects as well, where only little domestic waste water occurs and where the flexibility of a vacuum sewer system allows easy coordination with usually plenty of other utilities in the ground. Good examples can be found again in the Middle East, such as some small industrial areas in the Emirate of Ras al Khaimah or the newly built Qatalum Aluminium Plant in Qatar, the world’s largest primary aluminium plant. The well known eco-city of Masdar, U.A.E., uses a vacuum sewer system as well to separate grey from black water. Installation and construction The following section covers some basic information regarding the installation of vacuum sewer system. This section is not complete and should only give a basic overview. Based on long term experience, only HDPE pipes should be used for vacuum sewer system pipe works. The recommended pipe classification is SDR11. Preferences should be given to electro fusion joints rather than butt welding. In general, butt welding shall only be allowed for pipe diameters bigger or equal than 150mm as the internal beads from butt welding methods will reduce the diameter especially for 90mm pipes significantly which can cause blockages inside the pipes. It is most important not to use any 90 connection within the pipe work. This refers to any main or branch lines connections as well as to horizontal direction changes. Only wye-fittings and 45 bends may be used. Using 90 connection will lead to blockages within the system and may create water hammers with temporarily pressure drops affecting the equipment. It is furthermore very important to follow the pipe profiles which should be given by the system supplier. A minimum requirement is a constant slope of 0.2% within the so called saw tooth profile. Upwards slopes and deviations from the given pipe profiles will lead to water sags causing temporarily blockages and pressure drops resp. additional head losses. In worst case, this can lead to a failure of the system. Especially the connection line from the collection pit to the next branch or main line needs to maintain a certain slope as otherwise water sags may cut off the valves from the vacuum inside the pipe system causing malfunction of the valves. Special attention has to be given to the civil works related to the pipe work installation. Over-compaction or damages to the pipes by excavators may result in significant problems during operation. Even if the pipe withstands the pressure tests during construction and after backfilling, squeezed pipes or pipe full of concrete or other construction debris will lead to blockages and water sags during operation. Although international guidelines give clear recommendations for gate valves (every 400-500m within main lines and for branch lines longer than 200-250m), all important side branches should be equipped with a gate valves. This will allow much faster pressure tests and leak detection during construction and will allow emergency measures if problems occur. Ruling technical guidelines and norms EN 1091 DWA-A 116-1 (also known as ATV-DVWK-A 116, Part 1) WEF (Water Environment Federation) Alternative Sewer Systems (Second Edition -2008) WSA 07 (Australian Code) AS 4310 – 2004 (Australian Vacuum Interface Valve Standard) External links Airvac, International (U.S.A.) Roevac, International (Germany) Iseki, UK Quavac, Netherlands Flovac,

How Ethanol Car Engines Work

Automotive 1Ethanol cars work in a way very similar to normal gasoline cars, and are a great viable alternative fuel option because of current high gas prices. The only real difference is that ethanol car engines are able to utilize the biofuel ethanol instead of oil based gasoline.

Ethanol fuel itself is extracted from plants such as corn or sugarcane, and refined into an alcohol. This alcohol is suitable to be used as a biofuel in cars and other vehicles. Most hybrid automobile engines that use ethanol can also use gasoline, and are also called flex-fuel engines. The ethanol is injected into the engine in the same way as a non-hybrid automobile engine. Though ethanol gives slightly less miles per gallon than gasoline, it doesn’t create as much air pollution when it is burned.

The similarities between ethanol flex-fuel engines and standard engines make ethanol cars cheaper than most alternative or hybrid vehicles, because they are built in much the same way as a regular engine. Ethanol is actually cheaper in some cases than gasoline, and thus a hybrid that runs on ethanol can be less expensive to operate than a gasoline based vehicle.

Most standard automobiles can even run on a 10% mixture of ethanol in gasoline. Many gas stations around the world offer ethanol as an alternative to gasoline, and in some countries cars are required to run on ethanol.

You can find out more information about Hybrid Cars at ProHybrid.com along with video news, reviews, and tools such as price quotes and an automotive loan calculator.

The Various Makes Use Of Of Chrome Plating

automotiveunionChrome is likely one of the hottest finishes out there for metallic components, and is extensively used for a variety of functions in a number of industries.While its most typical functions are in the automotive trade, the place it is utilised for trim and accessories of automobiles and motorcycles; nonetheless, chrome plating can be changing into a well-liked selection for other applications, reminiscent of inside design, household fixtures, and even fishing.Chrome plating has been utilized for many years within the automotive business, as a durable and attractive finish for steel bumpers, wheels, and other automotive components. Plastic was found to be lighter and simpler to fabricate than metal, and therefore was a desirable alternative, but it surely lacked the luster of metallic parts.Since the Seventies, when the process for electroplating ABS plastics was developed, chrome has been an much more in style finish for car and motorcycle components.Chrome end was all the time most popular in North America, and reached its peak in popularity in the late Eighties and early Nineteen Nineties; it has risen in recognition by 50% in Europe, and its use has nearly doubled within the United Kingdom.The main reason for chrome’s frequency of use in the automotive business is its resistance to corrosion, and its skill to face up to environmental extremes. It additionally would not oxidize, and is extraordinarily straightforward to care for. These components, mixed with its excessive luster, made it a perfect materials for automotive trim and accessories.Many autos are manufactured with chrome finish on some parts, however chrome plating can also be performed after the car is purchased. Many electroplating corporations are capable of do chrome plating, and there are some automotive finishers which concentrate on chrome plating.One other of the benefits to chrome plating is that chrome-plated components could be refurbished or re-plated if they’re worn or damaged, which saves cash by eliminating the need for replacing parts. As an alternative of changing the chrome parts of a car, they are often stripped and re-plated, restoring them to like-new condition.Even outdated elements may be reused after plating, which reduces scrap and waste, creating a process that’s each economically frugal and environmentally friendly.
All of the qualities which made chrome fashionable for car and motorbike trim also make it an excellent end for family fixtures. Rest room fixtures, faucet-ware, mild fittings, door handles, and many other household fittings and equipment are often plated with chrome now. Silver, brass, copper and other metals which were commonly used to plate these objects had been lovely, however usually required quite a lot of work to keep up, and have been costly.A few of these plating finishes also tended to degrade indirectly – they would tarnish, react with cleaners or other chemicals, corrode, or just wear off with frequent use. Except in excessive situations, chrome plating never corrodes, oxidizes or tarnishes, is easy to scrub, and will outlast virtually every other metallic plating with heavy use. Even some fishing lures are chrome-plated now!Chrome is one of the most versatile and durable electroplated finishes available. It’s used for a variety of household and automotive components, for its long-lasting beauty and ease of care. If you’re looking for a finish that’s simple to take care of, sturdy, aesthetically pleasing and value-efficient, take a look at the benefits of chrome plating.

Nissan X-Trail The Best Value SUV

Nissan X-Trail The Best Value SUV

The X Trail was added to Nissans off road range in 2001 and is something of an unsung hero. It is a compact 4×4 with practical boxy lines. Dynamically, the X-trail drives great on-road making it better choice than rivaling BMW X3 or Volvo X360. The X-Trail is the best option for those looking for a dependable yet enjoyable 4X4 car. It also returns a great value for money in terms with generous standard kit and strong resale values. The overall look of the Nissan X-Trail remains the same since 2001 apart from the light tweaks it received in 2007, but the X-Trail doesnt really need any change in design as it is a winning formula that still feels fresh and has helped the Japanese manufacturer flourish through the off road vehicle market. The X-Trail has a rugged look thanks to its chunky bumpers and dark scuff plates. Inside it has a luxurious but practical cabin that feels upmarket with high quality materials.

Having said that, the dashboard looks a bit odd with centrally fitted screen which looks like a substandard after market accessory. The X-Trail is powered by a 148bhp 2.0litre and 171bhp 2.0litre diesels mated with a six speed manual gearbox. The gearbox is smooth but it drives a bit firm and on motorways there is a lot of road noise. Having said that, it performs great on the bends thanks to the firm set-up giving it an edge over the agricultural Land Rover Freelander. The X-Trails appetite for revs makes it an entertaining car to drive. However, like other Nissans, the X-Trail is also not the best at stopping and takes 62.6 metre to stop when brakes are applied at 70mph, the rivaling Kia Sorento (larger in size) does the same in 52.6 metres.

The X-Trail managed to score only four out of five stars in Euro NCAP crash test rating, which is same as the Toyota RAV4 but one star less than the Land Rover Freelander. However, the standard safety equipment includes six airbags, AntilocCK Braking System and electronic stability control. The four wheel or two wheel drive can be selected with a touch of a button that adds to the drivers confidence. Nissan cars have a strong reputation for reliability and the X-Trail has performed really well in owner satisfaction surveys. It finished ninth in Auto Express Driver Power Survey.

The X-Trail boast 603 litres of boot space which can be increased to 1,773litres on folding the seats, that is 100 litres more than the rivaling Freelander which is larger in sizes. There is plenty of legroom for the passengers at the back and cabin boasts a huge glovebox and lots of cubbyholes. The driver enjoys a comfortable position thanks to highly adjustable seat and steering wheel. All of these make long journeys easy for both the driver and the passengers. The X-Trail returns fuel economy of 44.1mpg which is on a par with its rivals. However, it enjoys high residual values as compared to its rivals plus the kit levels are impressive. The Sport version gets a sunroof, Bluetooth connectivity and CD changer. All of these combine to make the X-Trail an appealing package for buyers.

Mercedes-AMG GT S Sports Car Looks Amazing

The Mercedes-AMG GT S is one of the Mercedes cars which have created lots curiosity among the car lovers. One of the Mercedes car admirers visited the showroom and enquired about the newly arrived car – Mercedes-AMG GT S.  It is type of sports car which has yet to gain market. The main features of the car look amazing on the paper. The nicely designed colorful car runs on 500 horsepower energy with dual clutch functionality. The two seat sports car looks very impressive and is having a speed capacity of 0-to-60 in 3.5 seconds.  The looks and the features of the car look so impressive.mercedes-amg-gt-s-sports-car-looks-amazing

Most of the car lovers were under the influence of the sports car and the unbelievable attributes.  When you look at the car closely, AMG GT looks stylish, highly attractive and most-modern sports car having exceptional design. The big sized rear wing with exhausts and the spacious front side offers bigger shelter during rain or storm. The car has luxurious interiors providing all comforts. AMG monoblock wheels are amazing to give the car a unique look from other brand.

There are three points which needed to be discussed. The car Mercedes-AMG GT S is branded Mercedes car. When you think of exotic cars you will not think of Mercedes but you will think of unusual car which can fit better as an exotic car.  AGM GT is certainly does not look like a sports car.

The name of the car Mercedes-AMG GT S  does not sound any standard name and it nether give any clue about what type of car it is. It is boring name and does not create any interest in the mind of people. The name of the car should define its style, its purpose and its class.

The car name does not show the actual model name and it sounds absurd. Like the other famous name such as Subaru AWD or Toyota LE are recognized names.

The name of AMG GT is having similar problem which the earlier model of Mercedes faced. The first model of exotic Mercedes was SLR, which does not define anything special about the car. The SLR was highly priced car and it faced competition from Ferrari Enzo and Porche Carrera GT.  The car had uncommon style, big sized hood and its doors opened upwards.

AMG GT is one of the branded cars with uncommon name.  But the performance of the car is impressive and it is considered as a sports car with all round performance. After spending the morning with this thing, I’ve discovered the answer: They haven’t. In fact, I think this is quite possibly the most underrated car I’ve ever driven in my entire life.

The Ultimate Brake-Pad Showdown

When it comes time to change out your brake pads, one question that always comes up is whether to go with factory-replacement or aftermarket pads. We brought together two huge fans of automotive carnage to put this question to restonce and for all.

For the ultimate automotive brake test, we brought together two of the industrys most notorious hoons. First, we have Johnny Neptune. Famous for launching his 1983 Chevy Vega over Hansons pond on a drunken dare back in 98, Johnny is the undisputed king of carnage around these parts. Second, we have Erik Svenson, the first person in the valley to successfully shoot Suicide Hill with no brakeshis foot planted firmly on the gas. And, he did it in his 76 Cadillac Fleetwood that had been converted to an El Camino!

You can see that we brought out the big guns, so this test must be important. And, important it is! We want to finally quell any arguments that aftermarket performance brake pads are no better than factory or factory replacement pads. One would think that since the aftermarket pads cost more, they should stop better. But of course, there are some naysayers out there who protest that factory pads have just as much stopping power and control.

The argument goes something like this: factory pads are designed by engineers who are employed by some of the largest companies in the world. They may even design the brakes and pads used on a certain model specifically for that model. And, who better to know what pads to use on which vehicle than the smart little stinker who designed it from the beginning. On the other hand, the aftermarket guys claim that the big automakers are known for dumbing-down the driving experience, making their vehicles palatable for a wide variety of folks, not just performance heads.

The aftermarket shops are usually run by enthusiasts, ex-engineers from the big automakers and former racers who are clinging to the industry wherever they can. These guys often employ slick marketing campaigns and sponsor highly-visible race vehicles. Often found at the tracks themselves, the aftermarket guys are testing their own products in their own cars. The factory replacement camp considers these outfits as fly-by-night shops dedicated to making a buck. They contend that the small companies dont have the big money that it takes to even run a proper test.

So, we took two identical 2002 Honda Accords and started our test. One car belongs to Johnnys ex-wife, who let him borrow it in trade for a handle of Popov vodka. The other belongs to our cameramans mother, who was told he needed her wheels for an appointment with his probation officer. On Johnnys, we threw on a set of aftermarket performance pads. On the probation car, we tossed in a new set of factory replacement pads that we copped from the local Honda dealer.

The challenge was an all out chicken run towards the cliff that drops into the abandoned Morrison sand quarry. We gave the drivers, Johnny and Erik, a 100 run straight to the edge. At about 30 feet from the edge we painted a yellow linethe brake line. Just as the drivers cross the line, they were instructed to slam the brakes hard. The Accord that comes closest to the edge would be deemed the loser.

Automotive Repair Shop Software Review – For Repair Shop Owners

Automotive repair shop software is a tool that is designed to reduce to the barest minimum of time you spend on administrative activities, so that you can actually concentrate on the job, improve business work flow and make more profits.

Advanced technology and knowledge has moved car shop management activities and control to a higher level where you can handle much more jobs, work faster, and net more profits.

You can actually move your shop from the traditional time wasting method of filing carbon copy forms, and doing everything manually to tracking all activities electronically.

Good automotive repair shop software will handle all your jobs from the beginning to the end, thus making your shop administration far less boring.

The following are the features that make this software indispensable for every car repair centers that want to really jerk up their productivity.

1. Appointment Scheduling: You can easily plan your appointments with customers ahead of the time, and get information about when customers are due to arrive for their jobs and the time you allow for them.

2. Track Work in Progress: With a simple color code you can track the status of each job and know how they are progressing.

3. Check Your Level of Profitability: You can easily determine when you are making profit or otherwise with the right color code.

4. Car Parts Sales: You can sell auto parts over the counters without the input of the full details of customers, a great time and money saver.

In the situation where you have a lot of customers to deal with, automotive repair shop software will show you who you sell what to, and all the details associated with it.

You can also get all the information you need about customers’ histories, that will help you to quickly confirm and determine important issues like refund, recalls, etc.

5. Parts Management: The software can take care of issues like inventory control, price matrix, restock invoice tracking, etc, which will help you to have total control over parts movement and prices, and minimize losses altogether.

6. Marketing Management: A great marketing tool that will help you do follow up on customers by giving you information on them and helping you to send reminders, thank you cards, appointment scheduling time, etc.

Automotive repair shop software makes all your workshop activities a breeze. It turns every complexity into a simple process that will make your job less burdensome and more profitable.

Automotive Covers Protect Your Car From Scratches

Avoid early exterior repairs of your car. So, learn the different ways in caring your automobile. For complete protection, shield it with an automotive cover. When unused, use your automotive car cover. At least get a car dust protection cover. This article will help you choose a good car cover.

An automotive cover is among the essential things that you need to have. This is one important thing that is needed to give utmost care to your vehicle. With proper care, a car can look good and be of service longer. An automotive car cover is made to protect the vehicle exterior from the hazards that may damage its paint and smooth surface.

Have you figured out what kind of automotive cover do you need for your car? Those who are still a bit confused in picking the right automotive car cover; this article may help you choose the right one.

Before you can actually pick out the right covering for your vehicle, it is important for you to define how you are going to use the auto cover. It is essential that you need to know the duration of usage as well as the place where it shall be used.

Hence, you need to figure out first if you want to have automotive cover for indoor or outdoor storage. These parameters shall then be the basis for the kind of material this custom car cover should be made of.

The kind of car cover that you need to use for your car is dependent on the place where you shall keep your car. For instance, if you live somewhere in the sunbelt where intense ultraviolet rays often create problems, then you need a car cover that is UV resistant. If you are also living near the beach front, then you need an automotive car cover that is water repellent.

So, if you use a car cover to protect your car from dust, you do not need to buy one which is UV or water resistant, since they are more expensive. Being equipped with this information I bet you now have in mind what kind of fabric is right for your needs.

The next thing you need to do is to find the right place to purchase your car cover. Make sure you get one of good quality. You can only have this assurance, if you purchase car covers from companies or manufacturers with reputation for quality products and superb customer service.

When you look for the right cover for your vehicle you should not restrict your choice on the price. Instead, you have to ensure that getting only the best that will surely give your moneys worth. These are only a few of the many essential things you need to remember to have the right automotive cover.