What Is Keeping Your Car From Starting?

What Is Keeping Your Car From Starting?

A Quick Guide To Specialty Truck Bodies

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If you are running your own business, and own a truck, there are a lot of truck bodies you can get put onto your truck so that it fits your specific business needs better. Here is a quick overview of some of the specialty truck bodies that your truck could potentially be equipped with.  #1 Service Bodies If you run any type of service business, a service truck body may be exactly what you need. Typically service truck bodies include shelves, drawers and cabinets for you to put your belongings into. You can also have lifts built on your truck to help you maneuver your heavier equipment.  These types of trucks are often used for electrical, plumbing and small construction businesses.  The bodies can fit on a typical pickup truck, and are generally light weight. They don’t negatively impact the trucks’ carrying capacity and generally make your truck stronger and more durable.  #2 Crane Bodies A crane body looks a lot like a service body; it includes shelves, drawers, cabinets and compartments for your equipment. Additionally, a crane is placed in the bed of the pickup truck. The body can be crafted to support a variety of different boom-cranes. You can use the cranes to move around heavy materials. These trucks work well for construction professionals who need to move around heavy objects.  These body kits are generally a little heavier than service body kits. Your truck may need a little work done to it so that it can adequately support the extra weight of a crane body.  #3 Landscape Bodies If you run a landscaping or similar style business, a landscape body may be perfect for your truck. A landscape body looks like a big cage is added to the back of your truck. The body goes where the truck bed should be located. It has higher sides than a typical pick-up bed, and the back of the truck may have a lift attached to it. Additionally, the back of the truck should be sealed off with a gate.  This will allow you to store large equipment and transport it easily in your truck, such as lawn mower or snow blower. It also gives you space to hang up your tools, such as the shovels and racks that you use on your job sites.  If a regular business truck does not meet your business needs, you can take your truck to a company that creates truck bodies, like Metropolitan Truck Center Inc, and using one of the basic body types above, have them custom make a body that will fit your truck and your specific business...

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Look Out For These Possible Damages In Your New Car

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Did you know that a new car isn’t necessarily ready to drive? A new car may have damages that you have to repair before you take it out to the road. What is more, new car dealerships aren’t obligated to inform sellers about damages that don’t exceed five percent of the manufacturer’s recommended retail price. Here are some of the damages you may have to contend with in a new car. Dings and Scratches New cars get dinged and scratched a lot during transportation and storage. It makes sense that the more a car is moved, the more it’s likely to have its paint scratched. After all, dealerships’ parking lots and car storage areas tend to be overcrowded, and the cars can even scratch on each other. Then there is the issue of loading and unloading cars from trailers or containers, which can easily lead to scratches too. You need to take care of these dents and scratches to prevent rusting. Paint Overspray Just as an inadequate paint job isn’t satisfactory, paint on undesirable places (overspray) isn’t good for your car either. Overspray isn’t uncommon with new cars, especially on the difficult-to-paint areas, such as door jams, chrome trim, and the areas around the headlamps. A trip to an auto body shop may suffice. Such damage is especially possible if the dealer damages the car and repairs it unsatisfactorily. Spacing Between Openings Some new cars also come with spacing between openings that is meant to be tight. It may be that the car’s trunk doesn’t close properly; small spaces remain when the doors are closed, or the hood doesn’t fit as tightly as it should. Sure, some minuscule spacings are to be expected and normal, but they should be uniform on both sides of the car. Uneven spacings point to a problem that requires repair. Damages From Minor Accidents If you are buying a car that was being used as a demonstration (a demo unit), then there is one more thing you need to look out for. Dealers use demo cars to test drives, and the car may have gotten into a few mishaps during those rides. Granted, most of those repairs are repaired before the car is sold, but you want to be sure that they weren’t major repairs, and they were satisfactorily repaired. In short, don’t think your car is ready for the road just because you bought it as new. The dealer may sell you a car with small repairs, which may not be so small to you. Have an auto repair shop take care of the damages before they...

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Know Your BMW: The 4 Signs Of Transmission Trouble

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A BMW can be a beauty of a machine. It is designed to drive with courage, coast with ease, and steer like magic. Of course, you only get this experience if your BMW is in good shape. A BMW in need of repair is not just inconvenient, but it can be downright dangerous. Furthermore, one of the most important parts of your BMW is the transmission. Therefore, be sure to keep a lookout for these 4 signs of transmission trouble and seek a repair professional (such as one from August European) if you suspect an issue:  Slipping Transmission A transmission that is slipping, it might feel to you as though your car is stuck in one particular gear. Even if you upshift or downshift, the car doesn’t seem to respond accordingly. For example, you may be going 60mph on the highway, but the engine is revving at an incredibly high speed (and loudly). This is a bad sign. If you hear the characteristic whining or loud spinning coming from the transmission, it’s time to seek repair. Also, beware of the acceleration speed. If you all of the sudden notice lower acceleration, this could also be a sign of a slipping transmission.  Shifting is Rough In addition to slow shifting, you’ll want to beware of rough shifting. If your BMW is jerky – slowing and accelerating rapidly – during shifting, it could mean that your transmission is not interacting with your clutch properly. It could be a sign of improper fluid levels or simply a gear in poor shape. Regardless, if you notice this “clunking” sound when shifting, it’s a sign of more issues to come. The Engagement is Delayed This issue is similar to rough shifting. When you are in the parked position (“P”) and you shift into drive (“D”), this activates your gears and you should steadily roll into motion without much hassle. However, if there is a significantly longer delay than usual between the action of shifting into D and the actual forward movement of your vehicle, it could mean your transmission isn’t doing its job. Leaking Fluid Sometimes, your air conditioner can leak when your car sits still, leaving a puddle. This is merely condensation and is not an issue. However, if you see red fluid under your car, this is a tell-tale sign of a transmission leak. Your BMW may be a well-built machine, but it has mechanical and fluid needs just like any other car. If you want to continue to drive your BMW and stay safe, comfortable, and in control, beware of the 4 signs above. If you notice them, call your BMW repair professional for reliable...

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Car Tips: 4 Reasons Your Car Isn’t Starting

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You expect your car to start when you turn the key, but what if it doesn’t? Hopefully the following guide will help you find out what is going on during this frustrating time.  The Battery One of the common reasons your car may not start may be your battery. You may already know how to get a jump start from a friendly fellow driver, or you can follow the link to learn. But, the issue could also lie with your battery’s connection to the red or black cables. Check–with your car off while wearing protective gloves–just how secure the connection is. You can tighten them using a wrench. Your battery might also be corroded, which looks like a buildup of off-white residue on the connections that are not allowing proper connectivity. This is something that your auto care specialist can help you take care of. The Fuel Filter This helps remove debris from the gasoline attempting to make it into you engine. But, just like other filters, it will get clogged up if it is not replaced in time. This blockage could hinder fuel delivery and cause your car to not start. The following are a few other related symptoms to look out for: Misfires while idling Stalling or stalling symptoms under heavy loads or steep roads You can talk to your auto care specialist to help you replace the fouled fuel filter. The Starter Another possibility is your vehicle’s starter, which transmits the spark needed to fire up combustion in your engine. Your car will fail to start if this compartment is not working properly. You might also have noticed the following signs of starter problems: Grinding or whining sounds when you attempt to start the car Smoke coming from under the hood when start is attempted, which could be a short Talk to your auto care specialist about this problem to get to the bottom of it. The Spark Plugs The plugs help ignite the combustion within your engine with a quick spark, but these could fail. Your car might not start because your spark plugs have failed. The following are other signs of bad spark plugs: Idling might feel rough An engine miss from time to time There may be power surges or a decrease of horse power You can talk to your auto care specialist about any of these issues should you notice any of the aforementioned symptoms. Or you may have another issue altogether like a bad carburetor. Contact an auto repair company, such as Newton Tire Company, for more...

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Transmission Tips: Simple Maintenance & Proper Handling

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Making sure your transmission is in good condition is as much your responsibility as it is your transmission specialist. The following is a simple guide to care for your transmission that may help extend its life. Maintenance For Your Transmission The transmission is a complicated compartment in your car that requires a specialized technician to diagnose problems, making it an expensive part to repair should you need to. This compartment–in simple terms–helps translate your power and direction needs to your wheels, so it is important to take care of this part of your vehicle. It would be wise to take some preventative measures, and you can do that with the following care tips: Be sure to check the transmission fluid regularly, or have your transmission specialist top it off. Check your fluid after your car goes through strenuous activities, like traveling uphill, driving under extreme temperatures, heavy stop and go traffic, or hauling a big load. These could overwork your transmission, which could deplete your transmission fluid. Change your transmission fluid and filter as needed. You can ask your transmission specialist when you should do that. Keep the compartments in your car that may affect your transmission in good condition. These compartments include the drive shaft, drive axle, sensors, radiator, cooling lines, and engine motor mounts to name a few. Ask your transmission specialist to check the transmission’s linkage condition every now and then You can talk to your transmission specialist about other maintenance tips that he or she will be able to offer. Transmission Handling The following are a few handling tips that may help extend the life of your transmission: Let your car warm up at least a minute or two before driving off, especially if the car has been off for a few hours. This allows the transmission fluid to warm up, lessening the thickness the fluid attains after a few hours of inactivity. Always put your emergency brake on whenever leaving your car in park. This is important because a small push can break your transmission’s parking pawl. Try not to rock your vehicle out of snow, should you find yourself stuck in it; use a shovel instead because rocking your vehicle may put too much stress on your transmission. Consider adding an external transmission cooler and filter to help extend your transmission’s life while keeping it from overheating. For more information, contact Integrity Transmission & Auto Service Center or a similar...

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3 Signs That You Need Your Transmission Serviced

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Having to rebuild your vehicle’s transmission can easily be the most expensive car repair to deal with and this is why recognizing transmission problems before they escalate is critical. Whether you drive an automatic or manual transmission vehicle, there are a few things that can inform you of any defects that you transmission may have, such as the following: Rattle and Grinding Noises When Shifting: When your vehicle shifts into a higher or lower gear is there noise present? Does your car shake? If either of these two are present, your transmission may have a cracked gear which can prevent your vehicle from transitioning into a different gear without any hesitations or grinding noises. Gears can be replaced, but you will want to be certain that you do so as soon as possible, as failing to do so can cause and create further issues to your transmission. A Burning Smell After Driving in The City: After driving around the city do you notice a burning smell coming from your vehicle? If so, there could be a good chance that this smell is coming from your transmission. If you haven’t had your transmission fluid flushed and replaced in a long time then your transmission fluid can become old, dirty, and build up deposits in your transmission. Because your transmission reaches very high temperatures when you’re driving around, this can cause your transmission to burn, which can potentially be the smell that you are noticing after driving around. So, if you smell burning coming from your car, consider taking it in so you can have your transmission fluid flushed and replaced. Delayed Response When Shifting: When shifting into your gears, your clutch applies pressure towards the transmission’s pressure plate and flywheel, and this allows your car to shift into a different gear. Well, if your gear is burning out or failing then this can cause a delay in how your transmission responds when shifting into a lower or higher gear. So, if you notice that your car doesn’t shift into a different gear immediately, then you may need to bring your car into a repair shop so you can have your clutches replaced. Knowing when your clutch is failing is very important, as this can help stop many major damages from occurring. Knowing these factors will help you understand when and why your transmission isn’t working properly and this will ensure you receive transmission repairs before any issues become a more serious and more expensive problem. To learn more, contact a transmission repair shop like Interstate Transmission &...

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4 Tips To Stop Premature Tire Wear Dead In Its Tracks

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Sometimes you wonder what happened to your tires; you just replaced them a few months ago, and they are worn out already. Why are your tires wearing out prematurely? How can you stop this? Here are a four tips you can follow to stop premature tire wear dead in its tracks. Tip #1: Frequently Rotate Your Tires Your car tires do not perform the same functions when it comes to breaking and loading. They also do not bear the same weight during any of the process. As a result, car tires wear out unevenly. Because of this, it is advisable to rotate your tires periodically. This will cause them to wear evenly. Consult with your mechanic or service provider, like XL Auto Service & Tires, to know how often you are to rotate your tires. Tip #2: Ensure Your Wheels Are Properly Aligned When a car’s wheels are not properly aligned, one or more of the wheels may carry more weight than it should. With this added weight and pressure, the tire will end up wearing prematurely. To stop this, each time you take your car for service, make sure that you have the wheels aligned. Do not wait until you have traveled on a rough road or gotten into an accident to align your wheels.  Tip #3: Always Have the Right Balance of Tire Pressure Friction also causes tires to wear down. What controls the amount of friction between the road and your car tire is the pressure in the tire. Having lower or higher pressure than what is required for your car will increase the amount of friction, thus causing premature tire wear. Therefore, always make sure you have the right amount of pressure in your tire. Tip #4: Make Sure Your Tires Are Balanced Balanced tires will definitely prolong your car tire’s life. Look at it this way: tire balancing reduces the vibration of the tire and the wheels as they move. If the tire and the wheels vibrate as they move, they increase friction between the tire and the road. As a result, your car tire will wear out prematurely. By balancing your car’s tires, you are limiting the amount of friction between your tire and the road, thus prolonging your tire’s life. Following the four tips listed above will help you prevent premature wear of your tires. However, it does not mean that you should prolong changing your tires against the manufacturer’s...

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You Do Have a Choice in Brake Pads

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Most people who take their cars in for brake repairs just accept the brake pads the technician chooses for them. You do have a choice of brake pad materials, though. Here are those choices and why you may want something other than the default replacement pad you would get from the auto shop. Semi-Metallic Brake Pads This is probably the brake pad you’ll get if you don’t ask for a specific type. The pad is made of a resin in which is embedded tiny metal fibers. The metal could be iron, steel, copper, or graphite. The size of the fibers dictates how expensive the pads are. Brake pads with coarse metal fibers are less expensive than the pads with fine fibers. The trade-off is that coarse fibers wear down your rotors faster. These pads work well in all temperatures and with all types of driving. These are also the best choice of pads for pulling heavy loads or driving in steep terrain. They are effective without being warmed up and are slow to fail at high temperatures, such as during prolonged braking on downward slopes like mountainous roads. The composition of semi-metallic brake pads does make them noisier than other pads. The metal fibers also create a dust that can coat the brake and wheel surfaces, but the dust washes off easily and does not affect the brake’s performance. Ceramic Brake Pads This brake pad is made of a combination of non-metallic and ceramic fibers encased in a flexible resin. These pads are more expensive than the semi-metallic variety, but the materials create less dust and are quieter than other pads. This is a good type of pad if you have a luxury car that you drive around town under normal road conditions. The ceramic pads wear down slowly, but they cause more wear on the rotors. You’ll need to have the brakes inspected more often with these pads. They also need to be warmed up before performing at their best. When driving in cold weather, you should apply your brakes a few times to create heat from the friction before trying to stop hard. These pads are also not good for towing heavy loads. They tend to weaken at high temperatures, such as when pulling heavy trailers or going down long hills. While ceramic pads are generally more expensive, a high-performance semi-metallic pad made for heavy towing can cost nearly as much. Choose the Pad Based on Your Driving Style Semi-metallic pads are best for any work vehicles carrying heavy loads pulling trailers extreme temperature ranges driving in unpredictable conditions low cost is a factor Ceramic pads are best for high performance and luxury cars driving in moderate temperatures times when appearance is important times when noise levels are important Now that you have a better idea of how brake pads work and which type is good for which situation, you can have more confidence in making decisions the next time you go in for brake...

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RV Black Water Tank Overfill False Alarms

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One thing that no RV owner wants to experience during a road trip is black water tank issues. The black water tank is the holding tank for the human waste flushed down the toilet. If this tank overflows, you face a number of issues that you honestly don’t want to have to deal with. To avoid this problem, most tanks are equipped with overfill alarms. Unfortunately, the level indicators and alarms can provide you with false readings, but here, you will find how what you can do to put a stop to false alarms.  Why is the indicator and alarm giving you false readings and alerts? The most common reason for false readings and alerts is debris caught up in the tank. To eliminate the false alarms, you must eliminate the debris. How do you stop false alarms? Flush the Holding Tank Empty the tank and flush it out well. To flush the tank, feed a garden hose into it through the toilet. Turn the water on and fill the tank with clean water. Try to move the hose around as you fill the tank to wash the debris off of the sides of the tank and break down any solids that just won’t go easily. After the tank has been filled, empty it once more and see if this worked for you. Try Chemical Treatments There are a number of chemicals used for treating the black waste water in your RV. These chemicals work to break down the solids and toilet paper that is in your tank. This will help to prevent it from sticking to the sides of the tank and stop the false alarms. Note: Another benefit of black tank chemical treatments is a decrease in odors coming from it through the toilet. Try a New Toilet Paper Toilet paper that you use in your home isn’t really meant for use in your RV. There is specially made toilet paper for RV use. This toilet paper breaks up more quickly and won’t cause as many issues with the black tank and toilet system. Use Extra Water If the false alarm is a common occurrence in your RV, it is quite possible that you aren’t using enough water when you flush the toilet. The black tank needs an adequate amount of water in it to prevent the solids and toilet paper from sticking to the sides. Run the water for 25 seconds or so while flushing to ensure enough water is in the tank. If you continue to experience the black tank level indicator and alarm, talk with your local RV repair technician (such as one from Auto-Truck Services Inc) for more...

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How To Avoid Buying A “Lemon”

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There are so many platforms for buying a vehicle. The Internet has made it easier to connect with sellers. However, it does not matter who you buy the vehicle from, but you need to make sure it is not a lemon. If you are thinking about buying a used car, then you should take a trusted auto mechanic along to inspect it. Here are three things to consider to prevent you from having car problems down the road. Check the Reliability Record If you want to prevent from buying a trouble-prone vehicle, then you should select one with a good reliability record. Consumer Reports’ comes out with an annual subscriber survey every year. This survey contains real-world reliability information that helps with narrowing down your selection. It gives you a list of the best and worst used vehicles to buy. Every vehicle in the survey has a reliability-history chart and a detailed vehicle profile. Check under the Hood You will need to check under the hood of the vehicle to make sure everything is functioning properly. If you are not familiar with cars, then you will need help from a mechanic. When you look at the battery, radiator and engine, there should be very little corrosion and relatively little grease. The hoses and belts should be unworn and pliable. You should also check for wet spots. This is an indication of leaking fluids or oils. If you see melted lines, tubes, wires or a blackened firewall, then this could be signs of the engine overheating. You should check the engine when it is cool. It is important to make sure that there is not any leaks, the fluids are clean and are filled to the proper level. The oil level should be between the “add” and “full” marks. The color of the oil depends on when it was last changed. However, normal oil is black or brown. If the oil is gelatinous or gritty, then the previous owner goes a long time in between oil changes. Thin oil that is the color of chocolate milk can be a sign of a blown head gasket. If you notice metal particles in the oil, then this can be a sign of heavy wear or internal damage. Check the Suspension You can check the suspension by pushing down on the fender and letting go. A good sign is when the vehicle rebounds lightly once or twice. If the vehicle rebounds more than two times at a more forceful rate, then it could be a sign of worn shock struts or absorbers. You can also check the suspension by driving it slowly on a bumpy road. If the car slams and bounces over the road, then it could have worn suspension. It takes a lot of effort and research to find the right car. Finding an honest seller and thoroughly inspecting the vehicle can help you with choosing the best...

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