Thursday, July 26, 2012

How to Find a Good Used Transmission for Your Vehicle

Every owner of a vehicle or automobile must be aware that engines and transmissions are the most important vehicle parts that can move the vehicles run successfully. But a time will come that these auto parts such as the transmissions need to be repaired or even replaced. Repairing these auto parts cost a lot of money so it is advisable to get a still-in-good condition used transmission from a wrecked car or get one from a transmission shop that specializes in installing used transmissions. Either way, here are some tips you should know when buying a used transmission.
There are ways in finding used transmissions. You can find them by browsing through your phone book for local auto repair shops and searching the internet for websites that are selling second-hand auto parts. You can also look for used transmissions in forums sites dedicated to repairing or selling used auto parts.
When you find the right used transmission for your vehicle, you must first check the mileage before you buy it. Make it sure that the used transmission you are buying is a low mileage transmission, as this is the best indicator if how much life remaining the transmission has. Some salvage yards may have records which will show how much the mileage was on the vehicle the transmission was taken from. You will have to verify the mileage of the transmission yourself if you need to be sure the mileage is right. You can ask for the VIN of the vehicle the transmission is from. Run a mileage verification report with Auto Check or CARFAX. Some of the salvage yard might only have the year of the vehicle, so choose the newest vehicle. If the salvage yard don't have such vehicle records, it is best to go somewhere else.
Since used transmission comes from a wrecked or damaged vehicle, it most likely has not been road tested yet. The only best way to check a used transmission is to make sure that it runs smoothly when shifting through all the gears. You can do this while the transmission is installed to the vehicle or you can use a transmission test stand. Visual inspection of the transmission is also important. You will need to check for noticeable signs of damage to the transmission such as cracks in the case.
You should consider asking or negotiate for a warranty. Warranties on used transmissions could be confusing and may even include very specific requirements depending on salvage yard or auto repair shop. Many high quality used transmissions will come with a 1 or 2-year warranty, while some may have 90-day warranty.
Buying a used transmission has many drawbacks. Even though when you are dealing with a specialized transmission shop but with not enough knowledge about a transmission type can result in a poor quality transmission repair and installation. However a smart buyer knows how to get what they really want and do it less expensive.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Brake Pad Selection for Your Car

Many people take their brakes and in particular their brake pads for granted on a grand scale. The braking system on your car is a lot more important than any other mechanism or component as it is the brakes themselves that prevent forward momentum and in emergencies will stop you when you need to be stopped.
Brakes in themselves are many individual parts that work together to respond to the actions of the driver so that the vehicle can slow down or stop. A crucial part of these components is the brake pads and without the right ones the stopping distance of any car is severely restricted.
The brake pad itself works by creating a constant friction between the pad and the car's brake discs. These are commonly recognized as dinner plate sized metal discs that sit within the wheel housing. As the brake is applied by the driver the brake pad is forced against the brake disc and this contact creates enough friction between the two surfaces to apply a slowing momentum on the wheel. The harder the driver presses on the brake pedal and the harder the pad and the disc come together thus creating greater friction and a greater stopping force.
Due to the different specifications of cars and even heavier vehicles such as trucks there is a direct correlation to the type of pad that is required based on the type of vehicle? Brake pads are subjected to massive stresses and strains as they are constantly in use and under pressure to perform. The faster the car is driven or the heavier a vehicle is the greater the strain is on the pad.
So what are the different types of brake pads on the market?
These are undoubtedly the most common variety of brake pads and are found on many, many vehicles. A unique blend of different metals creates metallic brake pads and within this mix you will find copper, iron, graphite and steel. After the right mix has been formulated a special bond is used to fuse these metals together to create the metallic brake pad.
Cost is a big factor for the success of these brake pads as they are produced on a mass scale and therefore a cost effective solution for the masses. Metallic brakes are a great conductor of heat and have the durability for stopping almost any type of vehicle. The downside is metallic brakes are so hard they can prematurely wear down other brake components and they are much heavier than other pads and therefore are not an ideal choice for racing or performance cars.
Once upon a time brake pads were traditionally made from a substance called asbestos. The advantage to using asbestos was the material has the ability to absorb massive amounts of heat without breaking down or malfunctioning. With great friction there comes heat and this material appeared to be an ideal solution to a problem. However due to a serious risk to human health this material was eventually phased out and banned from production altogether. It was the dust that came of the asbestos that posed the greatest threat as when breathed in it creates breathing problems.
The material that makes up organic pads is a natural occurring product such as glass or rubber and therefore doesn't produce dangerous by products. Another beneficial material for creating organic brakes is a substance called Kevlar which like asbestos absorbs massive quantities of heat but this material doesn't create dangerous by-products as it breaks down.
The other great advantage for many of these alternative materials is the fact that they are made of softer more pliable substances and therefore they are generally much quieter than the harder materials. So what vehicle would you use organic pads on? Because of their susceptibility to wear they are ideally used on smaller cars as anything that is driven too fast or any vehicle that is too heavy will wear down these materials in no time.
Hold onto your wallet boys as these brake pads cost a small fortune to buy. Of course there is a substantial reason for the cost of these pads as they offer durability, great performance and a lightweight alternative to other brake pads.
Ceramic pads will be more commonly found on performance cars or racing cars as their distinctive advantages are best suited to these performance models.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Thinking Of Taking Driving Lessons? A Quick Guide To Get You Started

OK, so you decided you want to learn to drive, learning to drive gives you an opportunity to learn a completely new skill, a skill that will open up a whole new world of independence for you. It is important that before you apply for your practical driving test that you are not only fully ready to pass but also are well prepared for a lifetime of safe and responsible driving.You need to be able to drive without any help or prompting consistently as well as know and understand all the road markings and traffic signs therefore you will need to gain all necessary skills to pass the test. Here I have prepared a quick guide for you, to give you some idea about things to come when you start your journey to get the full UK licence.
The first step is to apply for the provisional licence but before you do so there are few things you need to think about. First of all your eyesight, you can not drive on the road unless your eyesight meets certain requirements, one of the method of checking yourself is by trying to read a vehicle number plate from a specified distance. The highway code state that in good daylight you should be able to read a number plate from the distance of 20.5 metres which is about 67 feet. If you need to wear glasses or contact lenses to read number plates then you must wear them at all times while driving, you will also be required to pass the eyesight test at the beginning of your practical driving test. The testing method will also be making you read number plates from the required distance, You must also be at least 17 years old or over before you can apply for a provisional licence.
OK you have all the required documents and you are legally ready to take driving lessons, you must also make sure that you have the financial means to cover the cost of lessons as they can be very costly. You will also need to decide how quickly you want to learn as more hours of tuition you take per week the quicker you will become test ready, taking single lessons per week can take up to 10 months. If you have a family member or a friend who is over 21 then you can practice with them in addition to your driving school tuition but the accompanying driver must be over 21 and must have held (and still hold) a full UK licence, in the relevant category for three years.
If you are going to pay someone to teach you to drive than you want to make sure they have the experience and willingness to teach and are not there to just take your money. There are many driving schools who recruit trainee instructors and it's very unlikely that other than an ADI, a fully qualified DSA approved instructor would have the knowledge and experience to train you properly. What is the difference between a trainee instructor and an ADI and how can you tell the difference? - a trainee instructor who is still under training and has not completed the full training or passed all the tests to qualify as an ADI. Trainee instructors are granted a licence so they gain teaching experiences before their qualifying examination. ADI is an instructor who has completed the full training and has passed all the qualifying tests set by DSA (driving standards agency) to be approved and entered in the ADI register. To find out if your instructor is an ADI or a trainee, either you can ask or have a look at their badge usually displayed on car windscreen, pink badges are granted to trainees and green ones are to fully qualified instructors.
Now That You Booked Your Driving Lessons - Here Is Your First Few Lessons.
Once you are in the driving seat here are some of the things you will see, the instrument panel, foot controls, hand controls and last but not least mirrors. OK what are the foot controls? they are three pedals that you control with your feet known as the accelerator, footbrake and clutch. The accelerator and footbrake is operated by your right foot while the clutch is operated by your left foot only. Hand controls - the parking brake, gearstick, steering wheel and the indicators are all operated with your hands, there are many other hand controls such as the horn, windscreen wipers, demister controls and headlights.
Before you can safely pull away you should make sure all your mirrors are adjusted correctly so that you get a clear view of the road behind you. While seating in your normal driving position adjust your mirrors so that you can see with minimum head movement, try not to touch the interior mirror with your fingers while adjusting as this will leave finger print marks on the mirrors and blur the view. Make sure you adjust the interior mirror in a way so you get the full view of the back window or the best possible view, the side mirrors should be adjusted in a way so that you're only seeing just a little bit of your car and most of the road. Make sure you adjust mirrors before you move away as adjusting them while driving is very dangerous, if you do forget than always pull up to adjust them. You must make all adjustment after you have correctly adjusted your seats, if you need to move your seats for any reason than you must adjust the mirrors again as they will not be adjusted to you anymore. While driving you must not look at any of your mirrors too long as it is very important you keep your eyes on the road ahead at all times, just do quick glances at them. Remember the side mirrors are not to be used to make your judgements as they are designed slightly curvy to give you wider angle of view therefore objects will appear further away then they really are, while the interior one is made from flat glass which gives you the true image, always use the interior mirror to make your judgement.
Emerging at a T junction - this when a vehicle is moving out of a minor road and crossing or turning to joining a major road.You will need to be familiar with the MSPSL routine and Give Way lines, a give way lines across the road means you must give way to traffic already on the road you wish to turn in to as they have priority over you. you must make sure you pick a safe gap and must not emerge and cause other drivers to alter their speed or change direction, otherwise be patient and wait for a safe gap. You may come across some junctions that do not have any markings, you mast not assume that you have priority over others, just treat them as a give way junction. As you wait on the give way line and the vehicle approaching is signaling left to turn in to the road you are in then wait until you are sure the vehicle is turning and not pulling up on the left, there are times when motorists can forget to cancel their signals after making a turn. Sometimes your zone of vision can restricted by parked vehicles, walls or other obstructions, you will need to edge forward until you can clearly see, if another vehicle is not in your zone of vision then you are not in theirs. You will need to particularly look out for motorcyclists when emerging as they can be very difficult to see, being smaller than other vehicles but approaching just as fast. Once you have emerged you will need accelerate to pick the speed up to a safe speed for the road condition as soon as possible, check the interior mirror to find out the speed and position of the vehicle behind you and make sure to cancel the signal.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Stretch Your Dollar at Government Car and Truck Auctions

Government car and truck auctions are melting pots of great used vehicles. As always there are some tremendous deals waiting to be sold to the highest bidder!
But don't guess there's no risks involved once you decide to purchase your car or truck from one of these auctions. It's because these cars are used cars and if you know how to go about it, you will find your experience at most car and truck auctions a good one. The first thing that it is important for you to take into consideration is your need to check out the car or truck you want to put your bid on and note the price range you can afford.
Check the vehicle out to feel sure you will be bidding on a quality pre-owned vehicle. There are many auctions that allow for a quick but fair preview. So make use of this pre inspection offer where you can ascertain all the facts about the car or trucks you might want to bid on. The more you know the better off you are to make an informed choice on what is available to buy and what to steer clear of.
Equip yourself with the necessary technology and online service that will allow you to check the car or truck history.You can bring a mobile or wireless device like your smart phone that could enable you to hook up to an on online service that may give you the chance to check the VIN# of the car along with other available details.
Don't take these tips for granted because this really spells the difference between a wise buyer and a foolish one. Get your hands dirty and take a look at the engine, body and everything to check out if the car will work properly. By doing this, you are also able to see defects that are not easily detected upon first glance.
And if you don't have the necessary know-how, ask a good mechanic you might know to accompany you to the auction. Let him see for himself if the car is a good buy or possibly not such a wise investment.
Also, deal directly with the auctioneers concerned and not with agents just to make sure that you are not being pressured to purchase a poor quality car. Make certain that all of the car's documents are in order and updated..By equipping yourself with the tips and advice here, there's a chance that what you'll get is a great buy.
Car auctions are really great places for you to win a great priced car or truck after a little of bit of home work and preparation. Lots of them tend to have websites and offices where you can get access to details relative to buying their cars and trucks and under what conditions and terms.
Just try to use a couple of these simple tips and you'll be hopefully guided properly during the exciting process of buying or bidding on a used car or truck from a government auction. They are a lot of fun to go see even if you don't make a bid.
At least go and get the experience of a couple auctions under your belt. You will feel way more comfortable and confident when you are ready to participate in the bidding on your first car and truck at one of these government auctions.