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Radiator & Auto Cooling Systems the Basics

It can be said that to auto owners their radiator and cooling systems are at least familiar to them. Since an automobiles’ radiator and cooling hoses are readily visible under the hood, and it is estimated that up to 4 out of 5 vehicle owners routinely top up their own glycol anti-freeze liquids this is no major revelation of motoring maintenance to most.

Overall and to summarize the cooling system of your vehicle – be it car, truck, or SUV does exactly what its name suggests – it removes, reduces and fundamentally its function is to remove heat from your engine system expelling this waste heat into the nearby air. Without this essential cooling system of your “power-plant”, the heat built up from the exploding gasoline vapors (in a gas engine), would soon overheat and ultimately ruin your engine. Interestingly on the other hand, automotive cooling systems are not nearly as essential to the running and ongoing maintenance of diesel engines. Diesel engines last a lot longer than gas ones overall. Diesel fuels are essentially waste oils; they do not burn as hot. Additionally the fuel oil provides great lubrication for the pistons as they slide in their shafts, whereas in gas engines the gas vapor provides no lubrication and on top of that serves to wash oil off the engines’ cylinder walls.

Your cooling system is built so that a mixture of ethylene glycol antifreeze liquid and water flows into the passages cast into your engine block, where it absorbs heat. A water pump – generally a belt driven device, running directly off your engine itself, circulates this hot coolant liquid mixture, through the engine and then out via a standard auto coolant hose into the radiator of your vehicle.

To increase air flow through the radiator – in an effect to get more cooling power out of your rad system a fan draws air through the fins or tubes on the radiator itself. These fan systems used to be driven almost exclusively directly off another belt on your engine, now many are electrically driven, thermostatically controlled units.

How does the cooling system work overall? Waste heat from your engine is conducted via your engine “block” to the coolant fluid. Then the fluid is circulated by the water pump unit, through the channels of your engines’ heavy metal block, through the rubber coolant hoses, which you should be easily spotted when peering into your engine compartment. These coolant hoses pass from their fitting on the engine ultimately to the radiator. Thus the hot antifreeze coolant carries the engines’ waste heat from the engine directly into the radiator where the air flowing (or drawn by the working rad fan) expelling, diluting and exhausting waste excess heat from your vehicles’ motor into the nearby air.

An autos’ cooling systems runs so well, and are generally so dependable in their functions and functioning that few give the coolant and heat system its due – until problems occur. Generally it is either a case of overheating due to excessive vehicle draw, or slow driving in very hot temperatures and climates with low coolant fluid levels. However interestingly another case in point where a malfunctioning cooling system draws attention is in cold climates where a vehicles interior heating may not be not be enough coolant fluid or circulating antifreeze to allow for the vehicles’ interior car heater to warm up its occupants, or defrost the autos’ windshield sufficiently for automotive safety & driving concerns.

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Toyota HiAce Supe Grandia

Toyota HiAce Super Grandia is part of Toyota’s fifth-generation Hiace exclusively launched in the Philippines. In 2006, the new top-of-the-line Hiace Super Grandia was launched, being the first ever Hiace in the Philippines with a standard automatic transmission. With a worldwide reputation for proven performance to back it, the HIACE Commuter is designed from the ground up to match today’s active lifestyles, and comes loaded with features to make driving more comfortable, more stylish and more enjoyable.

Specifications:
Transmission: 5-speed manual, 4-speed automatic
Engines: 2.5 L, 3.0 L D-4D diesel, 2.0L, 2.7L VVTi Petrol
2-TV headrest monitor
Dual sliding door, ABS, keyless entry
Seating Capacity: 11 passengers
Double Wishbone with Stabilizer Bar / Rigid Axle, Leaf Spring
2.5 Liter Diesel, 4-Cylinder In-Line 16V Double Overhead Camshaft (DOHC) (Turbo Charged)
Overall Dimension – 4,840 x 1,880 x 2,105

The new Toyota HiAce Super Grandia is packaged with an entirely new concept that combines large cargo space for functionality, a unique styling that gives an advanced powerful look, and a driving performance, which incorporates a Direct Injection 4-stroke Common Rail Diesel Engine (D-4D). The new Hiace GL Grandia raises the standard in the van segment by providing customers with an evolution of functions: capacity, durability, reliability, economy, comfort and a higher level of Luxury.

Luxury of performance. – Built for years of reliable service, the HIACE has an immense carrying capacity without sacrificing comfort. It is equipped with an improved frame structure that gives stability to the vehicle together with Toyota’s smooth and high performance 2.5 Liter D-4D Common Rail Diesel Engine that maximizes power output and has excellent fuel efficiency. The newly developed package of the Hiace offers long, wide interior space with three rows of passenger seat with the width that allows a passenger load of eleven adults to sit in comfort with ample leg space.

Luxury of safety. – From active safety features like the Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) and LED High-Mount Stop Lamp to passive safety features like SRS Airbags, crumple zone construction and 3-Pt. ELR Seatbelts, the Toyota Hiace is truly equipped with advance features for your family’s security. The new Hiace Grandia purses the comfort and luxury of a family van, while it offers maneuverability with the toughness needed by a hard-working vehicle.

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Auto Dealerships: Is Your Auto Detail Company a Vendor Or a Strategic Partner?

If you think that detail companies just wash the cars, you may be missing an opportunity to increase sales and generate higher profits.

Enhanced Internet Ads. Make ready services for pre-owned purchases are critical to enhancing the appeal of the car in internet photos.

Enhanced appearance on lot & in the showroom. Invest the money up front to insure the cars have a luxurious finish and all the details have been addressed. Your detail company should be monitoring the condition of the showroom cars – daily – to insure the best presentation possible.

Partnership on Service Department Sales. Sell more details to your current customers-keep them coming to you for all their car needs. This is a clear win-win for the auto dealership and the detail company.

Focus on what you do well. Auto Dealerships are talented at selling and servicing cars. Detail companies are focused and talented at cleaning and reconditioning cars.

 

Invest in a Partnership. To maximize the benefits of outsourcing, you must select a business partner – not just a car wash company.

This means the corporate culture and values should be an important part of the evaluation and selection process. The business acumen of the outsource organization- their ability to understand dealership problems and help in finding solutions – should be critical to you.

For example, the number one reason customers are dissatisfied with the delivery of their car (either upon purchase or service) is that it is not clean. A Partnership allows the dealership and the detailing firm to work together to improve CSI scores.

Great CSI scores mean bonus’ and incentives to the Dealership. Develop a partnership with your Detail Company in order to align goals and work together to maximize each others’ profits. Overall, by outsourcing the auto detail function at a dealership and selecting the right strategic partner, an auto dealership should be able to:

• Enhance auto appearance;

• Add services to expand customer offerings and profit dollars; and

• Focus on Dealership core competencies (Sales & Service).

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How to Select the Best Auto Detailing Equipment

Quality is the most important consideration when purchasing auto detailing equipment like pressure washers. Auto detailing machines should be durable and powerful, yet they should not damage the vehicle. Commercial auto detailing products are more suitable for the car wash industry because of their excellent quality and productivity-enhancing features.

Some indications that an auto detailing machine is of good quality are listed below:

  1. Powerful Motor: The motor should be robust, with a minimum strength of 0.75 HP. NEMA certification should indicate that the motor has been tested for quality and energy efficiency.
  2. Power Methods: A good quality, global pressure washer supplier offers more than just one option for power; such as 110v-120v, 220-240v, or 440v; single-phase, three-phase; and 50 Hz or 60 Hz.
  3. Heavy Duty Construction: Exteriors should be comprised of corrosion resistant, chip proof, durable powder coated steel. Heating coils should be comprised of rugged stainless steel or schedule 80 heating coils. Ordinary pressure washer parts are made of aluminum, which is a good conductor of heat and electricity but is less stable under prolonged conditions of high temperature and pressure.
  4. Hose: Don’t ignore the hose quality. Hoses used in car wash machines are more than simple rubber tubing. They should be strong enough to withstand high pressure and temperature. The hose, usually made of rubber, should be strengthened with wire. Rubber is stronger and more flexible than synthetics; opt for a rubber hose to use with your car wash machines. Dual layered hoses are best to provide the greatest longevity.

 

Features to Enhance Productivity

Apart from sound construction, the car pressure washer should be designed to increase productivity.

  1. Portability: If you service a large customer base or have a mobile car wash business, it would be a good idea to invest in a portable car pressure washer designed for a mobile car wash. This type of car washing machine is lightweight, compact, and can be rapidly mounted on a trailer. If you work at a fixed location, you may prefer a stationary pressure washer.
  2. High Temperature: Some commercial pressure washers may reach temperatures of 330°F. Others have maximum temperatures of 210°F. Hot water removes grease and petrochemical derivatives and their deposits. For heavy layers of grease, utilizing the steam setting is essential. For this reason, wet steam is the preferred output for auto detailing. Tri-mode pressure cleaners are also available to enable use of hot water, cold water, or wet steam as needed for varying applications.
  3. Low Flow Rate: Working on client location with restrictions on water use would be very difficult if low flow car wash machines are not available. These mobile car wash equipment have flow rates of around 0.5 GPM (compared to the usual 3-5 GPM) and save hundreds of gallons per car during the wash cycle.
  4. Nozzle Spray: The size of a nozzle spray depends on the nozzle construction. This is important because the spray pattern determines the effectiveness of cleaning. A highly pressurized, narrow spray produced by a zero degree nozzle would not be sufficient for cleaning the entire car exterior surface, for example, but it could be used for cleaning tire grooves. Other sizes include 15, 25, and 40 degrees.

Remember that the pressure level should at no point exceed 1500 psi or you risk inflicting damage on the car. Proper selection of the right car detailing machine goes a long way in ensuring a trouble-free work load.

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Some Tips to Help You Buy Your Favorite RV

Buying and maintaining an automotive RV can be an expensive decision and it is always better to decide beforehand if you’re hard earned money is really worth investing over it. One way to get to know if you are investing in the right direction is to learn more about RV’s and life in them. You can easily do this by renting one for a few days or at least a week.

In fact depending upon your affordability, you can decide on the size of the automotive you aim to purchase. Expenses do not end with buying a RV. Maintaining your RV thoroughly clean will call for some costs. Stocking it with some amenities like toiletries, towels, dishes, sheets, silverware and the other tools that go with it will do cost you to some extent. Other important expenses that need to be met are the traveling expenditure, the insurance cost and of course the parking fees.

A RV can be an independent motorized unit or a trailer that you can put behind your SUV or the minivan that you own. A trailer will cost you much less and it is you who will decide which one you want to go for.

Next thing to chalk out is the size of the motor home you wish to buy. Checking in a large automotive showroom will help you evaluate many things like your traveling needs, your lifestyle and a suitable RV size that matches you.

So it is best to get inside one and check everything like the cooking area, shower area, space for stacking the dishes, the clothes, your LCD T.V area, place to sit, sleep and walk a bit and so on. Some excellent websites on the internet will throw light on many such aspects and help you decide about your future RV that you wish to own.

If you intend to travel on a regular road then any RV will work well. If you plan an adventure holiday, then you need to buy one that is equipped for such travel across tricky terrains without the fear of getting stuck or end up with a break down. Depending upon the size and weight of the RV, the gas costs work accordingly.

A 2-berth RV will fetch you approximately 35 mpg, while the bigger ones will yield lesser mileage. Going for the LPG-conversion automotive will make sense with regard to the gas costs. You can buy a brand new one that carries warranty plus total comfort for you or with a little risk you can buy a used one. The choice is of course yours.

It is wise to get inside one and walk around a bit and also conduct a test drive. There are many forums on the internet that are good places to gain knowledge before buying your own RV. You can get to know the different discounts you can avail while buying, the warranty you will get, the different companies selling such automotive and so on. Backed with these basic ideas, you can find your prized catch and proceed to buy it. You can plan your dream trips and outings and experience RVing at your own pace and comfort. No wonder you will discover that in time, it will become your favorite mode of transport.

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Wintertime Car Storage Automobile Preparation

The cold weather winter will soon be about us. Father winter can do good damage to your vehicle – be it a car, truck, S.U.V. or other automotive product. If you are storing your vehicle for the winter – whether you be a winter “Snowbird” spending the winter in southern climes or just a car guy or gal with a vintage or classic vehicle to store over the winter there are basic procedures to follow as well as situations and damage to avoid and prevent to your automobile.

First and foremost wash your car thoroughly. In addition if you have chrome well take off any dirt and grime. Use a metal brush carefully if necessary. Moisture can be retained in the dirt and grime causing rust and corrosion over the winter time period.
A nice application of auto wax is also nice as well. In addition ensure that the interior is fully cleaned and vacuumed – lets pests locate any residues and left overs inadvertently left and are attracted to the vehicle to do their damage. Not only are you giving your car a once over. In the springtime you will have a car that is clean and enticing and looks good. It is often said that a clean car runs and rides better.

Next check all fluid levels. Fill up the gas tank full. Fuel and water do not mix. A ¼ full tank of gas can be a center for corrosion development. These rust particles can move along and cause you woes in your fuel system – be in a vintage carburetor or a newer more modern vehicle with fuel injection. Ensure that your radiator antifreeze is set for a worst case, coldest day on record, temperature. In addition check your windshield washer antifreeze. Ensure that the windshield washer antifreeze is filled with winter ready solution. At the worst drain this reservoir empty.

Next you may want to do an oil change for the winter storage. On first note this may seem a waste. After all the car will be just sitting there over the winter not being used in any way. Still motor oil used in the fall and summer may contain its share of moisture and condensation, dust and dirt particles which are abrasive and residues of fuel. The resulting compounds in the oil may make your engine oil acidic and will cling not only to the oil pan but any of the vital engine components that it has lubricated and resides on. It might be a safe bet of insurance not only to fill the gas tank and check antifreeze levels but also to change your engine oil.

In terms of choice of storage, any can be good as long as there is good security over the winter and your pocket book is not hurt too much. Storage can be actual indoors heated storage, it can be unheated. It can be outdoors – which if properly done can be just fine. First if possible enclose the vehicle in a covering – a cocoon so to speak.

Especially if your car is outside do not cover your vehicle with a plastic or canvas tarp. Winter storms with strong winds can cause tarp and tie down ropes to be moved around, with some force. Repeatedly over the length of the winter time storage period, the result can be scratches on the paint surface of the vehicle and even cases where paint is wore right through. In addition a tarp may trap condensation encouraging rust, corrosion and even fungus. Spring for a proper custom made cocoon fabric covering if at all possible.

If there is one point and consideration to follow in storing your vehicle over the winter, to look for, is to store your vehicle with adequate ventilation. Without adequate ventilation and air flow exchange, a stored vehicle, in its cocoon, is most susceptible to damage from condensation. Without proper and adequate airflow condensation can do great damage to your paint, painted surfaces, chrome and exposed or even hidden metal parts and components. Ditto humidity concerns for your vehicles interior and upholstery.

Lastly if your car is stored outdoors, in the winter, a highly recommended form of protection can be afforded easily by a portable, free-standing portable garage. These are relatively inexpensive and easily set up. Storage in a safe, outdoor compound is generally much less expensive than indoors. Such a setup of a portable garage allows for the best of many worlds – protection from snow, no physical contact, very good ventilation and lastly less cost to the auto owner.

By taking the time to perform a few simple maintenance procedures and providing for proper and safe storage you will be providing for longer vehicle longevity with a car of fantastic appearance. In addition you will save yourself a lot of automobile headache and heartache come next spring. All in all taking the time to prepare your vehicle for winter storage is the best value of all when it comes to car care and maintenance.

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Essential test drive tips

Taking a test drive is one of the most important steps of the car buying process – it’s your way of making sure that vehicle you have researched and reviewed meets your expectations.

A test drive also offers a first opportunity to check that you’ll enjoy driving the car once you have bought it.

Taking a test drive is even more important if you’re planning on buying a used, or nearly new car. It’s your only chance to make sure the vehicle is in good condition and free of faults – if you don’t feel confident doing this, we recommend you book a qualified engineer to check the car on your behalf.

Don’t be afraid to ask to take a car out more than once. Dealers will be keen to close the deal, but If you’re close to making a decision, going back for an extended drive is the best way to confirm that those good first impressions are here to last.
Insurance

Before you even think of taking to the driver’s seat, make sure you are insured to carry out the test drive.
Dealers will have cover specifically for this purpose, but if you test drive a used or nearly-new car being sold by a private vendor, you’ll need to use your own.
If you are unsure, talk to your insurer. They will be able to offer you comprehensive cover over a short period of time so that you can test drive the cars you are thinking of buying.

Seats

Make sure you can adjust the seat and the steering wheel so you’ve got a comfortable driving position.
If a car has removable seats, ensure that they fit securely and that none of the connectors are damaged.
If you plan to use child seats, take them with you and make sure that they fit.

Engine

If you plan to buy a nearly new car, make sure that the engine’s cold before you start it – by placing your hand on the bonnet.
If the car feels warm, find out why, and bear in mind that the seller could be trying to hide a problem.
When the car starts, look in the rear view mirror to check for signs of smoke.
On the road, the car should accelerate smoothly.

Suspension

Make sure there are no unusual clunks or bangs from the suspension.
Check that the car doesn’t bounce or roll unevenly through corners.
Broken springs, a fault you may find on a used car, will reduce road grip and braking performance.

Steering

With the car stationary, turn the steering wheel from lock-to-lock to check that its action feels smooth and is free from resistance.
Check the turning circle in a car park to make sure it meets your needs.
Check that that the wheels do not rub on the bodywork while you drive forward on full lock.

Brakes

The brakes should respond immediately, and not need pumping or pressing very hard to make work.
There should be no loud noises from the brakes, however hard you use them.

Gearbox

Gears should be easy to engage, and the action should feel consistent.
Automatic gearboxes should swap gears smoothly and quickly.
If the clutch doesn’t engage until the pedal has reached the top of its travel, it may need to be changed.

Family

Take your family with you if plan to travel with them regularly.
They will help you spot problems with practicality and versatility.

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I Want to Open a Detail Shop

Are you a car lover? If you are a car lover and are considering a business of your own, perhaps you might consider starting an automobile detailing shop. Generally there are two types of customers who will want to use your service. There is the retail detail customer and the wholesale auto detail customer.

Both of these two types of customers can be lucrative if you’re careful which services you offer and how you go about marketing your company. The retail detail customer would be the private car owner who loves their car sometimes more than their own children. Much of their love of the American automobile is tradition and some is ego driven. Neither of which should matter to you as you were should be more concerned about making money.

If your auto detail shop has a great reputation around town and plenty of referrals you may find yourself able to charge upwards of $180 to detail and SUV or $135 for a regular car. The wholesale auto detail customer would be a car lot, which has used cars that are traded in and need to be brought up to show room condition. Some auto dealers will go to the auctions in order to put used cars on their lots. Many used car lots will also go to the auto auctions and they will want those cars detailed so they can put pristine automobiles in their showroom and on their lot.

Additionally new car dealerships often have customization requests from customers such as pin-striping, special sealant protectors and custom graphics. All of these aftermarket auto accessory type services can provide your shop with more profits. An auto detailing shop is a very labor-intensive business and you’ll have to watch management issues, but it can be lucrative business if you are careful with the market mix, the services you offer and the quality of the services you perform. Consider all this in 2006 and good luck.

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Tips live AC

Yes. If we want to turn the AC on the car, do it at low RPM. RPM position (or rotation per minute) at low engine idle there, when we did not step on the gas pedal. Steps like these we need to do if we want to take care of air conditioning. The technical reason is actually very simple steps. That is, in order to avoid friction between the pulley and the overly harsh pressure plate (pressure plate) on the AC compressor. Pulley and pressure plate is a very important component in the air conditioning system work. Pressure plate is the component that serves as a liaison so that the air conditioning compressor shaft to rotate. Duties as a liaison was only able to run after the pressure plate attached to the pulley. Pressure plate will be close (to adhere) to the pulley when we turn on the air conditioner.

The problem, pulley is always spinning components for engine life. And, pulley rotation is changing. Sometimes fast, sometimes slow. High and low pulley hanging round the engine. Pulley will turn faster when the engine per minute (RPM) high. Conversely, slower when low rpm per minute. Of work that we can predict, when it is appropriate to attach the pressure plate to the pulley. And we can imagine what would happen if we put a pressure plate when the spins very fast. On lap faster, the friction between the surface of the pressure plate and pulley will be very hard. If this practice continues to happen, the two components of friction surfaces will quickly wear out. When already worn out, the next effect is tedious: rotary power engine to its full potential can not be forwarded to the AC compressor. Engineers call this condition the term slip.

There are two effects that are generally advanced riders feel if slip occurs. First, the AC was not cold enough. Second, there was a noise on the AC compressor. The impact that makes us uncomfortable, is not it? Therefore, if you want to turn on the air conditioner, do it at low RPM.

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Mobile Auto Detailing for Car Leasing Companies

If you own a mobile detailing business and you are looking to increase your customer base or clientele you may wish to look in your local phone book under Car Leasing Companies and contact them to see if they need auto detailing services. Auto Leasing Companies make very good customers for many reasons. How so you ask?

Well let’s take one company, a large one; Enterprise Car Leasing. Enterprise Car Leasing is a great place to find business for a mobile auto detailer and they need good, reliable service. The Enterprise Company and their sales teams, through leads coming in from Enterprise, find customers who wish to lease cars and the Enterprise Leasing team finds the car they want and helps them buy it for a great price.

They will also have you detail these cars if they cannot get the dealership to do it. Many times the dealerships which sell to car leasing companies sell these cars so cheap on a fleet deal that there is really no money in the deal to pay for the car dealership to detail it and Enterprise or any car leasing company cannot really deliver a new car to a customer all dirty.

Enterprise makes about $500 profit on the deal and also money from their own in house financing division. It is a good way to buy a car and not get screwed for the business customer and Enterprise wants happy customers. They will send you business if you ask them for it. New car detailing for Enterprise needs to be at or near $60-85 per car and they often buy seal coats for another $100 and pass it on to customers for $200 or more.