Monday, 8 January 2018

Important Things You Need To Know About ‘Check Engine’ Light In Cars

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Check Engine or Service Engine light on the dashboard cluster of your car can be very confusing and can throw one off balance. This faulty light does not specifically say what is actually wrong with the car.
Unlike other lights such as Airbag Check light and Engine oil check light which specifies the exact problem, check engine is very much different. There are a lot of reasons why the light can come up.
As threatening as this warning sounds, it can be as unserious as a lose fuel cap and as well be as serious as a malfunctioning catalytic converter.

Generally, this warning light offers no explanation why you need to check the engine suddenly.
This light can come in two modes, the steady check engine light and secondly, a blinking check engine light.
  • When this check engine light is blinking
    The situation is usually a very serious one such as misfiring of the car engine.
    When the engine misfires, unburned fuel is dumped into the exhaust system;  this pushes the temperature of the catalytic converter to its breaking point.When the check engine light blinks repeatedly, find a safe place and park your car. Then organize an auto electrician to carry out diagnoses.
  • When the check engine light is steadyThis situation is not an emergency situation. You can continue driving but ensure you find out what the fault is as soon as possible.
    There are reasons why the check engine light comes up; they include:
  1. Loose or bad gas cap:
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    Loose gas cap can trigger this check light to appear steady on your dashboard cluster. This is regarded to be the slightest cause for the check light to appear.This gas cap seals the fuel system which makes it maintain the pressure in your fuel tank.Loose or damaged fuel cap will reduce the mileage of your car as well as increase the emission.When the check engine light comes on, the first thing advised you do is to pull over and then tighten the fuel cap. Replace it if it’s already bad. This could be a solution to the problem. After ensuring you have properly done this, continue with driving your car to see if the check engine light goes off.
  2. Bad/failing catalytic converter :
    The function of this catalytic converter is to convert the harmful gases such as carbon monoxide from your car into less harmful emission.A failing catalytic converter will affect the movement of your car; it won’t go faster when you step on the gas when the damage becomes severe.This problem can trigger the check engine light to come on.A bad oxygen sensor can hasten the failure of this catalytic converter.
  3. Faulty oxygen sensor:
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    When this sensor deteriorates, it fails to give the accurate reading of the air to fuel ratio. The oxygen sensor monitors the exhaust for unburned fuel.Faulty oxygen can cause the check engine light to come up.
  4. Faulty mass airflow sensor:
    This is another trigger to the check engine light on your dashboard. This sensor directs your computerized car on the correct amount of fuel to add based on the amount of air going to the engine.A failing mass airflow sensor would always give your car poor idling as well as stall your car.Have the sensor diagnosed and replaced if necessary.
  5. Bad spark plugs or HT cables:
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    As the fuel cap seal the fuel system, the spark plugs seal the combustion chamber.Spark plugs ignite the spark needed to burn the mixed air and fuel in the cylinders.Plugs fail over time and there is no way to avoid it failing.These are some of the reason why the check engine can come up.
    When it appears, have your car diagnosed in order to know what exactly the problem is. Remember to first tightening your car fuel cap first.
    You can as well as the comment section to share your experience or add yours to the points we already have above. We love hearing from you.

Friday, 5 January 2018

Nigerian Army Purchases Innoson Armoured Fighting Vehicles

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To actualize the commitment of encouraging local manufacturers’ participation in producing and developing military industrial complex of Nigeria, the Nigerian Army set up a partnership with Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Compay Ltd - the first indigenous car maker in the country, located in Nnewi, Anambra State to design, conceptualize , produce and modify armoured fighting vehicles and other military equipment.
The partnership was officially established on January 2nd 2018 at a meeting between the two sides at the Army Headquarters, Abuja. The representative of Innoson Vehicles’ management was Dr. Innocent Chukwuma OFR - Chairman of the company and the Nigerian Army delegation led by Mr. TY Buratai, the Chief of Army Staff and Lieutenant General.

Mr. TY Buratai had a speech at the meeting and he gave his congratulation to Innoson Vehicles for enormous strides the company has achieved in producing various car brands recently. He also said that the nature of the meeting was to further formalize the partnership between Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company and the Nigerian army.
The Chief expressed his excitement and delight as he recalled the Nigerian Army’s patriotism in an effort to boost local businesses to request Innoson Vehicles to provide three vehicles at the beginning of last year. The vehicles were seen as durable and offered great performances as they were used in combat and showed their convenient, useful and comfortable features in military operations.
Based on that, the Army ordered more than 70 versions of the Innoson cars which were made in the North East for Operation LAFIYA DOLE.
He emphasized that through this partnership, the Army desires to promote the cooperation between the two sides in terms of designing, conceptualizing, producing and modifying military hardware.
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The Nigerian Army desires to promote the cooperation between the two sides in terms of designing, conceptualizing, producing and modifying military hardware
The partnership will be implemented on some specific areas including immediate providing 100 vehicles, supply of proper gear, chassis and engine needed for immediate repairs and modifications of armored combating vehicles in the North East Theatre of Operations, determining requirements for the production of armored fighting cars in Nigerian Army Central Workshop in Kaduna and strengthening the capacity of the Nigerian military to actively take part in the effective operation of these joint ventures.
In return, Innocent Chukwuma showed his pleasure that the Nigerian Army highly appreciated his cars and he praised the Chief of Staff for his great patriotic sense. He also made a promise that the company would support the Nigerian Army in finding better means for its troops and resuscitating its Special Vehicle Plant and Workshops.
Chukwuma also gave his gratitude to the Chief for the compliment and claimed that the company would keep improving and developing its capacity in producing vehicles. He further praised the Nigerian Army for the encouragement, showing the important role of the Nigerian Army in development of the nation by citing the fight against insurgency in North East in particular and Nigeria in general.

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The partnership will be implemented on some specific areas including immediate providing 100 vehicles
Prominent on this occasion was the handling and inspection of three new cars built by Innoson for testing by the Nigerian Army including IVM G40 Smaller Jeep, IVM Granite Pickup and IVM G80 Bigger Jeep.
It is noteworthy that in 2016, Innoson Vehicles and the Nigerian Air Force signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop and promote joint operations to keep up the maintenance of associated Aerospace Ground Equipment (AGE) and the Nigeria Air Force Air Armament to let the Air Force constantly implement its constitutional obligations to the Nation.

10 facts every Rolls-Royce fan should know

Rolls-Royce Ltd was a car and airplane engine manufacturing company founded in 1906 by Charles Stewart Rolls and Frederick Henry Royce.

10 facts every Rolls-Royce fan should know
Rolls-Royce Ltd was a car and airplane engine manufacturing company founded in 1906 by Charles
Stewart Rolls and Frederick Henry Royce. The same year, the company introduced its first car, the Silver Ghost. The car ran non-stop for a record-breaking 24,000 km.

10 facts every Rolls-Royce fan should know

The company was nationalized by the UK government in 1971. Two years later, the car division separated as Rolls-Royce Motors. Rolls-Royce Ltd continued as a nationalized company before being privatized in 1987 as Rolls Royce Plc.

10 facts every Rolls-Royce fan should know

Approximately 65 per cent of all Rolls-Royce cars ever built are still on the road today.

10 facts every Rolls-Royce fan should know

Rolls-Royce Motors was acquired by the British conglomerate Vickers in 1980 and then purchased by BMW in 1998, even though BMW's final offer was beaten by Volkswagen. Rolls-Royce chose BMW because the companies already had joint business ventures. BMW then built a new, dedicated Rolls-Royce factory in Goodwood, England.

10 facts every Rolls-Royce fan should know

The Rolls-Royce Phantom was introduced in 2003 and is the first incarnation of the new generation of Rolls-Royce cars under BMW. Customers can choose from, hold your breath, 44,000 colours.

10 facts every Rolls-Royce fan should know

The birth of every Phantom takes place in Germany, where close to 200 aluminium sections and 300 alloy parts are welded by hand. It takes at least two months to build a Phantom.

10 facts every Rolls-Royce fan should know

The Phantom has a V-12 engine what can push the car from 0 to 100 kmph in just 5.9 seconds.

10 facts every Rolls-Royce fan should know

The hood ornament is called The Spirit of Ecstasy and was commissioned in 1911. Today, the Spirit of Ecstasy is mounted on a mechanism that retracts the ornament into the grille by remote control or automatically in the event of a collision.

10 facts every Rolls-Royce fan should know

Every Phantom comes with Teflon-coated umbrellas that are built into the doors and pop out with the touch of a button.

10 facts every Rolls-Royce fan should know

It takes around 75 square metres for the upholstery of each Phantom, and the job takes up to 17 days.

8 Safety Tips For Mothers Who Board Danfo Buses With Their Kids

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1.Be Observant

Before boarding a bus , trust your motherly instincts (trust me, you have one ), if your instincts doesn’t go with the bus , don’t go in .
Be observant , if you smell something fishy , don’t go in .

2.For Pregnant Women

Well, even though the child isn’t out yet , you still have a child with you and you are boarding the bus with him or her .The front seat beside the driver is a no go area for you, especially when you are heavily pregnant .
I say this because in the event of an accident, it would be more lethal for you and the baby , most of the seat belts in these buses are either absent or faulty .
The front row seat would be a better option for you , but please don’t seat close to the door. If you must, make sure the conductor closes the door .

3.Bend Properly When Backing Your Baby

I am sure you already know this,but sometimes some mothers unintentionally don’t bend properly .Please be more alert and bend properly especially in the smaller danfo buses .
Also wear a cap for the baby so it would cushion the effect of any unintended impact on the baby’s head .

4.Don’t Rush

Its unsafe for adults to rush into moving or stationary buses , talk less of children .So be patient .

5.Your Children Should Go In Before You

Always make sure your children go in before you do, while you have one leg in the bus and the other on the ground.Make sure they are all in before you settle in .

6.When You Sit Near The Window

Kids, especially toddlers are very inquisitive.Make sure you keep them in check so they dont put their hands or their heads out of the window.I don’t need to tell you what might happen .

7.Scrutinize Lapping Offers From Strangers

Especially when you have kids almost as many as a football team, you would be tempted to give in to lapping offers from strangers.Just observe and make sure you are comfortable with them .Never allow a male lap your daughter .

8.Make Sure They Alight Before You Do

Before they alight ,make sure you look out for okadas so they dont get brushed , and hold them tight as they alight or ask the conductor to assist.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

7 steps to buy your car from USA and ship to Nigeria without leaving your bedroom

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In this article, I will be taking you through the easy steps you can use to buy your car from USA and ship to Nigeria without leaving your bedroom. Virtually all car dealers in Nigeria follow these same steps to buy and import the cars they sell to you. I’ll be proud to hear that you were able to import your car all by yourself after you read this post.

Steps to buy your car from USA and ship to Nigeria.

Register with a car auction website:

Online car auction is the safest and most reliable way to buy your car across the Atlantic especially when you do not have a well trusted ally over there. Don’t make the mistake of sending your money to any dealership. Most importantly, never send your money to family and friends that are not well trusted as they may use your money to pay rent. Some of these auction companies offer free registration while others charge $200 initial registration as well as annual subscription. A few of these online car auction sites are,, etc. You will also need to submit your identification card as well as other required documents in order to increase your bidding eligibility.

Learn and understand the common terms used in car auction:

This is very important as the technical terms are tools you require to make purchase decisions. You need to know the meaning of salvage title, clean title, buy it now, pure sale, enhanced vehicle, engine start program, run and drive etc. You also need a basic idea of the location of the states in USA so your story won’t be like that of a guy who bought a car in Oregon State thinking the car was in Orlando, Florida. He eventually paid additional $1,500 (N250,000) in shipping charges back in 2014. OYO is your case if you make such mistake today as you’ll have to cough out N700,000.
Note that you cannot export a car that does not have a valid title. You should only proceed to bid if the car’s title document is clean title, certificate of title or salvage title. You will not be able to export a car from USA if it has bill of sale or parts only certificate except the car is dismantled.

Search and select the car you want to buy:

This is the most tedious part of buying a car in Nigeria as you sometimes have to drive from Lagos to Ibadan in search of a car you may not like eventually. However, online auction gives you access to over 150,000 cars from your bedroom. Isn’t that interesting?
At this point, you really need to shine your eyes. This is where most people make mistakes as they fall in love with a car that looks spotless in picture. Thereby ignoring the fact that the vehicle narration states that it has a front end accident. You may not see the front damage in the picture because the car may have been partially repaired by the insurance company before putting it up for bid. Hence, you have to pay attention to every single detail and don’t just look at a car on the surface.
Well, some car dealers in Nigeria don’t pay attention to details because they prefer to buy the scrappy accidented cars which are cheaper and they come fix them here. Make sure you do a Vehicle History/VIN check before you proceed to buy the car. You can also engage the service of independent inspectors who would do a thorough inspection of the vehicle on your behalf. This inspection service comes at a cost of about $90.

Buy your car:

Some cars are listed as buy it now which means you can buy them at the displayed price immediately you spot them. However, other cars can only be purchased at a predetermined bid date. So you have to wait for that date and time to join the bid room (See video of Nigerians in the bid room).

When I get to this stage, I always pray this our Naija internet does not mess me up. I dumped Swift Network for Smile but now thinking of Spectranet as the Smile is beginning to turn to frown.

Pay for your car:

Bank wire transfer and debit/credit card are the 2 main options you can use to make your payment. The card payment is faster and cheaper, however, you’ll be restricted by maximum card limits and declined transactions on most Nigerian cards. Therefore, you are probably left with just the wire transfer. Buy dollar from your Aboki and send through your bank dollar account.
Furthermore, you have to initiate the transfer of the money as soon as possible because you will be charged a penalty of $50 to $100 if they don’t get your money within 2-3 business days. Immediately they receive the money, they credit your car auction online account with the same amount. Hence, your payment for the car in processed and voila! the car is yours.

Ship your car from USA:

At this point, you or your shipping agent in USA will arrange a tow truck or flat bed to pick up the car and deliver at the closest US seaport. This cost may be as low as $200 and it may be as high as $1,800 if you buy your car in a state that is far away from the seaports on the east coast.
Note that your car must leave the auction company’s compound/yard within 7 days after the bid date. Else, you will start to pay $20 daily for storage charge.
Your shipping agent clears the car through US customs for export. Before, you know it, your car is already on the Atlantic heading to Nigeria. Most people prefer Ro-Ro (Roll on Roll off) shipping method to Container shipping. This is because the container shipping method is a little more expensive. You also have to pair with other people in order to share the container cost. The challenge with the pairing is some of the people you share the container with may delay in presenting their shipping documents or payment for import duty in Nigeria and this may make you incur demmurage at Lagos port.

Clear your car with Nigeria Customs:

You can do this yourself if you have the time and energy to spare. Alternatively, employ the service of a reliable clearing agent who will clear your car within 2-3 days.
The surface duty is 35% of the estimated value of the car. In addition, you will pay surcharge, VAT, shipping and terminal charges as well as other miscellaneous charges. Note that owners of 2016 and 2017 cars with mileage less than 5,000 kilometres will pay surface duty of 70%.


It takes an average of 6 weeks to get the car from the auction site to Lagos. I have done it before in 4 weeks but that was just a one-off.
Now. you can buy your car from USA and ship to Nigeria without leaving your house.
Tell if you brought in your car from USA and your experience.

Sunday, 5 November 2017

This Is How Dangerous Car Exhaust Smoke Is To Your Health?

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The adverse health effects of car exhaust fumes are pervasive and difficult to measure. Many people are exposed to exhaust emissions every day in different ways from vehicles running on diesel and petrol.

How are people exposed to exhausts fumes?
Breathing in fumes from car exhaust; this could increase the risk of a heart attack for those already battling a heart disease. A heart attack occurs when the flow of oxygenated blood to a section of the heart’s muscles has been blocked. Inhaling fumes in heavy amounts could trigger a heart attack, according to a team of researchers from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Sciences.

Where are people exposed to exhausts fumes?
1. At work : People with the some of the highest exposures at work include truck drivers, heavy machinery operators, railroad and dock workers, garage workers and mechanics.

2. While traveling: Exposure to exhaust fumes may be higher when in a
vehicle, especially when traveling on roads with heavy truck or bus traffic. Commuting to and from work is a potential source of
exposure to fumes for many people. One particular area of concern is children’s exposures to smoke and other pollutants while riding in school buses which usually don’t have air conditioning systems.

3. Where they live and play: People can also be exposed to it in areas where they live and play. Especially through generators.

How are exhaust fumes emitted?
Exhaust gas is emitted as a result of the combustion of fuels such as natural gas, petrol, diesel fuel, fuel oil or coal. It is discharged into the atmosphere through an exhaust pipe. The largest part of most combustion gas is nitrogen,water vapour and carbon dioxide. A relatively small part of combustion gas is composed of undesirable, toxic substances such as carbon monoxide from incomplete combustion.

Diseases likely to be caused through inhaling car exhaust fume are:
1.Cancer: Vehicles emit numerous carcinogenic chemicals. Diesel contains benzene, formaldehyde, and 1,3- butadiene — all these are well recognized carcinogens. It was observed that vehicle emissions account for as many as half of all cancers attributed to outdoor air pollution.

2. Cardiovascular diseases: Death and hospital admissions for myocardial infarction, congestive cardiac failure and cardiac arrhythmia increase with increase in the concentrations of particulate and gaseous pollutants. As concentrations of airborne particles increase, those with cardiovascular disease may experience increasing severity of symptoms, rates of hospitalization, and mortality.

3. Asthma attack: Exhaust fume is especially dangerous, containing nearly 40 hazardous pollutants. The mixture contains carbon particles. These fine particles may be deeply inhaled into the lung and carry with them a collection of attached hazardous compounds. Emissions increase the severity and duration of asthma attacks.

What can be done to minimize exposure to exhaust fumes?
Since components of vehicle exhaust fumes are carcinogenic, exposures to both diesel and gasoline exhaust emission constitute a large proportion of our exposures and must be minimized.
1. Cars and trucks should not run idle unnecessarily and people should turn off their engines when they are not in their vehicles.

2. Exhaust exposure can also be avoided by decreasing the amount of time spent where machines are running.

3. People should not exercise along busy streets or highways.

4. You can also reduce exhaust exposure by closing your car windows while driving in moderate and heavy traffic.

5. It is very important that you service your car engines properly and in due time. 

Saturday, 4 November 2017

These Are Top 5 Expensive Car Problems That Are Not Worth Fixing If They Go Bad

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Normal vehicle maintenance is very common for every vehicle, but sometimes things can be neglected for too long or even just go bad. While some auto repair and scheduled maintenance can be affordable for most, there are a few car problems that are not worth fixing if they go bad. The following list will show the top culprits that are too expensive to get fixed. If you are having any of these problems in your current vehicle, it may be time to start looking for a new vehicle.

1)A Bent Frame

If your vehicle has been in an accident and its frame gets bent, it’s time to let it go.The more the damage, the lesser the chances that the frame can come back to shape. Anything less than perfect can prove to be hazardous for your safety. Cars are engineered keeping your safety in mind. if the bend is beyond the crumple zone (meant to protect the car in case of heavy impact) a bent frame can compromise that very aim.

2)Blown Up Head Gasket

When the gasket that separates the head of the engine from the block breaks, you are in for a lot of expenditure, so much so, that you’d rather buy a new car.
The reason is that when this gasket gets blown,coolant and engine oil mix together,causing clouds of smoke to come out while you drive. With time, the mileage will drop even below miserable.

3)Bad Transmission
Transmission is as important as the engine is. So, if either goes, your car is likely to give up too. The cost to have it repaired could be more than you’re willing to spend,and still may not work as efficiently. It is, in fact, one of the major car problems that are not worth fixing.

4)Electrical Problems/Glitches

Yes,electrical problems may sound very normal at first, but the more modern your car is, the trickier and more expensive it is to fix. So it may be time for you to let your car go and move on to a newer model.

5)Rust On Your Car

It can be expensive and difficult to repair a rusted out piece of your vehicle so it’s not worth fixing if you are experiencing this problem.Either you’ll just have to live with it,  or start looking for a newer car that has no rust.