Sunday, 3 June 2018

The Importance Of Maintaining Your Brakes

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We tend to take our brakes for granted. The light changes, or a car slows ahead, you press the pedal, and it just works - time after time. But the sheer physics of this process are pretty eye opening. Many different components work in sync to get to keep you safe. In this article, we are going to explore not only how your brakes operate, but also how to keep them well maintained for the life of your vehicle.

Most fleets will have disc brakes on all vehicles, so we will focus on that type of system. Here’s the gist: Your foot moves a lever that displaces an incompressible fluid and causes calipers (mechanical pinchers) to squeeze a disk (rotor) that is attached to your wheels and stop the motion by way of friction and heat. The intermediary between the caliper and rotor are the brake pads, which are made of an abrasive material and designed to take the majority of the wear.

Overuse


We have talked before about eco driving and how your brake usage can play a large part in operating efficiency. Having a heavy foot, however, can also drastically decrease the life of your equipment - putting too much heat into the pads and rotors. If this heat does not have time to dissipate properly (read: repetitive heavy braking), then you can warp the rotors and be reminded of your indiscretions at every stop light.

Detecting Problems


For many brake issues, your first indicator is through driver feel. If you notice a vibration, that it takes more force to stop the vehicle, or hear a high pitched noise when slowing, then it is time to put a service check up. Pads, as mentioned earlier, are usually the first in the system to fail, and are designed to make it quite noticeable (hence the screeching sound) when it happens. Just stay cognizant of how your car is responding on deceleration and you’ll notice when something is wrong.

Consider the Load


Larger vehicles, especially those designed for towing, may have multiple or redundant braking systems. A common mistake, and extreme safety hazard, is to assume that even if one of these systems is inoperable, the rest will be able to accommodate the load. Vehicles are designed to factory-recommended specifications and tolerances. If you are only using half of the available brakes, then you are putting way more force on your equipment than was designed. As with a passenger car, overuse can eventually lead to fade or complete failure.

Maintenance Intervals


Keeping to the suggested schedule in your owner’s manual and utilizing a vehicle maintenance app should keep you from missing important brake service. Not sure when to replace your parts? A good rule of thumb is to visually inspect your brake pads for wear every 12,000 miles or so. Most manufacturers will recommend replacement if there is 1/8 inch or less of the pad lining remaining or at 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. Ask the service tech to check your fluid regularly or do it yourself at the time of oil changes. You should replace the fluid if it appears to be dirty or contaminated. Most manufacturers suggest that you replace brake fluid every 20,000-25,000 miles. Rotors should last much longer, but hard braking over the life of the vehicle might lead to a different story. If you do have warped rotors, you may be able to have them trued instead of a full replacement.

Just follow these steps, and you’ll have stress free stopping from now on.

Saturday, 2 June 2018

10 Tips For Rainy Season

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We don't need to remind you that the rain can be dangerous. Living in a tropical country, we are all too familiar with the harsh realities of perennial flooding. But even in the absence of six-foot-deep floods, it pays to take extra care in preparing for rainy weather.

1. Check your tires. The grooves on your tire tread aren't merely decorative. These grooves are specifically designed to channel water away from the "contact patch" of rubber that glues your car to the road. Excessively worn tires with shallow tread struggle to move water out of the way. Hit a deep enough puddle and the entire contact patch can be momentarily lifted clear off the ground. This is called "hydroplaning," and can cause the car to veer out of control or spin. To see if your tread is still deep enough to be safe, stick a one peso coin—Rizal facing out—into the grooves. If you can see the year marking under Rizal peeking over the edge, it's time for a tire change.
Added tip: Keep your tires inflated to the recommended pressure. Higher pressure helps squeeze the water out of the way, as well.

2. Clean your windshield.  As water dries on the surface of the glass, it leaves mineral deposits that dirt and other water droplets can stick to. Give your windshield a good cleaning every once in a while to remove these hard water spots. Using a water-repellant product such as Rain-X further improves visibility by making raindrops bead up and roll off, rather than smear across the glass.

3. Give your car a good wash and wax. Yeah, yeah, washing the car seems a bit pointless if it's going to get dirty again, but car paint is just as vulnerable to water spots as glass is. A good, protective layer of wax can help keep those spots from forming, and makes it easier to clean the car after the rain. Wax makes the rain bead up and roll off just like glass-protection products do.

4. Clean or change your windshield wipers as needed. Wipers should ideally be replaced every year. The rubber blades become dry, brittle and cracked over time, leaving distracting skips and streaks as they move across the glass. When buying replacement wipers, be sure to bring the originals with you to the store to ensure you buy replacements of the right length and with the proper connector clips.

5. Clean out your windshield washers. Water deposits can clog the tiny nozzles on windshield washers over time. Thankfully, these can be cleaned easily with a fine needle, which can also be used to nudge and re-aim the nozzles to adjust the spray pattern. If the washers are too far gone, replacement washers with better spray patterns are relatively cheap and easily available.

6. Check for leaks. The rubber seals around the doors, windows, hood, trunk and even the taillights can come loose or degrade over time. Clean out any debris that gathers around these seals, and check for leaks and telltale signs of water pooling in odd places. Better to fix that leak under the taillight while it's small, rather than after you've found a swimming pool inside your trunk.

7. Inspect your undercarriage. Grease, grit and water picked up from splashing through puddles can lessen the effectiveness of your brakes. A good cleaning may be necessary if you drive through any dirty standing water. That water can also seep into any cracked or loose CV joint boots—the rubber boots that cover the constant velocity joints that attach your drive wheels to the transmission—washing away lubrication and leading to costly repairs. If anything is loose, leaking or squeaking, better get it fixed ASAP!

8. Tighten your belt. The accessory belts, those thick rubber bands attached to the pulleys on the side of your engine, transfer power from the engine to the alternator, air-conditioner and power steering systems. If the belts are worn or loose, they can squeal, especially when it's wet out. Not a pleasant thing to listen to when stuck in monsoon-induced traffic.

9. Keep an emergency kit handy. This includes a phone charger, a raincoat, a tow cable, a flashlight with an emergency flasher function (because the reflectorized early warning device can be hard to see in bad weather), and jumper cables. The last is important, in case your battery dies due to the cold weather.

10. Check your battery. While a car battery can last up to five years, the rainy season in this country often cuts that down to just one or two. Cold, wet weather can stress your battery, and humidity can cause terminal corrosion and minor electrical grounds that can drain it overnight. If your car becomes harder to start, or the lights dim at idle, or if the battery shows signs of drying out or bloating, it's probably time to change. Spending for a new battery is a whole lot better than spending the night stranded in the rain.

Follow these tips and you should be all set for the rainy season. For more information, you can also check out our tips for driving in the rain and for flood-proofing your truck with a snorkel. Be informed and be safe!


Monday, 12 March 2018

Why Ladies Love Guys Who Have Cars

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Just exactly the same way ladies tend to get into guys with huge level of confidence, healthy beards and strong muscles, that’s just the same way they love guys with cars.

The cost of the car determines the level to which they would be so much over him, regardless of his age. Being in possession of a car is seen as a typical symbol of status, power and influence, and these are some of those things every Lady wants in her man.
Although, ladies take self-confidence as an integral feature every man should possess when trying to pick them up. Since there is no constant measure for the level of confidence, therefore, ladies decide what makes a man really confident; which is basically material things (cars inclusive).

Another reason why ladies love men who have cars is due to the questions they answer from fellow ladies whenever any of them brings up gist about her man. Basically, one of the first questions that is being asked is “what car does he have?” Ladies believe the cost of maintaining a car is really expensive, thinking of refueling the car from time to time, and other maintenance embedded around owning a car; obviously, no poor man would ever want to own a car except he wants to go bankrupt.
And lastly, ladies always want to be sure of the fact that, dating a guy that owns a car saves them the stress of hopping from one bus or bike. They want to be transported on a seat that gives them comfort while listening to any song of their choice with the volume being increased to their desire. Everyone loves the feeling of a King or Queen.

Coupe vs Sedan, 6 Differences and Which One is for You

Coupe vs Sedan, 6 Differences and Which One is for You
Gas mileage and eco-friendliness are important factors for choosing a car, but the final decision often comes down to personal preference. The average car shopper has specific car features in mind when beginning their search. When deciding between a coupe vs sedan, there are a number of different features to take into consideration.
To assist you in answering the “coupe vs sedan” question, we’ve compiled a list of 6 differences between these car types, and included our bottom-line recommendations, based on each difference.
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  1. Number of doors
To most people, the defining difference between a coupe and a sedan is the number of doors that the car has. A coupe traditionally has two doors, while a sedan has four doors. This difference has become somewhat harder to follow in recent years, as many automakers have added a third door to the standard coupe or modeled the bodies of four-door sedans after coupes.
Coupes tend to have longer doors, which can make getting in and out of the car difficult when parked in a tight space. Having only two doors can make getting into the backseat or cargo area of a coupe more of an ordeal, especially for older drivers and passengers.
The standard size doors of a sedan, especially the two doors for the backseat, make the sedan easier to get into and provide better access to passenger seating. This is a feature that is usually important to parents with young children, whom they have to help in and out of the car.
Coupe vs Sedan: If you don’t haul around a lot of people or cargo, a two-door coupe that gets you where you want to go should meet your needs. If you have small children, older passengers, or frequently need access to items in the backseat, a four-door sedan is probably a better option for you.

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  1. Passenger seating
Traditional coupes have only a driver’s seat and front passenger seat, with no passenger seating in the back. Over the years, some coupes have evolved into four-passenger cars with the addition of very small back seats. Coupes that do have back seats typically have two bucket-style seats located behind the two front seats, instead of a three-person bench, which is found in most sedans.
Sedans have always had seating capacity for four to five people (back in the 70’s and 80’s, many had bench seats in the front, allowing for a total of six passengers.) Sedans allow for five passengers to travel safely and legally; squeezing a fifth person into a four-seater coupe is neither safe nor legal.
Speaking of safety, sedans tend to offer better options for child safety seats than coupes. Since the ideal place for a child safety seat is in the rear middle seat, and never in a front seat, a coupe is not as well-suited to transporting small children as a sedan.
Coupe vs Sedan: If you regularly drive a group of friends or kids, a sedan is the better option for you. If you drive solo more often than not, we think that a coupe is the way to go.

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  1. Cargo space
A traditional coupe has no more than 33 cubic feet of interior space. By definition, anything over 33 cubic feet of interior space qualifies as a sedan. Cargo (or storage) space is usually measured as the interior space behind the front seats.
Cargo space for a coupe depends largely on the seating configuration of the car. A coupe with no back seat may have a large trunk, and a four-seater coupe could have fold-down seats in the back.  Many newer coupes have an impressive amount of cargo space, including the Volkswagen GTI (22.8 cubic feet) and the latest Chevy Corvette (15 cubic feet).
Sedans have the practical advantage of having a rear seat plus a trunk, and many have fold-down seats that make for one large, seamless cargo area. There is also floor space behind the two front seats (two-seater coupes don’t have this). The 2015 Audi A7, which features a hatchback design, starts with 24.5 cubic feet of cargo space before the seats have even been folded down. The 2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe (also featuring a hatchback design) has 12 cubic feet of initial cargo space that expands to a whopping 49.5 cubic feet with the rear seats down.
Coupe vs Sedan: The sedan is the obvious winner in this category, but because every model of car is different, we can’t say that the coupe has “X” amount of space less than a sedan. We can say that if you find yourself regularly needing to transport large items or large quantities of items, a sedan is the better choice. Stick with a coupe if you’re only planning to haul your groceries or a couple of beach bags.

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  1. Personality
We’ve already established that a sedan is an ideal family car in comparison to a coupe. When we compare the difference between personalities of a coupe and sedan, we’re referring to the look and feel of the car.
Coupes are the typical single person’s car, with a fun, sporty look that says, “no commitments”. The three-door model coupe actually gives more credibility to the sportiness of a coupe, since the small door still doesn’t lend itself to being “family-friendly”.
Sedans are the typical choice of parents who are looking for lots of space and safety, and aren’t trying to make a statement. Car makers have gone out of their way to make sportier, sleeker-looking sedans in recent years (these are called “sports sedans”; the Porsche Panamera is a perfect example), but coupes are still the clear winner in the “sporty car” contest.
Coupe vs Sedan: If you’re looking for a car that reflects your own young, fun spirit, a coupe is the clear choice. If you’re looking for a car that matches your “play it safe” attitude, a sedan may be right for you.
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  1. Performance
With fewer seats and passengers, and (usually) a smaller body, a coupe is inherently lighter than a sedan, which results in the coupe having greater performance, even if both have equal horsepower. Smaller, sleeker coupes have a smaller turning radius and are more aerodynamic, which again leads to performance superiority over a sedan.
Not all sedans are created equal, though. BMW and Audi make some powerful sport sedans that compete well with a standard coupe. Even the four-door Dodge Dart comes in a GT model, which has a sport-tuned suspension that corners more tightly at higher speeds.
Coupe vs Sedan: A coupe will usually outperform a sedan in terms of power, but this one is really a toss-up. If a high-powered car is important to you, do your research to make sure you are getting the most for your money.

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  1. Insurance costs
Contrary to popular belief, sporty cars are not automatically more expensive to insure. A lot of factors go into determining the cost of a car insurance policy, many of which are equal amongst coupes and sedans. Only one of these factors is consistently different between a coupe and sedan: safety.
Because sedans are usually family cars, safety features and crash test results are of utmost importance to manufacturers. That’s not to say that coupes don’t go through rigorous safety testing; many simply lack safety options that sedans have.
The body size and design of some coupes make it difficult for manufacturers to include side curtain airbags or backseat airbags. Insurance companies take note of this when determining the safety of a vehicle. As previously mentioned, the seating in a coupe is generally not ideal for using child safety seats.
Coupe vs Sedan: A coupe could cost you more to insure than a sedan, so do your research and get a quote before making your final purchase. A sport sedan may cost less to insure and will still give you a sporty-looking (and -feeling) car.

Which One is For You?
Let’s take a tally of the six differences between coupes and sedans. Coupes come out on top in terms of sporty personality and performance. Sedans have more cargo space and safety features, which make them the better family car. Each has pros and cons when it comes to number of doors and passenger seating. To choose the car that is right for you, consider the benefits of each type of car and tap into your personal preferences. Explore all of your options (coupe, sedan, sport sedan, three-door coupe) and enjoy the ride.


Monday, 26 February 2018

It Is Medically Wrong to Use the Airconditioner Just Immediately You Enter Your Hot Car

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There are certain things which we do that gradually put our lives in danger.  Funny enough, a lot are not aware of some of these things; they are totally ignorant of it. This post is more of a corrective post for everybody. Always try as much as you can to keep the safe practices. It is not too late to make some changes.A lot of people die of cancer  all around the globe. Some of the exposure to cancer came from the car.
Roll down the windows to let out all the hot air before turning on air-conditioner (A/C). Please do NOT turn on A/C as soon as you enter the car. Open the windows after you enter your car and then turn ON the AC after a couple of minutes.
This is the reason for the above:
Materials used to manufacture certain car dashboards, door panels, seats, and other interior components can emit benzene.
According to research, the car dashboard, seats, air freshener emit Benzene, a Cancer causing toxin (carcinogen). In addition to causing cancer, Benzene poisons your bones, causes anemia and reduces white blood cells. Prolonged exposure will cause leukemia, increasing the risk of cancer and also cause miscarriage. in addition to this, Benzene targets liver, kidney, lung, heart and the brain and can cause DNA strand breaks, chromosomal damage, etc.
In conclusion, when you get into your parked hot car, don’t go straight to put on the A/C. First of all, roll down your windows to let out the hot air in the car. You can afterwards turn on your A/C after a couple of minutes.
We are sure you must have perceived the smell of heated plastics in your hot car; it’s not good for your health.

Friday, 19 January 2018

TIPS: Does Running The Air conditioner Increase Fuel Consumption of Your Car?

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This post is not meant for anyone who drives a Rolls Royce or Bentley Continental GT.
If you drive such cars, I believe fueling your car should be the least of your worries. 
Does running the air conditioner increase fuel consumption of your car?

Yes, yes and yes! It does by 5-10%.
Why on earth will this increase the fuel consumption and make the car thirstier?
Let’s break it down:
AC requires power to run the compressor. This power comes from the crankshaft which is turned by burning fuel. There is no free lunch when it comes to thermodynamics… you pay for it. Fuel is the currency.

Some car user manuals will recommend you use your AC on the highway because it reduces aerodynamic drag.
If you want  want to save every drop of fuel, these are the things you should do.
  • Windows up
  • AC off
  • Sunroof open.
We would love to hear from you. Feel free to use the comments section.

Monday, 8 January 2018

5 Reasons Electric Cars Won’t Sell Well In Nigeria

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Electric vehicles are gradually becoming the talk in the mouth of all. With concern to the soaring gas prices and environmental friendliness, electric cars seem to be the answer. The Electric car is relatively a new concept in the automotive industry.
These EVs have their good sides; they are good in their own unique way. Be it as it may, there are several reasons it won’t be able to sell in Nigeria even though they are being sold out in developed countries.

Some of these EVs include Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus Electric or Tesla Model S, Chevrolet Volt.
There are certain reasons why a typical Nigerian won’t fancy electric vehicles. They are:
1. The Range Anxiety:
For electric cars, you don’t just walk into your cars to drive; you need to do some calculations to know where and where you can go with the charges. After facing calculation wahala in school, you’ll  still have to do some calculations before you leave your house…that’s weird.
A typical Nigerian man is not ready to be doing this. It will be a turn-off.
2. No sharp sharp refill:
If you drive the conventional combustion engine and you’re running low on fuel, you just enter any gas station closeby and fill up. This won’t take much time (Except you dey queue for NNPC to buy cheaper).
The case is totally different for EVs. It takes time to charge. It takes up to 4-6 hours or more to get them fully charged. 15 minutes of charging will just add few miles to the energy bank. That’s sad.
A typical Nigerian man loves sharp sharp things.
3. Charging the EVs:
This will be a very big problem for Nigerians. All EVs need power to charge them and Nigeria as a country is already facing power issues.
Introducing electric vehicles will bring in more problems. EVs are not suitable for places having power shortage; Nigeria is not an exception.
4. They are relatively expensive:
This one na money matter.
Take out your time to check the prices of these EVs’ and you’ll see that they are on the high side. The more affordable ones fall under $30,000 to $40,000 price range, while the luxury models creep into $80,000 and above.
In Naira, we are talking of N10 million. An average Nigerian can’t afford this just to buy a car.
EVs  no dey like Tokumbo o 😄😄.
5. Maintenance issues:Electric cars won’t give much headache like their combustion engine counterparts; they don’t need engine oil, just rotate your tires.
The big question now is: what will you do when an issue arises?
It might be difficult to take it for repairs. There are not many experts who would be able to handle them.