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How to Install Led Headlights for Your Car

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For assembly, it is possible to separate the base H4 from the bulb body to fix the base first and then the bulb on it without having to spread the fixing clips apart.

It is instead necessary for my opinion to eliminate the rubber protection cap present in the headlights to allow better air circulation. I couldn’t measure the current with the multimeter because the minimum series resistance of the multimeter is sufficient to reduce this current.

Lighting Effect After Replacement

The light output is truly remarkable, as expected. Here are a couple of photos for visual comparison. The evidence from the different brightness of the condominium ceiling light that in the photos relating to the LEDs, the diaphragm (automatic exposure) has closed more, therefore the difference is even a little greater than it appears in the photo. Furthermore, following a recent rear-end collision, the headlights are too convergent, and the relative light impressions almost overlapped.

The “cut” of the dipped beam of h13 led bulb is visible, although less clear than with traditional bulbs. The whole area under the cut is more illuminated. Even with the high beam, the brightness is greater everywhere. There is an evident upward and left widening of the illuminated area. It is practically useless and very annoying, widening for the cars in the opposite direction.

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Correct adjustment of car headlights

In reality, most people drive the car with poorly regulated lights. Its adjustment made (employing adjusting screws), and the process is very simple, but it requires extreme rigor that, in most cases, is not followed.

It is better to use a template on a wall instead of the classic machine to make a correct headlight adjustment that we see in the workshops. They are very effective machines, but you need to have the car on a perfectly flat surface. The car has good pressure on the tires, with the boot empty, and the machine must move on a stable surface, better if they are lanes, and ensuring that it well oriented concerning the headlight.

Regulating the headlight well requires patience and meticulousness. Place the car perpendicular to the wall (a measure that the center of each front tires is the same distance from the wall), turn on the headlights, and chalk the edge of each headlight beam.

In the car user manual, it tells you how far the car should be from the wall and the position of the light center on the wall. Take those measurements and make a template that you can put on the wall. By moving the headlight adjusting screws, position your focal center exactly at the manufacturer’s mark. Sometimes it is impossible to adjust the headlight, usually because the bulb is poorly mounted and not seated properly on its socket. If this is your case, check the bulb properly seated and flat on the socket, and the spring presses it firmly fixed.

If this gets too complicated for you, take the car to a good lighting shop where they take the time to adjust them correctly.

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Conclusions

It is easy to predict that shortly, LED bulbs will become the most used as original headlight bulbs of its obvious advantages.

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How to Drive in the Spring Season

drive in the Spring

In Spring, we leave a long, long winter season of short days and long nights in which weather conditions limit traffic and cause drivers an additional precautionary and prudent effect. Then come the sunny days and warmer temperatures in which we tend to relax behind the wheel.

But, Spring is the season of unstable weather par excellence, and we can go from enjoying the Sun to withstand heavy rains in just a few minutes. That is why the accident rate increases because unconsciously, and we are less cautious just at the time of the year when the most abrupt changes in time occur.

Spring is also the allergy season. And a sneeze at the wrong time can be very dangerous if you are driving. Therefore, in Spring, it is essential to breathe clean air behind the wheel. What better way to do it than to go through your trusted workshop to have an air conditioning system set-up and check the cabin filter? By the way, you prepare the vehicle for any change in the weather conditions of this era. Here you have several allergies Spring. Especially the gram that is the type of allergy that affects those in pen does not prevent driving, but until June, the highest pollen levels of the year will record, so you have to take precautions. Today antihistamines are not as sleepy as they were years ago, but still, consult with your doctor about side effects and read the package leaflet carefully before driving.

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Tips for changing weather

The DGT offers recommendations to maintain the safety of driving in these adverse weather conditions since in these months we can be surprised by the showers, fog or hail, which must add to the driving premises in good weather that summarized in:

  • Respect signaling and speed limits, both specific and generic.
  • Keep safety distances between vehicles, that is, the one that allows us to stop without colliding with the one that precedes us in case of sudden braking. To calculate it on dry roads with good visibility, the rule of the square can be applied: divide the speed by ten and raise it to the square (in case of wet roads, the distance must be twice): At 50 km / h: 50/10 = 5. 5 × 5 = 25 meters away.
  • At 120 km / h: 120/10 = 12. 12 × 12 = 144 meters away.

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With rain

We remind you of the key points of our tips to drive in fog:

  • Turn on the low beam and fog lights.
  • Adapt speed and safety distance.
  • Do not follow another vehicle closely. Look at the brake lights of the one that precedes us.
  • In case of any incident, turn on the double turn signals, headlights, and fog lights.
  • If it is very dense, take as reference the road markings on the right of the road.
  • Pay special attention to the possible presence of two-wheelers and pedestrians, less visible with fog.
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The Classic Cars That We Still Aspire

classic cars

The classic cars that we can not stop wanting to have a special place in our hearts, although their maintenance is very expensive.

We guarantee that these cars will cost you a fortune, in repairs and maintenance, but we want them anyway.

It is still worth making some bad decisions. Here are some classics for which we still aspire, despite knowing better.

Porsche 928

The Porsche 928 is a beautiful car with a lovely V-8 engine. But like most old German machines, you need constant attention to stay on track. We recommend buying a cheap one so that your entrance price remains low. In this way, you save as much money as possible when something inevitably breaks. Here is one with manual transmission for sale on eBay at this time.

Maserati Shamal

The Shamal was one of Maserati’s most expensive cars in the early 1990s, intended to represent the top of the line in the BiTurbo vehicle series. It had a double V-8 turbo with 322 horsepower. The design has aged well, but Italian mechanics is a different story.

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From Tomaso Panther

Like the Jensen, the Panther used an American engine. The point is that the Italian engineering of the 70s was not much better than British engineering, which means that the construction rating was not the best in the first cars. Still, it is wonderful.

Alfa Romeo GTV6

The Alfa Romeo GTV6 still looks beautiful after all these years, but it is also astute. Try to fall asleep to think that it is a sensitive hatchback that has a little more space than your typical exotic and could be a bit practical. The truth is that it is an Italian car from an era in which Italian reliability was a key point. Still, we love the style.

Aston Martin Lagonda

Most people who see an Aston Martin Lagonda in the street will look further and continue with their day. But for someone who knows, it is a model worth getting excited. As much as we would love to be seen in one, can you imagine trying to have one repaired? Or having to find spare parts for that crazy futuristic digital dashboard?

Citroen SM

Neither the French nor the Italians are known for building cars with bulletproof reliability. The solution was to conspire together to build a car. The result was the undoubtedly wonderful Citroen SM. Yes, certain parts can also be time bombs, but who cares? The Citroën SM is amazing.

Ferrari 308 GTB / GTS

The Ferrari 308 looks amazing, and it’s a car that a normal enthusiast could afford. For a little less than the cost of a Porsche 911 base, you could have an exotic Ferrari with a closed gearshift. But even if nothing broke, we don’t want to think about how much maintenance it would be. And things are probably going to break.

Ferrari F355

Of course, buying a new Ferrari does not mean it will be cheaper. The F355 is famous for its high routine maintenance costs and its fragility. Any engine exit service will take you north of 10,000 euros.

Porsche 924 Turbo

Originally the 924 was supposed to be a Volkswagen, but it ended up sold as a Porsche. The Turbo model was the one it had because it had the guts to support its good looks. But 1979 was a long time ago, and most Turbos now need constant attention.

Jaguar E-Type

Often called the most beautiful car ever manufactured, the E-Type is known for many things, but reliability is not one of them. The most beautiful cars of the Series I are especially prone to problems.

Jaguar XJS

The XJS is not as desirable as the E-Type, but you get a lot for your money. Even V-12 versions of these models can obtain for not much money. During the first months, it could look good driving a Jaguar V-12, but after that? Something will probably go wrong, it will probably be electric, and it will almost certainly be a big problem.

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Lotus Elan

We are quite sure that anyone who has driven a Lotus Elan has loved it. That opinion may not base on the most scientific surveys, but it cannot pretend that it is not an exciting car to drive. You have to be fine with a lot of repair time.

Lotus Esprit

The Elan is not the only Lotus with a reputation for breaking. Most Lotus are unreliable. The Esprit stands out thanks to its medium engine design difficult to work and its range of turbocharged engines.

Lamborghini Miura

It is Italian. It has a V-12. It is one of the most beautiful cars ever built. Those are legitimate reasons to want to have a Lamborghini Miura, and if we had the money, we would do it. We would have to make sure we prepared for the huge maintenance costs.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage

The great tourism of the seventies with the appearance of Mustang by Aston Martin is an impressive piece of machinery if you can keep it running, of course. Typical British reliability combined with more than 40 years of aging means that you will probably have your speed dial mechanic. Still, the look makes it worthwhile.

Range Rover

Yes, there are many SUVs that we could probably buy that would still be great. Hell, Land Rover will gladly sell you a new Range Rover that is excellent. But the original Range Rover is almost as cool as an SUV, and that’s what we want. The list of things that will probably go wrong is virtually endless, but who cares? It is a Range Rover.

Mazda FB RX-7

The first-generation RX-7 was an immediate success among enthusiasts worldwide thanks to its fantastic handling attributes and trouble-free power delivery. But as with any rotary engine, expensive vertex seal replacements are a common sight. Still, we wouldn’t mind having one in our garage.

BMW 850i

How safe would you feel if you knew that there are a lot of 30-year-old computers that control the V-12 engine in your car? That is the reality with the first generation of the 8 Series. Still, that gentle power delivery and fantastic style will make people come back no matter what.

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Tips to Help You Get the Car Keys Inside the Car

Car Keys

Having a spare key is one of those things that never seems necessary until it is needed. You may ever lose it, steal it, or leave it inside the car, and it has closed while you are out. It is normal that it is embarrassing and posing a bitch trying to open the door. Think that, like you, another 100,000 Spaniards a year forget the keys inside.

So how could you open your car door without using the key? You can call a professional and charge you several tens of euros for five minutes of work, but several free methods can solve the problem. And no, it is not necessary to resort to breaking the window to recover the keys. Please do not get frustrated with yourself, they are things that happen, and here we are going to see some solutions that can be useful.

Unlock a car door without a key

The locking mechanisms vary widely depending on the vehicle. The newest ones have remote locks to open and close them, and in the oldest ones, the wrist turning movement must use to open it manually. Some have the bowler in the upper inner part of the door, right next to the window, while others have it in the handle. First of all, you have to know for sure where the unlocking mechanism is.

Method 1: Shoelace

It seems too good to be true, but the truth is that this method only works with the internal locking mechanisms that have a vertical spring to be operated. Of course, it is possibly the fastest option, low cost, and simple in a moment of trouble.

You will have to remove the cord from your footwear and make a small slip knot that, at the moment of hugging the pivot of the insurance, can be tightened. Place the rope inside the car through the space between the door and the rest of the body, preferably from the upper right corner (referring to the driver’s door). Then, try to put the loop in the lock, tighten it, pull up it.

Method 2: A hanger

This method, like the previous one, can be frustrating. Unless you are a professional, you will need many attempts until you leave. Don’t faint, in the end, and you always get it. You will need a wire hanger and pliers (or brute force) to give it an elongated hook shape that goes inside the window.

Once you have it, there are two options:

  • Your car has the unlock button on the armrest. If you reach the button, press it, and problem-solving.
  • Move the wire until you find the unlocking mechanism, being careful always to know its position. When you find the spring and notice that you have, it hooked, pull (or push, depending on the vehicle).

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Method 3: Rod and screwdriver

All you need is a flathead screwdriver, a steel rod (although any long, thin and rigid instrument will serve you) and a few seconds of your precious time. Use the screwdriver to pry the door frame and try to open it just enough and necessary to insert the rod. Find the unlock button and press it. Be aware that any metallic object can damage the exterior and interior, so be careful.

Method 4: Slim Jim

You may not know what a Slim Jim is, but surely you have seen him on more than one occasion. It is a pick that inserted through the tires surround the window of the car and overlooks the keyhole at the time of opening the door. It is a tool that had appeared on the big screen on numerous occasions, although the police also usually carry them.

This method also designed for older locking mechanisms. Insert the finest stopper inside the door in the same way you would with the hanger, and look for the spring in charge of unlocking the doors. If this tool is used improperly, instead of solving your problem, you will add new ones. You can break the window, break the internal wiring, or leave the door locked.

Method 5: Tennis Ball

Perhaps this is one of the most controversial methods of those explained so far. It assumed that, with a tennis ball, the lock of a car could force to unlock the locking mechanism. A technique that requires some skill and strength, and is not a great complication, at least on paper.

Using a drill, a screwdriver, or any other sharp object, make a hole in the ball thick enough to fit into the keyhole. Place the tennis ball on top of the bowler and push hard. The pressure created in the ball will force the mechanism, and as if by magic, the door can open, or so they say.

The truth is that it seems that the tennis ball method is not the most effective because it does not always come out. Myth? Reality? If you want to check if it works or not, it is best to try it yourself.

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Method 6: Inflatable Wedge

The principle is the same as that of the rod and the screwdriver. Still, instead of forcing the door with a metal device that can damage the body of our car, an inflatable airbag is used using a manual pump that will wedge to open the door a few centimeters.

With the right and necessary hole, introduce the stick, rod, tuned hanger, or whatever you have more at hand, and look for the opening button. With a minimally decent pulse and some patience, you will hit the right button. The negative aspect? This tool is not something common to walk around the house, and getting one of them is somewhat more expensive than a screwdriver, from about 15 euros, approximately.

Method 7: Through the trunk door

If for some bizarre reason, the trunk door of your car is not closed, you may be able to access the cabin from there. In some vehicles, there is a handle somewhere in the trunk that serves to lower the second row of seats. If this is the case, pull it and crawl to unlock the doors and get your keys.

Method 8: Shuffle other alternatives

If none of these methods is valid, many alternatives may be equally useful but, perhaps, are not as practical:

  • Call a locksmith.
  • Call the roadside assistance you have hired.
  • Call the police.
  • Ask a friend or family member to pick you up.
  • Think about traveling by public transport.
  • Use the legs with which life has blessed you.
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Tips to Avoid Aquaplaning During A Rainy Day

Avoid Aquaplaning During A Rainy Day

One of the problems we can encounter during a rainy day on the road is aquaplaning, so we tell you how to act to avoid it

A few months ago it happened to me. I entered a roundabout during a rainy day and lost control of my car. I simply noticed how the back of my saloon was bent on advancing to the front and ended up turning around myself and facing the car towards the vehicles that came through the roundabout. Luckily, there was little traffic, the one who came behind saw what was happening and stopped before a misfortune occurred. My car was the victim of an aquaplaning and I could do little to avoid this situation.

This phenomenon can be suffered at any time, without having responsibility for it and can be disconcerting, dangerous and above all, unexpected. Still, you have to keep a cool head and act immediately to recover control of the car as soon as possible and avoid further damage due to this brief but scary incident.

Avoid Aquaplaning During A Rainy Day

Act in case of aquaplaning
The aquaplaning occurs when the tire can not evacuate the water under the same and therefore the rubber stop having contact with the asphalt. That is, literally, floats on it. This causes that it cannot maintain the control and it is let go by the light current that causes the water under him. There is no contact, so there is no traction and the car moves on its own without being able to maintain the trajectory it carried.

For that reason, the most important thing to avoid aquaplaning is to keep the tires in good condition. Above all, the drawing of the tires, which must be of adequate depth to ensure that the water under the wheels is drained with guarantees. It is also important to reduce the speed when it rains, to allow time for the wheel to eliminate water.

Avoid Aquaplaning During A Rainy Day

How to act when aquaplaning occurs
But, as I said, sometimes aquaplaning happens without more and you have to know how to act to minimize the problem. If aquaplaning occurs on the front wheels, avoid moving the direction. The car will continue with its straight path, so if the steering wheel is turned there may be a sharp change in trajectory when the grip is regained. Do not touch the brakes and release the accelerator is essential, although if there is a risk of having a blow, you have to brake, always seeking to reduce the danger to the maximum.

When aquaplaning occurs on the rear wheels, it is somewhat more complicated. The rear can cause oversteer, just as it happened to me and the loss of control is greater. It is important to turn the steering wheel to the same side where the oversteer occurs. It helps to regain control. If you turn to the opposite side, something that can be done by being carried away by instinct. The situation would get worse, so you have to act thinking about what we are doing.

Helping the vehicle to move in the same path that leads to aquaplaning, control is more easily recovered. The possibility of avoiding a blow already enters the order of luck. So you have to act to regain control and once this is done, act to avoid other problems.

The aquaplaning can occur at any time, so it’s important to know what to do and especially when they ride in the rain. You have to slow down and when in doubt about whether the tires are fit. You have to stop, check the pressure, the same and the depth of the drawing. If this is less than 1.6 mm, do not wait to change the tires. It is not for the fine we can meet, but for our safety.

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How to Cool Down Your Car on Summer Days

Cool Down Your Car

Reducing the temperature of your car quickly after exposure to the sun is one of the main concerns of drivers in summer.

The interior temperature of the car after the whole day exposed to the sun is a serious problem for many drivers. You parked in the shade, put parasols on all the windows, and left the windows down a few millimeters to circulate the air. The inside of your car is a real oven when you return to it. After spending the day in the Beach and you can not even touch the steering wheel or the knob of the lever of change without burning. What to do then to be able to travel on it without literally cooking inside?

You did your homework well when leaving it, but the measures were insufficient to meet the near 40 ° C. Your car has been supporting for so many hours of sun exposure. That is why you need other complements that allow you to use it without, thereby, melting it inside quickly.

Cool Down Your Car
The first one would be to open the door. Do not do it only once, but repeat the operation ten times. In doing so, you will generate the movement of large airflow that will extract all the hot air from inside and introduce air from the outside, much cooler. With this, you can reduce the interior temperature of the car by more than 10 degrees. The air inside a vehicle exposed to the sun for hours may exceed 50 ° C.

This way, you will have reduced the temperature enough to be at least able to sit inside and start activating other measures. That also helps you improve the conditions in the cabin.

Open the car doors and connect the air conditioning system. The first breath of air introduced by the system will always be hot, due to the long-time spent in the sun. Repeat the opening and closing action of the doors, and you will have accelerated the process.

After doing so, close the windows and doors of the car and let the air conditioning system work. Of course, do not make the frequent mistake of selecting the lowest temperature and putting the fans to the maximum. With this, you will be introducing hot air again, as the system is not capable of cooling air to the maximum in such a short time. Air conditioners and air systems work best if you keep them between 20 and 22 degrees constantly. They cool the air faster and consume less energy to do so. He thinks that it is almost 20 degrees less temperature than outside the vehicle and that, therefore, the effect will not be immediate.

Cool Down Your Car
Start the car with an air system running at that temperature while you shake the sand from the Beach to passengers and their belongings. The interior of the car will have reached the right temperature so you can travel in the comfortably cool.

And by the way, it is of no use all that have done if then, once it is running, you open the car windows while driving. If you do, you will be significantly increasing fuel consumption, reducing your safety and, above all, making all previous efforts useless. If you drive with the windows open, disconnect the air or the air conditioning system, because your efforts to reduce the temperature onboard the car will be completely useless.

And remember, it will be no use if you try to use the air conditioning before your holidays. You did not worry about taking the car to the workshop. They would conveniently check the air conditioning system and the refrigerant gas charges that guarantee its proper functioning.

In any case, you should never leave people – especially young children – or animals locked in the car. With the windows closed at times like summer since they are in danger of suffering severe episodes of suffocation and heatstroke that can get to compromise your life.

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Tips to Maintain Your Electric Cars Battery and Brakes

Maintenance for Your Electric Car

The maintenance of electric cars is fundamentally different from that of cars with combustion engines, although it is equally necessary

A new paradigm arrives in the motor world, and we will have to change the way we do certain things with the car. These include maintenance since an electric car has little to do with a car with a combustion engine. And that will bring serious complications, because if our car with the traditional engine, we could go to almost any workshop to have it checked. With an electric car, we will have to look for a specialized workshop.

Luckily, with the increase in the presence of electric cars, workshops specialized in electric cars will also increase. But until then, the buyer of an electric car will have to approach the workshop indicated by the brand. Because specialization, as marked by market laws, will come, but when it is necessary and above all, profitable.

Maintenance for Your Electric Car

Battery, motors, and brakes: three components of mandatory review

The maintenance of an electric car has several advantages over the car with a combustion engine. To begin with, it does not have a mechanical engine that uses moving parts. Is dose not a violent application of heat with an explosion, not lubricants necessary for the operation of these moving parts of the combustion engine. All this is not present in electric cars, so there are no parts that wear out so quickly.

The tasks will vary in this aspect since the electrical system will replace the combustion engines. We find the battery and electric motors, but also the charging system and the regenerative brakes, which also require special attention. The mechanics will check the insulation of all cables, the motors, the battery, and the rest of the systems.

This result will require a series of personal safety elements so that the mechanic does not take an accidental discharge, something that does not happen with combustion cars. The tools also need special treatment to isolate them, since they are metallic and expose to considerable risk.

All this will make the revision invoice more expensive since they will also have to amortize the training of the mechanics. But normal revision work will also have to be done. There are still parts that require the same maintenance performed on cars with combustion engines. The changes in other points of the vehicle are not so great. In mechanical points, the lubrication has to be checked, which will continue to be necessary for the pinions that deduplicate the power of the engine to the wheels. And the differentials, and other points that are still present in the Cars with electric motors.

Maintenance for Your Electric Car

The tires, a fundamental element to check

Although they don’t usually have as much attention as other elements of an electric car, tires are important. And although wear occurs both in one type of vehicle and the other, the torque used to start driving with an electric car is higher. The greatest wear on the tires occurs when starting and stopping so that greater torque produces superior wear on an electric car.

This result can make the tires wear more and last a little less. But it does not usually take into account, but mechanics will have to check the tires well to avoid surprises. In general, electric vehicles will need less maintenance in terms of brakes and other elements, which wear less. Nor will they have some liquids that are indispensable today. But this is replaced by the maintenance of insulation and the operation of electrical equipment. So although it claimed that electric cars do not need so much maintenance, it is not true.

The electric cars need maintenance, or the internal combustion cars, even if it is different maintenance. With this maintenance, you can avoid breakdowns in electric cars. That we would not have in combustion cars, they can leave us without a car for a good season or forever.

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What are The Types of Brake Pads You Can Find In the Market

Brake Pads

If you are in the position to choose which brake pads to mount on your vehicle, you should know that you will find several types in the market.

When we are about to close the purchase of our future vehicle. I think we can count on our hands the number of people who notice what the brake system that equips your car is. It may seem like a trivial matter, but if we are not aware of what is causing our vehicle to slow down, we can be disgusted on a couple of occasions. During an emergency braking or when we go to the workshop to replace some part of the system braking.

Brake Pads

Disc brakes and drum brakes

First of all, we have to be clear that two braking systems can find in a vehicle. Starting with the most rudimentary, we will find the drum brakes, increasingly in disuse because in new vehicles it is difficult today to find them except in the lower ranges. This type of brakes began to lose prominence as the power of the vehicles increased so that the need for even more effective braking became imperative.

The drum brakes fulfilled their mission until they were no longer necessary. It not only for their braking capacity against disc brakes but also for other qualities that relegated them against the previous ones. The poor ability to dissipate heat generated in the braking. Also, the low capacity to eliminate the water or the humidity of its interior, which could lead to scares when being reduced its capacity to realize incorrect braking conditions.

The simplest is the solid discs that we will normally find in smaller and lighter vehicles. In an intermediate step and as a more used measure are the ventilated brake discs. They are not more than two discs joined with die-cut in its body to improve its cooling. While in an upper step, we will find an evolution of the previous ones that have another type of die-cut. It also serves to channel the air and that we will find mounted on high-performance vehicles as the king of all carbon-ceramics is found. It intended for large sports due to its components, lightness, and braking capacity.

Brake Pads

Types of brake pads

As you know, disc brakes make use of pads that brake our vehicle and can make different compounds. These pads mounted on another component of the braking system called calipers. They press the pads against the disc using their pistons when we step on the brake pedal to stop the vehicle. These pills with the passing of the kilometers will lose thickness, so sooner or later, we will have the time to go to our workshop to replace them.

Normally in the workshop, you go to, they will reinstall the pads marked by the manufacturer. But if you are to choose it on your own or want to know what it is that you are installing, you should know that you can find various types of brake pads in the market. Which will vary in their characteristics depending on the type of vehicle and our driving:

  • Semi-metallic brake pads: These pads characterized by containing around 30% and 65% steel wool, copper, or iron powder mixed with inorganic fillers. With these pads, you will gain in duration and will perform an efficient heat transfer. It will be especially efficient in aggressive conductions, or that requires a great effort, especially when it heats up, but they will be inefficient in cold conditions.
  • Organic brake pads: These brake pads are manufactured by mixing components such as glass fibers, rubber, Kevlar, and carbon. Thanks to these pads, we will ensure effective braking in virtually any situation. In addition to being the quietest, but they have faster wear and create more dirt on the tires, and, also, they can melt into very aggressive or extreme driving.
  • NAO brake pads: They are very similar to the previous ones, but differ by the incorporation of a small amount of metal, between 10% and 30%, thus improving braking and heat dissipation. Logically, having this amount to older metal, they will be louder and also generate more dirt on the tires.
  • Ceramic brake pads: thanks to ceramic fibers, bonding agents, non-ferrous materials, and very small amounts of metal. These pickups will sound like high-performance vehicles, the use in them is no coincidence, and they allow very effective and superior braking compared to the previous ones. As well as being quieter and cleaner, but as you can imagine, they are the ones that most cost will be for our pocket.

 

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Diesel or Gasoline Car: Engine are Different

Diesel or Gasoline Car

If you have to renew a car, surely you have doubts: is it better to buy a new car diesel or gasoline? Is it safe to buy a diesel for the future?

The latest news about car sales in our country is marking a clear trend, more gasoline cars than diesel cars sold. On the other hand, big cities like are putting a stop to vehicles, and it seems that diesel is the number one public enemy for their emissions. Although they have always been there, it discovered now that they emit NO x gases.

With this background, buying a new car is now a complicated task. It seems that if we opt for a diesel investment is not very favorable and the solution that promulgates which the universal truth is to buy gasoline vehicles. But this is not entirely true: neither diesel will disappear in the short term, nor gasoline is the solution to the problem. Everything will depend on the use we make with the car, and there is the key. To help clarify some of these aspects, today, I wanted to offer another point of view on certain affirmations. That is repeated, trying to make them become universal truths.

Diesel or Gasoline Car

Diesel is going to disappear, some brands have already announced that they stop producing diesel engines

This announcement is one of those statements that contain a true and inaccurate part. Some brands have indeed announced that they stop producing diesel engines. In the short term, they are changing their range and gradually removing the diesel until they disappear completely. They do this because developing a diesel engine today is more expensive than years ago. With the constant changes in emissions regulations, many engines that were in the market need expensive tuning processes. Something that in the case of certain brands, does not compensate economically by having to develop these new thrusters. Only for the European market (a market favorite for diesel), while they don’t need them to continue selling in other markets. This data means that some brands have opted for hybrid technology. The result of their experience in this field or gasoline blocks to replace diesel. They offer an alternative without the need to develop diesel engines; Volvo and the FCA Group are some of those brands.

Diesel or Gasoline Car

Other manufacturers continue betting on new diesel engines, more efficient and with new technologies that allow complying with the demanding emission regulations. New diesel engines have launched. Even some brands have presented diesel-hybrid engines with the idea of ​​complying with the most demanding pollution scenarios. That is, the disappearance of diesel is the decision of each brand. Some prefer to focus on other types of engines, and others, however, continue to offer newly created diesel engines.

Which engine is more reliable: diesel or gasoline?

What makes a reliable engine is the robustness of its creation, and the fewer elements it has that can fail, the more reliable it will be. But today, the brands do not create simple engines. On the opposite, in full trend of downsizing, there are barely any atmospheric engines left in the market. And you try to squeeze the most out of obtaining large performance small engines. No matter if diesel is the fuel or gasoline. Reliability will depend on the construction of the engine. In particular, there are examples of robust (even small) gasoline engines of proven reliability and robust diesel beyond half a million kilometers.

Another detail to take into account is some diesel equips gas treatment systems. In many cases is a source of problems for the owners. Although everything will depend on the use of the car, the question is in the use for which it intended the engine. And the optimal operating conditions, which when not fulfilled, then is when these problems can appear.

Diesel or Gasoline Car

What do I decide whether to buy a diesel, gasoline, or another type of vehicle?

The first thing to consider is the use that the new car will have: will it circulate more in the city? Or highway? And then analyze the number of kilometers we travel annually. If we combine the type of use with the number of annual kilometers, it will be easier to get the right fuel. For example, in short, or urban routes, the best option is a gasoline or a hybrid, the simpler and more robust the fuel the better because it will hold Better every day. If we do not reach 20,000 km, but still circulate in a mixed way by road, and to a lesser extent city, the best option would be a hybrid. It would provide us with an economy of use and savings, even in occasional trips.

But if we do more than 20,000 km per year or our usual route is by highway or highway, that is where diesel makes the most sense. We must also consider a diesel according to the type of needs we have, for example, an SUV or trailer. When a diesel engine suffers is when it circulates in the wrong places, without the engine reaching the ideal temperature or with starts and stops where the risk of breakdowns increased.

In summary, if you have to buy a car, you don’t just have to think about whether it will be diesel or gasoline. The first thing is to analyze what the use of the vehicle will be, and then assess the different alternatives in both gasoline, diesel, or hybrid. And although the focus is currently on diesel, that does not mean that they will disappear or that it is a technology that is out of use by manufacturers.

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How to Avoid Some Serious Car Breakdowns

Car Breakdowns

The car has many elements that can be damaged, but before doing so usually, warn and doing a review when it touches you can locate the problems.

Nobody likes to have to go through the workshop, especially when it comes to a breakdown that leaves us lying on the road. When we have to pull a crane, it means that the breakdown is serious and that the car needs some change of parts. Which translates, of course, into a rather bulky bill that will make us in a worse mood. But do you know that there are serious breakdowns that can avoid a bit of foresight, which will save us money and a lot of workshop time? Let’s see five of these faults that can easily avoid.

Car Breakdowns

Breakage of the timing belt

The timing belt is essential for the car to work. Other pieces can be broken and still allow us to circulate to the workshop and leave it for repair. But in the case of the timing belt, the engine does not work. Moreover, if the timing belt breaks during driving, the engine continues to run, although it does not transmit traction to the axles, and because it not properly coordinate, friction occurs that spoil the valves and cylinders.

This result is a serious breakdown, which translates into several thousand euros, depending on the badly suffered by the engine. The workshop will have to disassemble, recalibrate, and replace the broken parts, which is a great expense. Not to mention, of course, the timing belt kit, which is not cheap either. To avoid this fault, follow the manufacturer‘s instructions and change the timing belt when playing. This result is usually between 85,000 and 150,000 kilometers.

And it is a forced change, even if it seems that the timing belt is in condition, because wear, even if it does not seem so, is there and can cause it to break at any time. Having an expense of about 700 euros to about 2,000 euros makes it advisable to review this important element of the car.

Tire blowout

We will never get tired of repeating it. The condition of the tires must carefully monitor. They are the point of contact of the car with the asphalt and therefore need to be in good condition to ensure safety while driving. The tire pressure should be checked frequently and put on air if necessary, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Also, the depth of the drawing must control.

Do not wait until it reaches 1.5 millimeters indicated by regulations, but must be changed before. The consequences of having worn tires can be disastrous, not only because of the cost that can come from a high-speed crash but also because of the safety of the car’s occupants and other road users.

Car Breakdowns

Clutch breakage

The clutch is one of the elements that last the longest in a car. Normally, its useful life is the same as that of the car itself. But sometimes it wears out more than normal and can break. But, normally, he warns before finishing broken. One way to warn is a malfunction, causing the engine to revolutionize when the clutch is pressed to change the gear. It may also be that the gears do not enter correctly, so it will warn before breaking completely.

You have to go to the workshop as soon as you notice that the clutch is not working correctly. In this case, it must change, and it is better to do it in a controlled way than when it ends up breaking. In that case, it can end up causing an accident since it can break while driving, and in addition to the clutch break, we can find a good problem.

These are just some of the breakdowns that can avoid. In general, you should take the car to the workshop as soon as any problem is detected, or you notice some element does not work as it should. The review is essential to know the status of the car, and the visit to the workshop on time can save us a lot of money in surprise breakdowns that can be much more expensive than what it costs to repair.