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Automotive Repair Tools to Help Your Car Perform Better and Last Longer

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For many of us, our car is a very important part of our lives. Having a vehicle means freedom, convenience, and are a way to get around at will. You have worked hard to save every spare dollar so you had enough for a down payment. Each month you have to keep making your car loan payment and afford insurance coverage. But when your car needs auto care, the expense can hurt your budget. That’s why these tips for getting inexpensive car engine parts and car repair tools can make a big difference in your month-end finances.

Mainenance Costs: Engine Repair Tools for Much Less

If you have a minor repair such a maintenance problem, why not cut costs by doing it yourself? There are many “how-to” online tutorials and printed books that can show you step-by-step. The bonus is that you’ll only be spending money on the parts and supplies.. The auto repair shops can really mark up the parts, plus, you’ll be paying them for labor at upwards of about an hour. If you aren’t comfortable with doing any of these tasks yourself, ask your family or friends if they can help you out or consider taking your car to a college campus to have supervised students do the work. Many friends and family are glad to help out and can be paid for their time with a six-pack or a pizza lunch; student training facilities can cut the costs in half for you.

Automotive Care Costs: Discount Auto Parts and Services for Less

Additional non-major repairs that require a little more skill can still be accomplished by yourself. Take, for example, resurfacing rotors, figuring out what an engine code means, or replacing spark plugs. Local car parts stores often times offer less-expensive diagnostic and resurfacing services than at the specialized repair shops. Diagnosing engine codes can be especially frustrating. In some states, you can drive to your parts supplier and they can run the diagnostic test for you to determine the problem. However, some localities don’t allow this, but the code-reading tool is inexpensive to purchase (approximately 0). It can cost or so to have your dealer run a diagnostic test on your car’s computer. But for the cost of 2 diagnostic tests you can have this handy tool at your convenience right at home!

Basic Maintenance and Automotive Care Don’t Have to Break the Bank

Rotor resurfacing can be tricky because they have to have enough “meat” on them in order to be resurfaced. A specific range of rotor metal in millimeters must be met to remain at a nominal depth. Don’t worry, however, because the resurfacing shops will tell you on the spot if they meet the thickness requirements. Additionally, they have the machine right there to get the job done. In an equally easy manner, spark plugs are available for purchase at the automotive care and supply store and the minimum gap is displayed clearly on the package. A gapper tool for your spark plugs costs only or less if you don’t already have one. You can also rotate your own tires by using a standard jack.

It is possible for you to save tons of money by doing your own maintenance on your car. You can stretch your dollar and the life of your vehicle, and use the left over cash to enjoy more time on the road!

Automotive Repair Tools to Help Your Car Perform Better and Last Longer

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For many of us, our car is a very important part of our lives. Having a vehicle means freedom, convenience, and are a way to get around at will. You have worked hard to save every spare dollar so you had enough for a down payment. Each month you have to keep making your car loan payment and afford insurance coverage. But when your car needs auto care, the expense can hurt your budget. That’s why these tips for getting inexpensive car engine parts and car repair tools can make a big difference in your month-end finances.

Mainenance Costs: Engine Repair Tools for Much Less

If you have a minor repair such a maintenance problem, why not cut costs by doing it yourself? There are many “how-to” online tutorials and printed books that can show you step-by-step. The bonus is that you’ll only be spending money on the parts and supplies.. The auto repair shops can really mark up the parts, plus, you’ll be paying them for labor at upwards of about an hour. If you aren’t comfortable with doing any of these tasks yourself, ask your family or friends if they can help you out or consider taking your car to a college campus to have supervised students do the work. Many friends and family are glad to help out and can be paid for their time with a six-pack or a pizza lunch; student training facilities can cut the costs in half for you.

Automotive Care Costs: Discount Auto Parts and Services for Less

Additional non-major repairs that require a little more skill can still be accomplished by yourself. Take, for example, resurfacing rotors, figuring out what an engine code means, or replacing spark plugs. Local car parts stores often times offer less-expensive diagnostic and resurfacing services than at the specialized repair shops. Diagnosing engine codes can be especially frustrating. In some states, you can drive to your parts supplier and they can run the diagnostic test for you to determine the problem. However, some localities don’t allow this, but the code-reading tool is inexpensive to purchase (approximately 0). It can cost or so to have your dealer run a diagnostic test on your car’s computer. But for the cost of 2 diagnostic tests you can have this handy tool at your convenience right at home!

Basic Maintenance and Automotive Care Don’t Have to Break the Bank

Rotor resurfacing can be tricky because they have to have enough “meat” on them in order to be resurfaced. A specific range of rotor metal in millimeters must be met to remain at a nominal depth. Don’t worry, however, because the resurfacing shops will tell you on the spot if they meet the thickness requirements. Additionally, they have the machine right there to get the job done. In an equally easy manner, spark plugs are available for purchase at the automotive care and supply store and the minimum gap is displayed clearly on the package. A gapper tool for your spark plugs costs only or less if you don’t already have one. You can also rotate your own tires by using a standard jack.

It is possible for you to save tons of money by doing your own maintenance on your car. You can stretch your dollar and the life of your vehicle, and use the left over cash to enjoy more time on the road!

car care and auto repair – MUV Mahindra Xylo Initiative

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Check out the amazing New MUV from Mahindra – The Mahindra Xylo

Did you know that just cleaning your car can drastically improve fuel economy? Or that traffic death rates are three times greater at night than during the day? Browse through these car care or auto repair tips and find out how to get the best out of your Mahindra Xylo, keep your vehicle in good shape for years to come and discover ways to make your journey safer and more enjoyable.

Car Care and Auto Repair

Car Engine Oil
It is normal for engines to consume some car engine oil during operation. If the Oil Pressure warning light glows continuously, check the car engine oil level and add the recommended grade of oil if necessary. Use Mahindra Maximile Premium Engine Oil only. It is ideal for your Mahindra Xylo.
Note:
Car Engine oil consumption depends upon the viscosity and quality of the oil, and upon the conditions in which the vehicle is driven. Oil consumption will be more during high speed driving and frequent acceleration and deceleration. A new engine will consume more car engine oil since its pistons, piston rings and cylinder walls are not conditioned.

Battery
If the battery terminal is corroded, wash it with a solution of warm water and baking soda.
Check the battery exterior for corroded and loose terminal connections.
Be sure the engine and all accessories are turned ‘OFF’ before performing maintenance.
Always disconnect the negative terminal cable first from the battery.
Check the electrolyte level at intervals of 3 months. If the level is below the lower marker, add distilled water until the level reaches the upper marker.

Tires
Inspect your vehicle’s tires by performing the following checks.
Measure the air pressure with a tire gauge. Adjust, if necessary.
Check for abnormal wear, cracks and any damage. If a tire shows abnormal wear, have it inspected by your Mahindra Dealer. Replace, if needed.

Increasing Fuel Efficiency
Get up to 25% more fuel efficiency from your Mahindra Xylo by following these tips.

Sudden bursts of speed can prove costly. Accelerate steadily, brake gradually. Plan your trip and pace your speed. And avoid high traffic density roads. Rolling in neutral saves 15-20 cc of fuel. Ensure perfect wheel balance and you can cover up to 20% of your distance in neutral. Wrong tyre pressure is a drain on fuel. Check the owner’s manual for the correct tyre pressure for your Mahindra Xylo. Better still invest in a tyre pressure gauge. Use oils & fluids recommended by the manufacturer.
Only Mahindra knows what oils & fluids your Mahindra Xylo needs. Buy only what is recommended in the manual.
Excessive cooling increases fuel consumption. Switch off the AC when it’s not needed. Keep the refrigerant topped up. Get the AC checked regularly. Use the tachometer to save fuel. Your owner’s manual will tell you how to shift gears according to the Tachometer and thus save fuel. Going easy on the clutch saves fuel. Take your foot off the clutch pedal if you’re not shifting gears. And when you do use it, remember to depress it completely. Remove the 3rd row to reduce fuel usage. Fill only as much fuel as needed. It reduces extra weight, unwanted spillage and evaporation losses. Dirt soaks up fuel. Remove dirt from wheel arches, drip rails and other such places. It could reduce weight by almost 15 kg. Go easy on accessories.
Accessories such as roof carriers and bumper extensions drag down fuel efficiency. Listen to music and save fuel – When stuck in traffic, turn off the engine and switch on the car deck.

Check out the amazing New MUV from Mahindra – The Mahindra Xylo

Timing Belt & Water Pump Replacement : Loosen Water Pump & Drain Coolant

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Coolant may drain out of a car’s water pump when loosening it for removal. Be prepared for draining coolant with tips from a certified auto mechanic in this free video on car engine repairs. Expert: Nathan mccullough Bio: Nathan mccullough graduated from Nashville Auto-Diesel College with a GPA of 3.5 and received their Craftsmanship Award and Honor Seal. Filmmaker: Robert Rogers

How to Diagnose and Repair a Cracked Cylinder Head : Cracked Cylinder Repair: Remove the Flex Plate

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Remove the flex plate from the back of the motor using an impact gun to take out the six bolts during cracked cylinder head repair; learn how in this free auto-restoration video. Expert: Doug Jenkins Bio: Doug Jenkins runs Doug Jenkins Custom Hot Rods in St. Louis, where he restores classic cars and creates mild to wild custom street rods. He races a 1972 Corvette in the SCCA performance rally series. Filmmaker: Ross Safronoff

Car Repair & Maintenance : Removing Oxidation From a Car

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In order to remove oxidation from a vehicle’s paint, simply use a good polishing compound or cleaning wax. Avoid scuffing up the paint when removing oxidation from a car with help from an ASE-certified mechanic in this free video on auto repair and car maintenance. Expert: Tom Brintzenhofe Bio: Tom Brintzenhofe has been a mechanic for more than 17 years. Filmmaker: Reel Media LLC

How to reassemble and refit the cylinder head on a Volvo 360 (B200E) including first startup advice

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A quick run through the basic steps, plus a final guess at why this engine started on 3 cylinders from a cold start. I also show you how some basic precautions for restarting a rebuilt engine. Watch in HD

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