Cars and Daily Life

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There are times when you become very aware of how integral a part the mundane things play in your life. In the daily hustle and bustle, it is very easy forget each and every minute puzzle piece that exists. I became very aware of this this past summer when I was living up at my cottage in the state of Virginia. Read on to hear my story and what I learned.

Cars

Getting a repair

While I was vacationing down at my cottage in Virginia, I blew a head gasket and needed to take my car in for a very expensive repair. Unfortunately, because of the rare make and model of my car, getting my car fixed was not just a one day ordeal. Over the course of about five days, I was without a mode of motor transportation. This made daily life a little bit more difficult for me.

For example, I was grilling with some of my friends and noticed that when I went to the store last I had forgotten to pick up some hot dog buns. Normally, this would probably be no big deal. Most people would just hop into their car, drive down to the grocery store (or maybe even a convenience store), grab some buns, and head back. However, the process was not so easy this time because I did not have a car. So, I walked down to the bus stop and attempted to navigate my way to the grocery store. This took a lot longer than I had originally expected because of the fact that I had no idea how to use the public transportation where I was staying. Finally, I got back, but by that time everyone was so hungry that they spoiled their appetite by eating too many potato chips and drinking too many beers

HVAC

To make matters worse, I became very aware of the value of my car later that week when we had an insufferably hot day. It was in the middle of the summer, and the heat was sweltering. My air conditioner had just broken, and I needed to fine someone who can fix it. I typed ‘HVAC’ into my search engine and the top three results came from the same website:

  1. http://www.suffolkhvacs.com/AC-installation-suffolk/
  2. http://www.suffolkhvacs.com/air-conditioning-suffolk/
  3. http://www.suffolkhvacs.com/furnace-repair-suffolk/

I figured this was a good option so I decided to take my chances and go there to pick out a new unit. Once again, I had to figure out another method of transportation because my car was in the shop. It was so hot that everyone on the bus was sweaty and it was gross. Definitely not doing that again.

Diesel Fuel

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Continuing with our discussion of wonderment at the fuel pump, we have noticed that some of our readers have emailed us asking us to talk about diesel fuel. We are glad that people have been asking about this, because diesel fuel still takes up a decent amount of the driving demographic here in the United States.

A lot of people typically ask about diesel because of the its properties based on rumors that they might hear. For example, some might be worried that there is more pollution involved with diesel fuel because it is the fuel of choice for a lot of industrial vehicles. If you have questions about diesel fuel, then you are in luck, because the next few paragraphs will have some in depth discussion about the things you should know about diesel. Read on to satisfy your curiosity!

Diesel

Environment

As stated before, many folks are worried about the environmental friendliness of diesel fuel. In addition to being a fuel used by many industrial vehicles, diesel fuel has a very distinct black looking smoke that seems very suspect. However, the smoke emitted by diesel fuel is actually cleaner than that of its unleaded gasoline counterpart. The reason for the blackness of smoke is that the particles are a different chemical. This makes them more visible to the human eye than the particles that come from unleaded gasoline smoke.

Economy

The other great thing about diesel fuel is that the engines for diesel run much more efficiently than that of the unleaded fuel engines. For example, a car that might get 30 mpg with unleaded would probably get 40-45 mpg with a diesel engine.

Fluids

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As we have stated before, there are a lot of parts in an engine. This makes it a piece of very complex machinery. Because there are so many different parts that each have their own function, there can be some difficulty in upkeep when you open up the hood. One of the hard parts of the upkeep is the refilling and checking of all of the fluids involved in the engines. You might not know this, but there are several fluids involved under the hood that help your car work the way it should.

If you have a leak in one of these parts, you may experience trouble with your car. This post aims to point out the fluids that exist in your car. Hopefully, you will be able to identify them if you see a leak and be able to fix that problem. Keep reading to find out more information!

Car fluids

Transmission

One of the most important fluids in your car is the transmission fluid. This fluid helps lubricate your car and keep the transmission running in the best condition that it can. If you are concerned about car performance, then making sure that your transmission fluid is in good shape is absolutely essential. If you spot some sort of reddish brown fluid leaking from your car, it might be transmission fluid. It has a consistency thinner than motor oil but a little bit thicker than something akin to water. You will want to fix this right away, as delay could harm your transmission.

What kind of gas?

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If you have a car that uses unleaded gasoline, then you have probably been presented with at least three options every time you fill up at the pump. For many people, this can be a confusing sort of ordeal. For example, why are the gasoline types numbered? Does it really make a difference to buy the more expensive one? Why is it more expensive anyway?

You may have had these very thoughts yourself at the pump. Well, the good news is that you can wonder no longer. This post is dedicated to talking about the different kinds of fuel that you can buy for your car. We will cover what it does for your car as well as some of the things they put in it. Keep reading to find out more information!

Gas

Low grade

If you are like me, you probably don’t go crazy every time you are at the pump. I usually keep it pretty low key and get the cheapest gasoline possible. Although low grade fuel is the cheapest you can get, don’t be worried about the effects of it on your car. Low grade gasoline meets very strict industry and federal requirements as far as purity and safety is concerned. This is good because you can be confident that you are not putting bad chemicals in your car.

Mid grade

Mid grade gasoline is just a small step up from low grade. It has higher filtration and is purer than its low grade counterparts.

Premium grade

This is the most expensive gasoline. In addition to the highest filtration, it also has additives in it that will help your car run more smoothly. Use this kind of gasoline for very old cars with delicate engines.

Engine Performance

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When it comes to running your vehicle in top performing condition, there are a lot of things keep track of, and that can be overwhelming. The engine is a piece of complex machinery with many parts. This results in a number of different processes going on all at the same time. The other thing that is complicated about engines is that there is an enormous amount of power coming out of the machine. This makes the engine something a very serious piece of equipment.

When trying to maintain your engine, you have to remember that it deserves the highest amount of care. After all, this is the thing that makes your car go. Since the engine is so important, we have decided to dedicate a post to the things that you can do to keep your engine running in tip top shape. Read on for the whole scoop!

Engine maintenance

Lubrication

One of the top things that you should keep in mind with your engine is the lubrication. There are many gears in an engine. All of these need to be running smoothly without any sort of hitch or hiccup. So, the thing that you should do to make sure your engine is well lubricated is use oil regularly. You don’t have to put in new oil every week per se, but make sure that you are getting the oil changed at least every 3,000 miles. This way, you will be able to keep your engine properly lubricated. You will enjoy a host of benefits for doing this. For example, you will get better acceleration and better gas mileage. Imagine that!

 

Tire Pressure

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There are so many things to think about when you own a car. Since the car is a piece of complex machinery, there are a host of components to maintain. As a result, car owners are constantly scrambling to account for the upkeep of their vehicles. Of course, there are the obvious things to consider. For example, you need to make sure your oil is changed regularly to keep your engine lubricated and running in a clean manner. Also, you need to make sure that your windshield wiper fluid, your radiator fluid, and your antifreeze are all in at a good level and not leaking.

Among this host of issues to think about, there is one part of car care that owners are want to neglect. This is the area of tire pressure. Of course, when a tire looks flat, an owner will pump it up. However. low tire pressure that is undetectable to the eye can have very significant consequences if you are not careful. Read on to find out more.

Tires

Bad gas mileage

Having the proper amount of air in your tires is essential if you want to be getting the best fuel economy with your car. Low tire pressure results in very lackluster gas mileage. You can probably bump up your mileage up to ten percent by inflating your tires to the proper pressure.

Poor traction

The second thing to keep in mind with tire pressure is that the improper pressure can reduce your traction when you are driving. This can be particularly dangerous in low traction conditions, such as ice or snowstorms.

 

Road Trip Driving

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Planning a road trip can be very exciting. There are so many things that you can do and see. When planning a trip, there can sometimes be a high cost for gas. Of course, this all depends on how far you go. It also depends on how fuel efficient your vehicle happens to be. However, regardless of your vehicles fuel economy, there are things that you can do to increase the number of miles you get to the gallon. Obviously, there are some modifications that you can make to your car. We will probably touch on those in another post. This post will focus specifically on your driving behavior. Believe it or not, the way you drive can make a huge difference when it comes to saving gas. Continue reading if you want to find out more information!

Behavior

Acceleration

One of the things that has a huge effect on the fuel efficiency of your car is how you accelerate. If you are somebody who might be what some call a “lead foot,” then you are probably compromising the miles per gallon on your car. This is because using a lot of power in accelerating has an effect on how much fuel is injected into the engine. As a result, if you put too much fuel into your engine, then you will probably be wasting gas. What you should do is make sure you accelerate at a slower pace. This kind of behavior will ensure you are not putting too much stress on the engine. As a result, you will get more miles to the gallon.