Author: <span class="vcard">Rizkiy Tulehu</span>

Clean Contaminated Brake Pads

Contamination is caused by dust getting between the brake pads and brake discs with normal everyday driving. As the dust builds up it scratches the face of the brakes and wears away pads to a point where braking is difficult and requires more use of the emergency brake.

When cleaning the brake pads you can gently wipe away any residue that you can see using a soft cloth. Apply copper slip to the components to seal the damage. Copper slip is used in mechanisms and machines on static parts that should not move. Moving parts include bearings where lubrication is required. Copper slip also helps to prevent the squealing sound when you apply the brakes. It also helps to prevent a seizure. This can damage the system badly causing you to have irreparable brakes and discs.

Once you have applied the copper slip on both parts you should test it to see if your handy work helped. You can drive the car and slow down until you feel it braking hard. It is suggested that you wait for some white smoke to come from the brakes. This means that the excess has been removed thus you no longer have contaminated brakes and you can drive safely.

You don’t have to remove any components in order to apply the copper slip as this would require professional help and tools. It isn’t a necessary step as the copper is there to prevent oxidation.


Rubber License Plate Holder

Size

Most bracket-mounted bumper guards are somewhat wider and taller than a standard license frame. The depth or thickness of a plate holder made to protect bumpers, on the other hand, is quite a bit more. Some frames have depths as much as two inches or more of thick rubber material that compresses on impact and then returns to its original shape.

Material

You want a rubber license plate holder to be able to absorb shock and then return to its original shape to protect against the next trauma. Ideally you want the material to be strong, but also flexible, even in freezing winter weather.

You want a bumper guard to be made from material that is not only shock-absorbing, but also weatherproof and able to withstand rain, snow, or any other weather that is thrown at it.

Metal license plate brackets are notorious for losing their luster, bending, and corroding away. A rubber license plate holder will replace your frame, and if made from the right materials will never rust or bend out of shape.

Most rubber holders are made from foam rubber and may experience sun damage. Ultraviolet light from the sign is not friend of foam rubber or plastic. Make sure any holder you buy can withstand the unrelenting sun day after day and year after year without compromising its capability.

Hardware

Every vehicle is different. Most come with at least some mounting hardware, but some do expect you to use existing license plate mounting screws. The problem is that plate holder bumper guards are thick and the existing screws may not be long enough.

Also, keep in mind that most manufacturers are expecting you to attach their bumper guard with four screws. Although most license plates and brackets can accommodate four screws, the way they are attached may only use the top two. If your license plate and bracket are only attached with the top two screws, you will need to adjust the attachment so that the bumper guard can use all four screw attachments.

Top Protection

Often when a taller car backs into your car, they will ride over your license plate bracket and bumper causing possibly significant scratches and other damage. Some models of rubber license plate holders have a protective rubber extension above the holder that can help prevent at least some of that damage.

Screw Protection

Even when someone else backs into you, you are at risk of liability. In the absence of video or photographic evidence, an unscrupulous motorist could blame damage to their car on you. The most common damage is when they impact your car in the front license plate area and the bracket and screws causes scratching, dents, or even holes in their rear bumper.

To protect against this, most rubber bumper guards have screw protection that is an extra layer of protective material around the screw area to keep the screws from impacting and damaging other vehicle bumpers.


Fender Flares

Benefits

You can get a lot of benefits from using this part for your vehicle. The primary purpose of it is to prevent the rotating tires to throw particles such as mud, rocks, sand, liquids, and other road substances into the air. For aesthetic purpose, you can customize the look of your vehicle with this part. You can install it in your stock truck to add style.

Another benefit is it becomes an extension of your vehicle especially when you plan to put on bigger tires. It is fitted directly over the wheel well and contoured to match the same body lines of the vehicle. It is also used to hide rust or body damage around the wheel well. These are typically made to be rigid and paired up with flexible mud flaps.

Styles

Fender flares are legally required if you’re planning to put on larger tires. You need to determine what set of fender flares you want or need. Finding the style that fits with your vehicle will depend on your preference and your personality. There are different brands that offer this automotive part in various color, shapes and sizes, but it can be categorized into one of 4 styles:

  • OE Style. This style will give an added style on the basic stock look on your vehicle. This is also preferred by those who just want to hide a small amount of body rust or damage in their vehicle. Take note that some OE style fender flares does not use the same factory holes and may require drilling.
  • Street Style. Street Flares provides protection around the wheel well and fenders, plus an added style and low-profile appearance on the vehicle. It has a smaller profile compared to OE style. You can usually see this on showroom style trucks.
  • Pocket / Bolt Style. The Pocket / Bolt Style provide protection while giving an extremely rugged and tough look on your ride. It’s a no-drill installation, unlike the OE style that requires drilling. It is created with a bolt set in each number of pockets which gives bolt-on appearance.
  • Extended Style. If you want your vehicle to look tougher but needs a serious extension, then you have to put on the extended style fenders. These are usually seen on heavy duty-looking vehicles but not as aggressive as the looks you can get from the bolted style.


Automotive Paint Protection Film

It is recommended by manufacturers to entrust the application of the product to certified Vinyl Wrap and Clear Bra professional shops as the installation requires unique skills and techniques to get it to look right and last the life of the film. Many Window Tinting and detail shops also perform the installation.

The primary purpose of Clear Bra is to prevent scuffs, rock chips and other types of vandalism which cause damage to a vehicle’s paint and body. It is commonly applied on the front facing portions of cars, trucks, and SUVs. It may also be used on the full body of a vehicle to provide maximum protection for the vehicle’s factory paint.

Originally developed for use in military applications, it is now commercially available for public use. The automotive industry took note of the benefits offered by the paint protection film and began applying it to race cars to protect the expensive carbon fiber and fiberglass bodies. Originally the film was thicker and tough to install because the thick film was designed to protect helicopter blades from sand erosion.

The film available on the market today is specifically designed to be flexible and conformable to a vehicle’s body. There are many options available in the market with specific types manufactured primarily with the technical capability to offer top level protection and even self-healing capabilities.

Why use Paint Protection Film?

Scratches on brand new or well-maintained vehicles not only destroy the look of your car, truck or SUV, they reduce the resale value. To prevent a car from suffering at the hands of vandalism or road debris, paint protection film is the perfect solution.

Clear Bra has the strength to withstand the hazards on the road such as debris, rocks, sand and cement. It will shield the areas on the vehicle where it is installed and keep the body looking like it did the day you applied the film. Many of the premium films have self-healing properties so the film will heal itself when damaged by scratches and cracks. Another great application is to protect your vehicle from children playing near the car and scratching the paint surface with their toys.

Which Paint Protection Film Brands are the most trusted?

The most reliable brands of paint protection film on the market today are the original Clear Bra, 3M, Suntek, and Xpel. Xpel and 3M are the preferred films used in our shop due to their self-healing properties and industry leading warranties. In addition to full rolls of film, many of these manufacturers offer the DIY enthusiast pre-cut kits that are unique to a vehicle’s make, model and year.

Today there is no shortage of cheaply made films imported from places like China and India and sold on sites like eBay and Amazon. Always be wary of any material that does not come from a reputable manufacturer. Cheap paint protection film will not protect your vehicle, and often the cheap adhesives used in this type of material will damage your factory paint when you attempt to remove it.

How is It Applied?

There are many types of installation for paint protection film. Most installers do not have plotters. Therefore they have no choice but to apply the fill directly from the roll and cut the material to length on your vehicle. Reputable installation shops that have invested in plotters use specially designed software to create a pattern for the shape of the panel on which the film is to be installed and have it plotted or cut with precision. A plotter can also be used to modify the cut pattern to fit custom patterns such as aftermarket body kits and bumpers.

A popular installation technique for the DIY customer is a pre-cut kit. A pre-cut kit can be ordered by your vehicle make, model, and year and comes ready to install out of the box. The downside of a pre-cut kit is if you damage one of the sections of material during installation, you’ll have to purchase an entirely new kit. Pre-Cut Kits are also not available for any custom parts you have on your vehicle such as an aftermarket bumper, body kit, or spoiler.

When you are looking for a Clear Bra installer, it is imperative to select a reputable shop with good reviews. The installation requires cutting near your car, truck or SUV’s paint with razor blades. An impatient or unskilled installer can quickly cause substantial and irreversible damage to your expensive vehicle.

Where can the Film be Applied?

Paint protection film is manufactured to appear practically invisible to the naked eye to maintain the appearance of your vehicle. It can be applied to any area of the car however it is mostly recommended for portions of the car that are susceptible to damage. The most common areas are the side mirrors, front bumper, and hood of your vehicle. Another area that Clear Bra can be used is door edges as they are prone to wear and tear from the constant opening and closing. Protecting door edges offers an excellent shield against chipping and scrapes which often happen in parking lots.

It may also be applied to door handle cups because they get damaged from constant use. The scratches and scrapes can are prevented through the application of an invisible film of Clear Bra on the door handle cups.


Good Tyre Habits

A very good driving habit is to ensure that your vehicle remains roadworthy and that your tyres are in good condition. If you are putting two new tyres on, it’s best to put them on the rear so that you drive to the condition of your tyres. It comes down to research and knowing what you need. Selecting the right tyres for your car and budget is something that can be daunting. There are quite a variety of tyres to choose from.

Toyo Tyres are a popular choice as they cater for almost every need. The passenger car range combines a balance of comfort, safety, environmental performance and mileage. The Toyo 350 is developed for small to medium cars and fits any size you want. It offers a safe economy with newer clean-cut tread appearance. The Toyo 350 has lower noise and a lower rolling resistance than its predecessor. These are ideal if you are looking for top quality tyres for everyday driving, racing or off-roading.

The Toyo 350 is the successor to the Toyo 330. There are a variety of tyres that cater for different needs. Some tyres are suitable for high performance vehicles such as sports cars or for cars that are used for every day travelling from work to home. Toyo Tyres are available in different sizes and buying tyres in pairs can save you a lot of time and money. These tyres range from Toyo 350, H07, H08, Toyo Proxes C1S, R188, T1 Sport, TPT and TSS. All these tyres can be chosen with either a mag wheel or a normal rim to fit your car. Being specific and knowing what you want will make the decision making process much easier.

Choosing the right tyres is important and will depend on your driving habits. Fitting mag wheels with tyres can make your car look attractive which can get you a lot of attention. If you travel much, then it is best to choose a tyre that is made for long distance travelling and that is more reliable. Having the correct tyres fitted on your car will lower the risk of endangering the lives of you and your family.


Subaru Performance

Collision Warning

The Subaru EyeSight® is a highlight of models, such as the Subaru Legacy and Subaru Outback. This feature goes a long way in preventing crashes and includes a set of features, such as pre-collision warning, braking, and throttle control. Then, there are other technologies to make driving safer, such as warning for lane switching and cruise control that is adaptive. This last feature assists in maintaining a stable speed and ensures that when you are in a long line of cars, you do not accidentally crash into the vehicle ahead. Pre-collision braking is a system that offers an alert in the event of an unusual occurrence on the road, thus minimizing or preventing crash damage.

Smooth Journey

Subaru performance, therefore, is not just about speed or comfort, but it includes advanced safety mechanisms to give you a good time while on the road and ensure an effortless drive.

Comfortable journey in a car includes smooth motion. Most cars can do that on a plain, well-maintained road, but what about the narrow lanes and backwoods roads, that take you down the scenic route but often pose a great challenge for drivers, owing to the bumps and rough spots? The answer lies in the four-wheel suspension in models that feature four-, five-, and six-speed transmission engines. The suspension also includes rear double wishbone, which easily clears rough spots on the road, without jerks. If a smooth journey is your goal, then Subaru high-performance cars with this type of suspension will help you achieve your goals.

Navigation and Communication

Comfort also means communication technologies to help you get to your destination faster and with minimum trouble. No more getting lost in unfamiliar areas. The GPS Navigation includes voice and touch screen, and helps people find the destination on the map in a few seconds. You can also set the destination and be guided to it. Some advanced systems also offer traffic-related information, something that will make your journey smoother and help you plan your route.


Go Green Initiatives

  • Multi Clean – Multi Purpose Cleaner
    Multi-Clean is a cleaner that has the ability to remove stubborn dirt, films, road, debris, bugs, tar and so on. It uses biodegradable surfactants, which are strong enough to break up and lift away heavy dirt film, grime and debris but are also gentle enough to be used on fabrics and carpeting to remove many stains, grease and dirt.
  • Vegetable Oil Conversion Systems
    Vegetable Oil Conversion Systems are capable of converting standard fossil fuel guzzler into a vegetable oil, running machine. One of the key benefits of is the reduced fuel cost.
  • Waterless Car Wash Systems
    They are spray based cleaners, which safely remove surface contaminants and leaves the car spotless. This formula is designed to ‘lift’ dirt away from the car’s paint to help ensure a scratch-free finish. The powerful surfactants break down road grime, while polymers leave a smooth and protected finish.
  • Water Based Car Tire Shiners
    Car Tire Shiners are one of my all time favourite products. A shiny look of car tires makes it look like brand new. The tire shine products come in two versions: solvent-based and water-based. The solvent-based dressings offer a bit more durability, although they come at the cost of environmental risk. I have been using water-based Shiners which do not contain any harsh ingredients making it environment friendly.
  • Organic Car Wash
    A lot of organic car wash products have been launched. These products are biodegradable, non-toxic, non-hazardous, non-flammable and VOC compliant. Simple green car washes don’t harm the car’s finish and are safe for the environment as well.
  • Spark Plugs
    The rising fuel costs accompanied with high levels of pollution makes this product an ideal choice. Installation of go green spark plugs is a time saving, cost effective product to enhance the car performance, fuel efficiency, and durability. They are not only environment friendly but also reduce carbon emissions by producing a cleaner and better combustion.

Lenso Wheels

Lenso Wheels were specifically designed to give you a performance that is very rarely experienced. With the quality of the wheel comes the beauty of it. When you want to show off your car people watch in awe. You want them to see how good your car looks. You don’t just want them to be impressed with the engine you want them to be impressed with the wheels as well.

Performance wheels are wider in order to fit into the performance tyres. Always remember that if you have to drive faster, yet avoid accidents, you need to have more surface area in contact with the floor you are driving in. Many Lenso Wheels styles are made to fit into these kinds of tyres.

Most styles of this fantastic brand are made with alloy and aluminium alloy. The reason for this material is to keep the car at a lighter weight in order to increase your speed and to bear with a massive amount of heat that could cause other metals to melt.

These wheels that are used give you unbelievable speed and also need to have a frame that is wide enough for your tyres. In addition, performance tyres need to have a smaller sidewall to allow the car to have a lower suspension. The wheel will also keep the structure of the tyre when travelling at high speeds.

Combined together, Lenso Wheels are the perfect investment. Their beauty isn’t the only thing to look forward to. The execution of this wheel will leave you speechless. The feather-like weight is impressive and plays a huge role in driving with great speed.

The overall presentation your car will make your friends and enemies green with envy. It will give them some motivation to style up their rides too. Having Lenso Wheels on your car is definitely something to be proud of.


Pick the Right Decals for Jeep

Think of What You Believe

One might be forgiven for saying that belief is in short supply these days owing to things happening around the world in the name of God and religion. However, the fact of the matter is, all of us, individually, believe in certain things. The beliefs might be delusional in nature, or they might simply be the source of inner strength.

No matter what it is, you are entitled to show it to the rest of the world. And what better way to show it than having it as a decal on your jeep? People would get to know something about you simply by taking a good look at your jeep, and you would feel more at home in your jeep, as it would become a reflection of who you are.

Think of Who You Love

Love, like belief, is another great source of strength. Again, many might say that love has more potential for heartbreaks than it does for giving one strength, but the fact is, love does create a lot of hope and optimism in one’s life.

You can turn your jeep into something truly inspiring for yourself by getting customized decals that are dedicated to the special ones in your life. It would also make them happy to know that you care for them so deeply to have their names etched on your jeep.

Think of What You Like/Love

You might be a hardcore Game of Thrones fan, or you might have been inspired deeply by the Fast and the Furious series of movies, and you want to show the world how much these things mean to you every time you rev up your jeep and leave your house. But how do you do it?

Simple! Get a custom jeep decal that states a memorable quote from your favorite movie or TV series, or maybe one that displays your favorite fictional character in all his/her glory.


Accessories To Spruce Up Used Cars

A Warming Or Cooling Seat Pad

Most new vehicles are equipped with seats that will warm up at the touch of a button. This feature can be a lifesaver on particularly cold winter days, and it is considered standard in many recent models. The same effect can be achieved in an older vehicle by purchasing a seat pad. Easy to install, they bring a little luxury to an older automobile. Simply place the pad on the seat and plug it into the 12-volt outlet. Some heating pads even offer cooling settings for hot summer days, which is an amenity not commonly found in brand new automobiles.

Seat Covers

Many used cars can also be spruced up with the addition of seat covers. If the seats seem dirty or worn out, new covers can make a dramatic difference. This small investment can create a whole new feel in an older vehicle. Some seat covers are tailored to a specific make and model, but more generic options can be found at an auto parts store. For large trucks or vans, it may be difficult to find the right covers, so it may be necessary to special order them from a manufacturer.

The Headliner

The headliner, which is the fabric lining the interior roof, can sometimes become dirty or possibly even fall or droop. Even though this can make an automobile appear very outdated, the upgrade to fix this problem is quick and easy. Headliners come in a variety of colors, and some even feature designs for those who wish to customize the interior.

A Fun Hitch Cover

For used cars or trucks that have a hitch, it can be fun to change out the hitch cover. It might not exactly make the vehicle look brand new, but it will help add some personalization. Some hitch covers come in standard chrome. However, they are also available in a variety of shapes and styles including light up options. Some people purchase hitch covers that feature their favorite sports team’s logo or display an image for a cause they support.