Category Archives: Automotive Industry

What exactly IS a Car Spa?

Quite recently we have seen several services popping up around cities offering something called a Car Spa. And while we all love a good spa now and then, what exactly does it mean and include when we book a spa for our car?

Here’s a little guide to what it is:
The idea is formed around the desire of car owners wanting to have their car looking clean and new as often as possible. Who wouldn’t right? Enter the Car Spa. Basically, a car spa includes an assorted number of services ranging from interior to exterior cleaning. It is a refined version of car cleaning performed by expert mechanics and all the necessary and adequate tools and resources.

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So, what’s included?
There are usually 3 types of spas: exterior, interior and complete.

Exterior spa: This includes a thorough foam wash of the cars’ exterior, as well as polishing the tyres.

Interior spa: This includes much more detailed services than an exterior spa. It features washing and scrubbing the seats, stain removal, dashboard and door trim scrubbing and polishing. A thorough carpet cleaning and vacuuming; as well as AC vent cleaning.

Complete spa: As the name suggests this includes the exterior and interior car spas combined, giving you a full, complete spa service.

With people getting busier and busier, booking a car spa is an easy solution for guaranteed dust and germ-free interiors. With companies offering quirks such as free pick-up and drop, doorstep service, real-time tracking and total price transparency, car owners can easily book at their convenience.

Tips to Minimize Wear and Tear on Your Car

Preventative care, careful driving and regular maintenance all contribute to your car’s longevity, making it stay longer on the roads than in a garage. Proper care also helps you save a lot of money in the long run. Here are a few tips on how to make sure the wear and tear in your car is minimized.

Stick to your maintenance routine:
Familiarize yourself with your car’s maintenance schedule and stick to it. As your car age, more maintenance is required and car manufacturers always recommend regular service intervals. If you don’t do a regular service on your car, you run the risk of causing damage to your engine and other parts because service centres know what needs to be checked and replaced with time, such as spark plugs, oil, filters, etc.

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Never miss an oil change:
Oil is the lifeblood of your engine and over time the motor oil begins to degrade and lose its lubricating and cooling properties potentially damaging metal-on-metal contact. Regularly changing your oil and filter can save you in the long run, the failure of which could have you replacing your whole engine!

Warm-up!
Everyone is always in a hurry and it’s not uncommon to want to jump into our cars and rush off. But experts recommend that it is important to give your engine a minute or two to warm up. This helps your engine oil heat up and lubricate all the parts. It’s also best to avoid higher RPMs and speeds until the engine is properly warmed up and running at normal temperature.

Give your brakes a break:
Prolong the life of your brake pads and discs by easing up on constantly using them. The safest way to do it is by slowing down. The faster you drive, the more you will need to step on the brakes sharply. Keep a safe distance between the vehicle in front of you, which will give you more time to come to a slower stop without having to jam on the brakes often.

Use the parking brake:
A better option is to engage the parking brake when you stop. First, step on your brake pedal and then engage your parking brake; put the car into park and release your foot off the pedal. This will prolong your car’s transmission allowing the parking brake to take the car’s weight and not the transmission.

Need a good laugh? Slow down and take a look

With the winter season coming in, Indian roads are going to be hectic with everyone speeding off to their destinations in the rain and cold. These quirky road signs were placed to make the driver slow down and have a good laugh.

1. While for this generation “tea” takes on a whole new meaning, it’s common knowledge that all Indians love their chai, making this quite the motivation to slow down.

2. All Indians are our brothers and sisters and siblings have got to look out for one another.

3. Sometimes ‘Don’t drink and drive’ just doesn’t cut it.

4. Better late than not at all.

5. Just gotta take it slow.

6. It’s not the time to count sheep.

7. And you don’t have to be a musician either.

8. It’s not cool to be a fool.

9. All you need is a little patience.

10. At least they’re aware of the pain.

These creative road signs are sure to help prevent unnecessary accidents. Hopefully, we will see more unique traffic signs popping up around cities in the future.

*Disclaimer: All photo credit to the original owners.

The RPM Gauge and ‘Redlining’

All cars come with multiple dials on its dashboard. While most of us are familiar with the fuel gauge and the speedometer, there is that one other dial that’s a bit more complicated – the tachometer or RPM gauge. So, what exactly is a tachometer? By definition: It is an instrument which measures the working speed of an engine, typically in revolutions per minute (RPM). In short, it helps inform us how fast the engine is turning and rotating. The tachometer aims to read the rotation of the engine’s crankshaft and it also lets you know when to shift.

These days, cars with automatic transmissions are slowly discontinuing tachometers, but they are an absolute necessity in manual models to let drivers know when there is a problem with the transmission as well as precisely when to shift.

What is ‘redlining’?
You will also notice that compared to a speedometer, the RPM gauge displays smaller numbers such as 1-8, with red lines on the higher digits. These red lines are the danger zones for your engine. When you fail to shift to a higher gear, the needle moves to the red line. If your tachometer reaches these red levels, it can cause overheating and excessive wear on the engine. But although some believe this will cause your engine to explode, all modern cars incorporate a fuel cut-off that will stop an engine from reaching the point where it could cause permanent damage, typically just past the redline itself. The tachometer is just a way to tell you that your engine has reached its maximum RPMs. The best way to avoid this is by shifting gears within the range of your engine’s maximum performance whenever possible.

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What happens if you redline?
The red lines are there for a reason; but if you do accidentally end up in the red for a fleeting instant, you have little to worry about as long as you don’t do it again. You could also book a check-up for your car if you’re worried.

Prevention:
Most cars these days have a rev-limiter built-in and prevent you from redlining by setting up the system to cut off the fuel flow to the engine, or to disable the ignition system until the engine falls to a safer speed. The safest bet, however, is to avoid over-speeding the engine and not upshifting the gear.