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Common Causes For Your Car Paint Fading

A car is an expensive investment. Hence we are always wanting our car to look good for as long as possible. But wear and tear is inevitable over time. Some of the most common causes for the paint fading on your car includes:

Sunlight –
Most of the time our cars are parked outside; this exposure to the sun is a major factor to the paint fading on your car. Because of the reaction between the paint and the UV radiation from the sun, the car usually loses its shine.

Lacking Paint Protection –
It’s always a good decision to invest in paint protection. Because of Paint Protection Film’s high impact resistance, its application will protect your paint from chips and scratches caused by rocks and road debris. Investing in auto paint protection film kits for the entire car is also a good choice, as it offers a higher protection level than waxing.

Leaving The Car Uncovered –
Living in a country like India, where summer’s last almost all year long in many parts of the country, it is unwise to leave your car uncovered when parked for extended periods. Parking in the shade helps, but that’s still not enough protection. Whenever possible, always keep your car covered. Purchase a good quality car cover that is easy to put on and remove.

Wash the car frequently and apply a high-quality wax. Waxing is a critical step to prevent sun damage to car paint and help stop pollution, grit and dirt and dust from adhering to the finish and causing pitting. There are also many service companies you can book a good wash and wax package with, as their mechanics will know the best way to fix up your car. A consistent car maintenance routine can help maintain your car’s looks for a long time keeping your car’s exterior in shiny showroom condition.

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Essential Kits and Tools You Should Have in Your Car

No one can predict when their car will break down; especially if it happens miles away from any help. It’s always the best choice to be prepared for any vehicle-related issues that can happen on the road and ones that can easily be prevented or repaired with a few essential DIY kits.

Jumper cables and a battery-powered car jump starter
You can never know when your car batteries might die on you. Having jump starter cables in your trunk is an absolute necessity, but the downside is that you will still need the assistance of another vehicle in order to revive a dead battery. A battery-powered jump starter will solve this issue for you.

Tyre-changing tools:
If you drive a car, you have got to learn how to change a tyre; and you’ve got to have the tools to do that. You can never know how bad the roads can get that could give you a flat. Apart from the necessity of carrying a spare tyre that is in good condition, you should always have tyre changing tools ready and handy when the situation calls for it.

A multitool kit:
You don’t need to know a lot about car repair to have one, but it doesn’t make it any less invaluable and sensible to have a toolkit in your car. Whether it is for camping or for basic repairs in and around your car, or even just needing something heavy to smash open windows or to cut out seat belts in cases of emergencies, having a kit with multiple tools will help you be prepared for various uncertainties.

First-aid kit:
A first-aid kit is perfect for providing on the spot medical care for light injuries or just to provide sustainable care until help arrives. A good, quality first-aid kit should contain everything you’ll need to tend to minor wounds, burns, sprains and other injuries. Purchase a kit that comes with medicines to treat allergic reactions, diarrhoea, pain, fever and minor ailments.

Headlamp and gloves:
Have a good pair of solid gloves that will provide ample protection from sharp objects, heat or cold, but will still allow your hands to stay flexible. Never handle tools with wearing proper protection. While you might think you could just use your car’s headlights or even your phone’s flashlight, never rely on their durability and always have a good long-lasting headlamp that is kept fully charged.

Safety kit:
Store either flares or a reflective triangle in your trunk, so other drivers will be aware that you are on the side of the road in the dark with a broken-down car. Other necessities you should always have in your car includes maps, extra water bottles, a blanket, rope, phone charger and even spare money hidden away.

You rather always be safe than sorry and being prepared and having all the essentials will help you drive stress-free and enjoy your travels more because you know that if anything should happen you have everything you need to handle it.

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.

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.