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Spark Plug ! What happens if you don’t change it?

What is Spark Plug ?

Spark Plug is a small device which is located inside the cylinder head of an internal combustion engine.It emits the ignition for the combustion needed to start your vehicle.It is directly linked to engine performance, because bad spark plug can misfire during acceleration and might cause you trouble while driving your car.

SIGNS OF A BAD SPARK PLUG:

Bad spark plugs can cause improper combustion to occur.It can also cause damage to some parts of your vehicle’s engine.

Be wary of the following telltale signs of faulty spark plugs:

    ▪️Decreased acceleration – You might experience slower acceleration because the spark plug can misfire at the wrong time when changing gears or accelerating.
    ▪️Starting up the vehicle in the morning is a struggle – dirty old spark plugs might not give out enough spark to start the engine.
    ▪️Causes engine misfire – The spark plug might not give out spark at the right time when accelerating. This can possibly damage internal components of your engine and also reduces the fuel economy.
    ▪️Rough idling of your vehicle – uneven engine rev ruins the whole drive experience and also consumes more fuel
    Make sure to replace spark plugs when the vehicle crosses 20,000kms

spark plugs - benefits of changing it often

BENEFITS OF NEW SPARK PLUG:

Regular change of spark plug can save you from unnecessary engine troubles.
Benefits of replacing old spark plugs with new ones are:

    ▪️Better Acceleration and improved throttle response – the engine can function at maximum capacity with no troubles of misfires.This not only improves the fuel economy of your vehicle but also extends the engines life.
    ▪️Start your vehicle in a zippy – No more hiccups while starting up your engine in the morning
    ▪️Smoother drive experience – You might also experience a smoother drive this is mainly because the engine is performing at the desired rpm levels . This not only improves the engines performance but also saves you money by increasing the fuel efficiency .

Spark plugs are often overlooked , so the next time you experience any troubles while starting your engine or driving make sure to check up the spark plug.

Seat Belt Safety Tips & Maintenance

Each of us knows the risk of road travel nowadays, especially with the increasing number of mishaps. More than 70% of these mishaps happen due to passengers finding it tiresome to wear their seatbelts. This one wrong decision just of not wearing a belt proves to be a fatal one in their lives. The purpose of the seat belt itself is to grant you adequate safety. Why not use it supremely to your advantage?

For this, with the recommendation that each one of you does use a seat belt, we bring you its benefits, certain tips and measures on how to use seat belts so that they can help you have a safe and happy ride:

Safety Tips for Seat Belt Usage
Safety Tips for Seat Belt Usage

BASIC USES OF A SEAT BELT:

Seat belts prove to be crucial protectors for drivers and their passengers in a number of ways, such as:

[1] They decrease the time it takes your  come to a stop upon impact
[2] They minimise a passenger’s contact with the interior of your car
[3] They actually spread the force of your impact over a greater area of your body
[4] Most importantly, they prevent ejection from your car, which can be fatal

SOME BELIEFS REGARDING SEAT BELTS:

As is the case with helmets, there are certain beliefs that people have regarding seat belts that convince them that it’s better to not wear one.

[1] The first is that they feel that wearing a seat belt in a major disaster will trap them in a fire or underwater. As a driver, you must realise that crashes involving fire or water occur only half the percent of all crashes. It doesn’t happen every day. And when they do happen, the best possible chance of your survival rests in remaining conscious and uninjured and in full possession of their mental and physical faculties. The impact proves to be the greatest danger, not the ensuing element. So if you’re not using a seat belt, it’s highly likely that you will be knocked out unconscious or severely injured. Whereas if you’re belted, it fairs a chance that you will be able to unbuckle your belt and get out of a possible fire or submerged car situation.

[2] Another belief is that seat belts prevent a safe ejection from a car before your impact. Remember that being thrown safely clear from a crash is almost next to impossible. It is possible that when you’re thrown off, you may be thrown through your windshield or scraped along the pavement or maybe even crushed by your own vehicle or another. The very idea of being thrown from a car and landing in a grassy area of the road itself is pure fantasy. Your best gamble in a crash is to stay inside your vehicle where you are securely held by your seat belt.

[3] The third belief is that you are not going far and you won’t be going fast so you don’t need a seatbelt. This is the reason that many people living in the rural areas use when they are asked why they did not buckle up. It’s very important to remember that most of the crash deaths occur within 20 miles of home and even at speeds of less than 40 miles per hour. Clearly, this emphasises that every day just driving from one neighbour’s house to another poses the greatest danger.

TIPS FOR DRIVERS:

When you are driving your passengers, before the car starts you need to make sure of the following:

[1] First, your own seat belt is properly and adequately fastened and adjusted to fit yourself firmly

[2] All your passengers’ seat belts are properly and firmly fastened and adjusted

[3] All children travelling in your car are properly and safely restrained

At the same time, it is the moral duty of every passenger to make sure that his or her co-passengers and their driver have put on their seat belt firmly.

SEAT BELT SAFETY FOR CHILDREN

As a driver, you must ensure that all children in the car are restrained in a restraint suited to each of their size and weight. It must be correctly and securely fitted to your car. In many cars, it is possible to add an additional lap belt to accommodate a fourth child in the back seat. In most cases, lap belts are not recommended in their own capacity but are deemed safe if they are used in conjunction with a securely fitted child harness of good quality.

If however, it proves necessary to move the child into an adult seat belt facility from a child booster, the following need to be implemented:

[1] Make sure that the adult seat belt fits correctly and securely. Also, see if the lap part of the mechanism is low over the pelvis and not the stomach. The sash should not touch your child’s face or neck. It is advised to double check that all slack is removed

[2] A lap or a sash proper seat belts offer better and greater protection than lap belts. If possible, put your child in a safe seating position with a lap or a sash belt

[3] All drivers must ensure that children riding in school buses and vans must wear a seat belt if available and only one seat belt must be used per person otherwise, there is no purpose.

SEAT BELT FOR PREGNANT WOMEN:

A seat belt is, even more, a must if you are pregnant. Wearing one means you are protecting both yourself and your unborn baby should you be involved in a crash. So follow these steps carefully:

[1] Ensure to place the lap sash part of the belt under your baby bulge and as low as possible. The lap part of your seat belt should sit over your upper thighs and not across the bulge

[2] It is possible to adjust the angle of your seat belt by using a seat-belt locator

[3] Always make sure that the sash part of your belt is in between your breasts

MAINTAINENCE OF SEAT BELTS:

It is imperative that all seat belts must always be kept in good condition. All car owners are recommended to check the condition of seatbelts in their own vehicle as a standard part of their vehicle maintenance routine. Most importantly, the following things should be surveyed:

[1] That the seat belts themselves are not cut, twisted or frayed

[2] That the buckles are all in good working order and are engaging and releasing properly and securely.

[3] That the retractors all work properly. Also, check if the seat belt pulls out smoothly and is fully retracted when it is not in use.

We recommend that you use all these measures which we have drawn out just for you so that you could have a safe ride! In the hope that we enlightened you with our information again, we sign off wishing you the best of weeks and happy journeys with your rides!

Why did my car suddenly stop on the highway?

Why did my car suddenly stop on the highway
Why did my car suddenly stop on the highway

Why did your car suddenly stop on the highway? Why car engine suddenly stops while running? Read on to know how to fix your car quickly for safer rides

Trust us! We know how irritating it can be for one to face a stalling car on a highway! Right when you are getting into the groove of the speed and can’t wait to think this is why you bought this car so that you could soar down the national highway, the engine splutters down and gives you perhaps the most uncontrollable bout of annoyance in a very long time. But it’s always better to find out why this happens than to let your anger out and achieve nothing as it may help you avoid this situation later.

Unfortunately, car engines often stall when driving for a number of reasons. In the latest modern cars that are released, the present faulty sensors may give computer onboard the wrong information causing it to automatically set incorrect parameters which will in turn cause an engine stall. But in most cars, this wrong relay will result in the car’s “check engine” light glowing on.

It is observed that anything that interferes with your engine’s supply of air or fuel can also cause a stall. This may be an obstruction in the system or a malfunctioning fuel pump or even a clogged filter in your vehicle.

Furthermore, if the engine of your car is fuel-injected, it may stall when it is warm due to it not being able to receive power from the electric fuel pumps. If the fuel pump does not get enough power, it cannot succeed in moving the fuel through the system. This can occur in either the automatic shutdown relay or the fuel pump relay, so all drivers should check both these parts.

Engine coils that are overheating and cutting out can also cause a car to stall when it gets warm. You can test this easily. The driver should check to see if there is a spark in the engine by simply cranking it. If it is seen to be working, a split second spark and sound will occur. If the car succeeds in passing this test, the stalling might be caused by an overheating ignition switch. If it is noticed that the key or the ignition lock are quite hot after attempting to start your car, this is likely the cause.

Even though we have given some pretty reasons, we bring to you, for your convenience, a basic list of the most common reasons for your car to suddenly stop midway a happy ride:

5 REASONS FOR YOUR CAR STALLING

5 REASONS FOR YOUR CAR STALLING
5 REASONS FOR YOUR CAR STALLING

[1] Your O2 Sensors may be down

This particular problem is caused because of the ‘idling’ factor. It may be the case if the idle of your cold engine startup is fine but if there a warm engine idle, it will cause the engine to surge and then stall.

Most cars today will activate your ‘check engine’ light if this proves to be the case. It is advisable to let a mechanic check the codes for this, as there are lots of reasons why the light might be on. Any code that indicates a thin mixture is a significant sign of O2 Sensor failure.

O2 sensors usually last for about seventy-five thousand miles. They aren’t very expensive and you could find them cheap and they are easy to replace too.

[2] A Low fuel level on your transmission

Your transmission is another culprit that could cause problems. Take a look at the dipstick on your automatic transmission. The correct method for doing this will be given in the Owner’s manual. Preferably do this with a warm engine startup.

[3] Overheating

The most crucial thing your car uses is heat. All the chemical energy from the fuel gets converted into thermal energy as fuel burns resulting in mechanical energy that finally powers your engine.

So the hotter the engine, the better it runs! The actually worry is if it gets too hot it starts melting your piston heads and that’s bad news!

This will definitely stop your engine. Your cooling system could be malfunctioning, there could be poor airflow throughout the radiator, your fan clutch must be slipping and you may even have a collapsed radiator hose, a damaged water pump impeller or even a broken radiator cap, for all you know. But whatever it is, it must be rectified immediately and till then we recommend you not to drive until you have done so.

[4] Catalytic Converter Issues

The converter is a most important component of the exhaust mechanism and needs to be kept clean to let the exhaust out. If it isn’t cleared adequately, the engine would have to work harder to idle and accelerate due to the exhaust backing up in the pipe.

This, in turn, will cause the engine to lose power and ultimate die after causing unnecessary rattling and vibration.

[5] Ignition or Computer-related issues

Where signals are getting crossed, this proves to be a case of computer related issues ending in the engine shutting down. When this occurs, the ‘engine warning lights’ flicker on just as the car is stalling.

This could be really dangerous because you could be driving into an intersection and without warning, your engine will shut off and you will lose your power over your steering and brakes. Below we present a guide for a quick check of your car you could yourself do before going to a mechanic to see the problem:

A GUIDE FOR QUICK CHECK

If you have a breakdown, it might be a problem in either in the rotation of your serpentine belt, your fluids or your water pump. The first thing is to start your car and leave the hood open. Now observe the key factors like the belt and try to watch all the pulleys and whether it is connected to properly and whether they are spinning smoothly or not. After having seen all you can and if there are no strange noises you don’t recognise and if everything seems in check, you could take your car to a mechanics shop for a check. Majorly, get your alternator and battery check.

So with this write-up, we hope you try out what we suggest and fix your car quickly for better and safer rides on highways! We are glad to be of help always! Happy Riding!

12 Tips to Protect Car Paint & Keep it Shiny

Car paint care and protection tips from GoBumpr. Protect car paint from chips and from sun damage. Read on to know new car paint tips & keep your car shiny!

It feels good driving past cars on the roads with various eyes admiring your coat and colour, doesn’t it? No better sight than a gleaming paint finish on a ride! Now, though this may be a professional job by your makers and your car expert, don’t write off your contribution to that amazing shine. A regular maintenance habit to protect car paint may prove healthy at getting added turning eyes.

Several complaints of cars getting chipped and damaged by sun-effects arise today. This is mostly because of deficiency on part of the owner to give minimal time and efforts to their car for its maintenance. All it takes is to get few well-guided tips to protect your coat and shine for which, you can depend on us freely. We bring for your convenience some ideas which don’t require much of your time and that can be followed easily.

Here are some useful tips to protect the paint of your car:

[1] Make sure to use a car cover

Use a car cover and park under a shade
Use a car cover and park under a shade

It is the most basic thing you can begin with for protecting the paint on your car. While parking in an open area or on the street, it is better to do so with the car cover. Your car and its paint will be protected from alien elements set out to destroy your car’s finish. Even if you are parking in a garage and not using the car for a long period, it is advisable to put the car cover on, so that dust and contaminants do not settle on the car, which affects the car’s paint.

[2] A regular car wash proves immensely helpful

It is important that you wash your car thoroughly on a weekly basis. Using a car shampoo and washing the tires, exteriors, interiors, windshield and window glass area also is essential. If there are bird droppings on the car, clean them immediately with water. Do not use household detergents to wash your car. They are acidic in nature and will cause more harm to the paint.

[3] Do not think drying is unnecessary

A major portion of people chooses to avoid drying the car using a proper technique. A lot of people assume that the car will dry naturally, but that’s exactly where the paint will get damaged. Not drying the car will leave water spots that will make your hard work go waste. A microfiber towel may be used or a weave drying towel that would absorb the water and dry the car.

[4] Use a clay bar for cleansing

Using a clay bar, you can get rid of the unseen particles that are stuck in the paint of your car. These bars are most effective in removing even the smallest of the unnecessary particles that may or may not be visible to the naked eye. A clay bar application on the paint of the car needs to be followed by a waxing generally to sustain the cleanliness.

[5] Regularly wax your ride

Remember that a good wax will easily last 10 months that will protect the paint of your car from external disturbances like scratches, dust, redundant, contaminants etc. However, to be on a safer side, apply a coat of wax once in every six months on your car to ensure cleanliness and smoothness. Applying wax also offers other benefits like significant increase in the efficiency of fuel due to less drag. Application of wax has been tried and tested and will certainly not go wrong.

[6] Use paint protection films

A new introduction in protecting your paint is a paint protection film that is a clear film which is applied to the body of your car for protection. Much similar to the ones applies on glass areas, the film will offer protection from any elements rising from the road and so on. Although a little expensive, the film will run for close to 5 years, which is almost a lifetime of most cars. The film can also be applied only on certain areas like the front and rear bumpers if need be.

[7] Clear coats may be utilised

Mostly, new cars come with a clear coat over the paint surface to keep the car protected and glossy, away from external elements. This clear coat offers a more professional finish to the car as well. Any minor issues can also be taken care of if your car has a clear coat. It must be kept in mind that clear coats are quite sensitive to scratches and succumb to oxidation and still not a substitute for wax. It needs to have a wax job to protect the shine of the car.

[8] Try out Vinyl Wraps

Not only do these wraps offer a new colour for your car in different shades, they also get the job done at half the cost while protecting the original paint of the car. They work as a shield for the original paint and protect from dullness. Vinyl wraps are also thick enough to go through small scratches and injuries inflicted on the car. Removing them also is equally easy and the glue that is left does not damage the car at all. So even years, your paint job will still look new on the car.

[9] Protect from brake and gas related risks

Although brake fluid and gas are on the inside of the car, they may come in contact with your car’s paint coat which can cause it to peel off. While filling your car with gas, avoid spillage on the paintwork of your car. If however, some spills onto the paint of the car, make sure to immediately wash it off. Brake fluid is also extremely dangerous to your car’s paint, so take extra precaution when topping it up.

[10] Avoid rough surface driving

Small stones or rocks on the roads can cause a lot of damage to your car’s paint.  This can be caused by them constantly hitting the surface of your vehicle. This is almost inevitable, but you can prevent this by driving more carefully on un-surfaced roads and surfaces that have recently been redone.

[11] Use smooth material to clean your car

Scratches can also be caused by dirty clothes or sponges that you use to clean your car. There might be dirt or stones in them and rubbing it across your car’s paint can cause chips, scratches and other damage which can be avoided.

[12] Choose convenient parking spaces

Through your weekly routine, try to find covered or sheltered parking whenever possible. This can protect your car’s paint and also the headlights and the rubber trims. This will help reduce some of the damage from the UV rays, heat and nuisance wrought by nature, including bugs and bird droppings that really give a bad appearance to your car.

These are some valuable tips that you could use to ensure that you don’t keep regretting that you bought a car you cannot care for. Each of these tips can be implemented pretty easily. With this helpful deed, we hope to take your leave having satisfied ourselves that you would find this yet another priceless guide to maintaining your automobile. Have a shiny ride!