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How to Change Car Tyre | Do it Yourself

It can be really exasperating when you’re driving along smoothly, with your mind on an important meeting agenda or some family memory, and suddenly your car pulls over to one side and you hear that dreaded fluttering sound of a flat tire. Inevitably, this is bound to happen sooner or later to almost most everyone. Nowadays, most drivers have few roadside assistance technicians or contacts that can come in to fix your flat tires, but it’s always smart and handy to know how to change car tyre yourself.

And since it’s a fairly common occurrence in recent times, car manufacturers have attempted to make the entire tire change process one that virtually anyone could do. The basic thing to do is to be cautious rather than curing, for which refer our guide below:

Pre-Journey Preparation

Before you start a journey, it would be a good idea to get your car serviced, especially for a long trip, and part of the checkup should include a good look at the tires. What needs to be looked at is any unevenly worn spot or skimpy tread and should the tires appear iffy, it is best to invest in new ones. Eventually, you will require new ones anyway, and it’s always better to start out on any trip with new tires than have a “tiresome” blow-out in the middle of nowhere.

Today, most cars come equipped with a simple jack and a lug wrench as well as a spare tire. Now, pull out the jack and the tire and ensure the tire is in good shape. Should your spare be flat, get it fixed immediately.

Even if you’re not heading on a trip, you should learn to familiarise yourself with the tools you’ll use in the event of a flat tire, to make it convenient for yourself.

It would only take a few minutes to make sure you have all the tools and complete the check so that you can save yourself a big headache later on. You could easily check your owner’s manual if you aren’t sure how to access these items.

Some Optional Items to Pack

Besides your crucial jack, wrench, and a spare tire that you have, you might also want to consider placing the following tools in your trunk to make your tire change much easier and more comfortable:

  • A Flashlight (with few extra batteries).
  • A pair of Gloves
  • A Tarp or mat to kneel on
  • A Plastic rain poncho.
  • A Fix-a-flat spray foam
  • A Tire gauge
  • A pair of Tire blocks

Right, now you have taken precautions and packed the tools necessary, you can safely set out for your journey. If for some bizarre reason, you still end up with a flat tire then not to worry! All you need to do is follow our simple step-by-step guide to change your tires yourself easily:

10 STEPS FOR CHANGING YOUR TIRE:

How to Change Car Tyre | Do it Yourself
How to Change Car Tyre | Do it Yourself

[1] Locate a safe spot to pull over: If you’re driving on the highway, taking the next exit out is the safest bet, even if you have to drive on your blown tire. Otherwise, you could pull as far onto your shoulder as possible but don’t park in the middle of any curve where approaching cars cannot see you. We recommend you choose a flat spot as dragging up your car on a hill can be a disaster. And if you have a manual transmission, leave your car in gear. Ensure that your parking brake is set!

[2] Turn on your hazard lights and get tools: Always turn on your hazard light to let other vehicles and any helpful vehicle know. Then, get the jack, wrench, and the spare tire from your trunk and bring them over to the tire that has become flat

[3] Loosen the lug nuts with the wrench: First, remove the hubcap to use. Remember not to remove the lug nuts at this point; just loosen them by turning the wrench to the left (counter-clockwise). While doing this, if the lug nuts are really tight, place the wrench on the nut and stand on the wrench arm to use your full weight on it or you can also try hitting the wrench arm with a rock or any heavy object

[4] Lift the vehicle off the ground with jack: Different car models have different places to insert the jack. For this, consult your owner’s manual for the specific location. Get the jack securely into the correct spot and jack up the car until the tire is about 6 inches off the ground

[5] Take off the lug nuts and pull out tire: Carefully remove the lug nuts. It is better to place the lug nuts in a pile so that they won’t get scattered and lost. Now, pull the tire neatly straight toward yourself to remove it from its wheelbase

[6] Place your spare on the car: You can now place your spare in. First, line up the lug nut posts with the holes in your spare and push the spare all the way onto the wheel base until it can’t go any farther

[7] Put back the lug nuts: Remember that you don’t need to put them on tightly. You just have to make sure they’re on enough for your spare to stay in the car for the moment

[8] Get your car back to the ground: Once this is done, use your jack to bring your car back down to the ground level and remove the jack from underneath your car

[9] Tighten the lug nuts securely: Once the car is back on the ground, you can tighten the lug nuts. Instead of tightening them one by one in order, you could start with one lug nut, tighten it about 50% and move on to the opposite nut (across the circle) and then tighten that one about the same amount. Thereafter, keep tightening opposite lug nuts gradually in turn until each lug nut would be as tight as can be

[10] Keep tire and tools back in your trunk: Put back all the tools and everything you took out of the car and make sure you don’t leave anything on the side of the road, lest you need it again.

So these were the steps you can follow to change your tires easily. Now, we bring you a possible alternative to this, for need.

USE OF FLAT FIX SPRAY

Sometimes, a tire isn’t wholly destroyed when it goes flat. When the flat is caused by a nail or any other sharp object and you can’t or don’t want to change your tire on the side of the roads, you should be able to give yourself a few kilometres of leeway by using some flat-fix type spray.

In most situations, the spray foam would allow you to at least find a close off-ramp and pull into a service station or some convenient place before you have to change your tire.

Thus, we have offered our best tips and thoughts on how you can handle a tire change as a precaution as well as after it has occurred. We hope you would use this to your convenience and wish you a very happy week ahead!

Car Air Fresheners DIY – Do It Yourself

How to make Car Air Freshener for your Car – DIY (Do it Yourself). Find out how you can make homemade air freshener and have a happy-smelling ride 🙂 

While your car may prove to be your heaven for speed, pick up and thrill, it is true that all that thrill lies on the exterior. What you will be directly subjected to while on a ride is the interior environment of the vehicle consisting of air, space and most importantly smell, which will ultimately decide the comfort of your journey, more than the speed and pickup.

It has been noticed that several passengers complain of the smell of the car due to various reasons sometimes even lingering on nausea. This is usually because of the material used to make the seats and upholstery which may be ravished in genuine leather that most people have a problem with to adjust.

While your average car perfume may help to reduce these problems for you and your passengers, they always prove to be costlier than their value and some don’t even give off good odour. For these reasons and for the fact that our advice would prove much more fruitful, we strive to help you make your own car air freshener that can be made by you at the luxury of your home in your own sweet time for your own sweet smell!

The major advantage of your own freshener is that while making it, you could add only those elements that are suitable for each member of your family or friends so that while travelling, each of you can have a happy ride.

So here we present certain Car Air Fresheners that you can make on your own for your ride! We also have taken the initiative to guide you through each Freshener:

CRAFT FELT FRESHENER

 

For making this particular freshener, you will need the following:

  • One sheet of Peel‘n’Stick craft foam
  • One sheet of Craft Felt
  • Your preferred choice of scent (any sort of essential oil will work nicely too!)
  • One hole-punch
  • One pair of scissors
  • A good piece of string, ribbon or twine
  • A little of your imagination!

PROCESS:

STEP 1: Using your own pictures or imagination, make a freehand drawing of your choice once you decide your shape of the base and cut it out. Then, trace the shape onto the Felt and onto the craft foam. After this, cut both out and peel off the paper and stick the craft foam piece. After that, press the Felt to it.

STEP 2: With the hole-punch, punch a hole at the defined top of your design or shape.

STEP 3: Now add your scent. Be sure to not saturate it so much it would drip. If you’re going to be using essential oils for this, you will only need a few drops.

STEP 4: Having done this, you can thread about 12 inches of your choice of twine or a ribbon into the hole at the top of it. Now, you can hang it on the rearview mirror or any particular place in your car. If the fragrance reduced after a month or two, all you have to do is to simply apply another drop or two of the essential oil or the air freshener spray.

OIL FELT FRESHENER

 

Using oil felt is picking up preference nowadays. Most people advise using wool felt because of its level of absorbance.  The regular cheap kind will also absorb just as well but that’s up to you. It is recommended to use Mountain Rose Essential Oils. It has proved to be immensely successful in its usage.

For this freshener, you will need:

PROCESS:

STEP 1: The felt should be cut into the size and shape that you would prefer.

STEP 2: Use the punch and put a hole towards the top of it for the yarn.

STEP 3: Put 10 drops or less of essential oils of your preferred choice onto the felt.  It will absorb it a few seconds.

STEP 4: Through the hole, insert your yarn and now it is ready to be hung in your vehicle.

Alternatively, identical pieces of felt can be cut out and sewn together, leaving a small hole enough to squeeze a cotton ball into. Drip a few drops of the essential oil onto the cotton ball and close it. If you want to reload, sprinkle some on the felt and it will soak through into the used cotton ball.

HERBS FELT AIR FRESHENER

 

The most heartening fact about herbs is that they very wonderful and fresh and make great air fresheners. 

What You Need:

  • Felt
  • One pair of Scissors
  • One Hole-punch
  • Some Needle and thread
  • A Yarn or string
  • Herbs (lavender, chamomile, mint, rosemary)

PROCESS:

STEP 1: in the size and shape you desire, cut out identical pieces of Felt.

STEP 2: After that, sew the two pieces together, leaving a hole wide enough to insert herbs into.

STEP 3: Insert the herbs and sew the hole together.

STEP 4: Use the hole-punch to create a hole towards the top for the yarn.

STEP 5: Now, thread the yarn through the created hole and hang it in your vehicle.

DO IT YOURSELF POUCH AIR FRESHENER

 

With this guide, you can make a freshener that can keep your car smelling fresh with just small pouches and sachets of scent.

For making this, you need-

  • Light weight fabric
  • Thick hemp or some thread
  • Makeup pads or some cotton balls
  • Preferred Scented oils/spices/incense cones
  • Items to decorate the pouches such as stamps, paint or dried flowers
  • A pair of Scissors
  • A Sewing machine (or needle and thread) 

PROCESS:

STEP 1: Begin the process by cutting out rectangles of fabric 5×10 inches.

STEP 2: Thereafter, start the sewing process by sewing a strong loop on each end of the rectangle.

 STEP 3: After this, with the edges of the loop facing outward, you have to fold the fabric in half and sew each side up towards the loop.

 STEP 4: Now, flip the pouch’s right side out and begin your decorating.

 STEP 5: After which, you can thread a large piece of hemp that you have through both loops to where both ends come out of each loop, provided they are facing the same direction.

 STEP 6: Pour in spices, oil soaked makeup pads or cotton balls to add scents to your pouches, (preferably you’ll want to change the spices regularly to keep them fresh). For the major part, you are done with your freshener. The most challenging part now will be sewing the little pouches, but that still will not be that hard.

CINNAMON AIR FRESHENER

 

In making these kinds of fresheners, you may think that all these crafts are too intense to try but once you do attempt it, they are very simple.

For making this freshener, you will require:

  • Pillar candle
  • At least 3-inches in diameter
  • Cinnamon sticks
  • Floral shears
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Dish or coaster

PROCESS:

STEP 1: Measure the candle height and cut the cinnamon sticks to match size with the floral shears. You’ll need to have about 20 lengths per candle to be comfortable.

STEP 2: Run some hot glue along the cinnamon stick and affix it vertically to the side of the candle. Always use low-temperature setting to minimise the melting.

STEP 3: When the first stick appears dry, you have to glue the next stick snugly against it and repeat to cover candle.

STEP 4: Place the finished candle on a dish or a coaster. Not only will it look pretty but you can also easily smell the glorious and welcoming cinnamon!

Having run you through this guide, we implore you to use this guide in making lovely home-made car fresheners to add simple, effective and yet welcoming odour to your car! Have a happy-smelling ride!

Bike Engine Oil Leakage – Fix it Yourself

Bike Engine Oil Leaking? All You Need to Know

It’s easier to wipe away those oil stains on your bike’s engine and forget all about it. You may not even have given much thought about that ugly bike engine oil stain on your parking spot. Vehicles do leak a bit of oil. Is it that big a deal to worry about?

Well, here’s putting it in perspective for you. Oil leakage is equivalent to your engine bleeding its life out and hence should be a priority.

Bike Engine Oil Leak and Stain
Bike Engine Oil Leak and Stain

Lifeblood of the engine

The engine oil acts as the lubricant between the moving parts of the engine, so as to keep the components moving, without friction. The components inside the engine are subject to a lot of heat due to steady combustion and continuous movement. Hence, there is a need for an external agent to cool the engine down and lubricate it, reducing the wear and tear of the components, thereby enabling it to perform at its best.  And that external agent here is the engine oil.

Oil leak means one thing- oil inside the engine is falling below safe levels. The parts are being subject to excess stress and consequent wear and tear.  This not only impacts their efficient performance but reduces their life too. And always check and change bike engine oil before going  on a long drive .

Oil leak under the bike engine
Oil leak under the bike engine

Causes for bike engine oil leak?

Oil leaks could be due to a variety of reasons. Most common reasons are improper installation of the engine components and/or design failure of the engine itself. Failure of minor rubber components like seals, gaskets, o-rings or connection tubes can also cause engine oil leakage in your beloved motorbike.

What should I do?

Act fast and you could get the job done in less than a hundred rupees. Neglect it and it affects the engine and the vehicle as a whole. It might even result in engine seizure and burn a hole worth Rs.10,000 in your pocket.

So keep an eye out for those dreadful oil stains or traces of oil on the engine surface and arrest it before it costs you a sad lot of money.

Happy riding!

“With each replacement of parts, a vehicle slowly becomes Chinese.”