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Why you must change your old tyres ?

In our previous blog post we shared about uneven tyre wear and what causes it. In this post we are exploring about new tyres and benefits of changing old tyres.

The tyres life span is measured by the driver’s handling, the road conditions, the climate and there is no guarantee that how long the tyre last.The regular care for your tyres like alignment,suspension specification,uneven tyre tread,air pressure can extend your tyres lifespan.

The life span of tyres can increase or decrease based on the driver’s handling, the road conditions, the climatic conditions.
If your tyres crossed 40,000 km or 5 years in use, kindly check your tyre’s condition by a professional.
Occasionally your tyres can last more than 7 years but as a precaution replace them with new tyres and use your old tyres as spares.

How Your Tyre Gets Damaged?

  • One of the main reason your tyres gets damaged quickly depends on your driving; sudden breaking, and driving on the damaged roads can get your tyres damaged easily.
  • Your car’s Wheel rim should match your tyre size else it can damage the whole wheel system and can cause uneven tyre wear.
  • Even the climate changes can also affect your tyre’s condition due to variation in temperature on summer and rainy season.
  • Your tyres can also be damaged by speed bumps, sharp objects and obstacles.
  • Check the air pressure when you go for a long drive because if it is not maintained according to the manufacturers recommendations , the vehicles tyres will wear out fast .
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    Benefits Of New Tyre:

  • Safety:

    New tyres give the potential for the higher acceleration on the highways and better grip for your vehicle to stop (ABS can work more effectively) and turn, you don’t have to hesitate or be scared of tyres skidding during rainy days because new tyres provide better grip.

  • Performance:

    The tyre’s performance is based on the tread designs and quality of your tyres. Tyres are changed according to your vehicle’s type(Hatchback, Sedan, Suv) and based on your weather condition for better performance.Better grip translates into better performance.

  • Better Mileage:

    The Uneven tyre wear causes wobbling and vibration which can affect your mileage badly.New tyres don’t wear out early and you can drive comfortably and it can improve your vehicle’s mileage as there is no pressure on the tyres.

  • Better Driving:

    Uncomfortable tyres can spoil your mood for driving, but new tyres are with strong tread, design. Which makes your long ride smoother and better. Compared to your worn out tyres, new tyres are less noisy.


  • Changing your old tyres won’t cost much for you. It is an one-time investment since you’re going to replace your tyres for once in 7 years ; we are not going to replace all tyres at the same time. For a comfortable and safe ride check your tyres regularly.

    Tip : keep a spare tyre good condition with proper tread, it might come in handy at times.

    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

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    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.

    Independent Garages vs. Authorized Service Centers

    What happens if one day your money-saving warranty runs out and you need to get your car serviced? And say you decide that the safest is to get it done in a dealership garage, since they are authorized. But what if your neighbor or cousin says he knows this really good mechanic who will do a much better job? He also says that you will save a lot of money by him. How do you decide?

    For a start, let us see how each of them operates on a daily basis:

    Dealership service units:

    • Dealership units work on hundreds of vehicles each month and have many reliable service bays and factory-trained technicians who are aware of the expertise.
    • The most assuring characteristic of dealerships is that they specialize in repairing and maintaining your particular car brand only.
    • Under dealership, if your car is under a warranty, the manufacturer covers the cost of most of the repairs. After the warranty expires also, you can buy an extended warranty.

    Independent mechanics

    • These are comparatively smaller garages, however with multi brands in their consideration.
    • In this type of service, the customers meet directly with their preferred independent mechanic who is working on their car and give them their inputs.
    • Generally many independent garages are started and staffed by former dealership technicians and managers. Thus, it cannot be said that these mechanic services are any less than the authorized dealerships.
    • Some of the independent auto shops also honor third-party warranties.

    These are the basic features of the independent and dealership service units. Observing these, one can say both have their own advantages and disadvantages. However, we must undertake a detailed analysis to compare both and see which one suits us more.

    INDEPENDENT SERVICES

    Overall Verdict: More personalized, often cheaper

    Independent mechanics are ranked higher than dealership servicing for their customer satisfaction they offer, their price, their quality, their courteousness and on-time repairs, which has been highlighted according to a 2014 Consumer Reports survey.

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    • As has been learned above, independent mechanics can be as technically proficient as the factory-trained dealership mechanics due to several undeniable reasons such as their owners being former dealership employees.
    • Independent garages can get you the original manufacturer parts for repairs and servicing if you are a fussy customer for originality, but they can also offer less expensive alternative parts or even rebuilt parts that would perform the same function.
    • As communication is a vital part of carrying out a successful service activity, it can be easier to build a personal relationship with the independent garages, since you speak directly with the mechanics there.
    • Independent mechanics mostly answer to you as they have no loyalty to the manufacturers. This is difficult for dealerships as they must show loyalty to the manufacturers.
    • All garages often start from scratch to build strong relationships with the paying customers without the years of free service to foster all goodwill they can.
    • Facilities in the garages are usually smaller and have fewer overheads than the dealerships. This means significantly lower prices for its customers.
    • Due to large numbers, it takes more work to find the right kind of auto shop, because there can be dozens of corner garages in the same town.

    AUTHORIZED DEALERSHIPS

    Overall Verdict: More specialized, may be a little expensive

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    Authorized Service Partner

    The biggest advantage with dealership service departments is that they can offer to you manufacturer-backed extended warranties and check for the latest repairs and recall bulletins every time you bring in your vehicle. But one thing is certain, if you stay with the dealership way, be prepared for slightly higher prices than usual. Always keep your owner’s manual handy so that you don’t have any unnecessary work done on your car. You may also consider signing up for the dealership’s mailing lists that are useful to know the updates. Coupons and deals it sends you may add up to big savings.

    • Dealership units pay higher salaries for their manufacturer-trained and highly experienced service technicians. This also means you’ll be paying higher prices for their services.
    • The technicians in dealerships are specifically and regularly trained for your auto brand only.
    • Dealership service departments are also required to use factory-made equipment and authorized parts from the manufacturer. This definitely ensures a high quality control on their part. But if a part is out of stock, the shipping times can be longer and the prices higher.
    • Dealership units have a regular flow of cars coming in for free repairs under their warranty plans, so they don’t have to work as hard to attract or keep their customers.

    Thus stands the comparison between both dealership and independent units. We really hope we helped in getting you to decide which one is best suited for you. Happy Motoring! Let’s GoBumpr!

    On Board Diagnostics (OBD) for Cars

    On Board Diagnostics refers to any vehicle’s inherent ability to register and report issues and glitches that may occur, or have occurred within the system. One of OBD’s strengths is that it can detect problems long before the driver is even able to notice any symptoms, such as low-performance, lesser economy and heavy emissions. 

    The OBD system functions by placing different kinds of sensors in vital areas of your vehicle, which report back to the diagnostic system whether those particular areas are working perfectly or not. When one or more sensors find a part of the vehicle that isn’t working within its designed specifications, the sensor triggers that warning light on the vehicle’s dashboard, indicating that the area needs to be addressed immediately.

    There are something called as Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTC) that are stored in the system. The codes are not the same across all vehicles. A mechanic can connect to the OBD port and diagnose the problem by reading the corresponding DTC. Let us see the various types of Diagnostic Systems.

    VARIOUS TYPES OF OBD

    OBD I:

    The primary diagnostic system OBD I has certain Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs) in vehicles that can usually be found without an expensive scan tool. All manufacturers can use the DTC’s to diagnose location, definitions, procedures, connectors etc. DTCs from the OBD-I cars are often read through blinking patterns of a ‘Check Engine Light’ (CEL) or ‘Service Engine Soon’ (SES) light. The ‘Check Engine’ light will output a two-digit number that corresponds to a particular error condition. 

    OBD II:

    OBD II is a comprehensive update of the OBD I.  The OBD-II standards specify the type of diagnostic connectors and its pin-outs as well as all the electrical signaling protocols available and the messaging format. OBD II is predominantly used by garages and pro-mechanics. However, solutions are available now for consumer use as well. 

    Due to it being a more holistic system, OBD-II is heavily used by all professional mechanics for diagnosing. However, there are consumer oriented products that can also take advantage of its diagnostic abilities.

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    OBD Port

    Having seen these types, we must realize that unless we really derive some benefits from this system, we cannot really understand its efficiency. Let us see some key benefits of OBD.

    BENEFITS OF OBD

    1. OBD helps the technicians properly diagnose and repair complex problems.
    2. It encourages the design of durable and robust engine optimization systems.
    3. Exhaust Emissions can regulated by identifying the emission controls in need of repair and also provides for effective/inexpensive emission inspections.
    4. It generally works for life of the vehicle.
    5. Early detection of malfunctions to prevent secondary malfunctions (e.g., detect misfire before catalyst damaged).
    6. Fault codes are given out by the system that can be negated Apart from this it can provide vital data about area of malfunction or the specific component where attention is required.

    The OBD process consists of four simple steps that is carried out by the system in aid to diagnose the issues.

    THE PROCESS OF OBD:

    1. Your system continuously monitors and assesses operating conditions.  
    2. It observes the signals entering the computer directly from the component/system, or related to the performance of the component/system.
    3. It then verifies the performance / functionality / rationality of the malfunction criteria.
    4. It finally notifies the driver of the particular fault by the illumination of warning indicator or stores the unique fault code and throws up an error on the instrument panel.

    IMPACT OF OBD ON MULTI-BRAND GARAGE SERVICES

    It is easy to make the assumption that a Toyota service center can diagnose a Toyota car to perfection, that being its product. However, the same is not easy to do for a multi brand garage as they spend more time to even diagnose the issue. An authorized service center of a brand would have no trouble in diagnosis simply because they built the cars they have to service. The same is not the case for multi brand garages which have to fulfill multiple demands. This is where the On Board Diagnostic System proves to be a huge boon. As shown in the benefits of OBD, it can prove a life-saver for garages servicing multi brand cars. Their technicians just have to combine their expertise with an apt reading of the OBD codes to diagnose the problems. This in turn leads to faster checkout of serviced vehicles, easier diagnosis and better quality of service rendered.

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    OBD Diagnosis

    Here at GoBumpr, On Board Diagnostics plays a big role in satisfying customers’ needs. We place our confidence with our own preferred multi-brand garages which carry out various responsibilities from our side. The garages affiliated with us make use of the benefits of OBD to diagnose and detect problems easily, assisting in proper application of apt solutions. So rest assured, you can safely contact us to service any car of yours that has any issue, small or big. Catch us on the Play Store under the name GoBumpr! or simply visit our website for more info.  

    We hope we have given you a basic outline about On Board Diagnostics, its usage and benefits & hope that it helps you.  Wishing you a happy weekend and joyful rides!