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Successful Installation Of Your Automotive GPS Antenna

Posted by on Nov 1, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Successful Installation Of Your Automotive GPS Antenna

Thanks to advancements in modern technology, getting lost while driving can be a thing of the past. If your vehicle did not come with a GPS unit at the time of purchase, you may find it useful to install your own aftermarket GPS device in order to take advantage of the direction-giving benefits these units can provide. Here are three tips you can use to ensure the proper installation of your GPS antenna in the future. 1. Keep your antenna away from metal. In order to be able to provide you with accurate directions while driving, your GPS needs to be able to communicate with a series of satellites orbiting the Earth. This communication takes place through the antenna. Proper placement of your automotive GPS antenna will play a critical role in determining how reliable the unit will be in the future. Avoiding contact with anything metallic is important when it comes to placing your antenna. You should strive to keep your antenna away from door jams, metal plates, and any window tinting that might contain trace elements of metal when selecting an installation site. 2. Keep your antenna flat. If you plan to install your automotive GPS antenna inside the dash of your vehicle, it’s important that the antenna is placed in a flat position to ensure proper communication. Antennas are directional by nature, and they will not function properly if they are not face-up and lying as flat as possible. Once you have found the perfect spot to place your antenna, be sure that you take the time to secure it in place with automotive tape or some zip ties so that it will not shift positions and disrupt your instructional feed while you are driving. 3. Ensure your antenna has constant access to power. When installing your GPS unit, you will be tying the unit into your vehicle’s existing wiring system. Not all of the wires in your steering column retain access to power once your vehicle’s ignition is in the off position. To ensure that your antenna will be able to maintain constant communication without resetting, you should use a multimeter to test the power running through each wire prior to installation. Tie the antenna in to a wire that shows a constant supply of power when your vehicle is turned off, and you will not have to reprogram your GPS every time you start your vehicle. Taking the time to keep a few simple tips in mind as you install your automotive GPS unit will ensure that the antenna is able to provide clear and accurate directional communication in the future. For more information, visit websites like...

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Traveling Incognito: How To Hide Your Racing Rides From The Public Eye

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Traveling Incognito: How To Hide Your Racing Rides From The Public Eye

Whether you are on the amateur or professional racing circuit, you probably need to transport your cars or other racing vehicles everywhere you go. If you do not want to advertise your muscle machines and you want to keep them hidden from the public eye, there are a few ways to travel incognito. Here are some of the best ways to hide your racing vehicles while you travel and prevent them from graffiti and other damages. Sliding Tarp Systems and Drop-Bed Trailers Sliding tarp systems wrap all the way around a flatbed trailer and completely hide your racing vehicles from view. If you also hire a driver and trucking company that utilizes drop bed trailers with sliding tarp systems, you can load other extreme vehicles, such as ATVs, motorcycles and/or motocross bikes on the upper platform of the these trailers and then load your racecar onto the dropped platform. The sliding tarp can be any solid color, but when you order plain white to hide your vehicles, no one else on the road has any idea that the flatbed is carrying some major muscle vehicles. Tarp It Up and Tow It Behind Your Trailer/RV When you are on the road in a trailer, touring from track to track, you could just attach your racecar to the rear of your RV/trailer and tow it. Regular people do it all the time with their passenger cars when they go on vacation in their motorhomes, so why not do it with your racecar? To keep it hidden from view, wrap your racecar with a protective automotive tarp and secure it underneath the car so the tarp cannot blow off or peel back as you are going down the highway towards your next race. (Taking your car around this way may even provide a deeper sense of security, since you can clearly see your vehicle at all times and you know that it is not getting into a crash somewhere).    Load It onto a Car Hauler If you have more than one racecar or recreational vehicle that you travel with, then maybe you would like to buy or rent the use of an automotive car hauler. Not only can you load and carry several tarped cars onto the car hauler, but also other vehicles, such as your favorite motorcycle or ATV. Then you can follow behind or ahead of the car hauler if you want to keep an eye on your prized...

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Lawnmower Blade Maintenance Guide

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Lawnmower Blade Maintenance Guide

Keeping your lawnmower in peak running condition not only saves you money on costly repairs, it also makes it easier to operate and complete the chore of mowing. Further, properly sharpened and maintained mower blades won’t damage your grass, so you end up with a healthier, greener lawn. The following guide can help you keep those mower blades in good condition. Choose the Right Blade Most lawnmowers come equipped with a general purpose mowing blade, which is fine for most applications but not always ideal. When it comes to blades, you generally have a choice between a high-lift, or general purpose, blade or a mulching blade. The high-lift blade is perfect if you are going to simply deposit the grass clippings on the lawn or collect them in the lawnmower bag. If you have a mulching mower, though, you need a mulching blade. These blades are designed to chop grass into fine pieces so it decomposes more quickly. Keep It Clean A dirty blade can quickly become a dull or rusted, requiring premature replacement to ensure a proper cut. After each mowing, take a few minutes to rinse the grass and dirt off the blade and out from the undercarriage of the lawnmower. A clean blade will dry quickly and stay sharp longer. Perform a Pre-Mow Inspection Before mowing, inspect your lawn. Rocks, large sticks, toys, or other debris can be hiding in long grass, just waiting to jam or damage your blade when you mow over them. Walk through the lawn right before you mow to make sure there is nothing dangerous lurking. Keep It Sharp Lawnmower blades need regular sharpening to work their best. The frequency varies, depending on your mower and blade, but generally a quick sharpening after every 10 hours or so of use is sufficient. Although you can take a blade in for sharpening, it’s much quicker and less expensive to do it yourself with a purchased blade sharpening kit. These usually consist of a set of files and a balancing tool. You grind the edges of the blade with the file, working from the center outward and using the same number of strokes on both sides. Then, you suspend the blade from the balancing tool to ensure it is properly balanced. If it’s not, you grind down the heavier side slightly with the files until you achieve balance. You can find replacement mower blades and maintenance kits at both garden centers and auto parts stores. These locations may also offer sharpening and balancing...

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A Couple Of Tips To Help Keep Your Car Safe From Rust

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Couple Of Tips To Help Keep Your Car Safe From Rust

A car is a major investment to make, and it is important for you to protect it against many of the routine threats that can cause damage to it. In particular, rust is a problem that can cause both cosmetic and structural problems for your car. While it is possible to repair advanced rust damage, this can be extremely expensive. Fortunately, there are actions you can take to dramatically reduce the chances that the car suffers major rust damage.  Wash And Inspect Your Car’s Exterior Regularly During The Winter Months Washing your car is important for keeping the exterior looking great, but it also plays a vital role in protecting the car for the formation of rust. This is especially true during the winter months because the de-icing chemicals that are spread on the roads can easily corrode your car’s body. These chemicals can be splashed onto your car from passing traffic or from driving through a puddle of melted snow and ice.  This damage occurs because these chemicals will eat through the paint, and this will allow moisture to start rusting the metal that is underneath it.  When you are washing your car, you need to look for areas of the paint that have already started to suffer damage. If you find areas of the paint that are cracking or peeling, then you will need to use a paint repair kit to patch this damage before it can start to worsen. Keep The Car Waxed In addition to washing the car, keeping it waxed can also offer protection against rust. This is because the wax will help to prevent small scratches from forming in the paint. These scratches occur from flying road debris, but the wax will keep the car’s paint safe by absorbing much of this impact.  Generally, you will need to reapply a layer of wax whenever you wash the car because this protective coating will weaken due to exposure to water and intense sunlight. Also, when you are washing and reapplying the wax, you should also be prepared to patch any small scratches or chips that you notice. While the wax will substantially reduce the damage from these impacts, small scratches and chips are unavoidable, but if you repair them as soon as you notice them, you may be able to prevent rust from forming on your car.  Protecting your car from rust damage is essential if you are wanting to keep your car looking great for many years to come. However, there are some new car owners that are not familiar with what they need to do to for rust protection. By washing the car on a regular basis during the winter months and keeping it waxed, you will be able to avoid some of the more common causes of...

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Cheap Ways to Advertise Your Small Business with Your Car

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Cheap Ways to Advertise Your Small Business with Your Car

Exposure is key to helping you get your small business off the ground, and reaching as many customers as possible in your area is beneficial to your business’s success. There are many ways you can advertise your business while driving around town. Discover a few great vehicle advertising options you can use for your small business here. Car magnets Car magnets announcing the name and slogan of your business are an excellent form of promotion, and can reach a wide audience in and around your location. Ninety-one percent of people who see a car magnet sign are able to remember both the company and the message it carries, making this avenue excellent for creating awareness in your own community. Custom magnets secure to your doors, giving other drivers clear view of your small business. Always include the business name phone number slogan or logo website or social media address Window stickers Window stickers applied to the back of your vehicle are very effective in advertising your business. When choosing window decals, always choose a lighter font that is easy to read against your window’s transparent background, such as white, light blue, or spring green. Deeper colors such as black, purple, or dark green are great as border colors, but should be avoided as font. Window stickers are great for announcing your business’s website or location, since you have ample space to include defining information on the back of your windows. Many business owners choose to place their business name on their side windows in smaller print, then have their contact or location information on the back. This method of advertising allows a potential customer to retain most of the information they see when they view your vehicle while on the road. Other advertising accessories If you don’t want to use your entire vehicle as a moving billboard for your business, there are other ways you can promote yourself without being too obvious. You can place a custom bumper sticker on your car that people can view when your vehicle is parked, or you can add a decal to your antennae that brings curiosity to people who stare at it. When using smaller means of advertising on your car, be ready to answer any questions people have as they inquire about your accessories in passing. This can help make your smaller marketing efforts more successful. Your vehicle is a great way to promote your small business without a large monetary investment. Whether you want to use custom car magnets or a simple bumper sticker to get your name out there, your vehicle advertising is sure to draw positive...

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3 Signs Your Transmission Needs Servicing

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Signs Your Transmission Needs Servicing

Your transmission is a major component of your vehicle. Your vehicle needs it to run and drive properly. When something goes wrong, it can be quite disheartening. Trying to figure out what might be going on with your vehicle isn’t always easy, especially for someone who isn’t a professional. One noise could mean a whole host of different things where your vehicle is concerned. As soon as you notice something isn’t right with your vehicle, you need to get it looked at by a professional to make sure it doesn’t spiral out of control and into something major. Be on the lookout for one of these signs that something isn’t right with your vehicle’s transmission. 1. Burnt Smell Any time you smell your car burning, you need to get it looked at. When the transmission fluid starts overheating, it causes it to burn. Without transmission fluid in your vehicle, the parts won’t have the lubrication they need to move and stay cool. Overheating causes friction and corrosion, as well as debris and sludge buildup. Not caring for your transmission properly causes the component to fail and have to be replaced. Beyond not having enough fluid in your vehicle, you also want to make sure you use the right type. Check your owner’s manual for more information on this. 2. Loud Noise in Neutral Transmissions that are loud in neutral might just need some fluid or it might be that the old fluid needs changing. If that doesn’t solve the problem, you might need to have some of the older parts replaced. Common parts that go out in the transmission are the gear teeth, bearings and reverse idler gear. 3. Slipping Gears Transmissions are supposed to stay in gear until you shift them to another gear. When your transmission starts slipping into other gears without your doing anything, you are putting yourself at risk. You could be driving down the road when your vehicle slips into reverse and you are thrown all over the road. At the first sign of something not being right with your vehicle, you need to take it into the mechanic and have it looked at right away. Don’t just sit around hoping your vehicle is going to get better on its own. The first time something seems amiss, you need to make an appointment with the transmission repair specialist to have it looked at right away to determine what might be going on with it. To learn more, contact a transmission repair company like American Transmission...

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Adding Tint To Your Vehicle’s Windows

Posted by on Apr 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Adding Tint To Your Vehicle’s Windows

Window tinting can give your vehicle the benefit of shade during warm summer days, some privacy from the outside world, and a sharp look you will be proud of. It is not very difficult to add window tint to your windows on your own. Here are some instructions to help you add window tint to your own vehicle’s windows. Materials You Will Need Window tinting kit Glass cleaner Non-abrasive sponge Razor blade Utility knife Lint-free cloth Squeegee Cleaning The Windows Before you add any tint to your windows, clean them thoroughly so you have no areas with grime or dirt showing through the tint after you apply it. Everything should be cleaned off so the tint will adhere properly, as well. Spray some household glass cleaner liberally over the surface of one of the interior windows you plan on tinting. Use a non-abrasive sponge to scrub down the window. Dry it with a piece of lint-free cloth. When the window appears clean and dry, you can start applying the tint. Measuring To Fit Open your window tint kit and remove the roll of tint. Place it up against the window you are tinting, and use a utility knife to trace along edge of the window, cutting the tint in the process. Add an extra quarter of an inch along the bottom to be tucked into the gasket when applying.  Applying The Tint Peel the backing off of the piece of tint you had just cut. Spray this side of the tint with the solution provided in the window tint kit. Spray down your window with the same solution. Make sure both are very wet before sticking the wet side of the tint to your window. It can be moved around for a minute or so before it will start to dry, so make sure it is lined up properly during this time. Slide the bottom quarter-inch of tint into the groove of the gasket at the bottom of the window to help keep the tint in place. Finishing The Job After the tint is placed, spray the surface of the tint facing the interior of your vehicle. Use a squeegee to push out any water from in between the tint and the window pane. Mop it up using a piece of lint-free cloth. Wrap a clean piece of lint-free cloth around the squeegee and repeat. This will help dry the interior tint while pushing out the last droplets of...

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