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Safety First Check the condition of your tires and brakes before the trip. They will be working overtime pulling a trailer. Check brake pads and rotors and/or shoes and drums, and consider a brake fluid flush, which should be done every couple of years regardless. Check tire pressure regularly during the trip. Also check the wiring for the trailer lights to ...
Use the baking soda and water, its cheaper than terminal cleaner and you probably already have it in your refrigerator. Terminal cleaner does exactly what it says it does, it cleans terminals, it does not neutralize acid. Coke is a last resort. The idea is to neutralize the acid, baking soda does this. Coke is an acid, not a base, it adds to the problem, ...
There are so many different products you could go with for this. Only problem is the products are usually really hit-or-miss. When I finally found one that worked well I ordered as much of it as possible. Leather Magic, the name describes it perfectly. I used the delux kit a few times before ordering the pro kit. The delux kit sells for about $59.00 and ...
The OBDII system on your vehicle has an EVAP sub-system. The EVAP system vents the fuel tank fumes to the vehicles inlet manifold and are burnt by the engine. This prevents HC's being released to the atmosphere. The system will have a vent valve, purge valve, charcoal canister, control valve and hosing with its associated wiring to operate the valves. P1490 ...
Having the rear shoes adjusted will help with the pedal travel issue. Another possibility is that the brakes, both front and rear were contaminated by something in the water. It could have been oil, silt, mud etc. This may have glazed the brake material leaving a hard smooth surface that doesn't generate a lot of braking friction. You can try to remove the ...
Lets say your car is upto date with its servicing, and maintenance too. Your car is now older and more worn then it was when you first got it. It can only be less efficient in itself. Now you can either spend money on changing all manner of bits and pieces on your car or spend your money on a new fuel efficient car.
With the advent of electronics into cars and engine controls the Good Old Days of souping them up has gone. Vehicle manufacturers cover millions of miles and thousands of hours of testing to turn out that shiny new motor you see in the showroom window. You would need to spend tens of thousands of pounds on equipment such as dynometers and computers to even ...
Typical engine coolant not only contains antifreeze but also corrosion inhibitors that deteriorate with age. It will always be better to know that something is OK rather than quess it is. We still check our engine oil level even though cars today use very little oil-don't we!
I think it will vary based on storage conditions and exposure to UV light. This type of damage is often hidden and undetectable. The key problem might be that they will fail with out notice. If they are 10 years old I would replace them for safety sake.
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