Posts made in December, 2016

Why You Should Consider Adjustable Shocks

The beauty of Australia is in its diversity. This is very well illustrated in the different types of road that you’re likely to encounter when you go on a long-distance trip. You may start off on smooth, shiny asphalt, but you don’t have to venture too far before “getting onto the loose.” Your vehicle needs to be able to adapt in these situations, especially when it comes to its ride, and you need to know what type of shock absorber is best for you if you like taking a trip to the wild side occasionally.

How Shock Absorbers Work

Shock absorbers are the most critical elements of a suspension system, and these hydraulic dampers have a big role to play in smoothing out your ride. These units absorb energy whenever a certain load is placed on the vehicle’s springs. The job of the shock absorber is to resist the energy in that sudden movement. Without the shock absorber, the vehicle would simply continue to bounce up and down until the energy was eventually dissipated.

Why Average May Be No Good

One of the problems with a standard shock absorber is the fact that it is only designed for a “typical” type of action. Within the absorber is a piston contained in a tube filled with oil. When the suspension is activated, the oil will be forced into the piston through a small hole and the movement will be based on the size of the hole itself. In other words, if the hole is bigger, the action of the shock absorber will be more limited and vice versa.

About the Adjustable Shock

While this may be fine for conventional driving, it’s not as good when it comes to unpredictable surfaces. This is why adjustable shocks were invented. These have two independent knobs that allow you to independently set the amount of rebound in those pistons as well as the level of compression. Now, it is possible to set different performance rates for each shock absorber on each corner of the car, and you can do this independently or selectively. These “double-adjustable” shock absorbers offer you a level of flexibility that’s more difficult to achieve with the conventional, stiffer shock absorbers or by trying to adjust your vehicle’s spring rates.

This means that you can set your adjustable shocks at one level for your “normal” driving in the city, but then you can change them according to your specification before you head into the outback at the weekend.

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How to Make Your Car Last Longer and Pass the Next Inspection

Unless you’ve got something exotic or rare in your garage, the value of your car will depreciate with time. While on the road, they suffer wear and tear thus making repairs and maintenance necessary to run smoothly. You shouldn’t ignore the warning signs. Staying on top of maintenance increases your car’s lifespan.

The following tips will not only make the car last longer but also increase the chances of passing the upcoming inspection:

Repair Any Body Damage

Small dings and dents are prone to corrosion and rust. Some states don’t allow vehicles with rust holes on their body to pass a registration inspection. Depending on your car’s rust extent, you may fix it yourself or hire a professional to do it for you.

Keep the Car Clean at All Times

Washing your car frequently removes grime that damages the paint. You shouldn’t forget the underbody. Your car’s underside is exposed to debris, road salt, mud and moisture. Utilize a pressure washer to effectively clean the area beneath.

Carpets should be dry and clean always. Damp carpets seep water to the frame resulting to corrosion and rust. Do you live in a wet environment? Rubber floor mats can be an incredible investment.

Regularly Change Fluids

Various fluids in your car facilitate its running. Consult the manual to check what fluid maintenance levels should be. Always change oil on time. While different cars might have distinct oil change levels, the general range is normally 3,000 – 5,000 miles. Going beyond the range simply means that the engine will face a greater risk of overheating. It might also increase wear on the internal components. Your car’s coolant must also be properly mixed and clean. Finally, yet importantly, the brake fluid must always be fresh.

Be Well Timed on Vehicle Repairs

Particular car parts boast finite life spans. It’s best to conduct regular checks on such parts to ensure they’re in excellent shape. If they aren’t in great shape, you should replace them soon. Postponing repairs results to higher bills. Consumable parts such as suspension, filters, tires, belts, horses, hoses, rotors and brake pads wear down or stop functioning with time. Maintain a long on their status to establish when they are due for replacement.

Never Forget Documents

When attending an inspection, you must carry a few particulars. Primarily, you should have your driver’s license or a valid photo id. A copy of liability insurance card may also be needed.

By doing the above, your car will surely last longer and/or even pass the next inspection.

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