Parts Train Expands Facility to serve your Auto Parts needsWritten by Jenny McLane
Parts Train continues to position itself as leading source of high quality auto parts for almost all makes, domestic or import. Parts Train is nation's leading internet direct marketer of automotive aftermarket collision replacement parts and accessories. It has provided excellent auto parts to repair shops, auto mechanics, and installation outlets, even to do-it-yourself consumers. Parts Train maintains a very comprehensive catalogue of parts and accessories in its modern and complete facilities. Recently, to serve further needs of its growing consumer base, Parts Train has expanded its facility by 40,000 square feet. This state-of-the-art facility will accommodate company's continually growing parts supply and employee base.
With over 12 million visitors annually, Parts Train is fast becoming industry leader when it comes to internet direct marketing of quality auto parts. Parts Train carries over 26,000 part numbers representing over 75,000 unique product applications by vehicle make, model and year. In addition, Parts Train, powered by usautoparts.com continues to record high website traffic in past few months. Parts Train has also experienced impressive growth in past year, outpacing industry's overall performance. All these positive developments have spurred company to expand its facilities to improve and streamline its service for satisfaction of its growing consumer base.
Are you Tyred-Out ?Written by Robin Piggott
Are…. YOU …… Tyred – Out ? ?
Tyres and How to look after them
TYRES ARE COOL!
Tyres are one aspect of a Car that are often overlooked until disaster strikes and in this section we are going to examine all aspects of tyre care and maintenance so that you will stay safe and arrive alive. “ARRIVE ALIVE” Astral School of Motoring,s new Blog at:- http://astralmotoring.blogspot.com
1.Tyres wear out………. just like any other component in a car, only more so. You need to keep a constant eye on your tyres since they are one thing that keeps you on road, apart of course, from your observation! 2.Legal limit 1.6mm……….but at this point you are over 80% gone….Soooh they should be replaced before this tread depth is reached! 3.Tyre Pressures…..the Manufacturers recommended pressures you will find in your manual and also printed inside your fuel filler cap. These are for Factory –Fitted tyres…..other makes or sizes of tyre may require different pressures, so check with your Tyre Shop for advice. The manufacturers will always give you two settings of Tyre pressure…one for car with Driver and one passenger….one for car with a full load. Its important to further inflate tyres when you have a full load, particularly if you are going on a long journey that involves high –speed carriageway or Motorway driving. Underinflated tyres are unsafe; don’t give you good road holding ;wear out much more quickly; create extra drag which means higher fuel consumption; and give your passengers and uncomfortable ride. If you have young children in rear seat be prepared for car sickness! 4.Cuts –Splits – Bulges……….are easy to acquire, if you play footsie with kerbs and potholes. Mounting Kerb can damage sidewall of tyre either invisibly or very visibly. Tyre sidewalls are much thinner than tyre tread and so are easily damaged. .A bulge indicates severe damage to side wall and this will require immediate replacement of tyre. There is a danger of a blow-out occurring at high speed with a damaged tyre. Pot-holes, by their very nature have sharp edges and going over one at any kind of speed, will often lead to a puncture, or worse, complete destruction of tyre ,not to mention your beautiful ,newly acquired Alloy wheels. 5.The Spare Wheel……is often forgotten about and should be included in your weekly tyre pressure check. The tyre will lose its pressure over time and it’s a real nuisance and a danger, to get a puncture, miles from anywhere, and then find that your spare tyre is flat! You are then side-lined with obvious delays in getting hold of a mobile tyre service, but perhaps worse is possibility of creating a major obstruction on road with your stranded car. A car that cannot be moved off road creates a serious accident hazard. 6.Punctures…..What to do when you get one? It’s very important to know how to change a wheel, following a puncture, whether you are a Guy or a Girl! Changing a wheel is relatively simple, providing you have correct equipment and utilise correct technique. However it is not always easy or safe. In next section we will discuss this in more detail but in meantime if you are a Lady drive and some difficulty with this exercise; providing you get all your tools out and look as if you know what you are doing, then it is very likely that a passing motorist will stop and assist you and get you motoring again in a few minutes. 7.Equipment…….The wheelbrace that comes with your car when it is new, we have found to be sometimes ineffective when trying to release wheel nuts if your wheel has either not been removed for a very long time, or has been overtightened by gun in use in a garage or tyre shop. We have got through numerous wheel braces over years which have had to be discarded in favour of professional criss-cross, cast iron brace, which will last you a life time and which you can take with you when you change cars .This type of wheel brace has four different size sockets and will, because of it’s tremendous leverage, enable you to loosen most stubborn of nuts. An added bonus of carrying one of these is that you will be able to help any other Motorist who is having trouble with his wheel. Final tip here is to mask socket which fits your wheels with some red insulating tape so that you can easily identify this in dark. A lot of punctures happen at night or in a snow storm so you can do a lot to make things easier and safer for you. The jack should be in boot with rest of kit but do check if you are buying an older second hand car, that you have one…you might need it around next corner! !