Test Driving A New CarWritten by Kevin Schappell
One of most important steps in buying a new or used car is test drive. You can do all research you like, but it all comes down to test drive. Driving car must be comfortable, easy, and enjoyable. Follow these few steps and get most out of your next test drive. Check over car before you leave dealer's lot. Tires, fluids, and lights should all be checked before you drive. Also make sure there is gas in car. ·If at all possible go on test drive by yourself. You need to concentrate on driving experience and noises of car. A babbling salesman will distract you and not let you get a good read on car. ·Before leaving lot, adjust seat, mirrors, and climate control system. You do not need to be distracted while driving an unfamiliar car. Make sure you are comfortable and have a good view of everything around you.
Auto Tools For The DIY'erWritten by Kevin Schappell
If you are a car owner who occasionally works on his or her own car, please don't go out and spend thousands of dollars on high priced tools. Professional mechanics make a living with their tools and need best. If you are doing minor repairs on your own vehicles a lower cost tool set will do just fine. We have teamed up with AutoBarn.com to bring you best price on tools for DIYer. Keep in mind you can find most of these tools at your local parts store, but probably not at these prices. Let's look at basics you will need for most common jobs. The oil change: Lifting tools: To gain access to oil pan you need to get front wheels off of ground safely. Never leave car supported only by a jack. A good set of jack stands or ramps are safest way to go. Also don't forget to chock up rear wheels to keep car from sliding back. Even though you may have emergency brake set, they can fail. Oil filter wrench: Nothing is more frustrating than trying to get an oil filter off without right wrench. I have gone to extent of poking a screwdriver through filter to spin it off..... this is not cleanest way to change an oil filter. Funnel: You have to get new oil into engine, and less you spill, less will burn off later while driving. Any funnel will do, but look for one with a long flexible neck, which will help getting into those tight places. The brake job: