If your car is new enough to have an onboard computer (usually 1996’s and up) you can take it to a car parts store like CheckerAuto, AutoZone or your mechanic (if you can afford it) so they can plug into the onboard computer with their diagnostic device to retrieve “trouble codes” from your car. Most mechanics will charge you for this, but I know CheckerAuto and AutoZone will do it free, when your check engine is on. Sometime getting the car to one of these places is near impossible, especially when the SOB will not start. Most of the time I am luck enough that the car breaks down at home.
The brake pads on light vehicles should only need to be replaced every 50,000 miles or more. Heavy SUVs, on the other hand, might need to have them replaced at 35,000 miles. The pads usually cost less than $80 and can be installed at home. However, if the rotors need to be machined, you’ll need the tools and expertise of a mechanic. Expect to pay up to $500 (and maybe more).
The contents of your fuel tank may be one of the most valuable items a thief can steal from your van. Here are some ideas to prevent you becoming a victim of fuel theft.
If you honestly don’t know you’re catalytic converter recycle from your crankshaft you may want to take someone with you. Most of the breakdown services offer this service for a price. If you have a local mechanic you trust it may be worth asking if they could look over any potential cars. This may cost a bit but it will be worth it in the long run.
Scrap metal is the end product in its lowest possible form. A product is created, used, sold on Ebay, used some more, given to your 10-year old nephew, used a few more times, and finally thrown in the trash. But before it is thrown in the trash, you may not realize it yet, but this trash may be worth something. Ultimately, you are no longer using the item for the intended purpose, but rather, sending the metal back into the furnace for reuse.
R/C/L or RCL – remote central locking. These were once a seemingly space age gadget to lock your car without touching it, but it’s pretty much standard for cars nowadays.
Honey – If the car smells very sweet like honey then the coolant might be leaking. However, it is also possible that the kid spilled a drink in the back seat.
Check for the water level after every three hours. Water level decreases when the car starts because HHO is burned. The problem regarding this set up is that it has more room for warm HHO. Just follow this tip to make sure that you preserve your engine for a longer time. You will only cost a few bucks and in return you reap whole lot of benefits.