5 Tips for Storing Your Car for Winter

Becoming a snowbird is an increasingly popular option today. People often leave their northern, cold, wintery dwellings for the warmth of the south. Instead of enduring cold and wet stormy weather of that traps people in their homes, people head to the warmth, sun and fun of Florida, Arizona and other sunny destinations until old man winter relents and spring returns the color and vibrancy of home. The seduction of a sunny destination can cause us to forget to take care of important details before we go.

Before you head off to sunny beaches and poolside lounge chairs, there are some things you want to button up. Some things seem more obvious, like forwarding your mail, shutting off your utilities, and suspending your newspaper delivery.

One thing is, if you leave a car behind, you want to store your car in a manner that will allow you to return to a car ready to drive. Sitting, particularly in extreme weather, is harder on a car than most people understand. The liquids settle and congeal and corrode. Tires deflate. Batteries die. Smells linger. Here are five tips for storing your car for the winter.

 

Clean Your Car

This might seem silly and superfluous, but it can be important. Why? When dirt and grime are caked to your car and it sits for an extended time, it can cause corrosion. Simply cleaning your car avoids the damage that can happen over time by dirt and gunk. Not only that, it’s emotionally uplifting when you return to a clean car.

Cleaning your car includes the interior. If you leave food and other items that can smell up the car, you might return to stink bomb. Also, roll the windows down. This keeps moisture from accumulating as well as ventilating the car. This can also prevent mildew from forming in your absence. Some people like to put baking soda in the trunk and various areas to absorb moisture and prevent smells from permeating the interior.

Air Up Tires

Your car will be sitting. This is pressure on your tires. Your tires will normally leak a little due to the simple fact that pressure will force some air out. If your tires are low when you store your car, you might return to a flat.

Even if the tires aren’t flat, this neglect can create flat spots which will require tire replacement. Also, don’t engage your parking brake. This can cause your brake to seize.

Remove The Battery

Not everyone agrees on this, but when you remove your battery you increase the probability that your battery will start your car when you return. Leaving your battery connected can drain the battery and you could return to a car that won’t start.

When you do this, hook it up to a trickle charger, so your battery stays charged and ready for you. Put the battery on a piece of wood. This protects the battery and the floor.

Check Fluids

Returning from vacation with oil that needed to be changed before you left is not usually a disaster, but topping off your fluids and changing your oil will insure you return to a car that is ready to drive and will better withstand the potential extreme changes in the weather. Low fluids are more vulnerable to damage, just like it’s easier to freeze a small amount of water than it is to freeze the ocean.

It is particularly important that your antifreeze is full, especially if your are leaving cold weather.  Also, add a fuel stabilizer. The shelflife of your fluids is usually three months before they begin to break down. Stabilizer doubles that. Also, fluids include gas. Having a full tank of gas prevents moisture from accumulating. Also, it’s nice to return to a car with a full tank.

Storage

Use a quality storage facility. This doesn’t need to be a luxury suite, but it should have a concrete floor and protection from the elements. A garage can be fine as long as it doesn’t allow excessive exposure to elements and moisture. Dirt floors and open windows should be avoided. Putting a cover on your car is an added precaution, but not a critical necessity. If you baby your car while you’re home, baby it while you’re gone as well.

When you head south for the winter, the last thing you want on your mind is the car you left behind. If you do these five things, when you return north, your car will be waiting to drive you around as you reacquaint yourself with your home. Take the time to make sure you store your car well for the winter, then enjoy the sun while your neighbors freeze.

Car Speaker Buying Tips: 3 Important Features You Must Consider

We all have busy lives. It’s perfect because it helps us to stay mentally and physically active.  The issue lies in the fact that we often can’t find the time for the simplest tasks in life. A couple months ago I needed to purchase new car speakers. It seemed simple, but when I went to the store there were so many options it took me forever to pick one.

The next available weekend I had I took the time to research the best features for car speakers. With my new found knowledge I was able to compare speakers in a jiffy. I also help family and friends compare speakers they want.

I’ve summarized the speaker’s most important comparable features into three main categories:

  • Performance
  • Speaker Range
  • Materials

Once you understand all these categories you too can compare quickly and pick the speakers for you.

Performance

You probably see the word “RMS” or “sensitivity” but you don’t know what exactly they mean. You need to be in tune with the speaker’s lingo. Sensitivity and power handling give you an indication of the speaker’s performance. Look at these two features together when comparing products.

Sensitivity

Sensitivity measures how the sound output a speaker produces from the power it gets. The power converts to volume and they’re measured in watts & decibels(dB) respectively. The higher the sensitivity rating—which is also an expression of dB—the louder the speakers. For example:

  • 100W produces 85dB
  • 25W produces 91dB

If you want loud sounding speakers look at the dB rating. The highest rating of the two or three product you’re comparing will obviously be the loudest.

For any given set of speakers each 3dB volume increase requires a double amount of the amplifying power. This gives you enough reason why you need a high power handling speaker.

Power handling

Power handling literally refers to how much power the speakers can handle. It’s pretty simple to determine if your speakers can handle high power or not. It all depends on the power source.

The lower number of the speaker should tell you the minimum wattage required to operate the speakers. This is expressed as “RMS”. The maximum RMS power handling measurement refers to the largest amount of power the speaker can handle on a continuous basis. The “peak power RMS” also refers to the burst of power sound bursts the speakers can handle.

Always consider the maximum RMS rating as it gives you the better performance. It’s also ideal if you’re running sound input from a secondary amp. www.caraudiologic.com/rockford-fosgate-p3d4-12-punch-p3-review/ demonstrates perfectly how a maximum RMS gives you the best performance speakers.

Speaker Range

Now that you understand the sensitivity and power handling you need to decide on the speaker range you want. The range may or may not include other sound audio equipment built into the speaker to drive maximum performance.

Full Range Speakers

To explain briefly, the full range speakers contain all speaker elements in the casing. The speaker elements include:

  • Woofer for all your low music.
  • A tweeter which is built into the woofer to produce those clear high tone you probably love.
  • A midrange speaker which you need for all those middle frequencies your songs have.
  • This is a smaller driver designed for ultra high frequency production. It produces music higher than a tweeter.

Component Speakers

Components speakers have a superior design and consists of those elements which work well to produce the best sounds. It typically consists of woofers, tweeters and external crossovers. If you didn’t know crossovers are important because it ensures all the output produces the sounds they’re designed for. Meaning, tweeters emit high pitched sounds.

Coaxial Speakers

These are the most basic speakers. It contains only two elements- The woofer and the tweeter. You will also see the words “one way” “two way” “three way” speakers. This refers to how many speaker elements the system possesses. The higher the number the more element you have.

Sometimes people want to be simple and don’t want to purchase added equipment. It’s understandable. If you still want maximum performance then purchase the three way full range speakers. You don’t need to purchase additional items because you have everything for maximum performance.

The Materials

You need to also consider the materials in which the speakers were made. Often people buy any speaker without looking at the material construction.

Want to know the fate of these speakers? They weren’t equipped to handle heat. Yes, speakers can get hot when they’re used continuously. Speakers that have overheated are most likely to malfunction. Outside temperatures also have an effect on the car’s speakers. Hot weather can cause the speakers to warm up which can be fatal.

The best type of speakers is made of aluminum. Speaking from experience these speakers tend to last longer than the common steel type. Aluminum has heat resistance properties. If you travel far –especially in hot weather—aluminum is the better option.

The cone shape of speakers must be made of polypropylene. If you see it mixed with other materials such as mica that’s okay too. This type of material emits accurate tunes and notes. Picture it like this: What you hear in the car almost matches how the music studio produces the sounds. Its close match ensures you never miss a beat. The surround materials also make a difference. Trust me when I say a rubber surround material is what you need. It gives you the best overall performance and durability.

You learn something new every day. With these tips you can compare and quickly pick out the best speakers. You have more time for other needs.

Top Five Tips When Restoring Headlights

After so many years of grime, wear and tear, your headlight lenses will become foggy and the quality of light shining through dims significantly. This problem is easily fixed by bringing your vehicle to a professional or auto glass guru to restore your headlights to their original luster and brightness.

But if you’re on a budget or you’re an avid do-it-yourselfer, you will need these top five tips to help you successfully clean your headlamp glass.

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Be Sure To Use Multiple Grain Fine Sand Paper

When you first start rubbing your foggy headlight glass, you’ll want to begin with a 1,000 grit sandpaper using the wet/dry sandpaper. You’ll need to make sure it’s wet when you use it.

When you’re finished with each size, be sure to dry the area well. Then slowly use finer and finer wet/dry sandpaper.

Multiple grain fine sand paper

The recommended sizes are 1,500, 2,000, 2,500, then 3,000 grit paper. By using finer and finer grains, you’ll slowly remove that layer of foggy, pitted plastic. Your final rub should be with a fine steel wool that removes the last of the small pits. Be sure to use a fine brush to remove any excess plastic pieces.

Each Pass Should Be Perpendicular To The Last

As you use a finer and finer grain sandpaper, make sure your strokes are perpendicular to the last one you used. So if you rubbed from right to left with 1,000 grain sandpaper, when you change to 2,000 grain, you’ll rub up and down. Rotating this until you’ve finished with the fine steel wool.

This guarantees you’ll have a great cover and not miss any areas. Circular motions won’t cover nearly enough surface area and you catch be guaranteed to get all the headlight lens covered.

Take Your Time. Do Not Rush

The fastest way to ruin your headlight glass is to rush your sanding step. Many of us have wanted to just rub a few times on each pass. This is not a good way to ensure your headlights will be their brightest.

So, take your time and make sure each grain size of sandpaper is used over the whole area of the headlight glass. If you have to make a second pass, that’s perfectly fine, just be sure to do it perpendicular to the last pass. But take your time and inspect it often.

Use A Good Clean Polishing Cloth

When you are finished with the sanding, the next step is polishing the headlight to remove any pits and smooth out the plexiglass. Using a good quality cloth with no extra lint is important for this step. Using a flannel or microfiber cloth will ensure you have the right polishing cloth.

Clean Polishing Cloth

Also, make sure your cloth is completely clean. You don’t want to have any extra particles from your dirty hands or dirty parts on the cloth. This will totally defeat the purpose of cleaning your headlight. So make sure your cloth is clean and free of debris.

Use A Good UV Sealant To Protect Your Headlights

This tip is crucial to keeping your headlights clear and clean for a long time.

UV light is what helps degrade the glass in the first place, so applying a good sealant that protects against UV light will go a long way toward having great lasting headlights.

Some polishes like Sylvania and Lenz Solution are made to give you UV protection.

UV Sealant

Bonus Tip: Use Masking Tape To Protect The Other Areas Of Your Car

This should be a first step to ensure that the other parts of car are protected from the sanding process. You only want to remove the pitting from your headlight glass, not create streaks in your hood.

As a DIYer, you want to ensure your work will last and with these tips, you’ll be ready to have lasting, clear headlights for a long time.

Best Trailer Hitch Lock With This Helpful Buying Guide

Trailer hitch lock is one of the most important accessories that you need to protect your trailer. The lock is easy to maintain and use. When you have the best trailer hitch lock, you can get rid of losing the trailer.

A good quality hitch lock is durable and undergone many tests to ensure strength. The thieves do not want to spend a time to remove the lock to steal your trailer hitch. Therefore, it is a good option for the people too.

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Best Fifth Wheel Hitch For Short Bed

Do you have a truck with a short bed? Then, you need to pick the best fifth wheel hitch for short bed. The tool will help you when traveling. Moreover, it will ensure sharp turns and give an advantage of towing the short bed.

Generally, choose the best fifth wheel hitch is tricky and challenging. You need to consider various points to pick the right tool. Today, we will give you the best recommendations that you can consider for your short bed towing.

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