One of the types of liquids that your vehicle can leak out is transmission fluid. If you have noticed that a reddish to brownish colored liquid is pooling up under your vehicle when you leave it parked for an extended period of time, the fluid that it is leaking is most likely transmission fluid. Here is how you can stop your vehicle from leaking additional transmission fluid. Determine How Serious The Problem Is The first thing you need to do is determine how serious the problem is. If your vehicle is only leaking a couple of drops of transmission fluid a day, you have a minor problem and leak on your hands. If you are seeing a large pool of transmission fluid gather under your car every time you park it, then you are dealing with a major problem and leak. If you have a minor leak, the below steps should fix the leak altogether. If you have a major leak, the below steps are only a stop-gap measure and you should take your vehicle to your mechanic for further inspection and assistance. Purchase Transmission Stop-Leak Go to your local auto supply store and purchase transmission stop-leak fluid. It is generally sold in a small container and should not cost you very much. This fluid is designed to flow through your transmission and plug up any holes that it happens upon. If you don’t have one already, you are going to want to purchase a funnel as well. Add Transmission Stop-Leak Fluid When your vehicle has been sitting for an extended period of time, and your vehicle is cool, pop open the hood. Then locate the transmission cap and remove it. If your transmission has a dipstick, you will need to remove that as well. Place the funnel inside of the transmission fluid reservoir and pour the entire container of transmission stop-leak fluid into it. Add Transmission Fluid After you add the transmission stop-fluid to your vehicle, check and see what level your transmission fluid is at. There is a good chance that it may be low since your vehicle is leaking transmission fluid. Add enough transmission fluid so that you are above the minimum fill line, but below the maximum fill line. Next Steps If the leak seems minor, keep an eye on how much transmission fluid your vehicle continues to leak. After a few days, when the transmission […]
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Roll top tarp systems are great for pick up trucks. They can give you extra security and provide storage space for your truck bed. When compared to a traditional truck camper shell, rolling tarp systems have several advantages. This article explains how they work and why they are ideal for so many customers. What are Rolling Tarps First of all, the material used for rolling tarps is not the normal polyethylene that you find in normal tarps. In fact, these tarps are made out of much thicker, stronger materials. For instance, some are reinforced with teflon. Basically, the tarp is much thicker than what you might think. It is also impermeable to water, so you don’t need to worry about your belongings getting wet. They are Easy to Use The rolling top is easily engaged with an power switch. With the push of a button, you can easily open and close your tarp. Also, you can open it halfway. The power switch can only be activated when the key is unlocked. But, you can also pay for a wireless system. These are more expensive, but it allows you to open and close your tarp wirelessly. This is very convenient if you are carrying stuff to your truck and want to open the tarp without setting everything down. They are Lockable and Secure The locks on rolling tarps are very durable. When the tarp is fully closed and locked, it is nearly impenetrable. As mentioned, the tarp is thick and not easy to cut through. You can rest assured that you locked up items will be safe. Furthermore, possible thieves will not even be able to see what is in your truck bed, so they will probably be less likely to try. Normal camper shells have windows, so it is hard to hide valuables that are in your truck bed. Conveniently Accessing Your Truck Bed Perhaps the best feature of a rolling tarp is that you can still use your truck bed like normal. That is, when the tarp is retracted, it does not interfere with your truck bed. You can haul long pieces of wood that hang over your tailgate. You can haul tall items that would not fit in a normal camper shell. You can even open your tailgate, sit on it and easily access your truck bed from the side. As you can see, there are many great […]
There are many things to think about when buying a used truck. While it is tempting to just go to a used car lot and pick something that looks good, the truth is that buying a truck is a lot more complicated than that. Aside from researching different makes and models, you need to consider the upfront cost and ongoing maintenance costs. Use this quick guide to learn what you need to think about before you finalize any sale. Find out how much insurance is going to cost you Insurance rates fluctuate depending on your location and the vehicle you drive. When switching vehicles, you should always get a quote before you make a final selection. Some people have been very surprised to see their insurance rates raised by hundreds of dollars a month. In some cases, they even selected an older vehicle than the one they currently own. Never assume your rates will stay the same, even if you are in the middle of your policy. Insurance companies will be contacted once you register your used truck. Companies are used to people switching vehicles mid-policy and can adjust your rates accordingly. Who knows, maybe your insurance rates will go down by purchasing a used truck. Ask about financing Not all financing is created equal. While many companies strive to provide buyers with the best rates possible, there isn’t a standard on how much each dealer will charge. Ask about financing options before you settle on a dealer or vehicle. An experienced dealer will be able to help you find something that you can afford to make regular payments on. See how readily available replacement parts are Maintenance is inevitable, even if you are getting a new, top-of-the-line truck. Like any commodity, parts are available on a supply and demand basis. Older and rarer vehicles have less of a demand for parts, so fewer companies make them. This drives up the cost of some replacement parts and could delay repairs. If you are planning on using your truck daily, you need to ensure that you are getting a vehicle that doesn’t require specialty parts. You can contact a truck equipment company, like The Hitch House or another location, to get more info. There are several factors to consider when purchasing a truck. Don’t make the mistake of ignoring important factors like insurance, financing and ongoing maintenance costs, as these can add […]
Although one of the main things that you might love about driving a pickup truck is the fact that you can take it mudding, you do still have to worry about damaging the undercarriage of your vehicle. Even though trucks are typically lifted higher off of the ground than cars and are overall better able to handle the mud, it’s still a good idea to follow a few tips to prevent damage to your beloved pickup truck. Add an Undercarriage Coating Having the undercarriage of your vehicle coated will help protect it from rust, which can be caused by the moisture and mud that the bottom of your vehicle comes in contact with when you are off-roading. You should be able to have this done at the dealership or at a shop that specializes in body repair and accessories, such as ValuGard. Let them know what you will be using your truck for so that they apply the right type of coating. Also, make sure that you follow the proper care instructions after having it put on, such as staying out of the mud for a few days to allow it to completely dry. Otherwise, it might not work properly at protecting the undercarriage of your truck. Ensure It’s Properly Lifted Although the bottom of your truck is obviously going to come in contact with mud when you’re off-roading regardless, lifting your truck can help. Consider having a suspension lift done on your vehicle — just make sure that you have it done by a professional, since doing it yourself can cause permanent damage if you don’t know what you are doing. It’s also a good idea to keep a set of off-road tires on your truck. Clean it Regularly Driving your truck around when it’s covered in mud might seem like a medal of honor when you’re around others who like to go off-roading, but leaving the mud on the bottom of your truck — and elsewhere on your vehicle — can cause rust and other damage. After a dirty day in the mud, it’s a good idea to spray your truck off — including the undercarriage — to get rid of any mud and residue that might cause rust or that might otherwise damage your vehicle. For caked-on mud, you may want to take your vehicle to a do-it-yourself car wash bay so that you can use the power washer for a better clean.
Many people still associate pickup trucks only with country living, but that stereotype is limiting. These vehicles offer many advantages for the city dweller as well. Owning a truck gives you a level of utility and safety that a car cannot. Cargo Everyone needs to haul things from time to time, and a pickup truck offers you a convenient way to transport materials for home improvements. Instead of having furniture or other large items delivered, you can save money and haul them yourself. You will also become quite popular with your friends who are moving. The person with a truck has the power to make many people’s lives easier. You can even use it to make a little money transporting items. A larger pickup allows you to tow recreational vehicles and trailers as well. If you live in the city, you need a reliable way to get to the country and enjoy yourself in the wide open spaces. If you need a stronger truck bed for hauling, you can always contact a truck bed manufacturer for more info. Size and Mileage Parking in the city can be difficult, so you can choose a smaller, short-bed truck for your use. You still get plenty of room to haul your cargo, but you are better able to maneuver the shorter vehicle. If you want a truck that can hold the entire family, however, you can purchase a crew cab model that sits up to six people. Some city dwellers avoided trucks in the past because they wanted a more fuel-efficient vehicle. Fortunately, many trucks now get impressive mileage. You can buy a pickup that gets approximately 21 mpg in the city and up to 29 mpg on the highway. Since the price of gasoline has recently become much less expensive, you can easily afford to operate a truck in city traffic. Safety A truck offers you an advantage in case of a collision with a car. They are bigger and heavier than many other vehicles on the road. A truck’s bumper is higher than a car’s, which means the smaller vehicle will take the worst of any impact. On the busy streets of a city or large town, you will be safer in a pickup truck. Pickups are still the vehicle of choice for many in rural areas. They are increasingly the choice for those who live in the city as well. They […]
Having a brand-new, beautiful, shiny car can be a great feeling. Unfortunately, it often doesn’t take long before the joy starts to fade due to little nicks, dents, and scratches that can occur from everyday driving and environmental factors. Even though you may not be able to completely prevent your car from getting scratched, you can follow these tips to keep its paint job looking fantastic. Have a Protective Coating Added Ask your dealer if a protective coating has been added to your car’s paint job—some manufacturers add these coatings, and some dealerships do it before cars are sold. If a coating has not been added, you can typically have one added at a body shop. For example, you can ask for an auto glass coating, which is designed to protect your car’s paint job. It’s great for making your car really shine and look its best, and it can also help protect it from scratches, fading and more. Contact a representative from a company like SML Window Tint for more information. Keep it Waxed Even if you have had a protective coating added to your car, it’s still a good idea to have it waxed regularly. A lot of people think that the main perk of having your car waxed is the fact that it makes it shine and look good. Although this is a great benefit, the truth is that waxing your car can actually serve a more practical purpose. It’s great for protecting your car’s paint job from environmental factors and is especially important during the winter months, when you have to worry about road salt. Invest in a Cover If you don’t have a garage or carport—or if you do but want to keep your car as protected as possible—consider investing in a cover for your vehicle. You can often purchase one from the dealership, or you can buy an aftermarket option. The best car covers go on quickly and easily and fit the car snugly so they can provide great coverage and help protect your car anytime that you are leaving it parked. If you have a brand-new car, you probably dread the day that you will see a scratch or other imperfection on your shiny new paint job. However, although this day will probably come, you can put it off a lot longer if you follow these tips for protecting your paint job. Then, you can enjoy the brand new feeling for as long as […]
The battery in your car is one of its most disposable parts, but due to their high cost and dangerous nature if left in a land fill, this process can quickly take its toll in a number of ways. If you seem to be blowing through car batteries, or if you’d like to cut down on your expenses or carbon footprint, then try out some of these easy ways to make your car battery last long. Clean as a Whistle Keeping every part of your car clean is essential to its longevity, but this principle is especially true when it comes to your battery. One common place that is important to keep clean is the terminals, which can be blocked with corrosion and cause damage to the engine compartment and the battery itself. Skip the gimmicky, messy solutions to this problem, like the myth about using cola as a cleaner, and instead use a solution of baking soda and water to clear corrosion. However, the chemicals therein are likely harmful, so use extreme caution and wear gloves. If the problem looks really bad, take your car to a professional and have them clean it out. Keep an Eye on Electrolyte Levels One method to extend your battery life that is often overlooked is simply to maintain the levels of electrolytes in the battery, which can be done at home safely, easily, and cheaply. All you have to do is pop the cover off of the battery using a screwdriver and see if the electrolyte solution is of a sufficient level, either up to the fill line or above the metal plates in the battery. If not, simply pour some distilled water carefully and slowly into the solution, to avoid splashing any harmful electrolytes on yourself. If possible, pick up a bottle of electrolyte solution at an auto shop as well, and pour that in instead of distilled water, as this will help even more. Control the Temperature This one might be a bit more challenging to those living in a more extreme climate, but there’s a solution for everybody. Investing in a thermal battery wrap for your car will help to keep the battery cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, which translates to a longer life for your battery. If your car seems to be chewing through batteries, it may not be the car’s fault. Instead, proper […]