Category: Car Detailing Customization

Benefits of Polishing and Waxing Your Car

Whether you have owned a car for many years or just bought a new model, it is practical to put in place a proper maintenance schedule. There are many things to consider in the process of maintenance. It is essential to keep on top of the mechanical maintenance to ensure the vehicle is kept running. However, you also want to invest time on the general appearance inside and out. Keeping the vehicle in top condition relies on a variety of methods such as washing, polishing and waxing.

Let’s take a look at the benefits of polishing and waxing your vehicle:

Polishing

A proper polishing session is a wonderful way to restore the paint. Polishing is practical for correcting a variety of issues, such as problems related to etching, water spots, swirl marks, scratches and stone chips. Applying polish to improve the appearance is only practical if the chips or scratches are surface marks. If the vehicle has deep penetrating marks, the process of applying polish on its own isn’t enough to restore the original look.

Once the polishing is complete, the vehicle will have a nice protective layer that lasts for quite a while. There will be fewer issues with dirt and grime because a clean, smooth surface is more difficult to stick to. This should mean it is a lot easier to keep the vehicle clean in the future.

Also, the polishing process should only take place when it is actually needed. It can include certain degrees of roughness which is needed to remove the minor signs of damage. If a vehicle is polished too often, there is a risk of compromising the all-round quality of the paint.

Waxing

Out of the two options, waxing is the least harsh cleaning method because it does not feature abrasive compounds that can impact the paint overtime. But, it is still useful to provide a great protective layer on the paint to minimize issues with scratches, chips, or general contaminants in the air. Plus, a regular waxing session is certain to leave the vehicle looking sparkling clean and makes the basic process of washing significantly easier. Even though waxing is a practical choice to minimize the surface marks and scratches, it isn’t a reliable option to restore the paint like a high-quality polish. Also, it is necessary to use the waxing method more often than polishing to help maintain the all-round appearance of the vehicle.

Accommodating for the Power When Fitting a Big Engine in a Small Car

Car enthusiasts love creating an amazing machine out of a basic one. They always look for the most extreme engines and car parts to manufacture a street monster. It’s all fun and games, but you must know exactly what you are doing.

The first thing that pops up in a car enthusiasts head when they see an old car is “How cool would this piece of rubbish be if I stuck a big fat V8 in it?”. That’s when you know that they have some big ideas for that old wagon.

Most small cars that have had a big engine fitted will also have turbochargers. Bigger engines in small cars make them heavier and will require more power to move faster. The turbocharger will allow the driver to achieve this without using more petrol.

The most crucial part of swapping engines is the rewiring process. The distributor has been programmed to fire the sparkplugs at the correct time. The person doing the modification will have to test the firing times before fixing it into the bonnet.

The engine will also have to be connected to the throttle correctly in order to drive. It will also have to be connected to the speedometer for correct measurement of speed and how many revolutions per minute (RPM) the engine is doing.

You will also need to find a way to keep the engine cool. The space is smaller and retains more heat. Engine overheating is damaging and the correct cooling system is necessary. Coolant hoses will also need to be wider in diameter for more flow to the other engine parts.

In some cases, you may need to change the gear box for an increased amount of gears. The engine may not be used to full capacity if it doesn’t have a smaller gear to go to. Remember that the first gear is for higher torque and less speed. This means that the gear is bigger to allow for that power. Higher gears are smaller to allow for more speed as there is not as much diameter to go around.

Axles will also need to be changed or enhanced. Small cars don’t have very strong axles as they are not meant to go at extremely high speeds.

Check that the wheels and tyres can handle the speed too. Older and smaller cars have thinner tyres that will wear away at higher speeds. Ask a tyre supplier to advise you on this so that you get the most of the added engine capacity.

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Enhancing Tyres With Nitrogen Inflation

We’ve all seen those movies where they use nitrogen in the engine for speed. While that is great fun to watch, it’s not the only thing it is used for. Nitrogen can be used to inflate tyres which can give you a different driving experience on the road. Here are a few reasons why it is beneficial to inflate your tyres with nitrogen.

  • It increases fuel economy. With the tyres optimally inflated and less air leaving the tyres it enables the ideal pressure to be possible. This creates the optimal driving conditions which causes the engine to work a little less when accelerating, therefore fuel is saved. With the constant increase in costs, it would be great to save fuel.
  • It increases the life of the tyre. The nitrogen does not have the same eroding effect as air does, or more specifically carbon dioxide. Consequently, you probably won’t need to change the wheels as often as you would have had to if you used air inflation.
  • It stabilises the tyre pressure. As mentioned before the nitrogen maintains the pressure which is suitable for the ideal driving experience. When the pressure is at an optimal range the shock absorbers are able to perform more efficiently. This will give you a smoother drive.
  • It gives you better grip on the roads. The nitrogen inflated tyres gives you a better grip on the road because it creates a firmer and fuller shape to the tyre which remains constant for a longer time frame than with standard air inflation. You will have better peace of mind when taking corners especially those tight sharp corners.
  • It is safer in all weather conditions. It is suitable for both cold and warm weather conditions and performs consistently throughout wet and dry conditions. No matter what the weather is like, at least you are assured that the tyres will perform well while you are driving.

Nitrogen inflation is the ideal way to enhance your tyres because it can save fuel (which saves you money), increase the life of the tyre (which is also cost saving), give you better grip on the road and keep you safe in all weather conditions. If you are going to opt for nitrogen inflation, be sure to do it at an accredited workshop who knows what they are doing. All the air will have to be removed before the nitrogen is to be inflated. If you are unsure about anything, always discuss your concerns with a professional that will be able to give you the best advice.

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