Tips to Prevent Fuel Pump Failure and to Extend Its Life in this year

The fuel pump is an important part of your car’s fuel delivery system. It delivers fuel at optimal pressure from the fuel tank to the engine. A well-functioning fuel pump helps your car run efficiently. However, due to various reasons, it is prone to wear and tear. In order to prevent this, you need to take some preventive measures, which not only help you avoid sudden failure of the pump but also to increase its life. Following are some preventive tips.

Avoid using contaminated/low quality fuel:

Contaminated or low quality fuel affects the performance of the engine. Research shows that it is the main reason for half of the engine failures. Contaminants affect the functionality of fuel pump and therefore the engine. They put more load on the pump and hence cause excessive wear.

Avoid using low quality fuel that does not meet optimality parameters such as viscosity, heat value, flash point, etc. It is sensible to follow manufacturer’s guidelines in this regard. Also, make sure that you refill your car at reliable and trustworthy gas stations.

Don’t run vehicle on low fuel:

This is important because running the vehicle on low fuel will lead to sedimentation of the contaminants (at the bottom of the tank). This clogs the fuel filter and leads to fuel pump failure.

It is also important to make sure that the fuel tank is not near empty. Running the engine in such a condition may make the fuel pump get exposed to heat, which eventually affects its functionality.

Avoid using cheap additives:

Car owners try to use additives assuming that these additives will improve their vehicle’s performance and mileage. But the fact is that the additives don’t do much good if you already have a healthy vehicle and are using the right octane level required by your vehicle.

Some cheap additives may contain corrosive chemicals that may damage the sensitive parts of the engine system such as the fuel filters, injectors and the pump. Therefore, it is sensible to avoid using cheap additives.

Replace filters and strainers periodically:

Replace the fuel tank filter and one that is associated with the injectors. Make sure to replace these filters once in 3-6 months or whenever they get blocked.

Also, replace the fuel strainers. They help filter debris. Over time, debris accumulated in the strainers can block fuel flow, and can result in suboptimal functionality of fuel pump and even failure. Follow manufacturer’s guidelines while replacing the filters and strainers.

Regularly clean and maintain fuel tank:

The fuel tank accumulates dirt, debris, water, fungi over time. The sources of these contaminants might be different. Further, storing the vehicle in areas that are prone to water logging could be a cause of water getting into the tank. The fuel itself leads to sedimentation at the bottom of the tank because of rusting. All these lead to failure of filters, and the fuel pump. Make sure, therefore, to clean the tank on a regular basis as recommended by the manufacturer.

The fuel pump functions in a way similar to human heart that delivers blood across the body. Its failure causes death. Similarly, the fuel pump in your car is a vital component in the engine system. Following the tips we just discussed is likely to prevent failure of the pump and increase its life.

1960s Cars – The Golden Era in this year

The 1960s was the era of rebellion, and manufacturers clearly marketed towards this, because the evidence is clear in the design of their cars. 1960s cars needed to have a lot of attractions to appeal to the mid-sixties consumer, and companies such as Pontiac, Oldsmobile, and Ford were the first to give a variety of options on their beginning muscle cars to appeal to consumers, and they ended up selling more than they thought they would. These factors made the 1960’s the golden age of muscle and pony cars.

These extra features or options are some modern car luxuries that we take for granted today. Power seats and windows, and air conditioning were many interior options for 1960s cars. Options such as bigger engines, power steering, automatic transmissions, and power brakes could be found on muscle and standard cars in this era.

Pony cars first came around in the 1960s, starting first with the Ford Mustang. Ford produced the Mustang to compete with other muscle cars in 1964-65, before they decided it deserved its own specific class. Chevrolet tried to compete with the Mustang with the belated introduction of the Camaro.

Each manufacturer strived for each type of car in their ranks, to appeal to consumers who wanted one or the other, or both. Ford had the Torino as its muscle, and the Mustang as its pony. Chevrolet had the Camaro as its pony, and the Chevelle as its muscle car. Dodge has the Charger and Challenger respectively as their muscle-to-pony choices. Manufacturers did this to get as many vehicles as they could sold and on the roads.

Another category for muscle cars was created when Plymouth manufactured the Road Runner, which was a muscle-car at a very cheap price. This created the category of “budget muscle” car which appealed to consumers who wanted the muscle-car, but didn’t want to break the bank when buying one.

These 1960s cars are now being restored. The golden age of muscle cars is being relived once again because of these owners and their restored cars.

Which Drivetrain Is Best? in this year

If you are in the market for a new car (or a used car) there is a lot that you need to consider. One important thing to keep in mind is the kind of drivetrain that you want your vehicle to have. Each has advantages and disadvantages and it’s important to understand each in order to make the right decision when purchasing a vehicle. The four different types of drivetrain are all wheel drive (AWD), front wheel drive (FWD), rear wheel drive (RWD), and 4WD (4 wheel drive).

Front wheel drive (FWD) means that the power coming from the engine is relayed to the front wheels of the car or truck. With FWD, the front wheels are pulling the car to create movement. The rear wheels are only following the front wheels and don’t receive any power on their own. The pros to a FWD vehicle is that it typically gets better fuel economy and emits less carbon dioxide. Since the weight of the engine is located over the driving wheels, a FWD vehicle can maintain better traction in the snow. However, car enthusiasts claim that FWD vehicles are less fun to drive.

Rear wheel drive (RWD) means that the power coming from the engine is relayed to the rear wheels. The rear wheels are responsible for pushing the car forward, much like a bicycle. The front wheels do not have a power source and are able to move and turn because of the power coming from the rear wheels. Because the weight of the drivetrain on a RWD vehicle is spread more evenly than a FWD vehicle, it has better balance. This is why most sports cars are RWD and RWD cars are considered to be more exciting to drive. The cons of an RWD vehicle are that they do not perform well in poor weather conditions like rain or snow because it is more prone to loss of traction on slick roads.

There are two different kinds of four wheel drive (4WD) systems. A part-time 4WD system lets the driver select if the power from the engine is relayed to only two wheels or to all four wheels. The default setting is typically rear wheel drive. A full time 4WD system permanently engages all 4 wheels.

All wheel drive is essentially the same thing as a 4WD drivetrain, but there is no option to relay power to only two wheels. Power is relayed to all four wheels at all times. The term AWD can be used for vehicles with more than 4 wheels in which all of the wheels are powered. The biggest advantage of an AWD vehicle is that it provides the best traction in all kinds of conditions. The cons of an AWD vehicle are that it is much heavier which hurts acceleration and uses more fuel. AWD is also the most expensive drivetrain option.

Aftermarket Auto Parts Vs Used OEM Auto Parts Vs Brand New Discounted Parts in this year

Alright! The worst thing has happened to your car and that worn out / damaged part needs a replacement. What is the first thing that comes to your mind?

I am sure it would be, “how do I get a replacement part that fulfills the need at the lowest possible price?” And believe me; most sensible people would think the same way.

Let’s face it; nobody likes to spend big bucks on car repairs and part replacements. In fact, if given a choice, nobody would even want to be in a situation where his/her car needs a repair or a replacement part.

This is basic human nature and we all exhibit it. As far as I am concerned, I would rather spend extra money on a fancy car stereo than go for a costly replacement auto part. I would any day prefer the cheapest possible repair or part replacement that does the job and so would you unless you are a celebrity and money sticks to you like a shadow.

So what are the options you can consider if your vehicle needs a replacement part?

In the current market scenario, we have 3 major options namely:

  • Aftermarket Parts
  • Used OEM Parts
  • Brand New Discounted Parts

Let’s discuss the pros and cons of each so that we can make a decision.

Aftermarket Parts for a vehicle may be defined as auto parts made by a manufacturer other than the original vehicle manufacturer.

But that is not necessarily the correct definition as most vehicle manufacturers do not make all the parts themselves. They may ask a different company to manufacture a certain auto part for them. In that case, the first definition would not hold true.

I believe the following example would make the concept clear.

If you are fitting an Air Filter in your ABC car and that Air Filter is not manufactured, not considered a standard fitment (stock option) and not recommended by the ABC Company, it qualifies as an aftermarket part as far as ABC Company is concerned. In that case, all warranty from ABC Company for your ABC car is void.

That is not the only consequence of fitting aftermarket parts in your vehicle. These parts are not tested for compatibility with all makes and models of cars. As a result, an aftermarket part may not function properly in your car leading to unforeseen problems. For example, an aftermarket Air Filter can harm you car engine if it is not compatible with your car model resulting in low engine-efficiency or perhaps total engine damage.

Aftermarket parts don’t necessarily confirm to laws and regulations for quality and performance. For Example, aftermarket headlights may not confirm to the local regulations in your state or perhaps your aftermarket engine does not meet the emission standards in your state. It is imperative that you ascertain correct details and features of an aftermarket part before you purchase it.

Depending on factors like quality and brand-name, an aftermarket part can cost less, equal or more than a brand new OEM part.

A good quality aftermarket part manufactured by a company specializing in a particular domain qualifies as a performance enhancing auto part and usually costs more than what a brand new normal OEM part would. Unless you are willing to shell out money on car customization, you don’t need to tread that path.

One truth about aftermarket parts holds good even today; “use it at your own peril.”

Used OEM auto parts for a vehicle are manufactured by the same manufacturer that made the vehicle. The only factor being, these parts are not brand new. They have been used before, probably in another vehicle of the same make and somehow found their way to a scrap-yard or salvage-yard.

In this case, a fact that one should consider before purchasing a used auto part is that used parts from a certain ABC car most probably will fit only ABC cars of the same model and year as per company standards. This is because manufacturers might introduce slight changes or enhancements in auto part designs and specifications every year for any particular model.

Since all OEM auto parts from a particular car manufacturer are of the same quality and tested for optimum performance by the manufacturer, you don’t end up making any compromises on this front. Remember, this is not the case with aftermarket parts.

Used auto parts could be your best option in terms of cost-effectiveness and quality provided you select the correct auto part online and buy it from a recognized seller only. The advantage of buying from established sellers is that you get original quality tested parts at low prices and usually with no shipping charges.

The only worrying factor about used auto parts may be about their history. The part could be salvaged from a car that got destroyed in an accident or perhaps from a car that was scrapped after serving a lifetime. Then there are also some used auto parts available that were used by the original manufacturer for testing purposes.

Whatever be the history of the part, you can get a confirmation from the seller over the phone before buying. Major used auto-part dealers exercise quality control by maintaining a log about the condition and history of a particular auto part so that the customer knows about the exact age and origin of the part he/she is buying.

Moreover, vehicle’s manufacturer warranty does not get nullified if you install a used OEM part in your vehicle.

Used auto parts are the most cost effective out of all the three options since they cost just about one-third the price of brand new OEM auto parts.

Brand New Discounted Auto Parts probably don’t need any description. These are brand new auto parts sold at discount prices. Definitely a great option but these are not available everyday and at every store. In fact, they are available occasionally and at the sole discretion of the dealer. If you are lucky enough, you might find the part you need on discount but as is the case usually, the parts that are sold at a discount are the ones that have the least demand. Hence, if you desperately need a brand new replacement part for your car, you might have to wait till it is available at discount prices.

To conclude, you can choose any of these options depending on your need and suitability but please remember that in the case of repairs and part replacements, you should take a step only after weighing the pros and cons of each available option.

Happy Motoring!

James Rodham

Ending Your Car Engine Sludge Problem: Remedies That Work! in this year

Engine sludge formation. Here is how it gets in your motor. And a new, inexpensive way to remove sludge without the need to take your motor apart.

When your car is about 4 years old and older. When your car’s odometer miles run pass 75,000 miles, sticky residues; leftovers from pass oil changes, begin to build faster and gum-up your motors piston rings. Your motors dirty piston rings are the primary cause of sludge formation. It happens in this way.

Your motor’s pistons have 3, 1/8 inch thick flexible, bracelet-like rings that have a springy nature to them. This keeps them ever expanding outward to provide blockage to keep your motor oil from escaping into the combustion cycle. And keep your fuels combustion gases totally above the piston. Its all needed to push your piston down, spinning gears, and wheels to propel you forward with zip and ease. Sludge begins when…

Engine sludge formation occurs when your piston rings allows those1500 degree combustion gases to slip pass them. This happens when dirty piston ring flexing outward action is slowed or reduced. A gap appears and with each burst of new combustion, little puffs of combustion escape pass your pistons and mix with your motor oil.

Well anyhow, there is always some escape of combustion, called blowby by us mechanics, even when your pistons rings work perfectly well. When rings and cylinder wear spaces allow more combustion to escape, you sludge your motor oil in a month of driving and you, by motor design vent it to the outside world. That is no good for air, water, old folks and children with breathing problems.

To prevent your cars heavily loaded combustion gases; containing a handful of suphurs, 5 gallons of raw gas, carbon black, and dozens of other negatives from being dumped into the air every 3000 miles of driving, a device is made to block its escape. Instead it is channel back into the combustion process. This is done by a thumb size check valve and hoses in a new motor sub-system called the positive crankcase ventilation system.

The positive crankcase ventilation system is overpowered by all that sticky, hot blowby and soon chokes down the blowby flow. When that happens sludge formation goes bonkers, like kids during their first year on the loose at college. Kids party. Sludge forms a 1/4 inch layer over every part. Kids know better. your motor does not!

The fix: Soon, your car starts losing its zip. It may consume motor oil. It may tap. Your exhaust smells worst than than your kids tennis after soccer practice. Friction wear is now running rampant. The usual fix is an overhaul at $3000 or more. Or a partial cleaning called an engine valve repair at up to $2000 in cost. Its a nasty, time consuming job to take apart and clean every part.

Engine Flushing. You may have read about all kinds of flushing methods from stepping on two frogs, to putting automatic transmission fluid and solvent in your motor to clean out the sludge. parts stores even sell engine flushes, which are solvents to do the job.

The bad thing about solvent motor flushes is they strip your pistons, bearings, valves, and gears of their vital oil lube film as they rinse away the sludge. And some of that sludge, during circulation, reform in all the wrong places. Usually blocking your motor’s oil pump pickup screen. About a week of driving after such a cleaning, your motor goes in convulsions. The mechanic say, in diagnosis,”It’s shot!”

New products to safely remove sludge using anti-wear cleaners are what is needed, if engine sludge is your motor’s problem. A leader in the field for internal engine cleaning and sludge removal with engine restorative ingredients is Mega Power. The Mega Power Sludge Removing Worn Motor Treatment is fast, and takes less than a hour. Mega Power is safe because it has friction reducers that lube even without the presence of oil. and it removes sludge over a 6000 miles time span. Instant restorative power results. Cost is under $100 – not $3000. And you can install the treatment yourself. Nothing to take apart. Driving does the cleaning. You can learn more and get ordering info at:

5 Benefits of Wheel Alignments – Why to Get Your Wheels Aligned Regularly in this year

Regular wheel alignments are an important part of conscientious car maintenance. Unfortunately, many car owners fail to understand the importance of good wheel alignment, and therefore don’t have their alignment checked often enough.

Here are five reasons why getting regular wheel alignments is good for your car, your bank account, and your peace of mind.

1: Better gas mileage. When your wheels are aligned properly, it cuts down on rolling resistance, which means that you car doesn’t have to work as hard or burn as much fuel in order to move forward. This is good news for everyone: Not only do you spend less money on gas, but you also get the satisfaction of knowing your car is responsible for less pollution.

2: More mileage out of your tires. Even the slightest problem with your alignment can have disastrous effects on your tires. If your tires have too much or too little toe-in (the degree at which they point in toward each other at the front, like a person who stands pigeon-toed), a narrow strip on each tire will wear down very quickly, causing you to have to get new tires sooner. By getting regular wheel alignments, you ensure that your tires wear evenly, making them last as long as possible.

3: Tire warranties still apply. The problem with your tires wearing from poor wheel alignment is that it usually voids your warranty on the tires. Most warranties only apply to the quality of the goods. In other words, if the tires wear out too soon because of something other than poor quality, then the manufacturer is not responsible. Failing to get wheel alignments often enough is considered to be negligence on the part of the car’s owner, and usually means that the warranty is voided.

4: Less wear and tear on other parts. Having the wheels out of alignment can be stressful on the rest of the car, too. It means that you continually need to put pressure on the steering system in order to keep the car straight, and when you brake you often feel the car pull even more sharply, indicating that the brakes are needing to work harder on one side than the other.

5: Easier to drive. One of the biggest advantages of having your wheels aligned properly is that your car is easier to drive. No annoying pull to one side or the other. It’s much easier and more pleasant to drive a car that has had regular wheel alignments.

As you can see, there are many reasons why a car owner should be sure to get regular wheel alignments. Not only does having your wheels aligned properly save you money on gas, tires, and other potential repairs, but it also gives you better peace of mind to know that your car is being cared for properly.

Rover P5b Engine Conversion in this year

If you own a Rover P5B V8 model like me, you probably love the car but could do with more power. The original engine in the P5B is of the 3500cc variety. The good thing when it was first launched was it had a higher compression ratio than some of the later engines, but because the heads had smaller inlet and outlet valves it still limited the power some what. The other disadvantage was the problem of leaded fuel not being available so you have to keep adding lead additives to the fuel which many a P5 owner knows is a bit of a pain as you are always down the fuel station with such a big motor.

My first trick was to replace the heads with heads from the Rover SD1 which with the bigger valves and unleaded valve stems saved me the job of putting in the fuel additive each time but I didn’t really notice much extra power. The Rover P5B is a very heavy car anyway and I suppose your not supposed to drive it fast but I was hoping for a little change in performance. I then added a Weber Carburetter and changed the ignition to a Lumenition electronic ignition system to get rid of the old points system. This made a bit of a difference but the performance was not what I would call startling.

Then I decided to dig deep into my pockets, rob the piggy bank and opt for fitting the 4.6 ltr engine from the later Range rovers. Now this engine is really the same original block as the 3.5 ltr from the Rover P5, so actually it is nearly a straight swap. If you are keeping the original distributor from the P5 then you have to keep the same front cover from the engine because the oil pump teeth are different for each model. Apart from that everything goes in nicely. The engine mounts line up and all the exhaust manifolds go back together just as the old one. If you trying to keep your Rover looking original, you can even use the original rocker covers so even the insurance man couldn’t tell the difference. Until he drove it of course.

How does it drive? Well, between the two engines is like between day and night. You will be grinning from ear to ear for days afterwards. So if you have a few spare bob and need your Rover P5 to pick up its heels and go. Your only option has to be the 4.6Ltr V8.

Washing a Car – Simple Steps For a Touchless Car Wash in this year

There are things that every person needs to do sooner or later in their life: washing a car is one of them. Living in a modern country is impossible without having a car, unless you live and work in the downtown. Even though driving a dirty car is not a crime, your friends and family members will not be quite happy if you don’t wash yours every so often.

So, how do you go about washing a car?

First, you need to locate a nearest car wash – preferably touchless (automatic), but a manual car wash will do as well. If you found an automatic one and can spare a few bucks (normally 10-15 dollars – or its equivalent – depending on the country you’re living in) – great! Pay the required amount to the cashier and he’ll give you the receipt with a special number in it -hold on to it and make sure you don’t throw it away – you’ll need it later.

Go back to your car and drive to the car wash entrance. Enter the number from the receipt on to the electronic pad and press the big green button: the sign will light up showing you that it’s now safe to drive inside. Once inside the car wash, watch the electronic menu for the instructions such as ‘drive forward’, or ‘back up’, or ‘put your car in neutral’, or ‘reverse’ – those are the instructions you need to follow in order to get your car into the exact position needed for the most effective wash. Also, make sure your windows are rolled up – you don’t want to get all wet from the high-pressured water, do you!

It’s also a good idea to detach your antenna before you drive into the car wash, as it can get broken or bent in the process.

You’ll soon see the nozzles with high-pressured water, then foam, then water again, rotating around you. After a while, the electronic menu will light up green saying that it’s safe to drive forward. Do as it says, but slowly, as you’ll be now moving into another stage of the car wash: drying the remaining water from your car. You’ll see the numbers counting down on the exit menu: those are the seconds left. It makes perfect sense to drive forward very slowly, bit by bit, to make sure the hot air dries your car everywhere.

You’re done – enjoy your shiny car!

How to Keep Your HHO Hydrogen Generator From Freezing in this year

Are you thinking about building and installing a HHO kit but you live in the northern climates where it freezes? Well there is a few things you can do when it gets below freezing. There are many well tested HHO mixtures out there that have a VERY LOW freezing temperature which will keep it from freezing.

The mixture that you put in your HHO generator is called an Electrolyte. For warm climates, a standard HHO electrolyte is fine as it will not freeze but once you’re up in the winter wonder land, you need to use a special mixture so it will not freeze. Don’t get me wrong, It is OK to let if freeze as long as your container does not burst but your gas mileage will go down and be less efficient. If you build it right (or buy the right HHO product) it will not effect the generator. There are many HHO electrolytes out there that you can use but the mixture here works VERY well and will not freeze (unless you live in a climate where it is -60F).

Here are the ingredients:

White Vinegar

Baking Soda

Isopropyl Alcohol

Hydrogen Peroxide

Mix 3 table spoons soda and two ounces vinegar in a pan. These will react and make ascetic acid and sodium acetate (this is used to de-se airport runways). This will bubble as it reacts.

3 cups of rain water and warm it up (or use melted snow) then add the above solution.

stir until it is dissolved. Let cool.

Add 1 cup of isopropyl alcohol and mix

Add two capfuls of hydrogen peroxide

Now to test… Just drop a 9 volt battery in solution and the battery should bubble creating HHO gas.

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Have a safe and wonderful winter months and may your HHO worries about freezing be over!

Why Does My Car have Two Fuse Panels? in this year

Depending on the year fuse boxes became of an importance to you, you may have never noticed a car with one fuse box. I will start this article with a brief historical introduction then get down to the business of one versus two fuse boxes.

Most car manufactured in the US, or are of an American brand at one point only had one fuse box. As a matter of fact, up until late 1980s the aforementioned cars had only one fuse box inside the car. On the other side of the ocean, the Japanese and European rivals had started to use 2 fuse panels almost a decade earlier. They had added a fuse box under the hood for engine related circuits. Back then the American manufactures were protecting the high amperage circuits by using special pieces of wires called fusible links. These wires were designed to melt upon experiencing an overload.

Now days almost every car is designed and manufactured with 2 fuse boxes or panels, one inside the car, and another under the hood. Even though a specific fuse may be under the hood in a car, it may be inside the car in another. However, the general rule is that the interior panel includes fuses for the headlights, heater, radio, windows, seats, defroster, sun roof etc. in other words the interior panel is going to have fuses related to the bells and whistles of the car. On the other hand the panel or box under the hood normally facilitates engine related fuses, such as the ignition, injectors, fuel pump, braking system etc.

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