The tips made by experts, who explains how we should perform the cleaning of our car’s engine, where to have more caution and the benefits of having every mechanical component clean.
The cleaning of the engine is divided into several steps. If you follow them with caution, you will get a propeller with a new appearance, thus avoiding corrosion or any other problem that may arise due to dirt. There is also a special emphasis on the type of car, differentiating between the types of engines since the coatings and the parts in the air vary from one to another. These tips are linked to those of cleaning the upholstery, and the keys to wash the car correctly, with which you will have the car as new.
Step 1: Do not scratch the car during cleaning
The first recommendation is to cover with a towel or rag the areas of the car that we will support during cleaning, to avoid scratching the car with the belt or anything else.
Step 2: Check the motor temperature
It must be checked if the engine is cold, warm or hot. In most cases the logical thing is to clean the engine at a temperature between cold and warm, but in others it is advisable to clean it with the hottest engine. This case would be if the engine takes a lot without cleaning or accumulates much dirt. The higher the temperature, the easier it will be for the dirt to dissipate.
Once the temperature has been checked, a pressurized air machine can be used to remove the dirt that remains in the body covered by the hood. Normally these areas fill with leaves of the trees and take a lot of dust, so that the pressure air in those nooks and crannies is the best solution.
Step 3: Waterproof the delicate areas of the engine
This step is one of the most important to avoid that a simple cleaning becomes a breakdown. We must cover with plastic and help us with insulating tape to waterproof well the areas of the engine that can be affected badly by water.
All electrical components, battery, distributor, carburetors, filters … must be covered with plastic so that the water never reaches them. If this happens it can lead to a fault for the motor. We must also take care to remove greases from the areas where they are needed.
Step 4: Wet the engine without water under pressure
In this step we must wet the engine in a smooth way and spread over all areas.
Step 5: Apply a multi-purpose cleaner
Once the entire engine is wet, we can apply a multi-purpose cleaner, and with the help of a brush start distributing and cleaning the entire engine. It is important to distribute the entire cleaner before it evaporates or dries on any part, working all the time with the wet motor. For less accessible areas it is recommended that we use smaller brushes and thus reach any side.
Once we have done everything, we will have to wet everything again to finish cleaning the engine.
Step 6: Drying the motor
Now it would be time to dry the engine, which can be done with air or with simple towels, making sure that everything is dry.
Step 7: Remove the plastics that we put
It is time to remove all the plastic with which we waterproof the areas critical to the water, taking special care to remove them in not spilling the water that remains on them. It would be a pity that after cleaning and good insulation of these areas, water was dropped on some unwanted part when removing them.
It would be convenient to pass a towel to make sure everything is dry, and so the water does not reach any of these areas once the plastics have been removed.
Step 8: Polish plastics and wait to start the engine
Once dry everything can be used to pass some polish to the areas with plastics, so that everything is shinier after cleaning.
In many cases it is advisable to wait a couple of hours after cleaning to restart the engine. After that time, it is advisable to start the car and leave it on for two or three minutes, watching and hearing the engine to know if there is any noise or something that is not correct after cleaning.
At this point you will have the engine shining as the first day, safe from corrosion, avoiding breakdowns, and therefore a safer and more reliable car.
We know that many of you are crazy about your cars and want to take care of them every day more, in order to have a nice car at the same time as the day in all aspects of mechanics and safety.
The market is in good health and, although the WLTP will arrive in September and will be a big challenge for dealers and manufacturers, according to experts, it will continue to grow.
In the Spanish market, the SUVs have a great part of the responsibility of the success, although the king is still the Lion, the compact one of Seat and the utilitarian also tread very strong. These are the 10 most sold cars in 2018 and their prices.
The León is the favorite car of the Spaniards, betting on it 21,204 times this 2018. Its arguments are an attractive design, several levels of equipment to adapt to any customer, sports versions such as the FR and the Cupra, an efficient mechanical offer and with low consumption and a reasonable price range that starts from the 18,270 euros of version 1.2 TSI of 110 HP with Reference finish, up to 35,970 of Leon Cupra of 300 HP with DSG change. For the most demanding there is the version Cupra R, limited series, 310 hp and DSG exchange for 46,375 euros.
The Ibiza copies the formula of the success of its bigger brother on a smaller scale and with a more contained price. It is a very practical car for its size and very interesting for its quality and its equipment, in addition to its levels of finish and versions. 19,519 people bought a car that starts at 13,560 euros of its most basic version, up to 21,250 of the model with a 1.6 TDI engine of 95 HP with DSG change and Excellence finish. For lovers of sportsmanship, the Ibiza FR with 150 hp TSI 1.5 engine will let you discover how ferocious an Ibiza can be for 19,620 Euros.
The first brother of the Seat Ibiza, with which he shares a platform, the German compact was the target of 17,183 buyers, who bet on the effectiveness and quality that all Volkswagens promise. With a bet similar to that of the Ibiza, its price range rises from 12,800 Euros of the Polo Edition 1.0 of 65 hp, to 24,305 of the radical Polo GTI with 2.0 TSI engine and 200 hp, a power that can move its little more of 1,300 kilos in an incredible way. For 17,680 Euros a hybrid version of gas and gasoline of 90 HP of power is offered.
There are always representatives of Dacia among the best sellers. 16,728 people went in search of a Sandero during the first semester of this year. Its main coat is a considerable level of equipment for 9,745 Euros. Its most expensive version starts at 12,830 Euros.
The most famous Volkswagen vehicle was purchased by 16,551 people. Its great reputation, quality, and finishes make it an object of desire of many people. 18,635 Euros costs its most affordable version, 110 hp with 1.0 TSI engine, and 34,325 Euros variant GTI with a 2.0 TSI 230 hp.
Citroën offers comfort and safety in its entire offer, and with each model, they improve these sections. That’s what 16,385 people sought when they bought the French compact, whose two versions, 99 hp diesel and 110 hp gasoline, start at 15,590 Euros.
The first SUV on the list, and unique, is the Qashqai, the Nissan SUV. The 15,949 buyers found themselves with an all-around reference in the market. The Qashqai is available from 22,000 Euros in its version of 116 hp power, a price that can rise to 32,000 Euros with its variant of 163 hp.
It was the big surprise of the market in Spain and it was even the best sold in the country in March. The most classic Fiat fell in love with 15,925 people, who took an urban of 12,510 euros in its most basic version. The top of the range, with a 95 HP Multijet engine, costs 18,310 euros.
The Clio has always been very popular in the market, where it directly rivals the Polo and the Ibiza. His proposal, which convinced 15,708 interested, is to offer a 1.2 engine 73 hp for 12,095 Euros. Although the most demanding will find a very playful variant in the Clio Renault Sport Trophy Energy for 24,920 Euros, which will offer 220 hp.
With a proposal very similar to the Golf and the Lion, its great rivals, 15,155 people opted for the French compact, which starts, in its version of 101 HP, of 17,152 Euros. For 31,900 Euros, action lovers will find in the Megane RS, a great option, thanks to the 280 hp delivered and its aggressive image.
Tips and Tricks to Clean Your Car
In the world there are two kinds of people: those who wash the car every week and those who wash it once every two or three months – and give thanks. However, identify yourself with the first or second group, Detail King brings you some tricks to keep your car clean as long as you cannot (or want to) take it to the car wash. So do not hesitate to follow these simple tips.
- Clean up useless objects
Surely, if you enter your vehicle willing to take out things you do not need, you will end up filling a good bag. And is that we usually accumulate debris in the glove compartment or in any other nook of the car. By removing all these things that you do not need, the feeling of cleanliness will increase considerably.
- Shake the carpets
The carpets that cover the floor of our car look like a dirt magnet. Sand, mud and even moisture pass from our shoes to carpets, so pulling them out and shaking them against the outside floor is always a good idea.
Pass a vacuum inside the car, both carpets and seats; often help avoid the feeling of dirt and odors that may accumulate in the interior of the vehicle.
- Buy an air freshener
Placing an air freshener in the car is always a good idea, because entering it and smelling it well will help create a clean and relaxed atmosphere, creating a feeling of absolute freshness.
- Use a cloth
Sometimes, when it costs to demist the glasses of the car, we help with the hand to do it faster. Error. In case of rain or temperature drops, the best option is to help with a rag to improve the vision without dirtying the moon. And, of course, nothing to do drawings in the crystals, although sometimes it is difficult to leave aside our most childish part.
- Do not eat inside the car
It is essential that you avoid consuming food that can fall or drinks that can spill its liquid inside the vehicle, causing stains difficult to eliminate. In addition, the smell will also be impregnated in the car. Tobacco smoke will also act in the same way.
You arrive at the gas station and while you are refueling you notice the prohibition signs. And you think, it’s obviously dangerous to smoke from contact with high-flammability substances. But, why is it prohibited to use the mobile phone with the vehicle stopped at the gas station? Can it also cause a fire?
And then you think if you remember any case in which a gas station has exploded by the use of the mobile phone. You search the internet, and you get supposedly real cases of portals of very dubious credibility. Therefore, you ask yourself: will not it be an urban myth that mobile waves are capable of creating an explosion?
What science says?
Here is the answer: Yes, it’s an urban myth. Or rather, a yes with very specific characteristics.
As confirmed by the scientific community (and common sense) to produce a reaction that leads to ignition, it is necessary to give a spark that comes in contact with flammable substances. More specifically, with the steam emitted by gasoline mixed with air.
Therefore, the radiation emitted by the mobiles is not capable of causing this reaction. The odds of this happening, while not zero, are tiny. It would be dangerous, for example, if we had problems with the battery and that sparks flew from it. In that case, the mobile itself would be very dangerous. But if this is not the case, carry it in your pocket and call you while you are refueling will not make the gas station jump through the air.
To make you more relaxed, the Mythbusters program, known in our country as Mythbusters , conducted an experiment to check what happened if you used your phone at a gas station. Spoiler alert: Nothing .
The real danger: static electricity
It is curious that despite being repeatedly convinced of the danger of using a mobile phone, many do not know that the real danger we must know is the effect of static electricity. This is capable of causing an electric shock coming into contact with sufficient intensity can cause a reaction with the air and flammable substances contained in it.
While the chances of this happening, and in general that a gas station is set on fire, are very low, they are already greater than that caused by the radiation emitted by a mobile phone.
Therefore, it is recommended that when leaving to refuel, before touching the mouth of the tank, touch for a few seconds a metal part like the roof of the car. This way we will release part of the static electricity contained in us.
Summer is approaching and we are already having the first days with an overwhelming heat, with thermometers marking temperatures above 30 degrees. In addition to protecting your car from the sun and monitoring the problems with air conditioning, there are also tricks for the air conditioning to cool properly without involving a greater expenditure of fuel, as well as to extend its life and start to give failures at the most inappropriate moment and finish with the cabin turned into a furnace.
And is that air conditioning affects the consumption of the vehicle. While it is on, a compressor sucks the refrigerant gas and passes it to a condenser, where it returns to liquid state in a radiator… until the expansion valve, where it goes back to gas and cools down. After cooling the air, it passes thanks to a fan through the grilles of the dashboard aerators … and back to start.
All this process of removing heat from the air by mechanical processes (drawing air from the outside or recalculating the passenger compartment) spends energy, which comes from the car engine, which must make more effort : in addition to moving the vehicle, the engine You must operate the compressor. This extra effort translates into an increase in consumption between 5 and 20% (a few tenths in consumption, although it varies depending on the type of car).
And yes, benefits are lost, but you will only notice it in cars with small engines and demanding a lot of air conditioning. It is also true that some modern vehicles choose to disconnect the air conditioner if the pedal is pressed fully, so as not to compromise safety by demanding maximum power.
It is obvious that the more we try to lower the interior temperature, it will cost more energy (fuel in this case), to reach it. Therefore, using tricks to cool a car quickly can save some fuel.
Do you get to the car and discover that it is like an oven? To help the air conditioning to work, it is ideal that during the first minutes circulating proceed to open the window a little. Yes, at the same time you turn on the air conditioner. As hot air weighs less than cold, it tends to go up. That way you help it to go away and be replaced by the cold more quickly. After a while, you can proceed to close them.
In our tips to spend less fuel we already tell you that lowering the windows of the car worsens aerodynamics. That will make the car spend more … but that aerodynamic loss is not too big if the speed is low. According to several studies, the critical moment is at 80-90 km / h (from there, the air that enters “slows down” the car.) Hence, in urban journeys at a lower speed, you spend less fuel with the down windows that use background air conditioning to cool the car.
Sometimes, when the heat is a lot, lowering the windows is not enough to guarantee a comfortable temperature … but opening them will renew the hot air of the car, lowering a few degrees to the passenger compartment and making the compressor work less … spending less fuel.
Have you used it in winter?
Like any component in the car, getting it to work regularly is a guarantee that it will work when needed. So do not hesitate to use it for actions like demisting the crystals in winter. In addition to gaining security (it is much faster to gain visibility), you ensure that it is not damaged by lack of use.
Do not force it
To prevent the air conditioning from spoiling, it is also vital to avoid working at maximum power. In this sense, remember the first two points to lower the temperature of the passenger compartment before starting the road … and once underway, be rational with its use. Nor do you have to freeze. The ideal temperature inside the car should be around 22 degrees. Anything lower than that temperature is an unnecessary expense of fuel.
The cars of today do not suffer as before the problems of starting in cold, but in New Zealand a good part of the car park is more than 8 years old and suffers in the cold winters. First of all, if a car is in perfect condition should not have problems at the time of starting but the fact is that the lack of fine tuning plays tricks on many occasions.
Recently we talked about some solutions so that winter does not spoil your car and today we will focus on the moment of the start. Because if the maintenance of the car has not been exemplary and the problems with the start-up appear, we leave you some tips that can help and that can be applied to the vast majority of vehicles.
It goes without saying that if the car is indoors you have many more chances of starting your car without problems, although this is not always possible. In the event that you have to park on the street, it is best to find a place not very exposed, that is sheltered from the wind and if possible under the street lighting, that something can help.
The Car battery is one of the elements that suffers more problems in winter . A very cold battery has much less starting power than a hotter one. So, a good hot and dry cloth on the battery a few minutes before starting can be an interesting first option. In the event that the battery is broken, we share these tips to buy a new one.
For extreme cases, it is important to know that less viscous (more fluid) oil facilitates cold start. This practice is more widespread in competition engines taking into account the temperature of the place where it runs. Another option is multigrade oils, capable of achieving a better viscosity to start without problems in winter.
In diesel cars, you can operate heaters a couple of times; Even if you abuse a little battery, the starter must surely work less. It will always be necessary to wait until the heater warning light goes off (in the form of a spring), to try again.
In gasoline engines taking good care of the spark plugs should not have problems with the start. This element serves to produce the spark that ignites the engine and if its state is not correct it is likely that there are problems to start. In a gasoline car will have the advantage of not needing as much time at idle as in a diesel.
If it is a carburetion engine you can try to take two or three quick and hard strokes before hitting the contact. You will help to prime the carburetor and facilitate the start.
Periodically change the air filters and fuel filters to facilitate starting. Some time ago we talked about the different filters that cars have and some keys for their correct maintenance. In fact, the particulate filter in diesel cars is one of the most common problems.
If you cannot start the car you just have to look for a small fall in the street and leave the car in neutral, with the inertia you will get speed and it is at that moment when you put the second gear and the car should start.
Things You Need to Keep in Your Car During a Snowstorm
In the last week the low temperatures have been the protagonists and the snow has made an appearance with some devastating consequences. Last weekend many people were trapped on some roads and today they are still looking for the guilty. We do not have the solution to this question, but we bring you a tool that could be very useful in snow episodes.
It is called ‘Spare Me Rescue Tool’ and as its name suggests, its main purpose is to try to rescue a car from the effects of snow. It is a kind of shovel of 49 centimeters long made of nylon resin with glass filling that has two toothed surfaces. Its strong point is versatility, since it can be used to perform up to five different and interesting tasks for any user.
The first function has nothing to do with snow but is equally important (or more). Everyone has had to change a wheel once and this tool also helps. We have already given a series of tips to carry out this maneuver and, sometimes, one of the most difficult things is to deflect the screws of the wheel with the pipe wrench. Thanks to the hollow handle of this tool it will be possible to leverage so that it is easier to make force.
As an elevator
Although it is only a matter of practice, sometimes placing the wheel in its place is complicated. Its considerable weight makes it difficult to reach and fit it in its exact place. The ‘Spare Me Rescue Tool’ can also be used as an elevator for the wheel thanks to its curved surface that allows leverage to get more easily to place it in the center.
When a significant amount of snow has fallen, one of the most arduous tasks is to take it out of our way. The tool can also be used as a shovel to remove snow from the surroundings of the car. Its compact size also allows to reach narrower spaces such as the low ones and if there is a lot of snow you can remove the one on top of the car. Do not forget how important the roof is, because of the consequences it can bring .
To get traction
If after removing the snow from around the wheels the car does not come out, the tool can also lend a hand. It can be used to catch traction by placing it just below the wheel that is trapped. Thanks to the two toothed surfaces, the wheel can turn and exit without problems. As the surface resting on the floor also has teeth there will be enough grip so that the tool does not run off.
As a scraper
Windshields are also a problem in winter. These large glazed surfaces are the perfect target for ice and are difficult to clean properly. We recently left some tips for your care and ‘Spare Me Rescue Tool’ can be used as a scraper thanks to its narrow edge. The width is 12.7 centimeters, so it will save time compared to other smaller scrapers.
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As a consequence of the use of a vehicle, it is normal for it to get dirty, both inside and outside.
Mud, dust and also pollution accumulate, either in the body or inside the vehicle. Especially during the winter months, when the rain falls unexpectedly and abundantly, it is very easy to always be with the dirty car.
The lack of attention to the car, in the long run, can damage the materials that compose it, both inside and outside, with the risk of permanently ruining the aesthetics of the vehicle and, especially in the case of interiors, create problems for the driver and passengers, generating allergies, such as dust, or other problems of different nature.
INTERNAL WASHING / WASHING UPHOLSTERY
The Car washing and cleaning service of the interior and upholstery of Detail King is a comprehensive service that allows you to eliminate any type of stain or dirt inside a vehicle, whether for commercial or private use.
The service includes everything from the removal of stains to the removal of sand or pebbles, from the cleaning of interior glass panels to the polishing and cleaning of the seats and the plastics that make up the interior.
The exterior of the vehicle is the place where it is possible to accumulate the most obvious part of the dirt since it is the most exposed to the weather and various types of external agents.
There are innumerable external factors that can stain or cause damage to the aesthetics of a vehicle, such as rain, domestic and non-domestic animals (for example dogs or cats, but also pigeons), pebbles and many others.
Therefore, it is important to always wash with suitable soaps and apply the most appropriate and effective protection products.
The body is, generally, the first victim of dirt, which can be originated in the most diverse ways and therefore, it will be of the most diverse nature.
The dirt can be caused, for example, by a car that overtakes and, when passing through a well with mud, it splashes on the body and tires; when going through an area under construction, the dust raised by the movement of the car can “rain” on it; but also another type of dirt or pebbles, a summer storm or a snowfall can create even more dirt and stains in the car. From a tree can fall resin or leaves, the wind can transport dirt or dust that can get into the corners or on the roofs, stray animals (but also domestic) can urinate on the tires or on the door, typical birds of the city as example pigeons, or seagulls for those who live in the area of the sea, can relieve themselves on the roof or on the bonnet of the vehicle.
In the car washes of the workshops, the cleaning of the external body of the car is offered, and the most appropriate products are applied to protect and reduce future stains, such as the application of special protective waxes on the bodywork or products for protection of fenders and alloy wheels.
Tires, either plastic or alloy, are one of the most visible elements of a vehicle.
A dirty tire gives the idea of a car that is not taken care of and a careless owner, while a beautiful clean and bright tire, result obtainable especially for those vehicles equipped with alloy wheels, suggests an owner who takes care of his own vehicle and takes care of the details.
Tire cleaning is not a particularly difficult practice, but a poorly trained eye can easily see the difference between a rim cleaned by a professional and a rim cleaned by an amateur, especially when they are made of alloy, a very pleasing material to look at, but also delicate and easy to get dirty, in particular, because of its location so close to the street.
Wax for car and protection of the paint
The washing of a vehicle does not end with the total cleaning of it; it is always convenient to accompany and complement it with the choice of appropriate products to protect and preserve the work done, the paint and the materials that make up the interior and exterior of the car. Leather seats, plastic dashboards or more refined and delicate materials, such as the steering wheel or gear lever, but in general all parts of the vehicle, must be protected with specific products to preserve them from the use of atmospheric elements (as for example the sun, which eventually “cooks” the plastics or deteriorates the leathers) and of the small problems of every day (like for example, possible remains of food, animal hairs, dirty shoes with mud, etc. ).
We offer its customers, through the work done by its operators, a complete and durable cleaning also thanks to the use of specific products for the protection of materials.
On the other hand, it is possible to request specific interventions for the removal of rays or for the renewal of headlights and crystals that would normally require the use of specific products or suitable kits.
Detail King is prepared to offer a complete washing service for city cars, luxury cars, saloons, SUVs, motorhomes, vans and commercial vehicles of any kind and affected by any type of stain or dirt.
In addition, thanks to the cooperation with other sectors of the workshop, our staff is prepared to offer a complete service that, starting from the removal of dirt in the body of the vehicle, through the cleaning of the interiors, also guarantees the care ideal of them, with products of proven quality and efficiency.
The car wash service can be carried out at different levels, depending on the customer’s needs, the type of dirt and the type of vehicle.
For example, a sports vehicle may need a good wash the day after a session on the track; so that specific protective product will be necessary, while a sedan, which has spent the weekend walking with children and the dog, may need a good wash inside.
If it is impossible for you, for work or for personal reasons, to run out of a car for the time necessary for the intervention, either for your washing or for a mechanical repair, you can request an appointment and arrange to ask for a substitute car so you do not stay on foot.