Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Hire a Professional: How to Save Yourself from the Hassle and Headache of DIY Car Repairs

If your catalytic converter is bad, you may be tempted to try replacing it yourself or even ignore it all together. These are both bad ideas, and you may be surprised how much money, time and energy you can save by having a catalytic converter and also letting someone else do all the hard work.

Driving without a catalytic converter is illegal. If you are caught without one, you can be fined for up to $2500. Also, in California, a smog check is required for your vehicle every two years. This law makes sure that every vehicle is running within the standards for emission. You will not be able to pass smog and renew your car’s registration without a functioning catalytic converter. How then should you go about replacing yours?

When you decided to replace your bad catalytic converter, you should take it into a mechanic to get it done. While it is possible to install the part yourself, it’s not advisable unless you are a well-seasoned mechanic. Since all four corners of your car need to be raised, replacing your own catalytic converter requires four car jacks or a professional-quality hydraulic lift.

 If you locate the one that needs replacing, and you discover it has been welded on, you will need a reciprocating saw, a welding machine and thorough knowledge on how to use both of them safely in order to get it off. You will need to saw the converter off, and then hammer it out. However, it’s possible to harm your exhaust system, leading to potentially harmful leaks in the future. Putting a catalytic converter into a spot where the previous one was welded on is a job that should be done only by a competent welder. If you don’t know what you are doing, you could end up hurting your vehicle or even yourself. Even those that are bolted on can easily have rusted or partially corroded bolts, making it nigh impossible to get them off without help.

Professionals also have access to equipment that the average person doesn’t. Their equipment makes the job a lot quicker and easier. A catalytic converter replacement job rarely takes more than 3 hours. Of course, you may have to wait longer, depending on the line in front of you. Regardless, taking your car in instead of trying to fix the problem yourself will save you a load of unnecessary hassle and headache. If you are interested in catalytic converters replacement in San Diego, look no further than here http://www.dualtoneauto.com/catalytic-converters

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

What Kinds of Chips in Windshields can be Fixed?


 


Sometimes you will have no choice but to completely replace a broken windshield, but it is always easier and more affordable when you are able to just get it repaired. A professional may need to examine your vehicle to determine which option is best, but you should be able to figure out on your own if a chip is able to get a simple fix or if it requires a total replacement.

Size

A crack that is less than three inches long or a chip less than one inch in diameter should be able to be fixed without any problems. Anything larger will require you to go to an auto shop to see what your options are. It is possible for larger chips and cracks to be repaired, but that should be at the discretion of a professional.

Location

Sometimes repairs leave behind mistiness or discoloration on your windshield. This may not be a problem if the chip is somewhere virtually unnoticeable, but if it is right in your line of sight, a simple repair may not be your best option.

The best way to determine the severity of a chip in your windshield is to see if it is impairing your vision in any way at all. Additionally, you should always trust the advice given to you by an experienced auto body technician. Visit this website to learn more about a windshield replacement in Raleigh.

Spot Welder in Action

Working with metal is a very particular profession that requires a lot of precision. This spot welder operated by a trained professional creates seamless welds that look like they came right out of the factory. A tool like this can greatly reduce welding time.

The Car Paint Color Matching Process


 

Do you have a scratch, ding or other area on your car that needs to be repaired with paint? Because finding the exact same shade can be a difficult task, especially if your car is older, it may be best to have a professional do it for you. Here is how the process works:

1. Figure out the color code.

To figure out the color code of the paint on your car, you will need to know the model number, year and manufacturer of your car. You can then go to the manufacturer’s site and find the color code if your car is new enough. You may also be able to find it on your vehicle’s identification plate.

2. Order the paint.

Your technician will then order the paint that matches the color code. Some vehicles will need multiple paint colors because they have more than one tone.

3. Mix the paint.

This is the most important step of the color matching process. Your technician will adjust the hue using variations in darkness and lightness. They will then blend the color to avoid it turning out too dark or too light. Once they have the perfect shade, they are ready to repair your vehicle.

If you have any damage on your car that needs to be repaired with paint, have a technician take a look at it so you can quickly and easily get your vehicle looking good as new. For more information on automobile painting in Raleigh, visit this website.

New Electric SUV from BMW in the U.S.

This new electric, battery-powered SUV from BMW is meant to rival the Tesla Model X here in the U.S. Its sleek design and ultra efficient electric engine should give it a great chance at becoming the premier crossover/SUV in the United States.

Paintless Dent Removal: How Does It Work?


 

Do you have dents on your vehicle that need to be repaired? Consider using paintless dent removal. Whether the damage be from door dings, hail, rocks or other objects that can cause cavities and creases, this process can fix your vehicle's defects as long as the paint is still in tact. But how does it work? Professionals will typically use the following process to remove your dents:

1. Assess the damage.

Before anything else, professionals will want to take a look at the dent and figure out how they can most easily access and remove it. Once they have assessed the damage, they can prepare the area for the repair.

2. Obtain access.

To remove the dent, you will usually need to reach the back side of it. As a result, technicians will probably need to remove body panels and sometimes even tail lights or interior panels.

3.  Get a better view.

Now that the dent is visible from the opposite side of the panel, technicians will shine a special light on it that will help them determine exactly where they need to place their tools in order to remove the dent.

4. Apply pressure.

The last and most important step of paintless removal is to slowly massage out the dent using special tools. Depending on the severity of the indentation, this usually will not take long, with the whole process taking no more than a few hours.

Paintless dent removal is an excellent option for those who have minor vehicle damage that they need repaired quickly and easily. For more information on paintless dent removal in Raleigh, please visit this website.

Crushed Car with Airbags Deployed


Car companies have taken extra precautions when it comes to safety. With both front and side airbags deployed, you can see the level of protection this blue car offers when involved in a simulated crash setting.  With options like this, you never have to put your safety up to chance.