You are killing your car, If…

Don't kill your car

Yep, you are guilty of killing your car, if you are making these seven moves. A year or two ago, you bought yourself your dream ride and slowly your lovesome car turned itself into a boo-boo nightmare with frequent garage visits, hefty components bills and vehicle break downs.

The old saying if, you look after your car, your car will look after you certainly holds true. Car ownership is becoming more and more common with many households running one or more cars. Little knowledge will keep your relationship with your car running smoothly!

1. Neglecting your tires –Your vehicle’s tires should be checked frequently for inflation and tread depth. Under-inflated tires can wear out more quickly, needing to be replaced sooner, and can negatively impact safety, gas mileage and performance. With under inflated tires the handling becomes unpredictable at best. Braking is also significantly reduced.

2. Not allowing turbo to cool down – How many people with turbo driven engine drive it hard and then fail to allow the turbo to cool down properly? The turbo is spinning at between 100,000 rpm and 200,000 rpm and gets very hot, the moment you turn off the engine you starve it of fresh oil, unless your cars oil pump keeps running. The oil in the turbo gets fried and essentially leaves your turbo spinning with no lubrication. Your turbo will need replacing if this is your driving style.

3. Ignoring the check engine light – Ignoring an illuminated check engine light can result in serious engine trouble and costly repairs. At the very least, this warning light could alert you to an engine problem that is negatively impacting fuel economy.

4. Failing to change fluids and filters – Many fluids are required for the operation and protection of vehicle systems and components. Checking fluid levels regularly, along with the filters, helps ensure that your vehicle runs dependably and extends vehicle life. Changing the air filter regularly helps prolong engine life because the air filter is designed to trap damaging dirt and debris that can damage internal engine parts such as the cylinders and pistons. Engine damage can occur from particles as small as a grain of salt and result in costly repairs.

5. Not following a service schedule – Because many car parts and components wear out or become damaged over time, vehicles need to be routinely serviced in order to perform optimally. Routine inspections and timely repairs will help keep your car running efficiently and will help you avoid more expensive repairs down the road.

6. Keeping a dirty car. Allowing your car to go too long without a wash leads to buildup of damaging chemicals and dirt, increases the potential for rust from road salt and interferes with proper visibility needed for safe driving.

7. Being a severe driver. Whether it’s stop-and-go traffic, extreme weather, rough roads or heavy loads, it can sometimes be difficult to limit severe driving conditions. However, you can drive smart and improve fuel economy by observing the speed limit; avoiding aggressive driving, including quick starts and stops; not hauling unnecessary items; and keeping your vehicle properly tuned.

We understand your car isn’t always a top priority. You might not realize you are doing things that adversely affect the performance, safety and value of your car.  Routine maintenance can go a long way toward saving money, avoiding unnecessary hiccups and protect your investment.

Remove scratches from your car – step by step process

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Scratch on your newly bought car is a nightmare! When they occur they compromise the entire car’s paintwork. They also decrease the value of your car. Utilising spray paint to disguise a scratch on your car’s paintwork, provides an effective and low cost means of restoring your car to its former glory.

To get your car looking as good as new with spray paint needn’t be hard, simply follow our seven step process beneath.

  1. Estimate the depth of the damage. There are four main layers of material on a car chassis – clear coat, paint colour, primer and steel – and you need to know how deep your scratches have gone. You can tell if you’re dealing with a scratch that’s as deep as the primer if it is a different colour from the paint. If the scratch is at primer or steel level, please take it to car detailing showroom.
  2. Wash the scratch. Dirt and grit can scratch the surface even further, so wash it with Sonax gloss shampoo and dry the scratched area thoroughly before you do anything else. This is one of the most important steps in learning how to remove a scratch from car paintwork – skip it, and you could do more damage!
  3. Use sandpaper to level the scratch. Smooth down the damaged area by lightlyrubbing the scratch with 2000-grit sand paper in the direction of the scratch. When you’re done, wipe the surface you’ve been working on with a Sonax Xtreme microfiber cloth and check the area is level with the bottom of the scratch. During this step, you must be careful not to sand down further than the clearcoat.
  4. Apply the compound. Use a Sonax Xtreme microfiber cloth cloth to apply rubbing compound to the scratch. Always make sure you check the manufacturer’s guidelines to see what products are suitable to use on the surface of your car.
  5. Buff the area. Dry and polish the compound by setting your buffer to its lowest level and quickly moving it around the damaged area. Be careful not to buff one spot for more than a second as this can damage the car’s paint layers. Use Sonax Profline Pro Car polish to freshen up the colors and protect the treated surfaces of car.
  6. Remove the compound.Wipe the remaining compound from the area immediately after polishing the scratched area with Sonax Xtreme microfiber cloth
  7. Apply wax. Seal the area you have repaired by applying Sonax paintwork gloss. You can do this manually, with a microfiber cloth. Wash and wipe the area once more with a microfiber cloth and inspect the scratch to make sure it has disappeared.

After following these steps, you should find scratches and marks on your car are considerably reduced – if not removed entirely..

Key steps:

  1. Identify the depth of the scratch
  2. Clean and sand down the scratch
  3. Apply a suitable rubbing compound, following the instructions on the packaging
  4. Buff the scratched area
  5. Seal and polish the area with wax