Car Fuel Door Repair

Posted on 12/21/2016 in General

Repairing and Replacing Your Fuel Door Spring

You’re low on gas so you head off to your local gas station to fill up your car, lean down to pull your fuel door lever only to discover upon exiting your vehicle that the fuel door did not open. As frustrating as this might be, I have a do it yourself solution that will have your fuel door good as new.

First things first

You went to the gas station for gas and now you can’t get it, but don’t stress yourself out and remain calm. Take a pencil or any object in your car that will help to hold up your fuel door lever and place it underneath. Now take your keys and insert them into the crack on the fuel door, slowly prying it open carefully so as not to damage your keys. Once you have it open you can refuel it and shut it again by removing the object keeping your lever up. It will need repaired but you need to keep it closed to protect your fuel tank.

The next step

Now that you have returned back home after assessing the situation you will need to repeat the above steps to gain access to the door. Once you have it open you will see a plastic housing on the door hinge that fits above the spring in the door. Pry this piece of plastic out using a Phillips head screwdriver and put it in your pocket so your local auto parts store can assist you with a replacement. Once you have received the replacement spring and housing you will need to place it back into the hinge. If you think you may have difficulty most auto parts stores will help you install the spring and housing free of charge. Also if you have difficulty purchasing a replacement spring until a later date, you can use a simple rubber band. Cut the rubber band in half and tie one end of the rubber band to the outside hinge and the other to the inside hinge. This is only a temporary fix, but should last a while until you can get a spring replacement.

Prevention and maintenance

Springs, just like hinges, can develop rust over time and lose their tension as well as become damaged. In order to prevent your fuel door spring from being damaged again you should spray the hinge and the spring with WD-40. It is a very inexpensive product and can be used on all areas of your car as well as around the house. During the winter time you should periodically open it to insure that no ice accumulation has occurred as this could prevent future operation and also cause damage to the hinges themselves as well as the spring which would require a full door replacement.

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Car Repair: What to Do When Your Brake Warning Light Comes On

Posted on 12/19/2016 in General

The dash panel of cars are loaded with gauges and lights. It can be confusing to know the best move to make when a light unexpectedly comes on. For many people, the brake light can be one of the least understood. Warning lights for check engine, oil, battery, and door ajar have been around longer than the brake warning light. The brake light may be a relative newcomer to the array, but this does not mean it should ever be ignored. In fact, this check light can tell you if you need to pick up car spares to eventually fix your car.

When the brake light is lit, it usually signifies a quick fix and a longer fix are needed.

The main reasons that the brake light shines is to tell you that you are low on brake fluid, or you are driving with the emergency brake engaged. If it is the latter, just disengage your emergency or parking brake and the light should go out. If not, the sensor in your brake fluid reservoir has detected that the fluid is low enough that you could have a hydraulic failure in your braking system. The last thing you want to have happen is to get an air bubble trapped in your brake line. Air can cause your brake pedal to go to the floor and not stop your car.

You need to have brake fluid added to your reservoir under you car’s hood.

Since it is always a good idea to carry along spare brake fluid, stop as soon as it makes sense to do so and fill up the reservoir. This is a simple process. Locate the cap near the firewall of your vehicle that is marked as brakes or brake fluid. This cap is normally high up on the firewall on the far left or far right side of the car. So, it is easily accessible. Remove the cap and pour brake fluid in until it is full. Replace the cap, and you should be ready to go.

Find out why your brake fluid is low.

As brakes wear, your wheel cylinders and brake calipers expand to keep your brake shoes or brake pads in position to stop your car. This expansion creates more room inside the devices. This space fills with brake fluid and the level of fluid in your reservoir will drop. If it is just this normal process, you can add the fluid and be finished.

Use this as an opportunity to look closer.

Rather than just fill the reservoir and forget about it, try to determine whether anything else may be going on. Check your maintenance records to see how many miles you have logged on the vehicle since the last brake replacement. If you have traveled more than 30,000 miles, you may want to have your brakes inspected during your next oil change. Most garages will either do this for free or a nominal charge.

Look for new spots on your driveway.

Check your driveway for oily spots near where your tires rest when you park your car for the night. You could have calipers or wheel cylinders that are leaking. If this is the case, you should have them check and repaired or replaced soon. Watch for any oily spot that you cannot easily identify. You could have a brake line leaking if these spots are under your car and not very close where a tire rests when the car is parked. Have your car checked immediately if this type of spot is located. A leaky brake line is an accident looking for a place to happen.

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Car Caring Guide for Women: Tires

Posted on 12/15/2016 in General

If you want to avoid a flat tire on the freeway then you need to inspect your tire very often. A daily check is a good idea because you could have ran into a nail yesterday and your tire is low on air. This will cause your tire to go flat. I have had nails in my car several times and it caused me to have a flat tire. At the shop they told me that they found nails. You can avoid nails by driving on cleaner road and don’t drive into construction road.

You need to inflate your car’s tire with air almost every week to keep it in good shape. Although you should never over inflated it, because it can blow up or under inflate it because it can go flat. You can measure it with the air gauge. You should take a look at all four tire before you hop into your car to avoid trouble in the middle of nowhere. You’ll be surprise how often you need more air in your tire. You need to replace old tire with low treads. Tires with low treads are dangerous and can peel off and blow up in no time. You should have it replace immediately if it’s low on tread. Low tread tires don’t brake that well either causing you to lose brake power.

If you’re low in money, you can always replace it with an old tire at the shop which cost $25 dollars. Some of these tires are good too , it can be new but the brands are not that popular and therefore it’s cheaper. Some shop have use tires and some shop don’t. You should not go to a popular shop because they over charge on almost every thing. I’ve had at least 10 times of changing tires within the last years. I drove an hour to work but also my tires have been slashed by someone before too.

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