Basic Car Maintenance Tips You Need to Know

Basic Car Maintenance Tips You Need to Know

This is a guest post by Anchal Thakrar.

Cars require steady maintenance to work efficiently.

Most people don’t know how often they should replace the oil or the tires. To help you out, here are some of the best maintenance tips for cars, which you need to know.

The greatest myth in managing cars is to know when to replace the oil. Until recently, mechanics advised oil changes each 2,900 miles. But, now owing to the latest engine innovations, reputed auto companies suggest oil changes from 7,500 to 9,800 miles.

New cars have oil life indicator that indicates the next oil replacement time.

Check your car’s owner’s manual and follow that interval to replace the oil. Spot the oil level by utilizing the dipstick every day. When it is lesser than normal, add sufficient oil, and if it is dirty, then you must replace it.

Either you hire a mechanic or replace the oil yourself, ensure to maintain a monitor system for the mileage. The driver must also use the owner’s handbook to record the changes or have a notebook. 

1. Periodic Brake Checks.

Keep a check on your car brakes when you put several miles on your car annually or drive in heavy traffic.

It’s a bonus to know if your brakes require a check-up. Watch out for specific signs if your brakes require a check-up, like:

  • High-pitching squeal while stopping or braking;
  • Steering wheel vibrates while stopping or slowing;
  • Grinding noises of metal over metal;
  • Slow time to stop or extra effort needed over the brake;
  • A pull towards one side while stopping or braking;
  • A foul stink pervades while applying the brake.

Conduct a brake test when you find such doubts. Never disregard any sign of difficulty while trying to stop the car.

2. Correct Tire Management.

Tires need to be in the right shape to save money and avoid accidents. It’s crucial always to check up the tires.

3. Tire Pressure.

Low air tires will lessen fuel competence and increase chances of wearing and blow out.

Check the tire pressure every month, using instructions in owner’s manual on PSI. Use the tire gauge for finding the PSI.

Make sure to increase the lifespan of your tires with a good inflator.

4. Tire Tread.

Tread helps cars stay over the road. Damaged tires will slip both over wet and icy paths. Check the thread every month. Replace the tires while you notice the wearing out of tread indicators to 2/32 per inch.

5. Tire Rotation.

Rotating the tires controls fuel efficacy alongside avoiding unwanted weathering. Refer to owner’s handbook for rotation interval.

6. Air filter.

You must check air filter also while changing oil regularly. It is essential when you use and drive your car in heavy traffic, especially in the dusty and windy areas.

You should also check this when you travel to many construction sites.

7. Belts and Hoses.

Rubber stuff will wear out alongside bad weather occurrences or higher mileage. Remove the hood consistently and check over the surface for holes and cracks.

If you’ll be carrying something heavy from one destination to another, make sure you get a good kayak rack, as it can haul large items of any size.

8. Change Wiper Blades.

Damaged wipers are dangerous and can block visibility. Replace them seasonally, and quite often.

By keeping a check using the tips listed above, you can avoid frequent rushing to the mechanic for your car. You can get minor repairs and inspections done yourself. Additionally, these tips and tricks will also enhance the efficiency of your car.

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The 3 Main Types of Permanent Hair Removal: Which One Is Best for You

Which Type of Permanent Hair Removal Is Best for Me?

Rates of people seeking permanent hair removal solutions in the past decade have shot up – and that goes for women and men.

There are three main types of permanent hair removal readily available at most good clinics, which are:

  • Laser
  • IPL
  • Electrolysis

The question is, what are the differences and which type of hair removal will suit you the most?

Some are more painful than others, while some have a higher success rate at keeping hair completely at bay than other kinds.

Whichever method you go for, you can be sure that they are all much more effective with less annoying side effects than shaving, plucking, using hair removal cream, or waxing.

Without further ado, read on for an explanation into the differences, pros and cons of each permanent hair removal method so you can make an informed choice about which solution you want to go for.

Laser

Laser hair removal is the most popular and well-known kind of permanent hair removal – but is it the best?

Generally, laser works great for pale-skinned clients with dark hair who want to reduce the unwanted hair on their upper lip, armpits and bikini line, but can also be used on other areas. It doesn’t work very well on dark-skinned or light-haired people.

Laser removal usually takes 4-6 sessions to achieve complete hair eradication but could require more or less. These sessions are recommended to be spaced at a month to six weeks apart, so full treatment can take up the best part of a year.

As with most types of ‘permanent’ hair removal, that is not really the case. It will significantly reduce unwanted hair but cannot be relied on to completely banish the hair for life. Ongoing sessions will be required to keep all hair at bay.

The good news is that laser shouldn’t hurt the patient too much – it feels like a series of elastic bands snapping at the skin. Most patients report significant hair reduction and are very happy with the results.

IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)

IPL works largely in the same way as laser hair removal but uses many more wavelengths to target and kill hair roots. Making each session effectively better at reducing hair growth.

A low dose of IPL continuously shoots deep into the hair follicle, which gets absorbed by the hair papilla pigment. This decomposes and shrinks each hair before it can erupt, significantly impeding hair growth.

This form of treatment is said by some to be more painful than laser – but independent practitioners have developed ways in which to dramatically reduce pain. Hairfreedom Centres in Australia have created a unique cooling system built into their IPL hair removal handsets which immediately creates a numbing sensation along with the light therapy to ensure patients feel little to no pain during the procedure.

How many sessions you need depends on your hair thickness and size of the target area. Armpits, for instance, take around 6 sessions, while bikini line usually takes up to 8. Expect noticeably reduced hair growth from the first session.

Electrolysis

Electrolysis is billed as a progressive treatment to permanently get rid of unwanted hair. It’s a rapid form of hair removal, with treatments delivering tiny pulses of current as little as one-thousandth of a second in length directly into the skin to target hair follicles before they can develop. It is effective on any area of the body.

Depending on the size of the area of treatment, electrolysis sessions usually take up to 45 minutes, but ‘touch up sessions’ can be as quick as 15-20 minutes in the clinic.

Electrolysis can be a better solution because it produces more permanent results than laser and works on all hair colors, not just dark hair. As with most forms of hair removal, it is not pain-free, but not unbearable. Your technician will work at a pace suited to you and your pain threshold.

Getting Treatment

Whichever type sounds best-suited to you, make sure you go to a licensed clinic with fully trained technicians in your chosen hair removal method.