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How To Tell When Tires Need Balancing

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Vehicles at one time were deemed a luxury, but in 2016 they are a necessity. People need to travel to and from work, a grocery store, school, family gathering, pharmacy etc. Let us not forget that people live away from towns and shopping centers too. Businesses are few and far between unless you live in a tiny town or a big city. But, even those people still need to get to a grocery store, and have a way to carry their groceries home or receive medical care from a physician. Therefore, taking care of a vehicle is of utter importance, or one is faced with no transportation.

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Vehicles may have bumpiness coming from under it, or it will pull to the side, or one may hear squeaky noises, not to mention among other problems. Of course only a mechanically engineered mind will know what the possible cause is of the bumpiness, pulling or noise.

However, many of us do not have the time to take our vehicles to a mechanic for every slightest issue, much less the high cost of having a mechanic look at or fix the problem. Older cars have more frequent problems compared to the newer cars. Imagine the high cost if one took their vehicle to a mechanic shop every time they heard or felt something wrong with the vehicle. But, as previously mentioned, vehicles are a necessity. Therefore, prevention of ANY problem is the key to keeping the vehicle running smoothly.

Prevention of wear & tear on a tire can alleviate the bumpiness, vibration, and pull to the side. Tires that are unbalanced or have uneven treads can cause these issues. Yes, that’s right tires may need balancing. Now comes the question, how is one to tell when tires need balancing?

As mentioned, tires that are off balance will cause an unexpected high cost and slowly cause more problems. To provide a clear understanding of the term “off balance”, one example is having 1 tire with a low amount of air and 1 tire with too much air. Driving on those tires will have an unequal effect while driving, which causes the bumps, pulls and vibrations.

Balancing tires refers to adding weight where needed in each tire itself creating an equal balance on the pair. Tires have a plane which decides the movement of a tire, whether in a vertical or dynamic position. The dynamic plane is determined by a vertical and lateral movement. If a vehicle has the dynamic plan symptoms then a mechanic will use a machine to put the tires in an equal balance.

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The tech will put each tire on a balancing machine that will spin, measuring the in-balance between the tire and the wheel. Once the machine gathers the measurement the mechanic will know how much weight to put on each tire and where to put the weight, to even it out, making it balanced.

Balancing the tires is a prevention method, because when tires are off balance, it will cause a higher cost, effecting the wheel alignment, causing the suspension to break. Therefore, balancing tires will save money and future problematic issues.

How To Buff A Car – Remove Thin Paint layer

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If you are buffing your car, you are removing a thin layer of the paint from the finish of your vehicle. This will uncover a new layer of the paint. Not only does this restore the car’s appearance but it can also help protect the vehicle. If some of the scratches go without being treated, they can begin to rust and cause permanent damage to your car. It is recommended that you buff your car approximately every 2 to 3 months to help the finish on the car to remain maintained.

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Wash your car Before you Buff

The first step to buffing your car is finding the appropriate parking spot. You should look for an area that is the shady area. You will need to wash the vehicle thoroughly before buffing, and this will help reduce the chances of getting any soap or scum stains. When washing the car, you should put the soap and water in a bucket and use circular motions when washing the car. You want to make sure that you look for areas that may allow dirt to get trapped and give those areas a little-added attention. You should work from the top of the car and finish at the bottom. Once the car has been cleaned, you should hose the vehicle down to rinse it off.

Next, you can determine if you want to use a buffer or buff by hand. If you want to use a buffer, you will need to make sure that you have some training. A buffer can remove the paint from your vehicle and cause permanent damage to your finish leaving different swirls and scratches in your paint. An orbital buffer is recommended if you do not have any training since it is easy to use. They may not remove any of the damage that you have, but the car will have a better shine at the end. They’re also a lot cheaper which can be a big bonus. Manual buffing can be the safest and the most cost effective but it is manual and will take more time. Additionally, the finished product won’t last as long as the other options so you may find that you are buffing more regularly.

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Purchase the polish or the product that you need to get the desired result. There are different types of compounds or products that can be used based on the end goal. For example, if you are looking to remove some of the scratches you will need to make sure that you get the compound. If your car is in great shape and you just want to make it shine then, you will need to purchase a polish.

For the actual buffing process, you will need to make sure the car is completely dry. You can do this with a clean, soft towel. Next, you should add a generous amount of the product that you are using on the vehicle. You should start with the hood when adding the product. This will allow you to easily see the results of the buffing and the product that you are using. Regardless of if you are doing this manual or through a buffer, you should make sure that you are moving in small circular motions. If you are doing the manual process, make sure you are applying a right amount of pressure to the towel. Once you’ve added the product, then you will want to wipe it off with a wet wrap to remove the excess product. Review the section that you did first to ensure you get the desired results. If everything looks OK, do the entire surface of the car until you get the results that you wanted.

How to maintain your car and keep it clean

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Here are few Tips and Tricks to Keep Your Car Feeling Like New:

Summer dust and sand, winter mud and salt, fall leaves and spring dust and pollen… It seems like your car will never catch a break from all the things that make your car dirty and you angrier and angrier. If you’ve ever wondered how to keep your car clean without going to the car wash on a weekly basis, here are some tips and tricks that will help you maintain the quality of your car and to keep it clean.

  1. Vacuum Regularly

The number one villain keeping your car dirty is the dust that settles on the inside and accumulates on the mats, floors, interior panes, seats and even windows. Remember to get into the air vents as well! This will prevent future dust accumulation. Vacuuming your car regularly, at least once every few months, will prevent that annoying layer of dust from settling on the inside of your car.

  1. Don’t Keep that Trash!

When you allow yourself or your family leave that chocolate wrapper in the pocket, or drop that napkin on the floor, you are dooming your car to dirt. Get rid of the trash which accumulates in your car regularly, and if possible, as soon as it comes into the car.

  1. Wash the Seats and Upholstery

Whether or not you want to hire a professional to detail your car for you or not, it’s recommended to wash your seats and upholstery at least once a year to prevent smells and the growth of bacteria. If you have leather upholstery, remember to purchase a cleaner specifically designed for leather to wash it.

  1. Wash Your Own Windows

While it’s tempting to use those squeegees at gas stations, it’s usually a much better idea to clean your own windows, using a soft, lint free cloth, and cleaning fluid specifically designed for window washing. This will prevent streaks, bacteria build up and layers of grease on both the inside and outside of your windows.

  1. Detailing is Not Just for The Rich and Famous

With detailing services becoming more and more affordable, perhaps looking into hiring a company that will thoroughly clean every nook of cranny of your vehicle is a good idea. A professional company will ensure that every inch of your car is spotless, and will reduce the amount of cleaning you will have to do in the future for a long while.

  1. Steam Clean for the Better Wash

While a regular car wash service is overall more affordable, steam cleaning is the more environmentally responsible and better lasting option. Steam cleaning your car will ensure that the layer of dust, salt and dirt that is on the outside of your car is completely removed, and will leave your car spotless and shining like brand new. Steam cleaning the inside and outside of your car every once in a while is a great way to effectively keep your vehicle sparkling top to bottom.

Eco-Touch is a company that offers a mobile steam wash and detailing service for those in need of a more personal, environmentally friendly touch. Our team will leave your car sparkling and looking like brand new. Give us a call now to book your appointment!

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