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SUV Is An Ideal Family Vehicle

If you’re currently in the market for a new family-friendly vehicle, you owe it to yourself to see some of the many reasons why more and more parents are opting for an SUV over a standard minivan. Choosing a full-sized sport utility vehicle instead of a minivan can potentially offer owners the following benefits:

Easier car seat loading/access: Some sport utility vehicles prove an easier option for securing and accessing child car seats, making them an ideal choice over vans.

Better driving visibility: On some minivans, driver visibility can be minimised, particularly for smaller drivers. Some top-quality sport utility vehicles allow smaller drivers to better customise their driver’s seat configuration for better overall visibility.

Car chassis design: Beyond visibility, some SUV options actually offer a car chassis design. The result? These vehicles are quieter and easier to handle than a potentially boxy and cumbersome van choice.

Sleeker body frame: It’s no secret that the essential body frame of a minivan hasn’t changed much over the years (or decades). However, the look of a sport

Eco Friendly Automotive

Properly Dispose Old Auto Parts

Car batteries that can be recycled must be recycled properly, and those that are not must be safely disposed of. Proper disposal for other car parts is important too, including old tires, motor oil, car fluids, and more. Metal auto parts can be recycled for cash at your local scrap metal yard or junkyard. All of these practices will instantly help the environment.

Don’t Skip Scheduled Car Maintenance

Factory scheduled car maintenance is vital to the overall performance, safety, and longevity of every vehicle. And it also helps with the budget since it prevents costly breakdowns and repairs. Scheduled car maintenance includes routine fluid changes, filter replacements, brake service, tire service, battery service, alignments, and more. Proper auto care reduces toxic emissions and fuel consumption, and supports a safer, more efficient operation. All this is eco-friendly and better for the environment. Check your owners’ manual for your vehicle’s suggested service schedule, and talk to your mechanic about your car’s individual needs.

Drive Less

Vehicles are imperative assets

Qualities for SUV Tire

Load rate and size

This information is usually found on the manufacturer’s manual. SUV’s are of different models and makes with each having its specifications. It’s always important to buy a tire with the right specifications of load for your SUV.

It’s usually safe to buy tires that have the correct load rating recommended by the manufacturer. If you decide to go for bigger tires for a better look, buy one with the same load rating as the one recommended by the manufacturer. It’s also important to buy rims that fit your tire too.

Tread

As the vehicle becomes heavier, traction effects heightens. It is hence important to consider the SUV’s tread width. They usually differ in size from six inches and above. The tread design determines load carrying, tire rating speed and how the vehicle skids. It’s therefore important to buy tires that are like yours.

Choice of tires

It’s not given that tires that come with the SUV are perfect for it. The manufacturer ensures that load and speed ratings are correct but

Cleaning Your Wheels

To properly clean your wheels and keep them in perfect shape, here are some key pointers you need to keep in mind;

· First ensure that the vehicle is parked under a shade so that the sun does not dry the soap faster than you can rinse it off, and remember to turn off the engine to cool the metal and the brakes around the rims. Don’t let abrasive tire cleaners come into contact with your wheels, and try not to spray cold water on hot wheels. Using a mild soap and water, lather your wheels sufficiently.

· Rinse off the wheels. Depending on the coating on your wheels and the amount of dirt, you may use a pressure washer. Then, using cleansers that contain no additives like bleach add a few drops of the cleanser in a large bucket of water and properly mix it.

· After rinsing your wheels, choose a suitable polish and evenly polish them up. For clear coated wheels, use a polishing cleaner that is provided by the manufacturer. The main reason for polishing is to enhance the shine of the glossy rims after washing- and you can do this

Install a Cold Air Intake

1. Make sure your car is in park and the engine turned off before you start the installation. The emergency brake should also be engaged and the battery’s negative cable disconnected at the hood.

2. Use the flat-head screwdriver to remove clamps that are found around the hose intake on the engine’s throttle body. The screw driver will help make loose the screws that hold the clamp secure.

3. Use the Torx wrench to remove from the cold air tube, the mass air flow unit. The Philips screwdriver or the flat-head can also be used for this job. The sensor can be damaged when removing the mass air flow unit so caution should be taken.

4. Take the air box apart by unclasping the latches on it. The air box should then be removed completely from the engine bay. After this the stock air filter should be located and removed.

5. At the end of the intake tube connecting to the throttle body, insert a coupling. The other end should then be placed over the body of the throttle. The intake should be moved very close to the throttle body.

6. At the

Water Storage Options

It’s a good idea to keep the water as low as possible. This reduces your centre of gravity, and decreases the chance of your vehicle falling over. This is something to bear in mind when considering adding any 4×4 Accessories – a high centre of gravity is never something that you want! It’s worth keeping your water in several different containers if possible. A popular option is to have one large tank on the underneath of your vehicle, but what happens if a stick or rock puts a hole in it? By having a backup when it comes to water storage you won’t run into any trouble.

It also pays to think about how you are going to measure the water left. Whats the point of a massive 100 litre tank if you can’t tell how much is left? A gauge is well worth getting, as well as a reliable pump. What happens if your electric one fails? Do you have a way of easily getting the water out? Some of the cheapest systems for water storage include several 20 litre water jerry cans plumbed together. You can do this for under a few hundred dollars, and

Ford Explorer Sport

Drivetrain and Suspension

The Explorer Sport is outfitted with a Terrain Management System, bringing four-wheel drive capabilities to this model. Drivers can choose from four settings: snow, sand, mud and hill descent.

Drivers benefit from electric power steering and a sport-tuned suspension. Front MacPherson strut suspension and a stabilizer bar is complemented by an independent multilink rear suspension with a stabilizer bar. Front and rear vented disc brakes and four-channel ABS are standard. Every model is outfitted with 20-inch all-season BSW tires.

The Explorer Sport weighs 4,921 pounds and a has 5,000-lb. towing capacity when properly equipped.

Model Dimensions

The Explorer sits on a 112.6-inch wheelbase and is 197.1 inches long. It measures 90.2 inches wide and 71.0 inches tall. Front and rear track both measure an identical 67.0 inches.

Seating capacity is for six or seven passengers. Total passenger volume measures 151.7 cubic feet. Cargo volume is 21 cubic feet behind the third row seat, 43.8 cubic feet with the rear seat folded down and 80.7 cubic feet behind the first row.

Interior Highlights

The Sport’s interior features ample passenger room and is generously appointed. Contrasting stitching can be

Fuel Efficient Car

Selecting a fuel-efficient car

  • Here’s an example from fueleconomy.gov: A vehicle that gets 30 MPG will cost you $610 less to fuel each year than one that gets 20 MPG (assuming 15,000 miles of driving annually and a fuel cost of $2.44). Over a period of five years, the 30-MPG vehicle will save you $3,050. Now that’s a good chunk of change!
  • There are also fuel cost and savings calculators that can be used to help you make an informed decision when buying your new fuel-efficient vehicle.

A good place to start is online at fueleconomy.gov where you can review the mileage and emissions ratings of all the vehicles currently for sale.

Another good site is edmunds.com, which also carries the EPA mileage figures on the “Specs” page of each auto.

If you’re tired of emptying your wallet every time you fill up below is a list of cars that are rated the most fuel-efficient by Consumer Reports. These gas sippers listed below are also easy on the wallet.

  • Ford Fiesta SFE
  • Mitsubishi I-MIEV
  • Ford Focus Electric
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Chevrolet Volt
  • Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • Toyota Prius
  • Honda Civic HF
  • Hyundai Accent
  • Hyundai Veloster
  • Mazda 3

Driving a fuel-efficient vehicle not only will save

Customizing Doors and Windows of Jeep

i. Two piece soft doors
There is only one sure way of keeping extreme weather conditions away from the interior of your jeep and this is by the use of two piece soft doors. The perfect fit that these doors make with the rest of the jeep will effectively protect the interior of your car without the need for much expenditure on the same.

ii. Door skins and windows
Door skins and windows usually age with time, not to mention getting lost in the course of time. Contacting a reliable firm such as Bestop is a proven way of having the skins replaced with more reliable ones. If you are a proud owner of such jeep types as Suzuki Sidekick, Geo Tracker, Wrangler and Jeep CJ-7 then you can rest assured that you will get these accessories without breaking a sweat since they are easily available.

iii. Half doors
These doors are designed specifically for the purpose of ensuring that you enjoy the outdoors while driving without necessarily being exposed to the puddles, grit and gravel that you are actually driving on. The doors are easily installed and are also adjustable for the sake of achieving

Crossover SUV

Pro: Smaller Size For A More Efficient, Agile Ride

Crossovers are lighter and more agile than full sized SUVs, which means a more responsive driving experience as well as better efficiency and kms. Since it doesn’t have to be built for heavy duty towing or hauling capacity, they are able to cut down on weight and size. This fact also helps the crossover to be more stable, since it is lower to the ground and is thus much less likely to roll over during a wreck. Plus, the smaller size and lower stature of the vehicle makes it easier to fit in both your garage or a tight parking space in town.

Today’s drivers and economy require good kms and an efficient ride, and that is a major reason why the crossover has become so popular. In fact, many of them offer a sporty ride that you would expect from a sedan or a coupe.

Con: Less Power, Capability Than A Truck Or Full Sized SUV

On the other hand, motorists who need to haul or tow very heavy loads will find that a full sized SUV or truck works better for them. As

SUV Safety Changed

Rethinking The Design Of The SUV

The short answer is that automakers had to change the way they thought about building sport utility vehicles. What had been conceptualized as a work truck, intended for on-the-job use, had turned into a popular option for the everyday driver and their families. Designers had to literally go back to the drawing board when it came to the fundamentals of SUV construction.

From Small Truck To Big Car

One of the biggest changes manufacturers made is hard to notice at first glance. Originally built on traditional truck frames, most SUVs now ride on a form of adapted car chassis, lowering the centre of gravity, improving handling and stability and even reducing the weight. This one, albeit fairly substantial, change has proven to nearly eliminate rollovers, the most dangerous problem once faced by SUV drivers.

SUVs: Smarter Than Ever

The other major contributor to the modern SUV’s enhanced stability is the advent of advanced, computer-based electrical systems intended to detect and react to potential rollover situations. Many manufacturers have implemented specific anti-rollover technology that can sense when the vehicle is listing too much to one side and adjust

Buying Roof Racks

The things you can carry on your roof racks are only limited by the weight of the goods vs. the roof load limit and your imagination. You can carry all sorts of things like luggage boxes and bags, camping and fishing gear, kayaks, canoes, as well as skis and snowboards or even ladders.

There are so many options these days when it comes to selecting the appropriate bars for your car. If your car is fitted with side rails, you will need roof racks that are designed to be fitted to factory rails. For rails that are slightly raised and have a gap between them and the roof of the car, you will have to choose between the type of “Rail Bars” that sit between the rails, clamping on along the inside of the rail, and don’t raise the profile of the car by more than a few millimetres, and the type that sit on top of the rails and clamp on from above.

If you don’t have rails and your car is fairly new, it my have what are known as factory fixed points. These are an integral part of the car’s design that allow

Compact Tractors

There a number of compact tractor brands available in the market today and some of the most popular are the following:

Bobcat- can be used for a variety of utility tasks – for your home acreage, farm or ranch, commercial property, or landscaping business. As they many people say, it is strong enough for your toughest jobs, but small enough to work in limited or tight areas.

John Deere- with horsepower ranging from 22 to 105 HP; it is one of the most acknowledged brands in the world and supported by parts availability. This brand provides a lot of options and configurations designed to meet your specific applications.

Kubota- with horsepower that ranges from 18 to 32 HP, this type can take on everything from light construction to nursery work to small chores around the house. This brand has a variety of models to choose from and a host of performance-enhancing upgrades – to increase efficiency, power, and comfort.

New Holland- provides a responsive, hard-working, comfortable tractor model that makes your job easier. This is engineered to provide a powerful tool for homeowners, rural lifestylers, landscapers, farmers. This can also be used for golf

Balance Your Tires

However, that does not mean that it cannot be done. You may require the services of an expert since improper alignment may cause some considerable damages, but if you understand cars and have the basic equipment, you can do tire balance in just a few minutes. Below are some of the steps you need to keep in mind during the process.

  • Get rid of any previous wheels weights that are present on the wheel, since they pose a great challenge when it comes to wheel balancing. Then place the wheel and the tire on the balancer by way of inserting the shaft through the wheel hub and leaving it in place, bearing in mind that the wheel has to be centered on the balancer.
  • The next step is to gently spin the wheel in the balancer. During this procedure you will notice that the heaviest part of the wheel is being drawn to the bottom and the lighter part on the top. Give it time to settle in position, and then place a mark on the lightest part of the tire. You could repeat the process just to ensure that you placed the right mark in the right

Prestige Car Hire

All of the Controls Will Probably Be Different

Many supercars have a “flappy paddle” gearbox – which, if you’re not familiar with it, is completely different to a regular stick shift gearbox. Flappy paddle boxes have the paddles on either side of the steering wheel, and to change gears, you have to “flap” the paddle. It’ll take a little getting used to, so keep it in mind. Another difference is the handbrake, so-called because it’s conveniently located to the left-hand side and you can access it with your hand. In many prestige cars, the handbrake is either on the floor (a completely separate pedal to the footbrake) or it’s a button on the dash. Again, it’ll take some getting used to, so familiarise yourself before you set off.

Petrol and Diesel Will Run Out Fast

Most rentals allow a mileage of 100 miles per day, with additional miles available for a surcharge. That might seem like loads. But, depending on the make and model of the car that you choose, you’ll need to fill up before you reach the 100 mile mark. Plus, you’ll usually have to return the car with a full tank of

Off-Road Modifications

Vehicle owners should modify their vehicles to withstand rocky, muddy, sandy roads, ravines and streams. Jeeps, Pickup Trucks and SUV’s are the most common type of vehicles that are used for off-roading.

Some people find the sport intimidating because they have an impression that it is expensive. Luckily, there are cheaper options such as aftermarket upgrades that are available in the market.

Here are some of the top modifications that can improve a vehicle’s off-roading capability:

Off-road tires are more expensive than your regular tires. The price of mud tires usually start at $100. This is the most basic upgrade that a budding off-roader can start with. These type of tires have deeper treads and offer excellent traction to withstand different off-roading conditions.

Cold air intakes and air filters are another must have when you go off-roading. It enhances a vehicle’s performance by improving its airflow. Some of the most popular brands are AFE, Volant and K&N.

Another popular upgrade is shock absorbers. High quality shocks are essential to help control the suspensions and to improve the ride quality and handling of a vehicle, on and off-road. Rancho and Bilstein are two of

Buying a SUV

The first of course is your budget. You need to know that you have the right amount of money for an SUV, always keep to your budget, never overspend, as you don’t want buying a SUV to send you into financial turmoil do you? There are plenty of SUV’s in all price brackets out there, and if you really want one, but cannot purchase ‘new’ then you can always opt to go for a used SUV.

You will also want to look into the fuel consumption, if the SUV is a gas guzzler then you may want to steer clear of it, otherwise it is going to take a large slice of your money on gas every month, and that isn’t going to be ideal. If you want to find out more about the fuel consumption when you are looking into buying a SUV then you can either look at the manufacturers specifications, although the review websites out there will most likely offer more ‘accurate’ information.

Next thing you will want to bear in mind is size. Your budget will play a huge roll in this. You have a bit of a compromise to make here,

New Sporty SUV Crossover

As per the design makers of BMW, the idea of X2 has been conceptualized on the lines of offering a combination of enjoyment with practicality. The car amalgamates a perfect blend of fast moving body language along with low-slung proportions of a coupe that makes it a robust construction of its counterpart X1 series.

Talking about the front side of 2018 BMW X2, it features a large kidney grille that’s fringed by slender headlights featuring signature LEDs. The big front bumper and silver lower trim, On the other hand, give the car its much talked about rugged SUV appearance. Further, at the back, the SUV coupe speaks of a low roof line with narrow windows which do justice to the concept of X2 design cue. Though it’s more like a hatchback than a sports car, it’s said to offer the best of both the worlds.

Moving ahead the wide wheelchairs add 2018 BMW X2 some muscle look. While at the same time, the broad 21-inch wheels give the car its complete resilient profile. At the back, the tailgate, however, isn’t exactly what we’ve seen BMW incorporate in its previous hatchbacks like X4 or X6. BMW X2

Accessories for Heavy Utility Vehicles

There are many accessories that would make your vehicle look good and run better. A few of them are listed below:

• Tow-bars – this is the most economical option when it comes to trading and moving goods from one place to another. The heavy utility tow-bars possess serious pulling power along with electronic brake system control, used for towing heavy vehicles. They are strong in appearance and are finished with an attractive powder coating.

• Ribbed Mats – these mats are used to protect the garage floor from harsh automotive chemicals, liquids and debris. They are highly durable and can stop your load from sliding on the floor of your tray. These mats can be used for both indoor and outdoor purpose. The ribbed mats are available in different sizes and colours as per the design of the vehicle.

• Drawers – they are also known as roller drawers or trundle drawers and are just the perfect solution to all your storage needs. These drawers offer safe and secure storage for all your tools and other important stuff. They are water-resistant and are constructed of galvanized steel plating and finished off with a brushed

Having a 4WD Awning

The longer side is usually the one running length ways along your vehicle, so make sure you measure to see which is going to sit the best. These things are great, and incredibly cheap. In fact, you can get a good quality one for under $300, and fit it in around an hour.

4WD Awnings are designed to be set up by one person, and very quickly. The procedure normally involves unzipping the case, un-clipping the supports, rolling the awning out and standing the legs up. The legs are incorporated inside the aluminium frame that the awning rolls out of. Stand them up, attach the supports and if it is windy, put a few pegs in the ground with guy ropes going to the awning. I usually suggest that pegging it down is a good idea, as a gust of wind will pick the whole thing up, and dump it on your vehicle. This often results in panel damage!

4WD Awnings are completely weather proof; I have had a puddle of water build up on our awning when it was raining severely, and not a drop came through. Whether its a quick bite of lunch that