Servicing Tips - Parts
Emergency Items for Your vehicle
Roadside emergencies can range from a flat tyre downtown to being stranded on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere. You may want to consider a basic emergency kit to keep in the car at all times and a travel kit tailored to a specific trip.
Your close-to-home kit would have some basic items to work on your car: everything you need to change a tyre, gloves, a couple quarts of oil, some antifreeze and water. A can of tyre inflator is a great temporary fix for minor flats. You'll also want jumper cables or a jump start pack, flares, a flashlight and some basic hand tools.
Now for your comfort and safety: a first aid kit, drinkable water, high calorie food (like energy bars), blankets, toilet paper, cell phone, towel, hat and boots. Keep some change for a pay phone, emergency cash and a credit card.
People who live in areas with frequent severe weather may want to carry provisions for longer emergencies.
For trips away from home, consider the weather and geography as you assemble your emergency supplies. You'll need to have a source of light and heat and will want to provide protection against the elements as well as adequate food and water for everyone in the car.
Always tell people where you are going and have a plan for checking in at regular intervals along the way. That way, if you run into trouble, you can be reported missing as soon as possible and rescuers will be able to narrow the search area.
The key to safe travel is to keep your vehicle properly maintained, plan ahead, and let others know your itinerary.
PO Box 16686 Hornby
New Zealand 8441
Battery Replacement for Your vehicle
Modern cars and trucks run on 12 volt electrical systems. 12 volts is enough to get the job done without having so much power that there is danger of electrocution but today's vehicles have more electrical components than ever before. This really strains your electrical system, making it hard for the battery to keep up. Think about it: electric seats, seat heaters, power locks, windows and sun roofs and then we need the power outlets for our cell phones and satellite navigation systems.
We also have hands free cell phone kits and powerful stereos. Plus there are all the engine and transmission computers, traction control, stability control, anti-lock brakes, air bags, sensors and on and on. Even the security system is running off the battery while the car is turned off.
Fortunately, battery technology has given drivers resilient batteries that are able to meet these strenuous requirements. But the fact is, batteries just wear out over time. Eventually, every battery gets to the point where it cannot hold enough of a charge to start your vehicle. Sometimes batteries need to be replaced because they have just worn out, or, in other cases, they have developed a leak which makes it even more important to get it replaced.
Special safety precautions are taken when working with batteries. These precautions also apply to anyone who is poking around the battery. Batteries contain sulfuric acid that can damage your eyes and burn your skin, so safety glasses and rubber gloves are a must for any Technician working with their battery. Be careful to not spill acid on your clothes or the vehicle's paint. Of course, avoid short circuiting the battery as well.
Sometimes there is quite a price range in auto part stores for batteries that will work in a particular car. Think of it as "good", "better" and "best". More expensive batteries have a longer warranty and are guaranteed to last longer. As with most things, paying a little more up front saves in the long run.
PO Box 16686 Hornby
New Zealand 8441