Prepare Your Car For Mother Nature

By , July 12, 2017 4:03 am

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The most recent Farmer’s Almanac calls for a winter season that is unusually cold with plenty of snow. For drivers, that could mean some difficult and dangerous driving conditions.

Prepare Your Car For Mother Nature

The most recent Farmer’s Almanac calls for a winter season that is unusually cold with plenty of snow. For drivers, that could mean some difficult and dangerous driving conditions.

First, be prepared for winter driving by taking your car to a certified automotive technician, like those at a Firestone Complete Auto Care. A vehicle checkup will help ensure that the engine, battery, exhaust system, heating and defrosting systems are all in good working order, and will make sure that the vehicle’s main fluids are at the right level.

If you are on the road when bad weather hits, there are things you can do to stay safe. First, slow down. Taking it slow gives you more time to stop and improves tire traction.

Try to avoid abrupt movements when braking, accelerating or turning. Never pump the brake pedal on a car with an anti-lock brake system (ABS), since the system itself “pumps” the brakes automatically. ABS is designed to allow you to continue to steer the vehicle while in a panic stop by not allowing the wheels to lock up. Apply firm and continuous pressure to the brake pedal to activate the ABS operation. Always use your headlights to help other drivers see you.

In addition, outfit your vehicle with the right tires during inclement weather. Winter tires, such as the Bridgestone Blizzak, are technologically advanced to handle harsh winter driving conditions.

Winter tires have tread patterns and compounds that reduce the risk of slipping. Deeper treads on winter tires allow the tires to dig into the snow and propel your vehicle through it. Remember, the only part of your vehicle that touches the road is the tire.

Don’t forget to check your tire pressure weekly during the colder months. As outside temperatures drop, the air pressure inside a tire decreases. Check your tires when the vehicle has been driven less than a mile or has not moved in more than three hours.

By following these simple steps you will be better prepared when Mother Nature strikes.

2007 Lincoln MKX Is The New Kid on the Block

By , July 10, 2017 6:56 pm

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This article tells the reader about the Lincoln MKX and what it offers to consumer car buyers.

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The 2007 Lincoln MKX is viewed as a luxury crossover, meaning that it combines the luxury found in high-end sedans with the functionality of an SUV. The MKX is a break out car for Lincoln, as Ford is reaching out to appeal to younger buyers. With the MKX being favorably compared to the Acura MDX, the Lexus RX, the Cadillac SRX, the Mercedes-Benz M-Class, and the BMW X3, the Lincoln Aviator’s replacement is carving out a very nice niche. The “new kid” has the power to back up its hype with a 3.5-liter Duratec 35 V6, 265 horsepower and a six-speed, transverse automatic transmission. The transmission, which is known as 6F, was co-developed by Ford and GM at an R&D cost over $1 billion.

The MKX is available with all the bells and whistles, including heated-and-cooled front seats and cooled backseats; a rear-seats DVD entertainment system; a sunroof with powered shading; a DVD-based navigational system; a Soundmark THX II-certified audio system with 14 speakers; a Sirius satellite radio; an auxiliary MP3 outlet; a reverse-sensing system; adaptive front headlamps; and 18-inch, eight-spoke machined aluminum wheels. The vehicle has side-impact, seat-mounted airbags and side-impact airbag curtains, and a tire-pressure monitoring system. Additionally, there is a special-latch system for children’s safety, front-seat airbags, and auto-adjusting seatbelts for safety.

The 2007 Lincoln MKX comes in nine snazzy colors, with seven of the colors having a metallic edge. The price range of the MKX is approximately $35,000 to $45,000 per Lincoln’s website. Of course, optional equipment and features are available.

It is safe. It performs well. It is flashy. The ’07 Lincoln MKX is not your daddy’s Lincoln. But it could be yours.

Non Nationals Driving in Ireland

By , July 7, 2017 10:38 am

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This is a guide to all aspiring Non National Drivers, taking to the road in Ireland.The Irish Legislation, governing all aspects of Driving, Learner Drivers and Driving Tests has undergone significant changes over the last three years and there is still more to come.

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It is extremely important for all non ?national Drivers or all those who are contemplating taking up Driving in Ireland for the first time to acquaint themselves with all the regulations before starting off! Ireland, as a member of the European Union, has strict standards which are evolving continuously and ignorance of the rules, regulations, and legislation is no excuse in breaking the Law! It is worth pointing out that because of many insurance breaches and the incessant rate of accidents on the roads ,that we are all paying an excessive rate for our Car insurance .When this situation continues to improve we will all benefit .

In the next few lines we will summarise under headings the steps that a new aspiring Driver must take in order to legally drive on the road.

(1) License Requirements
(2) Theory Test
(3) Provisional license
(4) Road Tax for vehicle
(5) Insurance
(6) National Car Test (NCT)
(7) Tyres
(8) The Driving Test
(9) Foreign License Transfer

We will firstly look at the Complete Beginner Driver, someone who has never driven before and then take the Driver who has driven in his or her own Country

– You must first sit and pass the Driver Theory Test.
– You may then acquire your Provisional Driving License.
– With your provisional license you are then legally allowed behind the wheel.
– You MUST then have an accompanying Driver who holds a full Irish Driving License.
– The car you are driving must be insured for you to drive .This can be insurance in your own name or as a Named Driver on a relatives or friends insurance policy.
– The Car you are driving must have a current Insurance Disc displayed.
– The Car must have a Current Tax Disc Displayed.
– The Car must have an NCT Certificate displayed where necessary.
– All equipment in the car must be functioning correctly, Lights, Brakes, Indicators.
– Finally Tyre tread depths must be a minimum of 1.6mm across two thirds of the width of the Tyre.
– The first Provisional license will last for two years and once you are using your second Provisional License you will not be able to renew this without having sat your Driving Test.
– The waiting list for Driving Tests is approximately 12 months so it is advisable to apply for the Driving Test when you commence lessons with a Professional Driving School.
– Please don’t waste your time and that of the Dept. of Transport by attempting to sit the Driving Test without having had a substantial course of Lessons.
– Part of the reason for the lengthy wait for a Driving Test is precisely because too many Applicants are not sufficiently well prepared for this Exam and are having to sit the Test on subsequent occasions
– When you have passed your Driving Test you should exchange your Provisional License for a Full Irish Driving License which will enable you to reduce your Insurance costs and of course drive throughout the European Union.
– If you do not exchange your Provisional license for a full License you will not legally be entitled to drive on a Motorway.
– Your License (Provisional or Full) must be carried with you at all times.

Drivers who have an existing License from their Own Country:-
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– Nationals of Countries belonging to the European Union may exchange their full Licenses for a Full Irish License if they are intending to reside permanently in Ireland.
– Provisional Licenses held by European Union citizens, including the United Kingdom, are not transferable and therefore an aspiring Driver must undergo the full action described above of Theory test; Provisional License; Driving test in order to achieve a Full Irish Driving License.
– Non ?E.U.Nationals driving on a full license from their own country will mostly need to undergo the full system of Theory Test; Provisional License: Driving Test; in order to qualify for a full Irish Driving License.
– There are a few exceptions to this rule and the list of acceptable Licenses for Transfer to an Irish License can be found on the Dept. of Transport web site.http://www.driving.ie

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– Driving without insurance, which is a serious offence and can lead to heavy fines and Penalty point on your license, increases the insurance costs for all motorists!

– All Drivers pay a percentage of their Insurance premium into a fund to cover the costs of accidents incurred by uninsured drivers!

– Getting insurance cover even for a vehicle which has only a nominal value is extremely expensive, particularly for the Provisional License holder .Therefore it is imperative, for the beginner driver to accept this fact and spend the necessary amount on Driving Lessons and pass the Driving Test as soon as possible.

– With a full license, insurance will still be expensive, but with an accident –free record this will reduce year by year.

– One final reminder about Insurance Discs; if they fade in bright sunlight, they must be replaced as otherwise a Driving Test could be forfeited if the Examiner cannot read the Disc!

Legislative changes are a fact of life for us in the Motoring Community and indeed as we continue to be brought in line with our larger and better regulated E.U.neighbours, it is essential to be aware of these changes which have been continuing for several years now and will continue into the foreseeable future.

?Copyright Astral Driving School. Ireland. 2005.

The Auto Blog: Auto Parts Train’s venture into the Growing Blogosphere

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Ever since the first blogs went online back in 1995, blogs have become one of the most popular means of communication and source of information. Auto Parts Train, the leading online retailer of high quality replacement and collision parts recognizes the growing importance of blogs.

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Ever since the first blogs went online back in 1995, blogs have become one of the most popular means of communication and source of information. Auto Parts Train, the leading online retailer of high quality replacement and collision parts recognizes the growing importance of blogs. Thus, in response, the company has launched its venture into the growing community that is called the Blogosphere. Succinctly named as The Auto Blog, the Auto Parts Train Blog offers news, reviews, advice and discussions on anything about the automobile and the automotive industry.

Blog entries are conveniently classified into nine categories including Automotive News, Auto Parts Train News, Car Reviews, Aftermarket Parts and Accessories, Automotive Events, Auto Parts, Automotive Trends and Innovations and Automotive Technology. The Auto Blog has been online for three months now and it has already gained a modest following especially among Auto Parts Train’s loyal customers. Even though the Auto Blog is primarily targeted towards Parts Train’s visitors, its wide range of topics will certainly appeal to anyone with the slightest interest on automotive topics.

As of now, Auto Part Train’s Auto Blog is still a fledgling blog compared to other more established blogs focused on automotive topics. However, the Auto Blog holds a lot of promise and is expected to grow even more extensive in due time. Already, the blog has scored a number of good reviews from blog review sites.

Fuel Up Your Car

By , July 4, 2017 1:16 am

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Your car’s fuel is very much capable of releasing energy. That is very much why it is used to make your car run and gives you the chance to drive to any destination you choose to go to.

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What component of your car makes it run so much so that when it empties out you can find yourself stranded somewhere?

Well, fuel of course.

Your car’s fuel is very much capable of releasing energy. That is very much why it is used to make your car run and gives you the chance to drive to any destination you choose to go to. The release of its energy actually comes out when its main chemical structure is changed or converted. Most of the changing and conversion of your car’s fuel happens under your car’s hood.

With a very high number of fuel types and kinds available in the market right now, which one do you choose? Remember that your choices range from a wide line up of fuel grades, octane levels, as well as additives. These are readily available for customers at gas stations near you. Now, your dilemma right now is which fuel you would choose to fill up your car’s gas tank.

According to automobile experts, the very first thing to do if you are undecided or if you do not have any idea as per the type or kind of fuel to purchase for your vehicle is to actually go bring out your car owner’s manual. Your car owner’s manual holds vital and essential information about your car and everything included in it. And it certainly includes the type of fuel that would make your car run best and which is recommended. Most modern cars run on the regular unleaded fuel with an 87 octane rating.

If you want to add in premium fuel, you can always do so. However, it would be best if you stuck with the recommended fuel. The only time that you should try premium fuel is when your engine is pinging or is making knocking sounds.

Knowing the Ford Crown Victoria as the Classic Sedan

By , July 2, 2017 6:10 pm

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Despite the very fact that the Ford Crown Victoria has been in the rounds for many years already, decades in fact, this vehicle has not quite got the attention of the general public. However, the sales for this vehicle are quite high among fleets as well as rental car companies.

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The Ford Crown Victoria is also popularly known as the Crown Vic. This vehicle is a vehicle manufactured by the Ford Motor Company and it has been in production since 1955 up until the present. It is a full size vehicle. It has been made in one body style only and that is a sedan. The Ford Crown Victoria holds four doors and it has been built on the Ford Motor Company’s FR Panther platform, thus making this sedan a relative of the Mercury Grand Marquis, the Mercury Marauder, as well as the Lincoln Town Car. The competitions for this vehicle include the Buick Lucerne, and the Toyota Avalon.

Despite the very fact that the Ford Crown Victoria has been in the rounds for many years already, decades in fact, this vehicle has not quite got the attention of the general public. However, the sales for this vehicle are quite high among fleets as well as rental car companies. This vehicle also has a twin which is the Mercury Grand Marquis. The Ford Crown Victoria shares some of its components with the Lincoln Town Car, however as per the exterior parts, everything on the Ford Crown Victoria is original.

At present, this classic sedan has been made available with many choices available for interested parties and for Ford Crown Victoria owners. As per the seats, only one material is used though and this is leather. However, there is a variety of available colors which comprise of Charcoal Black Leather, Light Camel Leather, and Medium Light Stone Leather. On the other hand, the exterior has a much wider array of color choices. These choices comprise of Dark Toreador Red, Silver Birch, Black, Tungsten Clearcoat Metallic, Arizona Beige, Light Tundra, Dark Blue Pearl, Vibrant White, Smokestone, and Light Ice Blue Clearcoat Metallic. By giving interested parties the chance to choose what color they would like the Ford Crown Victoria gives these people the chance to customize the sedan.

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This online store has a huge collection of quality and durable Ford Crown Victoria parts as well as Ford vehicles parts and accessories. The list of these include accessories, air intake, body parts, brakes, climate control, clutch parts, cooling system parts, diesel fuel injection parts, drive belts, driveshaft and axle, electrical parts, mechanical parts, service tools, steering, suspension parts, and transmission parts among many others. Ford Parts and Ford Auto Parts have proven reliability for genuine and quality Ford auto parts that has kept customer loyalty for years.

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