Car Restoration Tips For Car with Body Rust

Aside from maintaining the functionality of your vehicle, it is important you also take care of the body as well. Whether you are restoring back an older automobile, or simply want to keep your vehicle longer, rust can prove to be an unsolicited and detrimental problem. Keeping rust away from a vehicle is particularly important for those of us residing in heavy ice and snow areas. Salt utilized in cleaning off the ice and snow can have damaging effects on the paint, resulting in the formation of rust.

If you spot traces of rust on your car, it is important you first establish whether it is a problem you can solve yourself or one that needs professional help. This decision is dependent on the extent of the damage and the type of results you anticipate to ultimately achieve with it. If the rust is minimal, you need not consult a professional. By following these simple rules, Automotive Super Center know that you can successfully restore your vehicle to its former state.

#1 Remove the Rust

The initial and most obvious step you should take is to get rid of the rust of course! Use standard 100-grit sandpaper on a sanding disc. Move slowly so as to avoid damaging the metal underneath. Nonetheless, sand a little deeper than the particular rust region to create a smooth rust free area.

#2 Sand the Rust Area

Once you completely remove the rust, upgrade to standard 150-grit sandpaper. Rather than employing the sanding disc, use your hand. Once you are done, use a simple tack cloth to ascertain that the metal is clean.

#3 Prepare then Primer

Use newspapers and masking tape to cover the area around the sanded part. You can use a self-etching primer. Apply multiple coats and ensure that you wait approximately 10 minutes between every light application of the primer. After you have applied the fourth primer coat, allow it to dry 24 hours before proceeding with the paint.

#4 Paint the Vehicle

Using the wrong paint can be catastrophic to your vehicle. As such, be sure to consult with an accredited auto body paint shop to help you match the paint accordingly. With the right paint, proceed to apply multiple coats (multiple light coats offer your car a better look than a single thick one). After your final coat (maybe the sixth), allow the paint to dry about 12 hours prior to removing the newspaper and masking tape cover.

#5 Washing

Washing the vehicle is the final tip. However, wait 48 hours before doing it. You can use a mild soap while at it, particularly after the initial wash. Apply a light wax coat all over the car and although this process may not necessarily come off as professional, it will nonetheless help against the spread of rust and is an easy and quick fix. Where the frame is damaged by rust, you need to consult a professional.

Advice for Keeping Safe on the Road during The Summer for Teens, Young Adults, and Anyone Who Likes Staying Alive

In the Northern hemisphere, the summer has arrived automobile owners, especially younger less experienced ones, are setting out on the road to head off into distant locales for vacations, to friends’ houses, or just the nearest body of water such as lake, ocean, or pool.

Unfortunately, summer is also the most dangerous time to drive since so many people are on the road. For those who have just started driving or those who have been driving since the days of Henry Ford, here are a few tips to keep safe on the road this summer.

An increasing number of accidents have occurred because drivers were distracted by the cellphone, especially texting. It is thus advised to not only ignore text messages while driving but to turn your phone off until you reach your destination. It is better to not be receiving texts and safe than in the loop the loop and get into a car accident.

Another good suggestion would be to follow the speed limit. A surprising 40% of car accidents involved speeding to some degree. Despite this many drivers, especially young ones still go over the speed limit. In light of this it would be advised to follow the speed limit as much as possible. It is better to be late to your destination unscathed than to get into a car accident.

Furthermore, it would also be a good time to take your car in for a checkup to make sure that it is running smoothly and safe to be on the road before doing a lot of driving during the summer. The technicians at our business are at your services to check your car and to ensure the safety of your car to be driven by you and any children of yours that may be driving.

If you are sending one of your offspring off to college and they are driving there, it would be a good idea to make sure that it is ready for the environment in which they will be driving. If it is in a snowy area, it would be a good idea to make sure the tires have good treads for snow and ice and that chains are readily available. All check all fluids, oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, steering fluid, and antifreeze. Our technicians will make sure that you are ready for a great expedition whether it is just to the next town or to the other side of a continent.

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Protecting Your Retro Ride!

Merely adding water and anti-freeze periodically is not sufficient to maintain the health of your car in the face of engine heat since the fluid will simply evaporate. Furthermore, it is not enough to simply drain the coolant regularly because only half of the old fluid will actually drain. In addition to these, maintaining a healthy car requires thoroughly cleaning a flushing the coolant system with water and a cleaning agent of some sort.

Steps to Protecting Your Automobile

Contemporary engines that are usually made of aluminum are often subject to corrosion. Anti-corrosive fluid can be used to fight this, but they usually lose their anti-corrosive properties in a few years. You can tell that it is time to replace anti-corrosive fluid if it starts to have a rust color instead of a red, green, or orange color.

Furthermore, minerals can be precipitated from breaking down coolant, metal corrosion, and failing of care parts. These mineral deposits in the engine cause it to heat up more than it otherwise would. When this occurs the engine should be flushed for the protection and longevity of the car.

Regular Flushing of Coolants

It is recommended by some car manufacturers to perform a flush every 30,000 miles or about every year for the average car. This will prevent new components from being contaminated by rust and will increase their longevity. The frequency of coolant flushing will also depend on climate, age, and the physical condition of your vehicle.

Coolant flushes can be done by a professional at

Who Should Deal with Charging System Failures?

Imagine you are being chased by zombies through the abandoned streets of L.A. in the aftermath of an outbreak (Yes, it could happen). You run to your car, jump in, put the key into the ignition, and no response. The battery is completely dead and does nothing to start the car. If you had just taken a few steps to check the battery and the charging system, you would not have been eaten by zombies or something more common that might happen if you can’t start your car.

In a car, the battery is kept charged by a device called the alternator. In addition to charging your car, it also runs your electrical system. The alternator uses a system of belts and gears to make use of the engine to power itself and the battery. The alternator is a reliable device it is also a device that obeys Murphy’s Law: whatever can go wrong will go wrong.

There are two types of charging failures defined by the auto-sages: overcharging and undercharging or disabled charging. Overcharging happens when the alternator and its regulator cause the charging system to short circuit because of too much energy being put into the battery. Disable charging can happen if the battery just fails or if the belt keeping the battery in place is loose or has grime.

One way to test the viability of the battery and the charge system is to use a device to check how much charge is in the battery and the input into the alternator. A visual check would also allow you to detect potential problems.

Luckily for the layman, at Belhaven Tire and Auto our highly trained technicians have all the tools and knowledge necessary to check the battery and the alternator. Just leave your car with us and we will take care of it and you can know for certain whether it is charging properly.

What are Wheel Bearings?

Wheel bearings are very important to the performance of a car considering that they are what allows the wheels to be able to turn as the car progresses along its route. If the wheel bearings become defective, they should be replaced as soon as possible because wheel bearings that are not effective at allowing the wheels to turn could cause the wheels to lock as the car is going at full speed down the freeway, usually not a good time for that to happen.

One sign that wheel bearings need to be replaced is if a loud, high pitched mournful sound like the baleful calls of the nymphs mourning Adonis (that is, squeaking) is heard from the wheels which only grows progressively louder as the car increases its speed. This can negatively affect the performance of the car and make it less save to drive since the steering will become erratic as the wheels motion ceases to be uniform. The breaks will also not work as well decreasing the safety of the vehicle.

Automotive technicians recommend that the wheel bearings be check about every 20,000 to 30,000 miles. At C & L Automotive our team of technicians would be more than happy to service your vehicle if you think it is about time for a checkup or think the car is showing symptoms of them needing to be replaced.

How To Drive Eco Friendly

While modern civilization still uses the car and the global economy continues to be sluggish, many drivers are trying to find ways to cut costs while maintaining good gas mileage. Here are some tips for accomplishing that goal.

Avoid Excessive Use of Brakes – Use your Brakes! That being said, using brakes excessively can increase the cost of driving because whenever the breaks are used to slow down temporarily, the gas pedal must be used to speed back up to the desired velocity. This means that more gas must be used since gas is used every time you step on the gas pedal.

One suggestion is to maintain a distance of approximately 100 meters from the car in front of you, this will require you to break less in order to adjust to the speed of the vehicle in front of you. It will also help you avoid re-ending them which is always nice.

Make sure your tires are fully inflated Semi-deflated tires will require more power from the engine to be turned in order to accelerate. This will result in more gas which will result in higher gas costs. For this reason it is important regularly check on your tire to reduce costs increase gas mileage.

Clean the Fuel Injector

It is important to clean the fuel injector at least every six months since, although the engine may still operate, it will do so at greatly reduced efficiency. Fuel injector cleaners just need to be used periodically to clean out any dirt or other contaminants and that should help increase your car’s efficiency and thus its mileage.

Get regular Oil Changes

Oil lubricates parts moving parts of the engine to reduce friction and thus engine heat. But over time, the oil becomes less effective as a lubricant since it breaks down chemically. This will cause the car to work less efficiently and produce more heat which will decrease the mileage possible for the car. Thus regularly changing the oil can help the car run better for a longer period of time thus saving money on future repairs and gas. would be more than happy to help you with any of these regular automotive needs.  Drop by or give us a call.

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Where your car’s power truly lies!

The true power and glory of an automobile is thought to be its engine. But if the torque of the engine is not able to grace the drive wheels then it will all have been in vain. The device responsible for getting the engine torque to the drive wheels is the drive train. A rather mysterious device to non-auto-wizards.

The drivetrain, along with the torque converter help to transfer power from the engine to the wheels as the car accelerates. Once the car is in the appropriate gear, the power transfer will begin allowing the driver to use the car as a vehicle to roam the surface of the earth looking for lost one wonders, or just the grocery store.

Problems with the drivetrain tend to lead to more expensive problems if they are not addressed. Sometimes the required repairs are more expensive than the car itself. The Car Doctor would be more than happy to help you with any repairs to the drive train. Just bring it in, and we will take care of you.

It is probably time to check the drive train if you witness any of the following phenomena

  • reddish fluid leaking from under your car
  • transmission fluid that is a thick ooze and has a burnt odor
  • Odd vibrations and noises during gear shifts
  • Noises from beneath the car floor that sound like grinding or a whine.