Ownership There Is No Better Time To Be Doing Car Maintenance Than Right Now
How To Maintain a Battery-Electric Vehicle
How To Maintain a Battery-Electric VehicleDue to its powertrain's simplicity, an EV requires very little maintenance relative to a vehicle with a fuel-drinking engine. Very little isn't the same as nothing, however. Replacing battery packs and electric motors are expensive jobs that require specialized knowledge on the off chance either feature fails. Luckily, these powertrain pieces last for years and tens of thousands of miles. Plus, EV manufacturers typically offer long warranties on these items—a testament to the inherent reliability and performance of EV powertrains (not to mention, an additional piece of mind to consumers).
Global pandemics turn out to be a combination of boring and terrifying. Wake up, existential terror when you check your phone first thing. That slowly fades into dull existence punctuated by taking care of your cats, then 4 PM rolls around on Saturday and you realize you have forgotten what sunlight looks like. Fear not! Your garage/parking lot/carport is safe. Let’s take a look at the forgotten maintenance you should go take care of now while you’re bored enough that undertaking it actually sounds fun.
When was the last time you changed your differential oil? I used to change mine frequently because I had a welded diff in my old Toyota as the resident Punk Kid Drifter, and I needed to get out all the shards of metal that would build up in the oil. But admittedly, I never bothered until that point. It’s worth noting that you shouldn’t be noticing shards of metal in your differential oil unless you have a welded diff, and even then, it’s still not great.
Car Care and Maintenance During the Coronavirus Outbreak
Consumers have many worries right now during the coronavirus outbreak. Somewhere on the list for some is keeping their car dependable, especially for those who work at “essential” businesses and need to commute. There are many basic car care tasks, such as checking fluids and inspecting tires, that can be performed in your driveway. And in an ideal world, you would have been ahead of all routine services and repairs, such as an oil change, before social distancing.
Still, even if your car is operating as intended, new fluids can help the diff last longer, operate more quietly, and in the case of a limited slip differential, probably grip better, which means mad skids.
The tools required are simple, as well. A floor jack and some stands to give you space underneath the car, a breaker bar, a correctly-sized socket, and a fresh bottle (or two - diff oil is usually sold in quarts, and differentials usually take slightly more than one quart) of differential oil is all that’s needed. Just be sure to check your car manufacturer’s recommended viscosity of diff oil - usually, it’s a 75W-90, 80W-90, or 75W-140 weight, depending on the make.
If you’d like to see a bit of a walkthrough, Supercheap Auto, the Australian auto parts and supplies store, made a pro-quality video on this relatively simple and painless (but smelly) process. Seriously, I cannot emphasize how smelly this process is.
Why Does My Car Smell?
Have you found yourself asking, "Why does my car smell?" The answer may lead you to a thorough cleaning — or a repair.Perhaps eliminating the odor is as simple as giving your ride a vigorous interior cleaning — putting the upholstery attachment on your vacuum and scouring the seats and floor mats to remove hair, dander, pollen and crumbs. If something spilled on the floor mats, it's time to pull them out and scrub them.
Bontrager Introduces BITS Integrated Mountain Bike Tool System .
Bontrager Introduces BITS Integrated Mountain Bike Tool SystemThe multi tool itself comprises a 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8-millimeter hex along with T25 and flat-head screwdriver. It nestles into a chain tool that can store a master link and doubles as a valve core wrench. The kit relies on two different length preload bolts and a stack of spacers to size for pretty much any reasonable length threadless non-carbon steerer tube. All you have to do is pound out your star nut and slide it in there.