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Are Side Air Bags in a Car Important?

Are Side Air Bags in a Car Important?

Unfortunately, something important to consider when purchasing a car is how safe you’ll be in the event of an accident. When driving you want to know that you’ll be kept safe and that not only will the structure of the vehicle protect you, but also that the airbags can help prevent or minimize any injuries sustained. While not mandatory or required, side air bags are known to provide extra safety and security in the event that you are in a car accident, while also helping to minimize any injuries that are sustained when the front airbags are deployed. Protect the Paint Since they are optional, it’s up to you to decide if side airbags are something that you want from your vehicle. Here are some facts about side airbags to help you determine if side airbags are important to you. Side airbags are typically designed for one of three areas of added ... read more

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Protect Your Car from Sun Radiation

Protect Your Car from Sun Radiation

Parking your car in the sunlight is an inevitability, there’s no way around leaving your car in the sun on a hot summer day but it’s important that you know the adverse effects that prolonged exposure to the sun can have on your vehicle. Constant exposure to the sun can cause oxidation and premature fading to the paint while the effects on the interior can include fading the color of your seats and interior and cracking to the dashboard or leather seats. We know the effects that sun radiation can have on our skin and know the importance of applying sunscreen regularly when going into the sun, think of the following steps as applying sunscreen to your vehicle to avoid damages to the interior and exterior of your car. Protect the Paint Wash your vehicle – washing your car regularly will clean it of pollution and grime. It’s also important to rememb ... read more

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Common Catalytic Converter Problems and Symptoms

Common Catalytic Converter Problems and Symptoms

Under the hood of your car, everything is there with a specific purpose to help your vehicle perform properly. In your exhaust system and helping turn pollutant gas emissions into safer, less harmful emissions is your catalytic converter. It can substantially reduce or even completely eliminate pollutants and is a vital part of your vehicle’s exhaust system, a properly working catalytic converter will mean the difference between whether or not your vehicle can pass a smog check and stay street legal to drive. Over time your catalytic converter may become worn or faulty and will be in need of service, though there are usually key symptoms to look for to alert you that you may want to seek service for your catalytic converter. Rattling Noise – Once your catalytic converter becomes older or damaged from fuel mixtures, the honeycombs on the inside can begin to collapse ... read more

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Guide to Car Dashboard for New Driver

Guide to Car Dashboard for New Driver

Learning to drive is one of the most exciting times in a person’s life, it can also be one of the most overwhelming, especially if they’re not too familiar with the layout of a vehicle. In most brands and models of car, the dashboard is pretty similar with a few various design and style choices depending on the make of the vehicle. Familiarizing yourself with the dashboard and all of the various indicators and lights before driving is a great way to make it feel a little less overwhelming and more manageable. Here are some of the standard displays and indicator lights and what they mean to you and your vehicle. This is a chart that shows 64 of the most common lights that may appear on your dashboard. The dial on the left shows the RPM gauge, which is the Revolutions Per Minute, which is how many times a minute that the crankshaft is spinning. I ... read more

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Do I Need High Performance Tires For My Car?

Do I Need High Performance Tires For My Car?

You will see the advertisements on television and hear them on the radio. Tire centers are pushing high-performance tires on consumers. All the qualities of the high-performance tire are explained, the features that can help a driver magnified, and discount sales prices are all over the place. This is all very well and good, but a major question arises. Do you really need high performance tires? There is a very obvious herd mentality that is encouraged by advertising, and everybody wants to have the best tires. What is more important, however, is that you have the tires that you need. Anything more than that is money poured down the drain. You have to be cost-efficient. Advantages of high performance tires To be sure, there are some advantages to having platforms times these include the following: Better Handling. Soft rubber high ... read more

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Is Your Car Winter Ready?

Is Your Car Winter Ready?

Many parts of USA have recently faced severe cold & snow fall that blocked the normal life for few days. Pollution or whatever the cause behind this; one thing for sure that winter with its cold blow will continue for rest of the season. And we may expect to get some rough weather. Is your car ready for the season? Here are some things you should consider to get the automobile ready for the rest of the cold weeks. Check the Pressure in Your Tires. You’ll be glad, you did this as you go out onto icy roads. Pressure in the tires goes down in cold weather and you need to maintain the proper amount of air pressure in tires. It is not just to keep things safe because properly inflated tires can save money on gasoline. You may also want to think of using snow tires if you happen to live in areas with a lot of hills. Check All the Fluids in Your Car. Winter is ... read more

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Dos And Donts Of Car Cleaning And Detailing Work

Dos And Donts Of Car Cleaning And Detailing Work

Your automobile is your pride and joy if you really love cars. It is your little baby, and you do not want anybody else detailing or cleaning it. This is good do-it-yourself project but you have to be careful about a few things. you need to be mindful and do certain steps and avoid other mistakes as well. Wear Soft Clothes and Do Not Wear Jewelry. The reason why is you don’t want to accidentally scratch the car surface. Zippers and jewelry could leave a scratch you do not want on your car. Do not use a Sponge. A sponge is a great device to use on the kitchen floor but it has an abrasive surface. You are better off using a surface mitt, or something else that is made of gentle cloth. Be Careful About the Water. You should never use dirty water on the surface of your car. If you are doing the entire vehicle, you would wash the wheels ... read more

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My Foreign Affair 360 ⟳ Car Maintenance and Inspection

My Foreign Affair 360 ⟳ Car Maintenance and Inspection

My Car’s Time of the Year As a woman, I must say we have so many schedules and updates we live by . From “it’s that time of the year”…to ” that time of the month”… to “time of the week”…and even “time of the days”. If you know what I am talking about, we are all on the same boat. There are those “times” that we can call ourselves pros when it comes to self-maintenance, such as scheduling your regular mani-pedi or highlight touch-ups. However, there are those other “times” that we dread just because after all the years, we perhaps still feel like rookies. The other day I noticed it is nearly time for my baby (2013 6-Speed Mini Cooper S) to receive maintenance. Being that my father has always taken care of my car needs for as long as I can remember, I can embarrassingly admit that I am a rookie in this game field, just like many others. For that reason, I did my research to earn a self-degree with specialization in Motherhood of my Mini Coo ... read more

My Foreign Affair 360 : The Oil Change

My Foreign Affair 360 : The Oil Change

“It’s 5’o Clock Somewhere” Our cars that we drive day in/day out deal with our crazy lifestyles. The daily routines, unannounced weather conditions, lane-switching, music-blasting, brake-slamming behavior is just a “snapchat” of  what our babies have to endure. Although they do not show their emotional breakdowns as we do, they are machines that have their good and bad days too. When your car is running outstandingly smooth it just makes you want to cruise down A1A, windows down, music up, and appreciate the moment. However, when your car is a bit cranky and not running as it should, it is probably because you need to pour her a good ole’ drink! We all know that staying hydrated helps keeps our body feeling and acting healthy. I have also heard in recent studies that one glass of red wine every night can help prevent heart disease (thank you to whomever performed that experiment). Like humans, our cars have several ways to prevent th ... read more

How you can avoid buying a car with hurricane damage

How you can avoid buying a car with hurricane damage

Avoid buying a car with hurricane damage Here in West Palm Beach we all know about and are familiar with hurricane damage. When you are looking to buy used car make sure you don’t get stuck buying one that has hurricane damage. Whenever there is hurricane flooding, there is sure to be someone trying to sell a used car that has been ruined by hurricane damage. Used car buyers in Florida need to be aware that some used car dealerships may try to sell used cars that have hurricane damage. Foreign Affairs would like to share some tips with you so you know what to look for so you don’t get stuck buying a used car that has hurricane damage. Here are some signs that a car may have been flooded by hurricane damage. Mildew and silt in places where you wouldn’t normally find it. Rust on screws and other metal parts Water stains or faded upholstery, discoloration of seat belts and door panels ... read more

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