Recognize the Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Driveshaft

Recognize the Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Driveshaft

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Safety and security should be your first priority at all times when it comes to your vehicle, but especially so when preparing for long drives. Having full control of your vehicle is a must. This can be really challenging if your car has a bad or failing driveshaft. In this blog, we talk about the symptoms that help you gauge or identify if it is necessary to seek professional vehicle maintenance and repair services. It must be noted that under no circumstances whatsoever should you attempt to fix a faulty driveshaft on your own, especially if you’ll a completely unfamiliar neophyte on the matter, as this sort of complicated repair work requires a sufficient degree of expertise and experience in the field of auto maintenance, specifically in dealing with driveshafts. Therefore, the most viable option is to seek assistance from a professional. Also, recognizing the symptoms of failing driveshafts early and timely taking your car to an auto repair center can save you from the clutches of hefty repair costs.

The symptoms are:

  • You will feel vibrations from underneath your vehicle. This generally means that your car has a failing driveshaft. It can also be caused due to worn-out universal joints (U-joints) or bushings. These car parts should be repaired or replaced as soon as you notice the vibrations. Ignoring this issue will lead to extensive damage to other parts.
  • You might face problems while turning due to issues related to the driveshaft. This might be a sign that the shaft has been damaged or is broken.
  • If your vehicle has a failing U-joint there is a great likelihood of you facing problems while using the steering wheel. It hinders and limits your abilities to steer and can thus be the cause of serious accidents.
  • Another symptom of having issues with your driveshaft is hearing loud clunking noises. The noise is often produced due to worn-out U-joints. It must be noted that the ability of a driveshaft to rotate is altered when the driveshaft is faulty.

What To Do If Your Car Overheats

What To Do If Your Car Overheats

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Although overheating of cars is quite a common problem, it is not a healthy sign for vehicles. There are various factors that can lead to overheating in your car. These factors are listed below:



    • Leakage in the cooling system
    • Coolant concentration
    • Bad thermostat
    • Bad radiator
    • Worn out or burst hoses
    • Improper functioning of radiator fan
    • Broken or loose belt
    • Bad water pump

It should be noted that ignoring such a problem can lead to various serious problems. Moreover, you are advised to not drive a car for more than a quarter mile if there is any sort of overheating. It should be towed to the nearest auto maintenance and repair shop as early as possible. Though there are moments when you might not be able to find such a service, or at least not close enough. In that event you should know the steps that should be taken to avoid any further damage to your vehicle. Going through this blog will help you know what to do if ever you suffer a case of vehicle overheating.

  • First, you should pull over at a safe location and then turn off the car engine.
  • You should not open the hood of your car until it has cooled down completely.
  • You should then check the coolant level in the radiator of your vehicle. In case you are unaware of where the coolant reservoir is, look for it in the owner’s manual.
  • Special attention must be taken to ensure that the radiator cap is cool before opening it. You should twist off the cap with a towel if there is any hot steam, and immediately step away. In case of emergency, you can also fill coolant to the top of the reservoir.
  • Check that the lower and upper radiator hoses have not been blocked.
  • You should then restart the car engine.
  • Now, carefully monitor the temperature gauge of your car. If you notice that the temperature gauge crosses the optimal mark, then pull over to a safe location and turn the engine off.

Tips to Maintain Fuel Efficiency During Winter

Tips to Maintain Fuel Efficiency During Winter

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We are aware of the fact that fuel economy is the major indicator that determines whether car owners take their vehicles out frequently for a lovely spin or not too frequently. In this blog we provide you with tips that help you avoid fuel inefficiency in your car drives during winter.

Winters are cold and chilly. During this season the temperature drops below the freezing point and causes fuel inefficiency in various vehicles. Expert reports say that conventional gasoline-powered vehicles experience a mileage drop of up to 12% when the temperature drops to 20 degrees. But before talking about the tips to maintain fuel efficiency during winter, let us talk about the factors that cause it:

  • You should know that the engine requires time to reach the optimal fuel-efficient temperature. During winter, the time taken to reach the temperature is more when compared to the rest of the seasons. Hence, it leads to fuel inefficiency.
  • You should be aware of the fact that less pressure in the tires during winters reduces traction of tires. This can lead to an increased resistance and in turn causes fuel inefficiency.
  • The winter gasoline supplied by the gas stations offer less energy per gallon than regular gasoline.
  • Cold air also causes drag especially at high velocity. Therefore, aerodynamics also contribute to fuel inefficiency.

Now these were the factors that lessen fuel efficiency during winters. We will now talk about the steps to be done to avoid it:

  • Avoid short trips – As we have mentioned above, the car engine takes longer to warm up during the cold months. Therefore, driving short distances can cause fuel inefficiency.
  • Check tire pressure – You should check the tire pressure on a regular basis if you want to maintain good fuel efficiency during winters.
  • Reduce idling time – If you think that idling the engine for a long time will help you to maintain fuel economy then you are wrong. Driving helps the engine to warm up and not idling. So you are advised to strictly follow this instruction.

Apart from these tips, it is always smart to rely on vehicle maintenance and repair professionals to maintain your great fuel efficiency during the winters. Car Lovers Automotive in Brooklyn, New York City is an elite one-stop auto service center that takes pride in solving every and all issues related to your vehicle, at the most reasonable prices around. So contact us ASAP to forget all fears and be fully satisfied.

Fabulous Classical Cars Housed in Film and Television Museums

Several of the cars that have been used as the central character of a film or television show have already found their way into museums across the nation. Many of these gas-powered inventions have been so loved by visionary writers that they were even given names that identified them as special vehicles with extraordinary powers. The most famous fictional cars to appear in pop culture are Herbie, Kit, Gladys, Eleanor, and the Batmobile.


Herbie of “The Love Bug”
 
Herbie was one of the first racers to come from the magic of film. As he raced to fame, Herbie could do wheelies, outrun the fastest sports cars, and help his driver find love. Awkwardly, the love he finds is the girlfriend of his racing buddy. Herbie appeared in several film and television spinoffs from the late 1960s through the early 2000s.

Kitt of “Knight Rider”
 
Kitt was a marvelous machine equipped with the most advanced computer gadgets envisioned by the television industry. He was a sleek black car driven by Michael Knight and bound for heroic feats and derring-do. Together, the duo saved women, foiled bank robbers, and stopped a disaster that would have certainly ended the world. Kitt’s on-board talking computer was famous for keeping Michael Knight in check. There was a very human quality about Kitt that rang true with his television audience.
 
Gladys of “My Mother the Car”
 
Kitt was not the first talking car to visit homes through television. Many years ago, for a short period of time, Gladys was an older vehicle inhabited by the spirit of the dead mother of Jerry Van Dyke. Any one of the many automobile museums would have been far happier to have her grace their showrooms than her son was to have her parked in his garage. The car constantly argued with her son throughout the show’s short run on television.
 
Eleanor of “Gone in 60 Seconds”


From the jaunty jalopies that ushered in an era of fast cars to the daring young men that drove them, cars and their drivers have been the objects of legends as they sped their way to success in the film world. Eleanor ranks high within the muscle class category of collector’s prizes. She’s a beauty with a sleek frame and powerful engine. Before Nicholas Cage stole the iconic beauty in the movie “Gone in 60 Seconds,” H.B. Halicki stole a different model with the same name in the 1974 original film.
 
The Batmobile
 
This role has been performed by numerous cars in movies and on television. The original Batmobile has resurfaced every now and then in the news, and people have speculated on its whereabouts for decades. Many car aficionados have sought it out for their own collections, but for now it rotates between multiple automobile museums. It’s not a particularly attractive car, and its speed is questionable, but it holds a nostalgic place in the hearts of television viewers who first saw the caped crusader drive it in the 1960s.
 
Whether it’s muscle cars or luxury sedans that catch your interest, great cars are on display all across the nation in automobile museums.

The Noble M12 GTC Sports Car

The Noble M12 GTC – A close look at this sports car including performance, technical data, features, comparing rivals, history, used prices
 
from Classic to Modern


THE CAR

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The M12 GTC sports car was one of three M12 variants introduced at the Birmingham Motor Show in 2002.
 
This groundbreaking model, priced at £45,000, was the first Noble sports to be offered in the form of a convertible, and was based on the M12 GTO-3.
 
In terms of marketing, the GTC was positioned in the under £50,000 sector so that it would be seen as a viable alternative to the higher-priced Porsche 911 Carrrera Cabriolet and Morgan Aero 8, whilst Lotus Elise convertible owners would be attracted to the higher performance on offer.
 
The car’s roof section was reminiscent of the Porsche and Triumph TR Targa tops, and consisted of two detachable composite fibreglass panels which, when removed and stored behind the seats, left the rear section in place.
 
However, to achieve the full benefit of open top driving, the rear section could also be removed, although there was nowhere on the car for it to be fully stored away.
 
The acknowledged high build quality of Noble sports cars meant that the GTC was as draught-free as its coupe counterpart.
 
Another unique feature was that the car’s rear section had been re-styled to create an area suitable for storing luggage, which could be accessed by way of the engine cover that could be raised hydraulically via a lever in the cabin.
 
A regular feature of many convertibles was that the chassis would require additional strengthening to allow for the increased stresses created by removing the roof section.


However, this was not necessary with the GTC owing to the rigid steel space frame chassis used in conjunction with the coupe variant.
 
Large 33cm AP Racing vented and drilled disc brakes all round were retained, as was power assisted steering.
 
The spacious cabin had leather trim as well as adjustable steering column and seats, the latter being fitted with anti-roll hoops.
 
It had a composite fibreglass body, 18 inch alloy wheels, and a kerb weight of 1080 kg.
 
THE ENGINE
 
The M12 GTC was powered by the same 3 litre, V6 engine as used in the M12 GTO-3 variant.
 
However, the only difference was that only one turbocharger was used, with a maximum boost of 0.6 bar, unlike the two fitted to the GTO-3.
 
Furthermore, as a result of the modifications to the car’s rear section, the intercooler was now re-positioned.
 
This arrangement developed 290 bhp at 6000 rpm, and 290 ft/lbs of torque at 4750 rpm, the greater majority of which was available around 3000 rpm.
 
Linked to a six speed manual gearbox, it produced a top speed of 160 mph, with a 0-60 mph time of 4.5 secs, both of which were slightly slower than the GTO-3. Technical Data:

The Aston Martin DB4 Sports Car

The Aston Martin DB4 – A close look at this sports car including performance, technical data, features, comparing rivals, history, used prices
 
from Classic to Modern
The Aston Martin DB4 sports car was introduced at the October 1958 London Motor Show as the Series 1 variant, and priced at £3,967.
 
This 2+2 seater fixed head coupe was the successor to the DB2/4 Mark 3, and featured a restyled body, designed by Carrozzeria Touring of Milan, and used aluminium panels on a lightweight tubular steel chassis. As a result, it produced a curb weight of 1308 kg.
 
Its Italian styling was well received, and created quite a stir at the launch.
 
It was fitted with Dunlop servo assisted disc brakes on each wheel, but were later replaced by Girling equivalents.
 
Coil springs were used on the independent front suspension and the rear live axle, and an anti-roll bar was added.
 
An interesting point was that customers were offered a choice of a number of different back axle ratios to suit their requirements, such as a 3.31:1 for high speed driving.
 
Series 1
 
The Series 1 was produced from October 1958 until January 1960, and was identified by the fact that it had no over-riders on the bumpers and no window frames on the doors, which tended to produce increased wind noise when the car was driven fast
 
Series 2
 
This variant was produced between January 1960 and April 1961, and featured:
 
Addition of door window frames
The size of the oil sump was increased to offset engine overheating, plus an optional oil cooler was offered
Larger front disc brakes were added
During this period, nearly 400 Series 2’s were built.


Series 3
 
This was produced between April and September 1961, and featured the addition of three small rear lights which replaced the single unit on earlier models.
 
Series 4
 
From September 1961 for the next year, the Series 4 was identified by the replacement of the eggcrate-styled grille with one consisting of bars, together with a restyled air scoop on the bonnet.
 
An optional variant was offered with a more powerful engine fitted with three SU carburettors, and a cylinder head containing enlarged valves.
 
Series 5
 
This final series, from September 1962 to 1963, was distinguished by:
 
A single, recessed rear light
The body was now higher and longer in order to provide increased internal space
The size of the wheels were reduced in order to keep the same overall height of the car
The front section was restyled to produce smoother lines carried forward from the Vantage and GT models
When production ended in 1963, Aston Martin had produced a total of 1,110 of the Series 1-5 DB4 sports cars.
 
THE ENGINE
 
The DB4 was powered by a 3.7 litre, straight six, DOHC engine, with an aluminium alloy head and block, that developed 240 bhp at 5500 rpm, and 240 ft/lbs of torque at 4250 rpm.
 
Linked to a four speed manual gearbox, and with a compression of 8.25:1, and two SU carburettors, it produced a top speed of 141 mph, with 0-60 mph in 8.5 secs.
 
It delivered an overall fuel consumption of 17.7 mpg.
 
Early models had an unfortunate tendency for the engine to overheat.