What’s a Cabin Air Filter and When Should You Replace It?

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The cabin air filter, a feature found on most late-model vehicles, cleans the air that comes into the interior through the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. It catches dust, pollen and other airborne material that can make riding in a car unpleasant, particularly if you have allergies or other respiratory problems.

Recommendations on when it should be replaced vary by manufacturer — some say every 12,000 or 15,000 miles, others longer — and how often can depend on how much you drive and where. Check the maintenance schedule in your owner’s manual. If you drive in heavy traffic in an urban area that has poor air quality, you could need to replace the filter annually or even more often. However, that also could be true in a desert climate where there is a lot of dust.

Some signs that you need a new cabin air filter are reduced air flow through your HVAC system, such as when you crank up the fan too high and you get more noise than results. Another is persistent bad odors. Even if you don’t have these warnings, you should

How Long Does a Car Battery in a New Car Last?

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Though battery problems are often associated with cold weather, Consumer Reports magazine says heat is a bigger enemy of car batteries and will take a bigger toll on performance and reserve capacity. The magazine recommends that vehicle owners in hotter parts of the country have their car battery tested after two years of ownership and then every year after. Those who live in colder areas can wait four years to test performance and capacity, and then every year after.

“Heat kills batteries,” according to John Banta, a Consumer Reports project leader and part of the team that tests batteries for the magazine. “Many times in cold climates your battery fails to start your car on a below-freezing day. The reason this happens is that the heat of the past summers has weakened your battery. When you use it in the cold, the starter requires more electrical current to turn over the cold engine with its thickened oil.”

Testing a battery’s performance and reserve (or amp-hour) capacity is not just a matter of seeing whether it will hold a charge (or checking the electric eye

How Do You Know When to Replace Your Shocks?

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What we call shock absorbers are really “dampers.” The springs in a vehicle’s suspension absorb bumps and other road shocks by compressing, and the shock absorbers control the amount of bouncing created when the springs rebound.

Several warning signs can tell you when shock absorbers need replacing, such as your car bottoms out over railroad tracks, speed bumps or dips in the road or keeps bouncing well after the fact. Other signs are unusual noises over bumps, excessive body lean in turns or that the front end of the car dives sharply in hard braking. Because shocks wear out gradually, you might get used to a looser, bouncier ride, much like you get used to longer stopping distances as brake pads wear out.

One way to test shocks is to push down hard on each corner of a vehicle. If the car continues to bounce after you let go, your shocks need replacing. However, this test may require quite a bit of strength, and with many high-riding SUVs and pickups it isn’t easy to get the leverage you need.

Instead, you should have a qualified mechanic check your

The High Cost of Losing Your Keys

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Cars use various key types. From left to right: smart key, laser cut all-in-one, switchblade, basic key.

Our car keys have an uncanny ability to get lost inside coat pockets or underneath couch cushions — or to disappear altogether. Prior to the 1990s, this wasn’t a big deal. You could get a spare key at any hardware store or locksmith shop, not to mention at the car dealership, of course. But because it was easy to copy a key, it was also easy for a thief to steal your car. These days, advances in key technology have made vehicles more difficult to steal, but the price has been costlier key replacements.

Here’s a rundown of what you’ll face in the way of cost if you have to replace your key, along with some alternatives that could lower the bill. The prices quoted here are for Santa Monica, California, and West Los Angeles, an area where an hour of labor at an auto dealership can cost more than $100. Labor costs in your region may vary.

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A basic car key, which

Find a range of offers by finding a car dealer in Dundee

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When deciding on what to buy for a car, a lot of people decide to go for the option of second-hand because this can be a lot cheaper. However, this is no way a reflection on quality because you can find some superb used cars on the market if you look in the right areas.

In terms of car dealers that can give you great offers on second-hand cars, Scott Fyffe Motors in Dundee is one example, but there are quite a few for you to choose from. Scotland is well-known for being able to offer up a lot of quality car dealers and this city is no exception.

What to expect from Dundee

Once you begin to search Dundee for a car dealer that you can trust, you will find that there are a lot of places which can offer you some great dealers. There are places that can guarantee you MOT, warranty, finance and part exchange, as well as the option to sell your current vehicle. These are all admirable qualities that can really add

Exclusive Review by Autoportal India: 3rd Generation Skoda Superb

The Skoda Superb is one of the most popular luxury sedans in the international markets. After an initial life, spanning from 1934 to 1949, the sedan had been revived in 2001. The third generation model was launched in the international market in 2015. The Skoda Automobiles India Private Limited (SAIPL) will be bringing the sedan to India soon. The launching in India is expected on 23rd February 2016.

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Bigger in size

The first generation Superb has been built on B5 Volkswagen platform and the 2nd generation on a stretched version of the PQ46 platform of the Passat. The new Superb is longer and wider and is built on the MQB platform. The 4861 mm long car has a wheel base of 2841 mm. The shoulder space at the front is increased by 39 mm and the leg room at the rear is 157 mm. The boot size is 625 litres.

Features of the car

The 2016 Skoda Superb is expected to have better external features including a new bumper, a revised butterfly grille, a larger hood, a lower roof line, Bi-Xenon headlights with DRLs

Car Trouble – Quick and Easy Tips to Repair Your Car Yourself

When your car needs a repair, you might get tensed due to the cost involved. However, there are many repair activities that can be done easily by you even if you are not a trained mechanic. With the help of some easy methods and repair tools, you can fix the car by yourself and save some money. You need to be a little careful while repairing, but it not as tough as it seems.

Quick and Easy Techniques

  • When the drive belts need repair, you can easily fix them following a few steps. With the help of a screwdriver, ratchet and sockets, you can replace or repair the drive belt by first checking it properly.
  • When you need to replace the battery, the tools you will need are wrenches, screwdriver, socket set and multimeter. First be sure whether your battery needs a replacement or not. You can buy an easy battery replacement guide that will help you replace your battery easily in proper steps.
  • When brake-pads of the car fails, it very important to repair them quickly. The tools you will need are c-clamp, jack, tire iron and torque wrench. With the help of these tools, you can easily repair your

Preparing Your Car for Adverse Weather

Regardless of whether we’re in the depths of January or the afternoons of mid-August, in the UK we never seem to be completely safe from a rain storm, gale or blizzard. The list of storms battering the UK this year is growing from week to week and it seems a trend set to continue, if you are to believe the climate-change doomsayers.

 

What’s more, here in the UK we don’t seem particularly apt at dealing with adverse weather. In the capital especially, even a light sprinkling of snow or a blustery autumn night seems to close down commuter routes and bring the whole place to a stand-still. The same is true outside of the capital, where local councils are ill-equipped to deal with anything but overcast conditions.

 

Perhaps it because we are fortunate enough to rarely have to deal with the sorts of winters seen across North America and some parts of Europe, or maybe there’s something quintessentially British about being ill-prepared for the weather. Whatever the reason, the British Isles as a collective is pretty rubbish at dealing with wind, rain and snow.

 

If the increase in frequency of storms and the like is set to become a trend rather than an

Buying a used Ford van

If you a looking intobuying used Ford vans then you should have no difficulty when it comes to the search. This is one of the most popular makes of van around and so there is a whole range of them available if you make sure to look in the right place.

 

One of the first tasks in choosing the right vehicle is deciding on which manufacturer to go with and, since you’ve already made this decision judging from the fact that you want Ford, you should be one step closer than most people when it comes to buying the van of your dreams. You can therefore narrow your choices down and set off on your search.

 

Locating the van you want

 

When looking to buy the right used Ford van for you, make sure to check online before visiting a place just so you know that they stock the one that you desire. The internet makes it straightforward when it comes to locating your perfect van and getting you nearer to your purchase.

 

On the car dealers’ website, it should have their entire stock of Ford vans listed for your convenience. As previously mentioned, the popularity of such a vehicle will mean that