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Why Warm your car when it is cold?

Posted on December 17, 2016 at 6:17 AM Comments comments (0)
Find more automotive tips hereWarming up your automobile it’s not just for your cheeks
I have seen articles lately on “popular” websites that claim that starting your automobile and warming it up will harm the engine. That this is a practice that went away with carbureted engines. The claim is that gas is a solvent and it will wash the cylinders of the engine and there for cause damage because of lack of lubrication. For those of us that live up north where the temperatures sometimes never get above the doughnut it is quite the opposite. There are other components in an engine that need oil so that it does not cause damage (main bearings, rod bearings, crankshaft and the list continues on and on they are all important for the engine to operate). When oil is cold it does not flow as it does when it is warm, this can cause the other components to suffer catastrophic failure. If you would like see for yourself what oil does when it is cold you can purchase some Lucas oil additive at your local parts store or Walmart. Place the Lucas in the freezer and compare the difference to when it was at room temperature versus how thick it is at freezing temperature. This experiment will show you the extreme effect cold has on oil because Lucas is naturally thick, this however does not take away from the result cold has on oil. I know that it is always sunny in California but as for those in the north where the weather can be a little less forgiving warming up your vehicle is not just about getting into a warm car. Getting into a cold automobile and taking off after you start the engine is hard on the rest of the engine and transmission. Yes fuel injected engines are more efficient but that does not mean that the oil has now taken on a whole new form because of the engines new efficiency. “Old guy story lol” back in the day we used to change the viscosity of the oil in our vehicles to thinner oil for better lubrication at start up (ie. 10-30 summer to 10-40 winter). As for longevity I have run many automobiles over 200 thousand and I have one that had hit almost a half million before I laid it to rest. With that said warming up a car has nothing to do with making sure your fingers and checks are warm. Over revving an engine when they are cold could still cause a connecting rod to fail because oil not engine efficiency is still the same.

P.S. a choke always kept the vehicle running rich until either it turned off because it was warm or it was disengaged. So the argument that the article used is a little irreverent.

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Wet sanding paper grits explained #automotive

Posted on December 16, 2016 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)
Wet sanding; the mystery of the Grit solved

Use this as the first step when sanding primer.
Cannot be painted over without shrinkage.

Use this as the first step in finishing primer
 Cannot be painted over without shrinkage.
This can be used for the final  step when sanding primer.
Will not show shrinkage.
Used as the final sanding to get a finesse final product. Can be used as the starting point for a cut and buff and removing paint runs. May also be used in-between coats of clear for a extremely smooth finish.
Will not show shrinkage and creates the smoothest finish.
Use to cut out paint nibs and for the second step for a cut and buff.
Do not paint over the bond is insufficient 
Use as a final step when cutting and buffing.
Do not paint over the bond is insufficient 

There are other grits of sandpaper on the market but this will give you the idea of they are used for. For more information on how to repaint an automobile click here.....

Here is more information on Sandpaper Grits when sanding with a sander get this information when you click here......

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Automotive Epoxy #DIY

Posted on May 11, 2016 at 3:23 PM Comments comments (0)
Find more refinishing tips here!Epoxy
When you use epoxy it forms a barrier around your automobile that keeps out impurities. That is good however if you do not do take the proper steps to prep your automobile it also locks those mistakes in and can cause problems. If you drive down the road and you get a rock chip in the car that goes to the metal and breaks the Epoxy barrier, the point of the chip will start to get rust crepe because the epoxy will hold in the moisture. There is a time and place for epoxy like everything, become familiar with the product you are using.
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#Automotive body filler

Posted on November 11, 2015 at 12:00 PM Comments comments (0)
When using body filler use the best quality body filler that your budget will allow. The others work but they shrink more than the higher quality body fillers do and the good stuff sands easier.
Make sure it is no thicker than a 1/4 of an inch. Any thicker and the body filler will crack and fall out!

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