Some handy hacks to remove scratches from your car

Scratches are unavoidable especially in India. It is really frustrating when your new car gets scratched and you start feeling helpless. Majority of times the scratches on the car exterior are because of some people trying to play with the car, especially when the car is parked in a public place.

Once you leave the car for an hour or so, it would never be in the same condition.  Also, people should never park their cars under a tree. This would increase the number of scratches on their car top and sides as the small twigs and branches of the tree which fall from height cause damage to the car. It might not be noticeable but if you look at the sight properly, you would find numerous scratches on the sides and top as the corners of the twigs are sharp and rub of the car paint at times.

Here are some tips on how you could remove scratches from your car:

Remove scratch with a toothpaste

Ever wondered how a scratch could be removed with toothpaste? Well this works the best if the scratches are not deep and haven’t entered the layer of paint. Toothpaste sands down the uneven surface on your car sheen and fills in the gap. In case there is irrelevant paint on the exterior, the toothpaste was act as an abrasive to help expel that as well.

Selecting the right paste is also an integral part as every toothpaste won’t work properly. Whitening toothpaste works because of its rougher, grittier texture. Though you might not feel a difference in your brushing routine, it makes a significant difference when used on your car’s paint. Whitening toothpaste contains small, barely discernible abrasives, ones that similar to the abrasives found in car polish. As you gently rub the toothpaste against your car, the abrasive action removes tiny layers of film and clear coat, polishing away those ugly marks and leaving a glistening mirror shine.

Remove car scratches with a clear coat

Minor scratches, ones with low shine can always be removed with the clear coat compound easily. This helps in bringing back the car in good shape and it would also act as an abrasive which would in turn remove the minor scratches from the exterior.

Get the car exterior rubbed

Getting the car exterior rubbed where the minor scratches are clearly visible can easily take out these scratches and give the car a new look again. This is a way to get rid of the scratches on the car but it will cost you more and might not be done efficiently if you are not aware of the best place.

If you are not confident on these hacks, please do not try these at home. Trust the experts and get proper guidance at the service center. That’s the best way to deal with such situations.

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How to prepare your car for a long road trip

The first and foremost thing before you start a long road trip is to check on your car thoroughly. We become very casual when it comes to keeping an eye on the car. Ask yourself- Will this be a good idea for a long road trip or should we just make some other arrangements. A road trip could only be fun if your car supports you on the way otherwise it could be the worst situation one could ever be in. So once you have planned a long trip by road, you should get your car serviced and thorough inspection should be done before you leave for your destination.

Here are some tips on how your road trip could be a success:

Get your tires inflated with Nitrogen air

Nitrogen air should always be the preference if you are traveling by road. Nitrogen not only helps in a smooth drive but also keeps the tire cool. It also helps to increase the life and you could travel freely. But make sure you’re tires are inflated to the correct mark as per your car’s requirement.

Check the AC during summers

If you have planned your road trip in summers, check on the AC. The temperatures are soaring outside the car and there are times when the AC cannot bear the heat and starts to trip. This is usually the case with smaller cars as compared to the SUV’s but one should always keep a check on their car AC irrespective of what you own. In case you feel the car AC is not working properly, get it checked. There might be a leakage or maybe it needs refilling.

Check the engine and counterparts

Always be careful while you check the engine and its counterparts. This is the basic you could do but many of us fail to do it properly. The engine oil, the oil filter, the air filter, coolant, the brake oil etc. are all important as they would make your travel seamless if in good condition. Getting your car serviced doesn’t only mean getting an inspection done but also if any of them needs to be replaced, you should have it done immediately without ignoring or delaying. These are some basics which would help an individual not only while traveling but also when you are on the road commuting to office or anywhere else.

Get your headlamps and tail lamps checked

Never ignore your car lights whether it be the front or tail lights. Even if one of them is not working, get it replaced immediately. This helps the other commuter to easily recognize the car. In most cases, accidents occur because people either forget to get their lights replaced or do not switch on their lights.

Always remember, road trips could always be fun if you be a little cautious and drive safely with your car in good condition.

Want to get your car prepared for a road trip?
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Do it Yourself Petrol Engine Maintenance

Petrol engines are generally easy to maintain when compared with diesel engines. They are lighter, easy to drive and go about their job rather silently. The petrol engines are even cheaper as compared to a diesel engine. Once you have decided to buy a vehicle, you would find that the difference between a diesel variant and a petrol variant is approximately a lakh of rupees. Keeping your engine in a good shape would always give you utmost satisfaction.

Here are some tips on how you could spend a little money on the basics to avoid more costly repairs later on:

Do it Yourself Inspection

It’s basic, but give your car a once-over periodically so you catch anything that looks out of the ordinary. Make sure all your lights are working. Check the air pressure in your tires every month or so (and buy a cheap tire air pressure gauge and keep it in the glove compartment). Doing so is good for your tires gets you better mileage and saves you money in gas if you discover that the pressure is off. Listen for any strange sounds, inside and out. Make sure your tires have enough tread.

Check the fluids

Even if you don’t ever learn how to change your antifreeze, power steering, coolant or even your wiper fluid (although seriously, don’t let someone charge you to change wiper fluid), you should learn how to check those fluid levels. In some cases, you can see the tank level directly, but most have gauges you can pull out to check current levels against a notch that indicates optimal levels. Even if your owner’s manual doesn’t have much to say about checking your transmission fluid or antifreeze, don’t be afraid to open the hood and see if you can find it. If you’re running low, add more (if you can) or get it changed.

Most importantly, never ignore a leak.

Check the oil and get it replaced/changed regularly

There are generally indicators in the car for a check, so if you experience that one of the indicators is blinking or is showing up repeatedly, be a little cautious and immediately check the gauge for any leakage. There might be instances when the level of oil in the car is low and this could be the reason also that the indicators are showing up. Get the oil refilled in case the engine needs more oil or in case the brake oil is low, fill it up to the desired level.

Do not follow the 5000 km rule every time, there are synthetic oils which last 10,000 kms too. So the recommendation would be to use the higher quality oil in case your car runs daily. This would, in turn, save you from paying more.

Replace your oil and air filter

Reading the owner’s manual would give you a better idea of how to change the air and oil filter. In case you still feel that more guidance is required, take a step forward and then visit a mechanic.

At Capital Hyundai, we make sure that your engine remains in the best of its health, even years and thousands of kilometers after. Contact us to book your engine’s service today.

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Tire alignment – what you need to know

Have you ever thought of a car without wheels? Will it be of any use if it doesn’t have four rubber tires below the body? Think about it.

A car without tires is like a human without their legs. You can’t move forward unless someone puts a force on you. So when you buy a car it is equally important that the tires are maintained and in running condition. Look at it the other way; the wheels are the most important parts of a car.

Let’s know what basically tire alignment is and what its importance is.

Alignment refers to an adjustment of a vehicle’s suspension – the system that connects a vehicle to its wheels. It is not an adjustment of the tires or wheels themselves. The key to proper alignment is adjusting the angles of the tires which affect how they make contact with the road.

Now the question here is how you would come to know when the wheels need an alignment.

There are a few ways to check like the thread of the tires or maybe when you’re driving check if your car is not running towards the left or right direction or once you feel that the steering wheel is vibrating.

If you feel any such case, you should immediately visit the technician and get the wheels aligned and balanced too so that you do not face wear and tear situations in the future.

Distinct from tire alignment, tire or wheel balancing refers to compensation for any weight imbalances in the tire/wheel combination and is often performed in conjunction with the wheel alignment. There are two basic types of tire/wheel imbalance that need correction – static (single plane) and dynamic (dual plane).

To begin balancing your tires, a technician will mount them on the correct rims and adjust the pressure to optimal inflation. Then each tire goes on the center bore of a balancing machine. The machine spins the tire at a high speed to measure the wheel/tire combination imbalance. It signals how much weight the tech should add to balance out the tire and the areas where said weight is needed.

Tire balancing is essential for proper tire care for the same reason as wheel alignment: prevention of premature tread wear. Unbalanced tires will also result in an increase in tire wear. This is because to compensate for the added stress on the tires that the imbalance has created, the tires start to wear from the edges, whereas with balanced tires, they will wear from the middle. When this occurs, it will mean that you will have to change your tires as they will no longer provide you with the necessary grip to drive safely.

If you are still confused and require an opinion, visit us at Capital Hyundai, Noida and get the best recommendations and guidance from our team of experts and we will make sure you go back satisfied as we believe in customer satisfaction first.

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Do It Yourself Diesel Car Maintenance

When you have decided to buy a Car, the first and foremost thing that strikes the mind is whether you want a diesel or a petrol variant and then followed by the brand according to the choice of the vehicle type. Diesel cars need more imperative maintenance to last longer. Although they last longer when kept in a good condition but they do not require high cost maintenance, just the regular air filters and oil filters need to be changed and kept in good condition. The urea injection systems that reduce nitrogen oxide emissions also need refilling, which is usually done as part of regularly scheduled maintenance.

As a thumb rule, you should not try to clean the fuel injectors by yourself in diesel cars but if you follow the user’s manual, it could last till 10,000 kilometers easily. After all, the truckers give much preference to the diesel engines as they believe that these engines are more reliable, powerful and easy to maintain. Here are some tips on what could be down by yourself:

Change the Air filter

Always remember, once you change the air filter of a diesel car, make sure that the engine is switched off. A diesel engine’s air intake produces a powerful suction which could pull the items into the engine if not switched off while replacement is being made.

Change the Fuel Filters

There are generally two filters in a diesel engine. The first is located between the fuel tank and the engine, and the second is located closer to the engine. For this you need to follow your owner’s manual for the right procedure and technique to do it yourself.

Draining the Water Separator

A diesel engine’s water separator acts to remove any extra water present in the fuel due to condensation. Located close to the first fuel filter, between the fuel tank and engine, the water separator in a diesel engine can be manually emptied. This could be also done by following the guidelines.

Check on the Glow plugs

In the colder months, your diesel engine relies on heating elements called glow plugs to get the engine’s cylinder up to the temperature required for facilitating combustion. Season after season, these mini heaters work overtime. Frequent inspection of glow plugs is necessary, especially in colder weather.

Create Maintenance Records

A maintenance record helps to improve your regularly serviced car. It also ensures about resale value. Warranties many a times require a certain amount of service checks to ensure validity of your car.

So these are some tips that could help you make your car last longer by doing a bit. In case you still feel that a little guidance and supervision is required, please visit us at Capital Hyundai, Noida and our team would be happy to assist you.