Some Truck Caps Offer More Convenient Access to Cargo

A convention center stand highlights the convenience of some truck caps. Displayed in its proper place on a pick-up truck, it’s easy to see the accessibility of cargo at both the back and sides with this particular accessory.

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What Is Paint-less Dent Removal?

Paint-less dent removal is a faster and cheaper way to fix dents and dings. It doesn’t harm your paint job or your wallet.

Paint-less dent removal is also referred to as PDR and is an automobile body repair procedure. It is an alternative to conventional body repair that focuses on removing minor dents from a vehicle. The major draw of PDR is it does not damage the paint, so cars do not need further repairs and will retain their value. Paint matching can often be a necessary hassle after even minor dings. Unfortunately, it is expensive but paint-less dent repair can get the job done while circumventing this pesky step.

Not all automobiles will qualify for the procedure. PDR only fixes the car’s ‘skin’ so minor damage from hail, bicycles, stray shopping carts or fly balls can be corrected. However, if the integrity of the paint is already compromised, dents will have to be replaced via a different procedure. Paint-less dent removal can maintain the factory paint job, but the process cannot fix already scratched or chipped vehicles. Severe dents from accidents will require more invasive work from the auto technicians.

Paint-less dent removal is much cheaper and faster than other dent and ding procedures. Normally, a vehicle may sit in the shop for three to five days before the repair is finished, but in the best shops, PDR can be done in less than an hour. This is because traditional procedures involve multiple steps including fillers, primers and grinding while PDR does not. Additionally, it costs about half as much if not less than the conventional methods of dent removal. Minor dents will be taken care of permanently in most cases.

Paint-less dent removal is a minimally invasive process because it deals exclusively with surface level problems. Fewer parts must be disassembled and reassembled during PDR. For instance, to fix roof dents from hail, the technicians will remove the soft ceiling within the vehicle. This is simply to gain easier access to the underside of the roof. On the other hand, a conventional process necessitates removing all glass and interior parts to allow enough space for proper painting procedures. Since PDR does not affect the paint job, it can accomplish dent removal with less preparation.

While the process requires less time, technicians should still need experience to produce a high quality repair. Most techniques use metal rods and body picks to reverse dents from the underside of a given panel. From the outside, an auto professional may use glue or special tabs to pull the ding out. Quality technicians can also avoid and fix high spots in the paint.

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Don’t Ignore These Brake System Warning Signs

The brakes on your vehicle should always be in top working order. Educate yourself on the symptoms of trouble so you know when to have a professional take a look.

Malfunctioning brakes are one of the most dangerous deficiencies on a vehicle. If you’re not able to stop your car when you need to, it could lead to fatal accidents for yourself and others. While your car will usually do a good job of notifying you when the brakes need to be checked, knowing what signs to look for will help you stay on top of the problem before it gets too dangerous.

The simplest sign is your dashboard warning lights. Depending on the source of the problem and the model of the car, the light may just be the word brake, or else an exclamation point inside of a circle. The “ABS” light stands for anti-lock brake system, so seeing that could be another warning sign. Check your manual if you aren’t sure what your dashboard alerts look like.

There are also distinct sounds that could indicate some trouble with the brakes. If you hear a high-pitched squeal, that is your brake pad alert telling you that your brake pads are wearing down. A grinding noise means that your pads are already worn through, and they’re rubbing against the rotor. Either of these sounds requires immediate attention.

Another place you might notice something off is the brake pedal itself. If your pedal goes all the way to the floor when you engage it, it could be a brake fluid leak, or a problem with the hydraulic system. Conversely, if the brake pedal is harder to depress than usual, this could be an issue with your boosters. Your brake pedal also may vibrate, which is likely due to warped rotors.

If your car is pulling to one side or the other when the brake is applied, you could have a caliper that is stuck, or possibly a hydraulic issue. This pulling occurs because one of the brakes is engaged longer than the other, causing it to drift to one side. For this pulling to be a brake issue, it will only occur when you’re using your brakes. If the vehicle is pulling more consistently, even when the brakes aren’t applied, this is probably an alignment or suspension problem instead.

Your brakes give you many signs that they need help, so don’t ignore these symptoms. It’s recommended that regardless of any obvious problems, you should have your brake system checked every 10,000 miles. This number could be more or less depending on your driving habits. City driving, or driving in traffic regularly, requires you to use your brakes more often, meaning inspections should be more frequent.

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Auto Service Goes High-Tech

Increasingly, automotive repair and service is becoming a high-tech profession, note officials with the non-profit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). Old images die hard, but…read more

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Don’t Scrimp on Vehicle Maintenance

With a sluggish economic recovery and today’s consumers watching their finances carefully, it’s no surprise that the average age of vehicles in the United States is more than 11 years old, according…read more

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12 MONTH CAR REVIEWS: 2015 Subaru WRX Premium – Still Fun on Dry Roads

Our Four Seasons 2015 Subaru WRX loved playing in the snow but sat in the body shop most of February after hip-checking a 2003 Ford Escape. By the time it…read more

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2015 F150 BAKFlip Installation Bulletin

This product bulletin is applicable to all 2015 Ford F150 BAKFlip models only.

In order to perform a correct installation of your BAKFlip tonneau cover, please pay close attention…read more

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