Minggu, 22 Februari 2015

How to Hang a Bike Rack

A bike rack is an easy addition to a car to help you transport your two-wheeled, pedal-powered vehicles anywhere. Most bike racks are designed to fit simply on either a compact car with a trunk or a minivan/SUV with a hatchback door. Methods of hanging a rack can vary (so it is important to read the instructions), but there are some common techniques to installing two-bikeracks


1.      Place the bike rack on the trunk, making sure it is on the center of the trunk lid. The bottom frame (which is usually a long, bent U-frame) will touch the trunk's edge where it meets the bumper, the top frame lies on the trunk lid and the swiveling U-bar is on top of the frame. The bars for the bikes stick out and upward.

2.      Connect the rack's two upper straps to the trunk by inserting their clips onto the far edge of the trunk where it is hinged. Pull the straps toward you, grabbing them at the ends, to tighten them against the trunk.

3.      Attach the lower straps to the trunk by hooking their clips underneath the lower edge of the trunk, close to where the bottom frame rests against the trunk. Tighten the lower straps by pulling them like you did the upper ones.

4.      Test to make sure the bike rack is snug against the car trunk. Grab the frame on both sides and try to jostle it back and forth, making it moves as little as possible.

Van/SUV Hatchback
1.       Insert the bike rack's upper strap clips onto the top edge of the hatchback door so the rack hangs from there. Make sure the straps hang parallel to one another and the rack is placed in the middle of the door.

2.      Lift the rack up by pulling on the straps to make sure the rack is positioned above the door latch. Another person can hold the carrier in position above the latch while you pull the straps to fit the position.

3.      Hook the lower clips onto the door's bottom edge and pull the bottom straps tight. The rack should be positioned over the door latch with its frame pressing against the door/windshield and the U-bar resting above the main frame. Make sure the rack isn't tilted and won't jostle from loose straps.

How to Design Your Own Car Seat Covers

Every customized car needs a customized interior and creating an original design for your own car seat covers is the perfect way to accomplish this. By creating your own designs for you car interior, your are letting your unique creativity encompass your entire car. The best part about designing these interior decorations for your car is that you are only limited by your imagination. You can come up with hundreds of design ideas on paper so that you can pick the perfect one to create your own customized car seat cover


1.      Draw the seat for the design of the seatcovers by creating a rectangle for the back of the seat. Add a smaller rectangle to the top of the rectangle. Add the bottom of the car seat with a diagonal square shape coming out of the base of the seat back.

2.      Color the base color of the seat using a dark colored art marker. For the example in this article you are using dark blue, but a darker color will do. Let the marker dry for at least five minutes or until it is dry to the touch.

3.      Add the basic framework of the design using colored pencils. Draw flames on the back of the seat by adding three curved, wavy triangular shapes using a bright red colored pencil. Place these in the middle section of the back seat. Add wavy triangular shapes to the left and right side of the main group. Add four small wavy triangles to the head rest to create smaller flames.

4.      Add yellow inside the flame guidelines that you have just created. You can then add a layer of orange between the yellow and red. Add shadows to the design to make the seat more realistic and to give you a better idea of what the finished product will look like. Do this by coloring lightly with a black colored pencil on the bottom sides of the back of the seat and to the left and right of the side flames on the car seat.

5.      Scan the image into your computer at 300 dots per inch and save it as a JPEG file. Contact a sales representative at a custom car seat cover company like tailoredcarseatcovers.com or coverking.com and send them the JPEG of your design. They can work with you to implement a customized seat cover based on your design.

Tips & Warnings

1.      Make several copies of the template in step 1 to try out as many seat cover designs as you can imagine.
2.      Be sure to let the ink from the marker dry before using colored pencil on top of it or the design will tear.

How to Replace Battery Cables in a Ford Focus

Make a note of your presets or attach an auxiliarybattery to the car when changing your battery cables. Otherwise, you'll need to reset your clock and reprogram your radio presets after attaching the new battery cables. New battery cables will keep your car starting properly, so you should check them as part of aroutine inspection and replace them when they appear worn


1.      Locate the battery on the driver's side close to the inside wall on the Ford Focus. You shouldn't have to remove the bar that holds in the battery, since the top posts are easy to reach.

2.      Loosen the bolt on the black negative battery cable first with a box wrench or cable clamp pliers. Carefully wiggle the cable end off the post. Repeat the process on the red positive cable. Remove both cables from the battery, even if you're replacing only one of them.

3.      Follow the negative cable to where it's grounded to the wheel well. Remove the end of the cable with the wrench. Track the positive cable to its connection on the driver's side of the engine and remove it with the wrench.

4.      Attach the new positive cable first, reversing the process in Step 3. Install the negative cable last and start the car to ensure that the connections are working on your Ford Focus.

Tips & Warnings

1.      When purchasing replacement cables, always buy cables of the same thickness or thicker than the cables that you're removing. Buying a less expensive, thinner cable may cause problems in your electrical system.

2.      Clean the battery posts with a small wire brush or cable cleaner while you have the cables off.
3.      Never work on your battery while the car engine is running.

4.      Never smoke while replacing your battery cables, as there may be fuel fumes in the engine compartment that could ignite.

How to Buy After-Market Car Warranties

Your car is probably the second-largest purchase you will make, and it's important to get the best protection you can. An after-market car warranty can be a cost-efficient way to make sure you won't be saddled with any large bills after an unexpected breakdown. However, there are many companies that will take your money and run, leaving you with little recourse


Compare After-Market Car Warranties Before You Buy

1.      Determine the type of coverage you want. You might prefer a bumper-to-bumper warranty that covers most of the car's parts or a specialized warranty that covers the transmission, engine and other parts that could lead to big bills if they break.

2.      Ask your credit union if it supplies after-market car warranties. This is one of the most secure ways to purchase a quality warranty, but it is often overlooked.

3.      Contact your mechanic. Many dealerships offer warranties or work with preferred-warranty companies. If your mechanic has a working relationship with the warranty company, it could make your life easier when you need repairs.

4.      Buy directly from the warranty company to get the best price.

Research the Company Supplying Your After-Market Warranty

1.      Ask for the company's physical address and phone number. Check this information to make sure you are dealing with a legitimate after-market warranty business.

2.      Ask how long the company has been in business. Companies with considerable histories are less likely to fold, which means they are more likely to be there when you need them.

How to Keep Dogs From Chewing Up a Car

Traveling with dogs can be stressful, and a dog that chews up your car is not a fun travel companion. With proper training, deterrents and restraints, however, you can keep Fido from making a mess of your car


1. Remove the dog from your car when you leave the car. Do not leave your dog unsupervised in the vehicle. A dog left alone is much more likely to be able to chew and cause damage; not only is no one there to watch over him, but he can also become bored or worried while you're gone.

2. Teach your dog that chewing on the car--or any item that should be left alone--is bad behavior. Establish a command, such as “no chew” or “leave it,” to use when your dog begins to chew. Startle the dog with a squirt bottle or noise maker. Once he stops chewing, praise him.

3. Provide your dog with chew toys. Chewing is a natural behavior, so dogs should be given an alternative to the interior of your car. The Humane Society of the United States recommends choosing toys that are distinguishable from items that the dog is not supposed to chew on (such as a shoe). Provide your dog with these toys while she is in the car.

4. Use a bitter tasting spray to deter your dog from chewing. Bitter Apple is an example of such a product, and it is suggested by the Humane Society of the United States. The HSU warns that some dogs will continue to chew even with these deterrents, so be sure to supervise your dog even after using one.

5. Restrain your dog. This is an effective way to keep both your dog and your car safe from damage. A seat belt, crate or barrier can keep the dog from having full reign of your car. If using a crate, make sure it is secured so it can't flip over or move if there is an accident.