What Does the Diesel Ban Mean for HGVs?

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The world of driving is changing a lot at the moment. There are driverless HGVs being tested all over the UK and Tesla is working on electric HGVs too – with some already on the roads, albeit not for general sale right now. It’s not easy to be a fleet owner right now – it’s almost at the stage of Betamax vs VHS – what’s the right investment for your company? Well, one thing’s certain – it’s not diesel. “The government in the UK wants to completely get rid of diesel by 2040 and it’s starting with a plan to remove diesel cars from the road – with HGVs most likely not far behind” warns a training supervisor at HGV Driver Training Centre.

Air Pollution and Diesel

Michael Gove instituted the measure as a part of his work as Environmental Secretary, to tackle air pollution. At the moment, the ban is just for cars, but as companies look to update their fleets of HGVs, it makes sense for them to consider getting ahead of the diesel ban, because when diesel is no longer on sale, they will find their current fleet useless (as well as illegal!)

Financial Support to Switch Vehicles

There is a plan to offer financial support for car drivers, offering them a payment of £1000 to £2000 to help with the costs of swapping from a diesel car to a lower emission vehicle or an electric one. HGVs could benefit from a similar scheme, but right now their options are more limited. There aren’t any electric HGVs on general sale so companies don’t know what the logistics of running them are, the common problems, or how much it costs to keep them on the road. These are all questions that wise fleet owners will be ‘waiting and seeing’ rather than forking out for a new fleet themselves. It doesn’t make sense to be the early adopter when right now there aren’t really any penalties for being the one still running diesel. That could change, though.

Disincentives for Diesel Vehicles

Diesel hasn’t been banned yet, though the government does want to make it as unappealing as possible for drivers, and it is doing that through a number of disincentives for those who still drive a diesel. The Toxicity Charge (T-Charge) is due to take effect as of the 1st of October, and there will be other extra expenses added on top of the cost of fuel, as well as parking charges. This should help to undo some of the damage that Blair’s campaign, to get people to switch to diesel, caused. After all, it’s hard to blame people for driving diesel when for many years they were told that it was the environmentally friendly choice. Now, it’s proven to a bad choice – and it’s going to take a while to re-educate people and get them looking to low emission vehicles instead.

It’s unclear when the scrappage scheme will start – if it even does – but …

How Does A Car Engine Work?

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First things first, the car engine is an internal combustion engine, of which there are a number of different types, including the diesel engine, petrol engine, rotary engine and two-stroke engine. The internal combustion engine runs on the basic premise of injecting a tiny amount of high energy fuel, for example petrol or diesel, in a small enclosed space, igniting it and creating a massive amount of energy in the form of an expanding gas. The trick the internal combustion engine pulls off is setting off explosions like this hundreds of times over a minute and managing to harness the energy that is thus created. Almost all cars use a four stroke combustion cycle to convert petrol into motion, the four strokes being – intake, compression, combustion and exhaust. At the beginning of the cycle, the piston starts at the top, once the intake valve opens, the piston moves down, letting the engine take in a cylinder full of air into which is also injected a drop of petrol. The piston then moves back up to compress the air with the drop of petrol, the compression will make the explosion that is about to occur all the more powerful. When the piston reaches it’s limit, the spark plug emits a spark which ignites the petrol, causing an explosion thus driving the piston back down. When the piston it reaches it’s bottom limit, the exhaust valve opens and the exhaust leaves the cylinder, leaving the vehicle by the tailpipe. This cycle is then repeated over and over again. The linear motion of the pistons is converted into a rotational motion by the crankshaft which subsequently turns the vehicle’s wheels. So as you may have gathered, the cylinder is one of the core components of the internal combustion engine. Most cars have four, six or eight cylinders.

Vw Eos: Made Fun and Affordable

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All-new 2007 Volkswagen Eos spells CSC, which stands for coupe, sunroof and convertible. Eos coupe convertible was produced in the previous year. Said model uses a groundbreaking metal sheet to make it fun and affordable.

Prior to the production version of Eos, it was first shown as a concept car at the Geneva Motor Show in 2004. The vehicle is produced in Volkswagen’s Autoeuropa factory in Palmela, Portugal. Its rhardtop, on the other hand, was designed and created by OASys.

Car parts for Volkswagen Eos include new body panels that blend with its unique 5-piece folding hardtop. The latter comes with an integrated glass roof. Volkswagen body parts for Eos are designed to cater to both the 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder motor that can generate 200 horsepower, and the 3.2-liter VR6 motor that produces 250 horsepower. The power produced by the engines is transported using the new VW Direct-Shift Gearbox.

Now, on the new version of Eos, the automaker is offering 5 engine versions that range from 85 kW/115 PS to 184 kW/250 PS. The new car standard specifications include Volkswagen alloy wheels, leather-lined steering wheel, ESP, 8 hydraulic cylinders, electric windows, air conditioning, front head restraints, front airbags, head-thorax airbags, and roll over protection system.

Car enthusiasts cannot help but admire how roof panels lift and part and how body panels lift and fold in a span of 30 seconds. The sunroof of Eos is also fun. It can be opened to allow fresh air to enter the car or it can be enjoyed as a panoramic tinted glass roof. Other automakers like Cadillac, Lexus, Mercedes-Benx, Volvo and Pontiac, acknowledges the potentials of retractable hardtops. Moreover, they are concentrating on the refinement of said car feature.

Volkswagen Eos is not only intended to be exciting but affordable as well. Pricing of the vehicle ranges from under $28,000 for the base version to $36,850 for a V-6, automatic version. Its rivals – Pontiac G6 and Volvo C70, are priced at $28,565 and $39,090 respectively.

Through October this year, Volkswagen sales are up by 9.9 percent. This figure reveals a back to normalcy status for the affordable brand. Eos, contribute significantly in keeping the turnaround on pace. …

2011 Volkswagen Jetta Price and Specs

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The new Volkswagen Jetta is an entirely new vehicle design. The appearance of its fully galvanised body shows this most emphatically. Never before was a VW Jetta this large, this sporty, this independent. Just how independent? One sign is that the Volkswagen Jetta no longer shares any body components with the technically related world’s bestseller, the Golf. Instead, the new Jetta impresses as an independent vehicle like the Passat CC or Tiguan. And it is just as safe; the previous model was already named “Top Safety Pick” in crash testing by the US organisation IIHS. Along with optimal occupant crash safety, the car has further advanced pedestrian safety features. With the Jetta, Volkswagen has once again introduced entirely new standards of quality to a vehicle segment.

Exterior styling and dimensions

The new model is 182.7 inches (4.63 metres) long, 57.1 inches (1.45 metres) tall and 70.1 inches (1.78 metres) wide (length of the European version: 4.64 metres). This makes the Volkswagen 3.15 inches (8 cm) longer than the previous model. The interplay of exterior dimensions produces a powerful ratio of proportions. In parallel, the new Volkswagen “design DNA” sharpens its style. This has resulted in clear precise lines and athletically muscular surfaces that give the saloon an image of timeless elegance and dynamic styling. The result: the Volkswagen Jetta’s appearance makes such a dominant styling statement that the Volkswagen practically positions itself in a higher vehicle class.

Front end: Here it is the coupe-like incline of the windshield and the consistent use of horizontal lines that define the design. The high-gloss black radiator grille forms a stylistic unit together with the trapezoidal headlights. The dual reflector headlights are sectioned by a so-called masking blade into a larger area with the low and main beam lights and a narrow lower section with daytime running lights and indicator lights. The chrome masking blades guide the horizontal lines of the front end right into the headlights. The result: the Volkswagen Jetta has a wider and more dynamic visual stance. In the area of the low-beam light, new H7 Longlife halogen discharge lamps are used which have a significantly longer service life. The parking and daytime running lights – generally subjected to more severe loads – are also designed with Longlife or Super-Longlife technology. Optimal tuning of the mounting height and size of the low-beam reflector produces very good and broad illumination of the roadway with an emphasis on the driver’s side.

Just beneath the grille and headlight unit is the cleanly sculpted surface of the fully painted bumper. One section lower, another cooling air intake and a tray-shaped front spoiler (in the style of ‘splitters’ used in car racing) give the car a sporty finish. The upper section of the front end displays a powerful transition from the v-shaped engine bonnet to the wings on the sides; the shoulder section here reflects dynamic and muscular styling.

Side profile: In the saloon’s side profile, design characteristics that mark all new Volkswagens meld into yet …

Finding The Best Used Car Deal

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People assume that dealerships are the only place to find great used car prices. This isn’t true! Today, there are many options for buying a used car such as car guides, personal ads, and the internet. Cars cost a lot of money, so make every dollar count. This article will help you buy a used car that meets your financial and practical needs.

You can find newer model used cars at dealerships. But, be prepared to encounter pushy salespeople. Make sure that you don’t do anything that you are uncomfortable with. To help you remember later, it is a good idea to take notes as you go from dealership to dealership looking for a car. It is worth it, just for the warranty, to purchase your used car from a dealer, even though it might cost you a little more than purchasing from a private party.

With everything the internet offers, finding a good used car online can be easy.
Buying a car online also eliminates having to deal with pushy salespeople. If you want to buy a car off the Internet, make sure you use a company that has a good reputation. Shopping online is relatively safe, but be cautious as the occasional scammer does exist.

Magazines like Auto Trader are a great resource if you’re looking for high quality used cars. Automotive magazines do more than just list cars for sale; they also include independent reviews and helpful hints for maintaining your vehicle. Some auto magazines only deal with new cars, so when buying a car magazine be sure to choose one that offers used car information as well. Private sales might be your best choice if you want a used car in top condition. You can find tons of private party used car ads online and in newspapers.

It is very easy to get suckered into a deal that you are not sure of, so be careful. If a vehicle does not meet your needs, do not allow the pressure of a salesperson force you into making an impulse purchase. Your chances of finding a great deal are better if you use all of your resources. Whether you select a dealership, an automotive magazine, or the Internet for buying your used car, following this basic advice will have you in the driver’s seat of the right used car before you know it.…

Professional Car Detailing Services for Intricate Cleaning of Cars

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All those who own a vehicle understand how important it is to clean it, the right way and on regular basis. Car washing and cleaning is an essential part and a complex process that requires understanding of all parts and surfaces of cars. Most of the times it has been noticed that in their effort of cleaning their cars, car owners, used to damage important parts of their cars. This was largely due to lack of knowledge and by using wrong type of equipments. To avoid this, professional car detailing services were designed. At these service stations, these services were offered by professionals who made use of proper equipments to make this complex process easy.

The companies that offered car wash services make use of proper equipments and machinery to clean different surfaces of cars. For instance, the exterior metal parts and body of a vehicle are hard and durable and a powerful cleaning machine is required to clean it. Only a cleaning machine with pressure washer can clean the engine components and exteriors of the vehicle easily. These machines can easily clean the dirt off these parts. In addition, to dirt these powerful machines can clean the oil and fuel stains on the engine components that are not easy to remove otherwise.

In contrast to the exteriors, the interior components of the vehicle are soft and delicate. For example, seat upholstery, mats, and carpets are made of soft materials and need to be cleaned with special machines that soft on them and tough on dirt. Carpet extractor and carpet cleaner are specific type of cleaning machines used to clean the interiors of the cars. These machines clean the interiors thoroughly without harming the materials used.

As it is not possible for each and every individual to own these specialised machines, they can make use of companies offering car detailing servicesand car wash services. Egy Wash is Perth, WA, based company that offers all types of car detailing services. Whether you are looking for a quick and easy car wash, paint protection, detailing, red dust removal, engine detailing, shampooing, stainless steel polishing, steam cleans, or anything else Egy Wash offers all these to its customers at reasonable prices. The company also offers mobile detailing services to its customers. To find out more about mobile car detailing servicesand car wash servicesfrom this company, please browse through http://www.egywash.com.au/

Oil Change

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An oil change is part of vehicle maintenance that keeps the car running effectively and smoothly and keeps the engine healthy. If a car’s oil is not changed on a regular basis then the engine can develop sludge, which will slow down its power and lead to other mechanical problems within the operation of the vehicle. Oil changes, along with proper tire pressure, not keeping too much extra weight in the trunk and a regular inspection keep a motor vehicle running smoothly and can help the owner save money on unnecessary repairs down the road.

The oil in a motor vehicle should be changed every three months or every 3,000 miles, whichever comes first and should be done by a licensed mechanic at a garage. Drivers can change the oil themselves but must dispense of the old, used oil legally. Never pour the oil down the storm drain; it will hurt and even destroy most parts of the environment. At a garage or at the dealership, the mechanics dispose of the oil in a safe, legal way. The driver of the car will be charged a disposal fee but it comes with the territory of owning a motor vehicle.

Oil changes can take less than one hour to perform, especially if the garage or dealership is not busy at the time of the appointment. For most new models of vehicles, owners take their car to the dealership for maintenance instead of the town mechanic. The dealership has better access to more parts and the mechanics at the dealership are more familiar with their own vehicles than the local mechanic would be.

The motor oil of a motor vehicle does plenty of things to keep the vehicle running smoothly and keeps the engine clean. The motor oil lubricates the moving parts of the engine, its cleans, inhibits corrosion, improves sealing and cools the engine. Motor oil is made of petroleum and it consists of hydrocarbons, organic compounds that consist of hydrogen and carbon.

For different vehicles there are different grades of motor oil. For vehicles with mileage over 70,000 most mechanics recommend a high mileage motor oil. Most vehicles, especially ones just off of the dealership lot, will require a normal, low grade motor oil. There are single grade, multi grade, synthetic and turbine motor oils available on the market today. They can be purchased at a mechanic garage, at the local automotive store and at retail stores that have auto departments in them.

Changing the motor oil in a car’s engine is one of the most important aspects of keeping the car running smoothly and keeping the engine clean. If the oil isn’t checked and/or changed ever three months or every 3,000 miles the car will begin to experience problems when running and corrosion will begin to build in the engine. Corrosion will slow the car down and cause damage if it is left there for a prolonged period of time. Oil changes can be scheduled by appointment with a …

On Replacing Your BMW Engine: The 325xi

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Due to the pricing of new BMW’s, BMW engine replacement is more common than many drivers are aware of. Rather than spend $50,000 plus on a new BMW, drivers see installing a $2000 – $4000 used BMW engine as an intelligent, mature decision. Since the typical BMW engine is going to last a long time. Let’s look at a case study of the price difference between replacing the BMW engine in 325xi and buying a replacement BMW 325xi.

First of all, let us establish a few things. Unless BMW is covering it under warranty, you would be foolish to buy a new or remanufactured BMW engine. A new BMW engine for your 325xi wholesales at just under $17,000. A remanufactured BMW engine for this vehicle wholesales for just under $9300. A good used BMW engine for this car should run less than $4500 – with a lengthy warranty. Thus, a used BMW engine is really the only viable option for our equation to work.

The second thing that must be considered is the labor required to replace a BMW engine. These cars are not more difficult to work on than American vehicles, they just require a tool set that is less standard, and there are few mechanics familiar with these vehicles. Just like a mechanic familiar with a particular GMC engine would have trouble tearing down a BMW engine, a mechanic familiar with the N52B30A engine in your 325xi would have trouble tearing down a GMC 350 engine.

While familiarity is great, there is a system in place to protect both mechanics and customers from billing problems: The Mitchell Labor Book. While mechanics familiar with a job will be able to replace a BMW engine in less time than the book says, good mechanics will bill for the number of hours in the book. On the swing side, customers are protected from mechanics who are unfamiliar with a job, and thus take more time to complete it. An ’05 325xi with an Automatic transmission should be billed for 19.6 hours for “Removal and Replacement” while the manual transmission equipped vehicle should be billed for 18.1 hours.

To give you something to benchmark this against, replacing a radiator in the same vehicle is a 2.0 hour process. Changing out a BMW engine is quite the job!

We’re too the point now where we can calculate what our total costs should be. Assume you’ve found a good independent shop to install your BMW engine, and that their labor rate is $95 an hour. This will be high in some areas of the country – but it will be low in other areas. Always check with your shop for a complete estimate and list of hourly rates before you get deep into a project like this!

At 19.6 Hours, your labor cost should run around $1862. Figure an additional $1000 for miscellaneous parts (again, check with your mechanic for an estimate). $1862 + $1000 $ $4500 = $7362. Figure a 10% margin of …

How to Detail Your Car

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Some say that Guido da Vigevano built the first car in 1335 that used a windmill type assembly to drive a set of gears to turn the wheels. I would say that if that is the case, that he probably was also the first one to clean a car. Now the car wash/detailing industry has become a multi-billion dollar industry. Although why would you want to spend you hard earned money on having some one else detail your car? When you could do it yourself, and make sure it is completed correctly and the way you want. Besides I know a lot of car enthusiast out there who would really prefer to detail their cars themselves.

After years of experience and talking with some of the best product/technical representatives around today, I have compiled a how to guide for car owners that want to do there own work. This guide is intended for all car enthusiasts on all levels. Maybe you are new to car detailing or you are just looking for some new “tricks” to give you the advantage at your next car show. Either way I hope that this guide helps you on your journey.

First off detailing is hard work and time consuming. No matter what your reason for wanting to detail your car from wanting to attend a car show to selling your vehicle detailing will be well worth your time and effort. Now there are products out there that say that it will cut your time in half, and that you only need to do it once a year. However, several professional detailers I talked with said that many of the new cheaper products are indeed too good to be true and can damage paint jobs. This is why I suggest staying away from low quality products and sticking with the known products. There is nothing that works as well as hard work and some elbow grease. I will make some suggestions as I continue through the guide, but if you have a product you really like, go ahead and use it.

Detail Kits are available at www.mpcustoms.com

Before you get started you will need:

Paper towels, rags, and chamois. Old t-shirts work well, and if you can find any old “clean” cloth diaper use them because they make excellent rags for polishing the finish and are great for windows.
Brushes. You’ll need a few different varieties and sizes to get into the hard to reach areas. An old toothbrush works well, and several cotton swabs.
Wash bucket. Make sure it is clean, and you may want to keep is as your car washing bucket only. This may help prevent getting unwanted dirt and chemicals in a bucket you use to clean your car with.
Wash mitts and or a good quality sponge.
Bug removal sponge
Power Washer or a good hose nozzle with different head types. Power Washers are getting pretty reasonably priced now and you can pick them up at any hardware store. …

Car Wash and Auto Detail Safety Manual

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When you run a car wash and/or an auto detailing business, the safety manual that you give to your employees is crucial for keeping them from the many dangers that can result in accidents in the industry. Auto detailing companies also have their share of workplace safety hazards that require the proper safety training for employees to avoid making mistakes that can lead to injuries and deaths.

Car Wash Industry Hazards

A car wash may be largely run by machines that do the washing, but employees play an important role in getting the job done. With employees on site, often outdoors near moving vehicles, there are many ways that a small mistake can cost lives. Being hit by vehicles that accelerate unexpectedly is a constant danger that can claim several lives at once. In 2011, an accelerating vehicle killed a car wash worker inMarylandand injured two other employees of the car wash. Learning where to stand to avoid an out-of-control vehicle is important information to arm your employees with.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, car wash employees are also at risk for accidental amputations from machinery that is not being used properly. When employees can learn about the proper lock out/tag out procedures from a car wash and auto detail safety manual / IIPP, these injuries can be avoided by the careful operation of the machinery. The manual should also teach employees about the correct protective equipment that they should use to keep themselves protected from injuries. The proper hazard communications among employees and management is also an integral part of the safety principles learned from the right car wash and auto detail safety manual / IIPP.

Auto Detailing and Chemical Hazards

When employees detail cars, they spend a lot of time around chemicals that effectively clean the cars and make them shine. However, these chemicals may cause health problems when they aren’t used with the right protective gear by employees. The fumes from some cleaning fluids can cause everything from dizziness to long-term health consequences when they are used in confined spaces.

When detailing inside vehicles, a car wash and auto detail safety manual / IIPP teaches employees how touse the correct protective gear, whichmay include gloves or a respirator, depending on the chemicals being used. Using the right eye protection when working with a pressure washer and other equipment is not only a safe solution for preventing eye injuries, in many cases it is also required by OSHA. With the right protective equipment, auto detailers can protect their eyes, hands and lungs from being injured by the common equipment and chemicals used to detail vehicles.

With the right car wash and auto detail safety manual / IIPP, employees whouse respirators can learn when they are necessary, what type to use and how to make sure that their respirator is fitted properly and working.Without this information, having a respirator on hand may be of little use to employees who don’t understand when and how to use …