Car Leasing

Tips On Car Leasing
Leasing a car isn’t for everyone. If you’re like me and keep your car for
many, many years then leasing isn’t for you.

If however, you don’t get  “attached” to a vehicle as some of us do, and you like having a new car every few years then leasing may be for you.

Today’s cars are built very well and you can expect to get a good amount of  mileage from your car. You can expect at least 100,000 miles. If you  purchase a car you may have five years of payments, but your car may last  eight to ten years.

This means three to five years of no monthly car payments. However, as you car ages, the need for upkeep goes up too. With more mileage on you car things start to break down and costs to keep your car up mechanically may go up. It’s doubtful though that what you pay out
for maintenance and car repair will ever be as much as monthly payments would be.

When you lease a car you make monthly payments as you would if you  purchased a car outright. But, when a lease is up you have nothing to show  for it.

These monthly payments may be somewhat less than if you were buying the car. Leasing a car usually requires large down payments and security deposits, taxes and fees. It isn’t necessarily cheaper up front than buying a car.

Also, when you lease a car you have mileage restrictions. A lease
generally allows between 12,000 and 15,000 miles annually. If you go over that amount you pay for each mile. This can really add up.

Leasing doesn’t mean you don’t have to pay for upkeep. You are held to the manufacturers specified servicing schedule for your vehicle. If you don’t  have the required maintenance performed this can void your lease.

If you want to end the lease early there are generally large termination
fees. At the end of your lease if there is damage to the car, or if there
are missing parts you will be charged for them.

Make sure if you are considering leasing a vehicle that you understand all the fine print in the contact and all possible extra costs before signing  on the dotted line.

Checking the Electrical System in Your Car

Electrical System

If you have a problem with head lights turn signals or brake lights check all the fuses first How to check the fuse is simple remove the fuse hold it up to the light and make sure that the metal strip in the centre of  the fuse is not broken as this will render the fuse dead and the electrical system for that light will not be supplied with any power from the battery until that fuse is replaced.

After checking all the fuses and you still have no light then check the bulb. Let’s say your left turn signal is no longer working and indication that the bulb has broken is that the signal light will flash very fast on the back signal light if the front signal light is not working.

Also it will be same  result if the back one failed and the front signal light flashes very quickly this means that the bulb has blown and needs replaced.

9 times out of 10 this is what can and usually does occur for most electrical problems in your car or truck. If you have any starting problems as indicated you can use a testing light to see if you are getting power there.

There is a process you need to learn and how to properly test an electrical circuit. Here is a link that you can go to to learn more on how you do this.

 http://www.howstuffworks.com/under-the-hood/vehicle-maintenance/how-to-test-car-alternator-for-power.htm

 

Regular Maintenance on You Vehicle.

Changing the motor oil is the most common one usually done about 4 times a year depending on what your yearly mileage is,this is the most common amount for most drivers, also change the air filter every second year check the tire pressure
every 2 weeks.

If you do these simple things it will definitely help to keep your vehicle on the road without any break downs. However it is a good idea to get coverage from an auto club as you never know what can happen like an accident or sudden change in the weather can cause road conditions to worsen and become very dangerous to drive in.

 

Fuel System What Can Go Wrong?

Fuel System

If your engine is hard to start or just generally sounds rough then you need to check your spark plugs use the proper spark plug deep socket with the rubber sock interior so as not to damage the ceramic top when you remove each of the plugs check the bottom of the plug for signs of black oil,

Any sign of black oil means the gas is to rich ( not enough oxygen in the fuel mixture ) and the plug is not firing or burning the mixture correctly this will cause a rough idle and the sound of the engine will be strong indicator of this condition, you will hear the engine hestitating and almost stalling at times.

Another problem is the smell of gas this happens whenever you try to start the engine it turns over as you turn the key but goes not fire it keeps turning over and more and more gas floods into the cylinder head  where the sparks plugs are then if you remove one of the plugs you will notice a strong smell of gasoline.

This is caused by “flooding the engine”, At this point you have 2 choices do nothing walk away and come back in a hour, by that time all the gas in the cylinder heads will have evaporated, second choice is to remove all the plugs and dry them with a clean rag.

The cause of flooding the engine is usually electrical the main reason is that the electrical charge is not getting to the spark plugs via the distributor cap.

We know that the fuel system is working because the fuel pump is supplying gas directly to the plugs , hence the smell of gas.

Therefore the supply of electrical current to the plugs is not working. So we know that the fuel system is working, because plenty of gas is getting directly to the plugs.

There are possibly two reason for this happening first it maybe the ignation coil is not supply the correct voltage of electricty to the spark plugs, or it could be the distibutor cap which may have a hair line crack causing the charge to fail.

In most cases the fuel system is very reliable if on the other hand you remove the plugs and there is no sign or smell of gas then chances are this is your fuel pump or perhaps it is you a clogged fuel filter.

You should replace the fuel filter every 5 years, Fuel pumps are very reliable and the chances of one just not working are not very common.

Repairing Your Cooling System

Cooling Systems

Having a car and maintaining a car can be very expensive if you don’t take care of it. It is highly important to do the regular brake and coolant fuild and oil changes that the manufacture recomends.

Your cooling sytem uses anti- freeze which begins to break down and loose its cooling properties after a two years.

You should read the instructions when to flush this and ad new clean coolant at regular intervals.

By doing this simple maintenance tip on a regular basis will prevent more serious problems later on like replacing a water pump or radiator before its time.

You also need to check the fluid level every 2 weeks and top it up. Look at the coolant level in your reservoir  bottle when the engine is cold if it low ad the coolant until it is slightly above this water mark which should have a FULL or LOW warning on it.

Clean your engine every second month or every other month depending on your environment more dusty dry conditions you may need to perform this task each week.

This will keep the fins in the radiator from being clooged check the bottom of the radiator for loose or clogged fins. and spray with a mild detergent to loosen it.

Check the hoses and hose clamps for any cracks or rust if you notice that one of your hose clamps is very rusty changed it, chances are you are getting anti -freeze vapor which is mostly water and therefore corrosive this is a sign that you are loosing your coolant and will most likely explain why you have been topping up your coolant every other week.

Once again make the commitment to inspect all the hoses radiator and coolant levels every second week.

Lastly notice the color of your coolant when the engine is cold remove the overflow bottle cap and notice the color if it is a solid green color then every thing is fine

But if it is a brownish color then you may have engine oil leaking into your coolant system which may be a problem with your head gasket which separates the engine oil from the coolant.

This can cost a lot of money to repair. I had the same thing happen to me if you get it early enough before it leaks too much then you can repair it by going to any automotive store and buying gasket leak sealer which comes in a small bottle which you ad to your coolant it effectively seals the gasket and stops oil from getting into your coolant.

 

I have tried and found it very successful, some mechanics say this will not work  for more than a few months, but I can testify that I have been driving the same car for over two years with a gasket problem.

It was well worth the investment. You may have to do this every second year but it will save you time and a whole lot of money.

Another sign that you may have a head gasket leak is if the tempreture gauge starts to rise while you are sitting in traffic or just driving slow through the city.

This may be an indication of compression loss due to a leaky head gasket, again you can repair it if you do not ignore the warning signals.