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Why Won’t My Car Start?!

April 24, 2014

It’s a cool brisk Saturday morning and you’re excited to go shopping for yourself. You deserve it after a brutal week at work. Walking towards your car, you’re already thinking about all the stores you want to hit up.

“Maybe I’ll buy those cute strappy sandals from that boutique,” you think as you open the car door.

Hopping into the drivers seat you place the key into the ignition and… nothing! Thinking there might have been a fluke, you try it again. Dread washes over you when you realize that, yes, your car won’t start.

“I have to get those cute strappy sandals,” you yell out loud.

No worries, I’m here to help solve the mystery of why your car won’t start.

#1. Dead Battery- My first thought would be check to see if you left any lights on in your car. Even the smallest light can drain your battery if left on for too long. If you have a battery tester then that is great! If you do believe that your battery is dead then try jump starting your car. If your car starts right away, most likely the problem was just a dead battery. You can always get it replaced or have someone clean the connections. Over time battery connections can become dirty or corroded. Bad connections can make it difficult to start your car as well.

#2. Faulty Fuses- Hope that it is just a faulty fuse. It’s easy to get them replaced! You can tell when a fuse is blown, because the fine wires in the casing will be broken and there will be discoloring. (Few cars have faulty fuses related to starting systems, but your car might be one of them)

#3. Ignition Switch Problems- Your ignition switch could be the problem if it wasn’t your fuse or your battery. One sure sign that it could be the ignition switch is if you turn your key and the red warning lights on your dash don’t ever light up.

#4. Bad Starter- If you’re getting current to the starter but it just keeps spinning, it most likely needs to be replaced. I would recommend having someone help you test this, seeing as it could be slightly dangerous to do own your own.

There are some other reasons why your car won’t start, but hopefully this will help eliminate possibilities! So you can get back on the road and buy those cute strappy sandals!

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Easter Egg Time!

April 18, 2014

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I have always loved the Easter season! This year I wanted to get a little bit creative with my dyed eggs. I have searched the Internet looking for the most unique and fun ideas, and here they are!

#1. The first one is a great way to make a mini terrarium inside an Easter egg. What’s a terrarium, you ask? Terrariums are glass containers filled with plants and flowers, and are fantastic mobile planters that can be hung around your home. Learn more on how to make these darling eggs here:

http://www.thehousethatlarsbuilt.com/2013/03/how-to-make-easter-egg-terrariums.html

#2. I just love this idea of making graffiti eggs. This blogger decorates these eggs with acrylic paint. I have also seen some bloggers paint eggs with watercolor. Learn more with this link: http://www.papernstitchblog.com/2013/03/27/make-this-graffiti-inspired-easter-eggs/

#3. Looking for a little glam this Easter season? Check out these gold flake eggs! So easy to do as well. All you need is dipped dyed eggs wrapped in gold flake paper. http://littleinspiration.com/2014/02/diy-gold-leaf-eggs.html

#4. Last but not least are these darling marbled eggs. “How?” you ask! You can achieve this look with nail paint! Just like marbling finger nails with water and nail polish, the artist was able to achieve those stunning eggs with the same logic and idea. http://littleinspiration.com/2014/02/diy-nail-polish-easter-eggs.html

Which method will you try this year?

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Car Parts and their Functions

April 8, 2014

I have been doing a couple car part quizzes on my Facebook page, and I’m proud of my fans for getting so many correct answers! I thought that I would take this time to write about what functions these car parts play in a car.

Here is my first car part rundown:

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1. Turbocharger- The function of a turbocharger is to significantly increase an engine’s horsepower without affecting its overall weight. How does it work? They are a forced induction system that compresses the air going into the engine. When the air is compressed it allows the engine to squeeze more air into the cylinder. This in turn allows more fuel to be added, which then results in a powerful explosion in each cylinder.

2. Electronic Control Unit- An ECU controls a couple of the electrical systems or subsystems in a car. What does that mean? Well the ECU can control the fuel injection system, the ignition timing, and the idle speed control system. If you thought that was enough, it also helps with the air conditioning and EGR systems. It’s also been known to control power to the fuel pump. Pretty important car part!

3. Valve Springs- A valve spring is a helical spring used to close a valve, which allows fuel/air in, or exhaust gases out.

4. Alternator- A good alternator is vital for a running car. It’s a device that converts mechanical energy to electrical energy. How is this possible? With something called a rotating crankshaft.

I hope that you were able to learn more about these car parts!

-L

 
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Crash Course on Crashes!

March 26, 2014

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Your favorite song just came on the radio. You’re super excited, and blast your stereo speakers up. Feeling carefree, you glance down at the time and notice you’re actually going to make it to work on time today. You stop at a traffic light and suddenly a car comes screeching behind you – CRASH!

You have just been in a car accident. Now what?

1. First, check to make sure that no one got hurt. Check for injuries — not only for you and the other driver, but of all the passengers as well.

2. Next, put your hazard lights on. You want other drivers to be aware of what is happening, especially if you are still on the road.

3. Call the police as soon as possible. The police need to come to the scene and file a report, even if it is a small car accident. Make sure to tell the police officer your story, but don’t exaggerate. The insurance companies will be able to read the report and figure out who was at blame.

4. Exchange information with the other driver. Get their name, address, telephone number, driver’s license number, and automobile insurance company info.

5. Since you probably carry a portable camera on your phone,  Make sure to take some snaps of the accident. It can’t hurt to have more evidence on hand for the insurance company.

6. Last but not least, contact your insurer. Now is the time to file a claim with your insurance agency. This can be a longer process then you might hope for.

7. If your car is in a junkyard, make sure you get it out as soon as possible. If you don’t, a lot of money taken out of your claim.

Be safe out on the road. With cell phones, built-in TVs, fast food drive-thrus and more, drivers seem to be more distracted than ever. Make sure that you are not a reckless driver. Put your phone away while driving!

– Infographic from Allstate Insurance

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Emergency Prepared Kit For Your Car

January 30, 2014
You never know what life will bring you. That is why it’s better to be safe than sorry. Should you be prepared for a disaster? I say, “Absolutely YES!” I made a list of items you should always keep in your car while driving. Like always, if you can think of anything I left out, then don’t hesitate to comment below.   First aid kit Flashlight Matches/ fire starter Water bottles Energy bars/ canned food Window breaker Flares Map Blanket Change of clothes Roll of toilet paper Jumper cables Car manual Duck tape Spare tire Tool kit Ice scraper USB mobile device charger
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"We Wish You a Merry Road Trip, and a Happy New Year!"

December 23, 2013
The holiday season is here, and that means one thing, spending lots of time with loved ones! I’m especially excited to visit my family this week, but sometimes long drives can be daunting. If you’re gearing up for a long road trip this winter, make sure to expect the unexpected. You never know if you’ll experience a flat tire, carsickness, or a deer crossing. That is why I’m here to give you some helpful road trip advice this holiday season. 1. Flat Tires- We’ve all experienced the occasional flat tire, and if you haven’t, your time will come. One thing that is important to remember is to bring a spare! Nothing is worse than being stranded in the middle of nowhere with no cellphone reception. Make sure to keep in the back of your trunk a jack, a tire iron or lug wrench, and a spare tire. For advice on changing your tire quickly, visit my previous post located here: How to Change a Tire Quickly 2. Carsickness- When I was a kid on long winding road trips, my mother use to say, “Eyes on the road!.” Carsickness is caused by your body sensing a difference between what you see and what you feel. Looking at the road can balance your inner ear, making you feel less nauseous. If that doesn’t help, try short breaks, and make sure to take deep breaths through your mouth. Breathing deeply has been known to relax the stomach. Also try bringing candy canes for your little ones! Peppermint candy has been known to cure or relieve carsickness, and they will also put you in the holiday spirit. 3. Oh Deer!- Santa’s furry friend could be out walking around at the same time your traveling to your grandmother’s house. Hitting a deer or a moose could be fatal, not only to the animal, but also to you and your passengers. Here are some tips to avoid a collision this holiday season. First tip, read the signs. Deer collisions most often occur in prime animal habitat locations. Road signs will warn you where these animal habitat areas are located. Make sure to reduce your speed, and be cautious of your surroundings. Second tip, use your high beams. When there are no oncoming cars, using your high beams will most likely scare the animal. Plus the light will illuminate more of the area that you are traveling through. Finally, if a deer comes in front of your car, do not swerve, but instead brake firmly. Wishing you and you loved ones a fun and safe road experience this holiday season!