Ever considered a set of snow chains for your car for the winter?
This is so funny from The Masked Mechanic, titled “Most Stupidest Fucking Design Things Ever”.
The masked mechanic is working on a Kia Sportage and is not a happy bunny.
Are the right sized tyres fitted to your car ?
Almost as important as having the right tyre pressures at all times, having the right size tyres fitted is essential for the safety of your vehicle.
Your insurance company will also expect your tyres and wheels to be the size as fitted by the vehicle manufacturer unless you have advised them otherwise – so check them out now !
Oh, and just because we haven’t mentioned tyre tread depth yet as being important, you know it is and there is no getting away from that. So make sure your tyres have plenty of tread on them, and if in doubt – get them changed.
The size of your tyres is written on the side of each tyre. It is not necessary for you to know exactly what the numbers mean, just that they match. An example (see image below) would be 205 / 60 / 17. These numbers are ;
Tyre Width(mm) / Wall Height Ratio % / Tyre Radius (inches).
Here is a really useful tool to find out what size tyres should actually be fitted to your motor.
Just click here or on the image below, the service is run by eBay and is really helpful. Enter your vehicles details and the results will highlight what size tyres should be fitted to your car ;
All you need to do is enter the details of your vehicle, Make, Model, Year etc., then after you have clicked ‘Update Results’, just click ‘wheels and tyres’ from the left side of the screen.
(We are not sure if this link works on mobile. If you get the chance, please let us know via the comments section below.)
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7 useful car tools that will make car owning much easier and cheaper.
Even if you never do any DIY on your car, here are 7 useful car tools that every driver should own or have access to.
Don’t worry, we are not talking about getting your hands dirty and stripping engines. We’re not talking mechanics tools, just useful car tools that every driver will benefit from owning. Maybe you already have some, or someone in your family will own some, so find out today !!
1). Jump leads (booster cables).
Hopefully you will never suffer from your car not starting due to a flat battery. However, if you do you’ll be glad to have a set of jump leads to get you going again. With a set of jump leads and a relatives or neighbours car, just follow these instructions here and you should be able to get your car started again.
Keep a set in your boot and you never know, you might even be able to get someone else out of a fix. Click on the image for more details.
Keep your battery booster fully charged using a plug in your house. They are also useful items to have as they sometimes have a torch on them as well as a tyre inflator. Here is a guide on How to use a Battery Booster. Click on the image for more details.
3). Battery charger.
Another one for flat battery lovers (haters). Allow yourself time to get your battery fully charged – here is our guide on how to charge your car battery. Make sure you do look into why your battery has gone flat, might be a faulty battery or alternator. Click on the image for more details. These car tools make you a very useful friend tp have, maybe the only time you will ever need to use one will be to charge someone else’s battery.
4). Tow rope.
This is an essential and low cost item that should be kept in the boot of every vehicle. Whether its used to tow your car home, or just to move it to a safer place after a breakdown, remember you get what you may for so don’t be too cheap or you’ll be in trouble when you do come to use it. Click on the image for more details. One of these car tools also makes you a very useful friend, maybe the only time you will ever need to use one will be to rescue someone else.
5). Wheel wrench.
Lets face it, the spider brace or small tyre wrenches that come with cars as standard are completely rubbish. Most of the time they will not loosen tight wheel nuts, leaving you stranded with a flat tyre. Get yourself a telescopic wheel brace to replace the stock item in your boot, you’ll be glad you did. Low cost and a real life saver, check your wheel nut size before buying. Click on the image for more details. This is a very labour saving car tools that you will hopefully never have to use, but just imagine if you did get a flat tyre and you could remove the wheel because you didn’t have one of these.
6). Tyre pressure gauge.
You should all know the safety importance of having the right pressure, but what about the financial cost too !! Running with under or over inflated tyres causes premature wear, so a few quid spent on a tyre pressure gauge could save you a small fortune in tyre costs. It could also help to spot a tyre that needs attention due to say a slow puncture or faulty valve. These car tools only costs a few pounds, and yes we all say that we will check our tyres the next time we go and fill up, then what happens. You forget or you get there and someone else is using it and you don’t have time to wait.
7). Tyre tread depth gauge.
It is very important to ensure your tyres are well in excess of the legal tyre depth. What can also save you a lot money is finding out the optimum time to rotate your tyres (front to back). A few quid spent on a tyre depth gauge can ensure that you squeeze as many miles as possible from your tyres.
So how do I fit my Lexus lights ?
As we said in the What are Lexus lights article fitting aftermarket lights is one of the simplest and most effective styling mods you can carry out yourself.
The instructions that we are about to give you are generic, meaning that they will be suitable for most vehicles.
If you have a Haynes Manual for your car, it should also show you info on how to remove your rear lights.
What should be included with my Lexus lights ?
If you buy lights from a reputable source and don’t just go for the very cheapest you can find, you should get the following in the box ;
1. FITTING INSTRUCTIONS – decent ones that are specific to your car.
2. BULBS – however in alot of cases the bulbs out of the original lights are used.
3. WIRING – there should be a small wiring harness that goes from each
bulb holder to a large connector. This connector should be the same as
the one on your current wiring harness so it plugs straight in.
In some cases, wiring is not included. This is probably because the bulb holders from your original lights wiring will fit straight onto the new Lexus lights. This will be covered below.
What tools will I need for fitting Lexus lights?
With the majority of cars, you won’t need very much at all.
Normally all you will need is a ratchet and probably a 10mm socket. You may need a long reach (deep) socket if the bolts holding the lights in place are quite long.
You may be able to get away with using an
open-ended spanner if you have the space to fit it in.
You could probably reach into most cars using a pair of pliers but these are not the correct tools for the job and are famous for causing the removal of skin from knuckles.
Some cars do not need any tools to remove the rear lights. They use plastic type ‘wing-nuts’ to hold the lights onto the bolts.
Lexus LIghts fitting guidance ;
FIRST THING, make sure your lights/indicators and ignition are OFF.
When you take the new lexus lights out of the box, you will notice that they are the exact same shape as the original lights on your car.
On the back of your new lights there should be some bolts sticking out of the back ;
These should be identical to those on the back of your original lights.
1. Open up the tailgate (or boot lid) so that you can get to the back of your lights.
Choose which side you want to change first.
2. There will most likely be some form of cover that will need to be opened or unclipped so that you can get to the back of the lights. Remove this cover so that you can see them and the lights wiring.
3a. If your new lights came with wiring then look along the wiring (you may need to get your hand in there and work back from the bulb holders) and find the big connector block/plug. Pull it apart (there may be clips on it) as it is made from two sections. Now your light is free from the wiring.
3b. If your new lights did not come with wiring then you will need to remove the bulb holders from the light cluster. Where the wiring goes into the rear of the light, this bit is called the bulb holder (it holds the bulb). This piece of plastic will either pull out or unscrew (normally unscrew) complete with the bulb. See image below ;
Make sure that you remember to positions of each bulb holder. It might be an idea to label each holder before you take them out.
4. Get your ratchet or spanner (whatever will fit in there) and undo the nuts holding the lights onto the body of the car. Take care when you remove the last one as the light may fall on the floor. Either reach around and hold the light whilst undoing the bolt or get a mate to hold it for you.
5. Once the last nut is off, you should be able to remove the light cluster from the car.
6. Take your new Lexus light and fit it back in place of the original light.
7. Fitting the new Lexus lights should be a direct reversal of the above steps, so refit nuts and refit the wiring.
8. At this point (before changing the other side), I would turn on and check that the new light cluster is working OK. Check that all of the lights operate correctly.
9. Repeat the above stages for the lights on the other side.
10. Finally refit the panels inside the boot, close the tailgate/boot lid and ;
11. Take your new lights for a spin ………..
Where to buy QUALITY Lexus style lights
I would strongly suggest you have a look at AMAZON for their range of car styling accessories and other stuff. AMAZON sell good quality stuff, their reputation depends on it, and even the third party sellers on there have to be good, or else they would get kicked off the AMAZON site (reputation again). There are many online shops selling rubbish and that have a rubbish after-sales / customer service – BE AWARE – get recommendations that’s always a good idea.
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