Off-Season Maintenance: Part 11 – Batteries

From AGM type batteries to lightweight lithium polymer batteries, there are more performance batteries on the market than ever before. Although they do not require much maintenance, it is important to strictly follow charging and storage instructions. Lithium batteries are extremely sensitive to improper procedures and can become a fire hazard under certain circumstances.

When inspecting your battery, look for swelling, corrosion and other types of wear. It is also important to keep the batteries charged. Once a battery is completely drained, it is unlikely that it will function properly again. Modern programmable and computerized battery chargers can be a major help by regulating a batteries capacity and keeping it fully charged while preventing overcharging as well.

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Maintenance Of Car Interiors

For some, it is just a walk in the park to get your car looking all shiny from the outside. However, it is an entirely different story when it comes to keeping the interiors looking the same way.

It is of vital importance to take good care of the car's interior as it not only keeps it clean and fresh, but in the long run will also impact in adding to the resale value of the automobile. A well maintained interior unduly improved the driving experience as well.

Taking a few precautionary measures would not hurt, as this would reduce the burden of cleaning the interiors later on. The following guidelines would keep your car looking as good as new always.

1) Use of rubber mats:

We tend to bring in a lot of dirt into the car through our footwear. It would be a great idea to supplement the factory cloth mats with rubber or plastic mats. These mats protect the fabric below as they act as excellent dust collectors. They are also less prone to damage when compared to cloth mats.

2) Drive with air conditioning on:

There is a lot of dust in the atmosphere. Accumulation of dust in a car causes the interiors to age much faster. This reduces the overall aesthetic beauty of the car and hence affects its resale value. Here is always advisable to drive with the air conditioning on.

3) Do not eat, drink or smoke in the car:

We all try to be careful while consuming beverages in the car. Do not we? Irrespective of our efforts, we tend to make mistakes which clearly stain the upholstery of the car. You can always make out from the interiors of a car to identify whether the driver smokes or not. More often than not you would always find burn patches here and there which are non-repairable.

4) Vacuuming:

Vacuuming is the best method to keep a car's inside spick and span. It helps remove dirt hidden in various nook and crannies of the car. It helps you reach areas that are non-accessible to your hands and hence helps in deep cleansing of the car.

5) Upholstery cleaners:

Although Vacuuming helps to capture loose dirt, it is of little use when it comes to cleaning tough stains. Use high quality upholstery cleaners in order to do away with the blemishes. To retain the suppleness of the fabric, always blot the stains with the cleaner instead of rubbing over them.


The Best Motorcycle Maintenance Tips

A motorcycle maintained in top form is always a safe one to ride on. Following a set of rules when it comes to the maintenance of motorcycles will help in keeping the vehicle in top form. This will in turn aid in the smooth functioning of the motorcycle making it safe to ride.

Keeping the bike clean and rust free is the most important rule. This is the first step of maintaining the bike. On cleaning a bike you would be paying a lot of attention to the various parts and would easily be able to identify a faulty part. This will help in replacement which improves the ride.

Cleaning of the motorbike can either be done with or without water. When using water it is always wise to use plain water and a soft cloth. One can use a little bit of mild detergent but care must be taken to avoid overuse of soap. This detergent has to be dissolved completely in a bucket of water. It is absolutely not recommended to spray water with pressure because then the water might get into some of the sensitive electrical parts and ruin it. Particular care is to be taken to avoid spraying water into the air filter area.

It is advisable to avoid dissolving the chain lubricant when using detergent because it may get washed and if this happens ensure to lubricate it again before riding. Looking at the tires and wheels can give you indication of excessive wear and tear which needs to be replaced at once.

The surface of the bike is prone to damage on exposure to the sun and various chemicals therefore it is better to apply a wax coat over the painted surface. The availability of thin-film covers in the market made of urethane clear membranes helps reduce damage caused. This will also give the bike a glossy look preventing the yellowing of the bike with age.

Polishing the bike with wax requires a lot of consideration. The wax polish needs to be resistant to high temperature because the machine working expels heat. Care has to be taken to choose chrome resistant polish on chrome surfaces to prevent damage and scratching on the chrome based areas.

Plastics and vinyl parts need to be cleaned using special products intended for that purpose. Using of petrol for cleaning purposes is not recommended at all. Ensure the protection of your bike by covering it completely when not in use.


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Dryer Maintenance!

The days of the clothesline are long behind us, as non commercial clothes dryers are claiming a vital place in the households of more and more average families. A dryer is a useful device, of course, able to save one time and money, but as with every household appliance proper maintenance of the unit is vital in order to guarantee it a long and useful life.
The following tips should guarantee your dryer a long operating life, your clothes a longer future, and save you money in the process.

-Make sure to clean your lint filter after every load, using soap and water. Simply scrubbing the lint filter may leave a waxy residual behind.
– Have the interior of the dryer, lint screen and exhaust duct cleaned by a qualified service technician every 18 months.
– Make sure to keep the area around the dryer free of clatter, as you need to provide air flow to the unit.
– The best times for laundry are in the early morning or late evening, as there are fewer demands on energy resources, making it less expensive and environmentally preferable to use the units.
– To reduce drying times, use a wash cycle with a fast spin speed to remove water from heavy items.
– Choose the automatic drying cycle for accurate drying time to save energy and time.
Lastly, do not leave any dump or wet items for long periods inside the dryer, this can be a serious fire hazard.

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Do Sailboat Maintenance Jobs Frustrate You? Being Proactive Helps! Start by Reading This Article

The aim of this article is to hi light to the sailing fraternity ways to reduce the amount of money they spend on sailboat maintenance. It does involve rolling your sleeves up, but there are many benefits to be had from a little elbow grease. Mostly the pointers are aimed at a sailors organization. The article is not meant to cause offense, indeed I will try to inject a little humor in to it as we go along! It’s a British sense of humor and any feedback is welcome!

In order to stay in front of the sailboat maintenance game you need to be proactive. By waiting for stuff to break you are leaving yourself wide open to expense, ruined holiday plans and foul tempers! Let’s face it you don’t want to stuck on the pontoon during your precious holiday time – do you? So how to be proactive in this field? Happily there are lots of things you can do to make life easier.

Here are a few suggestions. In no particular order: Write down a weekly, monthly and seasonal check list of things to observe on board. Examples weekly – the engine oil, fuel filter and engine cooling unit. Monthly might be the navigation lights. Seasonal would be the condition of the hull. By having a list of things to check on a regular basis, you are covering yourself for any nasty surprises.

Have a reliable set of tools to cover the jobs that need attention. By investing in your tool kit you will have peace of mind that you’ve got the correct wrench, pliers and hack saw. Buying cheaply is not advisable, materials used are not as strong under pressure or as durable. Why buy two sets of tools over five years rather than one? Another straight forward concept is having a range of spare parts for jobs that need attention frequently. For example – spark plugs, spark socket, shear pins, starter cord, plug leads, filters, sail tape.

Set aside time before a trip to plan your route and plug way points in to your GPS in advance. You could even get an idea of over night coves or fun places to stop at to give your holiday a loose plan. This also helps with refilling the water tank or engine fuel. Before your trip you should check you have the correct safety gear and look over the emergency kit – it should be on your monthly check list!

Keeping your boat ship shape is important! How much time is wasted looking for stuff in lockers? You can even list the contents of each one written on a sticky label on the lid! Get rid of junk! It clutters and makes the boat untidy and heavier! OK not everyone is a racer but it all adds to a simpler life. Cleanliness is next to godliness. If you regularly wash the decks of grim you will enhance the life of your deck and cockpit. Why? This is because you can spot trouble before it gets a hold. If you have a teak deck you can monitor the rate at which the deck dries. The patches that dry more slowly could mean the caulk is broken, so allowing water in. Again with fiberglass decks, you can spot crazed glass or voids when the surface is clean.

Learning is the key to improvement on board. Perhaps your methods have not allowed for improvements in technology. Watching the market and asking questions is a great way to absorb these updates. If your buddy has a new gadget and your curious to know its in and out – ask to borrow it for a weekend. Then your getting a practical trial, before you reach in to your pocket! There maybe a vibrant second hand market, or a unit in your local shop that’s been a display model – did anyone say discounted?

Not everyone is a whizz at repair though. There maybe jobs you don’t want to go near, as you don’t understand every aspect. There could be a technical aspect to the repair of your outboard or hull. It’s normal to be unsettled by the unknown. However with the right knowledge, tools and materials, it is realistic to gradually incorporate more of your own repair work to your beloved vessel. By becoming more involved with the practical sailboat maintenance aspect of your vessel enhances the bond. So take your interest further and get more for less from your hobby!