There’s nothing quite like a good flushing out of your system. It doesn’t matter if it’s your semi-clogged shower drain, your own body, or your engine; putting any system through a thorough internal cleanse will leave you running more cleanly and more smoothly. Your engine internals are no different to your arteries or your sinuses: they can become clogged and contaminated with sludge and gunk. Sometimes, a thorough reset can rejuvenate your motor. A caveat: even the best engine flush products do little for new, low-mileage cars that are well maintained and driven properly. However, if you’ve got an older car, especially one you only drive on short trips or one whose previous owners weren’t as consistent with oil changes as they should be — an engine flush can help your car run better.
These days there are all sorts of portable devices and appliances we need/want to take with us in our vehicles. Everything from laptops and cameras to small powered coolers or even mini drip-coffee machines for a camping trip or picnic: power inverters convert your car’s DC outlet into 110V A/C power similar to what you get in your house. That means you can plug in things like a small television when you’re tailgating at the game, or power a work light in a pinch at a job site.
Anyone who works on their car or truck knows the importance of using the right tool, for the right job. That’s especially true when it comes to oil filters. These tricky canisters are one of the few things on your vehicle you can’t get after with a socket, spanner, or screwdriver.
The sun, wind, dust and rain can all wreak havoc on the chrome and paint of your beloved motorcycle. An unprotected motorbike is a target for bird droppings, tree sap, and all manner of paint-destroying natural commodities. That's why a motorcycle cover can help protect it from the elements. Motorcycle covers also help protect your motorcycle from prying eyes, which can improve its security.
If you bought a really good pair of jeans, would you wear them with a ratty belt? No, probably not. In some ways, that’s what you’re doing when you buy a hot new set of rims for your car, truck, or SUV, and leave the boring, faded old factory lug nuts on your vehicle.
Jack stands are very literally a life-saving tool for your garage. Every decent DIY mechanic knows you should never work underneath a car using only the jack. You should always jack your vehicle on a level surface, but even on level surfaces your car can move. While a wheel chock can mitigate movement to some degree, it can still come down on you if you don't have one important tool — a jack stand.
Having baked-on oil on your components can cause your car to wear out faster as well as make it harder for you to spot problems if and when they occur. The solution is a regular deep clean of your engine bay, but your normal car shampoo won’t do the job. To really clean up your motor and get it shining again, you need a quality degreaser.
There are few things more disconcerting than poor visibility in bad weather conditions. Thick fog, even drifting snow or heavy rain, can cause your headlights to create more problems than they solve. Turning to your high beams only makes things worse, and before long you’ve slowed to a crawl. Fog lights are mounted lower, cast a more focused and direct beam, and even cast a warmer light to prevent the glare and refraction that you can get from your headlights in those conditions. The result is a clear and well-lit path forward, that enhances your safety, improves your vision, while also making for a less stressful and fatiguing journey.
It doesn’t matter if the crash is your fault or someone else’s mistake, being prepared for the worst can save lives out on the highway. This is especially true here in Canada during the winter. A first aid kit is a critical tool that can buy you valuable time until EMS arrives, and even speed up treatment.
The weather can turn nasty quickly here in Canada. In some places, especially the mountains of British Columbia or the forests of Quebec tire chains aren’t just a good idea – they’re mandatory. Snow chains help give your driving wheels traction in deep snow and ice when even winter tires aren’t enough to get you through.