Mahle Air Filters Keep your Car Running Longer

Air Filters need replacing to keep your car running at optimal condition. It is important to be familiar with your driving habits. A car driving through a desert, in sandy and dusty conditions will need air filters changed constantly, compared to a car driving on smooth, well-paved highways.

Modern engines need precise ratios of air to fuel intake. When you starve your engine of air, the fuel mix becomes too rich, which adds strain on your engine. Air filters play the role of trapping grit what would cause harm to the engine. They are the lungs of the engine. Air filters currently have a meter that measures the flow of air. They also have an indicator that lets you know when your car should be serviced. Your filter is protected against thermal trauma with a shield that resists heat. So you need to clean out the air filters with time, and replace them when they get too dirty.

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Mahle uses special seals made with exclusive design polyurethane foam. This foam keeps your air filter attached without fail keeping the filthy side of your filter apart from the clean side. The seals remain tight with time. Chemical exposure doesn’t wear them down nor does high temperature. They capture up to 99.9% of dust, soot and tire wire particles and assure an optimal air to fuel mixture.

You can save on air filters by checking them regularly. Depending on the kind of driving you do, pop your hood, and remove the filter. Clean it, and make sure you get most of the dirt out. A quality filter like Mahle, with care and maintenance can help you keep a healthy engine. That means maintaining your filter will keep the life of your valves longer. Your piston rings don’t overwork, and the bearings are not corroded. This is because a clean air filter keeps your engine working well, without over extending its performance.

Why second hand cars are becoming popular

Sometime back when an individual wanted to buy a car, all they had to do was to visit their local dealer to select the model and type of their of their preferred choice. People preferred brand new cars mainly because of the warranty that accompanied them. But since the year 2007, economic slump, people no longer hold this perception. Economic meltdown that resulted made it hard for majority of people to buy brand new cars. Their personal credit is no longer the same because it’s been cut off or heightened. As a result of this, going for second hand has become the new trend. Many people would prefer an old BMW to a new car.

This one has made the dealers that sell used cars to enjoy a lot. A social facelift has been given to them. Of late, there are lots of dealers as a result of this and its now possible for anyone who is employed to own a car at a good price. Another good thing is that they come with substantial warranty and most are certified.

second hand carsWhen one visits these dealers, they will be able to find almost any kind of model or make one can think of. It doesn’t matter your taste; you can get any type of car including those foreign models. Once you get in those well stocked dealerships, you will be able to make your choice according to your preference. Another thing is that these dealers are also willing to purchase your truck or automobile and they don’t care where you bought it from. Once you make a choice on the car that you need, you will pay the price that reads on the sticker. No negotiation is permitted in this deal. The good thing is that the dealers are offering a price that is below the retail. If you happen to compare the prices, you will discover that they offer the fairest price that works best for both of you.

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A beginner’s guide to biking

With the cost of fuel and car insurance ever increasing and showing no signs of slowing down, many commuters are now beginning to look to motorcycles and scooters as a high-value way of getting around, and getting to and from work. Here’s our guide to getting into biking.

The tests to pass

There are various types of motorcycles that require different types of licences that let you rid them, but because this article is about saving money, we will stick to the smaller bikes that most people can ride easily and without large training expenditure.

A 50cc or 125cc bike or scooter can be ridden on L plates and if you already have a full car licence, you can jump almost straight onto these smaller bikes. You’ll need to pass the CBT (Compulsory Bike Training), but this can be done in a day for under £100. You’ll then need to show L plates on your bike, but other than that you’re good to go.

The equipment

The cost of biking equipment has dropped dramatically in recent years, with a good safety helmet costing from around £60, a protective jacket around £100 and the same for some protective trousers. A pair of decent gloves will cost around £30.

Sure, add it all up and it’s not small change, but it’s very important to wear the right gear when riding your new bike, especially as a beginner who may well have a few more little incidents than a more experienced rider. And once you’ve bought the gear, if you look after it, it will last for several years. Some bike clothing dealers also offer bulk deals on complete new-to-biking outfits that can save you a good chunk of money. These deals are often offered via popular biking websites, so it’s worth checking these regularly.

The bikes

There is a huge choice of both new and used low-cost motorcycles on the market, and a good condition used machine can be easily found for around £1,000. Most new riders will start their biking lives on a 50cc machine, for ease of riding and for the fact that they cost much less to buy, run and insure.

Most 50cc machines fall into the scooter category and are very small and light, and very easy to ride, even for shorter riders. Scooters generally feature a single cylinder, 50cc two stroke motor with an automatic gearbox. They are called ‘twist ‘n’ go’ scooters because that’s all you have to do – just pull back the throttle and the automatic gearbox will do the rest. The auto ‘box is also very good at shifting up the gears early to get the best economy out of the engine.

Scooters with 50cc engines are very small and light and extremely easy to maintain. For a start, they don’t have a chain to worry about and the bodywork and components are generally very tough and easy to look after. They make short work of heavy town traffic and tight spaces, and can be parked almost anywhere.

Most small scooters are aimed at commuters and feature nifty touches like under-seat helmet storage that can lock away a full-size safety helmet when the bike is parked, or when the rider is using the helmet, the under-seat space can be used to carry a reasonable amount of shopping.


The Honda motorcycle that does it all

The biggest motorcycle manufacturer in the world stole a march on the rest of the motorcycle-making industry this year, with the launch of an all-new model that plans to be all things – fun, frugal and practical – to all men, and women, the 2013 CRF250L, from Honda. Here’s why it’s already selling well.

The new Honda CRF250L has only just gone on sale, but a quick chat to a couple of Honda dealers reveals that they can’t get enough stock to supply customers’ hungry demand for this new multi-purpose motorcycle. Apparently, the Honda factory in Thailand where it’s made is flat out. It seems that the all-new 250cc on-road-off-roader is ticking the right desire boxes with UK riders that want to get to work on a thimble of fuel, look dirt-bike-cool, and hit the trails at the weekend for some muddy fun.

Fit for purpose

Honda motorcycles, the Japanese super-auto-brand, has been making dual purpose motorcycles for years, generally single cylinder, dirt-bike-style machines that leave the factory with road legal parts such as a speedo, a full lights set, horn etc, but still feature the tough, long travel suspension and torque-tuned power delivery needed to chuck some mud on the green lanes (designated country trails favoured by off-road bikers).

Fast and frugal

But this all-new, 2013 CRF250L is different; a thoroughly modern motorcycle. First up these’s the motor. It’s a (relatively) new 249cc single cylinder, double overhead cam, petrol motor that’s also used in the Honda CBR250R supersport machine. But here it’s tuned more for lower-revs torque than higher-revs horsepower. Still, the little motor makes 23bhp and 22Nm of torque, and, very important for these tough economic times, can return around 90mpg. You’ll not see 90mpg in any car!

That potential 90mpg fuel frugality makes the Honda CRF250L a distinctly viable every day work commuting tool, as does its 6-speed gearbox, 80mph motorway cruising speed and light weight, at 144kg. It’s a big, tall, bright red, mean-looking Honda dirt bike, but with a modern twist, so if you loved “scramblers” as a kid, you’ll certainly raise a smile at the CRF250L.

Jumped up

The CRF250L is tall because it needs ground clearance – the distance between the lowest point of the bike (the bottom of the engine) and the dangerous rocks and logs you’ll find on the trail. The CRF gets 255mm of ground clearance thanks to its beefy 43mm Showa front forks and single-shock Pro-Link rear suspension. The forks can compress by up to 249mm and the rear shock by 239mm, and that’s plenty of big-bump-soaking suspension travel, meaning that the CRF can fly off jumps!

Sorry, shorty

However, shorter riders may struggle to get both feet down on the CRF, as its 88cm seat height makes it much taller than any 125cc or indeed big-cc sports bike they might be used to. Confident riders should be ok with one foot on the floor, mind.

This is a cool-looking bike that’s big on big-dirt-bike attitude, is built to take the tough knocks of city and trail life, has enough engine punch for faster fun, and can get you car-thrashing fuel economy for your everyday commute. Oh and there’s the very reasonable new price of £3,950 and two year Honda warranty to further sweeten the deal. No wonder the CRF250L is selling like red-hot-muddy-Honda cakes.

A Comprehensive Motorcycle Purchasing Guide

Motorcycle Purchasing Guide

It is not easy figuring out the true value of a motorcycle you are thinking about purchasing. While a new motorcycle’s value is already predetermined by the bike’s manufacturer, a used motorcycle has a lot of variables that must be considered in order to determine it real worth. While research and planning are imperative to a successful motorcycle purchase, these guidelines will help if you need to come up with a negotiation price for a used motorcycle you have an eye on.

Make, Model and Year

Generally, newer motorcycles are more expensive than older models. However, some antiques, specialty bikes and Harley-Davidson motorcycles do not follow the rule of depreciation, causing their values tend to increase with time.

The Style

Certain styles of motorcycles come at various prices. Dirt bikes, cruisers, custom choppers and sport bikes are simply generalized classifications so motorcycles should be compared with others that fall into the same category.

The Size of the Engine

Most often, the bigger the engine size, the higher the bike’s price tag and cost to insure regardless of the motorcycle’s make and model. If it helps, consider large sports motorcycles to be comparable to fast sports cars. Insurance agencies will assume that you plan to drive fast so you will have to pay a higher insurance premium.

Total Mileage

Unlike cars, trucks and SUVs, the mileage is not as big of a concern with motorcycles because motorcycles have more durable motors. And just as if you were purchasing a vehicle, find out how the previous owner maintained the motorcycle. Ask for its service records.

Body Condition

Dings and scratches are common to see on used motorcycles. But the bike’s overall amount of damage and appearance are the two most important factors when gauging its body condition. By taking a glance at all sides, you can quickly tell the shape of the motorcycle’s body and how the owner has cared for it.

Economy Conditions

A motorcycle’s value is also determined by the economy, especially when gas prices are high. Since bikes are better on gasoline, the demand for motorcycles has risen.

The Season

During the summer and spring, motorcycles sell at a higher price. If possible, buy your motorcycle during the wintertime and sell it during the springtime in order to save during the off-season and profit from the prime riding season.

Geographical Location

Depending on the area of the country, a motorcycle will have a higher value. This is usually due to traffic congestion and climate conditions. Check out the local newspaper and compare several similar bike models to figure out the average selling price in your part of the country.

Preparing Your Motorcycle for the Prime Riding Season

Motorcycle Riding Season

It can be a hard task getting your motorcycle cleaned and prepared for the upcoming riding season after it has been sitting in your garage all winter. Regardless of the type of motorcycle you own, you need to learn how to properly fine tune and prepare it for the springtime.

List of Preparation Tasks

The following is a list of preparation tasks you should follow no matter if you own a Ducati, Harley, Yamaha or some other make of motorcycle. After your bike has been sitting in storage for several months, it is also important to read over your service manual for any additional cleaning and tuning tips that are relevant to your specific bike. Even though a task may seem inconsequential, it must not be overlooked.

* Look over your battery terminals and clean them with water and baking soda if necessary
* Apply one of several after-wash products and dry after application
* Check all lubricants including the oil
* Look over all cables and apply the specific type of lube made for cables
* Check the bike tires’ wear and pressure
* Check and either recharge the battery or install a new one if necessary
* Make sure all lights are operational
* Look at the brake pads for any signs of wear and check the level of brake fluid
* Make sure you have washed the bike to clear away dirt and debris that has built up
* Follow the proper maintenance for leather care in regards to the seat and saddlebags
* Be sure the drive belt, shaft or chain is in working order
* Give all the painted parts and chrome a good polish and wax
* Add octane booster if you desire
* Use mild soap to clean the inside of your motorcycle helmet
* Take note of the current mileage
* Address any issues you may have noticed right before you put the bike away for winter storage.

Although you have completed all the tasks on your pre-riding season maintenance list, there are still other chores to be done before you actually get to ride on the open road. Since the bike has been sitting for months without being used, you need to get used to the feel of your motorcycle again and make sure the bike is running properly. So take the bike out to a vacant lot and practice breaking, riding and using the clutch. If this is your first year of being a proud motorcycle owner and you are unsure as to how to do some of the above maintenance tasks, take your bike to your local motorcycle mechanic; they can answer all of your questions.

Buying a Motorcycle Alarm and Other Protection Devices

Motorcycle Alarm

Since you have invested a lot of time and money into your motorcycle, you want to keep it safe and secure. A motorcycle alarm can help protect your investment. Insurance statistics show that three-fourths of total motorcycle thefts are preventable, which means buying a motorcycle alarm just makes sense. The more security measures you employ, the more safe your motorcycle will be from theft and vandalism. While an alarm system is a must-have, there are other accessories you can buy to keep your bike from being stolen. Here is more information about the available accessories and do-it-yourself safety measures at your disposal.

Smart Storage

Common sense is a key component to safeguarding your bike. If you are not riding, take the keys with you. And do not leave your motorcycle unsecured when it is out of your line of vision.

Parking in Well-Lit Areas

When you park your bike, make sure the area is not secluded and is well lit. Dark alleys and empty park lots should be avoided at all costs. Use parking places that have special spots meant for motorcyclists as these spots are usually located in the front area of the lot.

Motorcycle Locks

Motorcycle locks allow your bike to stay exactly where you leave it. If you properly secure your motorcycle, a thief will usually look for a bike that looks easier to steal. There are various types of motorcycle locks available on the market and each one is designed to work a little bit differently. Be sure to research each model before making a purchase.

Motorcycle Alarms

If your motorcycle does not have an immobilizer, install one as soon as possible. A thief will usually not attempt to steal a bike that has an alarm. The alarm you choose should make a loud noise that will not only attract the attention of witnesses but also scare the thief before damage or theft occurs.

Two-Way Pagers

Some top-of-the-line alarm systems include a two-way pager that will notify you in the event your motorcycle is stolen. You can also control the alarm via the pager.

GPS Tracking Systems

Another invaluable tool, GPS tracking systems are ideal for keeping close tabs on your motorcycle and even better, these devices provide global coverage. However, expect to pay a monthly service fee.

Accessory Locks

Many riders forget to safeguard their motorcycle accessories. So keep your chain, helmet, saddlebags and other accessories out of view when you park your bike.

Alarm Deterrents

Although this may sound “cheesy,” you can put alarm stickers on your motorcycle to warn others that the bike is equipped with an audible, working alarm system. Be sure the stickers are easy to see.

The Right Information Can Really Make You Safer On the Road With Your Motorcycle

Driving a motorcycle is an experience that everyone should check out at least once in their lives. Indeed, the open road with the wind in your face is an experience that you just can’t really replicate anywhere else. Sure, a convertible gives you some of the feeling, but none of the raw power that comes from having to balance yourself very carefully.

Yet there are issues with a bike that you really want to make sure that you’re aware of. First and foremost, you want to make sure that you regard safety as a top priority. The days of improper protection are over — to protect yourself from accidents, you need to handle your safety as if it’s the most important thing in the world. It definitely is!

If you’re not sure how to get the right information, why not start with looking at exactly what the statistics are for accidents in the UK? That’s going to give you a good idea of where the accidents are and what speeds they are caused at. There is a handy guide that you can check out for this as well.

Motorbike insurance rates are on the way up, but that doesn’t mean that you have to pay extra. Simply taking the time to educate and inform yourself can also make you a safer driver. It’s no secret that the less prone you are to accidents of any kind, the more likely it is that you will save a lot of money on your motorbike insurance premiums.

Riding a motorbike of any kind can be a tricky business — the UK is well known for its rainy seasons all across the board — but it is something that’s always worth doing. The experience and thrill that you get is truly second to none!

If you want to make sure that you are getting the best rates, why not shop around for motorbike insurance quotes? You can check out the accident hotspot guide and then look to see how likely it is that you might face an increase. From there, you can make a few calls to see who can give you a good rate. Never just go for the first carrier that you see — it’s better to shop around until you find the policy and coverage that really will make all of the difference in your life! Good luck out there!