Self-Driving Cars

Self-driving cars have not fully taken over the roads, but they do exist now thanks to forward-thinkers such as Elon Musk. Despite their presence on the roads, however, there are still many who are not completely on board when it comes to driving such vehicles. Especially for a family, there might be several things to consider. Throughout this blog post sponsored by McKinney Car Detailing, we will discuss the dangers of self-driving cars. McKinney Car Detailing has detailing plenty of self-driving cars, so they have experience with the vehicles.

Human Error

Anything that is controlled by humans will have to factor in human error. We are not perfect, and we are not automated. We act based on our emotions and sometimes our actions depend on our sobriety. Drunk driving is one thing that will never happen when you’re using a self-driving family car. A self-driving car will not be affected by alcohol. In fact, a person who has had too much to drink will even be safer riding a self-driving car than when doing the actual driving himself.

Losing Control

As human beings, we have the capacity to think and make decisions. It’s this autonomy that makes a person’s driving habits unique. One person may choose to run the red light because they are in a hurry or because they see that no one else is on the road anyway. Conversely, they may also choose to make a detour whenever they need to. When driving a car, the feeling of having control makes a driver confident in the actions he takes.

Take that control away and he might fidget in his seat, unable to do anything because the car drives itself. However, it’s extreme to think that a person, or a whole family, is held hostage inside a self-driving family car. The reality is that the car only complies with the rules of the road; it does not decide the person’s life for them. And if the car taking control means getting to your destination safer, is that really such a bad thing?

There’s also the recent changes introduced to self-driving cars that aim to make them more friendly. For instance, Tesla has announced a “Shadow” feature for their vehicles, which learns from the manual actions of the driver. If your car does exactly what you would do, only more efficiently and without delayed thinking, it will certainly make the drive safer.

The Possibility of Being Hacked

This is perhaps the biggest argument against self-driving cars. Who can argue that the system is completely safe from being hacked, really? Even sophisticated systems around the world can be hacked. And hackers are getting wiser by the minute. It only takes a weak spot in the self-driving car’s armor to get inside its systems. This is where we rely on the genius behind self-driving cars to hack-proof their systems. So far, however, there has been no reports about them being hacked. That’s a good thing, right?

Anything that’s newly introduced to the market will be met with skepticism, especially if it involves human life. The roads are not safe, but with self-driving cars being introduced, who’s to say the roads won’t be safer? Just think about it: a future where everyone is driving a car that knows just when to stop to avoid accidents–regardless of the state of its passengers. Doesn’t that seem like a safer way to drive?

Car Polish for your Vehicle

A wet-glass finish that actually improves your vehicle’s paint as well as rejuvenating its appearance?

Pete at Denver Car Detailing has developed a product that delivers just this. Whether you have bought a new car and want to keep it looking that way or would like to give your older car a new lease on life, this service is for you. Pete specializes in bringing the appearance of your car to its very best. He doesn’t cut back or do a “cheap job” on your car. Instead, he gives a wet gloss look finish that lasts and lasts in the Top End’s extreme conditions. 

“Being local, living in Denver CO all my life, I know what’s good for cars up here,” he said. Additionally, he said, “Cutting back weakens the life of the paint and creates swirl marks on your paintwork, in doing that you try to fix one problem but create another one. Normal car polish just dissolves in Colorado. At Denver Auto Detailing, I rejuvenate paint without cutting back. I can polish your vehicle, and develop the showroom look. Our new product, as-new finish, repairs and strengthens your paint job.”

The products of Car Detailing Denver are particularly good with new paint colors, the popular modern maroons, and blacks. The finish gives a swirl-free finish and helps match one newly-painted panel with the rest of the vehicle. He says, “the finish brings the paint’s true color right out. After giving out free samples, more auto body shops in Denver have been contacting me about the product. They’ve never seen this high-quality finish, and they want to work with me!”

At www.denvercardetail.com, they can repair faded, tired, or damaged paint. After paint restoration, some customers who were planning to sell their car have even changed their minds after treatment. The Colorado-based business stands by the product, and the professional detailing. After detailing automobiles as a hobby, Pete began detailing cars professionally in 2018. He loves the challenge of bringing out the beauty in the paintwork. 

While treatment from Denver Car Detailing will maximize the resale price of the vehicle, Pete recommends a 12-month maintenance program. He says, “Servicing your paint is as important as servicing your engine. The first thing people look at when they come to buy your car is the condition of your paint.” Although they are based in Denver, they offer a mobile detailing service. In 2021, Pete will be in business for over three years, and he will be celebrating with a massive discount on his usual services. Thanks, Pete! We appreciate the post on ELGH!

Jumpstart cables

Do you have a dead car battery?

Perhaps nothing is more annoying than a car that won’t start when you turn the key. Try as you may, but nothing happens when you turn the key. So today, I’m going to show you what you do if your car doesn’t start. 

The first thing to do is to open your trunk and pull out your jumper cables. It’s important to have jumper cables in there already, or it’s no good. And as a mechanic’s tip, don’t buy those $15, cheap aluminum cables. They’ll melt. Get a good pair. These cost about $80, and they’ll last a lifetime. Then open the hood, and find the battery. Connect the red cable to the positive terminal of the battery. Then take the other red jumper cable, and put it on a positive terminal of your donor battery. If you get confused, just look at the big positive marks on the terminals. After connecting the red cable, connect the black terminal from your jumper to the negative side of the donor battery. Now, comes the tricky part. You don’t want to put the negative terminal of your jumper cable on the battery because it could cause an explosion. You need to put it on a solid metal part of the engine like the hook for pulling the engine. After connecting the batteries successfully, wait about five minutes for that battery to charge yours up before you try to start it. Then crank it up. Hopefully, it is a success!

But let’s say it didn’t start. Well then, you might have a bad starter, so here’s what to check next. Find yourself a big stick like an old broom handle, and then locate the starter so you can tap it. The starter motors are always between the engine and the transmission where they bolt together, either in the front or in the back. Now in my Toyota, the starter’s in the back, so you put the stick through the hole, and whack it a few times. Many times, this will get the starter to work again. But if it doesn’t…. then have one person in the car turn the key while the other person whacks the starter. That will often make the electrical contacts work so it’ll start one more time.

After starting the vehicle, then you can drive wherever you want to fix the starter. Just remember, don’t turn the engine off until you’re at your final destination. But let’s say you’ve got a different problem… Maybe your car engine cranks, but it won’t start. Well, here’s my last tip for the day. In that case, check your gas gauge. If it’s empty, stop trying to start your car. 

Modern cars have their fuel pumps inside the gas tank. These tiny fuel pumps are lubricated by the gasoline in your car, so if you run out of gas, the pumps will suck air and burn themselves out. It can cost you hundreds of dollars. So, please put gas in the tank. Don’t keep trying to start it, or you might burn that pump out. And now you know what to do if your car won’t start. And remember, if you have any car questions, just visit ELGH Motorsport.

engine detailing

Detailing a Car’s Engine

Welcome to ELGH’s blog post – Detailing a Car’s Engine! Today, we are going to discuss the process to detail the engine of an automobile. With the help of Orlando Auto Detailing, we’ll bring you a short guide about detailing a car’s engine. So, let’s jump right into it!

A clean, polished car not only looks terrific on the roads but it somehow even seems to drive better. But to guarantee that every part of a vehicle is clean, it is crucial to eliminate the grime under the hood. An engine bay may not be exposed to the elements above it, but grime creeps in from other areas. It gets in through hood openings and a car’s front end. Cleaning a vast block of metal parts can seem overwhelming, but pro tips can whittle the job down to size. Many people can do the job in one afternoon, and it can be a very satisfying project. The following steps explain how to clean an engine efficiently:

  • Pick a Day: Wait until the weather is warm. The best time to work on the engine is on a windy Today when humidity is low. The combination of warmth, dry air, and wind helps to dry engine parts after being cleaned.
  • Cool the Engine: Make sure the engine is cool. If it has been running, let it cool for a minimum of 15 minutes. A hot engine is not only a burn hazard; engines can be damaged during cleaning. Cool water sprayed on hot metal may cause harmful rapid contraction. Also, water can damage the battery of a car.
  • Remove Covers: Take off all plastic covers under the hood and set them aside for separate cleaning. Remove the battery’s negative terminal to protect electrical components from damage if they get wet. Some people remove the battery entirely, but professionals routinely clean engine bays while the battery is still in.
  • Cover Components: Use plastic bags to cover delicate electrical components like the battery, engine control unit, and ignition wires. If the car has an exposed air intake located under the hood, it also needs to be covered. While some people feel they can be careful enough during rinsing to avoid this step, most people will probably want to err on the side of caution. It is easier to do a thorough job when electronics are covered, and there is far less chance of damage.
  • Degrease Engine: It’s essential to spray the engine compartment with a degreasing agent. There are automotive products made for this purpose, but household degreasers like kitchen cleaners work well. Some professionals use eco-friendly Simple Green. Spray every inch of the engine compartment.
  • Scrub Surfaces: When an engine is not very dirty, it might not be necessary to scrub it. Nevertheless, some areas probably need attention, even when the engine isn’t especially grimy. For example, a valve cover can collect years of oil and dirt buildup. Scrub dirty areas with a synthetic bristle brush (not metal) to quickly work degreaser in and lift gunk. If one cleaning doesn’t get everything, reapply degreaser.
  • Rinse Engine: Many people use a power washer to rinse their vehicle’s engine. It’s important to use a light setting. But a standard garden hose works just as well. The sprayer at a DIY carwash is another good option. Whatever method is used, the key is to rinse thoroughly, working from back to front. Wash away all degreaser, avoiding electrical components. It’s a good idea to avoid soaking hard-to-dry areas.
  • Dry Engine: Owners who have access to compressed air can use it to dry the engine. Just blow it into crevices, nooks, and crannies to get out the excess water. If air is not available, wipe the engine down with a rag or shop towel. This method has the benefit of removing any missed grime or dirt.
  • Replace: Re-install the battery’s negative terminal and remove bags that cover electrical components.

The easiest way to simplify engine cleaning is to avoid letting it get too grimy. It only takes a quick degreasing every year or two to ensure the engine is clean. When an engine is well-maintained, the project takes an hour. Although cleaning the engine may not get the second looks that a shiny exterior draws, it makes owners happier and prouder their cars. Hopefully, you enjoyed this blog post at ELGH Motorsport!