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.

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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 Florida 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.

Remove Covers: Take off all plastic cover 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.

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