9 amazing car features you didn’t know..!!

Ever thought what all your car is capable of? No right!! Science and technology have made such incredible advancements that we humans sometimes fail to believe. Humans can think beyond boundaries and technology is the bi-product of their out-of-the-box imaginations. A lot of people don’t know what their car is capable of and have been driving a pro machine in terms of technology. Just that your car cannot cook or play soccer with you, but it can definitely blow your mind with its amazing car features.

Here are 9 features that were present in your car and you didn’t know about:

  • Tire Wear Indicator- This is an indicator that visually indicates the degree of wear of the tires. Tyres have a skid depth of 0.8 mm for two-wheelers. and 1.6 mm for four wheelers which if neglected can cause the vehicles to skid. If any tire is worn out beyond these mentioned limits, they are dangerous to drive. Each tire consists of TWI bars in the main grooves and TWI indicators in the shoulder region at 6 places around the tire circumference. Types of marks are dependent on different companies.
  • Fuel Tank Filler Indicator- A fuel tank filler indicator is a marking in the dashboard of the vehicle which informs the driver about where the fuel tank filling lid is placed on their car. Sometimes when one pulls up in the fueling station the person can forget where the refueling lid is on the car.
  • Anti Glare Mode on the interior rearview mirror- As we all know, most of the mirrors have a thin layer of metal that does the reflecting along with a sheet of glass in front of the metal to structure and protect the shiny metal. The interior rearview mirror is made with a clever variation in most of the cars. They carry anti-glare mode due to which driving in nights becomes easy and safe. It protects the driver’s eye from glaring up due to reflection from the rear vehicles.
  • Rear Windshield Defogger- Rear Windshield Defogger is a device which helps the driver to remove condensed drops of water or ice from the rear windshield. Its main function is to clean the windshield of condensed water thus improving the visibility of the driver. Defoggers are most useful during the rainy season when the windshields get covered with ice or condensed water and cease visibility while driving. Thus, it reduces the chances of accidents and is helpful in road safety. It is one of the most amazing car features especially in winters
  • Clearing fogging on the front windshield- No matter what climate is outside your car, inside you still have to battle the foggy windows most of the times. This problem arises mostly in winters or during the rainy season. To clear out the fog you can turn on the heat on its maximum setting and then turn on the AC. then you can turn on the recirculation button. If possible you can put down the windows a bit in order to exchange the outside and inside air in order to make the temperature inside the car normal.
  • Understanding your Car User Manual- One thing that you can always keep in your car along with the first aid kit, is the user manual of your car. This book consists of all the instructions of how to operate the different buttons inside your car and will help you to understand your car better. The user manual also helps in quick troubleshooting when you are stuck with any feature of your car.
  • Multi-Function Display Features- This is a small screen on the dashboard of your car (usually an LCD display ) which is either surrounded by multiple keys or if touchscreen, displays multiple keys. This screen is informative as well as used to play media on it.
  • The computer in your car ECU- The Electronic Control Unit in cars is used to control the engine and functions of the other components. ECU is your vehicle’s engine computer which is used to operate the engine by making use of input sensors and output components. This controls all the functions as well as the running of your car.
  • Seat Belt Pretensioners- Seatbelt Pretensioners are a mechanism that can save your life while there is any threat of an accident. Whenever there is a threat of an accident, the seat belt sensors detect the signature and rapidly tighten the seat belt over the passenger. This way, the seat belt pulls the body of the driver as well as the passengers towards their seat. It is an amazing car feature when it comes to safety.

How to find a good mechanic for your car

Choosing a car mechanic that’s honest and true to his profession takes much of experience at times. Once you have bought the car, you have the freedom to take your car to a private mechanic for maintenance rather than the dealership itself. There is a difference between taking your car to the dealership for its scheduled service and taking it to an automotive mechanic. The dealership service centers are authorized and also have your car’s service schedule which is intended to keep your vehicle in top working condition. So, a lot depends on what needs to be done in your vehicle. Since the private auto mechanics are cheaper as compared to the ones at dealerships who usually overcharge, people usually try to opt for the former.

Few tips that you should always look for, in finding a good mechanic for your car:

Look over the Internet:

Searching over the giant named “The Internet” is always helpful because it carries information, reviews, comments and recommendations for such services from all over the area. You can look for approved certifications of the independent car mechanic or his shop that proves his expertise and proficiency in his work. There is still another side to this, sometimes a car mechanic doesn’t take the exam but provides the best car service in your city. On the contrary, a mechanic being certified may not be well versed with the delicacies of the machine and is not capable of providing good service. In that case, asking the people who usually take his service, would give you real reviews too.

Find a specialty shop in your city:

Mostly the independent car repair shops provide service for all car types but it is wise to find a specialized car garage that deals with your make of car. Mostly the non-specialized mechanics have to consult guidebooks and might not have the necessary body parts of your car brand at their garage. So, this calls for a longer time to service your vehicle. In this case, it is always recommended to find a specialized car repair shop in the city.

Speak with friends who are car enthusiasts and ask them which mechanic they use:

Your friends and family members must be getting their own cars serviced and their experience might help you to find the right mechanic for your car. Additionally, you might find your friends visiting the same mechanic back again and seems to be fully satisfied with the service. Asking your friends & taking their opinion would be a plus, in finding the best technician for your beloved machine in the house. Getting recommendations from your friends, relatives, neighbors or colleagues might prove to be money and time savers for you.

Choosing a doorstep service provider:

Choosing a good mechanic for your car may save you from ample of headaches and rounds to the service centers. Your hard earned money is an asset that you need to keep away from the hoaxers who pointlessly try to upsell you. If you aren’t satisfied with or unsure about which mechanic to choose, you have the freedom to choose a doorstep service provider like Automen. They have well-trained mechanics for all car types and perform the car service at your doorstep to avoid any negligence behind your back.

So, before getting into the chaos of finding a good mechanic, it is always suggested to do your homework. Also, approaching a mechanic during his working on your car may prove to be a great bond. They have much knowledge of what’s wrong in your car and can help you understand the exact issue prevailing inside the machine. Engaging the mechanic in a conversation might help you understand your vehicle better and in return, the mechanic will be your forever friend. He will surely tell you about the issues running in the car, thus building trust both sides equally.

5 Things to keep in mind while buying a second hand car

In the queue of accomplishing the basic needs, keeping a four-wheeler at your door has become a necessary count on the list. Buying a second hand car requires a lot of decision-making as well as research because you aren’t buying that hottie right from the showroom. The thought of keeping budget into consideration while planning to buy a car is one thing; choosing a brand new car or a used car is another. Buying a second-hand car is on boom today because people wish to own higher luxury in less price nowadays.

Let’s ponder on 5 things to consider before buying a second hand car:

 1. Consider the best suitable car

The fact that you are planning to buy a used car may give you stress because you need to understand your utility first. Having a big family, you might end up choosing an SUV, or for a small family, you can select a hatchback as well. Your utility of the car will further help you decide on which brand and which variant would be best suitable for you and your family. Small or large, you have to be certain of the features of the car, this will further help you in choosing the best deals. Also, rather getting into the influence of a salesperson, you can research the car on your own.

 2. Check the vehicle’s history

Including the service history, the car has a back-story as well which says a lot about its condition. Never choose a car without cross-checking its history on how many times the car has been serviced & if it had any inner costs. You shall always check if the car’s production has ceased because it is possible that you might find difficulty in getting its spare parts.

  3. Take a test drive

Knowing how friendly the car is, taking a test drive is major before buying a second hand car. A test drive would help you know how the car responds to difficult and smooth road conditions where cornering or off-roading is possible. Look for any noises from the engine, wheel alignment or how the suspension works while you take it for a spin. If you don’t get the right vibes or you feel uncomfortable driving it, you can anytime walk off and change your mind beforehand. A test drive assists you to determine whether the car is fulfilling your needs or not.

4.   Confirm the proprietorship

With utmost importance, you shall cross-check the validation of the person who is selling a used car to you. There are always chances that a second-hand car has been stolen or the owner might be a fraud which may leave you in a difficult situation legally. This usually happens when the owner is directly dealing with this trade and not involving any dealership agency.

5. Insure about the documents

After every inspection is done from your end, the last check that remains is of the documents. Inspect deeply if the owner carries its original documents including the RC and PUC, to ensure that the owner is not fake.

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Buying a second-hand car requires your own power of knowledge. Considering all the factors and researching from every possible source
 is a must while investing your hard earned money for a used car! The internet is always the best platform to cross-examine the requirements in a car while a mechanic can help you know the exact internal scenario of the machine.
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Difference Between Open Differential and Limited Slip Differential

Nowadays, people are talking more of differentials; it may be open differential or limited slip. But what is it exactly? Let’s take length and breadth of differential first. The primary function of a differential is to radiate engine power to all the wheels, which technically makes the wheel spin at different speeds. The engine torque is split into two different outputs and is adjusted according to the speed rotation of the wheels. So, when a car takes a turn, the inner wheel rotate slower as compared to the outer ones. It is so because the car can sense which one of the wheels need more traction.

 

Then there comes the notion of Open Differential and Limited Slip Differential. These both differentials are made to take care of separate operations. The Open Differential infuses the power into the wheels if they lose traction, whereas, the Limited Slip Differential limits the power to a particular wheel. It all depends on which terrain you are driving and what differential you are using. For 4WD, it’s different, and for 2WD, it’s again different.

 

Know more about them.

Open Differential

Mostly, the cars are equipped with the Open Differential because they are designed for running on the dry patches and city roads which are generally smooth and doesn’t require any extra efforts from the machine. But it certainly has its own limitations. The one thing that people often stumbles upon is when a tire loses traction, all the torque is supplied to that tire, which is apparently not true. In real, the sent torque is low, as the required torque is also low. Such a differential can cause the wheel to rotate in different directions, which will ultimately toss up some or the other issue. For instance, if two tires of a car lose traction, the one with no traction spins, while the other with traction doesn’t offer much. Thus the Open Differential out-turn equal torque to both the tires.

Interestingly, everything is not wrong about Open Differentials; they do have their say in the automobile landscape. On the same axle, an Open Differential allows different wheel speeds, which won’t let wheel spin when going around a corner. And if we see from the efficiency point of view, there is very less power loss as compared to other options available in the market. And the best things about the Open Differential is its cost-effectiveness.

 

So, if ever wondered why an Open Differential car can’t perform the perfect burnout, it’s because both wheels require the same power to break the rubber.

Limited Slip Differential

On the other hand, the Limited Slip Differentials churns out more traction as compared to the Open Differential. It employs the clutch to drive the tires and slips automatically on the turns.

The Limited Slip Differential is smart enough to sense when the wheel loses its traction and binds it with other through various methods. It doesn’t let the other wheel to spin in altogether different alignment. This way, the machine is pushed forward, even if one wheel has less traction. And when the ratio between rubber and the terrain breaks, there comes out the burnout; the true essence of a complete car.

The Limited Slip Differentials offers lifted traction in all weather conditions; be it loose gravel or the buttery snow. Also, there is no accelerated tire wear in terms of Limited Slip Differential. And if the machine is well taken care of, it will hardly make any noise when engaged. The Limited Slip Differential does have some disadvantages, which accounts for its inability to lock both axles properly. In a front axle machine, the Limited Slip Differential can also sometimes pull the vehicle in opposite sides.

The Bottom Line

Both these differentials have their own utility. One is designed to work in a controlled environment, and the other is way more flexible in tackling any kind of terrain. But both will only hit their purple patch when proper maintenance is exercised with right oil. And to keep the differentials in the perfect condition, there is an inevitable need to maintain the set of matching tires with required inflation.

#AutomenProTip: If you have an Open Differential machine, try not to do a burnout, it will only disappoint you. Shift to the Limited Slip Differential and feel the difference.

Genuine, Affordable and Efficient- says Automotive expert Somnath Chatterjee about his recent Automen Service Experience

I review cars for a living- mostly luxury cars and also owning a car from a prominent German car brand, I was fed up with high service costs and quality of service. Needless to say, I was looking for an alternate solution from constantly blowing up large sums of money which car-makers charge by bloating the bill. That is a fact that most of the money is made by a car-maker through after sales expenses especially in the luxury car space where not just me, there are many disgruntled car owners.

Then I chanced upon Automen via their Instagram feed and it certainly interested me with their USP being that they reach our doorstep but obviously I was sceptical at first and enquired to which they promptly asked if I can attend a service so that I can see for myself before trusting them with my car. So I did.

I enquired about the company itself and it was also started because the founder himself was fed up with this growing malaise that is luxury car after sales. It is clear how shockingly customers are cheated with exorbitant bills and quality of service. As far as I can see there are two massive advantages with Automen which had drawn me to it and it was the price and convenience.

They have servicing vans stocked with all tools and they will come at your doorstep and more importantly they charge 30 to 50 percent cheaper for luxury cars compared to a standard manufacturer service outlet plus they do the entire service in 90 mins! Currently, they are in Delhi, NCR and Gurugram while more cities are expected to be covered.

The USP of Automen Service

When I book an appointment, it takes 24 hours for them to come and they do a basic Automen service which includes the usual oil change, filters, coolant etc. But along with that they also do major repair work like suspension, brakes, rotors, exterior/interior detailing, tyres etc.

While all said and done I was concerned regarding the quality of work to which I was impressed. Parts are first matched with your chassis/VIN and have a manufacturer warranty plus Automen have their own 30 day/1000 km warranty. They do a small test drive to find out any problems and even have a large checklist.

More importantly, I was impressed by the professionalism. All the Automen service guys are trained and have experience plus little things like covering the floor so that your driveway floor is not dirty or even making sure your car is spotless when giving back impressed me. Also, I liked how they dry wash the cars and how well it was done in 90 mins flat!

Yes in front of my eyes a whole service, including cleaning was done and I was also shown the spare parts which has added and what all was changed. The service finishes with a comprehensive steam cleaning of the car to give it a fresh and tidy look.

Thus no wonder they service cars like Bentley and Porsche which end up costing a fraction of what the manufacturer will charge. Automen Service is perfect when your warranty expires and both quality/convenience wise it is perfect plus you can see it yourself which means no wasting a day or even giving your car for a day. I am sold and I will continue to have my cars serviced by them. This was a void and it has been aptly filled by these guys.

You can follow Automen on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to have a look at our services and daily facts on your favorite cars!

Your Car also has an #AADHAR

A vehicle identification number, or VIN, is a 17-digit alphanumeric number. Since 1981, global automotive manufacturers have utilized a complex numbering system called a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) that uniquely describes a vehicle. This number provides a coded description of the vehicle including: Manufacturer, Year of Production, Place of Production and Vehicle Characteristics.

You may not feel the need of understanding and decoding VIN but if you are interested to know more about your vehicle then you must know what it means and how to decipher it.

Each VIN is unique to the vehicle and provides significant information about the vehicle. A VIN can also allow a service provider to accurately know the model/ type of car and its corresponding parts.

A VIN is also useful prior to buying a car as it can provide information about any damage or illegal modification or theft.

Where to find the VIN of your Car?

• Dash of the car by the bottom of the windshield on the front passenger side.
• Sticker on the B pillar on the driver’s side
• On the engine block for some cars
• On the underside of the hood on some newer vehicles
• Registration and insurance certificates of the car

Decoding a VIN

Each VIN is broken into three sections mentioned below.
1. World Manufacturer Identifier or WMI.
2. Vehicle Descriptor Section or VDS.
3. Vehicle Identifier Section or VIS

#AutomenProTip: Some car manufacturer lets the consumer lookup VIN on their website. There are also many 3rd party websites that let you decipher the numbers and their meanings for absolutely no cost. Just go online and search for “online VIN decoder” and select any from the top results.

World Manufacturer Identifier or WMI

The first three digits are the WMI that gives the information about the country, manufacturer and the type of vehicle.

The first character in a VIN may be either a letter or number and tells you the geographic area of manufacture. This is where the car was actually made, and it may be different from where the manufacturer is located.

A – HAfrica
J – R (except O and Q)Asia
S – ZEurope
1 – 5North America
6 or 7New Zealand or Australia
8 or 9South America

The 2nd & 3rd digits of the VIN will tell you the manufacturer and make of the car.

Some examples include the following:

1Chevrolet
HHonda
BBMW
PPorsche
JJeep
TToyota

For example, in VIN “1TNEK13ZX3R298984,” the “T” indicates a vehicle manufactured by Toyota.

Vehicle Descriptor Section or VDS

VDS is a five digit alphanumeric number used to specify a type of vehicle and may include information about the model, platform, engine and transmission.

Vehicle Identifier Section or VIS

VIS gives information about the year of manufacture and the manufacturing plant along with the sequential serial number of the vehicle.

The 10th number indicates the year the car was manufactured. It begins with A for 1980, the first year a standard 17-digit VIN was used. Subsequent years follow the alphabet of to “Y” in the year 2000.

In the same VIN example “1TNEK13ZX3R298984,” the “3” indicates the vehicle was manufactured in 2003.

The 11th digit tells which plant actually assembled the car. This digit is specific to each manufacturer.

The 9th number is a check digit used to prove the VIN is not a fake. In VIN “5XXGN4A70CG022862,” the check digit is “0”.

#AutomenProtip: To find out credibility of a VIN verify the check digit as it uses a complex calculation so it cannot be easily faked. You can find many free sources on the internet that will allow you to verify the check digit.

Decode the remaining numbers

The rest of the numbers provide the production or serial number of the car and is what makes the VIN unique to that specific car. To find out this manufacturer-specific information, you can check their website for a decoding sheet.

At Automen, our team uses only genuine parts that have been matched to your car’s VIN. This ensures that there is no mismatch of parts at the time of service.

Unsure of about which parts are suited for your car, then get in touch with our team on 8010696969 or log onto www.automen.in to know more.

STOP!! Don’t Drive Your Car Until You Read This

Have you ever filled diesel in a petrol car or vice-versa?
You may think this as a very foolish act, but believe us when we say that this problem is more common than you think. It may happen due to the following reasons:

1. Driver or Petrol station attendant is distracted
2. Driver is not aware of the fuel type of the car
3. New variants of car launched – for e.g. petrol Innova has recently been launched

But it can be easily prevented if you are alert when refilling your car.
However, if you have done this or if you wish to prevent the dangerous outcomes of such a mistake then you should know what to do and how to not let it become a pain and ultimately avoid a costly repair.

What happens if you put diesel in a petrol car?

Diesel is a much denser fuel than petrol and it doesn’t get evaporated like petrol does. As soon as your car starts moving the petrol in the fuel lines is replaced with diesel and the first part that gets affected is the fuel filter, which will tend to clog up quite quickly as diesel is relatively more oily. The next thing to get affected are the spark plugs. In a diesel engine, the diesel is compressed to ignite but in a petrol engine the petrol is ignited with a spark generated by spark plugs. Diesel, being heavier than petrol coats the spark plugs ceasing them to generate any spark and ultimately cutting out the engine.

Signs of Diesel in a Petrol car

  • Engine Misfiring
  • Engine Won’t Start
  • Engine Cuts Out
  • Dense Smoke Comes Out Of Exhaust

What happens if you put petrol in a diesel car?

It’s altogether a different horror story if a diesel engine is topped up with petrol as diesel engines are not as merciful as petrol engines and this mistake can lead to a more expensive damage.

Some parts in diesel engines, such as the fuel injection pump, highly depends on diesel’s lubrication properties to run smoothly. But petrol does not offer such lubricating properties and can therefore damage it.

Symptoms of Petrol in a Diesel car

  • Black Smoke
  • Sluggishness
  • Stalling
#AutomenProTip:   Whether you have put petrol in a diesel car or diesel in a petrol car, we recommend that you should NOT DRIVE your car and get your vehicle towed to the nearest workshop for a complete fuel system flush.

Driving with the wrong fuel can lead to your car’s engine seizing and costing you a bomb to repair. Speak with our team on 8010696969 if you need Assistance in such a situation.

Top 5 Reasons For The Check Engine Light

If you drive a car, then you must be familiar with dashboard lights and what do they mean. However, the check engine light is one of the most mysterious lights that comes without warning and no explanation.

There are multiple reason that may trigger the Check Engine Light but we have assimilated the top 5 reasons that can cause the Check Engine Light to flash on your dash.

You may not be able to fix the problem that’s causing this light to come on yourself however, knowing the problem by diagnosing the symptoms can help you become vigilant.

After reading this blog, you will be able to safeguard yourself from any sort of cheating or trickery of shady repair shops who are ready to just steal your money away for a simple quick fix.

1. Oxygen (O2) Sensor Malfunction

The O2 sensor measures the amount of unburned oxygen in your vehicle’s exhaust system.

A faulty sensor can cause damage to your spark plugs and catalytic converter. It also leads to black smoke being emitted from your car and will most likely not pass the emission test of Pollution Under Control (PUC).

Sensor Malfunction2. Fuel cap is loose or damaged

One would not believe that something as small as a loose or damaged fuel cap can cause the check engine light to come on. But, it’s true in such a scenario you will lose fuel through evaporation which is certainly not good for the car’s fuel economy.

Fuel cap

3. Catalytic converter needs replacing

A catalytic converter of a car is used to convert harmful carbon monoxide into carbon dioxide. And whenever, there is some problem with it your check engine light is triggered alerting you to look for a problem in the catalytic converter.

A faulty catalytic converter will result in reduced performance and fuel economy and your car may run at a higher temperature.

Catalytic converter

4. Mass Airflow Sensor (MAF)

A car’s mass airflow sensor is responsible to measure the amount of air entering the engine to determine the amount of fuel required to run the engine efficiently.

A faulty MAF sensor can lead to an increase in emissions, causing the car to stall, and ultimately decreasing the car’s mileage.

Mass Airflow Sensor

5. Spark Plugs or Plug Wires need replacing

Spark plugs are responsible for igniting the air/fuel mixture in the combustion chamber of your vehicle and spark plugs wires deliver the spark from the ignition coil to the spark plugs.

If any of the spark plugs or spark plug wires goes bad then you will notice a reduction in car power and poor performance. You car engine will misfire resulting in reduced fuel economy.

Faulty spark plugs or spark plug wires can also damage the catalytic converter and O2 sensor of the car leading to an expensive repair job.

Spark Plugs

Now, you know some of the most common reasons that cause of Check Engine light and how to diagnose it.

#AutomenProTip: Do not drive your car while the Check Engine Light is on. It can lead to a serious problem. Take your car to the nearest workshop to diagnose the real cause or call Automen on 8010696969 for a Doorstep Car Inspection.

Is Your Car Equipped With The Right Brake Disc Rotors? Find Out More

What is a disc rotor?

The metal discs/ plates found between the chassis of the car and the tyres are known as the Disc Rotors. They are a very important part of the braking system that works along with the brake pads to stop the wheels from moving when the brakes are applied. Brake pads clamp down on to disc rotors to cease the motion of the wheels.

While our cars kept getting faster, the need for powerful braking system also went up, giving birth to the disc brakes. Qualities such as greater stopping power and less overheating quickly made disc brakes the preferred choice over the conventional drum brakes.

How do they work?

All disc brake systems are made up of 5 different parts, namely Disc Rotors, Brake Pads, Piston, Calipers and Sensors. Disc rotors are an important component in the braking system and are responsible for stopping the wheels from spinning. When the driver hits the brake pedal, a piston inside the brake master cylinder pressurizes hydraulic fluid in the brake lines, which moves the pistons and pushes the pads into the rotor. The harder the driver pushes on the pedal, the greater the pressure inside the brake lines will be, and the harder the pads will squeeze the rotor ultimately stopping or slowing down the rotor.

What are the types of disc rotors available?

There are 3 major types of disc rotors available – Smooth,Drilled and Slotted. All of them are designed to withstand high temperature during the brake application and have their own advantages and disadvantages.

 smooth brake rotorsSmooth Brake Rotors. They work fairly good under normal driving conditions and that’s why most entry level sedans and hatchbacks come equipped with them. They offer more surface area than any drilled or slotted rotor which works perfectly as a heat sink and also they are not prone to cracking under extreme brake temperatures like drilled rotors can be.

 

drilled rotorsDrilled Rotors. They are OEM style blank rotors which have been drilled to allow hot gases to escape that builds up between the brake pads and the rotor through the holes. But the downside of drilling holes in your rotor is that they get weak near the holes and crack due to excessive heat generated by extreme brake temperatures.

 

slotted rotersSlotted Rotors. As the name implies, slotted rotors use slots carved into the face of the rotor to move gas, water and heat away from the surface of the rotors. They offer extra durability over the drilled rotors as they are not weakened by presence of any holes in them. That’s why they are being chosen over drilled rotors by many racetrack car drivers.

 

However, they are not perfect either and wear down brake pads quicker than the drilled rotors. This is why most performance or street cars come equipped with drilled rotors.

#AutomenProtip:

  1. Average life of Disc Rotors is 20,000 – 30,000 kms subject to individual driving pattern, braking pattern and the kind of roads the car is mostly driven on.
  2. It is possible to buff the scratched and worn out rotors to extend their life. So, before getting them replaced you can get them checked for any possible buffing.

 

Automen Verdict

If your car is a city driving car then there is no need to get your brake rotors changed to drilled or slotted. However, if you are one of those who value looks then you might want to go for drilled rotors. But for racetrack cars you can switch to slotted rotors.

Are your Brakes/ Discs making any funny sounds? Call Automen on 8010696969 and get your brakes replaced at your doorstep.

Know Your Car’s tyres — Don’t let these numbers scare you

Apart from knowing the size of the tyre, most of us have no clue about why these numbers are there and what do they mean.

Every car manufacturer prescribes a certain type of tyre based on several factors such as weight of the car, engine power, mileage and traction, overall price of the car etc. However when we go to replace these tyres, we simply go by the advice of the tyre retailer and in many cases, generally the tyre with the maximum commission for the dealer is the recommended one.

To make sure you don’t fall into this trap, we decided to unravel the mystery behind these numbers and help you understand them better so that you can take an informed decision before your next tyre purchase.

Whenever you’re going to buy new tyres for your car, do check this simple guide to know which tyres are suitable for your car.

  • P/LT/ST/C: Most tyre markings start with one or more letters. In the picture above, it starts with P which tells us that this tyre is designed for Passenger Vehicle. However, there are many other tyres that are designed for different type of vehicles, for example, LT for Light Truck or SUVs, ST for Special Trailer, C for commercial vehicles such as delivery trucks and vans.
  • Tyre Width: Next comes, a three digit number that tells us the cross-sectional width of tyre in millimeters. The tyre width, 185 is measured from the widest point of the inner sidewall to the widest point of the outer sidewall when properly mounted.
  • Aspect Ratio: It is a two digit number that indicates the distance of the sidewall from the wheel rim to the outside of the tread. We have 75 as the aspect ratio. A higher aspect ratio means a higher-profile tyre with a taller sidewall while a tyre with a low aspect ratio will have a shorter sidewall.
  • Tyre Construction(R, D, B): The letter that follows the two-digit aspect ratio tells us the tyre’s construction. We have the R rating which means that the tyre has Radial construction. Radial tyres are the one where the internal body plies of the tyre radiate outward from the center. If there’s a D instead of an R, the tyre has a Bias Ply construction, meaning that the internal body plies of the tire are crisscross in a diagonal pattern. In Bias Belted tyres (marked as B), the internal plies crisscross like in a D construction, but there’s also an extra layer of reinforcing belts under the tread area. Belted tyres are rarely seen these days while 98% of cars have Radial tyres.
  • Diameter (in inches): This denotes the diameter of the wheel. The number 14 means that the tyre should be matched to a 14-inch diameter wheel.
  • Load Rating: This tells us how many pounds a tyre can safely carry. The number 82 is assigned to a specific load carrying capacity of 1047 pounds (per tyre).
  • Speed Rating: A Speed Rating of S means that the tyre can easliy achieve a speed of 180 km/h. It tells you how fast this tyre can go. For more information on speed ratings refer to the table below.

After figuring out the which tyre will be the right fit for your car and driving style, next you should choose the tyres which are apt for the weather condition you mostly drive in. If you drive in extreme climates, make sure you choose Snow tyres for colder regions or Wet tyres for areas with heavy rains

If you’re unsure about which tyre will be the best for your car then speak to the experts at Automen on 8010696969 to know the best tyres for your car.