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How to skillfully manage and drive a car that is overheating

How to skillfully manage and drive a car that is overheating

First of all, it is not advisable to drive a car with overheating engine but there might be situations where it becomes necessary to drive away from a location where the vehicle overheated. Severe overheating can damage an engine within a very short period of time. This article will be brief and straight to the point.
Below are steps to take in order to drive a car with an overheating engine:
Fill the cooling system with coolant to the maximum mark. Even if the cooling system has a large leak, fill it with coolant.If you can, wait until after the sun goes down and the weather becomes cooler before you drive the car.
Start the car, turn off the air conditioner and wind windows down.
Turn ON the heat and set fan to the highest speed. How this helps is; same coolant that goes to t..

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Common names for car parts in Nigerian local spare markets

Common names for car parts in Nigerian local spare markets

Nigerians usually have a culture of renaming things in their own way. When you go to the local spare parts markets, you will hear names of some parts that have no semblance with their original names but many Nigerians still know the parts immediately they are mentioned by those Nigerian names.
There are lots of modern shops where you can easily order parts by mentioning the correct names of those parts. The intention for this post is to help buyers to understand the language of parts sellers who are in the local markets.
I will list the parts with their original names and their Nigerian equivalent name and we will continue to update the list.



S/N
Original parts name
Nigerian name


1.
Catalytic Converter
Indomi


'2.
Throttle body
Th..

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Check ball position of Toyota/Aisin automatic transmissions

Check ball position of Toyota/Aisin automatic transmissions

During valve body removal in Aisin transmissions, the check ball could easily fall off and where it falls from is sometimes a challenge to technicians. The picture attached serves as a sample since the check ball position looks identical in many Aisin transmissions. 
Securing the check ball and the check ball spring in place before putting the valve body in place can be challenging too.
 
Follow below steps to put the check ball and spring in place easily:

Wipe the position where the check ball and spring should stay off with a clean dry cloth. This will remove oil that can prevent the petroleum jelly from sticking with the transmission casing
Use petroleum jelly to hold the check ball in place before putting the valve body.

Then gently put the ..

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Dangers of overused engine air filter that has become flaky

Dangers of overused engine air filter that has become flaky

I have seen cars with very old and overused air filters. These air filters are so bad that they are not only blocked but have become flaky. The air filter begins to disintegrate on its own and the particles find their way into the combustion chamber.
The photo that is attached is a photo of an engine air filter that has been left unchanged, blocked, has become flaky and has started disintegrating.
Apart from parts of the air filter posing a risk to the engine, it can also allow other foreign materials to gain access to the engine.
A good preventive maintenance practice is to change the engine's air filter regularly.
Other benefits of changing the engine's are filter periodically are;

Reduced contamination of the engine oil as less dust particles will find their way into ..

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