The Car Geek: March 2006

The Car Geek

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Car Show Off

Car shows and auto shows are one of the events that really excite me. For me, it is the best place to look for good vehicles as well as amuse myself with all kinds of unique and funny vehicles. Truth is, car shows and auto shows are the first in my list when it comes to vehicles. And Auto Parts Inners updates on its auto parts collections are the second. Well, the third would be riding my own car. Thats my priorities when it comes to vehicles.

Anyway, here are some of the upcoming auto shows. I just want to share them with you. Just in case there are some people who might be able to attend these shows, you can send me pictures and stories since I certainly would not be able to attend all.

In the Northeast:

Albany Auto Show

April 7 - 9, 2006

Pepsi Arena, Albany NY

New York International Auto Show

April 14 - 23, 2006

Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York, NY

New England International Auto Show

November 4 - 12, 2006

Bayside Expo Center Boston, MA

In the Midwest

Denver Auto Show

March 29 - April 2, 2006

Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO

In the West Coast:

California International Auto Show

October 4 - 8, 2006

Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA

In the Southwest:

Auto Show

April 5 - 9, 2006

Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, TX

San Antonio International Auto and Truck Show

November 16 - 19, 2006

Henry B.Gonzalez Convention Center San Antonio, TX

In the South:

Nashville Auto Show

April 7 - 9, 2006

Nashville Convention Center Nashville, TN

Atlanta Journal-Constitution International Auto Show

April 29 - May 7, 2006

Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA

Tampa Bay International Auto Show

November 10 - 13, 2006

Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, FL

Charlotte International Auto Show

November 16 - 19, 2006

Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, NC

In and Hawaii:

First Hawaiian International Auto Show

April 6 - April 9, 2006

Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, HI

Friday, March 17, 2006

Nasty Rusty Car

You may have the perfect looking car that can make heads turn but a simple dent or chip can transform it into a nasty rusty car especially if you fail to notice the small rust formations that can spread out to the other metal components making up the various systems of the vehicle. The brake system, cooling system and steering and suspension system are made up of vital parts that must be free from rust. In case mere repair cannot restore correct the problem, better go to Auto Parts Inner for new OEM or aftermarket replacement.

Here are some easy tips I want to share with you on how to treat small rust spots. Its easy so you will not have to go through the daily fuss of care and maintenance.

Use a soft, clean piece of cloth to wipe the rust area including the surrounding areas. Remove the loose paint. Then use a coarse sand paper on the rust spot until the paint starts to show.

  • After removal of the dust and loose paint, use a fine paint brush to apply primer paint. Let it dry thoroughly.

  • Smooth out the affected area with a medium grade sand paper.

  • Now youre ready to paint the area. Apply the paint smoothly. Let it dry for 24 hours before application of the second coat. After which you are ready to speed up on your way or everywhere you intend to go.

  • In case the rust spot is too big for you to handle, better ask for help from your nearest auto mechanic
  • Thursday, March 09, 2006

    Bad Shocks

    My car has been behaving badly these past days. My tires seem to rub on something although there is really nothing on the road, not even a hump or a pot hole. There is also excessive bounce every time I cross intersections. I even feel it swaying or rocking from side to side every time I change lanes.

    So I did a little inspection and guess what I found? A worn out defective rear shock absorber and strut. Good thing Auto Parts Inner is around so I purchased a new shock absorber, replaced the worn-out ones and thats it. The problem is solved in almost no time at all.

    Performance shocks and struts are parts of the steering and suspension system of your car. It is responsible for the over-all smoothness of your ride. The coil springs are responsible for absorbing the road shocks or impact as your car goes through a bump, hump or any road irregularities that can cause discomfort. Excessive bouncing, swaying and rocking are just a few of the discomforts that you might feel due to worn out and defective struts and absorbers which in turn, can also make you feel worn-out and exhausted especially if you have to go through a long drive.

    Friday, March 03, 2006

    Driving Reminders

    For car owners like you and me, driving has always been and will always be a part of our everyday routine. In the morning we drive to go to work or take our children to school. Later on we have to drive home after long hours of work or to drop by in a nearby supermarket, a spa or anywhere else we intend to go. However there are times that we tend to forget some things that should have been part of our everyday driving routine that may pose danger to our safety. Here are some reminders that you must never forget before and during driving.

    Before Starting Your Car

    Buckle up the seat belts to secure your passengers. Children must ride in the back seat particularly in an approved car safety seat. Rest well before taking a drive especially if you have just taken a pill or an over the counter drugs for your medication. It can impair your driving ability, vision and reaction time. The same is true with alcohols and liquors. Take note fatigue, stress and emotional distress can also affect your driving ability so calm down first and relax before starting the car. It is advisable to have extra replacements from Auto Parts Inner in case failure happens in any of your car’s system especially in the brake system, electrical system, engine system or fuel system.

    While Driving

    Be extra cautious when speeding up or changing lanes. Take time to check your rearview mirrors before making any move. Use your horns or your turn signal lights or corner lights to warn other drivers of the changes that you will make. Keep your distance from other vehicles to give you space for changes in direction and speed. In case of engine stalls which may get you caught-up in the middle of the road, turn on immediately your emergency flashing lights. Wait for the cars to pass through. If the road is safe and clear, pull over and call for help.