Thursday, June 26, 2014

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On the other hand, a halogen lamp like the popular Hella 500 Black Magic still retains the standard tungsten filament, but doesn’t contain an inert gas – instead, it contains halogen, which slows the thinning of the tungsten filament despite the extreme heat, and prevents blackening. This process significantly lengthens the lifespan of the bulb by allowing the tungsten to safely reach higher temperatures (therefore, producing a much brighter light). To further enable the filament to withstand extreme heat, materials like fused quartz are often used instead of normal silica glass.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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The lesson to learn from vehicle recalls is too important to ignore: the value and benefit of quality control in parts and services for driver and passenger safety. In this case, buying truck parts, including efficient LED trailer lights or hazard lights from reputable brands that offer high-quality products, cannot be stressed enough. Replacing faulty parts or equipment is one side of the coin, but using (and maintaining) these parts properly is another.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

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As for your air intake system, be sure to have two air filters mounted outside the hood for better air flow. Also, whenever you’re modifying your engine’s exhaust systems, use flexible tubing that can be fitted, bent or turned into any application without breaking it and losing its function. You should also get your engine parts like an exhaust elbow only from reputable suppliers like Global Parts Inc. to make sure that you don’t get conned into buying something substandard.

Monday, June 23, 2014

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For efficient road performance with whatever Mother Nature throws their way, truck operators should keep their vehicles well-maintained. Global Parts Inc. has a wide range of quality semi-truck parts to suit many brands of big rigs. As part of our summer blowout, we are offering a 10 percent discount on all products in our valve categories from July 1 to July 31, 2014. These include Bendix-style air break valves and Tramec-style spring break valves.

Friday, June 20, 2014

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The exhaust is one of the most under-valued parts of any vehicle. Yes, the gases blow out, but sometimes, the exhaust system raises issues with ground clearance and engine efficiency. If the stock exhaust wreaks havoc on driving, along with the vehicle’s power and roar, consider assembling your own exhaust system.

First, use your jack stands to lift your vehicle to an acceptable height, then go under. Analyze the current exhaust pipe and mark a line on the location you’ll be cutting into. Take pictures of the underside and determine where the new piping will be laid.

Loosen and remove the exhaust hanger attachments then pry out the exhaust pipe. Start cutting at the marked lines with a reciprocating saw. You will have no choice but to cut extra piping if the exhaust pipes pass through hard-to-reach areas like the suspension. One way to minimize the visible exhaust fumes is to add bends at certain sections of the piping through an exhaust elbow.

The degree of bend will depend on your system design, especially if you are considering a change in muffler location from the rear or out the sides like in certain muscle cars. You must have new tubing prepared to weld with the elbow if you are letting go of much of the stock piping.

A new exhaust system may work well for your car in terms of performance. At the same time, making the exhaust layout with a set of elbows enables a change in direction. 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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One of the things you just can’t afford to do on the road at night is driving with busted lights. Good, functioning lighting should always be part of your checklist for your vehicle’s equipment and maintenance list. This is especially so for large trucks. Accidents happen without proper illumination, and a truck driver loses much more than his cargo in an accident because of bad lighting..

However, the reverse is just as dangerous. Too many lights on your car can blind approaching drivers and cause them to collide with you. Similarly, poorly fitted or incorrectly aligned lights, can compromise you and other vehicles.

Always choose to buy the best set of driving lights for your vehicle, and have them installed properly. Make sure you know the brand of lighting ideal for your car. Hella driving lights, recognized for their durability and lightweight design, are highly recommended and have been used all over the world.

High beams are useful enough for ordinary driving conditions, but for additional illumination, driving lights are used in conjunction with the regular high beam headlights. A precaution for drivers using these lights, as they can be distracting enough to cause accidents. They should be aimed directly to the front for optimal lighting, and used ideally along remote and dark or unilluminated roads.  

Drivers should keep these lights in good shape for their own safety when driving, especially in adverse conditions.

Friday, June 13, 2014

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Ratchet straps are indispensable accessories for e-tracks, enabling safer delivery trips for various sizes, weights, and amounts of cargo. While their main function may be simple, inexperienced users can still be a bit confused as to how they’re actually used. Here are a few guidelines.

Joining the two pieces
Ratchet straps come in two separate pieces; one with the ratchet assembly on its end, and another without. Join the two by inserting the loose end of one strap into the slot of the ratchet assembly. Once done, pull the loose strap through the slot in the assembly, then bring it back out and align the strap together to avoid tangling or locking.

Tightening the ratchet
Ratchet straps can be cranked to a desired tightness with a special mechanism on the assembly. Do this by cranking it up and down. Once the desired tightness is achieved, lock the ratchet handle down. You’re now ready to secure your cargo.

Releasing the ratchet

Ratchet straps come with a quick release trigger to easily unfurl cargo. Do this by pulling the trigger toward the back handle, then opening the ratchet all the way. The webbing should be released by then, allowing it to be pulled out of the assembly. Finish things off by pulling the trigger to unlock it, then closing the ratchet assembly back down.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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Light-emitting diode (LED) lights are fast gaining popularity as indispensable materials for vehicles. What does it have that the more common incandescent light bulbs don’t? Let’s find out.

Long life
LEDs are found to last over 100,000 hours compared to a meager 3,000 hours for conventional incandescent bulbs. Such longevity enables vehicle owners to reduce the hassles of regular checking and replacement. To add to the perks, LEDs are backed by warranties that last between 2 to 5 years.

Energy efficiency
Unlike their counterparts, LEDs require a much lower amperage to operate, saving a considerable amount of energy. Also, the minimal energy requirement allows it to operate cooler, safely touchable even during operation.

Maximum visibility
With their faster rise time (time required to reach full light intensity), LEDs can be seen much better in the distance compared to their incandescent counterparts. This allows for a major safety advantage as other drivers can see LED lights flashing from greater distances.

Vibration and water resistance

LEDs do not have delicate filaments that can be screwed up when exposed to shock and vibration. This is a big problem with smaller trailers that lack shock absorbers. Also, conventional glass bulbs are prone to shatter if they get wet while hot – not LEDs. In fact, trailers with LEDs can actually be submerged in water without the need to be concerned about busted bulbs.