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The 3 Step Process of Electronic Car Rust Protection Systems

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The 3 Step Process of Electronic Car Rust Protection Systems

Are you interested in rust proofing your car, but are not sure what type of rust protection methodology to opt for? Then consider a method that applies a primer electronically, or also known as e-coating. This is the most popular rust proofing method used today because of the strong bond that is formed between the metal bodywork and the primer system. As a result, the ability to resist rust is better than with other options. Here is how electronic rust protection works.

1. Pretreatment

For there to be high quality adherence of the primer to the bodywork the surface has to be prepped. Typically this is done by etching the metal bodywork with a mild acid, which is done by dipping the entirety of the body in a pool of acid. However, if the rust protection is applied to the different parts of the bodywork in stages, then the bodywork can also be dipped into the acid pool in stages.

2. Paint Application

After the acid dip, the bodywork will need to be dipped into another pool where the paint will be applied that provides the rust-proof property. Furthermore, some manufacturers might rotate the bodywork while in the pool in order to ensure that the coverage of the paint application process is complete. The bonding itself is done via an electromagnetism process, which is completed by charging the bodywork with one polarity and then the bath with the opposite one. It is the difference in the polarity that allows the paint and the bodywork to come together to form a very strong bond.

An advantage of this type of dip rust protection application is that 100% coverage will be achieved. Whereas, with manual spray techniques it will not be possible to get into all the crevices, and that’s where rust will begin to form.

3. Post-Treatment

Once the paint has been applied, another dip is required in order to clean the surface of any contaminants. Consequently, the bodywork is placed into the oven in order to cure the paint. This is advantageous because the heat will also reduce the drying time. From a manufacturing point of view this reduces costs because it helps speed up the production line. That in turn can reduce the cost of the rust protection on your end.

These 3 steps are an outline of a general process, different manufacturers will have their own way of doing rust protection.

Four Ways To Improve The Longevity Of Your Car Battery

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Ways To Improve The Longevity Of Your Car Battery

For such a little thing, a car battery can cause a lot of frustration. Once your car battery starts going, you’ll often find yourself stranded — unless you have a battery pack on you. But there are ways that you can extend the life of your car battery, thus avoiding costly battery replacement charges and inconvenient calls to roadside assistance.

1. Never Leave It On

Everyone has had that moment: you left your car’s lights on and now it’s dead. Every single time you do this, you harm the battery. It isn’t just that you need to get your car jumped; you may also need to purchase a new battery entirely. Get into the habit of double checking your vehicle when you leave to make sure that the interior lights go off and you don’t have your daytime running lights on.

2. Disconnect When Not In Use

If your vehicle isn’t going to be in use for a while — such as when you’re on vacation — you should have someone knowledgeable disconnect the battery entirely. This will throw off your system clock, but this doesn’t have any other adverse side effects. There’s always some draw on the battery, however slight. If you leave the car idle for a long period of time, it’s likely it won’t be able to start when you come back.

3. Install an Insulation Blanket

An insulation blanket fits over the battery and helps avoid temperature extremes. Like all batteries, a car battery functions poorly when it’s either too hot or too cold. Prolonged exposure to these extremes — which can be especially bad if you do not keep your vehicle in an enclosed garage — could shorten the life of your battery. 

4. Take It In For a Cleaning

You should check under your hood frequently to make sure that there aren’t any visible issues in your engine. In particular, if your battery looks like it’s becoming dirty or corroded, you may want to take it in to your mechanic for cleaning. In fact, if your car doesn’t start, sometimes it can actually be remedied by just cleaning off the battery pack. 

If you find that your car’s battery is dying a lot, there may be something wrong with your vehicle. You may want to check with your mechanic. There may be something that is drawing power within your vehicle when it should be idle, such as a faulty interior or exterior light.