Choosing a kayak rack for your Subaru is a task that can be accomplished with a little planning and with a few considerations. The goal is to find something that meets your requirements and works out well. There are a few things to consider when choosing your craft carrier.
These three things should be clear in your mind before choosing a carrier. Know the price range that you want. Be clear on the convenience that you want and also what you are willing to compromise on. Also know what your model of vehicle requires.
Your budget will dictate what type of rack you get. For some people, a budget makes no difference. Money is no object and they can purchase whichever carrier they want. However this is not the case for most of us.
A good quality carrier that will serve you for years to come will require some substantial cash outlay on your part. If you need to, save up for this purpose. In order to make your goal clearer, do some research on the prices of the carrier that you would want.
Some name brands such as Thule and Yakima will be of the higher price category. However there are others like the TMS brands, ROLA and universal brands that do not need much saving.
Also when considering the price it is good to remember that some quality carriers will require some work on your part. Some may require that you repaint them with rust-resistant paint. Others will require that you replace a bolt or two. These will be more affordable than the name brands and will fall in the lower price range.
Consider convenience when selecting the rack. Loading and unloading your kayak onto your vehicle can be cumbersome if you choose the wrong type of rack. Some racks come with the added benefit of being able to slide them onto the roof of the vehicle from the back. This will help you to load it especially if you are alone. It eliminates the need to lift the craft above your head which may be an impossible task for some.
In order to protect your car during loading, you can buy an anti-slide mat to place between the car and the craft. This ensures that the craft slides in easily while your car does not get scratched. The top part is slippery while the bottom of the mat is tack which allows it to stick to the vehicle without rubbing off paint.
Subaru has a line of great cars each coming with unique features. The Subaru Crosstrek comes with side bars but does not have inbuilt cross bars. Therefore when you choose a craft carrier for this vehicle, you will also want to budget for cross bars. Cross bars can be purchased online from Amazon or from a local store which stocks them.
For the Subaru Outback, the cross bars come inbuilt. All you need to do is detach them from the side bars and lock them across onto the other sidebar. Therefore you will not need to factor in this cost. The 2016 model of the Outback also comes with tie downs for securing whatever you are carrying on the carrier.
The same goes for the Subaru Forester. It also has inbuilt cross bars and you will not need to factor them into your budget.
You can look at what is available online through sites such as Amazon and eBay if you are shopping on a budget. If money is no object you can go directly to the name brand sites such as Thule and Yakima.
For budget shoppers, go through the list of the products online noting the ones which offer something extra. This could be replacement parts, technical help, lift assistance and other extras.
Also ensure that what you are looking for is actually suitable for your model of Subaru. Ask for clarity on this from the seller. Sometimes sellers especially those online selling unknown brands may tell you yes just to make a sale. You can verify this by visiting your local dealer and finding out from them.
Customer reviews on sites like Amazon are the best. They sometimes can be brutally honest. If something is not what it says it is, this is the place where you will find out the truth. The best thing about these reviews is that the writers can edit them in future as they continue to interact with the product.
Thus updates can be made on quality, how rust resistant the product actually is, the strength of the material, the quality of hardware, what needed to be replaced, and what broke within no time. This way you can tell what you’re getting yourself into when you make a purchase.
Reviewers will also go on about the awesome qualities in some products. You will find that good products have numerous positive reviews and very few critical ones. Go for such products.
Once you are satisfied with a product that you have researched on, go ahead and buy it. The product will come with a list of the items contained in it. The first thing you should do is to go through this list to make sure everything is there.
Most of these products will come with installation instructions. Follow the instructions carefully and assemble the carrier. If the instructions are unclear or not there at all, go back to the product reviews. Many times previous customers who noted this went and wrote down instructions on installation. Just follow these instructions and install the carrier.
Load your kayak and see how well it holds and if something needs tightening then do so.
Choosing your kayak carrier is thus something that can be done by following these three steps. Take your time and buy what ultimately fits your needs.
All drivers who are passionate about their cars will admit to the fact that they cannot do without them. It gets to a point where the car is more or less your second home or part of you, because you go with it everywhere. For this reason, it would be wise to do all you can in order to personalize the car and make it as comfortable as you want it to be.
There are so many alternatives that you can look into when you need car accessories for your interior. The styles are immense, and most of them come in sets, so you can change them at will, or give some of them away as gifts to friends and family members.
Typically, accessories will help you maintain the quality of the car’s interior. This is also something that you have to appreciate, when you plan on selling your car at some point in the future.
There are quite a number of girly accessories that you can purchase for your car, or for someone else to use in their car as gifts. The following is a brief look at some of the best accessories: Continue reading
No one wants to get into their car one day and get irked by some random smell. It would be gross, particularly when you think of the fact that your car is in fact one of the places where you spend a lot of time during the day. Your family probably gets around in the car too, so you have to make sure you deodorize the interiors properly.
Nasty smells in the car can be caused by so many things. It could be the smell of gas, engine oil, or anything else that you might come across in the course of the day, which ends up in your car. Even if you spilled coffee in the interior during rush hour, if this is not cleaned out properly, the results could be some nasty smell.
Cleaning your car
There are some special tips that you can work with, which will eventually help you keep your car interior clean and habitable for everyone else.
Most of the odor in the car is usually trapper in the interior of the car. In order for you to have an easier experience with cleaning, vacuuming will easily eliminate the odors. You can purchase from different vacuum cleaners that you have in stores.
Most of the vacuum cleaners come with upholstery attachments, which will come in handy when cleaning the car. Make sure that you reach into all the corners, because these are the places where most of the dirt will get stuck, and smells emanate from.
It is only natural that a lot of people cannot stand the smell of smoke, particularly cigarette smoke. The smell is definitely unpleasant. Other than that, smoke will usually settle anywhere in the car, including the air conditioning vents.
For smoke-induced smells, you will first need to pop open the hood and then spray deodorizer in the valves to get rid of smoke from the entire system. Take note that because of the invasive nature of smoke, basically cleaning the upholstery will not be enough.
In terms of removing odors, baking soda is one of your best companions so far. If you had something spill on the car’s carpet floor, baking soda will help you get rid of the smell.
To do this, sprinkle some baking soda over the spillage area and let it settle for some hours. It absorbs the smells after which you can simply vacuum off the residue.
There are so many water and air filters that use charcoal as an absorbent. It is one of the most effective absorbing agents so far. You too can use charcoal to absorb the smells in your car. Have the charcoal in the car for some days, particularly in the areas where there might have been spillages. Over time, the smells will go away, having been absorbed into the charcoal.
Think about the scent you love most and get your preferred natural air fresheners for this job. These are usually effective in getting rid of the bar odor by masking them. Alternatively, you can also get cotton balls and put them strategically in the car.
Assuming you are the kind of person who loves their coffee, and the smell of coffee, you could have some ground coffee in a container strategically placed inside the car. This gives off a coffee smell other than the normal nasty smells from daily usage.
While the options we have discussed are useful in getting rid of normal smells in the car, there are some extreme situations where you might need to be more careful. Some smells like that of gas will definitely require more attention other than masking.
This could mean there is a leak somewhere, which puts you at risk of fire. In such a scenario, you should definitely get a professional to look at your car.
Even for those situations where you find it hard to get some smell out of your car, even after trying different agents, it would be wise to seek professional cleaning support. It might look like an expensive option, but rest assured that in the long run, it will be well worth the investment.
Vehicle maintenance is a crucial issue that you have to take into consideration, especially if you use your vehicle almost every other day. This basically describes a periodic procedure where you inspect the condition of the car and its sub-systems, and replace parts and/or fluids that need to be replaced.
Maintenance can in most cases be done on your own, but in extreme situations, you can have a professional mechanic have a look under the hood. There are lots of maintenance procedures that you can handle on your own, in the process saving you a lot of money.
Most petrol heads will attest to the fact that running maintenance on their own makes it easier for them to learn so much about their cars, and in the process they get to form a stronger attachment to the car.
Regular maintenance is in fact a critical element to your safety, and the safety, comfort, longevity, reliability and drivability of the car you own. Maintenance can be done either for preventive purposes, or restorative purposes. Preventive measures are however much better, so that you can drive in confidence, and avoid unnecessary accidents.
Scheduling your maintenance
You need to have a schedule for regular vehicle maintenance purposes. For most drivers, this will depend on the time of the year (seasons), the make or model of the car, and the driver’s behavior on the road. The following are the key parameters that you need to look into when planning to schedule your vehicle’s maintenance:
There are extreme service schedules and regular service schedules. Most professional mechanics will often advise you to take your vehicle for servicing in between these two schedules. The reason for this is because they will determine the need for servicing based on your attitude as a driver, the driving conditions and the behavior of the car.
You can also make use of professional tips from your mechanic or any other credible source. Basically, the following are the key areas where you need to pay attention when it comes to vehicle maintenance:
Did you know that more than 90% of the cars you see on the road are driving with the wrong tire pressure? This is a bad idea, because it interferes with your ability to control the vehicle accordingly. A digital tire pressure gauge is the best choice.
2. Engine oil
The engine oil has to be at the right level all the time. The level could drop for two reasons; either there is a leak, or regular burning oil. Either way, you have to make sure you are keen on this to prevent serious engine damage.
3. Oil and filter changes
Just because you know the required level for your engine oil, does not necessarily mean that you have done it all. You also need to ensure you change the oil as often as necessary. The filters also need to be changed.
4. Brake pads
Your brake pads have a shorter lifespan if you are a stop and go driver, or if most of your driving is done on rugged terrain, or perhaps if you haul significant weight. If you do all or most of these things, then your brake pads will last even shorter.
5. The lighting
Before you start driving, make sure you walk around the car and check to see if the lights are all working. Most people neglect this and it costs them dearly in the long run.
6. Wiper blades
The windshield wipers actually need constant inspection. The rubber will deteriorate from regular use, exposure to the ozone, direct sunlight, cold weather and so many other factors. When this happens the wiper blades will be unable to flip over or flex properly when they are being used. Other than that, they also run the risk of cracking while in use.
For someone who does not spend so much time under the hood, car maintenance can be quite the challenge at first. However, it does not have to be this way. As you get used to driving your car, there are some things that you will learn along the way.
From the moment you decide to buy a vehicle, or even if you are given one to use at work, you should understand the importance of such ownership status. You must keep your vehicle in top shape if it is to serve you well.
Regular maintenance is mandatory, and you cannot take chances with this. Taking chances would mean taking chances with your life in general. Without proper maintenance, there is a good chance that your vehicle will be prone to minor problems from time to time, and eventually significant problems that might ground your vehicle.
Why really is car maintenance important? Why do you have to pay a lot of attention to your car and make sure it is in the best condition? Here are some good reasons that should spark your interest:
Think about it, spending even a little sum out of your pocket from time to time in repairs eventually adds to a lot of money in the long run. These are monies that you could actually use for other credible reasons, but instead, you are wasting them on repairs.
Even if your car is covered by comprehensive insurance, if you keep having repairs and other significant works done on the car because of poor maintenance, you will soon realize that your insurance premiums will in fact go up.
Insurers will view you as a high risk case, and this will weigh down heavily on your expenses. To be on the safe side therefore, it is important for you to take good care of your car.
Nothing is more important than risk reduction when you are driving, and you can do this through proper maintenance. Basically, every other moment you are in your car, there is always a risk of danger. This could be from other road users, or from your end.
Proper maintenance will help you take note of simple mechanical issues in good time, and deal with them effectively.
Most drivers contend that the car they are driving at the moment might not necessarily be the car that they will be driving 5 years down the line. Ideally, you will upgrade to a better class or a bigger car or for some other reason.
When the time comes for you to get a new vehicle, you have to dispose of the one you are currently driving, or pass it down to someone you love. If you are selling it, a properly maintained car will always fetch a good price in the second hand car sales market.
Do not be lazy, or ignorant to the basic maintenance concerns. Once you can keep this up, you might even sell your car at an incredible price, even after using it for quite some time.
The problem with most drivers is that they tend to think about themselves and no one else. When you are on the road, there are so many factors that are involved. There are too many stakeholders whose lives depend on you taking good care of your vehicle.
Starting with yourself, if you maintain your car properly, it will be safe enough for you to drive it. You run less risks of self-induced carnage on the road as a result of poor maintenance if you take good care of your car.
There are also the passengers in your car, who have no idea about the maintenance record you have with your vehicle, but could end up being victims of your ignorance. You need to think about this.
Think also, about the other road users; motorists and pedestrians alike, even animals whose lives are affected by your vehicle. Assuming that your brakes are not up to par but you keep driving around, you will find it difficult to halt in an emergency.
An oncoming driver might in fact hit their brakes in good time, but yours which are not properly serviced might fail, and you end up ramming into them.
These are just some of the common reasons why you need to think about your maintenance record. More importantly, proper maintenance for your vehicle means you are looking at the welfare of others who use the road often.
A radio harness may play a decisive role in installing your radio. It will save your time on discovering the function of each wire and make you more convenient in testing the system.
Nevertheless, what if you buy an aftermarket radio that does not have any harness? What are you going to do?
I used to be in that situation about two weeks ago when my dad bought a second-hand car radio to replace his old one. And especially, there was no harness attached to it. Before I could find out the reason why he did that, he asked me to install it for him because he ultimately did not know how. I had no other choice apart from doing it. After all, he already purchased it.
Fortunately, it was not a mess like I imagined it would be. I even felt quite proud because I earned a new experience as well as skill in wiring radios. And after talking with some of my friends about this topic, I realized that various people are still confused about how to wire a radio without harness. Therefore, I am writing this How-to article to show all of you the past-two-week experience. I’m sure you will learn it instantly after reading.
First, you need to prepare some equipment to follow this tutorial at the highest level of efficiency:
Now, let’s come to the action part. Before starting wiring, you need to know the function of each cable to have a smooth process of working.
These take the responsibility of turning your radio on, including the red, yellow, and black one. The yellow wire is constant power, which always keeps the battery at a stable situation. The black wire is ground cable, without which, your radio cannot run. And the red one holds an important position of a power cable which turns the radio on and off.
It is a blue one, and its name is amp turn on wire or power antenna wire car stereo. I think it sounds a little familiar to you. The cable is responsible for connecting to the power antenna of the radio and controlling signals.
There are two oranges cables taking care of this function. One is for illumination and the other with a white stripe is for dimmer. You should check your car if it had these wires to make the best choice when shopping. Some old cars don’t usually have them, so make sure you have a thorough overview before purchasing.
These are quite simple because they lead sound from the radio to each speaker in your car. And they come in pairs, so it would be very convenient to distinguish.
And they are always marked with stripes, so you won’t have to worry about making mistakes. The ones without stripes are connected with positive wires, and the others are negative.
All of the colors I mentioned are all international standardized; therefore, you don’t need to concern if your vehicle had different colors. I’m sure they will be easy to recognize. For more detailed explanation, you can watch this video:
Step 1: Cut the power
This move is always important because it protects you from being electrocuted. And you should do it no matter you are installing a subwoofer or an amp to your car. Make sure that the battery is disconnected by cutting the negative wire.
Step 2: Strip the wire insulation
The insulation can be broken anytime if you are not careful so diplomatic skills are particularly needed in this part. Just remove the insulation of each wire of the radio and your vehicle. And it depends on the length of the wires but usually, I cut the insulation in about one knuckle long. You can do the same thing if you want.
Step 3: Wiring
There are two types of wiring, depending on the structure of every vehicle.
The first type is a vehicle coming with a bunch of wires and no harness, which is just like the wires of the radio desk. If you have a one like this, find the cables with the same colors on the radio and your vehicle. Then, match them with each other by twisting their copper core. Finally, use the black tape to maintain them. Stick it around where two cables are connected with 5 to 6 laps, and you can try turning your radio on.
The second type has a tidier structure than the previous one, which contains only one wire. However, this cable has two heads, one of which is positive and the other is negative. You won’t need to look for the correct colors with this type. Just pay attention to the pairs. The red one will pair up with the yellow one, the black one with the blue one, and other wires already have their pairs. Now, just hook each wire up to the negative and positive cable, and you’ll be done. For example, you can hook the red one to the positive cable and the yellow one to the negative wire. Keep the process until all of the wires are attached to each other. And you will do the same way as the last type, which is twisting them and use the tape. You can watch this video for more instruction:
These steps are not so complicated, aren’t they? Pay attention a little and everything will work out.
One more tip for you is that you can use solder and tube to replace your tape. The tape is great, but solder is much more reliable. Just put the wire through a piece of the tube first, then twist and solder the core. Lastly, cover it with the tube you put in, and you have finished your most important task.
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Getting the right tire pressure is something simple and very important in as far as overall tire performance of your car is concerned. When your tires are inflated properly, they provide you a longer life cycle, allow you proper steering control, better response on the road, improved fuel efficiency, and more importantly a smooth ride.
Inappropriate inflation of your tires is bound to give you challenges on the road, including premature wear and tear of your treads, and tire failure. The only way to deal with this accordingly is to check the tires on a regular basis.
With a pressure gauge, you have a better shot at ensuring your tires will perform at their peak. Without it, you cannot easily get the right tire pressure, neither can you know the right pressure for your car. There are different types of pressure gauges in the market, offering you convenient usage. Continue reading
Washing your car at home is one of the most satisfying and relaxing things that you can do. You need to spare some time over the weekend for that, or at any other time when you are free. It is indeed an activity that needs devotion, that’s why you should spare some time for it.
One of the best things about washing your car at home is that you can make it more fun by involving the kids from time to time. It can also be a good learning experience for them. On your part, washing your car at home will be far cheaper than having a professional do the work for you. It also allows you to learn more about your car, the interior, and helps forge a strong personal bond between you and the car.
More often, all you will need to wash your car at home are the following:
Other than these however, there might be other specialty applications that you will need, depending on the kind of aesthetics that your car deserves, or your preferences. The following tips should provide a step-by-step guide to help you wash your car at home easily: Continue reading
Most car owners know how important it is to keep the interior clean and habitable. It is even more important if you have kids, or if you spend a lot of time in your car. A clean interior is not just good for aesthetic purposes, but will also prevent you from catching some common illnesses.
Fabric and carpet cleaning is one of the key areas where you have to pay attention. There is so much that you can look into when you think about this, in order to have the best outcome. Most people these days use upholstery protectors to help in maintenance after cleaning, for the following reasons:
Proper care and maintenance are important if your car is to stay on the road for as long as you need it to. Those who will at some point plan to sell their cars and buy a new one understand how important this is, particularly when looking for a good resale value for the car. Other than the resale value, there is also the fact that a properly maintained car will keep you safer on the road, and in terms of aesthetics, nothing could be better than this.
You can in fact go so far in keeping your car in top condition. You basically need to follow some simple guidelines that we will outline in here, and everything else should be a walk in the park. The following are the 6 key areas that you have to pay attention to when thinking of doing some maintenance on the car: