Choosing The Correct Battery Charger For Your Car

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Most people don’t know that you need to use a specific type of battery charger depending on what situation you are in. Your particular case will determine the model. Wondering which one you should use? Read on to find out!

Vehicle Battery Charger or Jump Starter?

Before anything else, you need to figure out whether you need a vehicle battery charger or a jumpstarter. A lot of people will carry jump starter cables in their cars, whereas battery chargers will typically stay at home because they require a higher current to work effectively. Jump starter cables are not only portable, but you can use them anywhere in an emergency to charge a low car battery. If you just need a jump start, then that can be easily done. If you need to recharge a dead battery, that might take a little more work.

Battery Voltage and Size

Depending on what kind of vehicle you are using, the charger may need to be able to charge a large or small battery. You will need to look at the voltage required to charge it. Today, you can buy battery chargers that will charge both 6- and 12-volt batteries. It may be wise to save yourself the money and buy a 12-volt charger since those are more commonly used.

Automatic or Manual Chargers

Fully automatic chargers will be able to detect when your vehicle’s battery is fully charged. When it does, it will automatically switch to a maintenance charge to stop overcharging. This feature is called float mode and is a common feature in high-quality vehicle battery chargers.

Being Safe

Be sure to read any manuals and know the precautions to take when charging a car battery. There are safety features to keep an eye out for. Here are just a few:

Reverse Polarity Warning

An automatic battery charger will signal you if you have the cables hooked up to the wrong post. Doing this can cause sparking, which may ignite any gas around the battery, causing an explosion.

Float Mode

As mentioned before, this is a feature on fully automatic chargers that will detect when the battery is fully charged. They keep your battery from overcharging. Charging a battery past its limits can harm the battery by overheating it, damaging it, or even causing an explosion.

Spark-Proof Clamps

Even if you take all the precautions needed, sparking is still possible when connecting clamps to a 12-volt battery. Make sure your device has a safety feature to prevent sparking.

Test Your Battery

Some chargers will havebuilt-in detectors that will tell you the health of your battery. Over stop overcharging, lead-acid batteries will build up some sulfate on the plates, reducing their ability to charge fully. Some better-quality chargers will detect this and will alert you.

Battery Maintenance

Some chargers will also provide maintenance for your battery while charging. This is especially useful for vehicles that might not get too much use.

Clamp Amps

Clamps have amp ratings. These are the teeth-like clasps that go on the battery posts. You will want that rating to be around 50 amps or more, and not any less.


We don’t pretend to be experts on what are the best chargers are currently, but we do know what to look out for when buying a charger. Zena Racing have put together a comprehensive list on all the best chargers on the market at the moment

How To Clean Car Matts: Tips and Tricks

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How to clean car mats? This is a fundamental task for the hygiene of your interior, the mats are a receptacle of bacteria and dirt because they come into contact with the sole of the shoes. And so dust, mud, earth and bad smells can invade the cab of the car, putting at risk the health of passengers, especially the little ones.

The solution? Bring the car into a carwash or focus on your skills especially if you live far away and there are no cleaning services nearby. In practice, you need virtue, but how to clean the car mats correctly? Let’s see.

How to clean car mats in rubber and fabric

How to clean rubber and fabric car mats? You have to do some preliminary operations. The first step: open the doors and extract the carpets if removable, you have to transport them outside the car to clean them in the best possible way. Now vacuum on both sides to clear debris then bang against a wall or floor.

In this way, remove the soil embedded between the fibers. You can also use a scraper to remove the most resistant dirt. Now let’s see how to wash the rubber car mats.

In the previous paragraph we understand how to clean a rubber mat, now let’s see how to properly wash it. Wait, did you check the doormat does not have holes? The risk is that of letting water pass even inside the car, causing damage and unpleasant odors to the floor of the car. At this point, take a garden hose .

Use the pump to clean the dirty side . You’ll see, the strong enough water jet will remove the dirt. What soap do you need to use for rubber mats? Just the laundry detergent with a little baking soda, the mixture will raise the residues. Use a damp cloth or a spray solution to spread the mixture on the affected surface.

Winter comes: defend the car from frost and rain

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You do not have a car garage owned and you are forced to keep the car outdoors in winter . Even the idea of ​​renting a garage is to be rejected because it could affect the family budget. And yet you love your four wheels and your goal is to protect it in the best possible way. Above all, when bad weather becomes unstoppable and ruthless.

But how to protect the car out in winter if the resources available are limited? The secret? Use common sense and all the tools necessary for this purpose. Take a look at this guide to protect your car from the cold and beyond.

Protect your car without a garage: always useful tips

Parking outside in the winter can become a problem because, in addition to the bad guys, you have to deal with bad weather. But how to protect the car without a garage while minimizing the risks? Here are some tips and rules to follow.

Remember that to avoid damage to your four-wheeler you do not have to park in busy areas or even too isolated . Keep away from work in progress, gates or open construction sites. Even stopping under a tree is not the best because of the resin. You can also:

  • Take out an insurance policy that gives you coverage against atmospheric events.
  • Fold up the mirrors and choose the  best mechanical or electronic car alarm .
  • Use the cloth,  object to bring in the car  in case of rain, snow and hail.
  • Since you know you do not have a box you have to  wash the car .

A good practice to defend the car in winter: apply the wax to the bodywork to protect it from atmospheric agents, acidity of the rain and resin of the trees. Then you can try the vehicle at least twice a year and wash the car every two weeks.

These are the main tips to make the car always safe out. They are universal suggestions, the same suggestions apply to the new car without a garage.

Read also:  protect the car from the sun: what to know?

Covering cars in winter: how to choose towel

Leave the car in the street, as I told you, is synonymous with danger not only for the action of vandals and thieves. You must protect yourself from protecting the machine from hail.

But also from snow and rain. How to solve if you do not rent a garage? You can always cover the caroutside with a towel. How to choose the best car cover?

Car maintenance, the things to do

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All about the “basic” checks to be carried out on the vehicle
You can call them minimum checks on the car, or periodic checks : we talk about everything that is not mandatory by law. We refer neither to the periodic revision every certain number of years imposed by the European and Italian regulations nor to the coupons of the Houses . Here the laws have nothing to do with it, and each individual car owner settles as he sees fit, based on several factors: desire to travel with an efficient and safe vehicle, reduce consumption (the more the machine is controlled, the less you spend at the pump), circular without polluting too much, making the various components of the car last longer. In short, being virtuous with your vehicle. Below, some tips that you already know for sure: a sort of synthesis of what we sometimes remember to do.

“Minimal” Cinquina

# 1. Oil.Do not wait until the engine oil level is insufficient  It is advisable to check the level at least once a month and top up if necessary, in a period of 5 to 10 minutes. To check the oil it is advisable to wear gloves, both to limit burns in case of contact with the hot parts of the engine or to avoid getting your hands dirty. First: take out the dipstick. Second: clean it with a clean rag, to see if it is only soiled by the engine oil, or with absorbent paper. Third: insert it again thoroughly. Check the level of the lubricant: it must be between the two notches. If it is near the minimum, and if the car is modern (and not used for more than 150,000 km before the most recent top-up),

#2. Battery. In some batteries battery-car-like-check it with lead acid, there is a color code (inside a small hole) that tells you the current charge of the device. Green means a charged battery. Black means battery charged roughly 50%: it must be recharged. White means battery to be replaced. It is the self-diagnostic led: green = ok, black to be recharged, white = to be “topped up”. In the absence of color, or anyway if you want to go deeper to the question, here is the Tester. With the hood closed and the engine switched off, insert the black cable into the black COM port. Then, insert the red cable into the red port V. Set the selector switch to the direct current symbol V. Set the tester to the voltage level immediately above the battery level.

# 3. Tire pressure.The pressure control must be done “cold”: maximum three kilometers of distance (so the temperature of the elements does not affect the measurement). At least once a month and before long trips. Instead, for a possible “hot” control, a pressure increase of 0.3 bar is to be expected. However, never deflate hot tires. The pressure values ​​are given by the car manufacturer, which also provides indications for normal use on the motorway, at full load: everything is in the use and maintenance manual. To inflate a deflated tire, usually, you have to pull a lever similar to the brake of a bicycle. While if the pressure is too high, you must press a button (which can be plastic or rubber) to deflate it and vent the air as if it were pre-vented on a valve.

# 4. Filter.The cabin filter (which also applies to the “climate”) should be replaced periodically, because if it is clogged it does not perform well task. How often? It depends on the areas in which you circulate (if very polluted or not), from the kilometers traveled. However, you feel bad smells, it’s the right time. Otherwise, approximately, it is to be replaced after the canons 10,000 kilometers. If you are practical, you can change the cabin filter from you, paying attention to the instructions in the vehicle use and maintenance manual. Generally, the filter is located in the engine compartment at the base of the windscreen or in the passenger compartment itself, under the glovebox. Remove the paper filter (accordion) from the filter base and place the new one.

# 5. Deadlines. Eye to the kilometers. Have brake discs and pads checked every 10,000 km. Anyway, do you listen to the brakes, perhaps by asking them a minimum, but always in safety: the brakes “whistle”? Perhaps the brake pads must be replaced (with a low outlay) before the brakes break (with risks for your safety and for your wallet). Eyes also on the light in the dashboard. While the candles are certainly checked every 15,000 km, and it will be the trusted mechanic to assess if you need to replace them.

Discourse apart: revision and cutting

On the other hand, as far as the mandatory revision is concerned , the rule is simple: the machines must be revised for the first time in the fourth year following the year of first registration, within the month of issue of the registration certificate. Subsequently, every 2 years within the month corresponding to the month in which the last revision was carried out. At the motorization or at authorized workshops. And the coupons? It is the houses that indicate when the right time is right. Just to give an indication: car with coupons every 15,000 / 20,000 km or every 2 years; car with oil change every 15,000 km and cutting every 30,000; machine with cutting every 30,000 / 50,000 km or 2 years. Increasingly, moreover, the on-board control unit, thanks to some sensors, is able to automatically evaluate itself, when it is necessary to do the cutting.