I'm looking for a new add-on for my Acura EL, and some of my friends are suggesting a spoiler. I have seen this accessory mounted on some cars, but I'm not really sure what it does. Is it mainly for aesthetics, or does a spoiler offer some added practical benefits when mounted in vehicles?
Spoilers are both aesthetic and functional accessories. As per your mention, they make a car look more sporty and appealing. Aside from this, spoilers are actually used to improve a car's stability at high speeds, especially when cornering. Fast-moving vehicles usually lose some traction, and they can fly off when turning because of this. To stabilize them without the need to add more weight, spoilers are mounted in vehicles with the effect of pushing the car down because of the improved aerodynamics that they provide. This way, the vehicle can speed up more safely. The aerodynamics that spoilers provide also enhance the fuel efficiency of vehicles. However, how much of these benefits you will enjoy will be determined by the type of driving that you do. If you don't really engage in activities that require you to drive fast, then you won't see that much of a benefit in terms of aerodynamics and stability.
The fabric upholstery in my car seat has a small tear. It's not posing any real problem or eyesore for me right now, but I'd like to fix it before the tear gets bigger. What's the easiest fix for this problem?
A small tear on fabric upholstery is easy to repair. You will just have to sew it carefully using a curved needle for ease and a strong thread of the same color as your upholstery. When sewing, be sure you properly hold two edges of the tear together (or have someone do it for you) and to keep the stitches ¼ inch away from the edge. Once the tear is properly stitched, you can use liquid seam sealant to paint over the stitched area (especially the area with the needle holes) to secure the stitch and the ends of the thread.
After a few years of driving my Acura EL, I'm starting to notice small scratches here and there on the body of my car. I have a friend who will be helping me do the paint repair, but I'd like to know what things I should remember before and during the repair job. Can you give some pointers?
Assuming that you already know what to do to start the repair, we can give a few pointers to help you make the process faster and more efficient. The first thing to do is ensure that the temperature in your area is conducive to the work that you're about to do. You should do the work in a shady area with not much wind. Otherwise, this will affect the proper drying and adherence of the paint that you will be using. Depending on the level of scratch, there are also cases when you need to allow overnight between coat applications to get the best effect in renewing the paint.