My Chevrolet Vega has to undergo the required emissions test in my state, and I want to know what things I can do to prepare for the test. What are some things I need to remember or steps I need to take prior to the emissions testing?
There are several things you can do to increase your car's chances of passing the emissions test. In terms of maintenance, you should already be practicing regular oil change and filter replacement. Days before the emissions test, check that everything in your vehicle is working well (though this is not a guarantee of passing, it will definitely help if no component is malfunctioning). You can do a self check to start with, and then have a mechanic do a more thorough inspection to find any problem to correct before you bring in your car for the test. On the day of the test, it is recommended that you drive your car for 20 minutes before bringing it in—you want the engine warm and working in its normal operating temperature when tested for accuracy of results.
I have a new car that I bought as a replacement to my daily driver, which conked out after so many years of use. One problem I had with my former car was that I always had to deal with side dings caused by drivers who would park next to my car and open their car doors carelessly, hitting the side of my vehicle and causing dings and scratches. I want to avoid the same problem in my new car. Is there any add-on that can help with that?
Actually, there are. There are door guards and moldings being offered in the market today, and they are designed for mounting permanently or temporarily across the side of the vehicle. These materials have high-impact characteristic, so they can take on the damaging forces caused by other car doors or shopping carts in mall parking areas without getting damaged themselves. They can isolate the said forces from the metal body of your vehicle to protect it from dings and scratches. While some door guards are designed for permanent mounting on the sides of the car, others are built to be removable. These are typically magnetic guards that you can attach to the sides when you're parked and then remove when you're leaving the parking area.
The reception in my Chevrolet Vega has suddenly become weak, and I'm getting intermittent signals. The car antenna in my vehicle is new, so I'm sure it is not the problem. Are there ways to improve the reception in my vehicle?
Is the antenna mast in your vehicle fully extended? There are instances when the problem is simply caused by the antenna being retracted. You can also check the positioning of the antenna to be sure that it is properly connected. Check to see if the connections are loose or if the cable is properly seated in place. If everything is in order, you can get a radio signal booster for your ride.