How to find the correct car seat for your child or baby

Car seats are of vital importance to a baby or child’s safety when travelling. It is essential that you ensure that your child always has the correct car seat for their, height, weight and age.

There is a huge selection of car seats to choose from and they are often split into stages. New-born babies will often need a different car seat to a 5-year-old for example although you can get some seats that have been designed to be used from birth to age 5 or above. The latest law requires a child to be in a car seat from birth up until they are 135 cm or 12 years of age although many experts suggest that you should actually use a child seat until your child is 150cm tall.

When using a car seat that has a harness system, the harness should be level with their shoulders, with the harness fitting snugly around them. You should only be able to get two fingers under the harness. Always be sure to remove any padded jackets and do not strap them in with a blanket under the straps as if you do have to stop the vehicle suddenly the belts may not be tight enough when the clothing / blanket compacts.  

Some cars have built in booster seats which can be used from a certain age or height.

How can you get rid of dents in a plastic bumper?

Dents in cars happen often. It may be that you accidently reverse in to something or that you bought a second hand car that already has a bump in it. Dents can look unsightly and can even cause issues with the paintwork if on metal as exposed areas can begin to rust.

They can make even the newest of cars looked uncared for and can make it difficult to sell. If you have a car with a plastic bumper and get a dent, then you may be in luck as there are a few tricks you can try to remove the dent relatively easy.

Before taking the car down to the local body repair workshop or forking out for a new bumper try the method below as many people have reported great success with it. But make sure this is only done on plastic bumpers.

Apply heat to the dented area either with a hairdryer or by pouring boiling water on it. I found the hair dryer to be the best method. Once the area is warm you can push your hand up under the dent and apply pressure to it from behind. The dent should just pop right out and often leaves little or no indication that it was ever there.

Saving towards your MOT

A MOT is one of those things that may cost you only the price of the test or may end up with you having to fork out hundreds of pounds.

A MOT is an inspection that needs to be carried out by an authorised garage that checks certain parts and the running of your vehicle. Some aspects that are checked are safety related and other such as CO2 emissions are more for the environment. Every car that is over 3 years old must have a valid MOT to allow it to be driven on the roads in the UK.

The cost of a MOT for a car is usually around £35-£45 pounds. If the car passes, then you will only have to pay this amount. If the car fails, then you will have to fork out for the repairs that need doing and have it retested. You will not have to pay again if you take it back to the same test centre before the end of the next working day for a partial retest but you may have to pay for a partial test if it is over this time but within 10 working days. After ten working days you will have to pay for a full retest again.  

You often do not know how much you will need to spend to get the car through and MOT until the car has undergone the test. If the car fails and is out of MOT, then you will not be allowed to drive it until a valid MOT has been issued. Try and put aside an amount of money each month towards your MOT to allow you to have an amount saved towards repairs that may need to be carried out.

Should you take your car to a main dealership to be serviced?

Every car will need a service at some point. The service schedule is decided at the factory and it can vary from manufacture to manufacture and depending on the model of car. IT is very important to have services carried out in accordance with the schedule in order to keep your car running in tip top condition.

You have the choice as to whether to take it to a main dealer (same manufacture as the car) or to take it to another garage of your choice. Many people opt to use a local garage as main dealer prices are often quite a bit higher than local garages. If your car is still within the manufactures warranty then you may have to have any services done at the main dealer to keep the warranty and stop it from becoming void or ensure that where you take the car for the service, uses genuine parts.

Having full main dealer service history can also add value to your car when you come to sell it, so if you want to look after the resale value then main dealer servicing is the way to go. If you cannot afford this then local garage services are often just as good and will ensure that the car is looked after.

Has your car suddenly lost power?

You may be driving along thinking that everything is fine, when you try to accelerate and notice that your car simply will not pick up speed and limps along at 20-30 mph. This can not only be annoying but dangerous if you are on a motorway for example. Often when this happens it is because your car has gone in to limp mode. Limp mode is a function that temporarily slows the car right down to prevent further damage to the engine. It can come on for a number of reasons such as a faulty sensor or damaged to an air pipe.

If you find that limp mode comes on then you need to take the car to a garage as soon as possible. Try and get it recovered if possibly or if the garage is some distance away from your home. Most garages will usually start by putting it on a diagnostic machine to see if it brings up any error codes. From this they can usually work through the codes (if there are any) to find out what is causing the issue. If they cannot find an issue they may reset the diagnostic on the car and send you on your way. Often if this happens, the error will occur again at a later date.

You will often find taper roller bearings used in the wheels of cars and other vehicles, and they can cope with horizontal and vertical forces at the same time. They might also be found in gearboxes and engine motors, as well as being used in other industries.

Taper roller bearings will consist of inner and outer rings, with tapered rollers to allow the surface of the raceways, and the roller axles, to meet on the axis. The cones’ motion is coaxial and there is no sliding motion to worry about. Always use the right taper roller bearings for your application, and achieve perfect operation.