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Driveway Car-Washing and Maintenance Tips

July 11th, 2012

Driveway Car-Washing and Maintenance Tips

Cleaning your car’s exterior:

Be well-soaked: Make sure the car is fully rinsed off first and kept wet during the wash. You want to float the dirt off the surface
Use the right soap: Ford recommends soap specifically formulated for cars. “Even a mild dishwashing liquid can strip wax protection and possibly cause waterspotting concerns,” said Gerry Bonanni, senior engineer, Paint and Body Repair
Grab your mitt: Ford recommends a sponge or wool mitt. Keep the sponge or mitt wet and sudsy to help float the dirt away instead of rubbing or scratching the surface
Start at the top: Wash the top, then the sides and save the bottom for last, which is where the most grit typically accumulates
Dry it off: Use a water blade and a soft towel to fully dry the vehicle
Wax on: Ford recommends waxing your car to help keep the surface protected
Wiper blades: Use isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol
Each Ford vehicle undergoes a five-layer paint process designed to enhance long-term durability. The procedure starts with a pretreatment that protects against corrosion and ends with a clearcoat that aids in reducing chips and scratches.

Cleaning your car’s interior:

Instrument panel: Wipe the instrument panel, interior trim areas and cluster lens with a clean, damp white cotton cloth, then use a clean and dry white cotton cloth to dry those areas. Household or glass cleaners are not recommended
Vacuum: For fabric, carpets, cloth seats and safety belts, use a vacuum cleaner to remove dust and loose dirt
Use the right cleaners: Ford recommends using auto-specific carpet and upholstery cleaner for light stains. If grease or tar is present, Ford recommends spot-cleaning the area first with an auto-specific spot-and-stain remover
For leather seats: For routine cleaning, wipe the surface with a soft, damp cloth. For more thorough cleaning, wipe the surface with a mild soap-and-water solution. Dry the area with a soft cloth. Leather cleaning products designed for automotive interiors also are available
Summer-specific issues
Ford recommends never washing a vehicle that is hot to the touch or during exposure to strong, direct sunlight. In addition to warm weather, summer also presents other challenges when it comes to keeping your car looking nice. When you’re hit with the following, try to clean off quickly and follow these tips:

Bird droppings, bugs, suntan lotion, insect repellent: Wash off with car wash soap and water as soon as possible
Tree sap and tar: Use a good quality bug and tar remover and wax afterward
Bothered by bugs? Going on a long trip and don’t want to face a windshield and/or bumper full of dead insects by the time you arrive? Wipe down your windshield with a tumble dryer sheet; bugs won’t stick to the glass as easily. Also, give your bumpers the once-over with cooking spray
Don’t scratch it; smear it: Can’t get that sticker from the amusement park or beach parking lot off your window? Saturate it with cooking oil before you start scrubbing
Here are a couple of tips aimed at those who display their vehicles at car shows.


To clean aluminum wheels and wheel covers:

Use wheel and tire cleaner. Heavy dirt and brake dust accumulation may require a little elbow grease with a sponge. Rinse thoroughly with a strong stream of water
Never apply any cleaning chemical to hot or warm wheel rims or covers

To clean the engine:

Take care when using a power washer. The high-pressure fluid could penetrate sealed parts and cause damage
Do not spray a hot engine with cold water. You could crack the engine block or other engine components
Use specially formulated engine shampoo and degreaser
The battery and filters need to be covered when cleaning. Refer to your owner’s manual
Never wash or rinse the engine while it is hot or running; water in the running engine may cause internal damage
Never wash or rinse any ignition coil, spark plug wire or spark plug well, or the area in and around these locations
Be sure to refer to your vehicle owner guide for more cleaning and care information.


source : ford media

Some of the Driving Tips

June 8th, 2012

Hello Viewers,

I m Sharing here some of the driving tips which is very useful while driving the cars, especially in INDIA.

Driving Tip in rain: Wet roads are more slippery, so leave extra space between you and other cars.

Check the air pressure in your car tyres regularly to save fuel, increase safety and reduce maintenance cost.

Do’s and Don’ts of Car wash: Wash off dead bugs, bird droppings and dust as soon as possible. A weekly car wash will keep the paint finish in its best shape. In addition, if you live in an area that suffers from acid rain, rinse your vehicle off after a period of rainy weather.

Relaxing tip while you’re waiting at the red signal: Bring your shoulders closest to your ears and back to normal position slowly. This eases the tension in your shoulder muscles.

Useful Tip: To avoid noise while shifting the reverse gear, depress the clutch pedal fully & wait approx. for 3 secs before shifting the gear.

Always keep puncture repair kit handy to perform temporary repairs for small punctures on tubeless tyres. It is available at all dealerships.

Ensure adequate tyre pressure – Check your tyres regularly and adjust it to appropriate pressure. It saves fuel and increases safety! Correct tyre pressure can also improve fuel economy by up to 1%-3%

Drive relaxed by anticipating traffic situations. Avoid constant accelerating-braking sequences. Change lanes early when approaching obstacles – always use left/ right turn signals. Smoothly equalize speed differences and allow other vehicles to proceed before you – be courteous to other drivers.

Avoid distractions while driving. Driving demands your full attention and distractions can increase the risk of a crash. Distractions include adjusting the radio, talking on mobile phones or with other passengers, sending text messages, etc. which can take your attention away from the road, and increase driving risk.

Use seat belts all the time. A seat belt can significantly reduce the chance of a serious injury or death. Fasten your seat belt before you turn on the engine and insist that all your passengers use their seat belts too.

Source : Figo Car blog

Keep Your Teeth White Naturally

September 6th, 2011

There are many effective methods of teeth whitening available, but some come with heavy price tags. Here are some steps you can take at home to whiten teeth naturally without breaking the bank.
Things Youll Need:

Lemon Juice
Baking soda
Hydrogen peroxide

Step 1:
Limit your consumption of drinks that stain tooth enamel. A few of these include coffee, tea and red wine. If you simply can’t cut back on these beverages, consider drinking them though a straw to limit the amount of liquid that actually comes in contact with teeth.
Step 2:
Brush your teeth immediately after eating, especially if eating foods that stain easily, such as berries.
Step 3:
Rub raw strawberries on your teeth, preferably pureed. There is an enzyme in strawberries that acts as a whitening agent. You’ll want to brush and rinse after applying the strawberries to remove the natural sugars and acids they may leave behind.
Step 4:
Eat crunchy foods that require a lot of chewing such as carrots, celery, broccoli and apples. These foods are abrasive and will remove built up plaque, which dulls the appearance of teeth.
Step 5:
Dip your toothbrush directly into baking soda and brush. The results are worth the lousy taste.
Step 6:
Combine lemon juice and one teaspoon of salt to make a paste-like substance. Brush your teeth and rinse. Again, not so pleasant on the palate, but your teeth will thank you.
Step 7:
Use hydrogen peroxide to brush your teeth. Dip your toothbrush into a small capful of the peroxide and brush as you would with regular toothpaste, being careful not to swallow. Rinse with water.


Consider using one of the several whitening toothpastes on the market that have all-natural ingredients.
Brushing after every meal and flossing regularly are the first steps in maintaining a healthy smile.

Top 24 reasons to get running

September 5th, 2011

Running is one of the best forms of exercise, not only for getting fit but for weight control too.
1. Running is the quickest way to cardiovascular fitness. You get fitter faster by running regularly.
2. Running is one of the cheapest forms of exercising. You only need a pair of running shoes and shorts and T-shirt to get started.
3. Running is easy to learn. Most people have run at some point in their life, either competitively or at school/college, so there is no steep learning curve involved.
4. Running makes you feel good, not only physically, but mentally as well.
5. Running is excellent for reducing stress levels. There is nothing better than a run to clear your head and concentrate the mind. Many great ideas have been formulated on training runs.
6. Running is one of the most flexible methods of training around. Wherever you are in the world, it is nearly always possible to get out for a run. You can jog, steady run or sprint depending on how you feel that particular day.
7. Running is good for your heart. It not only strengthens the heart but also reduces the actual resting heart rate.
8. Running is accessible to all. As long as you are physically able, you can go for a run virtually anytime and anywhere. There are no race barriers to running.
9. Running helps you to lose weight and tone muscles. The more your train and run, the more weight you will lose. Also by toning up, you are getting rid of the excess fat and converting it to muscle.
10. Running is for people of all ages. Old or young, everyone can benefit from running.
11. When run training, you can get away with eating chocolate and legitimately say it is part of your training program.
12. Running is a great way to recover from a hangover. A run will help clear your head faster than sitting around feeling terrible.
13. Running is a great safety aid. Being able to run away from people puts you in a much better position if you are chased.
14. You can use running to change other people’s lives. Run for a charity and raise money to help the needy or less able.
15. Running with friends gives you time to catch up on gossip and get fit at the same time.
16. Running is a time-efficient way to get fit and lose weight so you have more free time after exercising to enjoy yourself.
17. Running is a challenge that can be motivational and bring great personal satisfaction.
18. Running is a great way to see a new place if you have limited time available for sightseeing. Just think how much more of a place you can see when running around it compared to walking.
19. Running improves your concentration as you are forced to concentrate more when running. This in turn improves your concentration when you have to focus in other areas of life.
20. You nearly always work better after a run because you are still on a runner’s high and feel ready for anything.
21. Running is a great way to meet people, especially if you join a club or enter a race.
22. There are no monthly subscriptions with running. You just put your running shoes on and go.
23. Endurance built-up through running can be transferred to other sports.
24. If you drink alcohol you can just run a little bit further the next day to work off the extra calories.

How secure is your credit card?

July 25th, 2011

How secure is your credit card?

Credit cards have become an integral part of our life, but concerns about its security and vulnerability is an ongoing issue. Credit card frauds are rising at an alarming rate. Card associations and banks on the other hand have been trying hard to enhance card security features to minimize frauds and misuses.
Here is a look at the security features introduced by card issuers and banks in the current scenario.

Verified by Visa/Mastercard SecureCode

A significant upgrade in credit card security features came with the introduction of ‘Verified by Visa/MasterCard Secure Code programme’ or second factor authentication. It addresses the credit and debit card transactions over internet.
Earlier, to do an online transaction, the only information needed was your credit card number, expiry date and the CVV number printed on the back of the card. It is easy to obtain this information as they are exposed when you handover your card at hotels, shops or petrol stations. Fraudsters can use this data for online transactions where physical presence of the card is not needed.
With the introduction of the Verified by Visa/MasterCard Secure Code programme, apart from card information, the customer needs to provide an additional password like that of a debit card, to make the transaction secure. This is to authenticate any online transaction.

EMV Chip

The EMV chip addresses security concerns while the card is physically swiped in a machine. When cards are being swiped on an electronic device, all the information stored on its magnetic strip gets extracted for verification. Fraudsters can extract this data from swiping machines and use them to make a duplicate card through a process called cloning. This duplicate card can be used for online transactions and your credit account gets billed.

The susceptibility of magnetic strip cards forced the card associations to come up with an innovative solution – the EMV (Europay, MasterCard and Visa) chip. It stores the data securely in a highly encrypted format which is difficult to skim off and thereby reduces the chances of extraction. It also relies on a digital signature scheme based on public key techniques to confirm the data’s legitimacy. As the transaction is being processed, any tampering or unauthorised alteration of data is detected and the transaction will be declined.

India is slow in adding this security feature. In India, the card acceptance mechanism at many merchant outlets is still not equipped with the process. So, the Indian card manufacturers need to issue cards with both EMV platform and magnetic strips. The card makers ensure that the new cards will have a magnetic strip, but the card’s confidential data will be stored on the chip. The magnetic strip facilitates the transaction where EMV processing is not available and at the same time data will not be skimmed.

Second Level Authentication for IVR Transaction

Even though second-level authentication has been introduced for online transactions, telephonic transactions with Interactive Voice Response (IVR) started using second-level authentication with a PIN or a password this year only. So, now a customer making an IVR transaction would need to provide an additional password, just like he does on the Internet, so that fraudsters would no longer use the information on your card for IVR transactions.

Credit Card Protection

If you happen to lose your wallet while traveling in India or abroad, earlier you need to call each card issuer separately to get the cards blocked. To ease this situation, a solution in the form of Credit Card Protection (CPP), exists. CPP India comes with a 24-hour toll-free helpline and a world wide cover. One free call to this number will block all your cards on request with additional features like emergency travel cash assistance, fraud protection, valuable document registration and lost card replacement assistance. This service can be availed by taking a membership with CPP which costs around Rs.1000/- to Rs.1500/- annually.

Stay Safe

Although many security features have been introduced, still you can be a victim of the most common trap —phishing. Beware of mails appearing like coming from your bank/ card company asking for your card details or personal information. They will contain an unsolicited link, which when clicked will be directed to a fraud website looking similar to that of your bank. The chances of clicking them unknowingly are fairly high and you will end up exposing your confidential information.

So, as far as credit card transactions go, be cautious. Here are a few pointers:

Type the URL yourself and don’t rely much on search engines as there are chances for clicking similar duplicate sites.

Look for the prefix ‘https’ in the website addresses. The ‘s’ in https stands for secured.

Keep in mind that no bank/card company would ever ask for confidential information through email/phone under any circumstance