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  • How to maintain your car during rainy season

    This rainy season has come with a lot of surprises like the flood which are and have been experiencing in parts of Port Harcourt and even Lagos. If you have concerns or worries about steps to be taken on how to maintain your car during this period, you don't have to worry much as we have brought for you steps to follow to keep your car in great shape all through the rainy season. Follow any of the links as you read through to get the best prices for your car parts.

    1.      Wash it regularly: Washing your car regularly will help you keep it in good condition especially the exterior. The best thing you can ever do to keep the paint work and metallic body in good condition is to rinse off the heavy deposit of sand and mold from it by giving it a wash.

     

    2.      Maintain your wheels (Tires): During raining season, vehicles are prone to slide uncontrollable on wet road surface, this could be as a result of different road surface, speed or the depths on the tires, to avoid this, it becomes a necessity for your car tires even the spare one to be at their best by making sure they are properly inflated to the manufacture’s specific pressure and always check for tear or wear to ensure save ride.

     

     3.      Make sure your wipers are working fine: Your windshield wipers will be doing extra work during this period, as it plays a very crucial role during the rainy season, ensuring for clearer visibility in a very acute weather condition. So replacing the worn out blades on the wiper will help prepare the car for rainy season.

    4.      Spray the underneath and body with anti-rust: To avoid the underneath of your car from rusting you have to spray it with anti-rust to prevent it from getting rust, as well as the body whenever you spot any form of rust.

     

    5.      Flush the radiator and change the oil filter: Make sure you flush the cells of your radiator regularly and change the radiator coolant, as well as the oil filter to avoid blockage by dirt and mold from the road.

    6.      Make sure the lights are working fine: Always observe and make sure the headlight and taillight of your car are working fine, especially the brake light. Not only to light up the road but to also prevent other car drivers from hitting your car from the back.

     

    7.      Functioning brake: Aside from the tires attached to the wheel of your car, another prominent part of the car to keep at the very best condition is the brake attached to the wheels of the car. It’s really important to check the brake pads and other components attached to it to make sure they are sharp and working effectively to avoid accident.

     8.      Avoid driving through huge pool of water: Driving through a huge pool of water or mold could affect the electrical connection and put your car in a very critical condition as well as endanger the Brain box especially if it’s closer to the floor.

    9.      Service your car when due: You don’t have to wait until your car start giving signs or break down before you service it. Servicing your car regularly will help to keep the engine of your car in good and healthy condition, as well as avoid cost engine repair.

     

    10.  Get a rubber foot mat and chair case: To maintain the beauty of the interior of your car which includes the chairs and rouge, all you have to do is buy a rubber foot mat and chair case to prevent it from getting wet by you or other passengers, which could sometimes make the inside of the car stink.

     

     11.  Efficient battery: During rainy season its best to make sure you have an efficient and strong battery in your car. This could help prevent your car from breaking down when you drive through a large pull of water and make sure the battery caps are intact to avoid water from getting to them.

    12.  Check your engine belt: check the belts attach to the engine of your car regularly for any form of tear, wear or tension to avoid your car from breaking down when it cuts.

     13.  Vacuum the Interior: Always vacuum the interior of your car often make sure they are clean. The interior of the car is the main beauty of the car, so always make sure the airbag, car stereo, chair and other components of the interior are regularly cleaned to make it look attractive.

     

     14.  Check the fluids: Apart from the engine oil check and make sure other fluids such as the brake oil, engine coolant, power steering fluid, windshield water fluid and other fluids in the car are up to the prescribed gauge.

     

    15.  Check the windows: check the windows of your car for any form of crack replace the broken one and always remember to wind up the glass when it’s rainy to avoid the interior from getting drenched by the rain.

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  • MAMINA LUBRICANT: THE RIGHT ENGINE OIL FOR YOUR CARS

     

    The right choice of engine oil determines the productivity, performance and life span of your engine.

    Engine oil is the most important fluid in a vehicle as it is responsible for the lubrication of its parts.

    The enormous varieties of engine oil in the Nigerian Market is capable of confusing a car owner to making wrong decisions in oil selection.

    One should be very careful in choosing engine oil as the wrong choice of engine oil can be very destructive to the vehicle.

    Almost all car manufacturers have recommended an engine oil that corresponds to the tolerance of the car. However, this is not enough as there are fake and low-quality engine oils littered in the market.

    The use of fake and low-quality engine oil will result into persistent repairs with an eventual damage to the vehicle engine.

    To protect your engine from damage; to optimize its performance; to ensure fuel economy and longer drain period, and for good thermal stability, choosing good quality engine oil is the only solution: choose ‘MAMINA LUBRICANTS’.

    Mamina Lubricant is a superior quality European standard engine oil of excellent quality for use in all kinds of vehicles. Mamina is an African product of European quality with certifications from the American Petroleum Institute (API), NAFDAC and SON.

    Mamina Lubricant is produced with virgin base oil and American Lubrizol additives to keep your engines always at optimal performance.

    Mamina Lubricant has fully synthetic oil with viscosities of SAE 5w-30 and 5w-40; semisynthetic and dynamic oil SAE 10w-40 and turbosytn with viscosity of SAE 10w-40 for both fuel and diesel engines of passenger cars, mini buses, trucks including turbo-charged.

    Always insist on the right choice of engine oil by choosing MAMINA LUBRICANT.

    On our next publication, we shall educate you on how to use engine oil for your cars.

    Get yours at any auto shop nationwide or online at

    http://ikokuonline.com/index.php/fluids-and-lubricants

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  • 4 important things to be maintained in your vehicle

    Oil

    It has been said that oil is the life blood of your car’s engine.  This isn’t really accurate because, unless you are really sick, you don’t need to change out your blood. Oil is what keeps your engine’s parts rotating smoothly and working properly.  Over time, exhaust gasses from the cylinders and even small bits of metal will contaminate the oil and reduce its effectiveness.  Heat from the engine also breaks down the oil.  Just like any other fluid, heat will reduce the viscosity (thickness) of the oil.  If the oil becomes too thin, it won’t lubricate the engine as well as it should, and parts wear out faster.

    The old rule of changing your oil every 3 months or 3,000 miles has thankfully been disbanded.  Many modern vehicles can go 5,000 or even 10,000 miles between oil changes. To know how long your particular vehicle can go between oil changes you should consult your owner’s manual.  Many newer vehicles even have a complex monitoring system that evaluates your driving habits and various aspects of your oil to determine how long your oil will last.

    But, maybe you’re like the majority of young vehicle buyers and you purchased your car second, third, or even tenth hand.  The vehicle is not very new and the owner’s manual is long gone.  In that case, search the internet for a digital copy.  Still no luck?  Try and find an owner’s forum.  These typically have a maintenance section with recommended service intervals.  Often times they also have walkthroughs on how to do the service yourself.  The quality varies from forum to forum, but I’ve yet to have to go past page 2 of a Google search to find what I’m looking for.

    Air Filter

    Breathe in through your mouth. Breathe out.  Now, take off one of your shoes and a sock.  Now, place your sock over your mouth. Now, breathe in.  You didn’t get as much air as the first time and you now feel a little gross right?  Well, the same thing happens to your engine when your air filter gets clogged with dirt and dust.  A clogged air filter can reduce your gas mileage, your horsepower, and even cause your engine to run rough and stall out.

    The frequency of which you will need to change your air filter will vary widely based on two factors.  How many miles you drive each year and the atmospheric conditions during those miles.  Most manufacturers recommend changing your filter ever 5,000 miles.  Personally, I think this is premature.  I’ve found the air filters in many of my street vehicles to be fine for anywhere between 7,500 to 10,000 miles. If you drive in severe conditions (rural dirt roads, or urban areas with a lot dust from construction) you will probably need to change the air filter more frequently.

    If your vehicle’s engine isn’t in the best of shape (burning oil under the hood) those fumes can contaminate the filter as well.  In extreme circumstances, these conditions can cause a filter to become unusable in as little as 1,000 miles.  Trust me, I’ve been there.

    Brake Pads

    Obviously brakes are important, but important does not mean complex.  Many people take a hands-off approach to brakes and take the word of any mechanic or dealership flunky as gospel.  The only rule for how long brake pads will last is this: There are no rules.  How often you need to change your brake pads varies based on your driving style, the type of driving you do, the weight of your vehicle, the quality of the brake pads, and the condition of your brake rotors.

    Obviously, if you drive aggressively (tailgate others, hard brake at stoplights, etc.) you will use the brakes more often and wear them out quicker than normal. If you drive in a hilly area or in constant stop and go traffic, you will use the brakes more often and wear them out quicker than normal. Getting the picture?

    So, how can you know if you need change your pads? You could take your car into one of the infinite number of shops that offer free brake inspections.  Unfortunately, if that shop is even a little less than honest, they will tell you that you need new pads. If you own a BMW or other vehicle from a small selection of German automakers, then your brake pads have an electronic monitor built in.  When the pads wears down, a light will display on your dashboard.

    Even if you own a Cavalier, you’re still in luck. Almost all brake pads come with a built in wear indicator! This usually consists of a small metal tab on the brake pad.  As the pad wears down, this tab comes closer to the brake rotor.  When it finally makes contact, you will hear a slight screeching or scraping sound.

    Once you hear the scrape, it’s time to change the pads. You don’t have to do it the same day, but try not to let it go too long. If the scraping turns into a rough grinding sound, you need to change those pads now! Running the pads too low can cause damage to your rotors.  This causes your brakes to be less effective and could cost you more money in the end.

    Tyres

    The last item on our list is the lowest point on your car. The life expectancy of tyres, just like everything else on the list, varies.  Tyres go flat, cars get sold, other problems contribute to premature wear, and heck, after 3 or 4 years you’ll probably forget when you actually bought them anyway.

    Tyres, like brake pads, have built in wear indicators.  Between the treads, there are these tiny little ridges that are 1/16 an inch high.  When the tread gets even with these ridges, it’s time to get new rubber.  In case you were wondering, the ridges are 1/16 of an inch because that is the minimum safe tread depth for a road going tire. This is also the minimum safe tread depth allowed by law in many states.  Check your tyres every month or so for wear and damage.  It only takes a minute. Run your hand over the tread, especially on the inner and outer edges.  If you feel anything weird (uneven ridges, waves, wires!) get your tires checked out by one of our ikokuonline mechanic.

  • Why Is It Important To Wash Your Car Regularly?

    We seem to only think about cars in terms of engines, exhaust and other vital pieces. The exterior takes a back seat after we purchase our car. But, when you picked out your car, what was the thing that attracted you to it? I doubt it was the interior!

    Be sure not to use Liquid like (Detergent and water) that will damage the paint job of your car.

    Detergent and water will remove important protective coatings off the paint surface and dry out the paint on your car. Detergent and water will remove all the dirt from your car but It's counterproductive because it speeds up the oxidation process and shortens the life of your car’s paint.

    Visit our Car care products page and get the right stuff for your car.

    Appearances

    To begin with, the car just looks better. Sad to say, we live in a world of people who make snap judgments about others based on a one or two second first impression. If that impression is you getting out of a filthy car to go into the store, the person next to you may assume that your personal habits and housekeeping are no better.

    General Maintenance

     

    While washing your car regularly you will be sure to check out for maintenance actions to be take on the car, as opposed to when you never make any detailed look at it.

     

    Exterior Finish

    Your car is metal. Well, mostly metal, although a lot of plastics are being used these days in such places as bumpers, the linings of the wheel wells and some trim parts. Metal is known to rust. The paint protects the car from the elements, forestalling the process of rusting. The paint is in turn protected by a clear coat, which is what gives the shiny-looking finish to the paint.

    We will update you guys more on why it is better to wash the car yourself than take it to a Car wash.

  • Five Warning Signs Your Car Battery Is Dead or Dying

    Five Warning Signs Your Battery Is Dead or Dying

    Your engine cranks but doesn't start.
    No crank, no start, no lights!
    One day it starts fine, then next day it won't.
    Cold cranking is hard work.
    You've jumped it a lot already.

    If you are getting any of these signs, visit our battery section and select the correct battery size for your car and we will have it delivered to you within minutes because your car is our business and your satisfaction our concern. Ikoku-online.com

  • From TOP GEAR to ....

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    if you are a motorhead , then you would definitely remember these bunch. in my opinion as a renowned motorhead, these guys created the most hilarious and best car review videos ever!

    Top Gear had been my favorite TV show until Jeremy Clarkson did what he does best (destroy stuff) and got himself fired! soon after the news broke of him being fired, his colleagues James May and Richard Hammond  soon resigned in the ultimate show of loyalty and team effort and the show became boring. but all is not lost people, they are back!!!!! so what brought them back? well some suit wearing folks from Amazon approached the boys with a trunk filled with cash they couldn't resist and well....

    see the photo below.

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    the series is called THE GRAND TOUR!!!!!!

    oh yea, good TV is back!! unfiltered , unadulterated, brash car review with so much humor you wont help but just laugh away your sorrows! go check the new show out and let me know what you think in the comment below.

    more pics.

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  • World’s largest engine makes 109,000 horsepower – the Titanics were ‘only’ 15,000hp

    The height of a four-story building, the Wärtsilä RT-flex96C is a two-stroke turbocharged low-speed diesel engine designed by the Finnish manufacturer Wärtsilä.

    It is designed for large container ships that run on heavy fuel oil. Its largest 14-cylinder version is 13.5 metres (44 ft) high, 26.59 m (87 ft) long, weighs over 2,300 tonnes, and produces 80,080 kilowatts (107,390 hp). The engine is the largest reciprocating engine in the world.

    The 14-cylinder version was put into service in September 2006 aboard the Emma Mærsk.

    The design is like the older RTA96C engine, with common rail technology instead of traditional camshaft, chain gear, fuel pumps and hydraulic actuators. All this provides the maximum performance at low revolutions per minute (rpm), lower fuel consumption and lower harmful emissions.

    The engine has crosshead bearings so that the always-vertical piston rod allows a tight seal under the piston. Consequently, the lubrication of the engine is split: the cylinders and the crankcase use different lubricants, each being specialised for and dedicated to its role.

    The cylinders are lubricated by continual, timed injection of consumable lubricant, formulated to protect the cylinders from wear and to neutralise the acids formed during combustion of the high-sulfur fuels commonly used. The crosshead design reduces sideways forces on the piston, keeping diametral cylinder liner wear in the order of only about 0.03 mm per 1000 hours.

    Configuration Turbocharged two-stroke diesel straight engine, 6 to 14 cylinders
    Bore 37.75 inch (960 mm)
    Stroke 8.4 feet (2,500 mm)
    Displacement 111,063 CI (1,820 litres) per cylinder
    Engine speed 22–102 RPM
    Mean effective pressure 1.96 MPa @ full load, 1.37 MPa @ maximum efficiency (85% load)
    Mean piston speed 8.5 meters per second
    Specific fuel consumption 171 g/(kW·h)
    Power Up to 5,720 kW per cylinder, 34,320–80,080 kW (46,680–108,920 BHP) total
    Torque Up to 7,603,850 newton metres (5,608,310 lbf·ft) @ 102 rpm
    Power density 29.6 to 34.8 kW per tonne, 2300 tonnes for the 14-cylinder version
    Mass of fuel injected per cylinder per cycle ~160 g (about 6.5 ounces) @ full load(Whole motor uses up to 250 tons of fuel per day.)
    Crankshaft weight 300 tons[
    Piston weight 5.5 tons
    Piston Height 20 feet

    Titanic recip eng

    The latest progress in marine technology was featured onboard Titanic. She was fitted with a Parson’s low pressure turbine engine as well as tipple expansion reciprocating steam engines. The reciprocating engines ran at 75 rpm and generated 30,000 horse power. The thought was more power achievement without the use or requirement of additional steam. The turbine engine drove Titanic’s center propeller and the reciprocating engines drove her two port and starboard wing propellers. The turbine ran at 165 rpm and generated 16,000 hose power. The wing props were 23′ 6″ in diameter and the turbine prop was 17′ 0″. Her top speed was 23-24 knots.

    “Each reciprocating engine drove one 3-bladed wing propeller of 23½ feet diameter, one on the port side of the vessel, and the other on the starboard side of the vessel. The turbine engine drove a central propeller of 16.5 feet diameter located on the ship’s centerline directly ahead of the rudder. The reciprocating engines were designed for 15,000 indicated horsepower (IHP) each when running at 75 revolutions per minute. The turbine was designed to develop about 16,000 shaft horsepower (SHP) when running at 165 revolutions per minute. At those numbers of revolutions, the ship was expected to make 21 knots.

    Titanic’s propelling machinery was registered at 50,000 horsepower. Standard “normal full revolutions” in service was considered to be 78 revolutions per minute for a speed a little over 22½ knots. When running ahead at 83 revolutions per minute on her reciprocating engines, the entire power plant would develop about 59,000 horsepower, of which 18,000 horsepower would be contributed by the turbine. When carrying those number of revolutions, the ship would have made close to 24 knots through the water.”

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