Monthly Archives: July 2016

Tips to Towards Better Battery Behavior

Here’s hot news about your car battery that may seem surprising: It’s not so much the cold that gets it down as it is high heat. Heat causes battery fluid to evaporate, thus damaging the internal structure of the battery. That’s why it’s a good idea to check your battery as the seasons change from hotter to cooler or if you’ve been driving in a hot part of the country.

Battery Batterers

Another reason for shortened battery life is overcharging. That is, a malfunctioning component in the charging system, usually the voltage regulator, can allow too high a charging rate, leading to slow death for a battery, explained Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.

In addition, colder temperatures can increase the thickness of the engine oil, making the engine harder to turn over, causing the battery to have to work more. These factors lead to harder starting.

What You Can Do

To get the most life out of a battery, the Car Care Council suggests the following simple steps:
• Be sure the electrical system is charging at the correct rate; overcharging can damage a battery as quickly as undercharging.
• If your battery is the type that needs to be topped off, check it regularly. Add distilled water when necessary.
• Always replace a battery with one that’s rated at least as high as the one originally specified.
• Have the battery checked if you notice headlights and interior lights dim, accessories that fail to operate, or the “check engine” or battery light illuminated.
• Keep the top of the battery clean. Dirt becomes a conductor, which drains battery power. Further, as corrosion accumulates on battery terminals, it becomes an insulator, inhibiting current flow.

More Informations About Car Thieves Hack Keyless Entry

Active keyless entry, where a button has to be pushed, has been around for decades. Passive keyless entry, where you don’t have to push a button to unlock the car, is becoming standard on many higher model cars. Both keyless entry methods are much more convenient for drivers. With embedded chips, they also offer more security than traditional keys, since the chip signature has to be present to start the car.

But that doesn’t mean that they’re entirely secure. There have been many publicized break-ins that seem like they’re being done using keyless entry systems. Here are a few of the possible methods that are being suggested.

Passive Signal Amplification
With passive keyless entry, the car emits a low frequency signal that extends a very short distance from the car. When the key comes in range the signal is detected, and the key sends the authorization code to allow the doors to be unlocked.

Security specialists say that thieves may use a device that amplifies that low frequency signal, allowing the car and the key to connect from much farther away. For example, the key could be inside the house while the car is on the street and thieves could amplify its signal to unlock the car door. Analysts say this method could be prevented by installing a proximity chip in the key.

Brute Force Hacks
There are trillions of combinations for the codes between the car and the key, and only a few are valid at any given time. That being said, there are hundreds of codes being transmitted through the air from other keyless entry devices. Computer networks might lock out the account after a few tries, but cars have to ignore these wrong codes, otherwise they’d be locked out all the time.

That lack of functionality is what brute force hacks utilize. They’ll send out transmissions with millions of different code combinations in a matter of minutes. If the right one hits the car, then the doors will unlock. This method is largely combated by increasing the encryption level. Many cars use 56-bit encryption, but upgrading to 128-bit encryption would require so many combinations that brute force would take too long.

Non-Hack Workarounds
There are a few methods that aren’t hacks, just clever tricks. One of these is to use a frequency jammer. These illegal devices can block any transmission within a certain frequency range. Fire one up near a car, and it can stop the signal getting through. The driver will think they locked the car, but it didn’t go through and the car stays unlocked, just waiting for the thief to open the door.

Another method is good old fashioned organized crime: the thieves simply clone the keys and their security programming when the car goes in for repair. You can avoid this by making sure you go to reputable and trustworthy auto repair shops.

So Is Hacking Possible?
The definitive answer from the experts? Yes, it is possible. That being said, it’s not very likely. The cases that have been highlighted by the media are rare, and the methods require a combination of specialized equipment and knowledge. And most importantly, whenever a new weak point is discovered, automakers work quickly to repair it. So make sure that you keep on top of any recalls for your vehicle, since some of them may cover your keyless entry software.

And the absolute best thing you can do to keep your car secure? Most of these robberies happen at night, so make sure that your car is physically removed from harm in a garage or other secure area.

Some Advantages of Car Window Tinting

Although some cars come with the back windows already tinted, most have front windows that are just clear glass. It’s becoming increasingly popular to get the front windows tinted too. There are many reasons tinting is a good idea, and some of them you might not have considered before.

1. Privacy
Privacy is probably the most common reason people decide to get their windows tinted. It can give you peace of mind to know that people can’t look into your car from the outside. They can also protect against theft, since potential thieves won’t be able to see any valuables left inside the car.

2. Less Heat
We’ve all experienced the discomfort of getting into a hot car and having to keep any exposed parts of your body away from scorching metal and plastic. Window tint can help with this, since it can leave your car’s interior up to 60% cooler. This is especially important when you have children in the car.

Window tint also helps you save money and is good for the environment. When the car is cooler, you don’t have to use the air conditioning as much—which means you don’t use as much gas.

3. Protects Your Skin
Unfortunately, frequent drivers are at a higher risk for skin problems due to the UV rays that stream through the window glass. These can even lead to skin cancer if exposure is great enough. Good quality window tint blocks as much as 99% of the UV rays that would otherwise be absorbed by the skin, so it’s are very important if you drive a lot or have children in the car.

4. Keep the Interior of Your Car Looking Great
Those same UV rays that are problematic for your skin can also cause problems for your car’s interior. Leather or cloth upholstery, as well as dashboards and accessories, that are repeatedly exposed to sunlight can start to fade or even crack. Window tinting is a good way to keep your vehicle’s interior looking like new for longer.

5. Safety
Window tinting can even help with safety. The film that’s applied helps to hold windows together and keep small pieces from flying into the interior of the car. In the event of an accident or projectile hitting the window, this can prevent injury to the driver and passengers in a car.

More Informations About Removing Window Tint

Window tint is applied by using a tinting film secured with an adhesive. The adhesive is designed to form a bond that lasts for years, which is a big reason why it’s so important to be careful when applying the film. But sooner or later, the time may come to remove that tint.

When You Need to Remove the Tint
Usually it’s pretty obvious when you need to remove the tint on your car’s windows. If you used a dyed tint film, then the color could fade and start to turn purple. Some films may even start to peel at the edges over time. Finally, the film could be damaged or scratched. While the film does have a protective layer, there are limits to its strength.

Basically: If your window tint starts to look bad, then you should look into removing it.

The other reason you might need to remove your window tinting? Because the law tells you to. Different states, cities, and counties have limits on how much you can tint your windows. If you’re caught with a percentage lower than the legal limit, then you can get a fix-it ticket. And you’ll keep getting fix-it tickets until the tint is removed.

If Your Tint Was Professionally Installed
Many professionals guarantee their tint installation for the life of your car or as long as you own it, especially if you had premium tints installed. So if your tint is faded, peeling, or scratched, then take it back to the shop and you might get it removed or replaced for free. Even if you’re not sure about a warranty or guarantee, you could still get a good price.

If You Installed Your Own Tint
If you installed your own tint, then you’ve got a couple options. You can pay a professional to remove the tint for you. They have the specialized chemicals, tools, and skills to quickly remove even the most stubborn tint.

The other option is to tackle removing the tint on your own. The first step is to weaken the adhesive. This can be done a variety of ways, including ammonia, soap, steam, and heat. The most common method is to use trash bag material cut to fit your window, then to spray the film with ammonia. Cover both sides with the cut-outs, then wait an hour of the ammonia to soak in. Once the adhesive has been weakened, a razor blade or knife can be used to scrape up the edge of the film and peel it back. Like applying the film, this requires a lot of patience and time. You may have to use a razor blade to scrape the film off the window piece by piece. Once the film is removed, use something like Goof Off to get every last bit of adhesive off.

As you can see, this is very complicated and time-consuming, which is why many people think getting it professionally removed is worth the price.