A Trip to the Junkyard

Junkyards can be exciting, interesting, fun, dangerous, hot, boring, & dirty. What’s so exciting about a junkyard? Well for starters there are usually all kinds of different kinds of motors just sitting around with no car around them where someone took them out of a car and just left them sitting. Also there are usually a lot of old tires and tire rims laying around and sometimes if you go at the right time of day at the right time of year you’ll even get a certain bunch of old men hanging around. These are all things that you can find to be interesting or exciting if you’re curious at all.

I mean just think about all those engines that were sitting around. What kind of car were they out of? What kind of engine are they & are they all there. So it’s sort of interesting listening to the old guys talk about the kind of car this engine here or that engine over there came out of over there. The old guy everybody calls the professor starts telling about that engine right there in front of you. He remembers it so well; it seems like yesterday that he & his friends had come out to see if they could find that very engine. A 1966, 396-4spd, the old gentlemen just got all glazed over eyes just saying that. It was like he was remembering his youth or a favorite car from his youth?
The Professor started going on all about the cars stats, such as how many were made a how many were used for racing, on the street, on the tracks, etc. How fast these cars were on an oval & how fast on a straight- away. What the timing is on the engine, the spark plug gap, the settings on the points, I mean you name it he knew it right off the top of his head. He then told that he had owned a 1966 Chevelle SS 396 before he went into the Marines and that he had loved his car. So that was why he knew all about that engine.

Junkyards can be dangerous places; after all there are all kinds of junk lying around to fall over, rusted cars you have to climb over, sometimes through. They also have bee’s nests & other wild animal nests in them at times. This can be hazardous to humans. There’s also frequently loose frayed hanging rusted, metal on these junkyard cars that you might get cut on that can easily give you Tetanus.

Most of the time people do there junkyard searching during the summer when it’s the hottest part of the year. That make for some hot times searching but that beats freezing, or working out in the rain to take parts off of an old Junker that you’ve first had to hunt down. And then get yourself filthy dirty while trying to get the part off that you came after off of the junk car.

article by linda

Changing Your Oil Safely

With the current economic problems everyone is trying to save money any way they can and one area that is gaining a lot of attention is car maintenance.  It used to be that most everyone new how to do tune-ups and oil changes on their cars but that has changed in the last few decades as we have had enough money to pay people to do these tasks.  Most car owners are strapped for cash now so not only are they buying junkyard parts when they can but they are getting back into doing their own oil changes and brake jobs.  Most tune-ups and engine repairs are no longer possible to do at home due to all the electronics on the new cars.

Brakes and oil changes are still fairly easily done in your driveway or garage.  Both of them can be learned but they also pose a possible risk of harm.  In particular, the car can fall on you and smash your hand, foot, or even something worse.  For this reason, always use car axle stands when lifting your car for any reason.  These are adjustable axle stands that have a wide base which means they won’t tip over even if the car gets off balance.

When changing your oil first get your oil change equipment together, the correct oil filter and the needed amount of oil.  Check with your car’s manufacturer for the proper weight and grade.  Also, you will have the best luck if you buy a pan to drain the oil into.

If you haven’t driven the car today, run the engine for 5 minutes or so to warm the oil, it will flow out much easier.  Lift the car up and install the jack stand.  The oil pan will have a plug which lets the oil out.  Place your drain pan under the engine and unscrew the plug.  Drain the oil.  Reinstall the plug and move the oil pan under the oil filter. It is best to remove the oil filter using a filter wrench.  Be sure to catch any oil that leaks out.

Next, apply a film of new oil to the filter rubber sealing ring and screw the filter on till it just touches the seat and then turn one third turn more.  Lower the car and fill it with the recommended amount of oil.  Start the engine and look for leaks then shut it off and after a couple of minutes check the level.  Top off if needed.

For more car care tips visit Available Car Sales.