Category Archives: Automotive

The automotive industry includes a wide range of companies and organizations involved in the design, development, and repair of motor vehicles. Deelat Industrial offers high-quality automotive parts and accessories. If it’s an engine issue you are dealing with, Deelat offers a variety of filters, belts, and spark plugs. Maintaining the exterior of your vehicle can be done with ease using a wide assortment of lights, wiper blades and mirrors.

Tips for Preparing your Vehicle for Winter Weather

For those of us who live in climates where winter really does mean a wet and cold winter, the time has come to make sure your vehicle will survive the harsh weather conditions. Not doing so can put you, your passengers and other road users at risk of a collision, so every responsible automobile owner needs to take the proper steps at this time of year.

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From ice and snow, to the wear and tear that can be caused by salt and gravel put down on the roads to combat icy conditions, winter can be a real strain on cars and other vehicles. Now is the best time to start checking that you have everything you need before getting caught in the middle of an early snow storm.

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Here’s our best tips to prepare your vehicle for winter driving:

Get your car properly checked out

If you live somewhere that always gets a lot of snow and ice over winter, you really need your car or truck to be properly looked over by a mechanic to make sure there are no problems hiding away that could surface when you’re in a position that might be more difficult to get it fixed later. It might seem like an unnecessary expense but fixing things after the fact could cost you a lot more, and not just financially.

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Make sure your lights work

During the summer months, you rarely need your headlights, so it’s easy not to notice when one of your bulbs goes out. However, as winter draws in, the evenings start getting longer and you find yourself using them more frequently. This is when you need to make sure that all of them are working properly and that you have replacement bulbs ready and available. If appropriate for your type of vehicle, this applies to warning lights as well.

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Make sure your windshield is clear

Between the ice, snow, slush, salt, and gravel, winter throws a lot at your windshield, and if you can’t clear it effectively, that can make driving very dangerous for you and everyone else around you. If your wipers aren’t working properly, replace them. When it comes to the frigid cold and poor visibility, you’ll be grateful you did. You also need to make sure you have the right brushes and scrapers for removing snow and ice when your vehicle gets covered. You may even have some stored away from last winter. A tarp or cover might also be useful to place over your car in the worst conditions if you’re vehicle won’t be used for a while.

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Make sure your vehicle can drive safely

On your driveway you can battle the conditions using snow blowers or salt spreaders but out on the roads, especially in rural areas, you are likely to be driving on slippery and dangerous surfaces. You need to make sure you have tire chains ready to be put on if you need them, which means keeping them in the trunk of your car just in case.

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Deelat Industrial offers everything you need to keep your vehicle and front property safe and secure this winter, so make sure to check out what’s on offer so you can be prepared for whatever the season brings! We’ve got you covered with quality products at low, affordable prices. Shop with us today and save!  

Ten Steps for Spring Car Maintenance and Check-up

Your car has made it through the winter. And depending on where you live, that may mean it has had to endure some heavy snow and that nasty rock salt which is commonly used to improve traction on icy roads. Rock salt, or sodium chloride, can wreak havoc on your car’s paint job. Your  snow tires will need replacing during the warmer months as well.

 

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So now that spring is here, it may be time to show your car some love. Here are a few spring clean-up ideas for vehicle maintenance:

  1. Have your car washed and detailed. Finish with a quality wax job.
  2. If you have winter tires on your vehicle, switch to all-season or summer tires.
  3. Change your windshield wiper blades. This is especially important if you have winter blades on your car. Also check windshield wiper fluid and/or replace if you are using winter windshield wiper fluid.
  4. This is also a good time to check your tires for air pressure and poor alignment. Many auto experts further suggest that you rotate your tires at this time to get the most wear out of them.
  5. Have the oil changed.
  6. Check other fluid levels including transmission, power steering and brake fluids.
  7. Flush and change coolant.
  8. Test your lights and replace bulbs if necessary.
  9. Check the air filter and replace if needed.
  10. Replace timing belts if necessary.

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Follow these steps and you can be assured your car is ready for vacation and the occasional summer road trip. Yearly maintenance will also expand the life of your car thus saving you money in the long run. Visit www.deelat.com to find a wide array of vehicle maintenance supplies. Shop with us today and save!

Spark Plugs: How Long Do They Last? What Type Do You Need?

Spark plugs in your vehicle play an important role in keeping your engine running. They provide an electrical charge that ignites the combination of air and fuel in the vehicle’s combustion chamber. When spark plugs go bad, or they are worn out, engine performance and gas mileage will suffer.

Deelat Spark Plug
Deelat Spark Plug

So just how long do spark plugs last? Well, it depends on the vehicle, but the general rule of thumb is that you should replace them before they go bad. Not only do warn spark plugs cause engine problems; if left unattended, they can potentially seize and quickly increase the cost of repairs.

In general, the most expensive “extended-life” spark plugs have a range of about 100,000 to 120,000 miles, but yet, if used for the entire life, they will become worn down. They can be about four-fifths worn by the time they hit 90,000 miles. Yet, not all spark plugs have an extended-life. Copper spark plugs, for example, have a range of about 12,000 to 25,000 miles, while iridium spark plugs can more than double the life to about 60,000 miles.

Signs Your Spark Plugs Are Worn

The best prevention for spark plug problems is regular inspection. Extended-life spark plugs should be inspected every 30,000 miles, while copper or iridium plugs should be inspected every 5,000 to 10,000 miles. But if you suspect your spark plugs are going bad, there are a few tell-tale signs.

  • Trouble Starting Your Vehicle: Faulty spark plugs do not generate enough of a spark to light the fuel and air in your engine. This is especially a problem in colder months, and it can cause your vehicle’s battery to drain. If you’re experiencing trouble cold-starting your vehicle, worn spark plugs may be to blame.
  • Engine Misfires: Worn spark plugs are more prone to fouling, which means the nose of the plug is dirty from oil, carbon or some other substance. Fouling, in turn, is a common cause of engine misfire.
  • Excessive Fuel Consumption: Bad or improperly fitted spark plugs diminish the amount of fuel that is combusted – a problem called incomplete combustion. Because of this, your vehicle wastes fuel, and it can result in up to 25 percent or more drop in efficiency.

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    Spark Plug Igniting

These are just a few symptoms of faulty spark plugs, but yet spark plugs are not always to blame. These symptoms can be caused by a number of problems, so if you’re unsure, it’s best to check with a licensed mechanic.

Choosing Spark Plugs for Your Vehicle

It’s important to choose the proper spark plugs for your vehicle. Improperly fitting plugs can result in performance issues. So how can you buy spark plugs at fit your vehicle?

First, consult the owner’s manual. Often the vehicle’s manual will have precise information about the type of spark plug that is needed in your vehicle. If not, the manual will have other valuable information, including the size of your engine, the engine’s displacement, the number of cylinders, the spark plug gap, and the type of fuel system in your vehicle. All of this is needed  when determining spark plugs to buy.

If your vehicle’s manual doesn’t have a specific size, consider searching a parts database. Many spark plug manufacturers take information about your vehicle, including make, model and year, and can tell what type is recommended for your vehicle.

Shop for affordable iridium spark plugs on Deelat.com. We offer a vast selection of private-label spark plugs, at the best prices and of excellent build qualities.

Wiper Blades: How to Determine Size for Your Vehicle

When it comes to sizing windshield wiper blades, every vehicle is different. Some vehicles, for example, have two wipers of the same size. Others, though, might have a larger driver-side wiper blade and a smaller passenger-side blade. And don’t forget: Many hatchbacks, SUVs and minivans also have a smaller, rear-window wiper blade.

If it’s time to replace your wipers, chances are you’re wondering how to determine the size of blades that you will need.

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Wiper Blades in Action in Rain

It’s important that you find the accurate size. Installing new windshield wipers that are the wrong size will result in reduced functionality, and at worst, might even damage your wiper system. Fortunately, there are a few ways drivers can determine the size of the wiper blades for their vehicle.

Tips for Choosing and Sizing Wiper Blades

Before you determine size, it’s often best to take a look at the connection of your wiper blades. There are three main types – including side post, J-hook and bayonet wipers – and this refers to how the new blades are installed. For example, J-hook wiper blades are attached to the blade holder, which is attached to the windshield, by clamping a J-shaped hook. This is an important differentiation, as J-hook wiper blades won’t fit in a side post or bayonet system and vice versa. In addition, you’ll also want to consider the performance of the blades.

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Wiper Blades – Universal Type

Plus, drivers should consider the performance of the blade. Research has shown that wiper blades typically last 6 months to 1 year, regardless of price, and there are different types for different seasons. Drivers in rainy environments would benefit from wipers designed to handle heavy rain, while those in winter climates would benefit from winter blades.

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Wiper Blades in Cold and Ice

Finally, once you’ve determined the style and performance of the blades, you can figure out what size works. Here are three strategies:

  • Measure Existing Blades: Typically, wiper blades are available in various sizes measured in inches. Thus, you can measure your existing blades and then purchase blades of the same size. Be careful to get as accurate a measurement as possible and to measure both blades. Many vehicles use two wiper blades of differing sizes.
  • Consult Owner’s Manual: Your vehicle’s owner’s manual contains valuable information about your wiper blades, including the sizes used and connection type. Plus, the owner’s manual will also inform you have to replace and install new wiper blades.
  • Use an Online Parts Locator: Auto parts stores and online retailers typically have parts locators available. You enter the make, model and year of your vehicle, and the database returns the type and size of blades that will fit your vehicle.

Deelat.com is your source for quality automotive supplies. Find the best prices on low-cost wiper blades anywhere at Deelat.com. We offer a huge inventory of blades in a variety of sizes and styles. Start shopping today!

 

Replacement Brake Lights: How to Buy and Install New Brake Bulbs

Replacing taillights and brake lights in your vehicle doesn’t require advanced mechanical knowledge. In fact, anyone can change a brake light, and it’s almost as easy as replacing a lightbulb in your home. Plus, it can be performed with basic equipment and a small commitment of time.

Brake light bulbs fail over time, just like those in your home, but automotive lights are designed to last up to five years. When the lights fail, it’s important to replace them promptly. Not only is a burnt-out brake lamp a safety issue, but it can also lead to costly traffic tickets. So how do you choose the right brake lights for your vehicle? And how do you go about replacing taillights?

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Brake Light

Choosing the Correct Brake Lamp

Automotive lights are organized according to a unique numbering system. Every vehicle requires bulbs with a specific number, which refer to the wattage, socket type and the shape of the bulb. Consult your owner’s manual, an online lighting chart, or automotive parts store to find the correct bulbs for your vehicle.

This numbering system ensures that you can purchase the correct bulbs for your vehicle. You should choose a bulb that features the correct:

  • Wattage
  • Socket Type
  • Voltage

For example, a PR21W-382R is a 21-watt, 12-volt brake light with a BAW15s socket. This particular bulb would not work correctly in a vehicle that required 5-watt brake lights.

Deelat Brake Light
Deelat Brake Light

Replacing Brake Lights in Your Vehicle

The most difficult step in replacing a brake light is determining how to access the bulb. For example, some vehicles have screws in the plastic bulb shield, which when removed, provide access to the bulb socket. In other vehicles, the taillights may be accessible from the inside the trunk. Trunk-accessible bulbs are generally protected by a plastic covering, which will need to be removed.

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Replacing a Brake Light

Once you’ve found how to access the bulb, the rest of the process is quite simple.

  1. Remove the bulb by gently pushing in the bulb and unscrewing.
  2. If the socket is corroded, clean it using a shop rag or wire brush.
  3. Screw the replacement brake light into the clean socket. This will require you to push the bulb in gently, while screwing. Other types simply pull out and can be easily pushed into place (rather than screwing).
  4. Reattach the plastic brake light cover, whether on the exterior or in the trunk.
  5. Finally, test the new brake light. Step on the brake, while someone watches the rear end of the vehicle. The light will light up if properly installed.

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