Improve your motor: try these tips

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Your motor’s a goner, your exhaust is exhausted and your paint’s looking faint. These are the problems of someone with a dated old banger for a car.

How can you be expected to travel stylishly when your car is more clapped out than a serial applause enjoyer whose hands have fallen off?

But even the crumbiest vehicle can be overhauled with a little bit of elbow grease, so to speak. And with the right tools and knowledge, you’ll be able to keep your car better than road-worthy for many years to come.

So how can you spruce up your dodgy vehicle?

The right kind of glue

In a large number of cases, the smallest factors in car repair can be the most important. And nowhere is that truer than in the world of adhesives.

While most people think a decent glue is something to pick up on the cheap, a high-quality adhesive is vital to car maintenance, especially if you want to keep your upholstery in good nick.

We invest in Tensor glue, a specialist which makes composite adhesive, marine glue, joinery glues and a wide range of glues that are ideally suited to the repair of vehicles.

Before you put your hand in your pocket, be certain your adhesive is specially made for vehicles. You wouldn’t want your machine parts failing because a glue had corroded the metal.   

A strong enough belt

That spluttering engine of yours is most likely being held in check by one vital component – your engine belts.

If the engine belt is like the human heart, keeping your body moving, then the engine belts are the ventricles, ensuring that every fluid continues to run.

But this major part of your car can wear down quickly and, before you know it, you’ll be stranded on a lonely highway with a snapped engine belt and no bars on your phone.

Check the health of your engine belt every few thousand miles and replace it if necessary.  What’s more, always keep a spare engine belt handy in your boot.

Perfect body

The body of your car says a lot about its owner. If its paint is cracked and peeling, chances are the owner is lazier than a sloth on a bank holiday. And if it’s pristine, you’ll be met with impressed comments and come across as a swish and competent individual.

Adding a fresh coat of paint to your car isn’t as simple as pulling out your Dulux and a brush. You’ll need at least a full day’s worth of sanding old paint off and applying paint specially designed for cars. For more information, head here.

These aren’t the only way to keep your car in check. Got any more? Then let us know in the comments below.

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