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MonthOctober 2013

A Little Information About Your Land Rover / Range Rover

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Although Land Rover / Range Rover are known as off-road vehicles, they are also known as a luxury car. At European Auto Service, we understand the demands of owning a Land Rover / Range Rover. Owners of these luxurious, rugged British vehicles love the comfort of their all-terrain SUV and to keep it running to optimum performance, regular maintenance and service will be required.

The Land Rover comes equipped with a Driver Information Module, which will alert owners of an upcoming service interval. In addition to routine maintenance, simple checks should be carried out frequently.

Routinely Check Your Land Rover SUV

  • Daily Checks For Your Land Rover Vehicle
    • Operation of lamps, horn, wipers, washers, direction indicators and warning lamps.
    • Operation of seat belts.
    • Operation of brakes.
    • Check for fluid deposits underneath vehicle for leaks.
  • Weekly Checks For Your Land Rover Vehicle
    • Engine oil level.
    • Brake fluid level.
    • Power steering fluid level.
    • Engine coolant level.
    • Windshield washer fluid level.
    • Tire pressure and condition.
    • Air conditioning operation.

Driving A Land Rover In Harsh Conditions

More frequent attention may be needed when driving a Land Rover in harsh conditions, including frequent service and maintenance.

Harsh Driving Conditions For Land Rover:

  • Driving in extremely hot weather conditions.
  • Towing a trailer.
  • Driving in mountainous conditions.
  • Driving in dusty / sandy conditions.
  • Driving on rough / muddy roads.
  • Wading.

Required Full Service  Interval Schedule for
Land Rover / Range Rover Vehicles

  • 15,000 Miles / 12 Months
  • 24,000 Miles / 24 Months
  • 36,000 Miles / 36 Months
  • 48,000 Miles / 48 Months
  • 60,000 Miles / 60 Months
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Head Light Restoration

Have you noticed that its hard to see while driving at night? Nighttime driving can be dangerous – especially if your headlights have lost their clarity. The headlight restoration process ensures that your headlights are shining at their brightest and your vehicle is providing you with the best possible on-road lighting. Besides the benefits of increased safety, restoring your vehicle’s headlights can transform their appearance from cloudy to clear in no time!

Headlight staining, yellowing and contamination can be caused by oxidation from salt, UV rays and humidity and results in dull and hazy headlights. While you can perform your own headlight restoration, you might prefer to leave this service to the professionals. Restoring your headlights takes time and patience and, if not properly executed, can scratch your vehicle. All of our Factory Trained Technicians with up-to-date, advanced skills and training, they also use there knowledge of manufacturer-approved repair methods to help restore your vehicle and get it looking like new again. If your looking for head light restoration look no further then Eurobahn Motorsports.

Headlight restoration

Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Tire Pressure Monitoring System: According to BMW
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What if the vehicle you’re driving develops low tire pressure? Wouldn’t you want to be warned? Low tire pressure can create unsafe conditions in a hurry, particularly in bad weather.

Too little tire pressure will eventually cause catastrophic tire failure. Studies have shown that people operating their cars with too little air pressure in the tires is common.

Agencies of the Federal government require manufacturers to installation tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) that warn the driver when a tire is significantly underinflated. The standard applies to passenger cars, trucks, and other light commercial-type vehicles.

Keeping your tires at the correct pressure for your vehicle is an important factor in how much load its tires can safely carry. The correct pressure will carry the weight without a problem. Too little tire pressure will eventually cause catastrophic tire failure. Studies have shown that people operating their cars with too little air pressure in the tires is common. It’s been estimated that about one out of every four vehicles on the road is running on underinflated tires. That means that roughly one out of every four drivers is negatively impacting their vehicle’s fuel economy and handling, and costing themselves money by reducing their tires’ durability and tread life.

This has made tire pressure maintenance an important safety issue throughout the automotive industry and caused the U.S. government to pass legislation mandating tire pressure monitoring systems. The main purpose of these systems is to warn the driver if their tires are losing air pressure, leaving the tires underinflated and dangerous.

What types of systems are being used now? How do they work? Which works the best?

Vehicle manufacturers have been given options in what systems they can use to comply with the law.

One option is to install a direct tire pressure monitoring system that uses pressure sensors located in each wheel to directly measure the pressure in each tire and warns drivers when the air pressure in any of their tires drops at least 25% below the recommended cold tire inflation pressure identified on the vehicle placard.

Another option is to install an indirect tire pressure monitoring system that would warn the driver when a single tire has lost at least 25% of its inflation pressure compared to other tires on the vehicle. It’s a little less accurate than the direct system.

What to do if you are in a car accident.

Action Plan to Deal with Accidents:

According to Edmunds.com

1. Keep an Emergency Kit in Your Glove Compartment. Drivers should carry a cell phone, as well as pen and paper for taking notes, a disposable camera to take photos of the vehicles at the scene, and a card with information about medical allergies or conditions that may require special attention if there are serious injuries. Also, keep a list of contact numbers for law enforcement agencies handy. Drivers can keep this free fill-in-the-blanks accident information form in their glove compartment. The DocuDent™ Auto Accident Kit ($19.95), supported by AAA and insurance companies, offers a comprehensive kit that includes a flashlight, reusable camera and accident documentation instructions. A set of cones, warning triangles or emergency flares should be kept in the trunk.

2. Keep Safety First. Drivers involved in minor accidents with no serious injuries should move cars to the side of the road and out of the way of oncoming traffic. Leaving cars parked in the middle of the road or busy intersection can result in additional accidents and injuries. If a car cannot be moved, drivers and passengers should remain in the cars with seatbelts fastened for everyone’s safety until help arrives. Make sure to turn on hazard lights and set out cones, flares or warning triangles if possible.

3. Exchange Information. After the accident, exchange the following information: name, address, phone number, insurance company, policy number, driver license number and license plate number for the driver and the owner of each vehicle. If the driver’s name is different from the name of the insured, establish what the relationship is and take down the name and address for each individual. Also make a written description of each car, including year, make, model and color — and the exact location of the collision and how it happened. Finally, be polite but don’t tell the other drivers or the police that the accident was your fault, even if you think it was.

4. Photograph and Document the Accident. Use your camera to document the damage to all the vehicles. Keep in mind that you want your photos to show the overall context of the accident so that you can make your case to a claims adjuster. If there were witnesses, try to get their contact information; they may be able to help you if the other drivers dispute your version of what happened.

5. File An Accident Report. Although law enforcement officers in many locations may not respond to accidents unless there are injuries, drivers should file a state vehicle accident report, which is available at police stations and often on the Department of Motor Vehicles Web site as a downloadable file. A police report often helps insurance companies speed up the claims process.

6. Know What Your Insurance Covers. The whole insurance process will be easier following your accident if you know the details of your coverage. For example, don’t wait until after an accident to find out that your policy doesn’t automatically cover costs for towing or a replacement rental car. Generally, for only a dollar or two extra each month, you can add coverage for rental car reimbursement, which provides a rental car for little or no money while your car is in the repair shop or if it is stolen. Check your policy for specifics.

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