Sunday, May 25, 2014

Pumping in the Fuel Injector Cleaner

Having run a vehicle, say several thousand miles, you may notice that the engine is creaking along even when you go pedal to the metal. A check with your auto mechanic may reveal that the fuel lines are being clogged by carbon deposits. Much like cholesterol deposits in arteries that can be detrimental to a heart, such carbon buildup threatens to have the engine perform less than desired, leading to decreased fuel economy or less than optimal performance. As such, you need a fuel injector cleaner to get the lines clear again.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Setting Up an Oil Change Shop

The auto service industry is a heavily competitive field and there are service stations at many locations in any given community. However, if you are looking to enter the market with a few “baby steps,” you can start by opening a new oil change shop. Since you’re stepping into the unknown, acquiring a good stock of related automotive supplies from trusted dealers will send you on your way.

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Advantages of Using Synthetic Oil in Your Vehicle

When you drive your car into the service station to have an oil change, you’re often presented with the decision of what lubricant to use in your engine. The two choices are synthetic and conventional oil. The latter refers to oil that is processed from crude oil, which comes direct from the pipeline. The former refers to oil that originates from already processed and refined oil.

There is a definite advantage to using synthetic oils, though. Engines using them are protected more from friction damage. This is because of the uniformity of molecules in their mix. Conventional motor oil is not as refined and thus has different molecule sizes. This cause problems when the engine parts rub each other; with uniform molecules, the contact is smoother and less friction is created, while variance between them can increase the chance of friction.

Synthetic oil was designed for engine work. This means it helps an engine function its best. It does this by being able to withstand the temperature extremes found within a modern engine, helping it to be as efficient as possible.

Synthetic oil also lasts longer more than other motor oils. Because of the way it is refined, it has less of the impurities found in regular motor oil that can cause its quick degradation. This results in less oil changes for your car. With all of these advantages, make the right choice the next time you pull into a service station to have your vehicle serviced.

Friday, May 2, 2014

On-Site Refueling and Disaster Response

Disaster response is nothing short of an essential skill governments around the world have to develop and hone. In the U.S., hurricanes such as Katrina, had put disaster response agencies, namely the United States Air Force, to the ultimate test. Aircraft capable of search and rescue, as well as airlift operations in disaster areas, were tapped as they were badly needed.

However, with most of the USAF's assets conducting operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the pool of available aircraft wasn't enough to cover every affected area. Civilian aircraft had to pitch in into disaster relief operations to compensate for this. They worked day and night to help as many victims as possible with the resources available.

The operations required tons of fuel; the hurricane cut much of Louisiana off from vital gas and oil supplies. Fortunately, emergency fuel services were called in to provide military and civilian aircraft with much needed fuel for sustained operations. In many cases, the aircraft were "refueled hot" or refueled with the engines on to get back to the rescue effort quickly.

The airlift operations in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina would go on to become the largest deployment of military forces for a civil support mission in U.S. history. Out of more than 12,000 helicopter sorties, it rescued 15,000 citizens and ferried 80,000 out of disaster zones. Thanks to on-site fuel services keeping the sorties all tanked up, Katrina's damage was mitigated.