A transmission plays an important role in the operation of your car. And if the transmission goes, it can be an expensive problem to fix. Luckily, many cars give off warning signs that it needs repair before it completely dies. Unfortunately, many people have no idea what these warning signs are. If you don't know what the warning signs are, don't feel alone. I was once in the same position and ultimately, it caused me to have to replace the transmission in my car because I missed these signs. I created this website to help others identify when it needs to be repaired. If you notice any signs of a problematic transmission, head to a repair shop quickly to save yourself a lot of money!
Does your car have a small paint chip somewhere on the body? Chips in the paint can happen easily. All it takes to chip your paint is a small rock or other piece of debris to hit your car at high speed. While a paint chip may look small, it can actually be a pretty big problem. That chipped area can leave the underlying metal exposed to the elements. Moisture can get in, leading to rust issues. The moisture can also cause surrounding paint to deteriorate. You can avoid these problems by fixing the paint chip as soon as possible. Fortunately, it's pretty easy to fix small paint chips yourself. Here are four simple steps to get the job done:
Buy the paint. Visit your local auto parts dealer and find the paint section. They should have a touch-up paint display with a factory paint book. In this book, you can look up the make, model, and year for your car. When you find your model, you should see a list of all the factory paint colors used. You can then look for your color on the display. If you don't see it, ask a worker at the story, as they may be able to locate it at another nearby dealer or even special order it for you. In addition to the bottle of paint, you should also buy a bottle of primer, a container of denatured alcohol, and some car polish compound.
Clean the chip. Before you apply the paint, you need to thoroughly clean the chipped area. Chances are good that your chip has accumulated dirt and other grime. If you paint over that dirt, your new paint may not have a smooth finish.
Start by wiping down the chipped area with a light amount of water on a soft cloth. Don't scrub it vigorously. Just rub the cloth lightly over the chipped area in circles. Then, get a new rag and lightly apply the polishing compound. This will help to soften the jagged paint edges around the chip. Finally, wipe over the area with the denatured alcohol. This will remove any excess polish and any remaining grime.
Prime the chip. Apply the primer to the chip, being careful to get as little as possible on the edges of the surrounding paint. A great way to apply the primer is with the butt end of a match. If you don't have a match available, use a small stick with a cotton swab or something similarly sized. Let the primer dry completely before moving on to the next step.
Paint the chip. Your final step is to paint the the chip. Use the brush that comes with the paint to apply the paint over the chipped area. Only use as much as needed to fill in the chip. Before you apply the paint, you may want to test it on a piece of paper to make sure it is in fact the right shade. Let the first application dry and then apply a second coat. Once the second coat has dried, use the polishing compound to rub it in and mix it with the existing paint.
If you're not comfortable fixing it yourself or if the chip is bigger than you can handle, you may want to visit a local paint chip repair service (such as paint chip repair with A-Canadian Autobody). They can handle the job for you and make sure it's done right the first time.