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How to Paint A Car Yourself

Its great for a first timer ignore the haters they probally can’t even custom paint their finger nails.
How To Paint a Car 
Should you paint a car in pieces or not? It’s not a common question, but a good one.
But there will be the pro’s and con’s of painting a car or any project in pieces.
If you’re painting solid, metallic colors with no added flake, pearl or candy then you can paint in pieces or stages.
What I mean by stages is painting part of the car one day. Like your hood, fenders and bumpers, then painting the rest of the car the next day all in pieces in your garage.
The reason it’s ok to do this is because your colors aren’t custom. You’re not adding extra flake or pearl in your intercoat or in your clear coat.
If you are then color matching will be an issue. The reason why is that you won’t be able to SEE how your coats are laying on. Thus, not being able to correctly color match your panels.
If your painting all of your parts in the booth at once and in pieces, then yes. You can do this if you feel that you can lay even coats over all parts.
How to Paint a Car – Painting Custom Colors
The more custom your colors are, the harder it will be to color match. You’ll have to also ensure correct paint mixing ratios. Just like CANDY PAINTS. If spraying candy, it’s recommended to paint your car or entire project in one piece.
Unless the parts are small like a motorcycle fairing kit.
Then you can have your fenders, tank and side fairings all next to each other and painting them at once in pieces.
If painting something small like this, then yes painting custom all in pieces at once is the only real way to accomplish a world-class job.
As long as you have great lighting and all pieces are in good range to check for color matching you can basically spray custom colors with pearls, flake and even candy.
The whole point is not to spray custom colors such as added pearl, flake and candy in pieces on different days. If you’re doing all of this at once in your garage or spray booth on the same day, you can go for it.
I wouldn’t recommend this for newbies. If you are a newbie, and your thinking of shooting pearl, flake and even candy then spray your car in one piece.
It will give you a better chance to get a good color match, and remember, candies are the one of the hardest top coats to paint.
You must feel comfortable with your gun and have proper flow and distance down pat first. If not, you risk having a blotchy and uneven candy coat.
I hope this post made sense to you and thank you for reading and watching the video. If you haven’t watched the video, then it may make better sense to you so watch it.
Learning how to paint a car is fun and we want to help you understand all of the elements in a easy to learn way.
We want to make the process of learning this skill fun, easy and most of all we want  you to gain confidence that you can do this. And soon you’ll be achieving AMAZING RESULTS with any project that you decide to tackle. Please visitLearn Auto Body And Paint for more info.

How to Protect Your Car Engine

These are important things that you should know to protect your engine:

Change your oil and oil filter as specified in your manual — more often if your driving is mostly stop-and-go or consists of frequent short trips. A poll of ASE Master Auto Technicians revealed that regular oil and filter changes is one of the most frequently neglected services, yet one that is essential to protect your engine.

Replace dirty filters, such as air, fuel, and PCV. A poorly running engine is less efficient and burns more gasoline. And you may also have to restore headlights as its effect to your car perform.

Keep your engine “tuned up.” Replace filters and fluids as recommended in your owner’s manual; have engine performance problems (rough idling, poor acceleration, increased fuel use, etc.) corrected. Given today’s high-tech engines, it’s wise to have this type of work done by automobile technicians who are ASE-certified in engine performance. 

Pearl Paint

 When asked for advise about pearl paint the first thing I have to do is narrow down what kind of pearl we are talking about. There are three kinds of pearl paint jobs. Pearl is an ingredient used in automotive paint. Pearls are used to add a sparkle to paint much like metallic. There are dozens of colors available dark and light blues, greens, golds, and reds but also slivers and bronze and copper.
 Automotive manufactures will use just a pinch or 3 or more different pearls to add life to the paint. With modern base coat systems pearl coat will lay down as nice as solid colors. One note of caution the more coats of pearl you put on the darker the color gets. So when doing a repair leave a panel open so you don’t put more coats on than necessary to achieve the color you are after.
The second use of pearl is on thi stage paint jobs like the Cadillac or Lexis white pearls. These involve a white ground coat then a pearl mid coat then a clear coat. Once again it’s critical that you have the same number of coats on the whole project.
 The third kind of pearl is used in custom painting to give a color shift for instance a white car with blue pearl mixed into the second coat of clear. I don’t mix it into the first coat because I want the pearl to be suspended above the base. I fog on this coat then clean my gun and mix up some more clear to give it a couple more coats. SEM makes eight nice liquid pearls and Old School Flake makes about 20 powder pearls. How much to use? Well that’s an artistic decision, I shoot a lot of test panels and take the panels out into the sun before I decide how much to use on the car or bike I’m painting.

how to wet sand and buff your car

I have had a couple recent requests to post a detailed article on sanding and buffing your car.

I’m talking about basecoat/clear coat paint jobs here. You can wet sand and buff a solid color single stage paint but not a mettlaic or a pearl. Usually I just say when you do single stage you simply need to accept that what you get is what you get and just accept it and leave it alone. So if you are useing basecoat/clear coat here is how

  1. Wash the car
  2. Wipe the car with a mild solvent or commercially available wax and grease remover
  3. Buy 3 or 4 sheets of each 2000, 1500,and 1200 grit wet and dry sand paper

4.Were going to walk down a ladder here and then back up again. I can’t see the condition of your paint so I can’t tell you which grit to use. Start with the 2000 grit if that seems to be leveling the surface great. If you determine that it’s just not doing the job go with the 1500 if that isn’t getting the job done go to the 1200. Now let’s say you have to use the 1200 after you have introduced throes scratches your going to have to cut the tops off of the scratch with the 1500 and then again with the 2000 grit. You can see you will be doing the whole job three times with this example so you want to get the job done with the finest scratch that will work.

5.Start with the finest grit, 2000 put a couple of sheets into a bucket of warm water and add a few drops of detergent (I just use what ever I’m using to wash dishes with at the time) and yes I almost always wash the dishes at my house. Let the sand paper soak for at least 15 minutes until it curls up we want the sand paper saturated. The detergent is for lubrication. Wrap the sand paper around a sanding block or a sponge and as you sand keep the surface wet and dunk the sand paper often a single piece of sand paper goes a long way if you keep it wet. When you are done the surface is going to look very dull and to bring back a shine we have to get rid of the sand scratches.

  1. This is the point at which you need a piece of equipment; the standard of the industry is a 7” polisher you can rent these or purchase them form $75 -$400 Pads for the buffer are made off wool or foam. I like foam pads they don’t last as long as wool but I’m less likely to scorch the surface and I get better results. You will need two pads (a dense firm pad for compounding and a soft pad for polishing)
  2. With old paint a rubbing compound was used to scourer the surface it had an abrasive in it but with modern urethane clear coats we need a rubbing compound that actually reflows the clear. Squirt some on to the surface and “butter it in.” That means spread the compound lightly with the polisher used at low speed and then let it sit on the surface thirty seconds or so to let the chemical action begin. You want to work areas that are four square feet or so before moving along operate the buffer at the lowest speed and don’t press down. Let the buffer do the work you are just there to guide it. Now it should be starting to look good. However you will see swirl marks the darker the color the more you will noticeable the swirl marks will be.
  3. Hang in there we’re getting near the end. We are going to use a polymer sealant to fill throes swirl marks fill up the voids in the paint and give a gloss. WE ARE NOT GOING TO USE WAX. Wax is bad for paint it has always been bad for paint it was just the best thing they back in the good old days. Today with the advances in polymer technology we can make the paint stronger, longer lasting shiny 3M, Meaguire’s and Finish Kare all make good polymers sealants I use Finish Kare’s Polywipe. Go down to your local automotive paint store and ask them what they carry. Don’t bother to ask at the local parts supply house they just don’t know about this and will likely sell you wax. As far as how it is applied well that is very much like wax apply it with a soft cloth tee shirt material is good old cloth diapers are even better, work it in then let it have up for five or ten minutes. Next, buff with your clean sot foam pad. Work small areas at a time because you don’t want it to harden up it will get very hard and you will have a hard time removing it. Pay special attention to the hood and drivers side door those are the areas people look at closest.
  4. Pay attention to the little areas like the edge of the hood and trunk lid get those spots clean before the polymer hardens
  5. Pat your self on the back for a job well done.

Matrix MPB-9000 Black

Here at Allen Paint we sell Sherwin Williams Ultra 7000 as our premier line. The Ultra 7000 is the basecoat I recommend for exact matches on newer cars it is excellent paint and I love it. It is not cheap but for exact matches stands up to any paint line. For complete paint jobs we sell Sherwin’s economy line Dimension not designed for matching but it’s pretty close in most colors. One of the places it falls down is black. It just isn’t deep enough it always looks just a little brown. Kinda disappointing
We do however Have 2 other lines of paint Matrix and Wanda.
Today I would like to tell you about the Matrix MPB-9000 this is a factory black base coat that is deep and dark and rich and very very black. That and it’s reasonably priced we sell it for 128.95 a gallon. We also pour off quarts pints and half pints.
That said it is not really suitable for matching I looked up some formulas this morning Dodge PX8 has a little bit of yellow oxide and a little white. Ford UA black was similar. Mercedes Benz uses a little blue the point is this not for matching but if your painting a complete this is the ticket.

EPA regualtions Paint Coatings and Paint Stripping

Things creep up on you. You know it’s coming but it’s complicated of a long way off so you decide to just think about it later then it’s time. Well it’s time. The National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants is now in effect the part that effects us as painters is subpart HHHHHH or NESHAP.
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Some background
The rules have been in development since 2002 they cover a large number of industries including cement manufacturing, the oil and gasoline industry, municipal and medical incinerators, asbestos production, the glass and ceramics industry, the list goes on . The final rules went into effect January 9 2009. The compliance date is January 10 2010 .

What do the rules cover
The rules cover automotive paint spraying
the use of paint stripping using methylene chloride
the use of paints containing the heavy metals lead, chrome, mercury, manganese, nickel or cadmium at reportable levels

Who does this affect
If you paint cars buses, trucks, trailers, motorcycles, boats, tractors, engines car parts you can figure it applies to you for a complete list see http://www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/area/fr09ja08.pdf

There is a significant exception if you are a hobbyist or a restorer or are repairing your own car you can paint up to 2 cars a year

What it takes to be compliant
You must use hvlp guns or the equivalent kind of guns and protective clothing. You must have compliant spray booths with filter technology with a 98% capture efficiency. Spray gun cleaning must be contained so that solvents are captured. All painters must be certified within the past 5 years. One of the main targets of these rules is to minimize the use of strippers containing MeCl your annual usage should not exceed 181 gallons and you must keep records of your use of stripper.

The final part is you must register with your area EPA office. Please do not take this as a definitive document on the subject DO YOUR OWN RESERCH but here is a warning get compliant and do it before they come knocking on your door. When you register they will come and check you out. If you have better information than I do please post it in the comments and I will correct this as new information becomes available to me

New Automotive Spray Guns from Sata and Iwata

I had the opportunity to to take a look at the two newest spray guns from the top spray gun manufactures. The newest gun from Sata and the two newest spray guns from Iwata.
The Sata 5000 HVLP is slimmer sleeker and slightly heavier, about 50 grams, than the 4000 but it weight has been redistributed and sits slightly further back in your hand making it a feel lighter. The air cap is wider this will cut down turbulence in the paint stream. The air control has been redesigned to give a greater range and the finish on the gun is different, it is now a non gloss they call it pearlchrome. It is available in digital and non digital models. The HVLP gun requires 15.2 CFM and is made of stainless steel so it is sutable for both solvent and waterborne coatings. I had my hands on the HVLP the RP gun has not been released yet look for it in April 2015
Sata 5000 HVLP
Sata 5000 HVLP

 

I also got my hands on the new Super Nova spray guns from Iwata the Evotech is the base coat gun and the Entech Clear gun.
The Evotech comes in 1.2 1.3 1.4 and 1.5 most people will want the 1.3 or 1.4 check with your paint manufacturer for recommendations and requires 12.5 CFM to operate. The Entech clear gun also comes in 1.2 to 1.5 but it requires 14.3 CFM. They are stainless steel so they are suitable for both solvent and waterborne paints.
These have to be the recognized as the top guns in the world and I don’t want to suggest which is best but if you are looking for a top flight gun I would look at both.
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Iwata Entech and Evotec

DIY: ‘DipYourCar’ and Wheels with Plastic Spray Paint

Temporarily changing the color of your entire car or certain parts of it is something that crosses the mind of most drivers at one point or the other, which explains thesuccess of foil wraps. Still, this solution can be relatively costly going upwards of a couple of thousand dollars for a full wrap.

A more economical solution for a purportedly easily applied and reversible paint job that seems to be gathering a bit of attention lately is “DipYourCar”. What we have here is essentially a plastic paint that is applied via a spray can or a dedicated spray gun.

The team at DipYourCar says that if you rub on at least four or five coats on the car, the paint will last for a “very long time”, without clarifying what that means. All they note is they have seen wheels, grilles and other parts “dipped for over a year without having to be touched up”.

On their website, they say that 2 gallons of paint should be enough for a regular sized sedan. The basic color options are black, white, blue, yellow, red monster green, firebelly orange, gunmetal grey, florescent purple and pink, though they can also whip you up a custom hue.

Pricing for an 11oz can is $7 (€5.4) while professional kits that include a Wagner spray gun along with 2 gallons of paint, thinner, blue masking tape, washer and other items start at US$243 (€187) for a small car, US$307 (€237) for a large car and US$357 (€275) for a pickup truck or an SUV.

And for those that are not the handy type, DipYourCar says it cooperates with select shops in certain states that can do the job for you.

Manual Vs Automatic Transmission

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Since most cars in America come with an automatic transmission, a lot of people don’t know how to drive a manual transmission car, and most of them think that automatic is simply better. But there are pros and cons of both manual and automatic transmission, so this article will try to explain what the advantages and disadvantages of both options are.

There has been a debate about which type of transmission is better for years, and it has mostly revolved around fuel economy and driver control. But there are other aspects to consider, too, regarding how a certain type of transmission affects engine performance and overall driving experience. It’s not easy to determine what is better, as it may simply come down to driver’s preferences, but a couple of facts could help you decide which is better for your driving style.

Manual transmission pros

The most significant advantage over the automatic is that it provides better control, especially in poor road and weather conditions.

If your car needs to be towed, or you have to tow another car, it’s better if it has manual transmission. Besides being cheaper, manual transmission is easier to fix and you can do some of the repairs yourself.

One of the most important benefits with manual is that the driver gets a more complete, active and satisfying driving experience.

Manual transmission cons

Manual is not for people that just want straight forward driving without too many distractions and controls to think about.

Another thing is that it can be quite a hassle to drive a manual in the city, as you could get tired easily by the fact that you have to press and depress the clutch constantly.

Manual transmission can present safety risks for inexperienced or unskilled drivers, because it requires more focus and it can lead to stalling or serious damages to the engine.

Automatic transmission pros

Automatic transmission is more suitable for city driving. Driving in dense traffic, with lots of starts and stops is easier if you have automatic. That is because it allows you to switch through gears more easily and quickly, which is perfect for urban driving, where you have to stop at traffic lights or stop for pedestrians quite a lot.

It’s also better for new drivers, as there is no clutch and shifting gears is less complicated, so they don’t need extra focus for a third pedal or to remember which way to turn the stick to switch to a certain gear.

Automatic transmission cons

First of all, it’s more expensive than manual, and can cost $500-1,000 more. So, if you want to save money, you will opt for manual.

Automatic transmission maintenance is also more expensive. It’s more complicated to repair and mechanics charge more for it. Also, though not by a large amount, automatic provides worse fuel efficiency.

Most cars in Europe have manual transmissions, so if you ever plan on travelling to Europe and have to rent a car, you’ll find it difficult to operate, as you are used to automatic.

How to Add Water to a Car Battery

Most vehicles have what is known as a maintenance-free car battery, which is permanently sealed and never needs water. If you do not have a maintenance-free battery, then you regularly must fill it with water

Instructions

  1. Turn the car engine off. Open the hood of the car and locate the battery. Remove the vent caps from the battery. Clean the battery surface top before opening the inspection caps to avoid getting dirt and debris into the car battery.
  2. Check the water level in each cell of the battery. Use only distilled water when filling a car battery. Using anything other then distilled water will cause permanent failure of your battery.
  3. Add water to the battery to bring the level to just below the bottom of the cell inspection hole. Do not over fill the water level. This can cause the acid water mixture to leak. Flush any spilled acid water mixture with fresh water. Put the vent caps back onto the battery.

Transmission Repairs By AAMCO

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Servicing your vehicle is like feeding your hungry dream machine. It is very important for the performance of your auto. Transmission repairs are a one-stop shop for all your servicing needs. If you have any problems with the alignment, engine, brakes or wheels, then this is the right place to call. They look into all types of repairs and can fix the most complicated auto problems. This company is a certified Eco-Green shop. They are easily available online too and you can book an appointment with them from the comfort of your home.

Transmission repairs have a limited time offer. Currently they are offering Free 71 -Step Check worth $ 85. This company has been in the business for more than 40 years and they are industry experts. They service more than 1000 vehicles within one year. They have a full service shop, which is capable of servicing any automotive need that you might have. They have several experienced technicians as well as full time transmission builders. They build transmissions that last long. There are some more outstanding features of this company that deals with automatic transmissions.

Features

Eco friendly products: As much as possible, the service provider tries to use eco-friendly solvents. They also try to recycle their fluids, filters and containers. In fact, this company is one of the first 50 shops to offer Eco Green E85 conversion kits.

Free service: They offer a 36 Step Protect Check and 71 Step TranScan check. You can avail these offers, just give them a call and find out more about it.

Warranties: Transmission repairs accompanied with warranties can make a huge difference to your experience. Depending on your needs, there are different types of warranties like 90 day limited warranty for minor service, warranty for electronic components, warranty for manual transmission repair, and warranty for automatic transmissions, lifetime coverage and mile coverage for automatic transmission and so on.

Priority partners: There are discounts for fellow local businesses and their employees. They offer a priority partner program that enables you to enjoy savings on all your automotive needs.

Coupons: Automatic transmission repair will cost much less, if you use coupons. These coupons are valid at select service and can be availed online. There are different types of coupons like car rental coupon, oil lube and filter change coupon, and the likes.

Wholesale services: This Company offers special pricing for wholesale services. Check how you can save money and avail high quality service.

This company can be trusted for all types of jobs like transmission repairs, automatic transmission repair, manual transmission repair, complete car care, rebuilding, maintenance services, PA state inspections, emissions testing, extended warranty work, tune ups, flushes and much more.

Updating your knowledge about automotives can help you maintain the vehicle in good condition. Read some tips online to keep your automobile in good condition. Maintenance is very crucial. It not only improves performance of the vehicle but also improves the engine life. Routine transmission repairs and maintenance are necessary for the smooth functioning of your vehicle. Caring for your car should be a routine activity. Do not ignore or overlook the need for minor repairs, since it may lead to serious damage to the vehicle.

Classic Auto Air Perfect Fit Series Air Conditioning Installation

Since I figured I would almost exclusively be driving this car during the hot summer months I decided to install air conditioning.  There are quite a few options when it comes to air conditioning in a 69 Mustang.  Options range from finding all original parts to complete aftermarket systems.  I opted for an aftermarket system.  I decided on this for a couple of reasons:

1.  To track down all original parts would be expensive and time consuming.
2.  The original pieces would more than likely have to be rebuilt or restored in some way.
3.  Aftermarket systems come with instructions and customer support if you can’t figure something
out.  With original parts you are pretty much on your own.
4.  Aftermarket units look like original parts, but they funtion like barand new parts complete with a
warranty.

I decided to go with a system from Classic Auto Air.  It is a complete system that includes everything that you need to complete the installation.  Best of all when you are finished you have a system that looks just like an original factory AC unit looked.  Classic Auto Air provides detailed instructions that are pretty decent.  This page is not intended to be instructions on how to install the unit in your car.  If you want detailed instructions go:http://www.classicautoair.com/manuals/1-1027Manual.pdf.
This page is simply meant to highlight some parts of the install.

The one thing that I did not like about this kit is the new face plate that they supply you.  This is simply meant to stick over your original face plate.  I think that this sticker looks cheap and is also a dead giveaway that this is an aftermarket system.  It is for these reasons that I decided to make my own.
This is what I came up with.  I think that this looks much more authentic than a sticker.  If you are installing this system in your Mustang and would like one of these plates instead of the sticker I manufacture them and they are sold on ebay and through Mustangs Unlimited.  Please clickhere for more info on purchasing one.  Please note that I changed the design to look even more authentic.  The picture below shows what the new design looks like.

All of the heater hoses and A/C lines pass neatly through the opening where the heater blower motor used to be.  Classic Auto Air requires you to drill a hole in your firewall just below the blower motor.  This hole coincides with a mounting tag on the new heater box.  BEWARE!  THE TEMPLATE WAS WRONG IN MY INSTRUCTION PACKET.  Make sure that your template is correct before drilling the hole.  My hole location was 1 5/8″ off.  You can easily tell if the template is off by cutting it out and laying it on the new heater box.  Center the heater and A/C outlet ports inside the cutout circle of the template and take note of where the mounting tab and the drain holes are located.  If the tab lines up with the template you are good to go.  If not mark the template accordingly and use that mark as a reference as to where to drill the hole.

 

This is the template that is supplied with the kit.  The 5/8″ hole is for the drain.  The smaller hole above and to the right of the 5/8″ hole is drilled in the firewall for a bolt that holds the heater box in place, and the 3rd hole to the right of the heater motor hole is intended to help align the template.  As stated earlier these holes did not line up on my car.  Double check before drilling anything.

 

The following pictures show how the components look when they are installed.

 

Condenser
Drier

 

 

ECU mounting location.  This can be mounted anywhere.  I chose to mount mine on the passenger’s side behind the passenger’s side dash panel.

 

 

Driver’s side louver.

 

Passenger’s side louver.
Control Panel
One other minor drawback to the kit is the fact that the supplied center dash louver is not the same size as an original louver for a car that came factory equipped with A/C.  This presented a problem for me because when I ordered a new dash pad for the car I ordered one for a factory A?C car because I didn’t want to cut up a brand new dash pad.  I plan on replacing the Classic Auto Air center louver with an original style louver at some point, but for now this is how I solved the problem.

 

First I cut a piece of Plexiglas where the outside dimension of the piece fit inside of the factory A/C cutout in the dash pad, and the inside cutout would allow the Classic Auto Air louver to slide in to it.  I then cut a piece on vinyl from an old door panel to wrap the piece of Plexiglas in.

 

 

Apply contact cement to the vinyl

 

And to the Plexiglas (Both Sides)

 

Wrap the vinyl around the Plexiglas

 

 

Cut the vinyl along the inside edge of the Plexiglas

 

Your piece should look like this

 

Then install the louver into your adapter

 

Now the louver can be installed into the dash pad.  Mine was a pretty tight fit and would probably have stayed in on its own, but I decided to use some glue dots on it just to be sure.

 

This is what the finished product looks like.  Not bad, but I think I will still switch it to a factory louver if I can find a decent one.

 

Another interior view

 

 

And here’s the finished product.
Compressor mounting location.  One thing that is not included in the kit is new belts.  You have to measure the belts to get the proper fitting ones.  I used a string to get an approximate measurement, and then used trial and error from there.  The problem with using a string is the fact that a belt measurement is actually the measure of the centerline of the belt, and a string measures the inside of the belt.  My belts ended up being 2″ larger than my string measurement.  On my application I used a 58515 and a 57515.  That is a 58 1/2″ belt 3/8″ wide and a 57 1/2″ belt 3/8″ wide.  Yours may be different, but it should be around that length.

How to Remove Small Bubbles in an Automotive Paint Job

A good automotive paint job is something that takes either a lot of hard work or a lot of hard-earned money. Whether you painted your car yourself or you had it painted at a paint and body shop, bubbles can appear in the finished paint job. These can be seen when light shines on them or felt when you run your hand over them. But these bubbles don’t have to stay there.

Instructions

  1. Place 1200-grit sandpaper on a sanding block and sand lightly over the small bubbles. Use a water hose in the other hand to continuously run water over the area you are sanding. This keeps the dust from building up under the sandpaper and scratching the car. Sand until the bubbles can no longer be seen, but don’t sand through the clear coat and into the paint.
  2. Sand the same area again using the same technique, but this time with 1500-grit sandpaper. This paper smooths the scratches made from the 1200 paper.
  3. Use the 2000-grit sandpaper in the same manner as the above steps. Sand until the entire area is dull from the sandpaper. Rinse the car with the water hose when finished sanding.
  4. Apply the liquid buffing compound to the surface of the orbital buffer and buff the entire car, starting with the sanded area. This fills in the smallest scratches made by the 2000-grit sandpaper and brings out a new shine to the surface of the car. The small bubbles should have disappeared.

Research on Car Automatic Transmission Industry in China, 2013-2017

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According to the statistics, the proportion of MT (manual transmission) type and AT (automatic transmission) type is 6:4 in current passenger cars in China, of which, 89% of the high-end passenger cars are equipped with automatic transmission, and this proportion for medium-end passenger cars and economic-type household passenger cars is 40% and 10% respectively.

In 2012, the supply volume of China’s car automatic transmission was 6.2095 million units, increased by 7.16% over 2011. From 2008-2011, the supply volume of this market showed a rapid growth trend; whereas, the growth rate started to slow down in 2012.

In current domestic transmission market, the joint venture brands are the main force, accounting for 45%; followed by foreign brands with the proportion of 32%; and the market share of domestic brands is only 23%. In this field, the imports increase continuously, and the import amount has reached USD 6.44 billion in 2012 from USD 480 million in 2001.

Currently, accelerating the R&D and industrialization process of China’s car automatic transmission industry has become a key point to change the imported products-dominated situation, as well as an urgent task for China’s automobile industry.

Table of Contents

1. Product Overview of Car Automatic Transmission 1.1 Product Introduction 1.1.1 Definition 1.1.2 Property 1.2 Product Classification and Representative Vehicle Types 1.3 Basic Principle 1.3.1 Basic Principle of Hydraulic-controlled Automatic Transmission 1.3.2 Basic Principle of Electronic-controlled Automatic Transmission 1.3.3 Overview of Constituent Parts of Automatic Transmission

2. Status Quo of Foreign Car Automatic Transmission Industry

3. Environment of China’s Car Automatic Transmission Industry 3.1 Economic Development Environment 3.1.1 Economic Development Status 3.1.2 GDP 3.1.3 Investment in the Fixed Assets 3.1.4 Total Import and Export Amount and Growth Rate 3.2 Industrial Related Policies, Standards, Laws and Regulations 3.2.1 Related Policies, Laws and Regulations 3.2.2 Standards

4. Status Quo of China’s Car Automatic Transmission Industry

5. Analysis and Forecast of Market Supply and Demand 5.1 Supply Analysis 5.1.1 China’s Car Output, 2008-2012 5.1.2 Structure of Automatic Transmission Product Market 5.1.3 Structure of Automatic Transmission Brand Market 5.1.4 Supply Volume, 2008-2012 5.2 Supply Forecast 5.3 Analysis and Forecast of Market Demand

6. Import and Export of China’s Car Automatic Transmission Industry 6.1 Import and Export Volume and Amount 6.2 Sources of Import Sorted by Trade Value 6.3 Destinations of Export Sorted by Trade Value

7. Technological Development of China’s Car Automatic Transmission Industry 7.1 Status Quo 7.1.1 AT (Automatic Transmission) 7.1.2 AMT (Automatic Mechanical Transmission) 7.1.3 CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) 7.1.4 DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) 7.2 Difficulties for Development of Self-owned Brands 7.2.1 Master and Control of Dynamic Characteristics of Wet Clutch Engaging Process 7.2.2 Control System and Actuator of AMT 7.2.3 Basic Principle Master of CVT Metal Strap Driving 7.2.4 CVT Metal Strap Manufacturing is a Key Technology 7.2.5 Design of CVT Electro-hydraulic Control System is a Difficulty 7.2.6 Hydraulic Valve Body Assembly and Electronic Control Unit are the Key Points for DCT Development 7.3 Strategy for Technological Development

8. Key Enterprises in China’s Car Automatic Transmission Industry 8.1 ZF Transmission Shanghai Co., Ltd. 8.1.1 Company Profile 8.1.2 Business Performance 8.1.3 Competitive Advantages 8.2 Harbin DongAn Automotive Engine Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (DAE) 8.2.1 Company Profile 8.2.2 Business Performance 8.2.3 Competitive Advantages 8.3 Hunan Sino-German Automobile Automatic Transmission Co., Ltd. (SGT) 8.3.1 Company Profile 8.3.2 Business Performance 8.3.3 Competitive Advantages 8.4 Tianjin AW Automatic Transmission Co., Ltd. (TAW) 8.4.1 Company Profile 8.4.2 Business Performance 8.4.3 Competitive Advantages 8.5 AW Suzhou Auto Parts Co., Ltd. 8.5.1 Company Profile 8.5.2 Business Performance 8.5.3 Competitive Advantages

9. Development Trend of China’s Car Automatic Transmission Industry 9.1 Forecast of Market Development 9.1.1 AT Market 9.1.2 AMT Market 9.1.3 CVT Market 9.1.4 DCT Market 9.2 Technological Development 9.2.1 AT 9.2.2 AMT 9.2.3 CVT 9.2.4 DC

10. Investment Suggestions from Industrial Experts 10.1 Competitive Level 10.2 Conclusion and Suggestions

Companies Mentioned

ZF Transmission Shanghai Co., Ltd. Harbin DongAn Automotive Engine Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (DAE) Hunan Sino-German Automobile Automatic Transmission Co., Ltd. (SGT) Tianjin AW Automatic Transmission Co., Ltd. (TAW) AW Suzhou Auto Parts Co., Ltd.

The Complexity Of Automatic Transmission Fluid

Due to popular demand, the automatic transmission is far more commonly used in modern automobiles than the gearbox designs of the past. Most consumers will no longer tolerate these traditional, manual transmissions which require the constant labor of shifting with a clutch and lever. The automatic transmission is the primary source of power distribution between the vehicle’s engine and it’s wheels. Because it is used in the large majority of modern automobiles, both it’s importance and complexity grows with each new vehicle model’s design and production. The automatic transmission fluid used in these designs is no different. The many roles of lubricant, coolant, and hydraulic fluid require it to be as complex and precise as the component itself.

Automatic Transmission fluid, most simply, acts as any other oil in lubricating vital, internal parts from unnecessary metal on metal wear. The heat and friction created from gears and shafts during transmission use is often extremely intense. This means that it’s durability, viscosity index, and capacity to withstand those stresses between drain intervals must be more than just competent. Besides lubricating the internals of an automatic transmission, it’s fluid must flow through external lines to the vehicle’s radiator to be cooled and return to cool the component as well. Along with these other important roles, automatic transmission fluid must act as a hydraulic fluid, transferring engine power from the torque converter and throughout the many tiny passages in order to complete smooth gear changes or shifts. The ability to perform all of these tasks at once requires a complexity like no other automobile component fluid.

This complexity requires low volatility, precise viscosity levels, low compressibility, and a low foaming tendency among it’s many other requirements. These qualities are most easily found in the synthetic fluids created by engineers for superior, molecular uniformity and stability. Synthetic automatic transmission fluid can be created more specifically than conventional, petroleum based oil for it’s wide variety of required tasks. They also hold higher durability ratings and contain special, friction modifier additives which help performance under extreme stresses. Synthetic products, such as Amsoil’s synthetic universal automatic transmission fluid, can be used in a large number of vehicle applications and produce far better results than conventional, mineral based fluids. It provides higher levels of thermal and hydraulic stability and performs better under extreme, external temperature settings. Synthetic, automatic transmission fluid is quite simply a better application for the newer, more complex automatic transmissions currently being produced for consumer satisfaction.

Most vehicles built today use an automatic transmission rather than a manual gearbox because of higher consumer demand. Their design is becoming increasingly smaller and more complex to deliver smoother shifts and higher performance. The automatic transmission fluid used for lubrication and hydraulic purposes in these designs has become more necessary for their protection and correct operation than ever before.

Can Motorcycles Have Automatic Transmissions?

Can Motorcycles Have Automatic Transmissions?

While most motorcycles will use a traditional squeeze clutch and foot-shifting set up there are actually some models of motorcycles that have fully automatic transmissions. Now it is important to note that scooters and mopeds almost always use automatic transmissions since the engine displacement and power is so low there is no need for shifting.

With that little detail in mind about scooters being automatic you can see where this draws a line for “serious” riders. It is a common known mindset that any motorcycle with an automatic transmission instantly qualifies it as a scooter or lower end bike therefore being for wusses only whereas any big bike for real riders would NEVER employ an automatic transmission, it is simply unheard of.

However this is not true at all because while I personally enjoy shifting and having complete control over my motorcycle, not everyone else does or necessarily can. There are tons of would-be riders out there who would love to experience the thrill of riding a motorcycle but don’t want to have to worry about the extra coordination it takes to make good shifts. While this may sound like one of those “If you can’t shift then you don’t deserve to drive a motorcycle” it really isn’t. When a person doesn’t have to shift they can focus more on enjoying the ride and staying safe by maintaining their complete attention to just steering and braking/accelerating. Like I said, I, along with many other riders, love having the ability to control the amount of power coming from my bike but even I can be honest that there were some times out there that I would have loved to be able to just sit back and cruise without constantly shifting up and down.

Automatic transmissions also benefit those who perhaps can’t shift. I once read an article about a guy who only had one arm but still wanted to keep riding motorcycles. Sounds dangerous but apparently as long as the bike shifted for him he had no trouble maintaining a good ride. Without that option available he may have never had the chance to ride again. While this is likely an extreme case I still found it interesting/neat that someone with a handicap could still enjoy doing something he loved when he probably thought he never could.

Most of the automatic transmission motorcycles you see are likely big cruisers that are made for traveling long distances. It is no surprise that a bike the also has heating/air, radio, and even reverse would also have an automatic transmission. This doesn’t mean there aren’t sport bikes out there that have automatic transmissions. They are actually becoming increasingly popular and there are models out there that maintain the cool look of a sport bike while still providing the features of an automatic transmission.

Whether you are a hardcore rider who wouldn’t even dream of letting the bike shift for you or someone who couldn’t stand shifting during the entire ride, automatic transmissions are an option which allows everyone to enjoy the ride.

2 in 1 Automatic Transmission Fluid Exchange System

The TransTech IV combines both Inline and Dipstick capabilities allowing for the two most common methods of ATF exchange from a single machine. With both Inline and Dipstick services together in one cabinet, TransTech IV occupies reduced floor space with minimal investment while providing service to a wider variety of vehicles.

While many Technicians prefer the inline exchange method, it’s not always easy to access transmission cooler lines or safely remove corroded fittings. There needs to be a convenient yet effective ATF exchange alternative – and now there is. The dipstick option is most users requested. It’s like getting two machines in one. The machine also allows the operator to perform a flush on the transmission cooler and cooler lines.

The user interface has been designed to allow any operator to feel comfortable using the machine for the first time. Every component has been carefully selected by the design team for optimum performance using patented technology for a more complete ATF exchange.

Automatic Inline Exchange – Connect to a transmission cooler line and press one button. Walk away until the service is complete.
Dipstick Exchange – A convenient dipstick tube exchange requiring no tools or adaptors.
Drain Pan Feature – Allows operator to drain transmission pan for a convenient and mess-free filter change.
Tranmission Cooler Flush Feature – Allows operator to flush transmission cooler and cooler lines.
Patented Level Synchronization – Ensures the transmission cannot be under or overfilled.
Automatic Bypass – Ensures that transmission will not run out of fluid during the exchange process.
26 Quart (24.6 L) New Fluid Reservoir – Allows user to service large capacity transmissions.
High Volume Pump – For rapid and efficient service.
Compact Cabinet – Designed for ease of storage.
Complete Adapter Kit – For servicing most domestic and foreign vehicles.
2 in 1 Automatic Transmission Fluid Exchange System

Inline Exchange – This conventional ATF exchange method provides an effective transmission flush by connecting directly to the transmission cooler lines. New fluid flows through the transmission as old fluid is directed into the TransTech IV waste tank in a 1 to1 ratio. Vehicle-specific adapters are included for a perfect fit meaning less mess and zero waste.

Dipstick Exchange – TransTech IV features a convenient Dipstick option that allows an effective ATF exchange through the transmission dipstick tube. This useful alternative is suitable when cooler lines are corroded or difficult to access.

The user interface has been designed to allow any operator to feel comfortable using the machine for the first time:

Mode Button – Allows the operator to select the required service.

Drain & Fill Buttons – Allows for quick adjustments in ATF level