Tips on Maui Tours and Things to do in Maui

Planning a vacation to Hawaii? Planning a journey to Maui? Obviously, there must be so much you do not know, if you have never come to the tropical paradise. First you have to know your history, so here is a quick history lesson and then a couple of ideas a tourist might want to consider doing before leaving.

The state was admitted to the Union on August 21, 1959, making it the 50th state. The most recent census puts the state’s population at 1,211,53. Its capital is located in its major city, Honolulu on the island of Oahu. We aren’t discussing Oahu, and frankly this all typically a tourist will know of Hawaiian history, so onto Maui vacation planning.

Imagine your sitting in your beautiful Maui vacation rental sitting on Wailea Beach and your bored? Perhaps, we can discuss the various tours a tourist can embark on. There is so much beauty to see and such little time on a vacation. There are literally hundreds of Maui activities to choose from, so if you are a little overwhelmed, check out our air, land and sea activity.

Helicopter Tours in Maui:

Possibly, if you are the zealous traveler, you want to see everything as quickly as possible. Keep in mind, the highlights of both East and West Maui are equally jaw dropping. Helicopter tours tend to gratify the zealous traveler. Maui helicopter tours are united by conducting unique aerial trips of the complete island of Maui.

Head south to Haleakala, where you will get amazing views of the Haleakala crater, Molokini and Kaho’olawe. Visit the heights of Haleakala, exploring the moon-like terrains of this dormant volcano. Fly over Honokahau valley and the Northern end of Maui.

Flying above remote areas of Maui, you will see sights that there are no other ways to see. Air Maui Offers discounted Maui helicopter tours. ALEXAIR Helicopter Tours and Sunshine Helicopters, also can take you sightseeing on aerial tours of Maui. Bring your camera to capture all the highlights of your Maui helicopter tour.

Snorkeling in Maui:

Absolutely the best deal you might find on the Island is a two stop morning Molokini Maui snorkeling tour. The Frogman is a fifty five foot power catamaran that will get you to Molokini quickly for some of the best snorkeling Maui has to offer.

Limo-Van Tours:

If you like party vans then perhaps a Limo tour is what you want to use to explore the remote and see the uncommonly beautiful a places during your Maui vacation. Leave that Wailea condo and appreciate the value of time to fit more excitement and variety into each vacation day. 6-8 guests per Limo-Van, you will share your adventure with others as you explore the Hana coast for a hands-on tropical exploration.

During any limo van tour you can have a picnic on the exotic beaches of Hawaii or a meal at the Paia plantation. The advantage of the limo bus tours is you are able to see the beauty up close but not all of the Island.

Hiking Tours in Maui:

If you are a hiker or enjoy exploration and moving at a slower pace then explore the incredible Ka’eleku Cavern, One of Maui’s Greatest Natural Wonders! Walk through cool underground passages to view the colorful beauty and amazing formations of an ancient volcano, lava stalactites, stalagmites everywhere. Most of the cave is easy walking. There is no paved walkway throughout. You’ll have to duck down in a couple of spots & any crawling is optional for those wearing long pants.

If you want a hiking adventure the check out the “WILD Adventure” Cave Tour. No children on this tour (must be 15 years or older). Physically athletic only! You’ve got to crawl through a couple of tight spots and climb a ladder on this tour, but that’s just part of the fun.

Maui Vacation Activity for Kids:

In case you have smaller ones and want to make your Maui vacation tour fun. Then relax in an open-air coach whose nostalgic charm recalls the days of old Hawaii. Best known as the Sugar Cane Train, it adds a relaxing old fashion vibe to the Island getaway time.

Maui Horse Tours:

Speaking of old fashioned, travel around the island on Horseback riding tours. The horse tours actually offer some of the best panoramic views of Maui – from dramatic sea cliffs to rolling, lush green pastures. These tours aren’t just “trail rides”, you can actually ride the horse, which is a lot of fun!

Most tours offer beverages and snacks and some offer full lunches. Now it’s time to start planning while on the mainland otherwise you might get stuck in that Maui luxury vacation rental –worst case scenario you would have to hang out on the southern coast of Maui all day.

Gabriel Gayhart is a writer and poet. He shares his research about South Maui Tourism and insight on Hawaii, Marketing and various other topics. Gabe resides in San Diego, CA. For more information regarding this article or Maui Tours

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Getting Published – Step 4

Satire is a powerful means of releasing frustration and poking fun at our adversaries. I outline here a further tactic for satirizing the business of writing and getting published. This time it is through the use of purple prose, not seen since the days of Rider Haggard and other great Victorian exponents of wonderful, exuberant literature which would be turned down like a shot by today’s editors.

I have a written a couple of short articles, on ezines, which contain satires on our efforts to get published, or just to get a publisher to look at our work for more than five minutes. The virtue of satire is that it highlights the frustrations of our work, it is a safety valve for some of the frustration which we feel and it gives us the satisfaction of making fun of both the publishing business in general and of editors in particular. As I have mentioned in earlier articles it is a powerful way of coping with rejection and a valuable adjunct to surviving in the publishing world. So if you will forgive me, in the present article I will suggest further satirical tactics for lampooning editors.

The technique is essentially the same as in ‘Getting Published: Step 3′. Briefly, the idea is to present the publishers with such an unexpected piece of work that they are kick-started into reading it. In the article just mentioned, I suggested using the scientific style of presentation, obviously totally inappropriate to telling a story. Of course it was this very inappropriateness that was the point. The choice of the worst possible style was an interesting challenge and certainly unexpected by any editor. I now choose what is, by modern standards, the equally worst possible style, that of unlimited poetic licence. This may well be a style that appeals to many of you, for, just as at your five year olds’ birthday party, you may give yourself permission to do things which have been forbidden to you for years. In fact you are positively encouraged to perform the literary equivalent of throwing egg sandwiches at your sister. Taste goes out of the window and Victorian flamboyant, grandiose, vainglorious, romantic, purple prose comes in the door. Mixed metaphors run amok, like so many geese, as we take arms against a sea of editors, manuscript readers, agents and self-publishing websites. ‘It was a dark and stormy night…’ is just the start – and a very good start too.

If I may, I will take exactly the same story as last time, that is, the one about getting your manuscript to a publisher by impersonating a famous author. The story started with the aspiring author putting his children on the school bus. Here goes for a translation of this into Victorian melodrama.

‘The windswept tree-lined street, with stark winter branches silhouetted against the grey, cloud-laden sky, like so many fingers stretched in supplication to the heavens, lay before me. Wee birds, seeking the last crumbs of sustenance from the hard and unrelenting hand of nature, fluttered in our path, pathetic reminders of the transience of life. My children with nerveless hands, clutched at my arms, the sharp gusts buffeting their fragile forms. Oh! if they were swept away, what despair would visit my heart, what remorse, what regret…..” What nonsense! Let’s get to the bit where the big silver Merc. zooms in front of his nose. He’s leading his children down the street towards the bus.
‘Sweet smiles played about the lips of my darlings, like little sunbeams dancing on water on a summer’s day. Oh! Innumerable laughter. Aeschylus and Sophocles, where are you, poets of yesteryear, to embellish our world with the gold and silver of your tongues? Far, far away, long dead and forgotten. The yellow bus, that harbinger of separation, lay like a giant sloth slumped at the roadside. Approaching this fearful creature, from the corner of my eye I saw a silver vehicle approach at speed. I dragged my dear ones to me, pressed them to my thudding heart, filled with the dread of a terrible impact. But the sleek lines whistled to a halt inches from us, the great glowing form of the automobile radiating power and strength and the might of industry, the odour of wealth.

Buried in the bowels of this colossus was the glorious treasure of other hearts, of the father and mother who had given them life, who surely cherished them as the greatest lioness cherishes her cubs or the least of mammals, the tiny field mouse, cherishes her tiny sightless, helpless offspring. Five chickens, five wayward children, laughing like the peals of bells on an Easter Sunday, skipped forth, spreading joy and light as they tripped lightly out, shepherded like little lambs by their loving mother. ‘Ah! What wonderful creatures,’ intoned my daughter, her fresh face and young mind ensnared by these new beings in her life. At length the great bus departed, tearing at my heart as the tendons which bound me to my daughters were stretched and then broken as my dear darlings passed out of my sight.’

Perhaps you may wish to amuse yourselves by writing more of this sort of stuff, perhaps completing the story as I suggested it – or altering it as you wish. We could start a competition: who can write the most luxuriously awful prose, leaking like treacle from the computer screen? Has anyone any ideas how this may be organised? The first prize could be one of my books, the second prize, two of my books and the bronze medal could be all three books, if I may be allowed to indulge on a little satire on myself. The message is that you have to keep a sense of humour, a sense of perspective and also the feeling that you will win through. It reminds me of what we experience in observational astronomy, a field in which I work. Sometimes you go round the world to Hawaii and it is cloudy! But you must say to yourself, look, it took over a thousand years for these rays of light to reach the Earth from Orion. So we have to wait till tomorrow night to see them. What’s another day? In the same way, there are many wonderful novels in the world. If it takes just a little longer to add one more to their number, do not get too fussed.

David Field [http://www.davidfield.co.uk] is a professor of Astrophysics at the University of Aarhus, Denmark. He has published numerous articles in many Astronomy and Physics journals. His most recent novel, The Fairest Star, the third installment of his Friends and Enemies Trilogy, has just been published. For more information, please visit: [http://www.davidfield.co.uk]

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Waikiki Beach – An Ideal Destination for a Romantic Holiday

Waikiki gives its visitors a chance to enjoy the scenic glory of beaches and adventurous water sports combined with the best accommodation. By hiring quality taxi services in Honolulu, you can explore Waikiki conveniently. It is one of the famous tourist spots in Hawaii.

Waikiki also known as “spouting waters”, is the first place to attract the visitors. When thinking of Hawaiian beauty, Waikiki Beach is the first name that comes to mind. It is the best choice if you are planning for a beach vacation providing visitors a distinct vacation experience. Being a white sand and crystal clear blue water beach, Waikiki is the choice of almost all kind of tourist like sunbathers, swimmers, surfers, boarders and anyone who is crazy about water sports. Some visitors also enjoy mild adventurous activities like boat riding, kayaking, fishing and snorkeling at the beach. You can also find the scarcely crowded place at the beach, to enjoy your personal space.

Waikiki offers perfect night life to enjoy with several beach activities that continue the fun with live music, dance and night parties. After a day out for shopping you can also enjoy many delicacies from different places of the world. You can experience the great ambiance with amazing Hawaiian food in any local restaurant. Local dishes are inspired by many western and Asian countries.

Waikiki resort area provides the visitors with comfortable accommodation and entertainment. Some resorts offer body spa services to pamper you and rejuvenate your body. You have a choice to make from luxury hotels to budget hotels.

Once a prime vacation spot for Royal Hawaii family, Waikiki is now one of the famous tourist destinations in the world. Tropical climate of Waikiki is also one of the major reasons why tourists love this place. Other than beach, there are other famous places to visit in Waikiki. You can visit Honolulu zoo, US Army Museum, Kuhio Beach park and famous Pearl Harbor to make your trip a memorable one.

All this can be managed only because of well managed transportation system. Once you reach Honolulu airport, for further journey to Waikiki taxi and bus services are available. Both are good option but it is better to book a taxi while planning a trip, to avoid last minute hassle.

Honolulu would start impressing you with its efficient transport services from the moment you land at the airport. Some reputed agencies provide quality shuttle services at Honolulu Airport for luxurious and comfortable journey. These services are considered to be the most reliable and convenient mode of transportation, as they provide trained chauffeurs and insured cars. Only thing you have to do is, to visit their website and book a taxi for yourself.

The Author of this article is associated with Honolulu Airport Shuttle, the leading provider for ground transportation Honolulu airport provides you lot of options to pick from, be it public transport or private transport services.

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How to Expand Your Travel Comfort Zone?

We were at a party during the holidays and got into a discussion about how few people travel, and in fact, how most of our friends and family had not left their small towns…let alone travel to other parts of the world.

I want to paint a picture of this party for you so that you have some context for this story…

The party took place in a small town high in the Andes of Ecuador. The party took place between Christmas and New Years, but the focus of the party was the first birthday of a local indigenous Indian child whose parents we had met a few weeks earlier. Her extended family was there, as well as 4 other families from N. America and Europe.

Now granted, this group of people is perhaps not typical. Traveling thousands of miles to a small town in Ecuador for fun is not your run-of-the-mill stuff, but I find that we are more comfortable in these surroundings than holed up in the same town.

I began traveling when I was young, my parents took my sisters and I too many states within the U.S., and we traveled to Germany and Thailand as well as other countries. My wife and I traveled after we were married, and we continued to travel after we had kids. All of this culminated in our decision to sell everything, pack up the kids, and set out on an open-ended adventure through Latin America.

Again, these experiences are not typical, but we learned to expand our comfort zone and now enjoy experiences we once only dreamed about.

We can’t imagine living and dying in the same town without ever having left, but our new friends from Germany said that they have many family and friends that this is just the case. They are born, live, work, and die in the same town. They have a very small comfort zone for experiencing other foods, cultures, and adventures that travel provides.

My secretary was one of these people, having not ever ventured out of the state she was born in 50 years. She finally visited Hawaii with her husband…I assume my constant prodding had something to do with it. She loved it and wants to plan the next adventure.

I guess I have always viewed my life as chapters in a book. Each new chapter brings change and growth; graduation, marriage, the birth of a child, a new career, changing interests, or the pursuit of a dream. This growth expands our comfort zone in a myriad of ways and opens us up to the possibilities that our world has to offer.

If travel is something that you want to do but you feel it is outside your comfort zone, I encourage you to take the first step. Your first step does not need to be the jungles of the Amazon, it can be right in your own backyard.

Where do tourists go in your home town? Put yourself in their shoes and view your city as a tourist would. Experience the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes that are only a few steps from your front steps.

As you gain experience and become more comfortable, expand your travel itinerary. Try a neighboring state, visit a national park, or learn about the history of your country through some form of travel. As you expand your comfort zone expand your geographic bounds. Taking an organized tour can be a great way to begin feeling comfortable in foreign surroundings, and as you get more and more comfortable you can begin scheduling your own itineraries.

Eventually you may get comfortable traveling they way our family does…hop on the first bus heading in the direction we want to go and see how the adventure unfolds.

We learn a lot about ourselves when we travel, and as you learn to expand your comfort zone you will learn more about yourself.

Have fun and safe travels.

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How Much Do You Want to Work?

Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer and corporate law is outside the thrust of this article. I present summaries here to help you move closer to self-employment and understand other forms of business ownership. Most large companies started out small. Somebody had an idea, tested it, and made it work. Microsoft Corporation started with only Bill Gates and Paul Allen. They made smart decisions and created one of the world’s largest corporations. It was no accident.

Be Happy as a Sole Proprietor. You should decide how big you want to be. It’s OK to look in the mirror and say, “I want to be a one-man show for as long as I do this business. I do not want employees, partners, or shareholders. I want 100% responsibility and I want to enjoy 100% of the rewards. I want to answer to nobody. I work for me, myself, and I.” That is perfectly acceptable. If that’s what you want, write it on a piece of paper and staple it to the wall. You should look at that paper every week.

You Are Creating a Separate Entity. Wikipedia defines an entity as “something that has a distinct, separate existence.”View your business is a separate entity. This entity has a life of its own. It has its own name, branding, marketing, products, and services. It has its own address, phone number, and Internet presence. It generates enough revenue so that you can draw cash out of the business to pay your personal bills. It is not you and you are not it.

Create a relationship with the IRS. Since it is an entity, your business needs a relationship with the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS wants you to register your business with them and obtain a federal tax ID number, also known as an Employer Identification Number (EIN). It is mandatory if you hire employees, operate as a partnership or corporation, have a Keogh Plan, or file employment, excise, or alcohol, tobacco, and firearms tax returns, among other criteria.

If you do not meet these criteria, you should get an EIN anyway. I’ve had customers ask me for my EIN. They then send me form 1099-MISC in January, showing miscellaneous income for the previous year. This form has two roles.

1099-MISC helps the customer write off my goods and services from their taxable income. They can categorize my goods and services under “Office Expenses” or another category on their federal tax returns. That amount will not be taxable on the customer’s tax return. However, the…

1099-MISC form notifies me that money I received from that customer is being reported to the IRS. It is the vehicle customers use to reduce their tax liability while at the same time increasing my tax liability. I have to report this as taxable income on my tax return.

If a customer pays me $2,400 in a year, he can send me a 1099-MISC form showing $2,400 in nonemployee compensation. This reduces his tax liability $2,400 and increases mine by the same amount. It’s a measure the IRS uses to ensure vendors are honest at tax time.

If I didn’t have an EIN, then customers would need my Social Security Number (SSN). I am much more comfortable giving out my EIN than my SSN. Keep your business and your personal life separate. Get an EIN.

You own the entity and not the opposite. I am reprinting Wikipedia’s definition here of an entity, which is “something that has a distinct, separate existence.” You have to remember this every day. You are launching your business because you love what you do and also enjoy the buzz of being your own boss. You put time and energy into the entity because you purely enjoy what you are doing.

Sometimes, that is not the case. I’ve seen business owners allocate too much personal time and energy into their businesses. They get home after midnight and find themselves purely exhausted. They look in the mirror and say, “I didn’t know it would be this hard,” or “I did not finish what I wanted to accomplish today.” I’ve seen them at parties and asked how they were doing. They respond with war stories about work, being tired, or not having enough time. Some of these were Christmas parties, birthday parties, and Fourth of July parties. They’re still recovering from work or thinking about work even at these obviously social events. They’re still “at work” even though they are physically somewhere else. These are classic symptoms of burnout. Do not fall into this trap.

Set a specific place and time for work. If you work out of your home, set a specific workplace in your home. When I started consulting, I lived in an 860-square-foot condo above downtown Chicago. I set up a table, chair, and computer in a corner. I knew that when I went to the computer, I was at work. I decided when I would start and when I would end my workday.

When you are self-employed, ending the workday is more difficult than starting it. Here’s a tactic that worked for me. I usually scheduled something immediately after my workday. When I played 16″ softball, I ended my workday at 4:30, changed into my softball uniform, caught a bus, and rode it to my 5:30 softball game. When I didn’t have softball, I scheduled something else that would pull me away from the computer and toward a personal engagement.

If you aren’t playing softball every night, you can find something else to do at the end of the workday. Let me propose cooking dinner, eating dinner with friends, going for a walk, riding your bike, swimming, running, and reading. Yes, you can schedule an appointment to read at the end of your workday. It will create a concise end of the workday and resumption of your personal life.

Sometimes work takes you to customer sites. You still have authority over your schedule. If you’re up front with the customer, they will accommodate your schedule. I recently had a disaster recovery project. I showed up and diagnosed the culprit, and said the solution would probably take three to four hours. I told the customer I could start the project but I would have to leave for lunch with a vendor who was visiting from Atlanta. I could return after lunch and complete this project. She was accommodating. I went to lunch, returned three hours later, and finished the project. The customer was back in business and overjoyed.

Take real vacations. You also need to schedule real vacations. They help you get away from work, decompress, relax, think about non-work things, and enjoy special events. Vacations have to be out of town. I feel only out of town vacations count as real vacations because they let you get away from your usual environment. People who take real vacations come back refreshed, happy, and ambitious.

I see other folks taking a week off of work but staying in town. I do not know what that accomplishes. They remain tired, bitter, and passive. They return from their “vacation,” but they didn’t really take a vacation in the first place. I used to joke that my vacations must involve an airplane and a prepaid hotel room. I no longer think that is a joke.

A friend tells me he takes “working vacations.” He goes to Hawaii or some other leisurely place. He sits on a beach and watches the surf. He applies sunscreen and dons his favorite sunglasses. He watches bikini babes play volleyball and surfers navigate the waves. He watches kids build sand castles and adults read books.

He sits there because he knows he can get a cell phone signal and Internet access from the local hotel. He makes and receives calls and sends and receives e-mail. He writes a proposal or two. He reviews proposals. He is preoccupied. If clouds obscure the sun for an hour or volleyball rolls up to his chaise lounge, he doesn’t notice.

He calls this a “working vacation,” but I would remove the word “vacation.” I am calling this working from a very appealing temporary office. Maybe I’m describing you. Maybe you go on vacation but check the phone for new messages every 10 minutes.

A real vacation does not involve a cell phone-turn it off. Once again, if you think I live in Fantasyland, send me your comments. My contact info is at the bottom of this article.

Cell phones are an umbilical cord back to work. When you answer a call from work or a customer, you are indeed at work. Customers will call and not care if you are on vacation or not. If they have an emergency, that is all that matters. They will call and expect you to solve it. Vacation or no vacation…they do not care. Vacations should let you get away from work, decompress, relax, think about non-work things, and enjoy special events. I have a customer who traveled from California to North Carolina for vacation. She kept her cell phone on. Staff called her four times in one hour! What kind of vacation was that?

You should create a vacation greeting on your voicemail. This will let you keep your real vacation intact and also give your customers an option in case an emergency arises. I believe they understand everybody deserves a vacation. They should have access to somebody in case their emergency happens when you’re not available. Before I go on vacation, I change my voicemail greeting to “Thank you for calling (my business). We will be on vacation from **** to ****. If this is an emergency, please call **** at ***-***-****. Otherwise, please leave a message. We will return your call after we return. Thank you.”

I’m sure you noticed I said “we will…” and not “I will….” That brings me to the next point. What happens if your business becomes too big for one person?

Mark Anthony Germanos is a business author and speaker. He wrote Escape the Cubicle: How to leave your corporate or government job for something better after leaving corporate America and becoming happily self-employed.

He shares traits that he sees in successful businesses and bad habits he sees in those barely surviving. He helps people get over the fear of becoming self-employed. He helps people make better decisions with SWOT Analyses, utilize social media to attract customers and decide where they should focus their time, energy and attention.

For a SWOT Analysis workbook (at no charge), send an e-mail to [email protected] Mark can be reached at http://www.markanthonygermanos.com. You can also call 530-677-8864.

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How Does Automatic Transmission Change Gears

As drivers, we know how the transmission works: we push the clutch in, change the gear and then continue driving normally. Manual transmission also teaches us how to perform clutch control without stalling or rolling on an incline. So how does an automatic car change gears?

There are more parts in this system that makes it a more complicated system. An automatic car has something called a torque converter. For the car to move forward, whether manual or automatic, torque is needed for the initial momentum.

The torque converter is a fluid link where its job is to connect the engine to the transmission and the transmission to the driven wheels (Front Wheel Drive or Rear Wheel Drive).

The engine is connected to the transmission in a bell housing. This is where the torque converter is. The transmission also contains something called planetary gear sets which provide different gear ratios.

The engine’s flex plate is also connected to this torque converter. So the torque converter basically takes the place of a clutch in an automatic car. When the crankshaft rotates it also rotates the converter. This is how the torque converter will disconnect and connect the engine’s power to the load being driven.

The torque converter has main components that make automatic transmission successful. These include:

  • The impeller – connected to the engine which is responsible for driving the turbine using viscous forces on the transmission fluid.
  • The turbine – connected to the transmission input shaft that sends the torque force to the transmission.
  • The stator – which sits between the impeller and the turbine. It lessens churning losses.
    The lock up clutch.

During the compression of the fluid it returns from the turbine that works against the impeller and its rotating movement that also acts on the engine.

The stator redirects the fluid so that the majority of the velocity gets driven towards the impeller which then adds to the torque produced by the motor. It can only rotate in one direction if the impeller and turbine are moving at the same speed. Stators do not apply torque when on a highway, only when coming to a stop or accelerating.

A planetary gear set consists of a sun gear and planet gears which rotate around the central sun gear, like our solar system. A planet carrier gear connects the planet gears with a ring gear that meshes them. The planetary gear set prevents certain components from moving when using clutches and brakes. This alters the input and the output of the system that changes the overall gear ratio.

Depending on which component is fixed it will determine the final gear ratio. If a ring gear is stationery or fixed, the ratio will be shorter than if the sun gear is fixed or stationery.

Brakes Noises Solutions

There will come a time whilst you are driving that you will have problems with your brakes. You might not notice it immediately but once you start to hear the noises, know that there is something wrong.

First thing’s first. Slowly pull over to the side of the road as soon as you start to hear these noises. Make sure that you keep a good distance from the road in case you have a flat tyre instead and need to change it.

These are the different noises your brakes make that you should be fully aware of:

Grinding – grinding is usually the sound of two metal pieces rubbing together. So know that this means that you have a severely damaged brake pad. Without a brake pad, there is nothing that is stopping you safely. It is recommended that you do not continue to drive as it could prevent you from stopping at a traffic light.

Knocking from the rear – this constant annoying sound you hear when applying brakes indicates that there is a problem with the rear drums. There could be a possibility that the brake or rear drum has been resurfaced which is causing that knocking sound. Fixing this problem can be done by yourself but it would be wise to get a technician to fix it.

Squeaking – this is a sign that wear has been done to the brakes. If not fixed it could be dangerous to you. The squeaking sound is usually caused by a wear indicator. This lets the driver know that wear is being detected. Make sure that you get the brakes replaced immediately. You can still drive a good distance before being in danger but make sure that they get replaced soon.

If you are aware of the problem whilst you are driving and know that the problem is dangerous to you and other drivers make sure that you switch your hazard lights on and drive slowly and calmly. If your brakes don’t work at all, release the accelerator and slowly move into the side lane. With the car losing momentum you will eventually come to a stop. Engine braking will also assist the car to slow down. Engine braking is achieved by gearing down.

When you are close to coming to a stop, pull up the hand brake slowly so that your wheels don’t lock up thus making you swerve around dangerously.

The Mercedes Tuning – What Are The Reasons To Tune Your Vehicle?

We are very well aware of the shooting fuel prices in the market. Hence, it is crucial to tune your Mercedes, so that it delivers great mpg. There are many reasons of the Mercedes tuning like better acceleration, enhanced torque, great economy, more power, healthier engine etc.

We have seen rapid growth in the technology in the field of automobiles. The super chip tuning technology is developed especially for the premium cars like Mercedes. The tuning is efficient for both the petrol and diesel version of car. It will ensure that your car gives best performance without any hassle.

Importance of tuning

Once the vehicle is tuned, it will reduce the emission and improve the performance by 15%. It is quite obvious that tuning will help your vehicle in multiple ways. However, you must tune the vehicle timely to avoid any inconvenience. The experts recommend visiting to the mechanic once in three months. The professionals will make sure that none of the part needs repairing.

As the fuel prices have increased, so does the dependency on vehicles. It is crucial to keep your car in good shape. If you maintain the car properly, then the car will run efficiently for long years without any hassle. Else, it would require regular repairing that will ultimately lead to lower mpg and reduce the performance.

What to consider while tuning the exhaust system?

The exhaust system of the Mercedes includes a front pipe, exhaust manifold, catalyst converter, silencer, exhaust tip and tail pipe. While tuning the system, muffler is the easiest to deal. The professionals will replace the stock muffler with high performance muffler.

As a result, you will get a free flow exhaust system. You must keep in mind that the inlet and outlet pipe of the muffler is of the same size as front and tail pipe. Check out the diameter of tail and front pipe. They must have same dimensions for better performance. Other terms of the exhaust system is a little complicated to understand. You must have knowledge of the engine’s power band, exhaust back pressure and usable RPM.

If excessive pressure is produced by the system, then it will have a negative impact on the performance of the engine. This will restrict the flow of exhaust gases. As a result, the engine will be inefficient to expel exhaust gases. Ultimately, it would lead to much reduced engine power.

Dos and the don’ts

Make sure that you never attach pea-shooter instead of the exhaust system to the engine. You must also not install a 10 inch wastewater pipe. In case the exhaust pipe is big enough, then it will lead to much reduced flow velocity of the gases. You have to keep in mind to get the exhaust back pressure perfect.

While tuning the exhaust system, the professionals aim to increase the power of the engine by the right exhaust tuning.