Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Too Much Cabin Noise? Here's How To Make Your Car Quiet

It’s no secret that all modern cars on the road today don’t have silent cabins. The faster you drive your car, the more wind noise you hear. And if you’re stuck in traffic, you will doubtless hear noise from the world around you.

That can be quite annoying if you’re in a traffic jam, and you have to listen to some music you don’t like! On the other side of the spectrum, what happens if you want to listen to your favourite tunes at a loud volume?

Other road users stuck in the same traffic jam with you will have to listen to it too! There’s no point trying to shield them from your music by putting your windows up because they can still hear it!



If you’re worried about hearing road noise, or other people hearing you inside your car, this blog post is for you! Here are some tips on how to soundproof your car’s interior.

Apply soundproofing mats to your car’s interior

The first thing you need to do is strip your car’s interior out. It can be quite a long and involved process, so make sure you have the time and space to do it.

You will need to remove your seats, carpets, and headlining. Some people will even remove their dashboard too; it’s up to you whether you wish to go that far!

Once your car’s cabin is shell-like, it’s time to get busy! I recommend applying some Dynamat soundproofing mats to all internal surfaces of your car. The floor, roof and door panels all need covering. I also recommend applying soundproofing mats to the bulkhead and in the boot (trunk) of your car too.

The soundproofing mats offer a soundproofing barrier between your car’s chassis and its interior.

Fit thicker carpets

The carpets that get installed in your car as standard are thin. Consider fitting thicker carpets to help absorb any noises from the rest of your car.

Now you can put your car’s interior back together again!

Upgrade your tyres

Here’s a great tip from Natalie at imperialcarsupermarkets.co.uk. If you hear a lot of road noise from your wheels at high speed, it will be because you have noisy tyres!

The chemicals used in the vulcanised rubber for tyres differ according to the make and model of tyres that you have. Some tyres are quieter than others. It’s worth doing some research into the subject, so that you can upgrade to some quieter tyres.

Tyres with soft compound rubber, such as Yokohama tyres, are often quiet. But the tradeoff is that they wear quicker. Still, if you’re in pursuit of a silent ride, you might not have any choice.

Tighten up and fix any loose components

A lot of the noises that you hear from your car are due to loose or broken components. For example, exhaust systems with worn rubber hangers can cause loud banging noises when you drive over bumps in the road.

If your mechanical knowledge is poor, get a mechanic to check your car for you. I hope this blog post has helped you today. Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Why I Want A BMW 5 Series For My Next Car

Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to buying cars. Yours might be different to mine, for instance. In the 16-odd years that I have been driving, I have owned all sorts of cars. My first car was a mk1 Volkswagen Golf, and I think that car might have started my affinity for German automobiles!

I now have a family, and so I need to buy a car that is suitable for transporting them with me. As I’ve developed a taste for luxury and refinement, I have decided that I am going to buy a BMW 5 Series for my next car.





You might be wondering why I’ve decided to go for that particular model. There are plenty of cheaper alternatives, granted. But there is something about the allure of the BMW 5 Series that I just can’t resist!

In this blog post, I’d like to share with you what I think the selling points of the BMW 5 Series are. But don’t blame me if you decide that you too would like to buy one!

Refinement

When you sit inside a BMW 5 Series, you feel as though you are sitting in the first-class section of a plane or train. As you relax by sitting on the comfortable leather seats, you have at your disposal a wide array of features and technology.

In fact, if the car could drive itself and you had someone to serve you a bite to eat or some fresh coffee, more people would buy one! On a serious note, it’s one of the few cars on the road that offer such refinement.

Style

Although it’s getting a bit old now, my favourite is the E39 shape built between 1995 and 2004. The one I have my eyes on is the E60. I know that the styling of BMW cars isn’t to everyone's tastes.

But I think that BMW cars are nicer to look at than say Audi or Mercedes-Benz models. The 5 Series is one of the best-selling BMW models over at the Motorline Direct dealership, and it’s not hard to see why.

I’ve always maintained that the 5 Series models from the E39 shape upwards are timeless. They will look great in ten or twenty years’ time just as they do today.

Space

The great thing about the BMW 5 Series is that there is plenty of space. You can seat up to four passengers in comfort, and the Touring version offers exceptional cargo space. Perfect if you’ve got a family in tow, like I do!

What I like about the Touring is that the wheel arches don’t take up lots of space in the back, like it does in other estates or station wagons.

Residual value

It’s no secret that BMWs are expensive to buy brand new. That’s why I’m going to get a used model!

One of the biggest selling points of BMW cars is that they hold their value well. They don’t suffer from high depreciation like their competitors.

Do you own a 5 Series? What are your thoughts on it?

This article was written by Sam, a blogger on all things cars. Thanks for this useful article.

Monday, August 25, 2014

How to Set-up Blogger Custom Domain with Namecheap

Here are the simple steps to follow if you want to point the domain you purchased from Namecheap to your Blogger's blog. 

1. Log-in to you Blogger account and then go to Settings -> Basic and click Set-up a 3rd Party URL for your blog



2. Type the domain that you just purchased from Namecheap. Make sure to add "www" and then click Save.

An error message will appear stating that they have not verified the authority of the domain. Don't worry because you can set this up in your Namecheap account. Just take note of the CNAMEs  provided because you will need these details.