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Understanding Your Car’s OBD and How It Works

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Every car owner knows how frustrating it is when their ride breaks down, especially in the middle of the road. It is even more frustrating when they don’t know the cause behind it.

Fortunately, an automated computer was developed to help tackle this problem. This computer, also known as the On-Board Diagnostic (OBD), monitors your car’s speed, engine, emissions and mileage. It also delivers a whole host of other useful data. Let’s take a deeper look into a car’s OBD and how it benefits you as the car owner.

How does an OBD function?

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Every car that was released after 1996 in the United States must have an OBD installed. For those who are not familiar with what exactly the OBD is, you can see it in the car’s dashboard just behind the steering wheel. So, how does it work?

Essentially, all new cars have sensors that measure the automobile’s oxygen, engine knock, manifold pressure, engine coolant temperature, mass air flow, and throttle position. These sensors deliver signals to the car’s Engine Control Unit (ECU).

This ECU then interprets all the information and generates code whenever a problem occurs. The ECU uses that code to send out signals to the engine lights you can see on your dash. The lights that show the car’s fuel level, temperature and other readings are part of the OBD.

How to know when your car faces a major or minor problem

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The signals sent from the ECU will alert the engine’s lights. As a result, if there is a minor problem, the OBD’s head unit will display a steady light. When this happens, you can still drive, even when the light stays on, and have a look at it when you arrive at your destination.

However, if the light blinks on and off, that is a sign that your car is facing a major and urgent problem. When the flashing light on the car’s OBD head unit stays on, you must fix the problem immediately and avoid driving as much as you can.

An additional diagnostics tool for your car

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 Most of the time, default OBD equipment on cars are not enough. Because of this, it is better to install an additional diagnostics tool for your car.s

Most add-on car diagnostics tools summarize a car’s fuel consumption and therefore help track the user’s gas costs. Additionally, these tools can sometimes even identify why a car broke down in the first place. They can save valuable time and energy that would otherwise be required to get your car checked out by a mechanic just to see where things went wrong.

Every car has a port under the steering wheel. This port is exclusively reserved for users who want to install an additional diagnostics tool. The next step is to input all your car’s info into the diagnostics tool application, let it scan all of the data, and port the information back to your smartphone for actionable insights.


Maintaining your car is not a fun thing to do, but with the help of new car diagnostics tools, you can maintain your automobile without too many headaches. In addition to maintaining your car, you can also plan and prevent future problems and breakdowns.

For those who are searching for the best and easiest car diagnostics tool on the market, you may want to try Carmen. The tool uses predictive technology to catch a vehicle’s issues before they happen.

Why Having A Driving App Is Essential And Why Carmen?

Why Having A Driving App Is Essential And Why Carmen?

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There is no denying that technology has a great impact on us and smartphones are communication gadgets that provide great functionality to people. As drivers, we need to be updated with the latest apps that gives us the best information out there to know about cars and particularly, our car. Here are a few reasons as to why it is relevant to invest on a few car driving apps:

1. Informative 

As car owners, we always want the best for our car so could we see ourself driving in the same car for the longest time possible so we are always in a hunt for the best place to maintain/service your car, best price to fill up the fuel and tips for your car. Driving app are the best source for this and there are various of car apps that is available out there for you.

2. Easy Access

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There is no denying that we rely on our smartphones for the latest information because it is a great way to search anything quickly and easily especially in time of emergency. Now this is the part where driving app comes in place. Search for an app that alerts you for any car issue before you know it.

3. Positive User Experience

We want an app that can we can rely on so it’s important that the app is consistent with their information and performance. Since it’s easy to just install an app, it is equally easy to uninstall when there are lack of interest in it. Before downloading an app, keep a lookout on the reviews and if there are constant customer interactions.

 

4. Access To Real Time Data 

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Every car owners should own a driving app that inform you of your car’s maintenance. Enterprise mobile apps are creating apps that helps connect user through a number of variations such as time, distance and location and it has in fact been the strongest advocate in supplying the convenience of mobility.

 

5. Carmen For You 

Carmen has what it takes to change your driving life.

What is Carmen?

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Carmen, a diagnostic tool that monitors your car’s battery health, fuel efficiency, etc. The stats are then uploaded onto the internet. This data can be accessed through the Carmen App or by logging into your account on the Carmen website. After accessing into the database, you will able to read your car’s data from the battery, fuel and temperature.  Carmen also monitors your car’s fuel based on the total Distance, Travel, Time and Average Speed and the cost that you have spent on fuel for the past 7 days.

 

 

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And the best part…

No more hassle in finding the right workshop! You can connect Carmen’s app to your preferred car workshop so that when your car requires maintenance or part-replacement, your workshop is alerted and you can book a date instantly! To date, we have a total of 12 workshops who have came on board with Carmen ready to serve you.

Carmen is now available at these workshops:

  1. Kereta Services
  2. Aoto Pte Ltd
  3. Hussain & Sons Workshop
  4. Connect4Car
  5. Gary Engineering
  6. Max Factor
  7. Whitesnail Performance
  8. Garage Republic
  9. M-FRENO
  10. D-Project Werkz Pte Ltd
  11. Emerson Automotive Services Pte Ltd
  12. Hanip Automobiles 

Visit http://www.carmen.sg for more information.

Written by: Afrah

H/T: Aurosys

Basic Car Maintenance And Now, An App That Will Alert You Next Time

Basic Car Maintenance And Now, An App That Will Alert You Next Time

Often times, car problems are associated with poor maintenance. We tend to overlook the small parts that helps contribute greatly to our car. Here are some guides to basic car maintenance and why Carmen?

  1. Fuse

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Check for your car’s fusebox for any blow. If left unmanaged, it will create a multitude of problems ranging from lights or radio cutting. It is recommended to have yourself ready with a few tools incase this happen such as a pair of needle nose pliers and replacement fuses. The first step is to locate the fuse cover in your car and once you have located the fuse panel, detect the burnt out fuse and remove it by replacing with a new one.

2) Oil

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There is no denying that without oil, your car can’t function hence why this is a very important step of all. You should always check for your oil even when your car seems to be doing well. It is important that you know the right amount of oil needed for your car. If the oil level is between the two dots, you are good to go!

3) Brake Fluid

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This is one of the steps that are frequently forgotten by car owners as they don’t find it necessary but little did we know that it might cause a leakage in your brake lines and when that happened, the repairing comes in place. So the next time you are doing an inspection on your car, keep a look out on your brake fluid!

 

4) Battery

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Battery corrosion can happen on battery terminals affecting the wiring that connects your battery to car. When this happened, you might be wondering how do I clean this? Well, here are some easy tips for you. To do this all you will need is some water and baking soda. Expose the terminal and apply a generous amount of baking on each of them. Apply water thereafter and observe the reaction. It will create a salt which you can just brush away.

5) Tires

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Check your car’s tire pressure regularly because keeping your tires properly inflated will help your fuel economy. In order to check your air in your tired, you need a tire pressure gauge. If you are not sure of the right tire pressure for your car, always refer back to the car’s manual.

6) Windshield Wiper

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This is a good step to follow to ensure that your drive is a smooth one. Adding windshield wiper fluid is really helpful to ensure that you can see clearly through your windshield.

Now don’t you wish you have an app or a tool that tells you about the condition or maintenance needed for your car? Or just simply knowing how your car is doing constantly without having to waste unnecessary money onto something that can be predicted early. Here’s Carmen for you. A dongle that reads your car’s data and since we are on the topic about fuel and ways to save it. Here’s why you need Carmen.

Carmen monitors your car’s fuel based on the total Distance, Travel, Time and Average Speed and the cost that you have spent on fuel for the past 7 days.

And the best part…

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No more hassle in finding the right workshop! You can connect Carmen’s app to your preferred car workshop so that when your car requires maintenance or part-replacement, your workshop is alerted and you can book a date instantly! To date, we have a total of 12 workshops who have came on board with Carmen ready to serve you.

Carmen is now available at these workshops:

  1. Kereta Services
  2. Aoto Pte Ltd
  3. Hussain & Sons Workshop
  4. Connect4Car
  5. Gary Engineering
  6. Max Factor
  7. Whitesnail Performance
  8. Garage Republic
  9. M-FRENO
  10. D-Project Werkz Pte Ltd
  11. Emerson Automotive Services Pte Ltd
  12. Hanip Automobiles 

Written by: Afrah

H/T: Instructables

 

Car Owners, avoid these mistakes to prevent breakdowns!

Car Owners, avoid these mistakes to prevent breakdowns!

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Car breakdowns are scary, especially if you have never experienced one before. It is important to know the common reasons behind it so you can take steps to prevent yourself from being stranded on a deserted road. Here are 5 of the most common reasons for car breakdowns:

  1. Electrical faults

Our cars are increasingly becoming more complex and reliant on electrical components. There is virtually nothing we can do about this except getting your car regularly serviced and taking it in immediately at the first sign of any trouble.

  1. Flat Tyres

10% of all emergency calls are related to tyre damage. It is important to check for tread wear, tyre pressure and damage to tyres. While most of us think we are equipped to check for these ourselves, usually we do not do it correctly.

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  1. Engine overheating

Engine overheating is a serious problem that could cause extensive damage to your car. The main causes are a stuck thermostat, a leak in the cooling system, a malfunction in the water pump and a clogged radiator. It is important to get help from your car service provided immediately in such an event.

Never forget to get your car serviced with Carmen!  Carmen gives you information about your car’s vital performance stats and alerts you if there’s a problem, before something bad happens. More info at Carmen.sg

  1. Battery problems

The most common reason out of this list is a flat or faulty battery. This is usually due to battery terminals being corroded, preventing the battery from charging and old age. Another reason for a flat battery is leaving your lights, radio etc. on overnight. These usually require the battery to be replaced or jump started. To prevent this from happening to you, you should check your battery every month and go for regular servicing.

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  1. Lubrication failure

It is important to regularly check your oil level and oil clarity and get your oil changed if the need arises. While this is a simple task to do, it is usually forgotten. Regular servicing is essential so that you don’t experience engine lubrication failure.

Most of these problems can be prevented with regular servicing of your cars. But unforeseen circumstances could crop up and its important to have your car servicer’s number with you at all times.

Have you heard of Carmen? Here’s one device that will change your driving life.

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Carmen, a diagnostic tool that monitors your car’s battery health, fuel efficiency, etc. The stats are then uploaded onto the internet. This data can be accessed through the Carmen App or by logging into your account on the Carmen website.

Enjoy peace of mind on the roads with Carmen! Carmen gives you information about your car’s vital performance stats and alerts you if there’s a problem, before something bad happens. Buy it here for just $119.90

And the best part…

No more hassle in finding the right workshop! You can connect Carmen’s app to your preferred car workshop so that when your car requires maintenance or part-replacement, your workshop is alerted and you can book a date instantly! To date, we have a total of 11 workshops who have came on board with Carmen ready to serve you.

Carmen is now available at these workshops:

  1. Kereta Services
  2. Aoto Pte Ltd
  3. Hussain & Sons Workshop
  4. Connect4Car
  5. Gary Engineering
  6. Max Factor
  7. Whitesnail Performance
  8. Garage Republic
  9. M-FRENO
  10. D-Project Werkz Pte Ltd
  11. Emerson Automotive Services Pte Ltd

Written by: Afrah

H/T: Select Benefits

7 Ways to a better mileage

7 Ways to a better mileage

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Mileage is the distance covered by your car in miles on a gallon of fuel. Here are 7 ways you could save money by improving your car’s mileage inclusive one very important tip that every car owners should have!

  1. Keep the pressure optimal

Optimal tyre pressure will help you increase fuel efficiency as it increases contact area between the road and tyre. Not only will this help with improving your mileage but it will also improve your cars grip giving you more control.

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  1. Consolidate trips

Save on travel time and improve mileage by combining as many trips as possible. Longer trips consume less fuel then separate shorter trips.

  1. Lose some weight

Don’t worry! We are not telling you to hit the gym unless you want to. But a heavier car will obviously suck up more fuel, so lose that spare tyre and clean out your boot to lose some weight.

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  1. Cleanliness is key

Dirty or clogged filters significantly reduce your mileage. Shelling out a bit of cash to replace or clean them will help you save money in the long run by improving your mileage.

  1. Plan your routes

Using a route planner will help you chose the shortest and fastest way to your destination. Being smart in planning trips will improve your car’s mileage.

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  1. Keep it closed and cold

Contrary to what we all think, open windows will drain the tank much faster and impact fuel efficiency. Keeping the windows shut and the air conditioning will in fact make you more fuel-efficient.

  1. Carmen

Carmen is an easy to use diagnostic tool that will give you all the information about your car. It will show you your car’s average fuel consumption for every 100km, giving you the information you need so you can make behavioural changes to save money and improve fuel efficiency. Find out more at Carmen.sg

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Why Carmen is important?

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With Carmen, you will be informed of the distance you drive together with the total number of time travelled. This way you will be able to gauge your car’s fuel efficiency improving your car’s mileage at the same time.

Sometimes no matter how much effort you put into taking care of your car, unfortunate situations can’t be avoided and this where Carmen comes in. Apart from informing you of you car’s data, Carmen help inform the nearest workshops available to be of service for you! Fret not, we have 11 workshops available for you.

Carmen is now available at these workshops:

  1. Kereta Services
  2. Aoto Pte Ltd
  3. Hussain & Sons Workshop
  4. Connect4Car
  5. Gary Engineering
  6. Max Factor
  7. Whitesnail Performance
  8. Garage Republic
  9. M-FRENO
  10. D-Project Werkz Pte Ltd
  11. Emerson Automotive Services Pte Ltd

Written by: Afrah

H/T: Business Today

One small device, one HUGE difference for your car.

Car accessories and extras provide an additional level of snazz or convenience to your otherwise standard car. Some of them are primarily cosmetic, like steering wheel covers and upholstery, whereas some are functional, like dash-cams and GPS screens. When it comes to investing on car accessories, we are not just focusing on modifying it alone but for long term purposes too. This is the part where I introduce Carmen and why it’s a necessity for you.

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A new generation technology that knows your car’s data in real-time and alerts you to potential problems, before it happens.

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How it works?

The Carmen Diagnostic Tool is a small device that can be plugged into your car. Once it is plugged in, it starts monitoring your car for battery health, fuel efficiency, etc. The stats are then uploaded onto the internet. This data can be accessed through the Carmen App or by logging into your account on the Carmen website. These real-time stats provide vital information that helps you understand your car’s health. You can use this data to optimize your driving.

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An example of a data reading on Fuel Efficiency 

What’s more awesome?

You can connect Carmen’s app to your preferred car workshop so that when your car requires maintenance or part-replacement, your workshop is alerted and you can book a date instantly! To date, we have a total of 11 workshops who have came on board with Carmen ready to serve you.

Carmen is now available at these workshops:

  1. Kereta Services
  2. Aoto Pte Ltd
  3. Hussain & Sons Workshop
  4. Connect4Car
  5. Gary Engineering
  6. Max Factor
  7. Whitesnail Performance
  8. Garage Republic
  9. M-FRENO
  10. D-Project Werkz Pte Ltd
  11. Emerson Automotive Services Pte Ltd

SAY NO MORE TO CAR TROUBLES. Carmen, Drive Smarter. Go Further. Buy now here!

New on the road? Here’s CARMEN and why it’s a MUST have!

New on the road? Here’s CARMEN and why it’s a MUST have!

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One in five new drivers faces breakdowns within their first year of driving. It is inevitable to not get into car troubles especially if you are new on the road but there are various ways to prevent it.

Since you are new, you should be more aware of your car’s condition constantly. Here’s why Carmen is must have for you! Being the new driver that you are, you are still grasping the rules and regulations of driving while trying to maintain your car. Let Carmen handle it for you while you concentrate on the road! It is as easy that.

What Is Carmen?

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This information is readily available to you if you install Carmen into your phone. Carmen is a an easy-to-install diagnostic dongle that connects remotely with your smart phone to provide you real-time updates about your car, such as your battery’s health, mileage and fuel efficiency, engine problems and temperature of the engine. And when you do get into car troubles, Carmen will inform the workshops available to have your car fixed right away!

Why Carmen?

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1) Making Your Battery Last Longer 

Information about the alternator, which converts the power generated by the car’s engine into electrical energy, and your usage of the battery in your car can help you make your battery last longer. The Carmen application will tell you in which aspects of your driving, battery consumption is used most and you can then take concrete decisions to allow your battery to last longer.

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2) Real-Time Data 

In a similar aspect, the Carmen application will provide you real-time data on fuel consumption and mileage, providing you with the necessary information to make behavioural changes in your driving to save money and improve fuel efficiency.

3) Invaluable Information On Your Engine

It also provides you with details on your engine’s health. Fault codes can be triggered by engine problems but can be triggered wrongly by sensors. Carmen will allow you to clear the fault code and see if it is triggered again, in which case you are absolutely sure that there is, in fact, a problem with the engine and it need to be taken in for servicing immediately. But if it doesn’t, it means that the engine is absolutely fine and was triggered by accident. Carmen gives you control on whether or not your car really is in need of repair services or not, helping you spend money on problems that are actually in need of fixing.

4) Real-Time Temperature Gauge 

An overheated engine can be dangerous and extremely expensive and difficult to repair. With the Carmen application it will give you real-time temperature gauge of your engine’s coolant allowing you to always be in the know on whether your car is in danger of overheating.

Carmen is constantly getting upgraded to add in new features so that you are always well informed about your car. For example, Carmen will automatically inform your car service provider when it’s time for your servicing ensuring that you will always service your car in time. By providing you with relevant information, Carmen will help protect you and your family and allow you to have a happier and stress-free drive.

 

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Carmen aims to provide you with a safe drive, always. Keeping you and your loves ones on the safe side at all times. It is all about prevention. Prevent unnecessary breakdowns and be informed of your car constantly. Be the pro driver that you desire today!

Enjoy peace of mind on the roads with Carmen! Carmen gives you information about your car’s vital performance stats and alerts you if there’s a problem, before something bad happens. Buy it here for just $119.90

Written By: Afrah