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5 Red Flags that You May Have Purchased a Stolen Car

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5 Red Flags that You May Have Purchased a Stolen Car

There are few things in life that are as essential as owning a vehicle. While this isn’t true in some major cities that have complex public transportation systems, the majority of American citizens live in areas where they simply couldn’t get to work, school or anywhere else without a vehicle.
Luckily, for reasons ingrained in our blood, Americans get excited about the prospect of buying a car. Unfortunately, if a person unknowingly buys a stolen car, they could face serious consequences. That’s why everyone should recognize the red flags that they may be purchasing a stolen vehicle.
1) The Best Deal Ever - The old adage of “if it sounds too good to be true…” is undeniably accurate when it comes to purchasing vehicles. If a seller is trying to pawn off a relatively new vehicle in good shape for $1000, for instance, it’s likely that they’re trying to make quick cash off of a vehicle they’ve stolen. Not knowing that a vehicle was stolen is a legitimate defense against charges of “receiving stolen property,” but this situation creates problems.

Many courts will look at a “too good to be true” deal as proof that a person should’ve known a vehicle was stolen. In Minnesota, for instance, state law says that if a person knows or has reason to know that property was stolen, that they’re guilty of receiving stolen property. Unfortunately, getting a car for $1000 would likely fall under the having reason to know umbrella. For Minnesota residents faced with this scenario, seeking legal counsel from attorneys like the Kevin W DeVore law group or other qualified legal professionals is the best course of action.

2) Can’t Recognize VIN – The VIN (vehicle identification number) is the way a motor vehicle is tracked, and this can present a problem to thieves. Because of this, they’ll often alter the number. If the VIN is removed or altered in any way, a person should just keep shopping around.

3) Suspicious Individual – “If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck.” If a person is discussing purchasing a vehicle from a stranger, they don’t have much to go by; but if the seller is behaving in a sketchy manner, it’s likely because they have a reason to. This is why it’s ideal to only purchase a vehicle from a known associate.

4) License Plate Issues – A vehicle, unless it’s being bought brand new, will usually still have a license plate tag. If it doesn’t, there’s only a few potential explanations. Sadly, one of these explanations is that the vehicle is stolen and the thief didn’t want it easily tracked.

5) Seller Only Wants Cash – A big red flag that a person may be about to purchase a stolen car is if the seller will only accept cash. This is how many criminals work since there is no paper trail left when only cash is exchanged. Writing a check will ensure that the seller is traceable, and while this isn’t essential, it is important if the vehicle turns out to be stolen. If a seller absolutely refuses to take anything except cash, it’s probably a better idea just to walk away from the sale.

Resolving the Issue

Unfortunately, these red flags may not be obvious, and this could lead to a person purchasing a stolen vehicle. In these situations, it’s important to immediately report the incident to the police. This will help a person’s “I didn’t know” defense.

If charges are still brought forward, however, it’s imperative for the buyer to find a criminal defense attorney. There are obviously defenses to these charges, but without legal representation, the deck is definitely stacked against the accused.

Everyone loves a great deal, but when it comes to purchasing a car, it’s better for a person to be vigilant and know what they’re buying rather than to act instinctively and hope for the best. Purchasing stolen property can quickly land a person in jail, and even if this isn’t the end result, they’ll likely lose whatever they paid for the car.

Luckily, by watching out for the aforementioned warnings and following the above tips once a vehicle has already been purchased, the buyer can avoid the worst of the potential consequences.
 
Jamica Bell is a freelance writer and blogger. She has purchased several used cars through classified ads and has had to employ each of these tips to ensure she was not purchasing a stolen car. During her research, she found the website of Kevin W DeVore , along with other resources to be very insightful regarding the penalty for receiving stolen goods.

The Hidden Cost of Buying Second-Hand Vans

As every business knows, vans can be essential to a business but they can also be extremely expensive. It’s understandable that some companies choose to purchase used or second-hand vans as this seems to be cheaper than buying a brand new van – but is there another option?

In this article we discuss why it may work out cheaper to look at van leasing instead of purchasing a second hand van for your business.

There are always more maintenance issues with old vehicles; the more miles on the clock usually means the more maintenance and repair costs you will need to pay out. With a leased van you will have less maintenance issues as it’s a newer van and no MOTs will be required as it’s a brand new vehicle.

You will tend to find that the older vehicles are out of warranty and therefore you will pick up the tab for maintenance on the vehicle, not the manufacturer.

It’s important to remember that your vans represent your company. If you turn up for a job with a beat-up and run down van the customer will presume you are a run-down company, turn up in a brand new van and you will show customers that you care about the appearance of your company.

If you have a fleet of vans it looks nice if all vans are the same, but when purchasing second hand vans you are unable to be choosy about the vans your drivers have and it can result in having a hotchpotch of vans which lacks professionalism.

We all know that older vehicles emit more particulates than newer models and then can also be less fuel efficient. There are two concerns here – firstly you are paying more on fuel than you would if it was a newer model and secondly you may find your vehicles banned from the London Low Emission Zone.

Another concern with a second hand van is that you are locking away the capital. You are putting money into a van and when it comes round to selling the van you will lose money on it – this money could be put into improving other areas of the business.

In conclusion, purchasing a second hand van can hit your pocket in more ways than just the purchase of the vehicle due to maintenance costs. Purchasing a brand new van will cost more money but there will be less maintenance costs, however the money will be needed up front for the vehicle.

Another option is van leasing, as we know when you purchase a new vehicle you need a lot of money up front and the value of the van depreciates immediately but through van leasing you do not need a large amount upfront and the value depreciation is not your concern as after a few years you can take it back to the van leasing company and start again with a brand new van if you choose?

Driving Habits That Affect Fuel Consumption

Have you ever wondered why your car’s fuel economy fluctuates from one day to the next? The ups and downs of fuel efficiency can be confusing and frustrating, particularly when they require you to fill up your tank more frequently. While many people blame weather or traffic for these changes, there are actually a number of personal driving habits that can contribute to increased fuel consumption.

Increased Highway Driving

Accelerating frequently when entering on-ramps and driving for long periods of time at high speeds—both required for regular highway driving—can greatly affect your car’s fuel efficiency. Typically, an average car’s fuel economy decreases by a whopping 30 percent when speeds exceed 70-80 mph. For those who need to take the freeway to get to work, this route may be unavoidable, but reducing driving speeds a bit may help improve fuel economy.

Excess Idling

Allowing your engine to run while your car is in park can also reduce its fuel efficiency, but sometimes this too may be necessary. If you are dropping someone off at the airport or picking up your kids from school, for instance, it’s more efficient to let the car idle for a minute than to turn it off and on again (which uses more fuel). If you think you’ll be waiting for more than a couple of minutes, however, it’s best to turn everything off.

Braking Heavily

Many people might be surprised to learn that frequent heavy braking can also affect fuel economy. If you are driving at speeds of 30 mph or higher and brake suddenly, your car will need to use a great deal of energy (i.e. fuel) to bring itself to a stop. Not only does this wreak havoc on your vehicle’s fuel consumption, it can also hasten the general wear and tear of your brake pads.

Carrying Excess Weight

Driving around with a full load of passengers and/or luggage can also reduce fuel economy, as can pulling a trailer behind your truck or SUV. This is simply because the excess weight forces the car to work harder to reach the same speeds you are used to driving. This may be why you find yourself filling up your tank more frequently on a cross-country vacation with your whole family than you do when driving alone.

Covering Rough Terrain

Moreover, the rougher and hillier the terrain, the worse the petrol mileage will be. Even if you own a car with 4-wheel drive, fuel economy will decrease when this feature is deployed, again because it requires the car to do more work. If you are looking to improve fuel efficiency, avoid the off-road “scenic” routes, and take the smoother paved roads instead.

In addition to these habits, a number of other small factors may affect your car’s fuel consumption. For instance, running the heat or A/C at full blast in the winter or summer, respectively, can reduce fuel economy. Driving short distances (which do not allow the car to “warm up” to its ideal efficiency levels) can also affect fuel consumption, as can frequent city driving with excessive traffic.

About the Author: Samuel Hoyt is a professional writer and has written many articles getting positive response from his readers. He usually writes articles related to car sales and other automotive topics.

Donating Your Used Car To Charity: Pros, Cons, And Tips

used_carWe donate our used clothing and other items to charity, so why not other items that we no longer have a use for? You can make a difference in a big way by donating big ticket items like boats and cars to charitable organizations. The increase in charities accepting vehicle donations has led to a mutually beneficial and booming business, wherein the donor saves by claiming the donation on income taz returns and the charity is able to sell the vehicle and use the funds to further its cause. While this might seem like a straightforward way to do good in the world, there are some associated risks with donating your car. 

Pros

  • Many charities have started to accept vehicles as a form of donation, so you can most likely find a charity that supports your favorite cause to donate to.
  • You can claim a huge deduction on your income tax returns when you donate your car to a charity approved by the IRS.
  • You get to save yourself the hassle of trying to find a buyer for your used car.
  • Donating a car makes it much easier to make a big difference for your charity with less financial impact to you than a cash donation.

Cons

  • Intermediaries that accept your car donation and then donate the proceeds to the charity of your choice often take a substantial cut away from your chosen cause. If the charities you support don’t accept car donations directly, you may be better off finding one that does.
  • To get a tax deduction, you’ll need to follow up with the charity to get paperwork that proves the vehicle’s value. Your estimate or the fair market value probably won’t cut it if your car is worth over $500.
  • The same paperwork to get rid of the car is still necessary- if you don’t formally re-title the vehicle, you could risk parking tickets and more down the line.

Tips

  1. Avoid 3rd parties and try to donate your car directly to the charity of your choice.
  2. Choose a charity that means a lot to you and has a big impact in its line of work. If the charities you usually support don’t accept car donations, take time to investigate alternatives instead of just picking the first charity you find. The Better Business Bureau can help you to evaluate charities whose activities you aren’t very familiar with.
  3. Make 100% sure that your chosen charity is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is qualified by the IRS for donation deduction purposes. 
  4. If you have to use a middle man, do your research to find out how much of the proceeds from the car’s sale will actually go to the charity. Do they take a percentage, or a flat fee? Using an intermediary not only limits the effectiveness of your gift, but can also have tax implications.
  5. Keep a thorough paper trail for tax purposes in order to claim the donation on your tax returns.
  6. Deliver the car to the charity yourself so they don’t have to take money out of your donation to pay someone to come pick it up.
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Jack Lovegood is a automotive expert and a contributing blogger for Chrysler Group LLC, where you can purchase a Jeep extended warranty at a discounted rate. 

5 Essential Maintenance Tips For Your Tires

After spending good money on tires, most drivers fail to give them adequate maintenance. Tires play an important role in driving safety, so making sure they’re in road-worthy condition is essential. Below are a few tire tips and tricks to follow. Properly purchased and maintained tires will last longer than neglected ones, saving you money, and most importantly, keeping you safe.

1. Buy Quality Tires from a Reputable Brand

First and foremost, when you purchase new tires, make sure they’re from a reputable company and of premium quality. You and your car depend on them. Buying internationally known brands like Goodyear and Nokian tires ensures safety and affordability. Remember, your purchase should reflect your driving style, driving environment, and vehicle. After buying a new set of tires, try driving the vehicle initially for at least 200 miles at medium speed on dry roads.

2. Maintain the Correct Tire Pressure

Find out the right air pressure for your tires and make sure you maintain it. Check the pressure before and after long drives, during cold driving conditions, and when carrying heavy loads. Otherwise, check every month regularly on a fixed date.

Under-inflated tires can overheat, causing excessive and irregular wear from over exertion. This might even lead to a blowout. Besides, tires that have been riding around with the improper air pressure need to be replaced more often. Over-inflated ones lead to loss of proper road grip and less traction on braking, the consequences of which are obvious. Maintaining optimum tire pressure is even good for the environment as the correct pressure helps in making the vehicle more fuel efficient.

3. Select the Right Tire Tread

More tread just means more grip. Although legal limits are 1.6mm, driving with anything under 3.0mm can be risky. Do not just buy tires based on how the tire looks. Use a standard tread gauge and ensure tread depth is sufficient on all four tires. Check the inside, outside and center portions. How long tires will last with good tread in the end depends on the brand.  For example, the usual length of service for quality Nokian tires can be as long as 60,000 miles.

4. Pay Attention to Balance and Alignment

Improper wheel alignment is the main reason for premature tire wear. Poor alignment and balance issues also contribute to over-consumption of fuel and loss of road grip. Check the alignment immediately if you sense the vehicle pulling towards either side while driving or if the steering wheel shakes when driving at high speeds.

5. Stay on Top of Tire Rotation

If you’re only buying two tires, always fit the new tires in the back. Having the better tires in the back means more driving control and directional stability. Also, be sure to have your tires rotated every so often – many people like to have this done at the same time as an oil change – in order to ensure even wear. In addition, replace the valves every time you change your tires. Properly tightened and functioning values with well fitted dust caps make sure the tires remain safe. Check for tears on the side, cracks, bulges, and damage to the wheel rim. Sub-standard products damage easily, but high-quality tires will last longer.

These five tire tips are extremely important to follow, primarily because they concern the safety of the car and its passengers. On top of being a smart car owner who properly maintains his or her vehicle, remember to avoid rash driving, excessive speeds, and frequent braking. Take good care of your car and it will take good care of you!

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James Cash is a master mechanic and part time writer.

Keeping Your Vehicle Safe In New Jersey

The Garden state is a wonderful place to explore, raise a family, or settle down. It offers the upscale pace of cities, beaches and shore living, woodlands and farms, and family-friendly suburbs. There is an environment for everyone, and a different feel to each part. While its diversity in living arrangements is beneficial, one thing to remember is that the laws of the state are all the same, no matter which environment you choose to live in. For your own safety, New Jersey holds high standards and regulations on most of their state laws. Motor vehicle regulations are no exception to these rules. Expect to cruise around in your car with style, while upholding a strict degree of safety. While most states can be fairly lenient in their safety inspection rules, NJ makes sure their residents are in tip-top shape while cruising on their highways.

NJ Inspection
If you plan on driving around with your Toyota in NJ, be prepared to meet all of the necessary requirements to do so. While it may seem like a lot compared to other states, it’s all for safety’s sake! The rules of a NJ inspection have gone through some changes in recent years. Due to budget cuts, decisions needed to be made on what was most important for the vehicles of the Garden state. As of August 2010, residents will not have to worry about working lights, turn signals, or other mechanical safety aspects during their cars’ inspection. Although a damaged brake light or turn signal can still land you a ticket while driving, it won’t flunk you during a mandated inspection test. It’s up to you as the responsible driver to check and fix your lights and signals.

Emmissions Test
The biggest test for your vehicle to undergo in a NJ inspection is the emissions test. While some states negate this portion all together, New Jersey adheres to a strict guideline when it comes to the quality of our environment. While efforts are being made every day to meet the air requirements set by the National Clean Air Act Standards, New Jersey still has not reached its goal. This is why the emissions portion of the inspection process is so crucial, not only for the safety of the vehicle but also for the safety and cleanliness of the environment.  Vehicles that exceed national health standards will fail to pass the inspection, and must be assessed by a mechanic to have the emissions problem fixed. Gas caps will also be inspected to assure that it limits the escape of fumes into the environment.

Inspection Sticker
If you pass the regulations of a New Jersey state inspection, you get shiny new sticker on your windshield saying to come back in another two years. Fortunately for people who reside in New Jersey who purchase a used, non-commercial vehicle inspection does not have to be done until the vehicles model is five years old. The inspection of motorcycles has also been cut and it’s up to the driver to keep their bike safe and secure while braving the roads.

Just like any state, safety and security is a top priority for the vehicles of New Jersey. The laws may vary, but they still exist. When making the move to the popular east coast state, be sure to review the laws and regulations necessary to reside there. It’ll make the transition much less stressful and much safer! Enjoy your ride into Jersey!

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Ashely is a New Jersey resident and has been through all the strict New Jersey inspection laws. To see more, check out her Twitter @ashelymarie1985. 

Tips To Keep Your New Car Running Like New For Years To Come

Your new car is your pride and joy. When you left the Ford dealership lot with your brand new car you were then hit with a terrifying thought—this is as good as your car will ever be, it is all downhill from here. There is no need to be so pessimistic about your new vehicle the second you drive it off the lot because with proper care and maintenance, you can keep it running like a brand new car for years to come. And there is no reason you and your car should not have a long, happy relationship together if you are willing to put the proper effort into it. Here are the ways to keep your car running like new for years to come.

Follow the Service Schedule

Did you read your owner’s manual? Well if you didn’t, do it now, because inside there is a service schedule that will tell you exactly what service your car will need and how often you should get it, according to Edmunds. The manufacturers build your car, they know the ins and outs of this vehicle better than anyone and therefore know what kind of maintenance is needed to keep it running at its best, so why would you choose to ignore the service schedule they laid out for you? They couldn’t have made it any easier for you if they scheduled the oil changes and tune-ups for you themselves! Do you and your car a favor and do not skimp on the maintenance, you will be thankful that you didn’t in the long run.

Don’t Make a Lot of Short Trips

Short trips of less than 10 minutes are actually really bad for your car, explains Cars.com. Whenever you can, try to pair up your short trips and errands to avoid short trips because they really are unkind to your car. Here’s what happens: when your car is on, one of the processes of engine combustion is it creates water. That water will then turn to vapor and be released out of the tailpipe or ventilation system, but if you are on a short trip, the water is never given the chance to heat to the point of turning to vapor. That means the water then just sits in the engine and exhaust system, which can lead to rust. Another problem with water just sitting in your engine is that it can dilute your oil, causing a need for more frequent oil changes.

Let Your Car Wake Up

When you first start your car, it needs a moment to wake up and get its gears greased, literally. When a car has been sitting for five or more hours, the oil has left all of the greased parts and drained back into the oil pan. So, when you first start your engine, you need to give it at least 30 seconds to allow the oil pump to lubricate your engine again. If your car has been sitting, unused for more than 24 hours, give it a little more time before putting it in gear and driving off to ensure proper lubrication.

Proper care of your car will help to ensure a long life, and when your car does have problems a quick visit to your Ford dealership parts and service department should have you fixed up and on your way in no time, especially if you have been doing your due diligence with preventative care. 

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Ashely is a recent college greaduate with a degree in writing. She grew up with a house full of motor heads so she enjoys writing about cars. To see more, check out her Twitter @ashelymarie1985. 

Finding The Best Volkswagen Auto Parts

Consumers frequently hunt for numerous characteristics when looking for a car. Some favor eight cylinders and horsepower while others merely want additional trendy accessories for a fantastic looking vehicle that manages smoothly. Furthermore, each driver likes to feel comfortable. Volkswagen provides quality service in each of these aspects. The company has built its standing by being professional and skillful, producing lustrous, magnificent, and long-lasting automobiles. Even today, Volkswagen auto parts provide true strength and superb performance, having stood the test of time in today’s world of car manufacturing.

Even though Volkswagen has advanced, their principles have remained grounded, from the innovative Beetle to the latest Jetta model. There are a number of Volkswagen accessories and parts that suit every VW models’ need to become ever more exemplar and conspicuous than before.

Finding Your Volkswagen Parts

Volkswagen body parts can be hard to find when you need them quickly. When you need VW auto body parts for your automobile, you should make sure that you know where to find them beforehand. Thankfully, there are online auto parts websites that offer numerous VW auto parts. However, if you have one of the older model Volkswagens, auto part dealers may need time to order the part specifically for VW model.

A Brief History of Volkswagen

Volkswagen is a German automobile manufacturing company famous for its classiness and performance. Volkswagen vehicles are popular and respected for their up-to-date features, good quality, and endurance. Designed by well-known engineer Ferdinand Porsche, the initial Volkswagen was intended to be a compact, inexpensive, convenience for the everyday German citizen.

The legendary Volkswagen Beetle went into full production during the end of the 1940s, eventually landing on the American coast in 1949. By 1955, more than a million Volkswagens had been manufactured at the Wolfsburg factory, establishing the Beetle as a darling of overseas buyers. During the 60s, the Volkswagen skyrocketed.

The 90s were coming to a close, and the reemergence of the Jetta together with acquirements of choice luxury car brands like Bentley, Lamborghini, and Bugatti, gave the automaker more leeway in a huge number of divisions. The 5th Generation Golf was launched in 2002. During that same year, the polished Touareg was introduced as a stylish, comfortable SUV. Volkswagen’s numbers steadily climbed in the United States as well, and the sophisticated Phaeton and the hardtop convertible Eos were hits. VW has reinforced itself as a winner in the automotive industry, which is a good thing. With the onslaught of the Internet, Volkswagen auto parts are more readily available. Many parts may have faded into obscurity without the availability of online merchants.

Conclusion

VW is a brand name that delivers classy vehicles offering smooth functioning and reliability. If you decide to reinstate Volkswagen parts, you will find a broad range of genuine car parts available at reasonable prices. Often times, you can find your required car parts via an online catalog at one of the many Volkswagen dealers by giving the make and model of your car. Keep in mind that older Volkswagen models may require a waiting period since the auto part will more than likely require special ordering. Some Volkswagen dealers will actually find the part for you if they do not have it in stock.

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Mike Miller has just bout a new Volkswagen Jetta and is very excited. He decides to find a good place where he can purshase auto parts if there is any problem with his car. 

What Does Your Car Air Freshener Say About You?

What Does Your Car Air Freshener Say About You?

You used to be able to tell a lot about a person by the car they drove. Nowadays, unless you’re zooming around in a Ferrari or chuffing along in a vintage Bubble Car, cars tend to give out little information about what sort of person we are. But your car air freshener? Well, that can say a lot about who you are. Here’s a humorous, tongue-in-cheek guide to what your car air freshener says about YOU!

Hanging Jelly Bean/Dolphin/Little Shoe

These intensely sweet smelling car air fresheners are the reserve of the very old or the very young. This car is most likely packed to the rafters with unfeasibly glamorous blonde twenty-somethings, on a trip to buy half of the high street en route to a week ‘looking reem, smelling reem, and being reem’ in Majorca. Either that or it’s an old lady who happens to be the grandmother of an unfeasibly glamorous blonde twenty-something who couldn’t think what to buy her for Christmas.

 Feu Orange Traffic Lights

Do not be fooled by the classic Feu Orange Traffic Light, dangling insouciantly from the rear-view mirror by a tiny gold chain. You have not fallen through a time warp back into your dad’s Cortina, circa 1982, Simon Bates is not going to start recounting a tragic tale of lost love on Radio 1 at any moment. Those days are, thankfully, over. What you have encountered here, no doubt in a 1982 Cortina, is the car air freshener of a Hipster. Hipsters love anything vintage. So even while they’re dry retching from the overpowering scent of the Feu Orange, they’ll be patting themselves on the back for getting the details spot on.

car air freshener

Naturally Scented Cedar Acorn

These naturally scented wooden car air fresheners are usually found in small cars with a small, environmentally friendly size engine. This driver is usually female, although they can also be males who share a fondness for yoga, quinoa and aromatherapy massages. This car is always spotless. There is a selection of herbal teas kept in the glove box with the emergency tea tree oil and arnica tablets. You can often hear this car approaching before you see it; the eerie, cawing grunts of whalesong booming out as the driver pulls up to Holland & Barrett.

No Car Air Freshener

Do not be mistaken, people who have no air freshener in their car are not in this position because their cars do not smell. Far from it, these drivers are usually busy working parents, who gave up the dream of a sweet smelling car after baby George got car sick from the smell of the scented cedar acorn during a fraught cross-country drive to the in-laws. Air fresheners have no chance in these cars, fighting a losing battle against the old banana skins trapped down the back of the seats, a year’s worth of muddy footprints on the back of the front head rests and half chewed crisp clinging cement-like to both of the children’s car seats.

So which one are you? And what does your car air freshener say about YOU?

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Kate Parker is a writer and blogger with a curiosity about car air fresheners. Advanced Vehicle Cleaning Limited supplies hanging and liquid car air fresheners in bulk.

6 tips for maintaining centrifugal pumps

For pushing liquid through any tunnel, pipe or connected network that requires pressure and force for travelling, a centrifugal pump is used. The function basically pulls away the object that moves in a circular motion from the center of its attraction. It is commonly used to regulate pressure and initiate motion in pumping systems. The idea of maintaining pumps in the best working condition so it delivers at its best for longer periods of time is what these tips are all about-

1)      Relationship between flow and pressure-

To keep the pump in optimum working condition, rule number one is to understand the correlation between these two factors- flow and pressure. As the flow of a liquid increases, the discharge pressure of the pump starts to decrease. Similarly, if the flow of liquid decreases, automatically the effect of the discharge pressure changes and it boosts up to increase the flow of liquid. If the relationship status between these two factors seems to change, it is a signal that the pump needs attention and there is something wrong in the functioning.

2)      Avoid operating pumps at low flow-

If the flow level of liquid is indicated at zero, then to keep the pump running for long periods of time is dangerous for the machine. The resulting stress built on the pump heats up the engine and affects its capacity to pump or move liquid around. Usually it has been recorded that residential areas end up leaving the pump operating for several hours under zero or very low pressure, this exhausts the system and very soon the pump’s efficiency goes down.

3)      Install a pressure gauge to the pump-

There are devices available in the market, more commonly called as pressure gauge, which is specifically used to monitor the amount of pressure that is being developed and worked on by the pump. It is recommended to attach the pressure gauge at the suction side, the readings indicate a formula. The difference in pressure recorded from the gauge should be proportional to the total head. As the pressure gauge is attached to the pump, the readings should be adjusted for fine results, as the previous readings are according to the reference plane.

4)      Read through check valve-

To avoid the pump to operate on low pressure or no liquid areas, it is better to use a check valve to see if liquid is present or not. If pumps keep on operating on dry pipes, it is again an exhaustive and damaging activity. The check valve or most commonly known as foot valve is attached at the bottom of the tank where water or liquid is stored. It easily indicates presence of liquid and hence pumps are run until the time required and then shut down to avoid heating up issues.

5)      Install suction valves-

At the pump suction there are gate valves attached, by using these there is zero resistance to water flow recorded and results in a tight and safe shut down as well. Other valves that are used by residential areas include butterfly valves. These are average valves according to the performance required; at times these valves lead to resistance in water flow and therefore affect the flow stream. If the flow is affected, it can lead to hang-ups which alter the pumps performance.

6)      Use of eccentric reducer-

If there is a pipe size transition required, then use an eccentric reducer at the pump. The basic purpose of using this is to avoid any sort of air pockets being formed which alter the pressure being built by the pump on the liquid. The proper way to operate it is to keep the flat portion on the upper side if the liquid is coming from below or straight and keep it on the lower side if it is coming from above.

About us: Denis is a professional author having vast working experience in Petroleum Engineering and Power Generation. He likes to spread his knowledge about various lubricants and gas products through his informative writings on different sites like this.