Archive for May, 2010

Why you need an Electrical Water Pump

Monday, May 31st, 2010

An electrical water pump is a powerful performance unit that performs the following functions:

  • powers drive wheels
  • improves cooling capacity
  • promotes fuel economy

An electrical water pump has a higher flow rate at low or idle engine velocity in the lack of or absence of ram air as well as when the engine power is off. Unlike mechanical water pump that directly runs off the engine which can sap its power.

An electrical water pump works especially better with a race vehicle than a mechanical pump. This is because it provides added torque and power to the drive wheels. In a mechanical pump, the power drawn from the engine increases three times its speed. An electrical water pump can be embedded into an electrical system or may be used with a digital pump controller to boost the coolant flow control and temperature of your engine. Also, the coolant should run throughout the engine, remove the heat and scatter it in the radiator.

While most cars are equipped with a mechanical water pump, there can be drawbacks to this unit.

  • A mechanical water pump consumes much power from the engine. Because it pumps parallel to the engine RPM, a mechanical water pump can slow down if the engine slows down. The temperature of the engine can also increase to high levels, which can be dangerous.
  • A mechanical water pump can cause the engine to take a longer while to warm up. This is because when the engine is cool, the coolant is pumped at a rate proportional to a warm engine.

Mechanical water pumps may be tolerable on cars that are rarely driven in extreme conditions. However, you may experience problems with your car especially if you like driving hard. This is where an electrical water pump comes into play. It has a separate pump controller that enables more coolant flow control around your engine. There are many good reasons you should upgrade from a mechanical water pump to an electric unit.

  • An electrical water pump works only when the engine is set to a desired temperature, thus allowing it to warm up faster.
  • Engine temperature can be preset.
  • Average temperature and preset temperature are much closer to each other.
  • Pump can still run once the engine is stopped, cooling hot spot residue.
  • Speed of water is faster, when required.

More importantly, remember to keep your engine well-maintained to avoid problems with your electrical water pump.

Diesel Pump maintenance tips

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Proper care and maintenance of your diesel pump is important to keep it working in good condition. In diesel pump maintenance, keep in mind of the four essential factors. These include:

  1. Lubrication
  2. Fuel filtration
  3. Fuel protection from water
  4. Synthetic fuel avoidance

Lubrication.

Inline pumps come with bearings, drive shaft and mechanical governors that need lubrication. This is why lubricating your diesel pump is essential for proper maintenance. It is recommended to top up your inline diesel pump’s oil once every 15 days. Distributor pumps, however, no longer need this maintenance.

Fuel filtration.

To ensure best performance and long-life of your diesel pump, proper filtration is a must. This is because the parts of the fuel injection pump are designed to be very small, usually in microns. To avoid these parts from breaking down prematurely, the diesel fuel should be filtered properly to get rid of foreign matter, which often comes in small particles that cannot be seen by the naked eye.

In the final fuel filtration process, the filters can reach up to 10 microns. To understand the concept of microns, it may be helpful to learn the human eye can only see particles 40 microns and up. However microns in a grain of talcum powder about at 70 while a grain of sand is about 100.

Fuel protection from water.

The following can happen when your diesel pump’s fuel gets mixed with water:

    • Dissolved water.

Water can become dissolved chemically in the fuel at a rate depending on the fuel’s temperature. This means that more water is dissolved when the fuel is warmer. If the temperature is low, on the other hand, water will escape from the solution. This condition is known as free water.

    • Free water.

Since water and oil are not miscible, water separates from the fuel and finds its way on the bottom of your pump’s fuel tanks.

    • Emulsified water.

This results to suspension of water in the fuel.

Synthetic fuel avoidance.

If using kerosene for diesel pump fuel is your idea of being cost-efficient, think again. Kerosene and other adulterated fuel can wear out the engine valves and tear other parts of your pump. In fact, it can even damage your diesel pump in as early as 3 months. Stick to diesel fuel instead.

Choosing a cargo trailer

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Whether it is transporting goods or carrying various types of load, a cargo trailer can help make the job faster and more convenient for you. If you are thinking of getting a cargo trailer, it is important to do careful research to find the right cargo trailer that best suits your needs. There are plenty of cargo trailers available in the market today, which can make your selection overwhelming. Here are several ideas that you need to keep in mind when choosing a cargo trailer:

  1. Find out the cargo trailer you need.Cargo trailers can be used for various purposes, so go for a type that suits your activity. For instance, a passenger trailer is ideal for transporting people or pets while cargo-only trailer works best for carrying gear. Other factors that you also need to consider include:
    • Size. Cargo trailers also come in different sizes, so you will also need to find out the size of cargo trailer you need. A rule of thumb when buying a cargo trailer is to go for a size bigger than you need. This way, you will have extra space available when you need it.
    • Closed or open cargo type. If security and protection of your cargo from the weather and other harmful elements are a concern for you, then you might want to opt for a closed cargo trailer. Otherwise, you can get the open type and save more in the process. Open cargo trailers also allow easier movement and reduce weight significantly.
    • Cargo weight. This is also another important reason when choosing a cargo trailer. For instance, a double axle trailer is ideal for drawing cargo weighing 3,000 pounds.
    • If you are going to be hauling over 3,000 pounds worth of cargo, you will need a dual (2) axle trailer. These trailers should also come with electronic brakes to aid in stopping and safety.

     

  2. Do research on-line.
  3. The Internet is a useful source in your search for the right cargo trailer. You can find many sellers of cargo trailers on-line as well as forums that disuss about cargo trailers at the same time provide helpful tips and suggestions before buying one.
  4. Buy from a reliable manufacturer.
  5. It always makes sense to buy your cargo trailer from a trusted seller to ensure that you are getting the best quality and value for your money. A cargo trailer manufacturer that has been in the industry for a long period of time can make for a potentially reliable seller. It also helps to check reviews from customers to know if they offer quality products and service.

Why you need Cargo Insurance

Monday, May 10th, 2010

While many overlook the importance of cargo insurance, it is something that should be taken with serious consideration as it provides a sense of security on your end. Cargo insurance pays you back for losses incurred on goods. Although there is a cost in getting a cargo insurance, it is only a small chunk compared to the loss or damage you might incur and not be repaid in the process should an untoward incident occur.

Cargo insurance comes in different types and varies on types of transport. For instance, truck cargo and marine cargo insurance may depend on the transportation’s make. You may be needing both types of insurance, so look for an insurance provider that offers both.

    • Truck cargo insurance.

Insurance providers come with different policies when it comes to truck cargo insurance. There are some companies that do not only insure the cargo but the trucker as well. This way, they are portected from shouldering any liability for the lost or damaged goods. Truck cargo insurance policies usually cover up to $100,000 but may be adjusted depending on the extent of the damage. The cargo type determines how the price is outlined from the policy.

    • Open cargo insurance.

There are insurance policies that are only created for specific cargo, which may be ideal for companies that do not heavily engage in transporting goods. Otherwise, this can be tedious as you will need to ensure that your goods are insured. In this case, an open cargo insurance is recommended. This type of cargo insurance insures all your goods being transported as long as premiums are continuously paid. An open cargo insurance allows you to make claims more easily since you deal direct with the insurance provider and no longer go through a third-party.

    • Marine cargo insurance.

Many things can happen to your cargo when carried on ship. For instance, loading cranes or the weather can damage your shipment as well as the risks of theft, tampering and piracy. A marine cargo insurance can protect you from these problems. Policies on this type may depend on the type of goods, as marine cargo can be classified into conventional and specialized goods. The latter usually involves perishable items such as produce or livestock and may have strict insurance policies.

You can insure parts of, or the entire cargo depending on how much you want to invest on a cargo insurance. You can also select the kind of damage or grounds to insure your cargo against. Usually, goods that are damaged or lost because of natural disasters are not insured.