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5 Car Maintenance Blogs You Should Read Every Day

5 Car Maintenance Blogs You Should Read Every Day

Blogs are often a great source of information for everyone and with the mushrooming of niche blogs, more and more readers are being educated about the new ways of doing things. Whether you are a pro or a novice, there are blogs all around which can share with you some amazing facts and personal experiences to help you improve your own life also.

Car maintenance is one such area where you require expertise to perform most of the tasks and fortunately there are people out there who are sharing their wealth of experience and expertise on how to maintain a car and perform various tasks to save money and time.

Here is a list of five blogs you should read if you are a car enthusiast or mechanic:

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1. Popular Mechanics

If you want to read news about all the advancement in the auto sector or want to get DIY tips, Popular Mechanics is one of the best blogs you should read every day. Popular Mechanics does not only cover the news on cars and autos but it also shares tips and news on other advancements in the technology, such as aviation.

This blog is quite comprehensive and is a gold mine for car enthusiasts or those who need excellent advice on car maintenance.

2. Car Maintenance Tips

Car Maintenance Tips has some great tips on hoe to repair various issues such as wheel bearing noise, power steering racks, transmission, brake problems and other related issues.

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This blog is regularly updated and is professionally managed with expert advice on core topics of car maintenance and repairs. Any car enthusiast who is willing to learn hardcore skills on car maintenance should read this blog often as it offers good hands-on tips.

3. Auto Blog

If you want to know more about auto industry, this blog is great source for you to read latest news. Other sister sites of this blog also covers other topics and can provide you a complete experience of reading almost everything about auto industry and products.

Auto Blog claims to cover auto industry obsessively and with more than 190k followers on Twitter, this blog is a rich source for tons of diversified information on the industry. It also provides tips on car maintenance and some of the tips offered are great for anyone looking to try his hand at making repairs on his own.

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4. Mathew’s Auto Repair Blog

If you want to read easy to understand tips on how to repair your own car, check out Mathew Wright’s blog. Filled with pictures of exotic locations and nice cars, this blog is your ultimate source. Some of the great tips on heating, cooling systems, suspensions, ignition and other issues are clear and explicit. What is also great about this blog is fact that it offer tips on the basis of models and makes of the cars thus giving readers more flexibility to read only relevant tips on auto repair and maintenance.

5. Robert’s Auto Blog

This blog is probably one of the oldest blogs in this niche as some posts are from 2010. This blog is more focused on mechanics and provide a wealth of information regarding repairs and maintenance. Some of the topics discussed in the blog include how to manage engine fluids, coolant systems, tire servicing, wheel noises and auto body repairs. Robert’s Auto Blog is also good due to the fact that it offers tips for common readers also with little or no auto repair experience. The latest post on driver safety tips for Halloween is relevant and timely.

Whether you are a pro or novice, these blogs will help you to learn few tricks of the trade and try your own hand on the repairs and maintenance so you can avoid costly mechanics. By following the tips offered, you can easily save money and also improve your own skills to repair your vehicles.

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7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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