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  1. Recovery Gear Below is the most comprehensive list of all commonly used off-road gears and basic recovery tools - this is the stuff everyone needs and it has to be easily accessible at all the time, while driving in off-road terrain (Sand and Rocks). MANDATORY KIT AIR COMPRESSOR Bush Ranger Black Max, ACE @ Festival City. Also available Pro Air, Max AirII at different price points. ARB Air Compressors from ARB Abu Dhabi (call up and order, will deliver C.O.D) Chinese stuff at Dragon Mart - if you're feeling lucky. Other compressors at Carrefour/other Hypermarkets or car accessory shops are not really recommended. RADIO / WALKIE TALKIE Motorola, allegedly 20 mile radius, from the small Sabka shops Dhs.325 Dragon Mart, higher output (will fry your ears), cheaper, clearer. TOW ROPE / SNATCH STRAP Bush Ranger heavy duty tow (dhs.200 or so) or Pro snatch kit (Dhs500+) from Ace Viking rope from Robbie's Garage (to the left of Times Square, Shk Zayed Rd) Dhs265, I think. Kinetic Rope from International Trading Co. Opposite Everhot Water Heater - Al Qusais. SHACKLES Are available at ACE, 3.0 T to 4.75 T very reasonable rates, make sure you get the shackles with the screw and not the pin-type shackles. SAFETY FLAG - available from shops that sell Quads, alternately use Fishing Rods fastened with a bolt to the spare tyre rig, also available is the FireStik range at Robbies which is very expensive but very neat and professional). You may also want a gutter-mount for the same (if your vehicle has a rain gutter). SHOVEL Fancy chome-plated stuff rom ACE or other accesory shops - expensive & of debateable utility. Bushranger tri-fold shovel with its own cover - about as expensive, easier to carry. Regular construction shovel from a hardware or construction material store - Dhs.25 and much more effective but not so compact. Fiskars super-lightweight camping shovel. Most expensive but is also lightest (you want to carry sand, not metal!). I recommend this, but this is very budget-sensitive. BASIC FIRST AID KIT Available at all pharmacies, auto kits available at ACE and some specialized offroad joints, you can also put one together yourself or your vehicle may have one supplied with it. Should contain: Gauze (Large, Medium & Small sizes) Sticking Plaster & Adhesive Strips (Band Aid variety) Surgical Cotton Surgical Spirit/Antiseptic Basic medication/ointment for minor cuts and bruises Burnaid other burn treatment Scissors & Forceps Cotton Buds BASIC TOOLKIT + FIRE EXTINGUISHER + JUMP STARTER CABLES + USABLE STEPNEY HYDRAULIC JACK & STRONG WOODEN PLATFORM/PLANK (or HiLift Jack base) An alternative is the very expensive and equally heavy but neatly packaged Exhaust Jack Series II (dont buy Series I) from ACE, its upwards of Dhs.800. A Hi-lift jack is something a lot of people like to carry prominently like some sort of badge, but this is of doubtful utility in our really sandy terrain. Very useful in Wadis etc. DEFLATION KIT Valve remover for tyres - most tyre shops Dhs.10/- Pen-type pressure gauge (marked in PSI, not LbFt) - Dhs.25/- most car accessory shops. Other gauges are also available, the pen-type stuff is considered good. Use trusted brands like Milton, PCL, ARB, Victor, Rolson or Monkey grip. 4 Spare Tyre Valves to replace any lost while deflating. CAN FOR ADDITIONAL FUEL FOR LONG TRIPS Available from Ace Hardware, good for long distance trips where you are not sure about the petrol stations on the way, very handy in places like Liwa. YOUR VEHICLE SHOULD HAVE RECOVERY POINTS - FRONT AND REAR. OPTIONAL ADDITIONS Collapsible water can from ACE (Dhs.35 or so). Cool box with ICE (also useful for medical emergencies) and fluids of your choice (for more guidance, ask Kash). Cargo Net & Elastic Tie-downs to keep things securely fastened. GPS - Make sure it can store way points, record a track and pay the track back in reverse. Miscellaneous stuff that you should never need, but would want to keep handy - tire sealant gel/foam/goo, radiator leak-stopper (powder that you pour into your leaky radiator), exhaust leak fix (for small leaks, not cracked exhausts), flashlight, etc from ACE. Just to be on the safe side, one small 5 litre fuel can (Dhs.25 from any petrol station) and a manual siphon hose to borrow fuel from others (15-20 bucks). Duct Tape, Insulation Tape, Bush Knife/Pen Knife & Plastic Zip Ties. For camping trips - collapsible chairs/tents/sleeping bags/lanterns/BBQ kits/use your imagination. Small bottle of concentrated liquid Camp Soap or Dettol Hand Sanitizer + lots of Kleenex/tissue rolls. Working gloves to handle hot stuff in the engine bay + cloth/cotton waste. AAA or IATC Assistance as a sort of insurance for major breakdowns. Hope this helps. Please let us know if you need assistance or further information.
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  2. This is the factory fitted sub box on a Disco , mounted on the rear gate, just so you get what I'm talking about And the shallow subwoofers
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  3. This is very interesting question, and I will try to be specific as much as I can on what is allowed and what is not. Still people do "not allowed " stuff and reverse it on the day of passing. Allowed: Lift kit (2-4 Inch) Air filters Roof rack Snorkel Mild exhaust Fancy head lights or LED Day lights Winch Tire spacers Fiber body kit Tire fenders Not Allowed: Loud exhaust Loud headers Full metal bumper LED flood light on top Sticker job (small or big)
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  4. Al Jadaf ship repairing yard has many shops that giveaway or sell scrap wood, which is perfect for barbecue or bonfire. Recently discovered this place who sells it, so no more favour looking faces...! Simply go there and he will load the trunk to your desire and pay him something like 20-30 dhs for whole lot. Guy name: Majid Ali (056 459 6866) Gps coordinate: https://goo.gl/maps/Y4CBjF8A2wT2
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  5. @chutz Mitsubishi might be right in saying that there is no cabin air filter in the 2012 Mitsubishi Pajero, but this does not mean that you cannot add one. As per the videos shown on youtube for Mitsubishi Montero there is a space but has been covered by a plastic that can be cut off and there are even spaces for screws to fit the original Mitsubishi Cabin Air Filter. I am posting this video here which links it to another Mitsubishi with a similar work. Hope this helps.
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  6. Corrosion. Rust. Ferrous oxide. Your engine block is made of iron. Water iron and oxygen equals rust. The constant flow of water breaks off tiny tiny powder like particles which circulate through the system. These particles are often mistaken for sand and collect everywhere but look closer it's brown not yellow like sand. Aluminium oxidises even faster than iron. If you take a hose off the cylinder head you will see all the white crap inside. This is aluminium oxide. Oxidisation is caused by using either water or cheap crap coolant in your cooling system. Proper coolant has anti oxidisation properties which helps to stop this. If you're really worried you can buy bottles of dedicated corrosion inhibitors. A lot of people with heavy plant no machinery use these as filling a fifty tonne machine with expensive coolant is expensive.
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  7. Good question @Dave Daniel First thing is you need to love your car to no ends, in case of Gaurav it is literally as any signs of hate and his Pajero would not start up. As per the old books what I learned from my dad, may God Almighty rest his soul in peace, every morning check all the oils and fluids to check if the level is A OK. A visual inspection while the bonnet is open will reveal any discrepancies, get them checked in time and repair small before it effects any other parts. Change the oils, plugs, filters, timing belts, etc on time and avoid any big expenses. If there is any discomfort while driving, any noises from the car, any vibrations, anything that you feel is not right, get it checked immediately, sometimes a small problem solved can save you from bugger expenses. Use methods like fuel injector cleaner and other such products at least once a year just to be sure that all is well on the inside. He used to say that the general maintenance of a car does not make your car run smoother, it just makes sure that over time your car keeps running as smoothly as when you first got it.
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  8. Location garage in Al Quoz, you can contact @Barry he is part of this forum. https://carnity.com/business_listing/
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  9. Well what you found is true, but only half in Japanese cars which is usually hooked to expansion bottles. If ever you have a chance then clean your expansion bottle and see the amount of sand it has. Though that part is loosely designed to let air out and suck/return the coolant means it also inhale the atmospheric sand and dirt and keep churning inside the bottle and from time to time that sand makes it way to the radiator and sit nicely inside the core and block them overtime. If you clean your coolant expansion bottle every month and top up with fresh coolant, then you can delay the radiator core cleaning from every year to once in 2 years easily.
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  10. I agree with @Rahimdad if you want a proper sound and infotainment system, build it yourself. The aftermarket will always have better hardware than anything a manufacturer will offer. Remember the manufacturer is building things to a price. When I was younger I was really into my sound systems. I loved building things and wiring it all up. Way back in the early 2000s after I passed my driving test I had one particular car with a PlayStation and a guitar amplifier that popped out of the boot. As I got older I kind of fell away from that scene as I got more into horsepower and racing. As a musician I still appreciate a good sound system but in my own car I would prefer Carburetor FM.
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  11. Apologies for delay due to some technical back-end glitches. 5 new car brand forum have been added: Dodge, GMC, Jaguar, Mini and Renault. Also added other car brands forum for 25 car brands but without their car models atm. @Barry we also added forum for non car related stuff and regional talk: https://carnity.com/forum/516-carnity/
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  12. I did some research about this car earlier & I disagree with some opinions here.. This car can go offroad, in terms of taking you to mountains, hiking places, deserts for easy cruising & camping.. Etc It is not suitable for serious off-roading, in terms of climbing big dunes or going rock crawling.. It was designed to do that, this is basically a Dacia duster, built for the rough roads of Eastern Europe & mild adventures off the Tarmac, the manual gearbox have a very low 1st gear ratio, to help in crawling off the road, and engine power is low but acceptable for the weight of the car.. if you want to simply take it to the beach, go camping in the desert, wadis, mountains... Etc, it is definitely capable.. if you want to go serious dune bashing, following an offroad club track for example, it will be fine for the first level only, easy drives.. After that it will struggle with power, clearance & front/rear bumpers... It will be around its limits in stock form.. all in all, it is a very nice small package, but for an active offroad life style, I would go bigger and avoid the risks
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  13. Those are not creases those are cracks, and if you don't start to take care of your seats it'll turn into tears/rips. Leather at the end of day is just skin and it needs to be taken care of and cleaned otherwise its dry up and crack. The other side driver seats always goes first as it recieves the most wear and tear every time you slide in and out of your car. Keep your seat clean by using a good leather cleaner and then apply a good leather conditioner, that way it will keep the leather clean moist and supple and last much longer.
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  14. Even your old P38 had Harman & Kardon woofers in every door, which once again if you can't find the right woofer you buy a couple of them on the cheap from the LR scrappy and fabricate a box for them. You'll need an amp to run any extra woofers/ speakers which you can ditch anywhere example under the seat. Or you can buy an active shallow sub enclosure which has a built in amp.
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  15. Welcome Mujtaba your name is added to the list. Looking forward to seeing you next week.
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  16. Gaurav what you can do is fabricate a thin enclosure for your rear door and install one of those new slim woofers, they are not more than a couple of inches deep
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  17. @ameen bhai you are most welcome to bring your Tiida to the meeting point and join one of us for the ride, we will drop you back to your car on return.
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  18. The supercar was impounded when its owner - a pilot - was stopped at a check-point after officers noticed it had a fake number plate.Despite a series of appeals, the devastated owner has been unable to halt the destruction of the luxury car. The destruction of the vehicle ends a three-year legal battle to save it after the owner was stopped in 2013 in accordance with Taiwanese traffic laws.Ironically the Murcielago takes its name from a famous fighting bull which survived being stabbed with a sword 24 times. Italian manufacturer Lamborghini - which regularly takes its creations' names from bullfighting -  built just 4,099 Murcielagos, ending its run in 2010. In a continuation of Lamborghini's tradition of naming its cars after stars from the world of bullfighting, the Murciélago is named for a fighting bull that survived 24 sword strokes in an 1879 fight against Rafael "El Lagartijo" Molina Sánchez, at the Coso de los califas bullring in Córdoba, Spain. Murciélago fought with such passion and spirit that the matador chose to spare its life, a rare honor. The bull, which came from Joaquin del Val di Navarra's farm, was later presented as a gift to Don Antonio Miura, a noted local breeder; thus began the famed Miura line of fighting bulls, and the name for one of Lamborghini's greatest designs. Murciélago is the Spanish name for the bat. In the Castilian Spanish spoken in most of Spain the word is pronounced [muɾˈθjelaɣo], with a voiceless dental fricative [θ] (as in English thing). However, the Italian automaker often uses the Southern Spanish and Latin American Spanish pronunciation, [muɾˈsjelaɣo], with an sound. Many people in Italy pronounce it [murˈtʃeːlaɡo], as if it were an Italian word.
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  19. Those who have a 4x4, just give it a try....you will not regret it for sure... I was lucky enough to be a part of the team one time. I would say it was the best day in UAE so far.
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  20. I am not sure who has come up with this intelligent idea of placing radar that flashes before the max speed limit, as a friendly reminder. Great. http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/society/friendly-radars-in-dubai-to-only-alert-speeding-drivers-1.1959174
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  21. In almost all my cars I had these louvers. It comes with hood louver from the previous owner and never had an issue in passing. I think what Danny mentioned above makes absolute sense that as far as job is neatly done which is safe your car and other road user then RTA has no problem. This failing story must be circulating in market when someone get the sub standard job done.
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  22. This 20 km gap in speed limit is already a big confusion to many moroon in the country as no one ever explain this in any training schools, RTA or dubai police site. Only people knowing this fact keep doing the tailgating to move other from their road. Now this fake flash will cause even bigger confusion here........!
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  23. If you need any help give me a call 0521742967. I have all tools to do the job if you need to borrow any. Also have a copy of the dealer diagnostic software if you want to come to al quoz and have a play with it and compare it to your own software.
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  24. Every year I volunteer at an arts festival in my home country but this year I couldn't as I'm in Dubai. One of my friends went and sent me a few pics and this was one of them. Car completely covered in knitting. They even made little gloves for the wipers! I'm not 100% sure what car it is but from the shape of the headlight and rear quarter window, I think it's a facelift model Renault Clio Mk 1.
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  25. A very good morning to all my fellow Carnity Enthusiasts. I wanted to share this simple but useful device which I had bought recently from Dragon Mart, a bit expensive, but totally worth it. This is a power bank which can easily fit in the palm of your hand and includes all wires to connect and charge your mobile phones, laptops and more importantly start up your dead car battery. It is a bout 12000 MAH power bank that can easily start up your dead car, I have tried it twice with 2 dead cars and it works like a dream, no need to keep it charging for long. Just connect, switch it to 12Volts (it has a switch 3V, 6V and 12V for different applications), and start up your car. It sends a strong charge to the car battery and just starts it up. If fully charged it still has enough juice to charge your 3000 MAH battery completely. Forgot to mention it has a torch also, not so powerful, but useful to eliminate dark spots. Awesome device. This is what it looks like, I like the case also, very handy and useful.
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  26. Wish you and all your loved one's very Happy New Year 2017
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  27. Guys who uses Maliha road often in sharjah, please be careful as it no longer has 120 km max speed as its reduced to 100 km now. http://www.emirates247.com/news/emirates/speed-limit-on-sharjah-s-maliha-road-reduced-to-100km-h-2017-01-02-1.645698
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  28. I first experienced the Mitsubishi Lancer back in 1982 when my dad drove one and even for that time it was a head turner and looked very sporty, They have continued to produce the Lancer and than build the Evo series based on the Lancers, however the current model EX is the first time they built the EVO X and than based the Lancer on that. It was again very sporty look with innovations like the CVT gearbox instead of the conventional gearbox, my favorite GT also came with the Rockford Fosgate system with the sub-woofer, sun roof, paddle shifters and the touch screen entertainment system in the later models. Farewell Lancer. One model which they had launched back in the 90's was the Sigma which was to compete with the luxury models at that time like the Honda Legend, but alas some very good vehicles have been discontinued.
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  29. @Gaurav Recently a common question that popped in our heads when we were discussing the cleaning of the radiator before putting in new coolant was that how can dirt get in when the radiator is completely sealed and no outside elements can get in. I asked Naeem and he had a very good answer which I think strikes a cord. The raw form of coolant cannot be used in the radiator as it is very thick, so some mix of water is required, this water if distilled would reduce the problem greatly, but we cannot be sure what water is used in the mix. Generally in Dubai all water including branded water on the shelves have added solid in them, like calcium, minerals and you can read the list on any bottled water. These solids over time would settle at the bottom of the radiator, so it is not dust or sand which accumulates over time, but the solids from the water which is the problem. Hope this satisfies your curiosity.
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  30. Service your car to the manufacturers service schedule. Don't get caught up in the whole three thousand five thousand ten thousand dubai scam. That's just something the service centres do here to generate money. I've worked in a lot of different places and never seen it until I came to UAE. It also means they're using the cheap nasty oil so will most likely shorten your engines life. An extra thirty or forty dirhams for quality oil is nothing. The price of three cokes in a fancy restaurant. Use quality parts not cheap Chinese pattern parts. The Chinese parts are three times cheaper but you'll have to change them three times as often. Probably the most important thing is don't drive like a dickhead. Treat your car with the respect it deserves. A lot of people forget that their car is probably the second most expensive thing they own after their house and treat it like a disposable appliance. Don't thrash it from cold every time you get in. Don't race up to the end of the road and stamp on the brakes. Treat it like you would treat your lady. There are lots of stories of million mile cars on the internet for you to find. A million miles is one point six million kilometres. It just goes to show cars can last a long long time if they're looked after and driven properly.
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  32. I so wish if some company here do this analysis for UAE car market too, as here everything is hush hush secret always. Dealers won't even publish bloody car prices on their website as they love cheating people with different price tag depending on different customer types.
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  34. Thanks @ethan for reading and appreciating. I think Barry was the one to explain earlier that battery normally consists of acid which is not usable for anything else. However, the distilled water which most people used to add to the battery in the conventional ones is even good as drinking water. So yes you can use distilled water to mix with the raw coolant and is better any day than any Spring, Mineral or drinking water which already consists of solids. BTW, I have a RO purifier in my house and it takes away all the calcium, mineral and other additives in the water, this is good for our consumption and also cost less than the distilled water they sell off the shelf.
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  35. Emirates National Oil Company (Enoc), a strategic partner of Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), is celebrating the region's largest shopping and entertainment festival for the 22nd consecutive year, by offering customers and visitors a chance to win a Nissan car daily during DSF, from December 26 until January 28, 2017. Customers who spend Dh20 at Zoom, Pronto or Paavo's Pizza, Dh30 at select Tasjeel services, Dh100 on oil change, carwash or at AutoPro, can participate in the Nissan Grand Draw to win a car daily. Customers can triple their winning chances when purchasing a promo-pack, which contains du, etisalat or Salik recharge cards.
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  36. I would agree with there. It will have a long line for their turn
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  37. Well @Rahimdad and @Barry this is a good chance for both of you to win a Nissan car. I hope to see you both in a winning image.
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  38. Thanks for sharing Jason, sad thing is I never win anything. I need to work hard to get my stuff.
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  39. Hi Jason, This is really a matter of choice and those who really like their car stereos and infotainment systems do not rely on the car makers to give it to them, they go ahead and get theirs fixed as per their choice. I my opinion I like the one Dodge has on as it is large 8.4 inch screen, with all that you would require and besides the touc screen most functions can be controlled by voice. For me the Dodge people are doing the best job as you will find this in their lower end cars as well. Everyone, please keep adding to this, this is a brilliant thread and deserves to know your opinion as per your experiences. Please share.
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  40. I hope everyone enjoyed this day. It's really the most wonderful time of the year! Let's spread love and joy through out the world
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  41. Here comes another way to fine motorists.....!
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  42. Well if car is lifted then this noise may be coz of drive shaft angle got distorted after the 2.5 inch lift. At least that's a known cause in Jeep wrangler. Solution is easy, to install a spacer under the transfer case to lower the drive shaft angle to correct the geometry.
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  43. This must be very good blessing, as adding Dubai own god's eye in some new traffic build up area and identifying the cause of the slow down.
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  44. Welcome to a basic guide to off-road venturing. Most of us would like to venture into the vast dunes we see on either side of the road, but it can be tricky for the uninitiated to take the first step off the tarmac and into the unknown, Well the first thing to remember is sand is almost like a liquid surface and our main aim is to stay above it, buoyant if you will and not sink. How do we do that? Lowering the tire pressure. How does that help exactly? It increases the contact patch or footprint of your tires. Which basically means now there is more ground to support the weight of your vehicle and you wont sink in as easily. At first stick with 15 - 18 psi, going any lower exponentially increases the chances of the bead of your tire losing its seal with the wheel and letting go of all the air (pop out), usually at the worst time and place possible. Once you understand and gain more experience in the art of desert driving you can go lower according to the vehicle and terrain at hand. But in the beginning lets stick to 15 - 18 psi to keep our first steps in to the desert as trouble free as possible. Now that you have your tires ready for the terrain what do you do now. Full throttle starts are mostly never a good idea but rather gentle acceleration, some situations you need to give it more go than normal, but if starting from a flat and relatively smooth area it is always better to be gentle. Hard starts will usually end up in digging yourself in if not careful. But don't be a granny about it either, remember this is not your typical tarmac surface and gentle blips on the throttle will not get you anywhere. You have to learn to achieve that balance. Once you get going you have to remember what was mentioned earlier, that think of sand as a liquid surface. You have to keep your momentum, in fact momentum is your biggest friend out in the desert and once you have an intimate relationship with momentum, it will help you out in a lot of places. What you initially thought were impassible tracts of sand, momentum will take you through them. Think of this as water skiing, once the boat slows downs the skier tends to start going lower and lower into the water until he finally sinks. Although the desert will not consume you and your car like a body of water but getting back to that speed and motion is going to be real hard, and in some places its just not possible to build that momentum again and you will either get bogged down or have to change route. Don't be afraid to let your engines stretch its legs to keep the momentum going. Most people are afraid to rev their engines too much simply because they are not used to it. Don't change up gears too soon, as the lower rpms will rob the wheels of the required torque to keep the momentum going. But also just don't stick in one gear and let it scream in pain. If you're driving an automatic keep the pedal planted in just enough that it does not shift into the next gear or mashed totally into the carpet that it downshifts and starts to over rev. Automatics in this regards can be a slightly tricky, but they shift gears in milliseconds and keep the downtime in between gears to a minimum. While on a manual you have to be quick and crafty with you changes as too long between gears and you could have broken that fine balance keeping you afloat. Again taking similarities between water and sand, more like ice in this example. Steering. it will not be as sharp or as responsive as on a hardened surface. The vehicle will not turn on a dime. There is a small delay in where you want the nose to point and where the car itself wants to go. Basically you turn and then you wait for the rest of the car to catch up before it actually starts to and this delay gets worse as the speed of your vehicle increases as well as the softness of sand your driving on. So you have to be a little ahead of time, a sort of a mini time traveler if you wish and be able to predict where you want to be going in the next few seconds rather than waiting for the last moment. Sometimes no matter of future predicting ability can help you when gravity becomes in charge, this usually happens on slopes and we will talk about this later. Now that you got your self going, what about stopping? And as always braking, this is different here too, you just can't slam on the breaks. Because all this does is digs your tires into the sand and then trying to move again becomes a hassle if not totally getting stuck. Always gently ease off the throttle and apply the breaks slowly and when ever possible let the car come to a halt on its own. Also makes a big difference where you choose to stop. If your facing uphill and the angle is high enough. 9 out of 10 times you will not be able to carry on forward any further. Always try stopping facing downhill even if it a a very gentle slope. You'd be surprised how well gravity works ! OK, now that we know how to drive on flat surfaces, lets tackle some fun stuff ! Going up a dune ! Sand dunes have two sides to them. One is a gradual climb leading up to what I refer to as the slip face. The other side, a real sharp drop and most of the times there is a nasty bit in the middle of these too. Which I like to call the blade but usually know as the ridge. At first always try to go up the easy side first. Always look for a smooth and straight line up. Which is clear of all bushes, dips and bumps, basically as smooth a ride up as possible. Then comes the tricky bit. Now what you need is power but in very measured quantity. Too less and you won't make it and too much will send you flying off into the unknown on to the other side. So to make it simple, the thing to do is give it as much as you got at first but easing it off or totally letting it go before you go flying off. Three Fourth way up the climb you should be able to guess from the forward momentum of the car that whether you need to keep the pedal mashed into the carpet or you need to back off or totally let go and let your old friend momentum take care of the rest with just some gentle blips from you here or there. Keeping in mind the amount of run up you have had before the climb. If you had enough speed before you hit the dune and specially of it is not a very big one, say twice the height of your car. It would be unwise to mash it as you already had loads of speed and your own inertia will take you over just keep the throttle steady or give it a little more if you feel your losing forward motion on the way up. Sometimes you might even need to slow down if you don't want your bumpers from smashing into the wall of sand. What do you do once your on the top? Well hopefully your not on your own and you are following someone so keep an eye on that car what it does, goes over, turns to one side etc etc and try to replicate the same thing. If your following someone give it sometime before you attempt the climb yourself, in case there is a problem you cannot see. If there is you should see someone come over the top to tell you or if you have a radio you should get an all clear. If your by yourself. Always a good idea to go on foot and see whats on the other side. If you don't make it the first time round. Put your car in reverse and slowly come straight down. Sometimes this can be tricky as you may be a bit disorientated from the angle or which way the tires are pointing. Remember gravity and the delayed steering. Gravity will initially pull you down straight and then the delayed steering will come into play and you could end up sideways on a slope. Also never freewheel down, always keep in gear and let engine braking help you down plus this also helps you keep in control of the situation. Then back up a little further if possible and give it more throttle the next time. Also keep in mind that sand is also a little bit like pie. A hard-ish crust on top with being softer on the inside, and once you drive over a patch you have effectively cracked the crust exposing the softer inner side. So try not to follow your tracks of the previous attempt as you will be treading on the softer exposed sand. The more cars that pass the more churned up and softer it gets. Sometimes it is not possible to get a fresh patch of sand. Only one small exit out of a pocket or only a small crossing on top that is not sharp enough to cross over. In that case try to be on as much undisturbed sand before you are forced to get in line. As with all things, what goes up must come down. Going down is one of the easier parts of desert driving and sometimes the most scarier parts specially if your a beginner, but don't get too easy about it either. Things can still go wrong. First basic rule is too keep you wheels and the nose of your vehicle pointing straight down. This might be harder than it sounds, remember what was mentioned earlier about reversing down a dune, the same thing can happen while going down nose first. Again never freewheel in neutral down a drop and don't brake too aggressively this will cause your nose to dig in and in a worst case scenario cause you flip over, head over heels. Although this is very rare but this might happen. Another phenomena while slithering down a dune is fish tailing. That is when the end of your car wants to over take the front, So it starts to come up sideways from behind. What needs to be done is to make the appropriate steering correction and slightly accelerate for your front to get back up to speed with the back. But gently, over enthusiasm here can end up worse than the initial symptom of fish tailing. If coming down a sharp and steep downward slope engage low 4, 1st gear or D 1 if an auto and then let the car comedown with the help of gravity and engine braking. Better is to start off with less sharper gradients and practice this with being in D 1 or 1st. Once you get used to it you should be able to complete this task in D and just the brakes. But it is always handy to know this technique, In the end driving in the desert is a delicate balance between momentum, gravity and power and only practicing and driving as often as possible can get you better at it and develop a sixth sense about it. You will learn to interpret the feedback of your vehicle and steering wheel is giving you. You will learn to read the terrain better, even before your vehicle gives up on you, you will realize your not going to make the climb and its better to stop or if you have enough momentum left to come back down. But its better to start of with the correct basics instead of getting ingrained with the incorrect technique right from the start. This is just a very basic guide covering only some of the points. Remember nothing beats real world practice. Hope this has been of some help in making that transition from tarmac to sand. Feel free to add or edit or even post questions. I will try my level best with whatever knowledge I have to try to answer your queries.
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  46. This is an excellent post that contains a lot of usable information, and we should all be doing what we can to save fuel. However, there is one important point that the post does not list, and that is that we should be driving less. Look at it this way- there is little point in driving smarter to save fuel if we don't cut down on the number if trips we take. For instance, stop at the supermarket to pick up bread, milk, and the like on your way home, instead of going home, only to take we trip to the shops a while later. The biggest fuel saver is not driving at all. This is of course not always possible, but by doing some planning, we can all combine our trips to do several things at the same time, instead of taking a trip for each little errand. I think it is fair to say that we can all save around a hundred kms or so per month if we combine our trips to do several things while we are in town. I challenge all members to make the experiment, and to post the number of kms (and litres of fuel) saved by reducing the number of trips in a month. There are no prizes for the winner, but by doing this we might inspire more people to drive a little less.
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  47. I'm afraid I have to disagree here, I'll talk about my own experience marshalling in the desert. In beginner drives (especially first timers) we teach people about operating their 4WD vehicles (most don't know how to properly engage 4WD), the different options, the equipment they need, and how to start cruising in the sand easily, which actually can be done in virtually any 4WD/AWD cars there (provided the leader is aware of the car's limitation in his convoy), even KIA sportage should be able to navigate in and out without any drama. truck power is completely irrelevant there. We don't push anything beyond that as desert driving requires practice. Duster has enough grunt to cruise in the desert, actually more than enough with it's 2.0L 133hp engine (3.0L Pajero weights more than 2300Kg and barely makes 175hp, the duster 2.0L weighs around 1200Kg and makes around 133hp and 195Nm of torque.. one of my friends drove his 3.0L LWB Gen3 Pajero from complete newbie up to fast advanced drives.. the duster specs are on a real advantage here) Engine power is not the problem as much as the front approach angle, which is no bad btw.. however it shouldn't be seriously challenged in beginner drives anyways. so, a first timer in the desert should be comfortable to join my beginner level drive, have fun, and leave with his duster with no damage, and appreciate what this little 4WD car can do, and where it falls short. an expert driver will be able to take the duster to much higher levels, while still respecting its physical limitations and avoid serious damage. that's why it would actually be still ok to take it to intermediate levels, once the driver gets better understanding of his duster, and how to navigate in the sand. that's said, anyone who wants to take desert offroading seriously and to relatively high levels should choose something with more power and low gear for sure, duster would be fine for people who want to cruise in the desert/mountains/wadies, have relaxed fun, and reach a nice camp site, rather than drive in the big dunes and challenge other SUVs. basically what a beginner drive should be.
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  48. Hi I agree with Ayman ....... Its a crossover type do you think any other crossover like toyota Rav4, Honda CRV, Nissan Qushqai & Xtrail, Mazda CX5, Mitsubishi outlander, Ford Escape, Chevrolet Captiva, Hyundai Tucson, Kia Sportage, BMW X1, Mercedes GLA & GLK , Audi Q1&Q3, Skoda Yeti or vw tiguan or Land Rover new Discovery & Evoque would offer better performance with stock wheels & tires and suspension ? I'm sure they would not and may scream louder than the video! Even mighty Porsche cayenne, BMW X3&X5&X6, Audi Q7, Rang Rover Vogue & sport and Mercedes M & ML and all European would not offer toyota land cruiser/Prado/FJ Cruiser and Nissan Patrol/ Xterra performance on sand dune (Except Mercedes G class as it's basically a military vehicle not a commercial passenger car as it's panned from sale in most of European countries for safety reasons) The only 3 cars would give you a better performance is Suzuki Jimny, Daihatsu terios with smaller engines 1.3L & 1.5L respectively and Subaru Forester with 2.0L-2.5L engine since they was built basically as a rear wheel drive and all time all wheel drive (longitude engines) with short wheel base (tiny for Suzuki) and over all light weight. The Duster is a very challenging package including (space, specs, running cost & price)
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  49. Once your car touches the 30,000-kilometre mark, be sure that there will be some parts which need a change or at least a relook to check if they are in good condition. The coolant is one such important element which will need a change after running such a distance. A mixture of water and antifreeze coolant, it is one element in your car which ensures that your car engine does not heat up. The engine coolant also prevents rust corrosion and anti-freeze in colder countries. Considering the hot and very hot climate in GCC countries, it’s important to check your engine coolant levels regularly, if possible weekly or monthly at least. Also, if you have been practicing to feed your car with water every week or so, you must have made your coolant quite weak. And because of the usage of air conditioners in the cars in Dubai, it is best to ensure that there is a good mix of coolant and water. Normally, an engine is comfortable with a 50/50 mixture of coolant and water. Also, keep the radiator flushed to prevent electrolysis due to breakdown of old coolant. Before doing anything, please make sure that the engine is cold otherwise the pressurized system could release hot water and steam het as soon as you open the radiator cap. If you notice that your coolant has deposits in it or the original color (green/red) has changed, then it needs to be changed immediately. It also indicates that there could be a more serious problem inside the cooling system itself. A mechanic will be required to address the fault. The coolant tank is usually located towards the front-end of the car and has a colored cap. To know whether it is time, there are Coolant testers available which are cheap and easy to use. You can go through the instruction on the package. It has enough clarity to quickly understand and diagnose. Some coolants can also be tested with a paper test strip. Dipping the strips into the coolant and matching the color of the strip to a chart provided with the strip allows determining its condition. You could also use a refractometer. Drip couple of drops on the space provided on the meter and close the cover. Once pointed to light, you can read the scale. You could also try Hydrometers, but not the bulb type, as they have been proven to be less accurate. Coolant level can deplete if there are leaks or weak hoses, so you will have to make sure that all connections are tight and healthy. Low levels of coolant/antifreeze could indicate a leak, so you either need to visit a mechanic or use a sealant product like Prestone Head Gasket and Engine Block Repair to temporarily block the leak until you arrange a mechanic visit. Caution: Whichever brand of coolant you choose, ensure that it is approved by the car manufacturers for the type of engine. If you need more help, or need specific answer for any question then try the ‘Carnity Forum’ (http://carnity.com/) or find car businesses near you with the Carnity ‘Business listing’ (http://carnity.com/business_listing) section.
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  50. Well I was going through this post. And I would like to write something here on personalcare in summers. This is my first post here. I will discuss some points on preparing yourselves for hot weather driving: Sunglasses: It’s really important to wear sunglasses in such a hot weather. That helps you to avoid direct sunlight contact as well. Try going for branded sun gasses that are generally meant for reflecting sun rays. Keep Water: Always keep water in your car, in case you will need it when you are stuck in the traffic and sun is at its highest peak. Avoid food: Avoid keeping any kind of food in your car in summers, because it leaves a strong smell afterwards. I have noticed this thing specially when I drop my lunch box back in the car during lunch time and go back to my desk. And after work, when I am preparing myself to go home, there is a smell of food always in the car. So avoid keeping food in summers in your cars. Cover yourself: If your window glass is not tinted, it’s better for you to cover yourself completely to avoid tan of the skin. Perfume: Always keep a perfume and air freshener in your car. If let’s say you are coming back to the car from your work, air freshener and perfume will help you inhale good smell that cuts the smell of heat. 6. Wear a suns cream: Wear a suns cream when you are sitting in the car. You may not feel the requirement, but the sun rays hits on your face directly even if you are sitting in the car. I personally take care of such things. It’s really important actually to maintain the same freshness all day in summers.
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