Cars

Need Gas? Gas stations along your route are now shown by Google Now

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google-now-gas-stations-on-routeHow many times has it occurred that you need gas, and when you try to search for a gas station on your phone, that gas station is impractically out of your way? Well, now apparently, Google Now displays gas stations that are actually relevant to your route.

Just make sure that when you check your phone, you have pulled over your car to the road side; or a passenger in your car can check it for you. Stay safe!

Source: Engadget | Image Credit: Kevin McLaughlin

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Car Body Panels Will Soon Have Sense of Touch and Will Let You Know When Someone Damages Your Car

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Rover-Coupe-Dented-001 - by Lee from FlickrGerman automotive part supplier Hella has developed an electronic sensor that will detect dents and scratches on car body panels. Onboard cameras and GPS can be linked to the sensor to record evidence, so you will have information available whenever someone damages your car even when you are away from the car. The intelligent panels, however, are not expected to be in use by car manufacturers until 2018.

References: Engadget, Ward’s Auto | Image Credit: Lee

Replacing the Headlights (and other light bulbs) on a 2006 Toyota Camry

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I drive a 2006 Toyota Camry which was originally my dad’s. It’s had a lot of mileage already and quite a few dents and scratches, but still in great shape. Back a few months ago in March when it was still winter, I had the unfortunate event of having one of my low beam headlights burn out. It wasn’t so bad, I thought. I still had my other headlight on and the other side had the park light on as a backup. After a couple of weeks of not replacing it (just didn’t have time to get it done and winter makes you lazy) and getting pulled over by a cop informing/reminding me to get my busted headlight replaced, I (with the help of my SO) finally replaced it for the cost of only ~$10! If you ever need your headlights changed, you are better off doing it on your own, rather than having to pay at least $20 per headlight – just for labour! So that’s a total of at least $30 per light! Yes, you read that right. I went to Canadian Tire where I bought the light bulb and asked them how much to get it replaced and that was the labour fee I was quoted.

Two days ago, one driver pulled up beside me while the traffic was stopped and was looking my direction trying to tell me something so I rolled down the passenger side window. He was nice enough to tell me that both my brake lights were out. I actually knew about one of them being out about a month ago when a coworker told me about it when he saw it, but I just forgot about it. So yesterday, I finally went out and bought brake lights for my car and replaced them right away (again with the help of my SO). Pretty easy actually.

Here’s a guide on the light bulb sizes for the 2006 Toyota Camry [Reference: ModifiedLife]:

Low Beam Headlamp Light Bulb Size:
9006
High Beam Headlamp Light Bulb Size:
9005
Parking Light Bulb Size:
2825
Front Turn Signal Light Bulb Size:
4157LL
992 (7440A)
Rear Turn Signal Light Bulb Size:
4157LL
992 (7440A)
Tail Light Bulb Size:
3057
Stop Light Bulb Size:
3057
High Mount Stop Light Bulb Size:
921
Fog/Driving Light Bulb Size:
9006
License Plate Light Bulb Size:
2825
Back Up Light Bulb Size:
921
Front Sidemarker Light Bulb Size:
2825
Rear Sidemarker Light Bulb Size:
2825
Glove Box Light Bulb Size:
168
Map Light Bulb Size:
168
Dome Light Bulb Size:
DE3022
DE3175
Trunk/Cargo Area Light Bulb Size:
168
DE3021

YouTube Videos on How To Replace the Bulbs:

Low Beam Headlamp Light Bulb

Tail/Stop Light Bulb

I also need to replace my front sidemarker light bulb on the right side but I haven’t figured out how to do it yet. I did not find any videos yet for or close to my model car. I will update this post once I am able to replace it already.

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