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Sound Deadening, Auto Repair & T5 VW Maintenance

VW t5 SOUND deadeningVolkswagen Van Issues? – Please read on:

Use the Internet to learn what the problem could be. You may find that it is an easy to repair problem that you can do on your own. This could save you a small fortune in auto repair.

It is not legal for a mechanic to start working on your car before you officially authorize them to do so, usually by signing a contract. Be careful what you authorize the mechanic to do, something like sound deadening a VW van can be expensive, so you wouldn’t want they to start the work without your permission. You should only sign documents that include a detailed list of the needed repairs and their prices.

Keep your car’s owner manual handy. Knowing vital car information can really help when something unexpected occurs. If you know your car’s controls, you may even avoid a trip to a mechanic. If you do need a mechanic, you should have the make, model, and trim level available so that they can figure out things like your transmission configuration, size, etc. much quicker.

If your car needs major repairs, get multiple quotes for the necessary repair. Even though mechanics are trustworthy in general, you could still wind up paying for more than you should. Check out other options which are trustworthy. These mechanics will most likely be more experienced in fixing your kind of car/van.

Check around for a reputable mechanic by asking friends who are happy with their mechanic. If they have auto repair experience they can provide quality work, and they will usually charge you less for labor. This can help the home mechanic out and save you a lot of money over the charges of bigger repair shops.

If you drive a van, do you find it noisy? Volkswagen vans are notorious as being loud when driven. If this is the case then maybe you should consider sound deadening. Something like a T4 & T5 would benefit greatly from sound proofing – read on to find out more in respect of VW T5 Sound deadening.

When it is time to bring your car in for work, think carefully about whether you want to go to the dealer or a local repairman. The dealer often knows the most about your particular type of vehicle, but they generally cost the most as a result. Weigh your options and go with what is right for you.

Remember, you are owed an estimate before any work occurs on your car. If you did not receive an estimate and work did begin, do not feel obligated to move forward with any sort of payment. Move onto a more reputable auto shop as soon as possible if this occurs.

Find out about labor rates before you let a mechanic work on your car or VW van. You should have your mechanic diagnose the issues and assess how much work will be needed. Make sure you understand how the mechanic will bill you and have a manager give you an estimate of how much labor time is needed instead of trusting a technician who is not responsible for giving quotes.

t4 sound deadeningAlways inquire about the qualifications and experience of the technician who will be repairing your car. If you have a VW van then really you want a Volkswagen technician. You want to know if they have experience working on your make and model of car. You also want to know if your Volkswagen mechanic has any special qualifications, like A.S.E. certification, that demonstrate their competence.

You are completely capable of changing your oil, checking your fluids and simple maintenance tasks such as these. It’s a falsehood that only mechanics are qualified to perform routine maintenance. Realize what you’re getting yourself into, but don’t be afraid to get dirty!

Ask your mechanic if he is willing to use re-manufactured or salvaged parts. Using these parts can save you hundreds of dollars and is good for the environment as well. If he is unwilling to use them you may want to find someone else to work on your vehicle, as there really is no reason not to.

Trust your gut when choosing a VW mechanic. The employees at the auto repair shop should look you in the eye, make you feel comfortable, answer any questions you have clearly and provide any pricing information you request. A shop that fails to meet these basic requirements probably does not have your best interest at heart.

Don’t agree to any service or give a mechanic access to your vehicle until you are absolutely clear on costs and labor. The information you need should be clearly posted in an honest auto repair shop. If it’s not, proceed with caution and ask enough questions to learn exactly how much you will be charged.

Sound proofing can be expensive, especially for Volkswagen vans. The material & fitting is the most important and poor quality material wll lead to very poor results. The best kits I have seen on the market is from a company called Delux; they are excellent, I have included a few of their YouTube videos below & I personally have bought their VW T5 Sound Deadening kit & it comes very highly recommended.

If you use everything you have learned here, you are going to benefit next time you face making decisions regarding auto repairs. Know one wants to pay too much or be sitting with a car that isn’t working. Instead, you want to know that your car is in good hands.

Thanks for reading.

See below for Delux’s YouTube video’s that show their VW T4 sound deadening & T5 sound deadening kits:



Increase Breast Milk Production – ‘How To’ Hints & Tips

Want to know how to increase breast milk production if it seems to be dropping off, or if you’re pumping exclusively? This article aims to help.

How to increase breast milk production

As much as people say you need to breastfeed to get maximum breast milk output, you can still produce enough to feed your growing baby, the following tips will help you increase your production if it’s dropped or if you aren’t able to breastfeed regularly.

We look at the natural ways to increase breast milk production aw well as trying a supplement such a Boost Breast Milk Enhancer.

how to increase breast milk production


Pump or breastfeed often

Expressing milk more frequently is one of the best ways to increase your production.

Do it at three hour intervals during daytime and then again during the night. (So you’re rested, be sure to get a minimum 3 hours uninterrupted sleep before pumping at night. Around 1-3 AM is usually a good time.).

This is especially important if you get an increase in production by using such breast milk supplements as Boost Milk Enhancer. If this is the case you need to make sure you get the most out of pumping breast milk.


Use the right technique to pump

If you’re pumping milk, start at the highest suction level which you can handle. Then, increase it steadily once you’re used to that suction level.

Unfortunately, you probably aren’t getting all that much suction unless you have a hospital-grade pump. Even double electric breast pumps aren’t that great. it can be helpful to unplug one suction tube and use one bottle at a time to concentrate the suction on one breast. This also frees up a hand to massage out milk from the breast.


Eat oatmeal

Many mothers swear by oatmeal as a way to increase their supply of milk. It’s fast and easy to prepare, and many mothers who used to hate it now eat it daily simply for its effects.

However, you don’t have to make mushy oatmeal daily. You can also have it with yogurt as a snack, with granola and fresh fruit. Making cookies with oatmeal is also said to help.


Drink plenty of fluids

Drink lots of water if you want to produce more milk. In fact, increasing your intake of nearly any liquid (except alcohol or caffeine) will increase your milk production — but water is the healthiest choice overall. This is also essential if you do go down the road of using a supplement such a Boost Milk Enhancer or boost breast milk enhancer.

If you need ideas for flavoring water, try adding herbs like mint or even parsley, some fruit juice, crushed fresh berries or frozen ones, or sliced cucumbers to spice things up.

Fresh tasting but cold water is great, and you can have a steady supply of it by picking up a filtered water pitcher. Stores such as Target have inexpensive Brita pitchers which you can keep filled up with water in the fridge, where they produce clean-tasting water that never needs ice (it’s already cold).

For even more flavor in your water, try adding dilute fruit juice or drinking tea. At lunchtime, slurp down a soup — after all, it’s mostly water. A cup of plain soup broth is also great.

One thing to know: not every liquid is helpful. You definitely want to put a limit on your caffeine intake if you are nursing. Avoid alcohol too, of course. Drinking any kind of alcohol can cause your milk supply to drop.

Yes, increasing your milk supply can take time, but don’t worry. If your breasts aren’t supplying enough milk for your child just yet, don’t worry if you have to supplement using milk formula until they are or by using such things as Boost Milk Enhancer.


Forskolin Fuel – A Weight Loss Shortcut?

weight loss bitesize bulletinOkay, so the title was written a bit ‘tongue in cheek’…..deep down we all know that burning more calories than eating will make you lose weight.

But, having said that, there is something psychologically to be said about taking supplements.

Now I am quite a big cynic when it comes to the ‘magic’ weight loss pill – but I can see that is someone buys something like the latest supplement on the market Forskolin Fuel, that this can help motivate them.

The issues arise if they do lose weight but wrongly attribute this down to theĀ supplement!

So in the spirit that this article & website is written in – here are a few more weight loss tips for you so that I can ease my conscious:

Tip 1:

Ensure you have plenty of healthy snacks available. Purchase a big container, made of plastic, with a cover. Buy fresh veggies like radishes, carrots, and celery. Lay out the veggies in the container over a layer of ice with a little water and store them in the fridge. You are more likely to grab a healthy snack if it ready for you to eat.

Tip 2:

Do not use over-sized plates for your meals. When you use over-sized dish plates, you can inadvertently overeat due to dishing up larger portions. A 9-inch plate is the size you should use. Any plates that are greater than 10 inches should not be used for lunch or dinner.

Tip 3:

When coming up with weight loss goals, make sure they are attainable. There is no way you will lose 60 pounds in a few weeks. Creating goals which you can attain is good motivation to help keep you going. It will also prevent you from setting yourself to fail. Most everyone can achieve a modest one or two pound loss each week.

Tip 4:

Eating while distracted is the key to weight gain. Failing to notice how much you eat can lead to overindulgence and the accumulation of extra weight. Realize how much you eat daily so you can take in less.


So there you go, just a few tips for you that should help with weight loss.

Like I said earlier in this post, I am not anti-supplements by a long shot – quite a few of my friends have been talking about Forskolin Fuel – which is a Co’s version of a ‘herb’ called Coleus Forskohlii.

It is another one discovered (yeah right!) by the TV Dr.Oz (you can only wonder how much money he makes from these endorsements!).

Anyway, I am not a killjoy – I do understand why you would want to take stuff like this, so if you are interested, there is a link to a review of Forskolin Fuel HERE.

…..& for those of you that adopt my type of regime, please see the usual ‘Further Reading’ Section below:

Thanks for Reading.


More Reading Material:

10 Weight Loss Myths – The NHS
The New American Diet – AARP
Weight Loss – A Healthy Approach – Better Health Channel