How to Check Used Cars Before You Buy

If you’re thinking about buying a used car, read on, because you are about to learn how to check used cars before you buy.

used-car-OverheatsThe best thing to do first is purchase a code reader that plugs in to the car.  This handy tool, which costs less than $50, reveals any diagnostic codes.  These codes are present when something isn’t working correctly.

When you arrive to look at the car, you’ll want to plug your code reader In to the port.   Locating the port is simple,.   On your smart phone just Google the following question, “where is the diagnostic port on a (enter the type of vehicle), and you should find the information.

After you connect it to the port, select the “Read Codes” option.  If any codes appear there are problems.  If it says pass, or no codes found you may want to check a little deeper by running the drive cycle monitor check.

The drive cycle monitor check will reveal past codes that may have been erased.  If it states “All Monitors OK” you found a good used car, if not you may want to move on.

The next thing to do is look under the car for any sign of motor oil or transmission fluid leaks.  Check the bottom pan on both the motor and transmission.   You should also look at other areas under the car because if it leaks only when the car is driven it may have sprayed the oil on other areas.

While under the car, grab the front axles that go from the transmission to the CV joints and see if they have any play in them.  They may move slightly, but if they are real sloppy the car may need new CV Joints.

When checking the tires, be sure to look for unusual wear, such as less tread on the inside or outside.  This is a sign that the car may have front end problems.

To be sure the car has never been in a bad crash there are several signs to look for on the body.  First, look for paint over-spray in the door jams and around the hood and trunk areas.  Paint spray is a sure sign the car has been repainted.

Also, look for bolts or screws that may be missing, or different from the other ones that hold the same part on.

One last check for previous body damage is to look for any wrinkles on the inner body parts such as the inner fenders, hood and trunk.

If you follow these steps on how to check used cars before you buy, it will greatly raise your chances of making a sound purchase.

How to Make Homemade Italian Lasagna

How to Make Homemade Italian Lasagna, it’s the perfect comfort food. It’s great for parties and it feeds a huge crowd. What’s better than that gooey melted mozzarella, and yummy meat sauce? Everyone will love it!

LasagnaToday you’re gonna learn how to make beautiful Lasagna, for a Sunday pasta, a birthday party, or just an evening meal.

It’s a great dish if you don’t want to be a kitchen cooking all day, and would rather be enjoying time family and a glass of wine.

A lot of people think making Lasagna is difficult. We’ll show you how simple it is put together.

Here are the ingredients you will need for the tastiest Lasagna you’ve ever had in your life:

ground beef
ground veal
pork sausage
crushed tomatoes
tomato paste
beef stock
olive oil
red wine
fresh parsley
fresh basil
mozzarella cheese
Parmesan cheese
1 carrot
1 celery stalk
garlic cloves
2 bay leaves
2 eggs
1 onion
salt and pepper
1 box lasagna noodles

It may seem like a lot of ingredients, but it’s very easy to put together.

Start by chopping your garlic, celery and carrots. You can do this by hand, or preferably in a food chopper.

Next, put some olive oil in a pan or Dutch oven and heat. Then add the ground sausage and brown. This helps give it flavor.

Once the sausage is browned, add the rest of the meat, and season with a good amount of salt and pepper. While browning, break it up with a wooden spoon but let it somewhat chunky.

Next you’ll want to add the garlic, onions, celery and carrots. Plus, you can then add more salt and pepper as it’s very important to season as you go along, that’s how you get a nice flavor in your sauces.

Get your pot nice and hot before you add the wine because you want the alcohol to cook off.

Then add your beef stock, which will cool everything down, followed by the tomatoes and tomato paste. Mix it all in the sauce then add a little bit a sugar which helps balance out the acidity in the tomatoes.

You don’t have to add sugar, but it gives it a nice flavor.

Next add the 2 bay leaves and fresh basil. Then let it simmer for about an hour while stirring it every now and then while you cook your Lasagna noodles and get everything else ready..

When cooking the lasagna noodles, first get the water boiling. Then add a big handful of salt because you the water to be nice and salted.

Next, add the noodles and cook for about five minutes, just till they’re soft and their pliable. Don’t overcook. You want them nice and al dente, so they don’t get mushy. You want the noodles to hold up when it bakes in the oven.

Then give the noodles a cool rinse under water and a little drizzle of olive oil. Then you will be ready to assemble the Lasagna.

Start by making the filling for the Lasagna by putting the ricotta in a bowl. Next, add the eggs, about a half cup of grated cheese, and about a half cup of fresh parsley. Mix that up and season with a little bit of salt and pepper. That’s going to be your filling.

In a 9 X 13 baking, spray with a little bit cooking spray. Start by putting in layer of sauce on the bottom. Then add a layer of noodles, overlapping them, sort of like roof shingles.

Next add a layer of your ricotta (filling), a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, and a sprinkle of grated mozzarella.

Then add another layer of sauce and just repeat the layering process until you get to the top. It’s best to place the noodles perpendicular across with each noodle layer.

Next, cover with tin foil and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 30 or 40 minutes until it’s hot and bubbly. Then uncover it, put the rest of your mozzarella on the top, and bake it uncovered for about 10-15 minutes until it Brown’s or the cheese melts.

You see how easy that was to make? The lasagna in the oven so all the hard work is done. Now you can spend time with the family, or relax to a glass of wine before dinner.

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