Auto Tune-Up Checklist #auto #wraps


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Auto Tune-Up Checklist

Spark Plugs

Change your spark plugs every 30,000 miles to prevent build-up in the engine. When you change the plugs, change the wires if they show any signs of corrosion or wear. Some people prefer to wait until 100,000 miles to change them, in which case you want to pull them out to check them. Look for anything besides a light brown or tan coloring on the plug. If it is black, wet or yellow you may have a problem with the engine that needs further investigation.

Distributor Cap and Rotor

Since the distributor cap and rotor are plastic, they have a tendency to age over time and get cracked or worn. Replace your cap and rotor whenever you replace the spark plugs. If you have a bad cap and rotor or spark plugs, your car may misfire or experience other problems starting.

Filters

The oil, air and fuel filter keep your car running smoothly and prolong its life. Change oil and filter more often than every 30,000 miles. Manufacturers recommend between 3,000 and 6,000 miles. The air filter is responsible for trapping dirt and debris before it has a chance to get to the engine. Ideally check or change the air filter earlier than your spark plugs, particularly if you drive on dirt roads or live where dust is prominent. Replacing the fuel filter prevents dirt from getting inside the engine and improves gas mileage.

Oxygen Sensor

An oxygen sensor affects a vehicle’s emissions and is crucial for regulating the fuel, getting good gas mileage and reducing harmful gases released into the atmosphere. The largest impact a bad oxygen sensor has is reducing the life of your catalytic converter, which may cause engine stalling and build up inside the converter.


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The SSAE 18 Reporting Standard SOC 1 SOC 2 SOC 3 Support and Guidance for SSAE18, SOC 1, SOC 2, and SOC 3 reporting standards

Some organizations have heard of SAS 70, SSAE 16. and soon to be SSAE 18. but, don t really know WHY they need to pay to have a bunch of auditors trounce through their company for a month or two during the year, especially right after their financial audit just finished.
The answer is simple: Many companies will not even think about using your company to perform services for them without a clean Type II Report in place.
Some benefits of having an SSAE 16 performed :

  • Ability to perform outsourcing services for Public Companies.
    • If performing financially significant duties for a Public Company, they are required to use a SSAE 16 qualified provider as it is the only way to give investors assurance over controls that are not performed by the Company in question.
  • Public and Private companies are more likely to trust your organization with their data.
    • If you were to trust a company with your data, you would want complete assurance it will be handled with the utmost care
  • A year round accessible knowledge source (your auditors).
    • As a service organization, large or small, you will always have questions regarding your business and having a set of auditors in place with access to a wide array of business knowledge, it will allow you to bounce your questions and concerns off of a group of trusted individuals.
  • A third party to review your controls and activities to ensure they are functioning appropriately, and give advice on how to improve upon them.
    • Sometimes your internal audit department is good, but, not always as stringent as they should be. This will help to serve as a check on their work, as well as your staff. Additionally, if there were any findings noted, your auditors are in a great position to give you some tricks and tips to improve to ensure everything functions well the following period.
  • Improving performance of the organization.
    • Just the knowledge that a review is being performed of an employee s work that can have far reaching consequences for the company as a whole. No more, Oh, I didn t realize that reviewing user access was THAT important to do this month, sorry , now, everyone knows that if it s not done, the success or failure of the organization could rest upon them.

Think of the SSAE 16 or SSAE-18 audit as an annual investment into your company, increasing potential new clients. productivity and accountability .

This tip is focused on designing controls that reflect the process being testing, if they don t, a headache of massive proportions will be created once testing begins.
What do you do to make sure you don t screw this up? Have as many meetings as it takes to get it right.
What you need to do is sit down with the auditors, the department lead, the main employees responsible for performing the process, and anyone else whom could either play a role in testing or modifying the control in the future. Once that is done, Management should discuss what they determined the control to be and how it should operate, that is then reviewed by the auditors, and then the employees performing the tasks should be reconsulted to verify that the control still reflects their process accurately.
Many times people try to speed this process up and half-ass it, leaving many open items which upon testing could easily blow up into a huge problem. When the control isn t 100% agreed upon prior to testing and a deviation is noted, it s a tough call between failing the control and the ability to adjust it to accurately reflect the process. The problem is modifying a control after testing has begun is not proper and needs to be avoided at all costs.
Locking the controls locked down early on could save weeks in wrapping up your new SSAE 16 Report.
We have seen issues like this cause delays in issuing of the report to the client and running additional fees, since adjusting controls isn t free. Coming from the perspective of the auditor, we can let you know the pitfalls, consequences and how to best navigate the audit process. If you have any comments or questions please leave them below!

A SOC 1 Report (System and Organization Controls Report ) is a report on Controls at a Service Organization which are relevant to user entities’ internal control over financial reporting. The SOC1 Report is what you would have previously considered to be the standard SAS70, complete with a Type I and Type II reports, but falls under the SSAE 16 guidance (and soon to be SSAE 18 ).

Please see the following articles discussing the SSAE 16 guidance and additional information related to the SOC 1 (Type I and Type II) Reports:

In addition to the SOC 1 report which is restricted to controls relevant to an audit of a user entity’s financial statements, the SOC 2 and SOC 3 reports have been created to address controls relevant to operations and compliance and will be discussed in further detail in the future.

Please see the SOC 1 Reporting Guide page for additional information.

SSAE 16 is an enhancement to the current standard for Reporting on Controls at a Service Organization, the SAS70. The changes made to the standard will bring your company, and the rest of the companies in the US, up to date with new international service organization reporting standards, the ISAE 3402. The adjustments made from SAS 70 to SSAE 16 will help you and your counterparts in the US compete on an international level; allowing companies around the world to give you their business with complete confidence .

SSAE16 is now effective as of June 15, 2011, and if you have not made the necessary adjustments required, now is the time to find a quality provider to discuss the proper steps. All organizations are now required to issue their Service Auditor Reports under the SSAE 16 standards in an SOC 1 Report.

The soon to be effective, SSAE-18. is expected to follow a similar reporting structure to the SSAE-16 within a SOC 1 report.

Who Needs an SSAE 16 (SOC 1 ) Audit?

If your Company (the Service Organization ) performs outsourced services that affect the financial statements of another Company (the User Organization ), you will more than likely be asked to provide an SSAE16 Type II Report, especially if the User Organization is publicly traded.
Some example industries include:

  • Payroll Processing
  • Loan Servicing
  • Data Center /Co-Location/Network Monitoring Services
  • Software as a Service (SaaS )
  • Medical Claims Processors

What you Need to Know:

Before starting the SSAE 16 process, there are a number of considerations one must take into account that can save considerable time, effort, and money in the long run. Use the following items as a mini checklist for yourself:

  • Does my Company need an SSAE16, or, are we doing it just because someone asked?
  • Reports on the low end can run at least $15,000 a year, will the business lost be less of a burden than the cost of the report itself?
  • Does your company have defined Business Process and IT controls in place, or, will you need assistance developing and implementing them (readiness assessment)?
  • Have you determined the controls in place which affect the outsourced services being provided?
  • Have key stakeholders been defined and included in discussions?

There are many other issues to consider before engaging a CPA firm to help with your SSAE 16, for a more detailed checklist please see The SSAE 16 Checklist

You may have heard SSAE-18 is on the horizon for reports issued as of May 1, 2017. There are some important updates discussed in here: SSAE-18 An Update to SSAE-16 .

As the standard is formalized and the date approaches we will continue to provide more information to help you prepare for these changes.


Microsoft embeds HIPAA compliance into Office 365 #hipaa #compliance #checklist #data #center


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Seeking to allay providers’ privacy concerns and spur communication, Microsoft this week announced that its cloud productivity service, Microsoft Office 365, will comport with information security standards for customers in the U.S. and Europe.

As part of its contractual commitment to customers, officials say, Microsoft will now sign the EU s model clauses, which will help customers certify compliance with the European Commission s stringent Data Protection Directive, and will comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in the U.S.

Officials say that with the new capabilities for Office 365 which includes Exchange, SharePoint, Lync and Office health organizations can more confifently implement technologies for communication tools such as IM, paging, video conferencing and document sharing, accessing information from any secure device.

The economic advantages of cloud-based productivity solutions to drive down operational costs and complexity are well understood, but for most health organizations, HIPAA security and privacy concerns have been a show-stopping barrier to realizing the full anywhere, anytime productivity potential of cloud-based technologies, wrote Dennis Schmuland MD, Microsoft’s chief health strategy officer for U.S. health life sciences, in a blog post.

[C]ommunication and collaboration is the lifeblood of the health industry and Office 365 makes it easier for people and teams to be efficient and productive anytime and anywhere, he added. By embedding HIPAA privacy and security capabilities in Office 365, Microsoft is enabling health organizations to confidently empower their staff to communicate and collaborate anytime, anywhere and substantially lower their IT operating costs.

In February 2010, the EU released the model clauses to legitimize the transfer of personal data via international networks to locations outside the European Economic Area (EEA). When included in service agreements with data processors, the clauses assure customers that appropriate steps have been taken to help safeguard personal data, even if data is stored in a cloud-based service center located outside the EEA. European regulators have the option of requesting that customers halt the use of a service that hasn t taken appropriate steps to safeguard personal data until they have evaluated the service and deemed it compliant with EU data protection and security standards.

Along with furnishing the model clause provisions, officials say, Microsoft has gone a step further to include a data-processing agreement for EU customers. Some of the 27 member states have more exacting requirements than those of the EU-wide Data Protection Directive. To streamline the use of cloud-based services for customers operating under additional compliance requirements, Microsoft has included with the model clause provisions a robust data-processing agreement that was developed in view of the specifics of member-state regulations.

Developing cloud-based productivity tools that meet the needs of European businesses means more than simply building apps in a browser, said Jean-Philippe Courtois, president, Microsoft International. Microsoft has a more complete approach to European data protection and security laws than any other company, and we re proud of the work we ve done to ensure the widest range of organizations can move to the cloud with confidence or choose an equally functional on-premises option.

As the first major cloud-based productivity service to obtain certification under ISO/IEC 27001, a rigorous information security management benchmark, Microsoft submits to a yearly audit of its information security policy by an independent expert and shares the results with its customers, officials say. Additionally, the firm has developed its online services to provide physical, administrative and technical safeguards that facilitate full compliance with HIPAA requirements.


Engine Tune-up Checklist #philly #auto #show


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Engine Tune-up Checklist

When you bring your vehicle into Firestone Complete Auto Care for a tune-up, you are essentially asking our skilled technicians to inspect your engine, analyze vehicle performance, and make adjustments as needed. The engine tune-up checklist will include both preventative and restorative engine assessment, and final maintenance recommendations that will vary from vehicle to vehicle based on age, mileage and unique manufacturer recommendations.

To give you a better idea of what happens under the hood when you drop your car off, we’ve compiled a basic engine tune-up checklist:

  1. Check visual appearance of spark plugs: are they worn? What color are the insulator firing noses? An engine in good condition should have spark plugs with light tan or gray insulator firing noses. Any other color could be the sign of an engine problem.
  2. Test the performance of spark plugs. What color is the spark? Is the spark properly igniting the fuel?
  3. Check spark plug wires to make sure they are not hard or cracked.
  4. Check the fuel filter to make sure it isn’t clogged or dirty.
  5. Check the engine’s fuel pump for proper function.
  6. Inspect the engine’s fuel injectors to make sure dirt or other deposits are not restricting the amount of fuel that can be delivered to the engine.
  7. Make sure fuel injector buildup isn’t affecting how the spark plugs fire.
  8. Adjust the engine timing and idle if necessary.
  9. Check that the PCV valve isn’t clogged or leaking.
  10. Inspect the vehicle’s points and condenser

THREE SHOPS IN ONE, COMMITTED TO KEEPING YOUR CAR RUNNING NEWER, STRONGER, LONGER. FIRESTONE COMPLETE AUTO CARE:


A Checklist for Putting Together the Ultimate Emergency Car Kit #affordable #auto #insurance


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The Ultimate Emergency Car Kit: How to Equip Yourself for Most Any Calamity

No one enjoys being stranded on the side of the road, but when you have a well-equipped emergency car kit packed away in the trunk, the situation can be more bearable.

Survival

Security

  • Whistle.
  • Cash, coins. Power outages also take out ATM machines. Having cash for gas, a restaurant meal or hotel room might put you ahead of those who only have a debit or credit card.
  • Disposable camera. This could be very helpful in documenting a car accident. license plates, injuries or storm damage.
  • Pepper spray. This is good bear spray if your travels take you through bear country.
  • Emergency phone numbers on a laminated card.

Sanity

I keep my emergency kit packed in an opaque, under-the-bed bin that fits perfectly in the back of my SUV. To help with organization and keep track of inventory, I keep a laminated copy of this checklist on top of everything. Once your list is laminated, use a china marker to keep track of what you have packed in the kit.


Auto Tune-Up Checklist #oriellys #auto #parts


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Auto Tune-Up Checklist

Spark Plugs

Change your spark plugs every 30,000 miles to prevent build-up in the engine. When you change the plugs, change the wires if they show any signs of corrosion or wear. Some people prefer to wait until 100,000 miles to change them, in which case you want to pull them out to check them. Look for anything besides a light brown or tan coloring on the plug. If it is black, wet or yellow you may have a problem with the engine that needs further investigation.

Distributor Cap and Rotor

Since the distributor cap and rotor are plastic, they have a tendency to age over time and get cracked or worn. Replace your cap and rotor whenever you replace the spark plugs. If you have a bad cap and rotor or spark plugs, your car may misfire or experience other problems starting.

Filters

The oil, air and fuel filter keep your car running smoothly and prolong its life. Change oil and filter more often than every 30,000 miles. Manufacturers recommend between 3,000 and 6,000 miles. The air filter is responsible for trapping dirt and debris before it has a chance to get to the engine. Ideally check or change the air filter earlier than your spark plugs, particularly if you drive on dirt roads or live where dust is prominent. Replacing the fuel filter prevents dirt from getting inside the engine and improves gas mileage.

Oxygen Sensor

An oxygen sensor affects a vehicle’s emissions and is crucial for regulating the fuel, getting good gas mileage and reducing harmful gases released into the atmosphere. The largest impact a bad oxygen sensor has is reducing the life of your catalytic converter, which may cause engine stalling and build up inside the converter.


How to inspect a used car – illustrated used car checklist #auto #engines


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How to inspect a used car – illustrated used car checklist

What to look for in a used car

When inspecting a used car, you are looking for two things: signs of major problems that should tell you to avoid the car and any minor issues that need to be taken care of or that you can use in negotiations. If you found any evidence of a major problem in a car, there is no point to inspect it further, move on to the next car. Major problems include substantial rust damage, potential engine and transmission problems, previous serious accidents, flood damage, and signs that the car has been abused or neglected by previous owners. Minor issues are the ones that can be easily corrected, including worn tires, minor suspension and brakes problems as well as minor appearance flaws like dents, scratches, etc.

Research common problems

Almost any vehicle has some problems or weak spots that are common for this particular make and model. With the amount of internet resources available, it doesn’t take much to do a little research. Before going for a test-drive, research reliability and common problems for the car you are interested in. We’ve done some research on a number of cars and SUVs that you can find in our used car reviews section. Our site is easily accessible from a mobile device. You also can check other websites with owner reviews, dedicated forums, NHTSA complaints database and other sources. Once you know common problems, you will have much better idea what to look for. This will also help you to avoid “trouble” cars.

What you may need when checking a used car

You need something to take notes and a flashlight but with the technology available, your smartphone with a camera and a built-in flashlight will work just fine. If you have a small magnet, it might be helpful in detecting repaired corrosion spots. You also need a paper towel to check engine oil and a CD disc or iPod to check the CD player and audio system. If you will be using a child seat, it’s good idea to take one with you, so you can check if it fits easily. What’s most important, you need a knowledgeable friend who can help you weigh the pros and cons and make informed decision.

First step: quick overview


How to Buy a New Car – Car Buying Checklist #local #used #car #dealers


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Fill it in and check it off

Stay focused and organized with the NewCars.com Car Buying Checklist. Keep track of everything you need to know when buying your new car.

Get your current car’s trade-in value with our Black Book Used Car Appraisal tool.

If you opt to sell your old car yourself, find out its Private Party price and list it on Cars.com .

Get your FICO score powered by Experian to see the type of information used by 90% of top lenders.

Check with your bank or credit union for their best loan rates so you can compare them with the dealer’s best rate.

Calculate the monthly payment you can afford 20% of your monthly income or lower is a good starting point.

Figure out how much cash you can put into a down payment remember, the larger the down payment, the lower your monthly payments will be.

Use our Affordability Calculator to determine the price range of new car you can afford, based on all of the above data.

Explore the vehicles in your price range using our fun and interactive Car Chooser .

Search our Rebate Center to discover available rebates or financing and leasing deals on the cars you like.

Check whether you’ll save more money with a rebate or low finance offer using our Cash Back vs. Low APR Calculator .

Once you have settled on a car or two, go for a test drive to make sure they’re right for you. But remember, DO NOT start negotiating yet.


Engine Tune-up Checklist #auto #warranties


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Engine Tune-up Checklist

When you bring your vehicle into Firestone Complete Auto Care for a tune-up, you are essentially asking our skilled technicians to inspect your engine, analyze vehicle performance, and make adjustments as needed. The engine tune-up checklist will include both preventative and restorative engine assessment, and final maintenance recommendations that will vary from vehicle to vehicle based on age, mileage and unique manufacturer recommendations.

To give you a better idea of what happens under the hood when you drop your car off, we’ve compiled a basic engine tune-up checklist:

  1. Check visual appearance of spark plugs: are they worn? What color are the insulator firing noses? An engine in good condition should have spark plugs with light tan or gray insulator firing noses. Any other color could be the sign of an engine problem.
  2. Test the performance of spark plugs. What color is the spark? Is the spark properly igniting the fuel?
  3. Check spark plug wires to make sure they are not hard or cracked.
  4. Check the fuel filter to make sure it isn’t clogged or dirty.
  5. Check the engine’s fuel pump for proper function.
  6. Inspect the engine’s fuel injectors to make sure dirt or other deposits are not restricting the amount of fuel that can be delivered to the engine.
  7. Make sure fuel injector buildup isn’t affecting how the spark plugs fire.
  8. Adjust the engine timing and idle if necessary.
  9. Check that the PCV valve isn’t clogged or leaking.
  10. Inspect the vehicle’s points and condenser

THREE SHOPS IN ONE, COMMITTED TO KEEPING YOUR CAR RUNNING NEWER, STRONGER, LONGER. FIRESTONE COMPLETE AUTO CARE:


A Checklist for Putting Together the Ultimate Emergency Car Kit #auto #locksmith


#auto emergency kit
#

The Ultimate Emergency Car Kit: How to Equip Yourself for Most Any Calamity

No one enjoys being stranded on the side of the road, but when you have a well-equipped emergency car kit packed away in the trunk, the situation can be more bearable.

Survival

Security

  • Whistle.
  • Cash, coins. Power outages also take out ATM machines. Having cash for gas, a restaurant meal or hotel room might put you ahead of those who only have a debit or credit card.
  • Disposable camera. This could be very helpful in documenting a car accident. license plates, injuries or storm damage.
  • Pepper spray. This is good bear spray if your travels take you through bear country.
  • Emergency phone numbers on a laminated card.

Sanity

I keep my emergency kit packed in an opaque, under-the-bed bin that fits perfectly in the back of my SUV. To help with organization and keep track of inventory, I keep a laminated copy of this checklist on top of everything. Once your list is laminated, use a china marker to keep track of what you have packed in the kit.