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WHY DEFENSIVE DRIVING MATTERS

Car safety begins and ends with you. You can't control any of the other drivers on the road with you. However, you can control how you react to them. Whether you're speeding or driving recklessly, you're going to put a lot of wear and tear on your car. You'll need to see a mechanic a lot faster by the continuous use of the brakes than you would if you were driving safely. You're also more likely to need auto repair because of an accident due to your reckless driving. Here are a few tips on how you can be more car aware and how to drive defensively. 1. ALWAYS CHECK LANES One way that you can start using car safety is to check your lanes. While a lot of cars have lane assistance and lane detection systems, some still don't. Even those that do have this sophisticated technology can sometimes be wrong. Checking the lanes yourself is a good practice to use. Whether you're changing lines, merging onto the highway, or just driving the highway, you shou ... read more

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UNDERSTANDING THE EXHAUST AND EMISSION SYSTEM

In order to register and legally and safely drive an automobile, it must be able to pass an annual state-mandated emissions test. This helps ensure your vehicle's exhaust system doesn't release fumes into the atmosphere with a higher concentration of waste chemicals than is considered safe. Plus, if your vehicle's emission system isn't functioning properly, its performance will suffer. It may have problems starting, idling or running properly, gas mileage will decrease, you may hear unusual noises, or your tailpipe will emit clouds of white or black foul-smelling smoke. Plus, dangerous, deadly, carbon monoxide may even seep into your vehicle's cabin. UNDERSTANDING THE EXHAUST AND EMISSION SYSTEM Your vehicle's exhaust system consists of several important interconnected parts. All of them most work properly for the automobile to deliver optimal performance and reduce air pollution. Some key components of the emissions and exhaust systems of an automobile a ... read more

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TRANSMISSION REPAIR CAUSES AND THE EFFECTS OF PUTTING IT OFF

TRANSMISSION REPAIR CAUSES AND THE EFFECTS OF PUTTING IT OFF

The transmission of a car ensures that the appropriate level of engine power is transmitted to your drive shaft and the wheels to start and run your vehicle. If not properly functioning, your fuel efficiency will decrease, or your car may not operate at all. It is important to understand factors that could cause more frequent needs for transmission repair and how to avoid the need for transmission replacement down the line. Your vehicle will contain 1 of these Transmission types: An Automatic Transmission (AT) A Manual Transmission (MT) An Automated Manual Transmission (AM) A Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) HOW DOES AN AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION WORK? An automatic transmission is basically an automatic gear shifter. It is necessary to shift gears because otherwise the engine would not turn quick enough which will cause potentially irreparable damage. A properly functioning transmission allows necessary acceleration as well. Imagine not having the ability to switch out of first ... read more

What Is The Transfer Case In Your Car?

What Is The Transfer Case In Your Car?

A car transfer case is the place where power in a four-wheel-drive car is transferred to the back wheels. The majority of cars have front-wheel drive, but a transfer case is needed to send power to the back wheels. The case itself is the place where the prop shaft connects to both the back wheels and the engine. When you have the option to switch between two-wheel and four-wheel drive, you could put even more stress on the transfer case because it is turning on and off. There are a few tips below that will help you keep your transfer cases in good shape. HOW DOES THE TRANSFER CASE WORK? The transfer case accepts the prop shaft, and the prop shaft delivers power from the engine. However, the transfer case needs to help turn the back wheels when you are in four-wheel drive. This means that the transfer case is both helping the car move and helping the four-wheel-drive system stay aligned. Most of the parts of your car do not have multiple ... read more

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HOW DOES MY VEHICLE’S HEATING SYSTEM WORK?

It’s early in the morning. You just hopped into your car and are about to head off to work only to realize that your car has been sitting out in the cold at night which has essentially turned your car into an ice box. Upon starting the ignition, you immediately reach to turn the dial on your dashboard to activate your car’s heating system and begin to level out as you can feel the warmth spread throughout your car. Have you ever wondered how this process takes place? HEATING SYSTEM MAIN COMPONENTS Your vehicle’s heating system merges with other systems within your vehicle to aid in keeping you warm. Your engine cooling system shares some parts with your heating system. The components working to generate heat in your vehicle include: Water pump Heater Core Antifreeze HVAC Blower Motor Thermostat These are the components that a majority of makes and model’s heating system are made up of. On the contrary, there ... read more

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