Car accessories

Vehicle Types - Types of Car

Vehicle Types: Automobiles vs. Light Trucks - For classification purposes, automobile manufacturers have historically divided their light vehicle products into two categories, Automobiles and Light Trucks. Sales and marketing analysts use these classifications when discussing auto sales figures, so I'll use them as well.In the section called Hybrids, I discuss the new categories that cross the...

Adjusting Your Mirrors Correctly

Don't assume that modern car door mirrors adjust themselves or you could be putting your life and others at risk. You need to adjust all three of your rear view mirrors so that you get the widest view possible while keeping your blind spots to a minimum. This is particularly important on multi-lane highways where you may have to keep tabs on lanes on both sides.Many drivers do not turn their...

Engine Oil Specifications and Lubricant Technology

- Rudy HiebertEurope and the United States differ greatly when it comes to setting engine oil specifications. In Europe, vehicle manufacturers play the major role in developing lubricant specifications. Made up of 13 major European truck, bus and car manufacturers, the European Automobile Manufacturers Association, ACEA, publishes its engine oil specifications as ACEA European Oil Sequences. In...

Checking and maintenance of car brake system

The brakes are the most important active safety of a car and one of its key pieces. However, many drivers do not seem to understand it well. According to a statistics, about 40% of the defects detected by the ITV correspond to the brakes. It is not enough to bring the car to the shop when something goes wrong.   Care should be taken earlier for your car security feature before facing an...

Washing & Detailing Your Vehicle

Carwash Chains - Many of the carwash chains offer interior detailing services in addition to their washing activities. Just remember you get what you pay for: a $5 or $10 detailing is little more than a quick vacuum and $.50 worth of Armor-all. I do occasionally use some of the better national carwash chains, especially during the winter months, and strongly suggest buying their top-of-the-line...

Drivelines - Four Wheel Drive, All-Wheel Drive, Traction Control

Remember with AWD and 4WD, you need the same cushion of space as you would with two-wheel drive. In fact, because of their weight, heavy sport utility vehicles may take longer to stop on slippery surfaces than a lighter passenger car would at the same speed. - Manufacturers don't offer many manual transmissions anymore, at least not in North America.  Some people (like myself) find...

Reasons to buy used car spare parts

We do all know that having a car entails maintenance, which too many people proved rather costly. As a matter of fact, one of the biggest expenditures you’ll make in order to keep your car in tiptop shape would be buying new parts for your car.It is inevitable that your car will need scheduled replacements for some of its essential parts, especially those that have grown worn and old. But it...

History of Modern Lighting and Lighting System Maintenance

The Past: What most cars in North America currently useCar lighting systems have evolved slowly. Early cars simply carried over the carbide brass lanterns and incandescent lamps used on carriages. The first truly innovative development, in the early 1920s, was the dual filament or "Duplo" lamp. The early 1950s saw the introduction of the first asymmetrical lamp, the "Duplo-D," with a low beam...

Consumer Bumper Quality Disclosure Bill

The bill requires auto manufacturers to provide bumper quality information to buyers at the point of sale.One of the most frequently replaced and repaired automobile parts is the bumper. Because a bumper is designed to protect other parts of a car (including safety systems such as steering, brakes and lights), it is almost always struck during front and rear-end crashes, the two most common...

Air Bags Work - They Save Lives

Air bags saved an estimated 1,043 lives in 1998 alone. However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that tragically 96 children have been killed or injured by the force of a deploying air bag. In many cases, the children were riding in the front seat either in a rear-facing child safety seat or "out of position" - either unbuckled, or not wearing the shoulder...

Maintenance Recommendations

Unlike the vehicles of even a decade ago, today's high-tech automobiles require the services of specially trained technicians and mechanics. Whether you choose to go to a franchised dealer or an independent garage, remember that your mechanic is your automobile's physician. Take your mechanic's advice and treat him or her with the same respect you would any professional. The...

Fuel Economy Vs. Performance

Gas Mileage - EPA gas mileage results are listed on the window stickers of all new vehicles. The current high-mileage champs are the Honda Insight and Toyota Prius, both averaging around 70 miles per gallon. At the other extreme of the scale lies the Ford Excursion, with around 12 mpg.Compare the statistics. With gasoline at $1.50 per gallon, and the average driver traveling around 15,000 miles...

Daimer's new, powerful auto Detailing mobile car wash, carpet cleaner, biodegradable chemicals

Daimer Industries, a leading manufacturer and distributor of commercial cleaning products, introduced new products for the auto detailing industry, including: steam car wash pressure washers that remove grime without damaging delicate vehicle surfaces; powerful carpet cleaners for tight spaces and upholstery; and Eco-Green® green chemicals that clean vehicles inside and out. Portable Car...

Hybrid Power - Hybrid Vehicles - Shared Platforms

Hybrid-Power - Hybrid-powered vehicles are the future of the industry, combining the benefits of an electric vehicle with the convenience of a gasoline-powered model. An electric motor handles normal stop-and-go travel and initial highway acceleration. A gasoline- or diesel-powered internal combustion engine kicks in when the vehicle gets to higher speeds.A sophisticated computer control system...

Air Bags - Frequently Asked Questions

Airbags - A Danger To ChildrenQuestion: Why are air bags dangerous to children age 12 and under?Answer: Air bags inflate at speeds up to 200 mph -- faster than the blink of an eye -- to protect adults in a front-end collision. That blast of energy can severely hurt or kill passengers and drivers who are too close to the air bag. An infant's head in a rear-facing safety seat is directly in...