Some people seem to be born with an innate knowledge of the inner workings of a car. They can listen to a sputtering engine for a few seconds and confidently diagnose what’s happening under the hood.
Others view their car as a profound mystery. Fuel injectors? Timing belts? Torque? It’s like a foreign language.
Most of us are somewhere in the middle. We don’t know all the ins-and-outs of our trusty vehicles, but we try to learn along the way.
At [atc], we stress education, good stewardship and pride of ownership when it comes to your vehicle.
Learn the basics about your car and you’ll spot potential problems to take preventative action and avoid costly repairs.
And, when minor issues arise, you’ll know why to address it before it turns into a major problem.
So how can you begin to grasp the inner workings of your car? Click the image below and try matching the terms below with their definitions. Then read on to learn about a two of the most important elements of your car.
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Two Other Important Vehicle Systems You Should Know
How does your small foot on a small gas pedal stop a giant moving vehicle? It’s all about friction, fluid, and brake pads. When you hit the brakes, fluid is pressurized in the braking system and the brake pads are pushed against the rotors- which creates friction. That friction allows your car to slow down and stop.
It’s important to get a brake fluid exchange (about every 2 years) brake fluid naturally attracts moisture, which can cause the fluid to boil under heavy braking or cause internal corrosion, leading to decreased braking effectiveness. Brake pads should also be changed because they wear out and become thinner.
Most pay no attention to their transmission unless something goes wrong, but the transmission is one of the most important systems in your car! Transmission fluid lubricates, cools, and cleans your transmission, providing energy to your engine.
As the fluid protects the transmission, it breaks down, leading to harmful deposits in the transmission. Repairs can cost thousands of dollars. So it’s important to change transmission fluid and filter (if applicable) per manufacturers recommended interval. Always choose to prevent transmission issues instead of fixing them.
There are always new things you can learn about your car.
We’re always here to answer your questions so that you can know and appreciate the way your car works for years to come.
You drive your car just about every day, so it is important to have a basic working knowledge of this complicated, fascinating machine.
Knowledge is power!