Understanding Vehicle Heating and Cooling Systems

Mechanic Inspecting EngineYou may have a new car and are wondering if it’s important to get your heating and cooling system checked on a regular basis. If you think it means checking the heater and air conditioner to make sure they both turn on okay, then you need an introductory course in your vehicle’s heating and cooling systems.

The purpose of the cooling system of your car is to keep the engine cool — not you. If your cooling system doesn’t work properly, then your engine will overheat, and it won’t operate at its optimum efficiency. Or, worse yet, your engine will just quit.

Components of an automobile cooling system include the following:

  • radiator
  • fan
  • thermostat
  • hoses
  • water pump
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Getting Your Car Ready for a Long Trip

Mechanic Inspecting CarNothing spoils a long-awaited road trip or vacation faster than car trouble when you are far from home. No one wants to invest even one minute stranded alongside the road waiting for help or a tow truck. A checkup on your car before departing on your trip could make a big difference.

When to Schedule Your Car for a Safety Inspection

Taking care of car maintenance before you leave will insure that your car takes care of you after you leave. Of course, the easiest way to help safeguard your trip is to take your car to a mechanic before you plan to leave and let him perform a full safety inspection

Be aware, however, that waiting until a week before to take your car in for a safety inspection might not be enough time to correct a major problem if one is discovered. Therefore, when scheduling a time to get your vehicle checked out, you should also factor in possible repair time.

Taking your car to a repair shop two weeks prior to leaving on your trip would allow more flexibility for both you and your mechanic. Even so, many car owners will ask a mechanic to inspect their cars the day before leaving on their trips, not realizing it could potentially alter their travel plans.

A sizable, last minute auto repair could cause a significant delay in your trip. Notwithstanding, having to rent a car for a long trip or vacation could be a real budget buster.

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Dealership Service Centers vs. Smaller Repair Shops

Mechanic Working On CarAside from deciding which vehicle to invest in, perhaps no automotive decision is quite as important as the repair place you choose to perform general maintenance and service on your vehicle. When you entrust the working condition of your vehicle to another, you are quite literally putting your life and the life of those you love in their hands. Because of this, you want to ensure that your vehicle is getting the best possible maintenance and service from the most capable hands.

Dealership Warranties

Those who buy from a dealership will be led to believe by the dealership that they should return to the place of purchase for all of their automotive maintenance and repair needs. If your vehicle is still under warranty, the dealership may, in fact, be your best option, especially for required maintenance.

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Possible Issues With Power Steering In Your Car

Mechanic Working On CarAfter WWII, in the early fifties, only one million vehicles had power steering. Within three years one in every four cars sold had power steering. By the sixties, 3.5 million cars purchased had power steering systems.

Today, twenty-first century car owners take this feature for granted, which is only natural. Once an option only on high-end cars, power steering is now standard equipment on nearly every vehicle. In fact, if you don’t want it on your new vehicle, you would have to place a special order.

How Power Steering Became Standard Equipment

Getting from driving a car with a tiller to driving one fitted with a steering wheel, then that wheel being equipped with power steering, is an amazing evolution that continues even today with the inevitable transition from traditional hydraulic power steering to the newest technological advancement in steering, electric power steering.

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Synthetic vs. Conventional Motor Oil

Mechanic Putting Oil in CarOil. Lots of people use it. Lots of people know what it is. They know that it’s a product used in all motor vehicles. However, very few people really know much more about it than that.

Most people are not aware that there are two totally different types of motor oil that can be used in their engines. The two types are man-made synthetic oil and conventional refined oil.

There are major differences between the two types of oil. Unfortunately, most people don’t take time to understand these differences and how their automobiles might be impacted by their choice of oil.

Conventional oil and synthetic oil are primarily different in that synthetic oil is manmade, whereas conventional oil is explored, extracted, and refined. “Synthetic oil” may sound like a technological advancement of the twenty-first century. However, the technology dates back to the mid-twentieth century.

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