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Brakes

Brakes: Brakes offer a way to slow the momentum of a vehicle for better control and safety on the road. A brake system uses hydraulic advantage to apply force to a friction material that generates heat. A moving vehicle has kinetic energy. Brakes convert kinetic energy into heat energy. There are two types of brakes:

The Drive Train

Drive Train: The drive train (drivetrain or powertrain) is a series of parts that transfer energy from the combustion engine to the wheels. The drive train has three main parts: the transmission, drive line or drive shaft, and differential. In some four-wheel drive vehicles a transfer case is also necessary.     The rotation of

The Fuel System

Fuel System: The fuel system is the system which pumps fuel into the cylinders of the internal combustion engine and mixes it with the perfect amount of air for combustion. There are two types of fuel systems: fuel injection and carburetors.     Prior to 1985 most vehicles used a carburetor. A carburetor uses a

The Cooling System

Cooling System: Cooling system maintenance is preventive maintenance done to avoid an overheating situation and to avoid electrolysis (the breakdown of metals that occurs inside the engine block). Cooling system maintenance mileage varies by make and model. In some cases, maintenance is necessary before the mileage indicated in the owner’s manual. For example, if the

Tires

Tire Specifications: There are two specification sets for tires including the tire manufacturer specifications and the vehicle manufacturer specifications. Whenever you take your car to a tire shop to get the tires changed, they have to meet these specifications by law. You can get a tire that goes above these specifications, but never below. The

Dashboard Indicator Lights

Dashboard Indicator Lights: The instrument panel on your dashboard has multiple gauges and indicators. These may include the fuel gauge, speedometer, tachometer, oil pressure, and engine temperature. Most are self-explanatory– the speedometer measures your speed, etc. The one that may not be self-explanatory is the tachometer, which indicates engine speed in revolutions per minute (RPM).

General Maintenance

Vehicle Owner’s Manual: All vehicles are different and the owner’s manual for each make and model is the most useful reference for maintenance and repair of that specific vehicle. Despite the fact that it can often look thick, complicated, and boring on the surface, vehicle owners should become familiar and comfortable with the owner’s manual.