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Process Of Full Or Major Car Service

Process Of A Full Or Major Car Service In a minor service there areseveral items that required checking rather than replacements i.e. spark plugs and air filter. During a major service operation  these two items tend…

Tyres In Their Own Right

Tyres In Their Own Right The vast majority of people would regard the tyre as a subject in its own right and there is absolutely nothing wrong in that, however, very few people would consider…

Basic Principles Of Vehicle Suspension

The Basic Principles Of A Vehicles Suspension System The basic principle of any form of suspension is the isolation of one component or medium from an adjacent component or medium. In the case of a…

Car Steering System

Understanding The Car Steering System So what, other than changing direction, is required of the steering system? One of the most important is the transmission from the steered wheels to the driver. This feedback will give…

Understanding The Vehicles Structure

An Understanding Of A Vehicles Structure Every fitment in or on a motor vehicle has to be mounted to the bodywork or structure, so having a clear understanding or this helps with car design. By…

Car Braking System Basics

Basics On The Car Braking System The brakes allow the vehicle to be slowed in varying degrees and also provides some method of holding a stationary vehicle without having to continually apply the service (foot)…

Final Drive Systems Of A Car

The Final Drive Systems Of A Car Depending on the vehicle type, either two or four wheel drive, engine power has to be fed through the gearbox and reach the driven wheels; this is the job of…

Manual Gearbox Of a Car

The Manual Gearbox Of A Car Engine power in the form of rotation is delivered to the final drive from the gearbox. The manual gearbox is normally in the form of a cast metal casing…

Vehicle Clutch Basics

The Clutch In Your Vehicle Basics As engine power is transmitted through the gearbox, the gears themselves will have a tendency to stay in mesh making gear changing very difficult. Even more difficult, once a…

The Basics Of The Petrol Car Engine

The Basics Of The Car Petrol Engine The basic principle behind the petrol engine and for that matter, the diesel engine, is one of internal combustion, although the two differ in their respective fuel systems…

Induction And Compression Of An Engine

Ignition Compression Of A Car Engine Dr Rudolf Diesel took out patent 7241 in 1892 which detailed an engine design relying on the induction of coal dust for fuel. Prior to this, the English engineer Herbert…

Basics Of The Car Electrical System

The Basics Of The Car Electrical System Modern vehicles are now fitted with an ever increasing number of electrical components. These can further split into even more electrically controlled devices which seem to increase in…

Basics On Body Electronics

Some Basics Of Car Body Electronics Body Electrics?, I mentioned the term electronics alongside electrical, this was done as the two areas are inseparable in so much as electronic systems tend to control electrical systems in…

Maintenance – General Principles

Routine Maintenance General Principles Ever since the advent of the motor vehicle, or for that matter the advent of any mechanical device, routine maintenance has been never far from peoples minds whether they be the…

Weekly Checks On Your Car

Recomended Weekly Checks On Your Car The weekly checks on the vehicle may well be the ones that are ignored but after all these are the checks that will display early signs of trouble, for…

Engine Bay Service

Car Engine Service Guide Some vehicle manufacturers having spent quite some time and effort into examining the use that their products  have decided that there is a case for a minimal service which is little…

Interim Car Service

Interim (or minor) Car Service Guide For the most part the interim service comprises extra items on top of the engine bay service in that work involved is on the underside of the vehicle, normally…

How Does A Car Engine Work

How Does A Car Engine Work A Petrol Engine operates the principle of combustion. A fuel/air mixture is pulled into a cylinder, the cylinder is then closed off and the piston is thrust upwards to…

Buying A Used Car

Advice On Buying A Used Car People assume buying a used car is simple, you simply pay the money and take the car. As anyone who has bought one will know it can be a…

Counterfeit Airbags A Serious Issue

Counterfeit Airbags A Serious Issue The issue of retailers and unwary owners installing counterfeit airbags into their vehicles has become such an issue in the USA that the “Counterfeit Airbag Bill ” has been passed…

Get That Vehicle Documentation Right

Get That Vehicle Documentation Right There are legal requirements in the UK as in most countries in the world to ensure the ownership of any vehicle is clear and that they adhere to the essentials…

5 Common Car Brake Problems

5 Common Brake Problems Our brakes are maybe the most important thing to keep tabs on. Of course if your engine isn’t working it won’t run. If your wheels are off kilter than it won’t…