One thing for sure is that cars have really revolutionized the transport industry. Although there are many other alternative means of travelling from one point to another, these road vehicles have proved to be a very convenient means. Furthermore, driving can be very worthwhile too.
With a car, you get to experience Mother Nature’s terrains at their very best. Drive your SUV through the vast icy lakes during winter, the rocky landscapes of mountain areas as well as the smooth city roads the Government has worked so hard to develop. Are you a car lover? If yes, below are a few things you should know about them.
Cars are not just machines
First thing first, stop treating your vehicle as a mere piece of metal. Cars are more than just machines. Just think about it. They almost resemble a living being. You are probably wondering how. Well, just like you, cars have an engine that acts as a heart. If you’ve seen the rhythmic movement of engine pistons, you could almost feel the life being pumped into your car. It’s just beautiful. Besides that, you also have tyres that act as limbs and intelligent car operating systems that act as the brains.
With that in mind, you need to treat your vehicle extremely well. Prepare a detailed maintenance schedule and stick to it. This will ensure that your car is always at its best 24/7. Moreover, learn to understand what your engine lights are telling you. As always, green implies that everything is good. However, always take your automobile for a check-up immediately your lights turn yellow. Try your best not to let it get to red.
You’d be surprised how little some people know about their engines. For instance, what is the difference between a V type engine and a supercharged engine? In order to know that, you need to know how engines are categorized. It’s not just about the make. Sometimes, engines are and can be made with different cylinder arrangements. From this you get the V type engines, W type engines, radial engines and so on. Additionally, engines can also be classified in terms of fuel used. That is, diesel engine, petrol engine, gas and even electric engine. There are also many other engine categories out there.
Is 4-wheel drive (4WD) All wheel-drive (AWD)?
The above two terms can be quite confusing, especially since they use a similar concept. If a car has four wheels, doesn’t it mean that all-wheel means four-wheel? Well, that is what you might think but it’s not the case. You could say that an AWD system is a full time 4WD system. Unlike 4WD, it does not need to be activated at particular times. Additionally, AWD uses front, rear, and centre differentials to get the vehicle moving. With 4WD, a transfer case and 2 differentials are used to distribute torque for moving the wheels.
Critical car information
Always make sure you know your car’s year, make and model. This information is important when it comes to repair, upgrades and installation of accessories. You can find most of this information on your VIN (Vehicle Identification number). Just take a look on your dashboard over the driver’s side. This 17-digit number should help you know a little bit more about your vehicle.