By the time you begin driving, or shortly afterward, you should know that the vehicle is made up of more parts than just the body, wheels, and engine. There are many components that make up a car. Some parts are as large as the body, engine, and wheels. Also, there are some that are smaller like the brakes, calipers, and shock absorbers. All the components of a vehicle aid in keeping it running. On occasion, we will need to replace the parts that make up our car. Here is a small guide to help you learn when and why to replace your shock absorbers. What is a Shock Absorber Used for? The shock absorber, while small is an essential part of the car's braking system. It helps to take the sternness off the braking. That is, it is for when you stop you and your passengers do not feel it as bad as you would should you not have the absorber. It prevents large amounts of hydraulic fluids from entering through the pistons. Know When to Replace Your Car's Shock Absorbers Many parts of ... read more
Why is it valuable? Catalytic converters can fetch quite a price when sold as they are composed of different metals of value. Therefore, it is a good idea to ensure that you prevent its theft. Here you will find a few simple ways to do that. Prevention is better than cure Always park in a secure environment. When possible try to park your car out of harm's way where it will not be visible and therefore not be a target. If this is not possible ensure that you aim for a well-lit area with lots of traffic to deter thieves and ensure that any suspicious activity is noticed. Security cameras are a useful aid in protecting your belongings and when possible, it is best to park where there is CCTV monitoring. Alternatively, you may choose to invest in a dashboard camera. Park close to obstacles that will make it difficult for someone to get underneath your car to detach the converter. The idea here is to inconvenience prospective thieves to the point where it is just n ... read more
Understanding Regenerative Braking in EVs Hybrids Regenerative brakes are part of the structure that qualifies vehicles with an electric motor as energy-saving by maintaining and utilizing the energy released when braking. Hybrid and other electric vehicles (EVs) use electricity instead of gasoline as a fuel source, but another essential energy-saving consideration must be the regenerative braking component. Regenerative braking retains the energy usually dissipated as heat when the brakes are applied. As the vehicle slows, all the momentum used to go forward disperses into the brake pads in the form of kinetic heat energy in friction-based braking systems. These traditional braking systems generate friction as they decelerate using brake rotors and pads, which come together whenever the brake pedal is applied. Regenerative braking systems use the EV's motor to convert the kinetic energy lost during deceleration back into potential energy contained in the vehicle's battery ... read more
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The Symptoms Of Bad Brake Calipers Bad break calipers have quite a few signs and are an important part of your vehicle's performance and safety. Some of the signs your brake caliper may be going bad are - Noises, which include : squealing grinding clunking metal scraping or rubbing sounds Feeling things like: Your steering wheel pulling to one side while driving Vibrations in the steering wheel when stopping Vibrations in the brake pedal when releasing your foot off of the brake. Your car taking longer to stop or more pressure to slow down. Seeing things like: Uneven wear in the brake pads Leaking brake fluid All of these are good signs you might have a caliper problem. But what are calipers and why are they important? Calipers Have A Very Important Job Your brake calipers are what suspends your brake pads over the spinning rotor when your car is in park or drive. When you want to stop, your foot applies pressure on the brake, which lowers the calipers holding ... read more