Emission Control Systems in Automobiles

When we think of car emission control systems in automobiles work, we usually think of dark smoke or fumes coming out of our exhaust pipes. While we drive, internal combustion processes create noxious chemicals (like CO2 and nitrogen oxides) and get released into the air. But tailpipe emissions are now controlled using a number of systems like catalytic converters...

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Brake System and Components

You must have brake fluid for your brake system to work properly. It's a key ingredient. When there is pressure applied to the brake fluid lines, energy is distributed to your brake parts. If your car leaks brake fluid, it could take longer to stop or it may not stop at all. Without any brake fluid, your brakes won’t...

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Can Automotive Batteries Get Old

This date tells you when the battery was shipped from the factory to a local wholesale distributor. The additional numbers indicate where it was made. Car batteries usually last from three to five years. But it's important to look out for signs or warnings that your batteries get old, like, a slow engine crank or low battery fluid....

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Automotive Batteries Inside and Out

The average car battery lasts 3 to 5 years, but extreme temperatures, weather, and even driving habits can shorten the lifespan of your battery. We offer a battery check-up with every visit to our store. This is a quick diagnostic where we check the temperature your battery can be expected to fail. This also provides you some idea how...

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Smart Sensors in Late Model Cars

Clusters are now used on a smaller scale for smart sensors. For instance, a typical pressure sensor has a component that sends out varying voltage, depending on the pressure placed on it. Typically, the voltage output is not constant, it can vary with the temperature, and it is a low-level voltage, which means it needs amplification.

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ECU Components in Automobiles

Before today's emission laws, you could build a car engine with no microprocessors. However, we now have stricter emissions laws, so sophisticated controlling mechanisms (ECU Components and Engine Controls) were necessary to control the air/fuel mixture in order for the catalytic converter to reduce the pollution from our exhaust. (Look at How Catalytic Converters Work for further explanation.)

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Automotive Electrical Design

All the different modules send this information onto the communications bus and, several times a second, the ECU sends out information containing a header and the data. The header is simply a number that identifies the data as either a speed or temperature reading while the data is the actual speed or temperature. Another module on the instrument panel...

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Steps Completing Wheel Alignment

Steps completing wheel alignment? Vehicle alignment requires bringing a car’s suspension into the correct configuration by adjusting components in order for the wheels to be aligned with one another as well as the road. This process is performed by an knowledgeable and experienced mechanic and a special alignment machine.

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Wheel Alignment Basics FWD RWD and 4X4

“Alignment” is not just one part of your car. The alignment is actually a complex subject that includes a variety of terms and interrelated parts. When your tires are out of alignment, it means the wheels and the parts controlling them aren’t facing the correct angle to work properly. This affects steering, suspension, and can rapidly wear down tires....

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