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What is a Differential in Cars and How Do They Work?

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What is a Differential in Cars and How Do They Work?

An automotive expert may tell a customer, "We need to change the differential oil," and the customer may have no clue what he's referring to.  So many times we'll hear words related to our cars and not even understand what they are. So What is a Differential?  A differential is found on all modern cars and trucks. It is part of the front and/or rear axle assembly.  The axle is the central shaft that the wheels on the vehicle rotate around.  The photo below shows where it's located on a vehicle with a four wheel drive automatic transmission.   How Do Differentials Work? The differential allows...

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What Happens If You Put the Wrong Transmission Fluid in Your Car?

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What Happens If You Put the Wrong Transmission Fluid in Your Car?

While it’s not uncommon for someone to mix up which fluids should go in their car, putting the wrong transmission fluid in your car could be your vehicle's fast pass to an early grave. Car transmissions are delicate mechanisms. Each car has its own recommendations from the manufacturer on which transmission fluid your car needs. Some transmission fluids are very incompatible with different transmission types as they use different additives in the fluids. Your car transmission needs the correct fluid, as specified by your car manufacturer, to run correctly and to the fullest length of life. Types of Transmission Fluid...

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Symptoms of Using the Wrong Engine Oil in Your Car

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Symptoms of Using the Wrong Engine Oil in Your Car

Did you know using the wrong engine oil could actually cause damage to your car’s engine? Understanding why an inexpensive engine oil could damage your car is essential to help you make the best choices for your vehicle maintenance. SAE Viscosity Grade and Standards The motor oil in automobiles has to function under various temperature and pressures. For example, vehicles must endure the cold weather of the harmattan/rainy/winter season and the hot weather of the dry season. Oil has a harder time flowing in the cold and an easier time flowing in hot temperatures. And if you’re hauling a heavy load...

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What Happens If You Use the Wrong Fluids in Your Car?

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What Happens If You Use the Wrong Fluids in Your Car?

For most consumers, a car is their second biggest investment, yet many treat their vehicle about the same as their washing machine or other appliance(s). They don't worry about it until something goes wrong. It's not uncommon for people to use the wrong fluid(s) in their cars, and if they do, the results can vary from irritating to deadly for both the car and the occupants. A British health study found that filling the coolant reservoir with only water creates a good breeding ground for the bacterium that causes Legionnaires' disease.   Here's what else could happen if you use...

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5 Fuel Saving Car Technologies

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5 Fuel Saving Car Technologies

With the continued threat of rising gasoline prices at the pump, buying a fuel efficient vehicle is a way to save money while helping the environment too. From a consumer's standpoint, the technologies used in today's cars to separate a gas guzzler from a fuel efficient car are nothing short of amazing. Let’s take a look at some of the more important and popular features being introduced on new models.   1. Variable Displacement / Active Cylinder Deactivation: An effective way to help improve fuel economy is to shut off unnecessary cylinders. The displacement of a car’s engine is the volume of one cylinder multiplied by...

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