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Car Air Conditioning Explained

16 November 2015, 14:16

Car air conditioning is a system within your car that allows you to cool the interior air of the vehicle in hot weather, providing for a cooler environment for the occupants.

Air conditioning now comes as standard in almost all newly produced cars and is a feature that most car owners have come to expect.

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The concept of air conditioning in a car was first properly developed by the Packard Motor Company in the United States. In 1939, they launched air conditioning as an add-on extra for purchasers of their cars.

Air conditioning was initially slow to grow in popularity but by 1970, almost half of all new cars...

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Learn more about automatic gears

What are Automatic Gears?

13 November 2015, 11:00

Even though they are a lot rarer in the UK than in other countries, there are still a number of vehicles that use automatic gears rather than the more popular manual version.

However, it is perhaps fair to say that not everybody actually understands what is meant by the term and are just aware that it means you do not have to do the gear changing, but is that all that it means?

Basically, it means that the car has an automatic transmission and is able to change the gear ratios in accordance with the way that the car is being driven.

It then allows the driver to focus on the driving part whilst the transmission makes sure that the engine is not being put under any undue stress by being in the wrong gear.

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Learn more about shock absorbers

What are The Shock Absorbers?

09 November 2015, 15:38

Shock absorbers are an essential part of the entire suspension system of a vehicle and without them you would have a horrible ride and also encounter a greater number of mechanical issues.

If we break them down to the absolute basic explanation, then they are hydraulic devices that work to both control and alleviate the impact caused by the movement of both the springs and suspension of the vehicle.

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Shock Absorbers

As their name suggests, they help to absorb the shock and energy that is generated by this movement and act by protecting the actual fabrication of the entire **[suspension system](/jobs/suspensio...

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Learn more about what an OBD Diagnostic tool is

What is an OBD Diagnostic Tool?

22 September 2015, 14:07

If you have any interest in repairing vehicles, then there is a pretty good chance that you have come across references to OBD diagnostic tools at some point.

OBD stands for On-Board Diagnostics and it is all connected to the on-board computer systems that have played an integral role in pretty much every single vehicle that has been manufactured since 1996.

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Learn more about adjustable tow bar

What is an Adjustable Tow Bar?

14 September 2015, 13:03

Tow bars come in many different shapes and sizes, and which one you should buy will depend entirely on your towing needs.

When it comes to being adjustable, it is often not the tow bars themselves but the brackets which are adjustable.

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You will only need to purchase an adjustable tow bracket if you have a car with a very high road clearance. If you drive a 4x4 vehicle and you want to tow a trailer or a caravan, you might find that the tow bar on your car is positioned too high up to safely attach and tow the vehicle.

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Learn what a camshaft is

The Camshaft - Rotation and Action

27 July 2015, 14:52

The camshaft, located beneath the engine, is another critical part of any car and fitted in a variety of conformations, each one operating with slight differences. In addition to the standard design, there is the overhead camshaft and the dual overhead version.

The camshaft rotates in conjunction with the crankshaft of a car. It performs a service that involves the mixture of air and fuel entering cylinders and the gases emitted from them, in an action repeated many thousands of times.

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Learn what the head gasket does

The Purpose of the Head Gasket

27 July 2015, 14:46

Modern vehicles are commonly manufactured with an engine block and a cylinder head bolted on top, which makes a head gasket a critical seal. This important component is situated between the engine block and cylinder head. It is a machined casting for an internal combustion engine, designed with cylindrical bored holes for hosting the pistons. A head gasket performs the task of a seal between the engine block and cylinder head.

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