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A History Crash Course on Seat Belts

A History Crash Course on Seat Belts

The seat belt was first invented in the late 1800s by an English Engineer named George Cayley to help stop pilots from falling out of their gliders. Although, the first "seat belt," or lap belt, wasn't patented until 1855 by American Edward J. Claghorn to keep visitors safe while traveling in New York taxis. However, seat belts weren't widely popular until the mid-1930s when U.S. Physicians started testing lap belts and saw how much potential they could have. After tests and studies, they finally pushed car manufacturers into adding lap belts into all their automobiles.    It wasn't until 1959 until Volvo invented the three-point seat belt. Nils Bohlin, a Swedish inventor, created it, and he made this belt to protect both the upper and lower body. This invention is the same model that is used in almost all vehicles today.    It wasn't long until American vehicles were required to have seat belts in 1966. Before, automobile companies off ... read more

How Do Drum Brakes Work?

How Do Drum Brakes Work?

Drum brakes play a crucial role when it comes to stopping your car. It is quite an intricate system made of such components as a brake drum, backing plate, brake shoe, and wheel cylinder. A drum brake uses the wheel cylinder to apply pressure on the brake shoes or pads, pressing them against the inside of the cylinder-shaped brake drum. This will slow down the wheels and eventually stop your car. Suffice to say, drum brakes are exposed to lots of heat which ultimately wear them out, calling for a replacement.   Self-Applying Features   Drum brakes are equipped with a self-applying (self-energizing) mechanism. The drum rotation will drive one or both shoes into the friction ground making the brakes grip harder, thereby enhancing the stopping power. This makes it easier for the driver to moderate the braking power.   Ideally, your drums are supposed to last for 200,000 miles. All the same, this is bound to vary, especially if there are more worn-out ... read more

What are the Signs of Bad Fuel Injectors?

What are the Signs of Bad Fuel Injectors?

What are the Signs of Bad Fuel Injectors? A fuel injector supplies fuel to the engine. It has a nozzle that sprays the fuel into the cylinder for combustion to take place. For the process to be effective, the fuel must be delivered in the right amount and time. Besides, it must be at the right pressure, spray pattern, and angle for combustion to be successful. Most vehicles use Engine Control Units (ECUs) to manage fuel injectors via various sensors to ensure these parameters are met. If the fuel injector has a problem, you may notice various signs when the engine is running. Here are some of the most common ones: Engine stalling or rough idle: If the vehicle does not get enough fuel or gets an uneven supply, the RPM during idling goes down and results in violent or rough idle. If RPM goes too low, the car stalls and has to be restarted. Engine vibration: Sometimes, a faulty fuel injector causes the cylinder to shut without receiving fuel. There will be a hiccup in ... read more

Does Turning on Your Car Heater Help with Engine Overheating?

Does Turning on Your Car Heater Help with Engine Overheating?

Even with all the advances in modern vehicle cooling systems, it's still possible for your car or truck engine to overheat. The Signs Your Car Engine is Overheating If you've ever had the unfortunate experience of your car engine overheating, you may already know the signs: steam billowing from under the hood, a strange smell, and the temperature gauge ticking into the red. If you observe any of the above signs, it's likely that your car engine is overheating. Following the below tips can help save you money on repairs when the time comes. What To Do When Your Engine Overheats There are a variety of issues that can lead to engine overheating. We can help determine the cause and get you back on the road quickly. But when you notice the first signs of overheating, follow these steps as soon as possible: 1. Turn On Your Car Heater It may seem counter-intuitive, but one of the smartest things you can do to help with engine overheating is turn on your car heater. Turning ... read more

Why Does My Car Squeal When I Brake?

Why Does My Car Squeal When I Brake?

Hearing a strange or unknown noise when you are driving your car can be a scary sound. Even more so, if you are hearing squealing noises as you're braking it could be reminiscent of fingernails scraping down the chalkboard. Squealing as you're braking is not just unpleasant, it is also scary. It is a warning sign that things aren't going too well with your brakes and you know something will have to be done about it. Knowing something will have to be done is one thing, but knowing why the squealing noise is happening maybe something you aren't aware of as to why it's happening, but here are some reasons as to why you're hearing this frightening noise at all. A squealing noise when you brake is no joke, and here are some things that could cause this to happen: Brake Pads Are Worn Out: This is a common reason why you will hear this sound. This will happen when there is a metal wear indicator is uncovered on your brake pads. When this happens, it will cause the s ... read more

What are the Symptoms of a Failing Control Arm Assembly?

What are the Symptoms of a Failing Control Arm Assembly?

A control arm assembly, otherwise known as an A-arm assembly, is a vital part of most passenger vehicles. They essentially link the steering wheel and the chassis of the vehicle, making it possible to steer. However, like all parts on a vehicle, they do wear out and need parts or all of the assembly to be replaced. Over time, the bushings and ball joints that are in the control arm assembly wear out. There are three main signs that your control arm assembly is going out. The first sign that your control arm assembly is failing is vibration, usually felt in the steering wheel as you're driving. The steering wheel will actually shimmy, and the vibrations of the vehicle can be felt in the wheel itself. This vibration may increase with the speed of the vehicle and then smooth out once the desired speed is reached. The second sign that the control arm assembly is failing is that the steering of the vehicle will begin wandering. Excessively worn ball joints and bushings will cause the ... read more

What Damage Can Speed Bumps Do To Your Vehicle?

What Damage Can Speed Bumps Do To Your Vehicle?

Often than not, we chastise ourselves for speeding across a speed bump when distracted. After getting over the fright of your life, you cruise along more carefully but oblivious of the damage the speed bump causes to your car. Hitting a speed bump causes significant damage to your vehicle. Here are some examples of the damage speed bumps do to your car: They cause significant damage to your tires: Speed bumps are about three to four inches high. Despite seeming small, they can give your car some air if you hit them fast. As your car lands back on the road, the tire's sidewalls tend to touch the ground. This increases the risk of a blowout and significant damage.   Damage the shocks: Shock absorbers are designed to absorb road imperfections. This is why you hardly feel all the dips, bumps or rocks your car goes over. However, when you drive very fast over a road imperfection or speed bump, the shocks aren't able to quickly absorb the unexpected energy w ... read more

What's One of Your Happy Places?

What's One of Your Happy Places?

My husband Brian is what we call a "man's man." He spent 10 years in the Navy doing silly things lilke jumping out of helicopters. For several years he drove a race car living by the mantra that "if you're not rubbing your not racing." Fast cars, fast motorcyles, anything that gets the adrenaline pumping was what he lived for. Besides fixing cars, any car or truck, he is my personal MacGuyver. If it needs to be fixed, he'll figure it out. He's done electrical, construction, plumbing, and roofing.. He wears Carhartt jeans, flannel shirts, sips bourbon, dips Copenhagen, and loves Country music. I'm not a frills and lace kind of gal. I'm not into retail therapy and I don't have a closet full of shoes.I don't do acrylic nails, or even paint my nails, my hair is almost always in it's typical low maintenance ponytail, and my makeup bag consists of department store basics that I probably got on sale. I can travel for a week with no ... read more

Thankfulness

Thankfulness

                Oh the memes that have been created this year. We've all heard it, and probably said it, many times:  2020 SUCKS! But as we go into Thanksgiving week, I'd like to challenge you with a question that Brian and I asked ourselves this week. What would it be like if we flipped the script? What if we sat and thought about 2020 in it's entirety, and looked for the good? What would that look like?               Like just about everyone else, the snow globe of our lives was shaken pretty good with the lockdowns and government response to Covid 19. UNLIKE many, however, we did not lose our jobs. We are considered an essential business, and were able to stay open. Yes, business is down because people are driving less, but that has given us the opportunity to have a little more time off than usual. To sleep in a little later, go home a little earlier. We've had the ... read more

Winter 2020

Winter 2020

By every method of measurement, 2020 has been an unusually turbulent year. From Covid-19 and the widespread changes to almost all aspects of everyday life, the unprecedented number of wildfires, civil unrest with much of it centered in Portland, murder hornets, and now predictions for a winter more volatile that we've seen in a few years. It seems like the hits just keep coming. You can minimize potential automotive issues over the winter by addressing some normal maintenance items and other specific things: Battery Tire pressure Wiper blades and fluid Engine oil Coolant levels and systems System checks Vehicle tune up Emergency kit One of the most important safety measures is a full systems check. "Inspect your headlights, taillights, turn signals, rear-window defrosters, heating system, seat belts, and electronics. If there are any burnt out bulbs or broken parts, get it fixed before you get in an accident. You may want to consider replacing bulbs if they are d ... read more

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