Cars are incredible inventions that get us from one point to another. Though cars take us on journeys to our destination, they can also do other things that we often don’t realize. Here are a few things you didn’t know about your car.
Antilock Braking System
If you’ve ever seen the acronym ABS in or around your car, the manufacturer is alerting you to the car’s antilock braking system. Hopefully, most people never need to experience this safety feature in action—an antilock braking system only comes into play when you slam on the brakes suddenly. If you ever need to stop quickly and bring the car to a halt, an ABS will help you by automatically pumping your brakes.
When a wheel stops spinning, the momentum doesn’t stop with it. If your brakes didn’t pump slowly, you would lose traction and slide across the road. The ABS gives you a small amount of control in an otherwise out-of-control driving situation.
Gas Tank Indicator
All cars have a gas tank dial that points toward F or E, signaling the amount of fuel left in the car. When it comes time to refuel your vehicle, you must position your car right up to the gas pump and start the liquid flowing. But how many times have you forgotten which side your gas tank is on? That’s where the gas tank indicator arrow comes in.
You can find a small triangle on the left or right side of the gas tank icon in your dashboard. Most of us assume it’s a random detail in the car’s design. However, it’s actually pointing you to your gas tank entry point. The next time you pull into a gas station, you won’t need to circle around until you find the right position for your car—you can just refer to your arrow.
Many younger car drivers take automatic transmissions for granted. Before the early eighties, car transmissions were mostly manual, meaning you needed to push a clutch and shift gears with your right hand. Though some people prefer manual engines, the industry standard is automatic transmission due to its improved safety and simplicity.
Automatic transmissions are interesting machines. Did you know they actually run on their own oil? The torque converter senses the change and pushes the belts between the gears, utilizing the pressure inside the chamber to maximize engine power to the wheels. There are dozens of transmission myths that car owners encounter, mostly due to a lack of exposure to the mechanical side of automobile operations. Check out your transmission and learn more about these fascinating pieces of machinery.
Learning about these things you didn’t know about your car can help you drive and service your vehicle in the future. The more you know about your car, the better you can take care of it.