Thanks for visiting Oards.com. This site is intended to be a central hub for automotive information, educating visitors on how their vehicles work and addressing a comprehensive list of issues that can occur when a component fails.
To recognize a problem early on you will need to understand how different vehicle systems interact, the symptoms that manifest when a part is on its way out, and the troubleshooting steps needed to diagnose the root cause of the issue.
Providing your mechanic with a thorough description of the problem, along with the steps to reproduce it, will reduce time spent diagnosing the issue and avoid throwing parts at the problem. This will save you time, money, and frustration. In some cases, you may even be able to tackle the repair yourself!
Below are the 6 main automotive systems that are discussed on this site:
- Engine Mechanical System – Combustion engines are mechanical systems that convert the energy stored in fuel into rotational energy that propels the vehicle. Each implementation is different, but the basic idea has been around for over 100 years.
- Engine Electrical System – All modern car engines have electrical systems too. The three main components of an electrical system are the alternator, battery, and starter. The battery transfers energy to the starter to help spin the engine on startup. The alternator then converts the mechanical energy from a running engine into electrical energy, which provides the electrical power for the car and charges the battery.
- Brake System – A car cannot exist without a braking system which allows the driver to slow down and stop the vehicle. Brakes use a clamping force to turn kinetic energy into thermal energy, reducing the speed of the vehicle.
- Suspension System – The suspension system is what stabilizes the vehicle and provides a comfortable driving experience for everyone in the vehicle.
- Transmission System – Transmissions decouple the wheel speed from the engine speed, since engines operate most efficiently in a limited RPM range. This allows the engine to idle while the vehicle is stationary, but also lets you drive fast on the highway without racing the engine.
- Steering System – The steering system is how the driver is able to control the direction of the vehicle.
Aside from learning how to diagnose various car problems, Oards Automotive Hub goes over tips on how you can become a better driver and reduce your chances of making mistakes while driving or purchasing a vehicle. These tips are meant to save you money and to help you make smarter choices that will sustain the lifespan of your vehicle without having to make too many repairs.