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What happens if you do not replace your car's spark plugs?

2018/12/17  

Have you ever heard of spark plugs? They are an important part of a car engine, but what happens if you keep driving without changing the spark plugs? What is a spark plug? A spark plug is an engine part that ignites a mixture of petrol and oxygen as it enters the cylinder of the engine. The combustion of the air/fuel mixture in the cylinder drives the engine. Living up to their name, spark plugs usually spark a considerably high voltage of 10,000-30,000 volts in order to ignite the air/fuel mixture. The performance of the spark plugs are critical, as ...

Driving Useful tips

Let's understand how to use each gear of a manual car

2018/12/17  

For those who have only driven an automatic-transmission vehicle, you may not know how to use gears such as 1st and 2nd gear. However, even in the case of an automatic vehicle, there are gears that the vehicle automatically shifts through. On that point, although the driver himself performs the shift change in a manual car, you will not be able to drive properly unless you understand how to use each gear. The nomenclature and arrangement of each gear Manual cars have from to 4 gears (mainly commercial vehicles) to and 6 or 7 gears (mainly sports cars) in many ...

Maintenance Useful tips

What happens if you put too much engine oil in your car?

2018/11/26  

There is a proper amount of engine oil. What happens if you replace the oil yourself, accidentally putting more than the proper amount in? The Role of Engine Oil The role of engine oil is to lubricate the engine in order for it to run smoothly. Besides this lubrication effect, it also has various other functions. Specifically: It maintains airtightness between the piston rings and the cylinders, preventing explosion and compressed gas from escaping. It absorbs and dissipates heat generated from the engine It removes sludge and soot etc generated inside the engine It prevents rust from dew condensation inside ...

Accessories Useful tips

What do 1DIN and 2DIN mean in Car Navigation systems?

2018/10/24  

Car navigation has become indispensable when driving a car. However, if you were to try to pick a navigation system yourself, you will see unfamiliar words such as "1 DIN" and "2 DIN". What is the difference between 1 DIN and 2 DIN? DIN is the acronym for Deutsches Institut für Normung, and is German industrial standard. It is read as "Din" or "Dyne". The size of the outer dimensions of car audio and car navigation installed on the car's dashboard is expressed in German Industry Standards DIN. Because this standard is used throughout the world, every car marks the ...

Maintenance Useful tips

Change the shock absorbers when the ride comfort becomes bad

2018/10/24  

Have you ever thought “My car feels uncomfortable to ride in recently”? In such a case, the shock absorbers may be deteriorating. What kind of parts are the shock absorbers? We will introduce the type, lifetime expectancy, exchange method and so on below. What is a shock absorber? A shock absorber is a part that absorbs the vibration of a car. You’ve probably heard the word “suspension”, but the suspension is a combination of the springs and shock absorbers. Springs are enough to relieve shocks such as unevenness of the road surface, but with springs alone, the car will feel ...

Knowledge Maintenance Useful tips

What should I do if the oil check lamp turns on?

2018/10/24  

Usually, a car’s oil lamp lights up briefly before starting the engine. However, when the oil lamp lights up while driving, this indicates the car is in a very dangerous condition. Cause of the oil lamp lighting up The oil lamp is a lamp that lights up and warns you when hydraulic pressure is decreasing. Cause of low oil pressure The main reasons for a drop in hydraulic pressure are as follows. Oil pump malfunctions As the vehicle’s mileage rises, the possibility the oil pump failing increases. If the oil pump fails, it won’t be able to suck up the ...

Knowledge Useful tips

What is engine braking? How to use engine brakes and how they work

2018/10/24  

When you hear the word "engine brake" in a conversation, have you ever tried to pretend like you know what it means? There is even a funny story about a driver who said "Please give an engine brake" at the mechanic. What is engine braking? I will also introduce the mechanism and how to use it. What is engine braking? Engine braking is braking that uses the resistance of engine rotation. When the accelerator is depressed, the engine rotation speed rises to generate the power of the car, but when the accelerator is returned, the engine rotation drops, and the ...

Driving Useful tips

Dating measures! Techniques for parking

2018/10/24  

When a beginning driver goes out on a driving date, parking can be a very stressful thing. Particularly stressful is reversing into a carpark and parallel parking. Let's learn the techniques of garage parking and parallel parking so as not to be embarrassed in front of her. Tips on reversing into a park Here I will introduce the trick to how to successfully reverse into a park. (※ Assuming the car is a normal sedan type car.) 1. Determine the stop position before parking Pull the car so that it is perpendicular to the car parked in the space next ...

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What causes black or white smoke to come from a diesel car’s exhaust?

2018/10/05  

Diesel engines are commonly associated with black smoke spewing from the exhaust, right? You can often see, on uphill slopes and the like, trucks spitting out black smoke from behind. I will tell you the reason why diesel engines produce black or white smoke. Black smoke and white smoke are signals of a dangerous engine Care must be taken when black smoke, white smoke, or both are emitted from the exhaust of a diesel engine. Depending on the cause, this may be a sign of a malfunction or failure of the engine, so if you leave it as it is, ...

Maintenance Useful tips

6 common causes of the engine warning light turning on

2018/09/28  

When the engine warning light turns on, it indicates that trouble has occurred inside the engine. Various problems could cause this, but at this time I will introduce six common causes. Causes There are a lot of reasons for the engine warning light to illuminate. The most common cause is due to abnormalities being detected by sensors attached to the engine and its surroundings, or breakdown of the sensor itself. O2 sensor The O2 sensor is a sensor that measures the concentration of oxygen (O2) contained in the exhaust gas and reads the combustion state of the engine. If there ...

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