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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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Knowledge Maintenance Useful tips

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 ...

Driving Useful tips

Is the heavy use of engine brakes bad for your car

2018/09/28  

We often hear that you should use engine braking on a descending slope, and there are sometimes signs recommending the use of engine braking next to the road. However, if you frequently use engine brakes, will it not strain the engine or the car? Impact on the engine When you use engine brakes, the tachometer needle indicating the engine speed jumps up and the engine sound becomes loud, so you might wonder if the engine is ok. However, even with heavy engine braking, modern cars engines suffer minimal negative impact. But, caution is required as to how to apply the ...

Driving Others Useful tips

What is a good driver of an automatic vehicle?

2018/09/21  

The difference between those who are good at driving automatic cars and those who aren’t, is whether or not they understand the characteristics of automatic vehicles and how to use them well. Starting Because automatic cars have no clutch like a manual car, they can easily start smoothly, but can be even smoother by taking advantage of the characteristics of an automatic further. This is by using the "creep phenomenon". The creep phenomenon is a phenomenon in which the car moves forward by simply releasing the brake without stepping on the accelerator while in the D gear. When you start ...

Maintenance Useful tips

The car engine does not start! How to determine the cause

2018/09/21  

A car engine suddenly not starting can make you panic, right? I will inform you of common causes of this from the symptoms when the engine does not start. Symptom # 1: Ignition key does not turn (push start button does not respond) Cause 1: The steering wheel lock is applied Normally, when parking the steering lock is not applied. However, if you turn the steering wheel left or right after parking, the steering wheel lock will be activated as a theft prevention function. In this state, the ignition key will not turn. In this case, you can unlock it ...

Knowledge Maintenance Useful tips

The battery warning light does not light up when the battery is broken

2018/09/06  

When the battery warning light turns on while driving, it can make you panic, right? Actually, the battery warning light turning on does not mean that the battery is broken. I will tell you why the battery warning light illuminates and how to deal with it. What is the role of the battery warning light? The battery warning light is a warning light that lights up when there is an abnormality in the state of charge of the battery. Generally, the battery of a car is 12 V, and around 14 V while running, but it is voltage below a ...

Driving Knowledge Useful tips

Do you know how to use overdrive?

2018/08/31  

A switch with "O/D" written on it on or around the shift lever of an automatic vehicle and its surroundings. Do you know what it is for and when to use it? What is overdrive (O/D)? Cars have a transmission, in order to start from the stopped state and increase the speed. This is easy to picture if you imagine the gears of a bicycle. Bicycles with gears can start moving without exerting much force, and can run much faster than bicycles without gears. Cars also have at least 3 gears. Some even have 8 or 10 speed gears. Starting ...

Knowledge Useful tips

Do automatic cars also engine stall?

2018/08/29  

When most people hear of a car stalling, they think of manual-transmission cars, and situations like failed hill-starts or stalling when starting after waiting at traffic lights. However, in fact, even automatic cars can stall. Why does this happen? The cause of stalling in automatic vehicles Here, we will introduce the engine stalling by symptoms. 1.Quiet stalling without warning On occasion, a vehicle might suddenly stall without any warning when running. There is a possibility that trouble may have occurred in the ignition system. Specifically, there is a problem with spark plug or plug cord. Because the spark plug does ...

Maintenance Useful tips

How long will a car battery last, and when should you replace it?

2018/08/24  

How long is the life of a car battery? Here, I will write about the signs of the end of the life of the battery, and the ideal time to exchange it. Life of a car's battery The lifetime of a typical battery is about two to five years in an ordinary gasoline car. The reason that it varies from two to five years is that the lifetime of the battery depends on how the person uses their car. In addition, the lifespan also changes with the quality of the battery. If the price is cheap, its life may be ...

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