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What are the “recirculation” and “fresh air mode” buttons on a vehicle’s air conditioner for?

2018/08/22  

There are two buttons on a car’s air conditioner. One is the “recirculation” button, and the other is the “fresh air mode” button.   How to use these buttons is one of the things commonly reported as unknown by vehicle owners, so here I will tell you about their distinctions. What is “recirculation mode”? Recirculation is used is to circulate the air inside the car. Selecting this button closes an air duct in the front of the car so that the air from outside the car does not enter the car. What is “fresh air mode”? Selecting this button introduces ...

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Noise and vibration from the engine! Why does knocking occur?

2018/08/22  

If there are unusual sounds that have never been heard from the engine or vibrations that are different from usual, it makes us very uneasy, right? Perhaps the engine is causing "knocking". What kind of phenomenon is knocking? Knocking refers to a phenomenon in which abnormal noise and vibration are generated from the engine. These sounds can be heard as a kind of "rattle rattle", "cancan cancan" or "kinkin kinkin". It is called knocking because noise sounds like the sound of knocking on a door. Why knocking happens There are several types of knocking. For each type, I will introduce ...

Driving Useful tips

Driving techniques for vans and heavy trucks

2018/08/16  

Compared with ordinary vehicles, vans and heavy trucks require certain techniques for driving because their body size is so large. I will introduce these techniques. Vans and trucks common tricks Sitting in the driver's seat and looking around Vans and heavy-duty trucks have a higher line of sight than ordinary cars, but there are still plenty of places the driver cannot see. These are known as blind spots. In order to be able to see these blind spots, vans and heavy-duty trucks have mirrors which are not present on ordinary cars. You should carefully check to see what is visible ...

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Understanding the functions of the shift lever of an Automatic car

2018/08/16  

Automatic transmission vehicles have a shift lever, but some people only use P and D. Understanding the functions of the shift lever will allow you to use your automatic vehicle more functionally. The Function of each range of the shift lever Written on the shift lever of an automatic vehicle are letters, rather than numbers. In an automatic vehicle, the letters or numbers are called the "range". Below is a summary of each range. Other buttons Several other buttons exist in and around the shift lever of automatic vehicles. Operation button The operation button is used to move the shift ...

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Why is the accelerator pedal always on the right, and the brake pedal on the left?

2018/08/08  

Accelerator on the right, brake on the left. Currently, if you look at any car on the road, they all have the same pedal configuration, so we think that it is natural. Is there any reason for this pedal placement? I investigated to try to answer this simple question. Is it decided by law and the automobile industry? In order to manufacture and sell vehicles that can use public roads in Japan, manufacturers have to conform to the "road safety standards of road transportation vehicles" established by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of Japan. I investigated, to see ...

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How to unlock if you’ve been locked out while your key is in the car

2018/07/30  

People sometimes gets in a trouble that the person left the car key in the car and locks him/herself out. There is no need to rush. I will explain how to deal with this lock-out situation. How to unlock You can unlock by yourself. However, please be advised that there is a possibility of damage to your vehicle so unlock at your own risk. Use a wire hunger This is a classic way to unlock. No cost incurred. You could unlock the door with a wire hanger if your vehicle was an older model. Between the window glass and the ...

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What will happen if diesel put into a petrol vehicle?

2018/07/25  

You are supposed to fill a diesel vehicle with diesel and a petrol (gasoline) vehicle with petrol. What would happen if you put incorrect fuel to the vehicle? I will explain the symptom the vehicle may have when you have accidentally pumped diesel to a petrol vehicle and vice versa-. Symptoms of incorrect fuel contamination Putting petrol to a diesel car It will lower the engine power significantly if diesel has been mixed with petrol in the fuel tank.  Also, some other unusual symptoms may be seen, for example, odd idling, the engine noise, vibration, or black smoke from the ...

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[Bookmark!] How to Read Warning Lights

2018/07/20  

Hi guys, today I’ll explain what each warning light means. What are Warning Lights? Warning lights are extremely important visual alert on the dashboard showing the driver that there is something wrong in the car. These signs are universal in all over the world so that every driver should recognise the warning. Colours of the Warning Lights Your warning lights have two different colours: Red and Yellow (or Amber). Red: Generally red lights mean that there’s serious problem. You should stop your car as soon as it’s safe to. Yellow: Yellow lights generally mean that something requires attention when possible ...

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Immobilizer – Protect your car from theft

2018/07/20  

Immobilized keys are now very common. I believe immobilizers are installed in most of cars. So, what is the immobilizer? Immobilizer is… The immobilizer is an electronic security device to protect your car from theft. This system prevents the engine running unless the correct transponder key is present. How does the immobilizer work? For the vehicles with no immobilizer system, you can start the engine by inserting the right key to the key cylinder and twist. This works by whether the key shape fits in the key hole. Meaning that a car with no immobilizer could be broke in and ...

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5 Functions You’d Better Have in Your Family Car

2018/07/20  

This post is a "must-read" for anyone considering buying a family car. Please read to avoid the disappointment, "Oh I should’ve had that function!" after you have purchased one. I will introduce the five functions that you’d better have in your family car. Top 5: AWD (4WD) AWD(4WD) is the vehicles that drives with all of four wheels. It used to be called 4WD, but today more commonly we call this AWD (in Japan).  When you travel with your family, you tend to go various places. Your destination may be from unsealed roads to snowy roads. AWD will ease your ...

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