Owning a car is a big responsibility. The owner must be able to know how the car works in the first place and then, several mechanical details about the car functioning system. So there is a requirement of basic knowledge every car owner should hold if they are to be proud of driving their cars.
You don’t have to be a mechanical engineer to be able to diagnose your car, even at basic levels. All you need to understand is how the car functions. If you truly care about your car, as a helping tool and as means of transportation that are of great necessity to you, then you will are willing to understand the beauty of a mechanical complex machine which is your car. If this is something you want to learn than read on.
Modern cars have become extremely complex over the time and understanding it from wheels to bodywork is something nearly impossible. That would mean that you are suppose to know every knob, every parameter, every electrical wire and where it all goes and get’s connected. No one asks you for that, but for example to try and make a diagnosis to an electrical problem with the car, you don’t need to go through extreme details. All you need to know is an idea about the various important systems that make the car work. All these systems can provide the car with “symptoms” in case one of the systems is malfunctioning or running in abnormal parameters.
Diagnose Car Problem
Understanding the basic functions of a car puts you in contact with all the subsystems of a car that keep it in working order. The most important part of the car that you need to know about is the engine since it is the heart of every car. Learn a bit about the components of the engine and what each of their role is in sustaining the engine. After that you need to know how the subsystems need to me maintained to work in optimal conditions.
Another subsystem of great importance is the electrical system. Due to the electrical system you are able to activate and deactivate just about every feature of the car and of course the engine itself. Due to that importance you need to know a little about the peripherals attached to it like the battery, the transmission, the lights and other peripherals attached to the electrical system, and what function and purpose do they serve to your car.
You should be able to assess and make a list of all the “vulnerabilities” of the important parts of your car. Take the alternator for example: the car alternator is the device which delivers electrical power to the car by storing it in the car battery. It is one of the most important parts of the electrical system and you need to know what to do in case of an alternator fail, to be able to analyse the situation and realise that it’s an electrical problem.
Always have a tool box ready equipped with all the basic needs along side with some diagnostic tools as well, for example: a digital voltmeter to be able to measure the battery rating and to be able to assess the condition that the battery is in.
And the final advice is to never go too long without a routine check so don’t forget to take your “lady” to the mechanic from time to time if you want “her” to run great for you each time.