Car engine cooling

Car engine cooling
Car engines, like any engine, are inefficient. More heat energy enters the engine than comes out as mechanical energy. In order to prevent car engines from overheating, they require cooling. For this purpose, either air or a liquid is used. Internal combustion engines in cars are often cooled by passing a liquid called an engine coolant through the engine block, where it gains in temperature. It is then...

Camper vans for fun family vacations

Camper vans for fun family vacations
Camping, either in a tent or in a motorized home, offers an alternative kind of holiday for those who love being in the outdoors or on the open road, organizing their own schedule and being free to eat when they want. A camper van is different from a motor home in the sense that it?s usually smaller, especially in Europe. It is sometimes referred to simply as a camper, or a caravanette, and is a...

Going to a car repair shop

Going to a car repair shop
Anyone needing a car inspection or repair will have to visit a car repair shop at some time. A repair shop will carry out extensive work to the car body, renew paintwork and change tires. Some repair shops also sell auto parts in addition to their service operations. Amongst the parts sold are mufflers, brakes, shock absorbers, lubricants, transmissions, body parts, tires and windscreen wipers. Another...

Oldtimer cars, beautiful and irreplaceable

Oldtimer cars, beautiful and irreplaceable
This word has a somewhat negative connotation when used for older people, for cars it generally means something more positive. In Europe, an oldtimer car is an older car ? in the USA they?re called classic cars. Veteran car is another term. The exact meaning is variable. The Classic Car Club of America maintains that a car must be between 20 and 40 years old to be a classic, while cars over 45 years fall...

Auto salvagers recycle and resell

Auto salvagers recycle and resell
When a car reaches the end of its working life, it will in most cases end up being scrapped by an auto salvager. This occurs when an old car is brought to a car dealer for scrap or exchanged for a newer one. In some countries, the local council will pick up scrap cars from the street if they are marked accordingly. Salvagers work in scrapyards (UK) or junkyards (USA). This is where decommissioned vehicles...

What to do after an auto accident

What to do after an auto accident
If you?re unfortunate enough to be involved in an auto accident, there are several things you can do to get through it. It is after all an unexpected and stressful event which can involve even the most careful drivers. Helpful advice provided by an insurance company is as follows. Be prepared by having a set of cones, warning triangles, or emergency flares in your trunk (boot in the UK) to alert other...