Are you a car buff? Do you have any interest in cars at all? Or like most people, you are a casual driver, who goes to work by car, but doesn’t care too much about how it works? There is nothing wrong with that, after all this is the reason why car mechanics exist. However, a bit of knowledge hasn’t hurt anyone (well, aside from weapon stuff, etc.), so we will be telling you a bit about those more “obscure” parts of your vehicle, which you may not even know exist. And don’t forget that knowing a bit about your vehicle will help you strike a better deal when you have to pay for repairs. For example, you won’t need to pay for extra stuff you don’t really need, like changing the oil every couple of thousand miles, when actually you need to do it every 5 to 7 thousand miles ideally. But let’s get on some facts.
Have you even heard about oil pans? These things help the engine run smooth (or run at all, actually). Of course, even the most unfamiliar person knows about engines and that the engine is the heart of every car, but that heart needs some lubrication to work properly, otherwise it will literally catch on fire from all the friction. That is why the “low on oil” light on your dashboard is so important – because you maybe fifteen revolutions away from your car catching on fire from all the friction. But the oil pan serves two functions. The first is kind of obvious – it keeps the oil from spilling, so the engine can constantly be lubricated. But it also protects the engine from outside dirt, dust, rubble and similar things, which can also cause friction. Because no matter how good your oil is, if it gets debris inside, you might as well light your car on fire yourself, just to save yourself some time.
You also hardly think about some internal cooling mechanisms. As we have already said, heat can build up rapidly and even the best oil can’t stop your engine from heating up. So you need a way to cool it down. Here comes the engine cooling system. There are different designs out there, but most commonly you’d see a radiator filled with coolant and a fan blowing heat away. So yes, AC in your car may be important, but your engine needs it more.
There are also many “smaller” parts, which help keep your vehicle intact. We are talking about arches, fenders, sills and the like, which actually keep out dirt and debris, just like the oil pan. If something gets in your car’s mechanism, you will have a bad time.
Lastly, there are the shock-absorbers. These things help you have a smooth ride and not have your car vibrating constantly. Imagine what it would be if you were shaking like there’s no tomorrow, because there probably wouldn’t be one when you lose control of your vehicle. So oil pans, cooling system, fender, arches, sills and shock-absorbers – all these help your car run smoothly and fine, without issues. But keep them in check, or you will have a bad time.