Behind the Wheel, Under the Hood

Automobile ABCs, Part 4

September 10, 2013
Howdy, everyone! How’s your fall going thus far? Hopefully it’s not too crazy, and you don’t miss summer too badly… Anyways, we’re (almost) on the final stretch of our Automobile ABCs! I want to thank everyone who’s participated by asking questions… seriously you are all awesome! Today I’m going to conquer letters P, Q, and S. power   P: What is power steering? (Asked by Keeley O’Grady.) Power steering is the pneumatic pump that turns the tires with the steering wheel. Older cars without power steering have much larger wheels because they needed more leverage to get the tires to turn. If your power steering goes out, you’ll notice that it’s super difficult to turn the steering wheel. To get an idea of what it’s like to drive without power steering, turn your car on and shift into neutral. Now try to steer. Not so easy, eh? camera Q: Rear view cameras are showing up on lots of cars. Can they be retrofitted to any car? (Asked by Ted Wienstroer.) Word on the street is by 2014, all cars will require rear view cameras. Why? Because they’re a great safety mechanism. But if you’re in love with your classic car that is most definitely lacking in the camera category, have no fear. It’s totally possible to have one installed. In fact, you can buy a DIY kit from aftermarket manufacturers. Check out a sweet video here. wheel S: What is the best position for my hands on the steering wheel because of the airbag? (Asked by Ted Wienstroer.) The old suggestion of positioning your hands at 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock is dead and gone. Now, with the placement and deployment of airbags, experts suggest a 9 and 3 o’clock placement.

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