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Auto History: Audio Systems

Auto History: Audio Systems

Transitone

In 1927, The Automobile Radio Corp. of New York marketed the first radio designed specifically for cars, known as Transitone. Growing safety concerns about distracted driving led to Missouri and Massachusetts introducing laws banning car radios in 1930 while other states proposed fines for car radio usage. But the Radio Manufacturers Association successfully argued that car radios actually made driving safer by providing safety alerts and keeping drowsy drivers awake…

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Auto History: Air Conditioning

Auto History: Air Conditioning

Free A/C

A vent, or wing, window is a small hinged window located just in front of the main driver and passenger-side window. Before the invention of auto air conditioning, vent windows helped to cool and ventilate the car’s interior.

Vent windows started being phased out on vehicles during after the 1960s as air-conditioning became a standard feature in most cars.

Weather Conditioner

Packard was the first auto manufacturer…

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Auto History: Brakes

Toyota Brakes

Not Stopping Anytime Soon

The first car brakes were only on the back wheels. The result was a very delayed braking response—even at the slow speed of 20 mph, a car would need an average of 60 feet (or four car lengths) to come to a complete stop. The rear-only brakes also caused cars to skid and swerve dangerously as they were stopping.

Four-Wheel Brakes

In 1927, four-wheel brakes became standard…

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Car Terms: Chasis

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The chassis is the base frame of a motor vehicle.

There are two types of vehicle structures commonly used: 

Conventional Chassis or Body-on-Frame

Body-on-frame construction is when the vehicle’s body is mounted separately to the frame. It was the original method of building vehicles, and continues to this day. A few SUVs that use this design are the Cadillac Escalade, Jeep Wrangler, Toyota 4Runner, Ford Expedition, and Lexus GX...

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Cars of Tomorrow: Energy-Storing Body Panels

Car Body Panels Serve as Battery

 Electric cars have been on the market for decades now. Their lack of speed, endurance, massive space and weight of the batteries have been a problem for engineers and manufacturers. Even with the advances in lithium-ion batteries, the batteries still add have a significant amount of weight.

Energy-storing body panels are being researched and tested as a solution to the battery problem. The body panels being tested are made of polymer fiber and carbon resin…

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Car Care: Extending the Life of Your Brakes

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Your brakes are among the most important parts of your vehicle. Brake repairs can be expensive. Follow the tips below to help extend the life of your brakes.

Watch Your Speed

The less you speed, the less chance there will be that you’re going to need to slam on the brakes, so slow down a little if you hope to make your brakes last...

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Car Care - Windshield Wipers

Car Care Windshield Wiper
Wiper blades should be replaced every six months to a year or as soon as you notice a difference in your windshield’s visibility. An easy way to remember to change your wiper blades is to replace them on Groundhog Day. Groundhog day is February 2, 2017.

Wiper Blade Maintenance Tips:

  • Clean your windshield every time you fill your gas tank.
  • Gently wipe the wiper’s rubber squeegee with a damp paper towel to remove…
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Car Care: Fall Checklist 

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Driving safely during the fall months requires more than just cautious driver behavior. Your car also needs some attention. Here are tips to get your car ready for fall.

Oil and Filter Change

Vehicles today are largely trouble-free, and when stuff works, it can be easy to forget about it. Have your engine oil and oil filter changed, especially if you are planning any long trips or towing.

Brakes

While you’re getting your oil changed...

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