Auto parts and systems are the building blocks that come together to make automobiles function. Understanding how auto parts work together to form automotive systems allows drivers to confidently discuss automotive problems with their mechanics.
A sweet boat with a showroom shine can be the consummate status symbol. Now you're dashing off to your maiden voyage. But what boat towing regulations should you know first?
If you've seen one state's trailer towing regulations, you've seen 'em all, right? Just ask that guy with out-of-state license plates on his trailer -- who just got pulled over by the highway patrolman.
You've got the perfect idea for your next family vacation: Cop a camper, load it up and hit the open road. But could there be more to it than just hitching your rig?
Just like you need extra energy to carry a backpack loaded with textbooks, your car requires extra fuel to tow heavy cargo. So how will this weight affect you at the pumps?
The loading ramp is a real-world version of that old friend from high school science class, the inclined plane. Like that old friend, it makes lifting things easier. A loading ramp helps you move heavy objects from the ground into a trailer bed.
If road tripping were an Olympic sport, you'd be a gold medalist. You've got your CDs, your maps and an iron stomach to withstand diner food. The only kink in your plan? You're pulling a trailer.
The concept strikes terror in the heart of anyone who's tried it. With all of the things that can possibly be hit in the world, backing up a vehicle alone can be nerve-wracking. Adding a trailer only adds to the stress.
You know those little wedges you can use to keep your car's tire from rolling? They're called wheel chocks, and they could save your life. It may seem like pretty boring stuff, but they actually are pretty interesting little ramps.
The wheel gets all the glory. But as far as your trailer's concerned, the wheel would be nothing without the trailer wheel hub. This behind-the-scenes device facilitates the wheel's spinning motion.
Imagine getting dressed with only a handheld mirror to aid you. That's about as futile as towing a large trailer with a mirror that shows just half your load! Towing mirrors are an essential part of any towing experience.
Whether you want to train for the Tour de France or pedal across a beach at sunrise, you may need a bike rack to fulfill that desire. Which one is the best for you, Lance Armstrong?
Whether you want to broadcast your allegiance to your favorite sports team or just keep your hitch tube from collecting debris, hitch covers are the answer. Now you just have to decide which one.
Trailer bearings do you and your payload a world of good. They provide a smooth ride and prevent friction from doing its dirty work. Do you know how to install these key components?
The curb weight of your car is simply how much your car weighs. Read more about curb weight and what it means for your car.
Payload is simple; it's anything you're carrying or towing. Knowing how much weight your vehicle can tow isn't so simple. Pay attention -- towing too much weight invites disaster.
This towing capacity chart displays vehicles' towing capacities by make, model and year. Knowing your vehicle's towing capacity is essential to towing safety, plus it can keep you from damaging your vehicle with the burden an overweight load.
There are several examples of drawbar pull in front of us each day -- you just need to know what you're looking for in order to spot it. But what exactly is drawbar pull, anyway?
Towing has many hazards, but probably the scariest is a breakaway trailer. What happens if your trailer disconnects? Will it stop before it hits something?
When you step on the brake pedal, you know your tow vehicle is going to stop. But what's going to stop that heavy payload you're towing behind you?
Controlling a towed payload can be difficult, but towing steering stabilizers can help your towing experience take a turn for the better.
When it comes to grease caps, you really don't have a choice. If you use them, your wheel bearings continue to work. If you don't, your wheel bearings fail. But what are grease caps, anyway?
With the seemingly endless amount of stuff children require when traveling, a family car can get awfully cramped. Cargo carriers can offer some much-needed space.
Wouldn't it be great to get an even bigger trailer to pull behind your heavy-duty pickup truck? With a fifth wheel hitch, that might be possible. Fifth wheel hitches are built for heavy loads.
A number of accessories can attach to a tow vehicle's rear-mount receiver. But just imagine how useful some of those accessories might be at the front end of a pickup truck, SUV or recreational vehicle.
There are many different types of vehicles that fall under the umbrella term recreational vehicle. Some of them hitch to your car, while others stand on their own. So how do you know which hitch to pick and which to ditch?
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