Auto Parts and Systems

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.

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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.

By Robert Lamb

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?

By Robert Lamb

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.

By Scott C. Benjamin

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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.

By John Fuller

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?

By Scott C. Benjamin

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?

By John Fuller

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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?

By John Fuller

Controlling a towed payload can be difficult, but towing steering stabilizers can help your towing experience take a turn for the better.

By John Fuller

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?

By Scott C. Benjamin

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.

By Josh Clark

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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.

By Scott C. Benjamin

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.

By Scott C. Benjamin

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?

By Jessika Toothman

Whether it's a gigantic RV or a herd of draft horses, if you're looking to do some major towing, you need the right equipment. This not only includes a serious pickup truck and a sturdy trailer, but a hardcore hitch as well. Enter the goosenec

By Jessika Toothman

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Most people who've driven a trailer have experienced at least a few heart-pounding moments when the trailer started to sway and they worried they might lose control of the vehicles. A weight distribution system can help.

By Jessika Toothman

If you're planning to tow a four-wheel-drive vehicle, you should learn how to do it safely and without damaging the towed vehicle's transmission or other components. So what are your options?

By Scott C. Benjamin

If you're planning to tow a two-wheel-drive vehicle, you should learn how to do it safely and without damaging the towed vehicle's transmission. Good thing you have a few options available.

By Scott C. Benjamin

Enclosed areas can get a little stale or even musty -- that trailer in your driveway is no exception. Trailer roof venting provides improved airflow when you're parked or while you're cruising down the highway.

By Scott C. Benjamin

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Towing a trailer seems like a pretty straightforward task. But unless you're paying attention to some simple safety rules, you may be in for a rough time.

By Jonathan Strickland

The harder your vehicle's engine works, the hotter it gets. If you're towing, your transmission is working harder, too. What can you do to prevent it from overheating?

By John Fuller

When you tow a payload, you need to keep an eye on what's going on around you. What's the best way to use your mirrors when you tow?

By John Fuller

Anyone who pulls a trailer knows that ratcheting straps, bungee cords and rope are necessary to properly secure any load. But how can you keep your tie-downs organized when you're not using them?

By Scott C. Benjamin

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On the surface, towing seems simple. But if you're not careful, your load can get out of control, causing a serious accident. What should you know before you tow?

By Jonathan Strickland

Pickup trucks come in all sorts of sizes and options -- big ones, small ones, short ones and tall ones. Understanding all the choices and lingo can be confusing. So what does half-ton truck really mean?

By Jane McGrath