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May 10 2013
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What Are ISOFIX Child Seats?

ou might have seen these seats in many cars but may not know the right name for it, ISOFIX is basically an international standard for attachment points for child seats also known as LATCH (Lower Anchor Tethers for Children) in USA and CANFIX in Canada. [...]

May 10 2013
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Car To Car Communication

Car-To-Car Communication is a very good technology, the kind of technology that one used to think of in a sci-fi Hollywood movie will soon be a reality and you & I will be able to use it soon in our cars every day. [...]

May 10 2013
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Panoramic Sunroof

Sunroofs, the all time luxury that is now more and more common in almost every top variant of most cars. Weather seems perfect for a long drive, pop the sunroof open for that cool breeze to blow through the car and your hair. Everybody loves a sunroof and even more if it?s electrically operated. Just one click to open it and another to shut it close. [...]

May 10 2013
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Defogger - Working & Operation

A defogger/ defroster is a system that is used to get rid of any condensation and frost formation on the back glass, windshield or side windows as well as the side view mirrors. The defogger is probably the most helpful innovation after the power-steering that actually assists the driver during rainy weather and winter ice frost on the windows and side-view mirrors which the driver needs to have a clear vision of. [...]

May 10 2013
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Low-Ratio Gearbox

These gears work exactly as the name goes. They take the drive from the normal gearbox and then lower its gear ratios so that the road wheels move slow than they usually would through the normal gears, allowing better traction, which becomes very important while the car climbs a steep hill or more importantly while off-roading. [...]

May 10 2013
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Conventional Engine Oil Vs. Synthetic Engine Oil

Synthetic oil has a much longer longevity and stronger ability to withstand extremely high temperatures without breaking down. It produces less resistance in the engine, meaning more power and efficiency the engine gets. The engine continues to perform at the same level but with added horsepower, all this while also being fuel efficient. It is made through different chemical reactions by combining different molecules to create a lubricant that is free of unwanted elements making it cleaner and efficient. Although, the fact remains, synthetic oil costs two times more than your conventional oil. [...]

May 10 2013
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Cruise Control

cruise control accurately maintains a constant speed that the car will continue cruising on unless brakes are applied or the cruise is deactivated. Driver sets the cruise control with the specific cruise control buttons on either the steering wheel or the turning signal/windshield wiper stalk, this differs from manufacturer to manufacturer that where they place the cruise control switches for easy and quick access for the driver. [...]

May 10 2013
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Auto-Start/Stop- Is It The Right Feature For Indian Cars?

The Auto Start/Stop system is the new talk of the town these days. Most high-end sedans have it and many other luxury sedans have started coming with the function as well. What it basically does is that every time you stop on traffic signal while your engine idles and precious fuel is burned, the Auto-Start/Stop system automatically shuts down the engine (in case of an automatic) when you put your car into ?N? or Neutral) and then when you press the accelerator again the engine turns back on through electronic sensors and motors seamlessly allowing you to then drive along without your engine burning fuel in jams and traffic signals. [...]

May 10 2013
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Wheel Balancing And Alignment

Wheel Balancing is done so that all your tires can spin freely without any vibration. It is done by checking for spots on your car tires to see if there is any difference and is then compensated by applying a measured weight on the opposite side of the tire where the spot was. The mechanic/tech. guy at the workshop will place your tire on a balancing machine that will spin the wheel to locate the heavier spot, he will then compensate for it by attaching a measured weight on the opposite side. Once your wheels are balanced, you will actually be surprised to find your car driving so smoothly. [...]

May 10 2013
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Inside a Diesel Engine

Diesel engines and petrol engines, though both use different fuels but are the same, they are called internal combustion engines, which are designed to convert the chemical energy from the fuel into mechanical energy. The mechanical energy moves pistons in the engine?s cylinders up and down, the linear motion of the pistons that are connected to crankshafts then use the power to turn the wheels at ground. [...]

May 10 2013
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What is CRDi Technology?

Older generation diesel engines used to be very sluggish and bad in performance compared to the new age CRDi (Common Rail Direct Injection) engine. CRDi is a smart way of controlling a diesel engine by using modern computer technology. It helps to improve the power, performance and reduce any harmful emissions for which a diesel engine is known for. [...]

May 10 2013
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What is VTVT, VTEC or VVT-i Technology?

VTVT - Stands for Variable Timing Valve Train, the technology is used in most top variants of the cars. Hyundai has the technology applied to their Hyundai Verna, i20 and i10 models. VTVT has the ability to have independent control of the intake and exhaust valves in an internal combustion engine. The timing of intake and exhaust will be independently programmed in different engine load criteria basically same as VVT. [...]

May 10 2013
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Gear Ratios

Gears are used in mechanical devices whenever you need to transfer rotational motion somewhere else. Gears have unique properties that are all impacted by a ratio. It?s a number calculated from the number of teeth on two gears that are working together although, the gears aren?t actually attached to each other. [...]

May 10 2013
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Torque Vectoring

It is a technology that is being applied to more and more new car?s differentials. A differential is used to transfer the torque from engine to the wheels. Torque Vectoring provides the differential with an ability to vary that amount of torque sent to each wheel. The technology is more popular in all-wheel drive vehicles (four-wheel drive). [...]

May 10 2013
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ARAI Fuel Efficiency Figures- How Are They Calculated?

ARAI- Automotive Research Association of India was established in 1986, is a Government of India association of research in industry in association with the Ministry of Industries. ARAI, while being responsible for car mileage figure for every car ever sold in India also has the objectives of research and development in automotive engineering for industry, product design, evaluation of automotive equipment, technical information and they also conduct some tests for certain technologies. [...]