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The Basics of Vehicles and Their Systems

Most of the cars on the road today are still using systems that have been around for about 100 years. There have been advances in technology that allow these systems to work better however the principles are still the same.

The major systems found on every vehicle are:

  • Engine
  • Transmission
  • Driveline
  • Brakes, Steering, and Suspension
  • Body and Frame
  • Electrical

Understanding these systems will give you a better perspective on how your vehicle operates. You may be able to define for yourself which system may be the concern.

You will learn how an engine works. This may seem intimidating at first. However, it cannot be easier to understand anywhere else on the web. Another topic covered is how to change your engine coolant. You may leave this up to the professionals, but at least you will get a sense of what takes place during a cooling system flush. Some parts of vehicles are made up of other parts. An example of this would be the rear axle.

Do not let the amount of items in a system or component get you discouraged. Read enough about the part as a whole to get an understanding for what it does and where it is located.

It is not always necessary to know how or why something works if you are not diagnosing and repairing the vehicle yourself. Remember the goal is to become more familiar with your vehicle, not know every single detail about it.

Now that you have an idea of how to navigate Vehicles Defined, get started by following the links below or clicking any link in the Learn About… menu.

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