Fun Facts You May Not Have Known About Your Car
Today’s topic? Car trivia! Along with the obscure details, we’ll try to include some useful, takeaway information for you…
· A horse doesn’t have one horsepower: Horsepower is an engineering measurement that’s actually been around since the early 1700s. This basic unit of mechanical output also translates as 745 watts, or 33,000 foot-pounds of torque per minute. When measured against these parameters, a horse only can manage about 7/10 of a horsepower.
· Your car runs on a network of computers. Computerized engine controls that govern timing, fuel metering, emissions and transmission functions have been around for well over 30 years. On newer cars, though, the engine computer has been supplanted with separate computer networks for climate control, body stability, traction control and a number of other functions, and many of these networks communicate with each other for an entire network package.
· Your car probably no longer has a mechanical connection from the gas pedal. For years, the gas pedal actuated a throttle cable or mechanical linkage. Not any more – most newer vehicles now use a “drive-by-wire” system where a sensor from the gas pedal sends a signal wirelessly to the throttle.
· Your gas gauge will tell you which side the gas cap is on. Everyone has probably had the experience of driving a rental car or other vehicle they weren’t familiar with and not knowing which side of the car to pull up to a gas pump. Here’s a tip for you…look on the fuel gauge itself. Some vehicles will have a notice on the fuel gauge indicating which side the gas filler is on – but others just have a subtle triangle by the gas-pump emblem to let you know.
We hope you’ve enjoyed these few bits of information about your car that you may not otherwise have known. If you’ve got any other questions or just need some auto repair or maintenance work done, we hope you’ll make an appointment with us at American Tire Company!