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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Car Breakdown During Long Road Trip

• Make sure you check oil and coolant levels. If you are not familiar with doing this, you can follow the instructions on your vehicle manual.

• Check your car’s cooling system as well. Look for signs that it is leaking or if the cooling fan is not working properly. A leaking cooling system or inoperative cooling fan can cause your car to overheat and it can also cause damage to the engine.

• Closely inspect all wiper blades for any signs of wear and tear and cracks.

• Make sure that you also check the windscreen washer fluid level and that the washer jets are adjusted correctly.

• Check the condition of all the tires as well. And this includes the spares. Make sure all the tires have the right pressures and legal tread depth.

• Check the jack and wheel brace to ensure that they working properly. If the locking wheel nuts are fitted, make sure that the locking key is securely stowed away in the vehicle.

• Make sure that all dashboard warning lights are fully and correctly functioning.

• Keep your spare set of car keys in a safe and secure place.

• Always have the number of reliable towing company on speed dial. A tow truck can help and even rescue you when your car breaks down unexpectedly.

Deploying Strobe Lights

Stroboscopic Light –

The energy the flash of these lights comprises is between 10 and 150 joules, depending upon the application and purpose, they are being used for. 150 joules is a considerable amount of energy that is sufficient for disorienting an individual, at a crime scene. The very first version of strobes was typically an aide in the practice of photography, but with the changes and advancements in their production method, these lights now stand as a help during police operations.

In the recent past, popularity of these lighting systems had been very high because of their performance and their price. The below subsections of the article discuss some of those benefits, keeping in view the purposes of police and first responders.

Disorienting of a suspect –

Strobes blast a very high intensity flash of light, which creates a temporary visual effect on the mind of the suspect, through his/her eyes. This visual effect affects the suspect in a way that his/her mind becomes unable to adjust and react very quickly. This temporary disability varies with the intensity, frequency and duration of light. The frequency could be adjusted as per requirements. That is why these are also called tactical lights.

Temporarily restricting the vision of a suspect –

Due to the high intensity of light wave, the photoreceptor of eyes cannot reset very quickly at night. This overwhelms vision of an individual. The frequency confuses the brain and hinders its ability of clear perception, which, for a moment or so, blocks the vision and thinking abilities of a person. The direct and peripheral vision of an individual reduces. He/she remains in the same condition, which reverses after the lights have been turned off.

Car Door Actuator

Location of the Device

The device is located on the door of your car-below the latch. In some modern cars, you can find it integrated into your car system thus you can’t easily locate it.

The device receives voltage from the control switch. When it receives the voltage the door latch is activated and electromagnetism is generated. If your actuator has an electrical motor design, there is a gear set which unlocks and locks the doors of your car.

How To Install The Actuator

If your car doesn’t have the actuator you should consider installing it. You should start by prying the power lock switch and the power window switch from the door panel. You should then unplug the door switch before you put the switch aside.

While removing the door panel from the door, you should lift the panel upwards in order to clear the top of the door. You should then reconnect the window switch and close the window. After closing the window you should remove the switch.

You should unplug the pigtail from the base of the power lock and unbolt the actuator from the door using the socket set. You should then rotate the actuator in such a way that you are able to allow the lock rod to slip free from the eyelet.

You should remove and replace the actuator by hand and then hook the new actuator onto the lock rod. Finally, you should bolt the new actuator to the door and plug the wiring pigtail.

Types of Brake Pads

In the past, the most popular brake pad is the organic brake pad, which is made from asbestos. Asbestos is effective in absorbing and dissipating heat from friction. However, when it breaks down, a lot of brake dust will show up, which is harmful to people’s health. Thus, asbestos is gradually abandoned by most of the manufacturers. Instead, the manufacturers have created the nonasbestos organic brake pad, which is made from natural materials like rubber, glass, and resins. The main advantage of this kind of pad is that it’s environmental-friendly and is easier to be disposed of. Nevertheless, the disappointing fact is that since it is much softer, it wears faster, creating even more dust than the ones made from asbestos. Besides, although nonasbestos organic ones work well in normal street driving, once exposed to high temperatures or heavy load, they lose their high efficiency in stopping the car. Thus, they are only suitable for small cars that don’t do much aggressive driving, with limited hard stops and the light weight of the car being the necessities as well.

A metallic brake pad is another option for your car. Made from iron, copper, steel and graphite, metallic pads give superb performance in dissipating heat generated by friction between themselves and the brake rotors. The reason why they are so popular among the vehicle users is that they are really cost-effective and durable. Nonetheless, the metallic ones are so heavy that they don’t make a good choice for high performance racing. Also, since they are very hard, they can cause more wear on the brake rotors than other types of the brake pads do. Moreover, when the days are cold, it might take slightly longer than usual for the car with metallic brake pads to stop, for the metallic ones work best when they’re warm.

Light and durable, ceramic brake pads might be the best of all the types of the pads. Made from ceramic fibers, filler material, bonding agents and a small amount of copper fibers, the ceramic brake pad makes itself the best partner of the sports cars. However, due to its high price, it is not as popular as the two types mentioned above.