Sunday, May 27, 2012

Ford AC Condenser for Your Car's Cooling System

A Ford AC condenser is one of the most sought after car part for air conditioning systems.
For a car to perform better, its cooling system should be superb especially since the car's interior are dependent on it. This is most needed at present with hybrid cars coming out in the market-all with their new techy support system such as GPS, car monitors and other computerized parts. This is the reason why Ford's ac condensers are one of the top auto parts being sought for.
Ford is one of today's top notch car manufacturers worldwide. They are loved for their technological advancement in creating vehicles and car parts: their sturdiness, design, quality interiors, and smooth sounding engines. We can consider their works to be top notch. This is the reason why most people are into driving a Ford - the same reason why their auto parts, especially why their AC condensers, are sought after.
If you're driving a Ford, it is best to select a car part made by the same manufacturer - if you want more superb driving experience. If you're planning to upgrade your Ford's cooling system with a new Ford AC condenser, then it is best to know first what it is and its role.
An AC condenser is responsible for the coldness of our air conditioning system. This means it simply cools all the vacuumed hot gas which is later on released by the air conditioner.
The air conditioning system starts with the refrigerants being sucked in by the AC compressor. The compressor then pressurizes and turns it into hot gas. The next step would be the refrigerant passing the condenser to be cooled. During this process, the refrigerants are turned into liquid. Once this is done, the expansion valve regulates the cold liquid refrigerants and turns it back into gas-the cold gas that is released by the air conditioner. After this step the whole process repeats itself again.
Air conditioning system is not just used for to cool ourselves whenever we're in the car. This is also to help lessen the car interior's heat which can affect our car's mechanism especially now that most vehicles are being computerized - for easy car maintenance and checkup.
Ford, being one of the leading car manufacturers around the world, has emphasized their mark in the industry as they continue to give quality cars with high tech gadgetry. With this said, we can be sure that every Ford auto part is created to complement superb performance and agility.
For those with Ford cars and are looking for ways to improve its cooling system, it is best to start first checking out reliable online auto parts stores since walk in ones can sometimes lack the selection of auto parts. Online stores give a variety of benefit to any shoppers since all they have to do is check the websites list of auto parts or call their hotline for further inquiries. By selecting the right online store you can be assured of quality and authentic branded auto parts such as a Ford AC Condenser.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Me and My Acura

I've been a truck guy for many years. My trucks have always been reliable, functional, and tall. I never felt uncomfortable on the road or felt bullied by other vehicles. When driving a truck or any large vehicle, there is a level of respect that other drivers instinctively give you. They have the greater incentive to avoid a collision with you. This had been my experience on the road almost exclusively and as far back as is worth remembering.
Not too long ago, a series of events lead me to have to forgo my truck driving days and change the direction of my driving "career". It was time for a change and I embraced it. Gas prices aren't so kind to trucks so I was looking forward to some relief in that aspect. What I did not realize was that I was about to enter a world of vehicles that is vast, and full of options. A world of convenience, comfort, power, and gadgets! I was on my way to becoming a luxury sedan driver.
After two weeks of diligent research, test drives, and consultation I fell in love with a Black Acura TSX. I felt almost a kinship with it since my dream car had always been the Acura NSX (a car that I had almost purchased a year earlier out of pure childhood whim).
In the days, weeks, and months to come, I fell not only in love, but almost obsessed with my Acura. I had come to realize that this car was not just a car. It was a design. It had been since before inception, in the hearts and minds of designers, engineers, and executives. And now, it was in mine.
My Acura no longer is just a comfortable mode of transportation. It represents me and who I am. Every aspect of it from the engine, to the interior, to the amazing luxury features represents me. My Acura TSX and I are one.
It's the steel horse that I ride, and it is faithful. It loves me and does so unconditionally. It knows all my preferences. From the way I like to sit, to my radio stations, to the interior temperature, to the way I like to accelerate and brake.
It is quiet but powerful and only taps into that power when I call upon it. I use to feel safe in a truck because of the sheer presence. Now I feel safe because my Acura and I work as one. We are ready to handle anything the road can throw at us. And we do so with precision, restrained power, and comfort.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

2012 Mercedes E-250 Car Review

When you look at a Mercedes E-class, you realize it is not just the work of a group of people. It is the result of a constantly refined tradition, with an unending story told best by the all new Mercedes E-250 Elegance. This baby not only has sleek aerodynamics that defines visual perfection, it has also provided a super smooth ride synonymous with comfort and elegance for over 100 years.
First introduced in2010, the current Mercedes Benz E-Class has been a top seller for the German luxury automaker and on March 2012 the 500000th E-Class sedan rolled off the production line in Sindelfingen, Germany. (This figure only represents the production of current generation e class sedans with exclusions of the E-Class coupe and e class cabriolet.) Their ingenuity not stopping short, the e class designers recently unveiled the hybrid version: the E-400 and E-350 Blue TEC Hybrid capable of 56 mpg on the European combined cycle.
This is one car you will not have to chew your lips off while stuck in traffic. A new chassis and dampers that adapt to the driving conditions make this as comfortable and cruisy as a luxury sedan can get. Sitting on the driver's seat alone is quite an experience and certainly only in few cars will you find the working of the gear lever transmitted electronically through a cable. It entails full Bluetooth audio streaming as well as a 6 GB hard drive to store your favorite tunes. Talking of music, it is played through Harman/Kardon LOGIC 7 surround system to cater for the long journeys. The rear seats are slightly reclining with plenty of head and leg room, which are very practical for a family car.
Want to die in an accident? Then don't drive an e class. Its safety measures entail the PRE -SAFE systems which not only tightens the seat belts before an unavoidable accident, but also automatically closes windows, sunroof, fills up air cushions on the multi -contour seats and even moves the front seats to a safer position in the crucial moments before an accident. It also includes 11 airbags: front, side and rear ones, pelvic bag, full size window-bags for driver and front passenger and a knee-bag for the driver. That aside, the prime thought that you are in a Mercedes E-Class is enough to prevent you from dying. Ha! Ha!
The E-Class is a beautiful car in its own right, and like BMW and AUDI its going for a more subtle look of sublime elegance, only that it's doing much better; you will surely want to have one of these.
The turning feel is so smooth, more like an S-Class than a C-Class that at times you forget you are connected to the front wheels. There is almost no feedback and the suspension is best suited for normal driving though when push comes to shove it responds with profound agility around tight corners and in sudden directional changes.
Believe it or not, the 1.8L German engineered engine has the power output of engines with twice the capacity. The 1.8L E-250 CGI delivers 150kw (200bhp) and 310Nm of torque with a top speed of 242km/h and an acceleration from 0-100 km in 7.5 seconds. The more costly 2.1L E-250 CDI delivers the same power but with 500Nm of torque with a top speed of 240 km/h. its acceleration from rest to 100km/h is 7.7 seconds.
If you have five woes and fuel bills is one of them, now you have four to worry about. The engine size is a pocket friendly 1.8L for the CGI, smaller than most cars in its league yet with power commensurate or greater than theirs. The fuel economy is more like a 1.5L Toyota at 7.6L/100km (for my drive it was 7.8L/100km which I did extensively enough,) and with an additional $ 320 you get the E-250 CDI with an unbelievably low 5.1L/km, only 0.1L/100km more than the overrated Toyota Camry Hybrid.
Mercedes has never believed in smoke screen as part of its defense, and the E-250 CDI takes it even higher by being the least polluting car in its range. It emits 154g/km of C02 and promises 47.1 mpg economy-an improvement of 20g/km and 4.4 mpg over the previous generation E-220 CDI. The E-250 CGI is the least polluting e class at 134g/km of CO2.
Critics leveled against it suggest that the tail lights connote a Toyota-like appearance (many Mercedes owners hate Toyota.)
You also have to manually adjust your seat instead of electronically and that it lacks a reverse camera. The COMAND is not as intuitive as BMW's iDRIVE and the satellite navigation system is not as advanced as of the BMW 5 series.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Road Safety Budgets Being Reduced

If you have spent any time driving around certain parts of England lately, you will know that money is desperately needed to be spent on the roads. Repairs are needed for the potholes scattered across the road surface like pepperoni on a pizza, and even more than that, we need money to be spent on maintaining the roads so that we don't end up with yet more potholes as soon as the weather turns colder again (well, that's if it ever warms up!). Sadly, it seems the opposite is happening. Many councils across England have been reducing their road maintenance budgets by 10 percent in 2011.
Road maintenance budgets are primarily used for road surfaces. Both maintaining them (although local councils are a long way behind with this), and repairing potholes and cracks (which, again, the councils are behind in achieving). This makes driving more dangerous, as poorly maintained road surfaces may not provide enough grip to stop your car in the event of an accident, while potholes and cracks should be avoided at all costs.
If you do drive over a crack or a pothole at speed, you run the risk of damaging your car's tyres, wheels, and even chassis. A simple pothole could cause your car to be written off. It is not always easy, but the sensible thing to do is drive carefully so that no contact is made between any potholes and your tyres. Admittedly, on some roads, that can be quite challenging.
Road safety budgets have also been cut, with Camden Council in London cutting its road safety budget by a massive 70 percent in 2011. This budget covers things like rehabilitation courses for those who have committed a variety of motoring offences, and programmes to educate young drivers. Both of these have very likely been reduced, or axed completely.
it is understandable that budgets have been reduced in the current economic climate, but while the councils have been cutting their road related budgets rather dramatically, the average cuts for other council services has only been 6 percent during the same year. Also, while a lollipop person earns an average of £3000 a year, the cost of each road fatality is approximately £1.6 million. It makes no sense to cut these budgets.
So it looks like we will have to make do with the limited road care and safety services we have for the time being. By driving carefully, and safely, hopefully we can not only avoid needing any rehabilitation courses (no speeding!), but also avoid any damage to our cars. Making sure your car is in good condition by having a regular car service, checking the condition of your brakes and tyres regularly, will also help keep you safe on the roads this year.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Cars of Today Are Not What They Were a Few Years Ago

Cars of today just don't seem to have the heart and soul of older cars.
In the words of the song "Things ain't what they used to be".
Sure, modern cars do the business - getting us from a to b, and very effectively, but they just don't have the feeling of the cars of yesteryear.
I suppose in a strive by the manufacturers to maximise profits and the wealth of experience they have gained over the years that they have been producing cars, they are able to piece together a vehicle that will give several years of really reliable service at a reasonable cost and earn a good profit in the process.
Cars produced in the 1980′s and earlier were certainly less reliable but simpler, with limited electrical systems. They were the type of vehicle which could be repaired by anyone with a sound knowledge of the workings of a car. What happened to contact breakers and where were we before electronic ignition systems?
Thousands of back street garages thrived as the guys who worked there understood these cars and knew the remedy to get the car fixed and back on the road quickly with their knowledge, experience and the simplest of tools.
Even a DIY home mechanics could carry out repairs to the majority of these vehicles proficiently if they followed the instructions as laid out in the workshop manual.
But with the advent of the rather complex car of today, any problems and the vehicle has to go for repair to a garage or dealership which is equipped with the right sort of equipment.
There the garage technician (they are not called mechanics nowadays) simply hooks the vehicle up to a laptop for diagnosis using hardware and software designed for that make and model of car.
The computer tells the technician what is wrong and he fixes it - although the diagnosis is not always right so things can get costly as wrong parts are unnecessarily fitted in an attempt to remedy things and some of these parts are far from cheap.
Where has the heart and soul gone from modern cars?
May be in the cost cutting, the car manufacturers left these out?
But, joking aside, I think that the quirkiness found in older cars, their unreliability, their unsureness of the old jalopy getting us home, not getting us to that date on time, having to push it when it would not start, all of this endeared us to our car somehow, almost to the extent of being in love with our car.
Some of us even gave our cars names! Including me.
Is it simply the car of today is too reliable that makes it less endearing?