Car Parts Every Newbie Should Understand

HOOK: Cars, for many, are starting to be a necessity rather than a luxury. Having a car can be practical because you can conveniently go wherever you want to go, whether it may be for errands or leisure. To own a car, however, means learning how to maintain it.

Because cars are beneficial, as car owners (or potential car owners), it is essential to know how to take care of your vehicle. Think of your car as your babies; you have to clean them, feed them (with the proper type of gas or diesel), and take care of them by making sure that all their parts are functioning well. Doing so ensures that your car will run smoothly and flawlessly.

To prevent car breakdown and mishaps along your journey, every car owner needs to know the fundamental parts of a car, including how they function. Let’s take a look at the basic car parts and their importance for a smooth and hassle-free ride.

3 Vital Car Parts to Understand

1. Battery

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The battery is your car’s principal life and energy source, which makes it a vital aspect of your vehicle. Without a good battery, your vehicle will not even start! Batteries are usually located at the front hood of your car, and your car dashboard usually will indicate whether or not you have a healthy battery life.

If you have drained your battery, you need to know how to jumpstart your car by connecting a jumper cable from your drained battery to another car’s good battery. Make sure you have a car expert beside you before you jumpstart your vehicle to prevent injuries.

2. Brakes

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A car’s braking system is quite a complex system with a lot of confusing terms such as caliper, rotor, and brake pads. The usual brake components that get worn down are the caliper and rotor. Let’s break them down:

  • Brake Caliper – The function of calipers is to squeeze the brake pads against the rotor for your vehicle to slow down and stop. Depending on the car type, calipers are usually located at the front or rear end of your car. A telltale sign that your caliper is going bad is when you hear a metallic screeching sound. If this happens, head down to your local mechanic so they can check your car.
  • Brake Rotor – The primary function of your brake rotor is to stop your wheel from spinning. The usual sign that you have a worn-out rotor is the noise, usually a screeching or scraping sound. If this happens, better have your car checked out.

3. Shock Absorber

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The primary function of shock absorbers is to help your car be stable, especially when you drive it in bumpy and uneven road conditions. In most models, shock absorbers are usually located at the underside of your car.

Some of the usual symptoms of a worn-out shock absorber are leaking fluid, vibrations while driving, and uneven tire wear. If any of these happen, immediate replacement of shock absorbers is needed to prevent any further damage to your car.

Having a car for many is a dream come true, but more than the aesthetic look and feel of your car, it is essential to be responsible car owners and ensure that your vehicle is in tip-top shape for your own—and others’—safety as well.