Trucks ? Heavy Duty Vehicles!

The word ?truck? is believed to be a derivative of Greek word ? ?trochos? which takes the meaning of a wheel. Lorry is yet another term used in this conjunction in United Kingdom whereas wagons with large wheels are known as trucks in North America. Pickup trucks, semi trucks, GMC trucks are the variants that are available. In countries like New Zealand and Australia a small vehicle with open back is known as ?ute? (abbreviated form of ?utility vehicle?) or also known as pick-up. In the US only large vehicles used in commercial purposes are called as trucks.

The various important parts of the truck are the Engine, the Drive train and the frame.

Engine: An Engine forms the most important part of a truck as it decides the running capability of a truck and has to be carefully chosen to match the application for which the truck is intended to be used. Gasoline engines are generally used by small trucks like the pickups or SUVs (Sport Utility Vehicles) and also by the medium-duty trucks. However heavier trucks generally use four stroke turbo intercooler diesel engines and highway trucks employ locomotive-type engines which are either two-stroke or a V12 Detroit diesel engine. Most of the truck manufacturers in North America outsource the engine, whereas companies like Volvo and Mack Trucks use their own engines. Euro 5 regulations are complied with by all the truck engines in European nations in the interest of the environment.

Drive Train: Light duty trucks use transmission method similar to that of the cars which are either automatic or manual with synchornisers. Heavier trucks however use manual transmission without synchroniser that is less bulky. Crash boxes (transmissions without synchronizers) have a requirement of employing double clutching for every shift, called as ?floating?. Generally North American setups include 9,10,13,15 and 18 speed levels. Semi-automatic or fully automatic transmission system is generally preferred to reduce the fuel consumption. In European market the gears may be of 8, 10 and 12 in case of manual transmission while for automatic transmission it might range anywhere between 5-12 gears. The trucks generally have range shift pattern in the gear system.

Frame: Two parallel boxed rails held together by cross members are the main composites of the frame of a truck. They may also be called as ladder frames since they resemble that of a ladder when tipped on end. Crossmembers are mostly attached to frame rails by using rivets or bolts, but sometimes may be welded in case of heavy duty application. The material used to make frame is generally steel but aluminium can also be a substitute to it.

Although trucks contribute to some pollution, they eject fewer air polluting emissions when compared to a car or any other vehicle, but still it contributes to a high level of sound pollution.

Pathfinder Bags ?best Family Suv? Award

Last year was filed with woes for the Japanese car brand Nissan for that year, 2006, Honda overtook them to become the second largest Japanese car manufacturer. Furthermore, last year sales for Nissan was a disappointment – the first time that Nissan suffered setbacks in terms of sales during Ghosn?s stint as the company?s president and chief executive officer.

But while there is plenty of bad news for the company, a silver lining came in the winning of the Nissan Pathfinder as the ?Best Family SUV? in the Middle East. The distinction was given to the Nissan model by the Pan Arab publication Automobile Magazine.

The award is given to the Nissan Pathfinder after a very close deliberation among the members of the magazine?s editorial team. Aside from the ?Best Family SUV? award, the Automobile Magazine also handed out awards for other categories such as the ?Best Small Car? and the ?Best Sports Car?. One of the reasons for the distinction is the Pathfinder?s amazing off-road driving capabilities. Some of the features integrated into the Nissan Pathfinder like the Hill Descent Control and the Hill Start Assist has already gained the attention of off-road driving enthusiasts and also no doubt the editorial board members who picked the winner for the category.

The Hill Descent Control is reliant on the onboard computer which guides the large Pathfinder vehicle in climbing down a hill. This allows the driver to concentrate on the steering. Nissan stated that the secret to the perfect use of the Hill Descent Control is to refrain from braking and just let the advanced safety feature do its job. Auto journalists who have tried the Nissan Pathfinder found out that the Hill Descent Control indeed guides the Pathfinder gently down a hill.

The Pathfinder?s 4.0-liter engine produces 291 horsepower and this enables the Pathfinder to nimbly ascend hills. The power coming from this relatively large engine can be enhanced further with the use of an aftermarket Nissan cold air intake system which allows cooler air to circulate inside the engine?s intake manifold and eventually into the combustion chamber.

Responding to the citation, Adel Faidi, the Assistant Manager for Corporate Communications at Nissan Middle East, has this to say: ?Winning this award is a sensational achievement and just reinforces the pride that everyone in Nissan feels with delivering great vehicles. Nissan is committed to bringing automotive innovation and promoting the development of the auto industry. Since its introduction the new Nissan Pathfinder has successfully set a new standard in the family SUV segment and we are strongly confident that it will further excite the market and the drivers who want to own an SUV with high value-for-money, great road presence and superior comfort.?

The Nissan Pathfinder is only one of Nissan?s large vehicles available in the Middle East. Joining the Pathfinder in Nissan?s lineup are the Armada, the Patrol, the X-Trail, and the Murano.

Benefits Of Paintless Dent Repair Vs Traditional Paint And Body Shops

Advantages of Paintless Dent Removal

Whether you’re looking to save time and money or you simply want to make a more educated choice when it comes to your vehicle, there are many reasons why paintless dent removal has become the consumer’s preferred choice for dent repair.

? Retain the car’s value. Car panels that have been repaired using traditional body shop work almost always contain body filler and auto paint. These are more detectable to the eye and also detract from the overall value of the car, since you are no longer working with the original exterior paint finish. Even if you can’t see the work, the addition of these materials means that your car is worth less in the long run. Paintless dent repair relies only on the expertise of the professional and gentle dent removal tools, leaving your car worth more when it comes time to trade it in or sell it.

? Make an eco-friendly choice. When you opt for paintless dent removal, you almost never have to use auto paint or other costly and environmentally-hazardous materials. Traditional paint and body shops rely on chemicals in the form of basecoats, clearcoats, auto paint, body filler, and paint thinners to repair the dents in a vehicle. Paintless dent repair works by massaging the metal of your car and returning it to its original shape without the need for added paint and body materials. From start to finish, there are no chemicals released into the air or put into landfills.

? Keep overall costs low. Because you don’t have to pay for the auto paint or body filler materials ? or the manpower involved in using these typically labor-intensive substances ? the costs of paintless dent removal are low in comparison to the work you get from traditional paint and body shops. In most cases, you end up paying around 75 percent less than traditional body repair work.

? Save time. Most paintless dent repair services are mobile, meaning that the company comes to your residence, office, or business to do the repairs ? getting your car back on the road within a few hours and offering virtually no inconvenience. Due to the materials they use and the time-intensive repairs, traditional body and paint shops cannot offer this option. In fact, you may end up having to leave your car at a traditional shop for several days before it is ready to go.

Getting your car picture perfect and back on the road has never been easier. From mobile services and ecologically-friendly materials to lowered inconvenience and an increase in your vehicle’s value, the reasons why paintless dent repair has become the most popular dent removal choice are clear.

2006 Acura Tsx Review

Entry-level luxury, with an emphasis on “entry-level.”

What’s new for the 2006 Acura TSX: Minor intake and exhaust mods boost horsepower to 205. Elsewhere, new wheels, styling alterations front and rear, driver’s seat memory, an MP3 input jack, a Maintenance Minder System, and a faster-thinking navigation system round out the long list of minor enhancements.

For most upscale automakers, small sedans are big business. They get sales numbers, draw in young yuppies, and sometimes serve as the brand’s cool, fast, fun model. Acura likely had these goals in mind when conceiving of the TSX, though they ended up taking a different approach than did most others.

Rather than designing the TSX from the ground up, Acura essentially used a shrunken version of the Honda Accord platform, then tuned the engine, suspension, and tires for an extra dose of performance. The result is a fine-driving, decently entertaining sports sedan, but in a class where excellence is common, “decent” kind of sticks out. For one thing, the TSX’s front-wheel-drive nature has it handling less than a BMW and more like, well, an Accord. Its Accord-sourced engine is two cylinders shy of a full load (meaning six), and compared to others, the TSX is a bit lacking in refinement and low-speed punch. Together, these factors take a toll on the TSX’s legitimacy as a sports sedan.

Performance aside, the little Acura measures up in most ways. There’s a full complement of luxury and safety features (including leather, power seats, sunroof, and stability control); navigation is the only real option. The front seats are great, and the stereo rocks hard (even if it can’t play DVDs like most Acuras). The only drawbacks are the TSX’s somewhat unsupportive back seat, and how the presence of the navigation system complicates the other controls.

Acura is also the most modest with pricing, as the TSX is nearly the only remaining entry-level luxury car that ducks in under $30,000. That might seem like a bargain compared to Lexus, Infiniti, BMW and the rest, but it’s fair to ask if those cars are its real competition. Leather seats and designer labels notwithstanding, the TSX’s hardware and performance are much more in line with cars like the Mazda 3 and Honda Civic Si, which start closer to $20,000.

Still think it’s a deal?

Air Horns On Cars & Trucks – The Next Big Trend

Forget jacking your truck up, neons, and chrome rims, today?s auto junkies have air horns! Not just any kind of air horn though, real train horns. That?s right, it?s the new sensation, and people can?t get enough of the ear-splitting sound.

The madness started with sites like popping up, posting videos on Youtube of them riding around scaring the living daylights out of people with their horns. Not long after, other truck websites followed. Then, before you know it, everyone on the block has a 150 plus decibel train horn.

Since the horns require high intensity air flow, you have to have an air source. This includes an air tank and a compressor. Along with other hardware & valves, you have a complete air horn setup.

sells kits that are easily installed on just about any automobile. The prices range from about $200 to over $600. Each range kit has different specs and decibels of sound. The great thing about buying them as a kit, is you have everything you need to install it. The kits also come with full color directions, making it easier for the first time installer.

The question your probably thinking now is, how am I going to fit a 5 gallon air tank, compressor, hosing, and the horns in to my Honda Accord? Luckily some sites like offer smaller systems. For instance you can buy the ?car kit? which includes a smaller size air tank, and compact horns.

Most people with cars put the tank in the trunk, along with the compressor and run a high intensity hose to the air horns. The horns don?t have to mount facing forward, this is a common misconception. They?re just as effective facing down, towards the ground.

So, your thinking of getting an air horn, but just out of curiosity, you want to know?What?s the loudest horn out there? That?s a good question. The loudest horn made is the Nathan K5. Not many people sell it because it?s only available to locomotive related companies. Only a small, select group of sites sell them, and there not cheap! The average price for just the horns is well over $1500. Not to mention you need an air system to push it.
Air horns can be a lot of fun. If and when you decide to purchase one, check out the sites I mentioned in the article. Also be very careful with your new horns, there not toys, and can be dangerous, so use them responsibly.

The Same Golf But Different Cars

Volkswagen?Europe?s largest automaker and producer of the popular VW CV joint— has offered in Canada its new subcompact entry, the 2007 Rabbit 2.5 which has grown and matured from its Golf predecessor. VW is marketing its Rabbit 2.5 hatchback as a full-featured compact loaded with standard six air bags, traction control, air conditioning, cruise control, abs and a 10 speaker stereo with MP3-compatible CD player.

The Rabbit 2.5 is also equipped with a five-cylinder engine and VW?s four-year/80,000 kilometer warranty that covers four years of roadside assistance which is one year more than those offered by Civic or Corolla– primary competitors of Rabbit 2.5 in Canada. And compared to its other compact competition, the $20,990 five-door Rabbit is no doubt a good buy. But compared to the other VW?s compact how does the ?new? 2007 City Golf rate?

The word new in the 2007 Golf are warranted in the sense that the City Golf is supposedly the last generation of Golf five-door hatchback that will be sold in Canada. It should be noted that the Volkswagen has started offering its Golf in Canada way back in the year 1999 and the new City Golf is the latest addition. The new City Golf has a starting price of $14,900 and comes equipped with 15-inch rubber, four wheel disc brakes with ABS, power steering, AM/FM/CD with eight speakers, two-tone cloth seats, 60/40 folding rear seats, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, tachometer, rear wiper/washer and Volkswagen?s four-year warranty.

Compared to the previous City Golf, the new Rabbit 2.5 is more spacious on the inside. And just like Dodge?s Caliber, the new rabbit 2.5 is big for a compact, especially the back. However unlike the Dodge, the Rabbit 2.5?s interior has a more luxurious feel to it attributed to the fact that it has shared many parts with the Audi A3. But despite this fact it simply cannot be denied that Volkswagen has cut cost in the production of the Rabbit 2.5. There are obvious features found on the Rabbit 2.5 that indicates the cost-cutting that VW has employed for this Golf such as the center console and doors are made of harder plastic while the audio and HVAC controls just didn?t have that solid feel of Teutonic that pervades the City Golf.

And once on the road the difference between the new and the old City Golf became even more pronounce. The new Rabbit 2.5 is powered by a new 150 horsepower, 170 pound feet of torque, 2.5 liter inline five cylinder engine which is larger by almost half-liter and more powerful by 35 horsepower and 48 pound feet of torque than the City Golf?s four.

Another distinction is in terms of the weight since the rabbit 2.5 weighs 100 kilograms more than the City Golf. The most obvious difference is the 2.5?s more immediate torque which results to unplanned mid-range passing maneuvers. The rabbit 2.5 produces about 1000 rpm less than the previous City Golf when driving on the highway.

The City Golf is equipped with an independent torsion beam axle rear suspension while the 2.5 receives a new fully independent rear that makes use of a multi-link rear suspension. And if the City Golf?s is the bouncy type and revs up immediately, the 2.5 on the other hand is more of the subtle type. The Rabbit 2.5 is also more in control and more stable at high speeds as compared to the City Golf.

In terms of steering wheel, the City?s Golf conventional mechanical steering setup and lighter weight is much better. Unfortunately the Rabbit 2.5?s electro-mechanical steering suffers from on-centre numbness. And although it may be less direct but it sure is effective in providing the Rabbit 2.5?s luxury compact mission statement.

Catching The Jaguar Xjr

When Jaguar is mentioned, the very first thing that could possibly enter your mind would be prestige, power, elegance, and design. Aside from that, it also brings about grace and style. And one of the Jaguar vehicles that incorporate all these characteristics would be the Jaguar XJR.

The latest updates done on the Jaguar XJR make it larger. It had added some 2.6 inches in length, 2.4 inches of width, and a significant 4.3 inches of height. It has shorter overhangs as well as a lesser steepness for its windscreen. To add to the joy of Jaguar XJR owners and users, the new one also holds more passenger space as well as cargo and luggage space which has gained a 30 per cent increase. It boasts of an aluminum body that is very much delightfully stiff. With the aluminum body, this makes the Jaguar XJR a lot less lighter. In fact, it has lost 440 pounds.

That only was the skin part of the Jaguar XJR. If a person looks closer and delves deeper, one would be able to find out that beneath the skin is a very capable machine that is responsible for the unstoppable power of the Jaguar XJR. This vehicle from Jaguar holds a 400 horsepower 4.2 liter V8 engine that is supercharged. It is hooked up to a six speed automatic transmission that is ZF-sourced. This transmission was actually first introduced and used in the Jaguar S Type. Made standard for this vehicle is a self-leveling air suspension, as well as the Jaguar?s Computer Active Technology Suspension (or CATS) system, the Dynamic Stability Control system, the Adaptive Cruise Control with Forward Alert system, and the Adaptive Restraint Technology System (or commonly known as ARTS). The engine of the Jaguar XJR is perfectly smooth as well as quiet, alive, and robust. It also provides a very quick and speedy performance. It is also very supple, agile and flexible so much so that the driver of the Jaguar XJR feels the control he has.

As per the cabin and interior of the Jaguar XJR, it is very richly designed and dressed up with leather, wood, and bright work. Ergonomically configured so as to give drivers and occupants an easy time inside are the controls. The navigation system has a clear interface and a very classy presentation. So as to give occupants much more comfort are eight cup and drink holders.

Meanwhile, owners and enthusiasts of the Jaguar XJR and Jaguar vehicles could purchase Jaguar parts and accessories in the very comfort of their own homes. There are dozens of sites that offer excellent deals on Jaguar auto parts that are definitely hard to miss. One of the best sites from where customers can purchase quality and durable Jaguar parts is Jaguar Parts and Jaguar Auto Parts. It holds one of the largest collections of parts and accessories for Jaguar vehicles. Their collection includes accessories, body parts, brakes, service tools, drive belts, and cooling system parts among many others.