Safety Advantages for Automatic Emergency Braking Systems

AEBS2Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) frameworks recognize an impending forward accident with another vehicle so as to keep away from or alleviate the accident. These systems first alarm the driver to make corrective action as to avoid an accident. On the off chance that the driver’s reaction is not adequate to stay away from the accident, the programmed crisis slowing mechanism may consequently apply the brakes to help with averting or diminishing the seriousness of an accident. The National Highway Activity Safety Administration trusts these advances speak to the following flood of  potential huge advances in vehicle wellbeing. Automatic emergency braking systems, such as dynamic brake support (DBS) and crash imminent braking (CIB), have the potential not only to save lives but also to reduce moderate and less severe rear-end accidents that occur often on our roadways.

Function of a Catalytic Converter

An automotive catalytic converter is one of the several elements of an exhaust system that reduces the emission of harmful pollutants, such as carbon monoxide (CO), hydrocarbons (HC) and nitrogen oxides (NOx). The catalytic function of the converter will activate certain oxidation and/or reduction reactions, which transform these harmful pollutants into carbon dioxide (CO2), water (H2O) and nitrogen (N2).

There are a number of factors that affect the performance of your catalytic converter. The converter works in conjunction with your oxygen sensors to come up with the cleanest possible exhaust. As long as everything is operating as it should – engine at proper operating temp, air/fuel mixture optimized, no contaminants added to the exhaust – the system works really well. Throw a faulty O2 sensor into the mix and you have problems. Since the O2 sensor can alter your air/fuel mixture, it can kill your catalytic converter. If the mix is too lean, the converter won’t have the right elements to clean the exhaust. Too rich and the converter will heat up to the point of melting, and trying to push exhaust through a solid block is tough. If your car burns oil or leaks coolant into the engine, these contaminants can collect on the ceramics inside the converter and cause it to clog.

There are many things that can make inoperable or ruin your catalytic converter, but keeping your car well tuned and in top repair will give you a lifetime of emission control.car

Cabin Air Filter

A clean filter means a breath of fresh air.

A cabin air filter is a mechanism that keeps air inside the passenger compartment of your car from becoming stale and unhealthy.  Some consumers are not even aware their car has a cabin air filter.  Many newer model cars have the component tucked away inside the dash or elsewhere where it is not easily seen.

Although hidden, a cabin air filter performs a very important function.  Not to be confused with an engine air filter, this piece of equipment removes contaminants such as dust, pollen, mold spores, and other small particles from the air that circulates through your cars heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system and into the passenger cabin.

To keep air quality at its best, filters should be replaced according to manufacturers’ recommendations, generally once a year or every 15,000 miles/24,000 kilometers – more frequently if you drive in dusty or industrial environments.  Regularly changing cabin air filters also can maximize the life of your cars HVAC system by reducing debris and corrosion on the evaporator core.

Cabin air filters stop most airborne particles, and some are even capable of eliminating odors.  That’s welcome news for people with allergies and others concerned about air quality.  Changing a cabin air filter is a quick process on most vehicles, and the cost is minimal.

Have your Shock and Struts checked every 30K-50K Miles

Here at My Dad’s, we give free suspension inspections and recommend you stop by every 30,000 – 50,000 miles. We will check not only shocks and struts, but also all other major suspension components.

If you are experiencing bouncing, “bottoming-out” or uneven tire tread wear, these can be symptoms of worn out shocks or struts.

Come by any time and see us at My Dad’s!

Have Your Brakes Checked Every 10-15K Miles

My Dad’s Brakes Maintenance & More recommends having your brakes checked every 10,000 to 15,000 miles, depending on your driving conditions.  Always check your owners manual for all scheduled maintenance services.

At My Dad’s Auto in Long Beach, we use and sell Quaker State synthetic automotive oil. Why?  Because we want to use only quality products to keep your car running smoothly for a long time.

Check out My Dad’s oil change and maintenance service.