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HYDRAULIC POWER STEERING VS ELECTRIC POWER STEERING 

EPS also known as Electrically assisted power steering is the latest technology on modern day cars. Replacing the old way of Hydraulic Assist or Hydraulic Power Steering also known as HPS which has been around for more than half a century EPS has a computer controlled electric motor. 
Steering is very important as it’s the main communication between car and driver. 
Either way if you ever feel your car is not responding correctly to your steering you need to have it looked at immediately. With Hydraulic Steering it will usually be leaking or the pipes have to be replaced which will causes the problem. 
Most of the newer cars today use electric power steering.

 

HYDRAULIC POWER STEERING 
In a Hydraulic Power Steering the steering gear has two chambers and a sealed piston attached to the steering rack. The hydraulic fluid is pressurized to one side of the piston and returning fluid to the other side to a power steering fluid bottle. There is a valve that controls the hydraulic flow and is located by the pinion shaft controls. This pumps drains energy from the engine whether you turn the wheel or not. 

 

ELECTRIC POWER STEERING  
With a Electric Power Steering Assist there is an electric motor attached to the side of the steering rack. Attached to the pinion shaft there is a torque sensor that sends a signal to the control computer as to when provide assistance. EPS only uses energy from the engine when you turn the wheel. 
There is no doubt that Electric Power Steering is better for fuel savings as there is no pump or piston but rather a small electric motor that increases the commands of the drivers steering decisions. EPS uses 90 percent less energy than a Hydraulic power steering system. And because the ESP does not use fluid, it's definitely less maintenance as the motor & chip used to control the EPS will definitely last longer.   

 

STEERING THE FUTURE
DAP (Direct Adaptive Steering)
Latest technology is Drive-by-wire steering systems. This happens when the mechanical linkage between the steering wheel and the car's front wheels are removed. Its computer controlled and with the help of actuators which are situated by the front wheels or the steering rack and it will gauge the turn velocity and send the right instructions much quicker than any mechanical system can.  

MANUAL GEARBOX TRANSMISSION VS AUTO GEARBOX TRANSMISSION 

 
All vehicles have either a manual or automatic gearbox. These transmissions have come a long way and with many newer model cars the gearboxes range from six speed to eight speed. Some of the newer cars today also come with a CVT transmission which is a continuously variable transmission and found on many hybrid cars as well as some scooter bikes. 

 

Various transmissions will work differently on various types of vehicles. The power is drawn from the engine to drive the wheels and will depend on whether the car is a front wheel drive or a rear wheel drive or a four by four (4x4) / AWD (all wheel drive) where the power is distributed to all the wheels at the same time.  

 

MANUAL GEARBOX 
All manual vehicles are operated through a gear stick. Many older cars had the gear stick mounted on the side of the steering wheel but in essence all manual gearboxes work the same. You have to physically change gears with a gear stick. 
A manual vehicle will have a clutch that needs to be pushed in so that the gear can be selected and once the gear has been selected the clutch will be released and engage. Most manual cars have five speed or six speed gearboxes but with the older cars the gearboxes were limited to a four speed transmission and even older ones had only a three speed gearbox. All manual transmissions have a reverse gear for driving backwards. As technology advances so does the transmissions on the cars.   
The beauty about driving a manual car is that you will feel more in control of your driving experience. It is very responsive and does not have the lag an automatic transmission has. It can be quite exhilarating if you are looking for speed as you will feel completely part of your car as if the gearstick is an extension of your arm. Always learn to drive a manual car before and automatic. It is definitely more difficult in the beginning but it’s much more difficult to switch from an automatic transmission to a manual transmission.

 

AUTOMATIC GEARBOX
Automatic transmissions have come a long way since the early days. It always seemed that only the rich could afford to drive automatic cars as the older highly priced cars usually came out with an automatic transmissions. All automatic transmissions are either hydraulic or electronic. The electronic versions are much more advanced and with the help of a whole lot of sensors on the car this will then determine at what specific speed the engine will change gears automatically. Some automatic cars have the function of a lever or paddles behind the steering wheel that will allow you to change gears manually. If you travel extensively an automatic option will be the one for you as you will not have to manually push a clutch in to change gears and can will make your driving experience seem like a lot less work. Today automatic transmissions range from six speed to eight speed options. These automatic gearboxes are very advanced in the newer model cars.

 

CVT
The last option on transmissions is the CVT option. This stands for continuously variable transmission. This transmission is usually found in scooter bikes. With the new hybrid models on the market some of them have opted for the option of a CVT transmission.  CVT transmission is much more affordable. A CVT transmission creates a driving experience similar to a automatic transmission but the emphasis is on smoothness, not sportiness.  

 

MANUAL GEARBOX VS AUTO GEARBOX SUMMARY 
Buying a Manual or an Automatic transmission car is a personal choice. If you travelling far to work every day you might want to consider an automatic transmission as you won't have to manually change gears. If you don’t travel too far and you are a motor enthusiast as mentioned before a manual transmission is a much better hands on experience to drive. Always test drive the vehicle you want to buy in traffic before you decide. 

FORD USED SPARES | USED FORD PARTS

The Ford Motor Company was founded by Henry Ford and was incorporated in 1903. The company sells automobiles and commercial vehicles under the Ford brand and most luxury cars under the Lincoln brand worldwide.

When buying used Ford spares, a good way of making sure that there is no confusion is to take a photograph or two with your cell phone or ask the salesman to send you a picture of the Ford parts that he has in stock. Accurate information supplied is key when you are dealing with the motor scrapyards, this will better your chances of locating the correct Ford part for your motor vehicle.

Information such as the make, model, series, year model, VIN and engine number, which can be found on your vehicles licence disc as well as the correct name of the type of car part that you require.

Ford in South Africa began by importing kits from Canada to be assembled at its Port Elizabeth facility in South Africa. Later Ford sourced its models from the UK and Australia, with local versions of the Ford Cortina including the XR6, with a 3.0 V6 engine, and a Cortina-based 'bakkie' or pick-up, which was exported to the UK.

Along with Shelby and Chevrolet, Ford has won titles on the international scene at the FIA World Championships. Ford won the World Sportscar Championship three times, and the World Rally Championship three times.

Ford was heavily involved in Formula One for many years and supplied engines to a large number of teams from 1967 until 2004. These engines were designed and manufactured by Cosworth, the racing division that was owned by Ford during that time.

Ford has a long history in rallying and has been active in the World Rally Championship since the beginning of the world championship. Ford took the 1979 manufacturers' title with Hannu Mikkola, Björn Waldegård, and Ari Vatanen driving the Ford Escort RS1800.

Ford has competed in rallycross with its Ford Fiesta and Ford Focus. Tanner Foust won the Global RallyCross Championship in 2011 and 2012 . Other notable Ford drivers include Marcus Grönholm, Ken Block, and Brian Deegan.

Ford sports cars have been visible in the world of sports car racing since 1964. The GT40 won the 24 Hours of Le Mans four times in the 1960s and is the only American car to ever win overall at this prestigious event. Ford also won the 1968 International Championship for Makes with the GT40, which still stands today as one of the all-time greatest racing cars.

Ford introduced methods for large-scale manufacturing of cars and large-scale managem ent of an industrial workforce using elaborately engineered manufacturing sequences typified by moving assembly lines

In Africa, Ford's market presence has traditionally been strongest in South Africa and neighbouring countries, with only trucks being sold elsewhere on the continent.

When making an enquiry always make sure that you know who you are dealing with. The internet is not always a safe place to trade and by doing a few simple checks you can alleviate much unnecessary stress.

Contact www.looking4spares.co.za for advice on all your Ford spares requirements. Make use of the Looking 4 Spares ‘Safe Trade Account’ when buying Ford spares at a distance.

Contact the Looking 4 Spares Call Centre on 0861-777722 Monday to Friday during office hours.

NISSAN USED SPARES | USED NISSAN PARTS

When buying used Nissan used spares, you will be relying on the used Nissan parts salesperson and he/she will be using only the information that you provide. A good way of making sure that there is no confusion is to take a photograph or two with your cell phone or ask the salesman to send you a picture of the Nissan parts that he has in stock.

Nissan was recently the sixth largest automaker in the world, after Toyota, General Motors, Volkswagen Group, Hyundai Motor Group, and Ford. Nissan maufactured the world's largest electric vehicle, with sales of more than 275,000 electric vehicles. The top-selling vehicle is the Nissan Leaf, an all electric car and the world's top selling plugin electric car.

Nissan has an extensive range of mainstream cars and trucks, which are exported around the world. Nissan also have several memorable sports cars, like the Datsun Fairlady 1500, 1600 and 2000 Roadsters.

The Nissan Z-car is an affordable sports car, and the GT-R, a powerful all-wheel drive sports coupe. Nissan created a tuning division, Nismo, for competition and performance development of such cars.

Nissan launched the Qashqai SUV in South Africa, along with their new motorsport Qashqai Car Games, 2013.

In 1960, a sales distribution channel was established that sold diesel products for commercial use, Nissan Diesel, which was sold in 2007 to Volvo AB.

Accurate information supplied is always key when you are dealing with the motor scrapyard, this will better your chances of finding the correct Nissan part for your motor vehicle. Information such as the make, model, series, year model, VIN and engine number, which can be found on your vehicles licence disc as well as the correct name of the type of car part that you require.

Nissan offers a subscription-based telematics service in select vehicles to drivers in Japan, called CarWings. Nissan also owns Nissan Marine, they produce motors for boats and other maritime equipment. Nissan have also built the MV orbital rocket. Nissan sells a range of key cars, mainly as a joint venture with Suzuki and Mitsubishi.

Nismo is the motorsports division of Nissan. Nismo cars have participated in the All Japan Sports Prototype Championship, Super GT, IMSA GT Championship, World Sportscar Championship, FIA World Endurance Championship, British Touring Car Championship, Supercars Championship and Blancpain GT Series. Also, they were featured at the World Series by Nissan from 1998 to 2004.

When making an enquiry always make sure that you know who you are dealing with. The internet is not always a safe place to trade and by doing a few simple checks you can alleviate much unnecessary stress.

Contact www.looking4spares.co.za for advice on all your Nissan used spares requirements. Make use of the Looking 4 Spares ‘Safe Trade Account’ when buying Nissan spares at a distance.

Contact the Looking 4 Spares Call Centre on 0861-777722 Monday to Friday during office hours.

TOYOTA

Toyota is one of the world's largest automotive manufacturers, since 2016. 

Toyota was the first motor vehicle manufacturer to produce more than 10 million vehicles per year. Toyota is also involved in sales of hybrid electric vehicles. In 2018, the Toyota Motor Company announced its first ever integration of Smartphone Control, with Amazon Alexa in the Toyota Avalon.

When buying used Toyota used spares, you will be relying on the used Toyota parts salesperson at the salvage scrapyard or used Toyota parts supplier and he/she will be using only the information that you provide. A good way of making sure that there is no confusion is to take a photograph or two with your cell phone or ask the salesman to send you a picture of the Toyota parts that they have in stock. 

The type of information that you supply is always useful when you are dealing with motor scrapyard dealer, or spares supplier as this will improve your chances of getting the correct part for your motor vehicle first time without wasting time driving from salvage yard to salvageyard.

Info such as the make, model, series, year model, VIN and the engine number, which can be found on the licence disc of your car, bakkie, truck or motorcycle is crucial to your success. Also include the correct name and description of the type of Toyota used part or other motor vehicle brand car parts that you are searching for together with your pictures. 

When making an enquiry always make sure that you know who you are dealing with. The internet is not a safe place to trade over unless you are familiar with all the pitfalls and understand exactly who and what it is that you are dealing with. By doing a few simple checks you can alleviate much unnecessary stress such as performing a Google search of the sellers address and compare notes. 

Contact www.looking4spares.co.za for advice on all your Toyota used spares requirements. Always make use of the Looking 4 Spares ‘Safe Trade Account’ when buying Toyota spares at a distance.

Contact the Looking 4 Spares Call Centre on 0861-777722 Monday to Friday during office hours.