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Physical safety Modern cars are amazingly more safe than classic cars. Guys that are into classic cars frequently throw around phrases like "They don't make them like they use to!" or "This is built like a tank with real American Steel!", but when you look at a classic car in an accident, the results are pretty obvious. In 2009 this crash test was done ...


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No, they are not safe Safety standards dating back to before now were not as stringent as they are now. The further in time you go back the less safe they become. Safety has been driven by governments and as regulations have become more stringent over time car manufacturers have had the responsibility to conform to the compliance stack of the time. ...


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You've already seen the safety comparisons. With that being said, classic cars are for fun. If you're looking for safety, a classic car isn't for you. If you're looking to have fun, go for it. Like most things in life, there's a balance that you have to evaluate. No one can answer that for you. You have to do it for yourself. Are you willing to take ...


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What is a Differential ? A differential’s job is to compensate for differences. Specifically the differences in wheel speed when turning. For instance, imagine taking a corner. Your inside wheel has a shorter distance to travel than the outside wheel as you go around the corner. That means that your outside wheel has to turn faster to keep pace with the ...


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Yes, you should fill your tire. The fact the other tires all are nominally correct means you should trust your gauge. Modern tires often have reinforced sidewalls that mask the appearance of low pressure. Waiting for a bad wear pattern is not a good plan, as then you'll have an unevenly worn set of tires.


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You're asking two different questions - are they safe, and are they as safe as a modern car. For the second question - No. An older car without all the modern safety features will not protect you, your passengers, or pedestrians as well as a modern car will in the event of a crash - You don't have airbags, crumple zones, ABS, NCAP ratings and so on. For ...


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Given the assertion that most car accidents occur at speeds of 12MPH or less, most classic cars should be considered safe. Your odds of surviving a crash at parking-lot speeds are very good. However, your chances of walking away with only some bruises are much lower than with a modern car. In even a walking-speed collision, a classic car is going to transfer ...


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While i'm not sure if there are mechanical tachometers like speedometers electronic tachometers are quite simple. An electronic tachometer works like an old analog volt meter. The speed of the engine is converted to a voltage. The voltage is fed to the moving coil. The coil creates a magnetic field. That field of the coil tries to align itself with the ...


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Classic cars are significantly less safe than modern cars. In a classic car, it is both harder to avoid a crash and more likely that you will sustain serious or fatal injuries in the event of a crash. It's the former point I'd like to emphasize in this answer. First, a classic car will not have features like ABS, traction control, or stability control. This ...


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Looking at this page, it shows the curb weight of a Volkswagen Passat B5.5 1.9 TDI 130 6sp to be 1342 kg. Subtracting this from your number, it comes up with 83 kg for your driver weight, or about 183 lbs for us 'Mericans ;-) This should be fairly close as long as it is the same spec as yours. It should be fairly close, though. I'd imagine there are some ...


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In the event of an accident, how does a classic vehicle compare to a modern machine? Badly. Are safety features on new vehicles really a life saver? Yes. Can anything be done to improve the safety of classic vehicles? There are certainly safety improvements that can be made. You can fit better brakes and tyres. You can sometimes retrofit ...


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Some things to check in order of likelihood- Check the battery connections are tight. A loose connection may prevent your car from starting, even when the lights, radio, etc., may seem to be working fine. The battery may not be fine. Lights are not high load,so having the lights work is not an indicator of how healthy your battery is Starter motor. ...


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I would refer to it as a CV (constant velocity) joint spider.


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Judging from the lights and body shapes I would say it looks like a 2015 Volkswagen Touareg.


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It's used on front engine rear wheel drive and most 4 wheel drive vehicles it couples the transmission with the rear differential. Picture Source In the picture above you can see the driveshaft where it's connected to the pinion on the rear end. The drive shaft is the part on the lower right side of the picture. The other end of it would be connected to ...


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Yes it can be easily done, but based on your scenario it's not necessary unless you want to sit for extended periods without running the engine. If you are going to leave the vehicle running for Air Conditioning for instance then you don't need to do anything it should work fine as equipped from the factory. Here are some things to consider If you still ...


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It's a custom-wrapped VW Touareg. It looks like it belongs to an employee at Vehicle Wraps, a custom-wrap shop in Brisbane. There is a gallery on their Facebook page documenting the process and the gallery description reads: Bape no more we have wrapped the Touareg to match my Moth Sailing Boat It's not clear what year the model is, but the pictures ...


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It depends on a ton of things and it won't be linear in most cases. Every car has different things that wear out at different rates and those things affect horsepower differently as they age. Not everything that wears affects power. A coolant hose that wears out might cause the engine to overheat, but it won't affect power until then. But vacuum hoses can ...


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As others have said, your asking different questions so I will address them separately. Classic cars are safe to drive Classic cars are simply older cars. They were driven successful by people of the time who didn't die in them and nothing has fundamentally altered the safety of the car since that time. If you drive a classic in the same way as you drive a ...


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Depending on who asked you, and why, I would assume they were talking about the special socket needed to removed locking lug nuts from the car. On cars that have them, one of the 4 or 5 lug nuts/bolts will have a smooth outside and a special pattern on the inside that only a certain key will fit. The lock can typically be found near where your spare tire ...


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Depending on the car model and the technology used, not all fluids I mention here do exist. Here is list of all that I know of: fuel (some cars use two typed of fuel, e.g., petrol and gas, so they have two fuel tanks) engine oil two-stroke oil (in some systems the oil is separated and only combined in the injection) gear oil Automatic Transmission fluid (...


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In very cold climates there are electric heaters that replace the dip stick. They are plugged into an AC outlet and because they reach the oil pan they can apply heat directly to the oil. That way the oil doesn't get cold to the point where it totally looses it's ability to keep your engine protected at start up. It's plugging in that electric heater that "...


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The charging system of a car can deliver TONS of power, so small fluctuations in the alternator or battery are going to be meaningless to the comparatively small amount of power a phone charger needs, so I'm going to say "no effect at all" here. Different models of USB chargers will put out a different amount of power, normally labeled in Amps or Milliamps. ...


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Cabin filters on modern cars use something called activated carbon (or at least some of them do) which is basically two paper / cotton sheets either side of a fine layer of carbon particles. It looks to me as though your cabin filter has a hole in it and therefore is blowing carbon all over the inside of the cabin. I'd take it back to wherever installed ...


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Safety in crashes (protecting you): Improvements are visible on a decadal scale and the tend to aggregate over time. (this is somewhat backed up by the plot with the dips discussed above) 2016: Cars commonly come with lane centering, adaptive cruise control, devices to keep the driver awake, and automatic stop features. 2010: Pretty much every car comes ...


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Of course it's possible, but in an ideal electric car, you don't even need a transmission with multiple gears. The electric motor has a much greater range of torque/speed output at its disposal than an internal combustion engine does.


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A blinker relay uses a thermal switch which is a piece of curved, spring steel and a thinner piece of spring steel near it that has a wire coiled around it with a resistive property. When current is applied to the relay the coil of wire heats up and expands the small piece of spring steel until it pushes it to make contact with the larger piece of spring ...


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For a car that has 4, 5, 6 and 7 gear options, if all else is the same, then your top speed will be the same; all that would change would be your acceleration: In each gear you have a range where power is at it's highest. Below this gear speed your power is low (have you ever tried to accelerate in 5th from stationary?) And above it you hit the speed ...


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It sounds like you need a trickle charger or battery maintainer - this is a small charger than monitors the charge on the battery, and keeps it charged. Most modern cars have electronics that have a continuous drain on the battery - a trickle charger produces enough power to compensate for this drain, so that even if the car isn't driven for a few weeks the ...


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I read on a forum that the issue could be down to certain earth wires. When depressing the clutch pedal, you may be earthing a electrical line going to the sound system which in turn stops the music. There are various earths located in the engine bay. Check around the inner wings etc and make sure all of them are tight.



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