20 Ways Your Car Hurts Your Cash

The money you spend to purchase your car only represents a portion of the cash outlay necessary to keep your vehicle running properly. You’ll also need to allocate part of your budget to periodic repairs and replacement parts. Both are inevitable.

Kilowatts – A measurement of power. The more kilowatts, the more power – and in car speak this usually means greater speed. 1 kW = 1.341 bhp (brake horsepower).

Unfortunately, old age eventually comes regardless of what you do to hold it at bay. Auto parts fail and will need to be replaced. Below, I’ll give you a list of the components you can expect to replace down the road.

Once you have freed the bolts, remove all the pieces from the hangers and lay them out away from the vehicle. All the piping should be removed from the car now, and you will be ready to start replacing the old part with a new one. Your first step is to remove the hangers from the car and replace them with a new, sturdier aftermarket set. This ensures that your new kit will stay put. You will need to cut them off with a cutting tool.

Attach the new hangers to the parts, and bolt them onto the underside of the car from the front of the car. Do not tighten the bolts all the way. This step will wait until after all your pieces are fitted together. Fit the pieces together with the use of new gaskets. This will ensure your new exhaust is free of leaks. After all the relevant pieces are fitted together correctly and securely, you can start tightening down each section from manifold to tailpipe. Make sure the bolts are tight.

So the term cat-back refers to all parts of the exhaust system between the outlet of the scrap O2 sensor recycling or cat and the outside air. This usually means a series of pipes, one or more mufflers, and perhaps exhaust tips.

Burning fuel inside a car’s engine creates a lot of heat. Most of it has to be removed by a cooling system. Liquid cooling systems have a mixture of water and chemicals. A water pump forces this mixture to flow between the cylinders of the engine. The hot water is then pumped through a radiator where the air carries away the heat.

Of course, one way to mitigate all this chaos is to change your oil. and change it often. If you use standard grade oil, then 3500 miles is a good interval. 5000 for semi-synthetic is good, and 7500 for full synthetic.