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Understanding Trailer Brake Controllers
An electric trailer brake controller is a device that supplies power from a tow vehicle to a trailers electric brakes. There are two types of brake controllers on the market today - Time Delay Activated and Inertia Activated.
While the controllers operate differently, they are very similar. Both types have the same wiring configuration. Both allow the driver to adjust the amount of braking power and both have a pressure sensitive manual override switch that can be used to apply the trailer brakes independently of the tow vehicle.
Time Delay Activated Brake Controls
Time Delay Activated or "solid state" controllers are enabled by the depressing of the brake pedal in the tow vehicle. Once enabled, time delay activated controllers apply a gradual voltage to the trailers brakes using a Time Delay Circuit.
The advantages of a solid state brake control unit are the inexpensive cost, low profile, and they can be mounted at any angle. The disadvantages mostly pertain to Hazard Flashers issues. In most applications the digital display will flash with the hazard flashers and if the gain is set aggressively, some pulsing of the trailer brakes may be felt.
Hazard Flasher issues can be resolved by using a Pulse Preventer that will isolate the brake control from the vehicles flashers, thus eliminating the pulsing.
Inertia Activated Brake Controls
Inertia Activated Brake Controllers or Pendulum Style controllers are enabled by the depressing of the brake pedal and activated by a Pendulum Circuit that senses the stopping motion of the vehicle. The Pendulum Circuit applies a proportional voltage to the trailers brakes.
When the Inertia activated brake control is properly adjusted, the trailer will decelerate at the same speed as the towing vehicle. A result of this is increased braking efficiency and reduced wear on the brakes.
Advantages of pendulum style controllers are efficient braking under a variety of braking conditions including adverse conditions. They also have a smooth braking motion.
Pendulum style controllers have a few disadvantages also. They tend to be larger than solid state controller. They usually more expensive and they must be mounted in a level position. Tekonshas Prodigy controller is an exception. Due to its innovative technology, it can be mounted in almost any position.
Whether the brake control is Timer Activated or Inertia Activated, the gain can be adjusted by the user. Both feature a pressure sensitive switch that can be used to apply the trailer brakes independent of the tow vehicle. Most importantly, both styles achieve the same goal safely and reliably. Visit http://www.trailerbrakecontrols.com for more information.
Getting An Edge On Wet Roads
NC—Theres probably no worse feeling. Youre driving on a wet stretch of road and all of a sudden it feels as though your vehicle has a mind of its own. Of course, your vehicle isnt possessed; it has "caught a wave." Youre hydroplaning – your tires are no longer in direct contact with the road as they are riding on top of the water that has pooled on the road.
Oil / Lubricants
I receive a lot of questions regarding oil and the least understood part is the number system used to rate oils.
Insights Into Your Med-Pay Insurance Coverage
While Legal Romantics would like to characterize the trial of a lawsuit as a “Search For Truth” that’s not a reality!
What to Remember When Purchasing Your Car
Buying a new car is the second most expensive thing most consumers buy. Next to houses of course. That is why it is important to know all the tips on making car buying easy and less stressful. Think about the car model and features you will want. Also think about how much you are willing to spend and STICK TO IT. Car salesmen are almost always paid on commission which means all they want is your purchase. Also, don’t be hasty or feel rushed into making a decision. If you are not sure about something, come back later.
What is Road Hazard Warranty Do You Really Need It
You are prepared to spend an average of $300 - $500 for new sneakers for you vehicle. Its a maintenance item that is not optional and then the salesperson asks you if you want to purchase the Road Hazard warranty.
Outside Pressures On The Typical Insurance Adjuster
Insurance adjusters are not without outside pressures they must deal with every day of their work life. It would be advantageous for all readers to be aware of the most important of these because they could put money in your bank.
Newspaper Information And/Or Police Reports Regarding Your Motor Vehicle Accident
As the accident victim you should check to see if there were newspaper accounts reporting the accident. If there were clip out the relevant articles and save them. The area’s local newspapers should also be checked for the possibility that they may have published a synopsis of the weather on the day of the accident. Upon clipping out such an item a notation should be made indicating the name of the newspaper, plus the date and page, etc.
The Engine Explained
The engine is the heart of your car, but instead of pumping blood, the engine pumps air and fuel. The engines main function is to convert air and fuel into rotary motion so it can drive the wheels of the car. How does it do that .... Well lets start with a cutaway of the engine and see all the major parts then we will get into the actual mechanics.
Changing a Tire
It always happens at the worst times! You need to know how to change a tire even if you have an auto club membership. Depending on where you get a flat, there may not be a phone nearby to call a tow truck. Lets take is step by step and always remember to read your owners manual, there will be detailed instructions relating to your car there. I should mention also a few tips for getting to the side of the road safely if you have a blowout on the road.Stay calm, do not panicSlowly take your foot off of the gas and let the vehicle coast to a stop.Do not make any sudden braking or steering actions.Put your flashers on to alert other drivers.Now that you are safely off of the road.
A Ship For Canadian Highways
NC—Say the word "ship," and the first thing that comes to mind is an image of a boat. But say the acronym "SHIP," and now youre talking about improving our national highways, making border crossings more efficient, upgrading intersections, refitting bridges and making our national road system safer and more efficient.
How to Change Your Cars Motor Oil
First, lets answer the question; Why should you change your own oil Because you can save time and money. You dont have to wait in line at the service garage or quick oil change shop. For ten bucks you can get the best oil and a brand new oil filter. And, its so easy to do that you could train a monkey to do it.
Auto Tools For The DIYer
If you are a car owner who occasionally works on his or her own car, please dont go out and spend thousands of dollars on high priced tools. Professional mechanics make a living with their tools and need the best. If you are doing minor repairs on your own vehicles a lower cost tool set will do just fine. We have teamed up with AutoBarn.com to bring you the best price on tools for the DIYer. Keep in mind you can find most of these tools at your local parts store, but probably not at these prices. Lets look at the basics you will need for most common jobs.
The Three Basic Methods Of Car Pinstriping
Before we talk about the different auto pinstriping methods we need to cover a couple of basic points :
Technical Service Bulletins TSB
Smart home mechanics use all the information available to diagnose problems with their vehicle. Below you will find the two most valuable sources of data available today. Most people know nothing about TSBs, but they should. Both of these excellent resources are available online from websites like AllData.com
How Do I Lower My Auto Insurance Rates
Since there are many factors that go into determining your auto insurance rates, there are many chances to lower your rates.
Auto Trader or Ebay
For Auto Dealers across the nation, today’s market is getting harder and harder to handle.Sales are seeing a downturn after such a long up swing in the market.To counteract the ever increasing expense of running and maintaining a profitable dealership, dealers need to be savvy in today’s market.
Effective Online Car Sales on Ebay Motors
Remember back when selling online was a new experienceDealers tried everything to sell their vehicles online.Today’s market has expanded to include several hot online marketplaces.The largest online marketplace is Ebay.Ebay has evolved into an online solution for everything from whole towns to your favorite paperback book.Big or small it doesn’t matter, Ebay has everything for the savvy consumer.
INSURANCE CLAIM: COLLECTING FOR YOUR LOST WAGES
A couple months ago you were toolin on down the avenue, minding your own business, when out of nowhere, this fumbling, stumbling man by the name of Freddie Fuddle flew through a Stop Sign and plowed into you with a gigantic, rip-roaring, screeching broadside. You were wearing your seat belt but it was still a thundering crash that wrenched and whipped you around the inside of your motor vehicle something fierce!
More Hybrid SUVs in 2005
It is common knowledge among car enthusiasts and car owners that the bigger the vehicle, the bigger the amount of fuel it consumes. With this in mind, several automobile producers have begun diverting a big chunk of their efforts to producing more hybrid 4x4s in the year 2005.
Save Thousands on Any New Car by Using the Internet
Failure to do your homework will prove costly when you purchase your next new vehicle.The internet makes all of the essential information accessible for free, so fire up your computer and get ready to save money.
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