• Dashboard's a Funny Name (Instrumental Panel Warning Lights)

    Tuesday 07 August 2018

    Every day you drive, you're sitting behind the dashboard. But how in the world did it get that name? Back in the days of the horse-drawn carriage, horses would kick up dirt and mud on the driver and passengers, "dashing" debris against the carriage. So those who built carriages began installing a board to protect them. So, dash-board. Dashboard. The dashboard is still there, though changed quite a bit from the early days. Now its main purpose is to house the controls and instruments for your veh... read more

  • Watching Your Check Engine Light

    Tuesday 08 April 2014

    Did you know that most of the cars driving around Wilmington, Delaware, carry more computer power than the Apollo 121 Lunar Module that landed on the moon in 1969?New cars sold in the Wilmington area have as many as 12 networked computers and over five miles (eight kilometers) of wiring. In fact, for the last decade or so, auto computers have been controlling about 85 percent of your vehicle's functions.Cars have sensors for manifold air temperature, coolant temperature, manifold air pressu... read more

  • How Your Check Engine Light Works

    Friday 26 October 2012

    Have you ever had an experience like this in Wilmington, Delaware? You drive through the one of those automatic car washes. When you get to the end, where the dryer is blowing, your Check Engine light starts flashing!You fear the worst, but within a block or two, the light stops flashing, but stays on. By the next day, the light is off.You wonder; "What was going on?" Well, it's actually a good lesson in how the Check Engine light works.Your air intake system has a sensor that measures how... read more

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