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What Is the Difference Between Driveline, Drivetrain, and Powertrain?

What Is the Difference Between Driveline, Drivetrain, and Powertrain?

Drivers do not often talk about a drivetrain, and when it is mentioned, it is often used interchangeably with powertrain and driveline. If you go by the book, a drivetrain consists of a vehicle's transmission, driveshaft, axles, and wheels. It works in tandem with the engine to move the wheels when you drive.  Driveline, Drivetrain, Powertrain Mechanics and motorists sometimes refer to driveline, drivetrain, and powertrain as the same thing when talking about the drivetrain system of an automobile. While it is acceptable in a casual setting, there are differences between the three. The powertrain is composed of everything that makes the vehicle move. This term includes everything from the engine to the transmission to all the other parts involved in between.  The drivetrain is the part of a car, SUV, or truck that connects the engine and transmission to the wheel axles. It includes all the driveshafts, axles, joints, differentials, and wheels. The driveline includes ... read more

5 Items You Should Never Leave in Your Car This Winter

5 Items You Should Never Leave in Your Car This Winter

With winter in full swing in Pequannock, NJ, there are certain things you should avoid storing in your car. Not only can the hold make it more dangerous to drive, hurt your car components, but it can also ruin the things you store inside it. Here are 5 things to avoid leaving in your freezing car: Smartphones, Laptops, and Anything with a Battery As you may know, the cold can weaken your car battery. What makes your phone, laptop, and other electronics any different? As temperatures drop, the batteries in these devices can drain a lot faster. And the freezing temperature can completely kill it if you leave it out there long enough.  Prescription Medications It would be best if you never left any of your medicine inside your car as it can weaken its effects or alter the chemicals within it altogether. Instead, we advise that you store it in a safe container in a bag or bookbag. Musical Instruments Instruments like violins, guitars, cello, and other wooden instruments are susc ... read more

What Is a Head Gasket Leak?

What Is a Head Gasket Leak?

A head gasket is a critical seal in your engine. If it's leaking, your engine could overheat and damage can occur. A head gasket leak is an issue that definitely needs to be taken care of as soon as possible. Learn about what head gasket leak is, the causes, and the symptoms.   What Is a Head Gasket Leak? A head gasket leak is a leak in the engine block, and drivers can sometimes only detect it by an unusual level of coolant consumption. Most drivers will know about a head gasket leak when the engine overheats, and they observe that bubbles are coming from the overflow tube or radiator.   What Does a Head Gasket Do? A head gasket is a critical part of your engine that prevents oil from leaking into your coolant and vice versa. The head gasket also seals the combustion chamber and prevents air from escaping into the cooling system or water leaking into the gas tank. If you have a leaky head gasket, you can either replace it or have i ... read more

How to Safely Transport Your Christmas Tree

How to Safely Transport Your Christmas Tree

The holiday season will be in full swing before you know it, and many people are planning to hang up their holiday lights and, of course, put up their Christmas trees. If you're planning to obtain a real tree this year, it's essential to arrive prepared at the tree lot. Here are some tips on how to perfect your transport: Take measurements ahead of time. Make sure you measure where you plan to put the tree in your home, as well as the roof of your car, to ensure there's enough room for it. Look at the weather before you go pick it out. Clear conditions during a winter day are the best time of day to buy your tree.  Make sure to get it netted. Getting the tree netted will make the tree more manageable to move and protect the tree from damage. After being wrapped, you can double-wrap it with a sheet or blanket for extra safety before fastening it to your vehicle. Doing so will also prevent it from scratching the top of your car. Wrap it tightly with a rope, cord, wir ... read more

Post-Summer Battery Maintenance

Post-Summer Battery Maintenance

Batteries are susceptible to extreme temperatures, especially to heat. Now that summer is over. You should probably do some tests and check up on the powerhouse. Proper battery maintenance is imperative for two reasons: Your car won't start or run without it.  It is the key to extending the life of your car's electrical system.  If your car battery isn't up to par, your alternator has to overwork itself to make up for it. In other words, if your battery isn't healthy, the other electrical components can sustain damage as well.    As mentioned before, temperatures will influence the battery's overall performance, which is why we highly urge you to inspect your battery routinely. The falltime and springtime are the best seasons to do it, considering they follow the cold winter and hot summer in Pequannock, NJ. Next time you're searching under the hood, remember to take a look at your battery. Here are some aspects to check for concerning yo ... read more

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