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Women: I Bet You Know More About Cars Than You Think You Do

Do you Listen when people talk even when they are not talking to you? Do you pay attention at work and pick up little bits of knowledge that could help you in the future? I bet you do and don’t even realize it. Your head is probably filled with information that you think is useless, but you never know someday that information may come in handy and you could even surprise yourself with what you know.

My husband is a mechanic and has been since the day I met him. I have also worked in close proximity with the automotive world myself. I have learned many things over the years that many women do not know or care to know. I was never taught these things but learned them by just listening when the mechanics (and my husband) would talk with customers or their friends about cars.

What never ceases to amaze me though is that I know more than many men that I have come in contact with. I always thought all men had oil coursing through their veins. I grew up thinking that was just the way things were, that all men would eat, sleep, and drink thinking about cars.

My first real epiphany happened when I was working as a cashier at a local service station. A man came in and told me he needed to get his cars alignment checked because he had a vibration in the front end. I asked if he had just gotten new tires. Yes, he replies. Did the vibration start as soon as you got the new tires put on? Again, he said yes.

Well I would recommend that you go back to the garage that put your tires on. Have them check your tires because they were probably balanced incorrectly or you got a bad tire. He kind of looked at me as if I was a crazed lunatic and said Ok, thanks. Then he left.

A few days later, he returned. He thanked me for my suggestion and said that the tires were not balanced properly. He said that the garage where he had gotten the tires rebalanced the for free and that I had just saved him $70. Now my boss may not have been happy with my car knowledge at that point, but I had made the customers day.

Another garage I was working at did state inspections. As part of the inspection, you had to verify that all of the emission components were still attached to the vehicle. I had to show the mechanics what the emission components were and where they were located at on the vehicles.

At this same garage, I was talking to one of the mechanics and saw a Chevy Tahoe being towed around the building. I just caught a glimpse of the taillight as it passed by a small back window of the garage. I said to the mechanic Here comes customer XYZ’s Tahoe.

What is it here for? He looked at me as if I had three heads and says how did you know that was customer XYZ’s Tahoe all I saw was a blur? I looked at him and said because I saw the taillight as it came around the back of the building. He just walked away shaking his head.

Now I am not claiming that I know more about cars than all men not even most men. I am just stating my realization that not all men, even mechanics, know as much about cars as us women think they do. Or even as much as they would like us to think that they know. Take time to think about the things you know, it could surprise you and open you up to a whole new world with your wealth of information.

History Of Milwaukee Transportation

The Milwaukee Road announces that it received and placed in service the first of a fleet of 500 new wide door box cars suitable both for the loading of bulk commodities such as grain and the mechanized loading of packaged lumber, palletized loads, and many other types of freight. Built at a cost of $13,000 each, or $6,5000,000 for the entire fleet, the new cars feature doors opening to a total width of 15 feet two inches, an interior length o 50 feet, a load capacity of 7 tons, and were equipped with roller bearings.

W.W. Kremer, Milwaukee Road traffic vice president, stated that he expected all of the new cars to be available to shippers next month bringing the line’s total ownership of cars of this highly versatile type to 1500.

Altogether, the Milwaukee Road was acquiring 750 new freight cars of various types in I960 at a total cost of $9,700,000 Received earlier and now in service were 100 new covered hopper cars and 100 general purpose flat cars of 60-foot length.

Later that year it will take delivery of 50 “damage free” freight cars equipped with special loading devices and cushioned under frames of a type designed to further reduce longitudinal shocks in switching and tram operation “D F ” cars of this type cost $15000 each. The wide door cars being made available to shippers were also known as plug door cars, as they were equipped with both a conventional sliding door and a plug door similar to those on refrigerator cars.

When in closed position, the inside face of the plug door becomes part of the side lining of the car The sliding main door, when opened, provides a clear door opening of 8 feet. Using both the door and the plug door, the opening expands to a full 15 feet 2 inches, thus permitting rapid loading or unloading of the car trucks, by means of conveyor belt, or other mechanical devices now in general use.

The cars have nailable steel flooring which is both Irani-tight and strong enough to carry heavy pallet loads. The cars also are equipped with a steel lining extending three feet up from the floor with conventional three-quarter inch plywood lining above. These fleet of box cars helped transport many Milwaukee residents to and from work. Many Milwaukee citizens enjoyed the new box cars as it really helped them in their daily lives.

Avoid Purchasing Water-Damaged Cars

Buying a car can be a major headache, frustrating, and time-consuming. It is a major purchase for many people and along with a nice sized price tag comes a monthly payment, insurance, and eventually car repairs. However if you find that you have purchased a water damaged car, your repairs may end up costing more than what you paid for the car since water damaged cars are sold as used cars.

It has been reported that many cars from the hurricane Katrina ravaged areas are making their way to other cities and being sold to unsuspecting consumers. What is so bad about water damaged cars? Many people don’t know that high water not only prevents your car from driving causing your car to float, but high water damages major parts of your car. Water can and does damage the engine, the electrical system, and the interior if water sits in a car for longer than two days.

If a car becomes flooded, the owner collects the insurance and the car is hauled off to a salvage auction where separate working parts are sold. Since many water-damaged cars can be driven for a short amount of time, many of these cars are resold on the used car market. Every year thousands of water-damaged cars are sold to unsuspecting buyers.

Scammers purchase these water-damaged cars, clean them up, and sell them either privately or publicly without disclosing the problem to the consumer. Most of the cars are sold out of state because it’s easier to register them and get a title without disclosing water damage to the car.

The unsuspecting consumer buys the out of state water damaged car, which looks perfectly fine, yet under the hood and inside the interior tells another story. Eventually parts that were damaged will suddenly start appearing. Problems arise such as wet or cracked wires and rust on the engine or on the body of the car. Also, brakes, door locks and windows, heating, and air-conditioning stop working.

Although it would seem that selling a water-damaged car is illegal, it isn’t. What is illegal is concealing the extent and nature of the problems from the water damage. To avoid getting scammed make sure you do a thorough check on any used car. Start with checking the vehicle identification number or VIN with online services such as carfax.

You can also examine engine cracks, the glove compartment, the spare tire, and beneath the seats for water lines or signs of mud deposit or rust. Check the dashboard for accuracy and condensation. Check electrical parts, like wipers, lights, turn signals, the heater, air conditioner, and the radio. Make sure the engine wires bend easily and are not cracked, wet, or dry.

Be suspicious about new carpeting, which can be used to replace soiled carpet. To save yourself headaches, if a car has been water damaged your best bet is to not purchase the vehicle. Another red flag letting you know a car has been damaged by water is the cost; a 2006 Lexus should cost way more than $20,000.

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