If you were born in the 60s, you'd probably remember country musician Jimmy Dean pitching one of the hottest rides in the erathe Chevrolet Corvair. Though it was expensive to manufacture, the Corvair enjoyed mainstream success in the United States with sales exceeding 200,000 every year for six years. Thanks to its elegant styling, high level of fuel economy, and top-notch ride quality, traction, and braking balance, this model dominated the American car market during its time, beating its competitors: Ford Falcon and Plymouth Variant. Its specialized engineering allowed it to stand out in the sea of compact vehicles; Corvair parts advanced existing technologies at the time. Thanks to the Corvair, America saw the creation of the rear-engine, rear-wheel drive layout, which was followed by other models like the Porsche 366 and Volkswagen Beetle.
Its success, however, was short-lived. In 1965, the first-generation Chevrolet Corvair faced controversy when Ralph Nader, an auto expert, pointed out the poor handling of the automobile. GM faced many lawsuits due to crashes caused by faulty suspension due to the removal of the anti-sway bar in an effort to make building the car more cost-efficient. This issue led to the demise of the vintage modelsales went to an all-time low of 14,000 and production immediately stopped.
But this did not make people forget about the classic Chevy. Lots of vintage enthusiasts still put Chevrolet Corvair on a pedestal. For them, no other automobile matched the classy styling of this model and contributed as much to the advancement of car technology in the 60s. In fact, this model can still be seen in some of the hit movies and shows in the 80s. Some of which are Knight Rider, Police Squad!, the classic 80s hit, The Right Stuff. Indeed, the Corvair still plays a great part in American car history and culture.
I've noticed my Chevrolet Corvair's braking performance has dwindled two weeks after I came home racing with my friends fresh from an all-nighters' party. I've likewise been hearing some screeching sound whenever I step on the brakes. What could be possibly wrong?
The brakes on your vehicle typically convert kinetic energy into heat. Hence, said energy is derived from the friction produced by the brake pads that compress against the spinning rotor. Sudden as well as hard brakes, on the other hand, can create excess heat that in turn could damage the entirety of the braking system. Excess heat, for one, could lead to a boiling brake fluid and eventually affect your car's braking performance. Having your brakes checked the soonest is the best thing to do and afterwards be more particular with avoiding hard brakes and sudden stops. After all, you don't want to push your brakes to the limits and end up with cracked and deteriorated calipers that could put your safety on the line.
Help! My parking brake warning light indicator would not go off. First-time female driver here. I'm unfamiliar with how this thing works so, I'm close to panicking. What to do?
You can try jiggling the parking brake handle to relax any of the system components and free whatever tension there is on the levers and cables. You can also try moving the vehicle forward while placing the gear on neutral. Should your car move without any drag, then the parking brake system is good but your brake light switch may be malfunctioning. However, any pulling feeling could indicate a defect with the parking brake mechanism itself. As such, it is time you have your vehicle diagnosed the soonest in the nearest reliable service center.
While on the way from work, I received a call from a colleague telling me that he's driving right behind me and that my brake lights are not working. He even added that if he would have been a drunk driver, he was pretty sure he's going to crash right into my car. I'm not so familiar with the electrical components of vehicle lights, but how come my brake lights would suddenly stop working? Just how serious would things get if ever I don't have them fixed at once?
Ensuring that your brake lights work is not only the duty of a responsible driver but nevertheless a legal requirement as well. Driving around, whether it be day or night, with malfunctioning brake lights put yourself as well as your fellow motorists in grave danger as they would not be notified that you are slowing down or making a sudden stop. Common reasons for bad brake lights include a blown fuse, faulty switch, burnt bulbs, and accumulation of dirt on the bulb sockets. It is imperative to know that brake lights are highly dependent on the fuse for electrical input, and a blown fuse is sure to make them stop working. Meanwhile, a faulty switch hampers establishing the connection between the brake pedal and the brake lights. The best thing to do in said instance is to contact a reliable mechanic to see if the defect is electrical or just a simple need of replacing burnt bulbs or cleaning the bulb sockets. After all, a professional could best address serious electrical concerns.