- Car Care & Maintenance
Auto Safety: HID | Radiator | Radiator Coolant | ORVM | Relays Fuse Box
High Intensity Discharge Unit (HID): Usually, an automobile does not require this unit, as an auto’s batteries and relays are enough to produce power for a normal headlight. HID is required in vehicles having headlights that create high light beams like xenon, Hella, ballasts, etc. These extremely high beams of light can be very dangerous, as they can cause visibility problems for other drivers on road causing motor vehicle collisions. This is the reason why traffic laws in most countries restrict the use of HID headlights and recommend a normal headlight for auto safety.
Radiator: An auto’s engine gets heated up very fast and can reach temperatures of about 90 to 150 degrees centigrade within minutes, so a radiator works as a coolant to remove the heat and maintain a standard temperature. The temperature gauge indicates the heat of the coolant and not auto engine’s temperature. If the temperature gauge reading crosses red level, then the auto has to be stopped and given some rest. Some new Indian cars like New WagonR does not have a temperature gauge since the car can go up to 1000 km nonstop. For auto safety concerns, never attempt to change the radiator coolant oil on your own. Always consult with an experienced auto mechanic or contact your auto service center for the same. On an additional note, if your car gets heated while driving, never try to open the coolant box as it can cause fatal injuries to your body with very hot coolant splashing on eyes, face, and other upper body parts.
Radiator Coolant: Most people know that radiator coolant helps reduce auto temperature in extremely hot conditions but they do not know that it also maintains the temperature in extremely cold climates, as it does not allow itself to freeze and therefore allows the car to start at even extremely cold temperatures circulating at a temperature of 90 degrees centigrade and more. The most dangerous part about coolant oil is that it is extremely poisonous. This is the reason why it is always recommended to get the coolant changed by an auto service center. Some people try to add water to the coolant but they do not know that doing this leads to the coolant losing its compound mixture which results in loss of cooling properties. Most cars are equipped with a temperature gauge that indicates when the coolant is getting overheated.
ORVM (Electrical): Every car has an ORVM (outside rear view mirror) but the top end car models come with an electrical adjustment. The usefulness of these mirrors is that you can adjust them without opening the windows. Electrical ORVMs are good for long distance highway drivers and add up to the list of car safety devices.
Relays and Fuse Box: This system prevents the electrical system from excess currents. Each and every component has different current ratings so they provide different fuses. The big blue boxes in your car are relays. These are the excess fuses provided in case any present fuse fails, but one should never try to interchange the fuse ratings on own, as this can lead to malfunctioning of system components compromising auto security. Also, don’t try to open relay and fuse box, as it should only be done by an experienced auto mechanic.