Originally posted by yourmaker
I have zero knowledge about cars, trucks, automobiles in general.
Can someone with extensive knowledge about cars perhaps write up a brief summary of what you need to know, or should know when dealing with them?
Sadly, I drive yes. 2006 Pontiac pursuit. But I swear I have this mental block where I can't learn about cars, even if I try.
I need basics. What is good to know?
6 most important things about vehicles: 1-engine, 2-transmission, 3-tires, 4-brakes, 5-chassis and 6-driver.
1) The engine requires maintenance and will wear out but regular oil & fiter changes help. Electronics on engines will also fail, eventually. Having
an engine which uses parts used on a lot of vehicles means more spare parts are available.
2) Preferably, a manual transmission should be involved as they are not as complex as automatics. As with the engine, a transmission that has been
used in multiple vehicles increases the number of spares / potential replacements out there. It's also MUCH easier to "bump start" a manual
3) Tires are a disposable, generally, but having a rim size that is common with many vehicles again increases your pool of spares. As far as trucks
go, a 15" rim 7" wide gives you the widest choice of tires. In an off-road / survival situation, you'd probably want to have a selection of tire
tubes available to you as well as patch kits (both plug and patch): if a tire is punctured, you can tube it or patch the tire (or tube if it gets
punctured). A compressor would likely be necessary for field repairs.
4) Brakes wear out. A spare set of shoes / pads, caliper and wheel cylinder rebuild kits and plenty of brake fluid should be on hand. In a pinch,
engine oil or transmission / hydraulic fluid could be used as brake fluid but their ability to perform at high speed braking conditions is highly
reduced due to their chemical structure and inability to work at the temperatures brakes often operate.
5) Everything on the chassis needs to be maintained properly. Grease ball and u-joints, etc.
6) The driver should know everything about their vehicle: maintenance, operation, etc and be able to repair brakes and such, and be able to remove and
replace major components such as engine or transmission, wheels, tires, etc.
There is much more to consider than what I've mentioned though as my list is fairly general. Other considerations depend on the vehicle you choose.