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Parts, comodities and tools for vehicles, including car suspension details
Welcome to this online presentation of products for all types of road and offroad vehicles. Buy clicking at the banners you will find a huge collection of car products. Further down on this page there is also an article about bell joints and car suspention systems and some tips for what to check when you think about buying a second hand car.
Presentation of some good online vehicle equipment warehouses
The following warehouses are general and contain each all kind of equipment. Each of them has however especially large stocks of some type of equipment and we have tried to mark these cathegories especially in the decriptions.
All types of technical car parts for rapair or for higher performance - All types of quality equipent: Exterior, interior, styling, transmission, stearing, wheels, electric system, radio, fuel system, motor, trimming and performance parts, driving computer, navigation, seats, doors, locks, glasses, brakes, suspention, exhaust system, driving security and more.
All kinds of techical equipment for the internal and external of your car - By clicking at the banner below, you will find a great collection of accessories for your car, like chrome and styling, lanterns, antennas, auto radio / stereo / music, communication electronics, security equipment, GPS nevigation equipment, dashboard equipment, car body parts, washers, window accessories, interior styling, bags, tool boxes, interior lights, seat equipment and more. There are also tools and performance parts.
Among brands you can find are: AMI Putco, B&I Trim, Rampage, Dee Zee, RBP, DefenderWorx, Rugged Ridge, Go Industries, SES Trims, Grippin, TFP Inc, Husky Add-A-Vent, Wellstar
Comodities to use in your vehicle and on journeys, car electronics, cargo equipment, car sexurity and much more - All types of comodities that are useful in your car or on journeys: Electronic devices like audio and video units, Bags, containers, lights and lanterns, coolers, heaters, seat covers, grooming and cleaning equipment. Also a lot of car parts, equipment to install in your car and workshop tools.
Here you can also find all types of security and survaillance equipment to protect the car, the driver, the passengers and the cargo. Also security equipment for all other fields of work and freetime.
Superstore with car workshop tools, GPS navigators and much more - This is a general warehouse with all types of techical equipment, among that a lot of car items, and especially care electronics.
Here are some of the many available products.
The exhibited products are just examples. By going through the product links or the banners above you can find the exact product you are searching for and for your car model
About the suspension system on a car and the ball joints
The suspension system is the mechanism that hangs the wheel up to the rest of your car. It containes a fixed body through which the rotating pivot goes and which fixes the wheel, the stearing knucle. That knucle is hanged up to the rest of the car by some kind of bars, called controle arms and possibly struts.
There are usually two controle arms, an upper and a lower, but McPherson type suspensions have one lower and an upper strut instead.
The controle arms of the front wheels must be connected to the knuckle with some kind of joint which is flexible for rotation to right and left and also somewhat flexible in other directions. The arm must also be connected to the rest of the car at the other end with a joint flexible for up and down rotation. The knuckle of a front wheel is also connected to the stearing rods. The controle arms are also connected to the springs and shock absorbers which at the other end is conencted to the main scheleton of the car.
The controle arms of the back wheels must also be connected both to the knuckle and to the rest of the car with some kind of joint. but here rotation in the up and down direction is necessary, while rotation to left and right must be more restricted, either bu the rigidity of the controle arms or by aditional struts. The controle arms are also here connected to the springs and shock absorbers.
Usually a ball joint is used to connect the arm to the nucle at the front wheels, and in some car also at the back wheels.
A ball joint consists of a spherical body that is surrounded by a housing. The ball part can be fixed to the knuckle and point down while the housing is fixed to the arm, which is called loaded ball jonts. The ball part can also be fixed to the arm and point up while the housing is fixed to the knucle, which is called follower ball joints.
Both the ball and the housing are made of strong steel, and the surface of the ball as well as that of the housing's inside are made very smotth and are lubricated. The inside of the housing can be made of steel or of a polymer material. the polymer material give some softness that smoothens out impacts. Some ball joints have an inner spring mechanism in the housing which reduces the wearing and smoothens the impacts from the whels.
The ball joints are subjected to daily hard impacts and wearing. One must therefore check them regularly and they must be properly lubicated. Usually the ball joints are lubricated with highly viscuous grease. Small ball joints are usually fitted with permanent lubrication though, so that they do not need any new lubrication during their life time.
When a ball joint is worn or has broken, it must be replaced. In those cases a stronger replacement ball joint may be useful. By replacement also the fixing point at the nucle and the bolts used here muste be inspected and repaired. In some cars the ball joint is casted or whelded together with the knucle so they make one unit, in which case the whole knuckle must be replaced.
This is a picture of a car suspension. You can see the stearing knucle, the upper and lower controle arm and a stearing rod. You also see the spring which is connected to the lower controle arm and to a rigid bar fasted to the car scheleton. Also the ball joints can be seen where the controle arms connect to the knucle. (A free to use wikipedia image)
ABOUT CHECKING A USED CAR BEFORE YOU BUY IT
The general principles of checking a used car is simple to describe, but difficult to do practically because the conditions around the process of buying do not allways permit to do everything thorrougly. In either case , you must allways have those principles in mind, and those are:
- Look at everything in the care and outside the car.
- Test everything which is possible to test when the car stands still or rolls slowly
- Take a test drive and try to test everything under real traffic conditions.
- Look at the car's history, including services and insurance records. Also check if the car has been in accidents and if the owners of the car have payment issues that might follow the car to the new owner. In some areas this can be checked by the authorities or insurance companies.
- It is often useful to check by former owners of the car. They can often tell something about problem areas.
- Write down what you have found during looking and testing, preferably right after the observation.
Some more points you should assess when checking the car
-How is the wearage of the interior fabric, pedal surfaces and handle surfaces compared to the milage you can read from the speedomter. If the surfaces look more worn than they normally should be according to the indicated driving length, the speedometer my be fraudulent, and the car may have gone much longer that indicated.
-How is the wearage of the tires compared to the driving length indicated by the seedometer. Does the tires look more worn than they normally should be. Or - does a car with a relatively short indicated milage have totally new tires? These fining could also indicate some milage fraudulence.
-Does some mechanical components seem to be totally new in a car where these components should not be worn out yet? Do you find areas having received new paint in a fairly new car? This may indicate that the car has ben subjected to some injury that the seller tries to hide.
-Has the car had many owners in a short time? This may indiate som inherent mechanical failure that is difficult to correct so that the owners get rid of the car after a short time.
-Is there a lot of dirt in hidden areas, even though the car is generally clean? Also this can indicate a longer driving length than indicated by the speedometer, that the car has been driven hard or in tough areas. In hiddeen areas it is very difficult to take away heavy deposits of dirt.