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BC Drivers: Understanding Different Airbags in Ford Vehicles

(Posted on May 21, 2022 at 09:04AM by Darby Riales)

<a href=""><img src=""alt="Airbag sensor for Ford vehicles”/></a>While airbags became mandatory in the United States in 1998, it may come as a surprise to learn that they are not required to be installed inside vehicles in Canada. However, most new cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs have them anyway.

There are many different types of airbags that are designed to cushion occupants in the event of a crash. The most common kind is the frontal unit. Mounted inside the steering wheel and dashboard, the frontal airbags prevent the driver and passenger from slamming their heads into the hard object in front of them. They also typically come with a weight sensor (pictured) to detect when an adult is sitting in the front passenger seat. If no person is detected, the airbag will not deploy.

Next is the side airbag. These come in two subtypes: side torso and side curtain. The torso model is embedded into the side of the seat and inflates between the driver and the door. Meanwhile, the curtain version has been hidden in the roof and extends down to protect the riders’ heads.

Then, there are also knee airbags. Installed underneath the steering wheel, they deploy from under the dash to guard the driver’s knees. Finally, the newest type is the inflatable seatbelt. Designed to disperse the impact of a crash, the accident won’t feel as severe.

Contact Ford Parts BC to get a new airbag sensor!

<a href=""><img src=""alt="Keyless entry receiver for Ford vehicles”/></a>First appearing on luxury vehicles in the later 1990s and early 2000s, keyless ignition has become much more commonplace over the last two decades. Statics from a 2018 survey shows that at least 62% of automobiles now have this advanced technology. In this article, you will learn everything you need to know about it.

Keyless ignition is a high-tech system that allows activation via the push of a button. This replaces the convention key that is typically inserted and turned to start the engine. Sensors are also included to detect if the key fob is on your person. If no key fob is present, the vehicle will not start. This is a safety measure that helps prevent theft.

The key fob transmits a low-frequency signal that is picked up by the cat’s computer system. Once it is validated, you can get the vehicle going by pushing the corresponding button located on the right side of the steering wheel. To turn off the engine, you can do the same thing. Just press the button while your vehicle is in Park.

Typically, this system also includes keyless entry - which enables you to unlock the vehicle as you approach without pulling out the key fob.

Contact Ford Parts BC to begin an online order today!

<a href=""><img src=""alt="Pulley for various Ford vehicles”/></a>To make any type of engine work, movement is needed. In order to generate movement, pulleys are commonly used. This is the device you will find inside a vehicle.

The very first compound pulley system was invented by Archimedes in the third century BCE. A mathematician, astronomer, and physicist, he created many devices that are still used today. However, the earliest evidence of single pulleys dates back to Ancient Egypt in approximately 1991 BCE.

Now, cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs house something known as an idler pulley. This is a guide for a chain or belt to move through. Also referred to as a serpentine idler pulley, this piece is crucial for engines to do their jobs properly.

The design of a pulley is like a wheel that you might see on a shaft or axle. It allows cables, belts, ropes, or chains to move and change direction to either forward/backward or up/down. Some can also transfer power or exert force. They can have grooves between the flanges all the way around the circumference of the pulley. This is to hold the belt in place as it moves.

Need to replace the pulley in your vehicle? Contact the team at Ford Parts BC now to begin an online order!

<a href=""><img src=""alt="Bearing for the 2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid motor”/></a>With many new automotive laws being passed in North America, moving to eco-friendly, hybrid or electric vehicles is the future. The technology is newer, but it has come a long way very quickly. In this article, you will learn about the most common terms relating to hybrid models including the 2018 Ford C-Max.

First, you should understand what a hybrid degree is. This is a term that describes the level of hybrid technology that is used for any particular vehicle. As of now, the options are mild, full, power-assist, and plug-in.

Next, a hybrid engine is the most important part. It is a powertrain that uses a gasoline engine paired with an electric motor. Meanwhile, the hybrid drivetrain layout will be combined, series, or parallel. Keep in mind that the performance output is still measured in horsepower and torque.

Another term you should be familiar with is the hybrid power source. This refers to what moves the vehicle such as gas/electricity, plug-in, pneumatic, or even fuel cell. The last two options are the rarest.

The 2019 Ford C-Max Hybrid is equipped with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder traditional engine and a lithium-ion battery-powered electric motor. Partnered with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), it delivers 188 hp.

To find replacement parts for this specific hybrid engine, contact Ford Parts BC today!

BC Drivers: Understanding Heated Parts in Ford Vehicles

(Posted on May 8, 2022 at 11:11AM by Darby Riales)

<a href=""><img src=""alt="Heated side mirror assembly for the Ford F-150”/></a>In modern vehicles, mid- to high-level trims typically come with various heated elements in and outside. This article covers the most common components with warming mechanisms.

First is the heater which is included on the air conditioning unit. A device known as an exchanger is placed inside the ventilation system - where it diffuses the heat from the motor’s cooling system and transforms it into a suitable airstream that is moved by an inline fan. Meanwhile, heater hoses serve as tubing that carries the coolant from the cooling system to the heater’s core.

On the exterior, heated side mirrors are built with internal electronic coils that melt away ice buildup during the winter. Also, a heated windshield is designed with embedded elements that resist fog. Some models may even come with heated windshield wipers.

Inside the cabin, heated seats (typically cloth or leather) are highly sought after. These help keep you cozy in the winter. The tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel - which is often wrapped in leather - can also be heated for the same purpose.

Do you need to replace any of the heated components on your vehicle? Get in touch with the team of friendly agents at Ford Parts BC to begin an online order today!

BC Drivers: Understanding the Components of the Fuel System in a Ford Vehicle

(Posted on May 7, 2022 at 11:11AM by Darby Riales)

<a href=""><img src=""alt="Fuel filler neck for Ford vehicles”/></a>One term in the auto world that has been subject to much criticism over the recent decades is fuel economy. With the rising prices of gasoline, many people find themselves looking for vehicles that are more efficient. In this article, you will learn everything about the fuel system and its major components

First is the fuel filler neck. This is the part you see when you stop at the gas station to refill your tank. It is the tube that the pump nozzle goes into, and its job is to transport the fuel to the container. Once you’re finished, it is then sealed off by the filler cap.

Next is the fuel filter. This canister is usually made of metal or plastics, and its main purpose is to stop contaminants and particles from infiltrating the engine. Lines and hoses serve as connectors to move the liquid fuel throughout the vehicle, and the fuel/water separator prevents H2O from ruining the fuel filtration system.

The final piece of the puzzle is the fuel injection system. This device pushes fuel through a tiny nozzle via high pressure into the motor.

Need to replace a component in your vehicle’s fuel system? Contact Ford Parts BC to begin your order.

<a href=""><img src=""alt="4WD actuator for Ford off-roading vehicles”/></a>If you have any experience with off-roading, then you may have already heard the term “four-wheel-drive” before. Sometimes, you may see it abbreviated as “4WD” or “4x4”.

This type of drivetrain is used for vehicles - usually trucks and SUVs - with two axles that are capable of sending torque to all four wheels at the same time. This type of mechanism can be full-time or on-demand (part-time), and it typically comes with several other components. These include extra gears and a transfer case that adds more output.

If the 4WD assembly simply provides torque to both axles, then it can be called all-wheel-drive (AWD). However, once the off-roading elements are brought into play, the terminology changes. A limited-slip differential is included to prevent the vehicle from getting stuck in the mud or hung up on a jagged rock formation. Various operating modes - commonly labelled as “Off-Road” or “Rock” - can also be present. This helps the automobile shift from city/highway driving to roughing it in nature.

Do you need to bolster your model’s off-roading capabilities with a 4WD piece? Get in touch with the friendly team of experts at Ford Parts BC to begin an online order now!

BC Drivers: Understanding Fog Lights on Ford Vehicles

(Posted on Apr 30, 2022 at 09:35AM by Darby Riales)

<a href=""><img src=""alt="Fog lamps for the 2020 Ford F-150”/></a>Most exterior lighting fixtures - such as the head, tail, and daytime running units - are self-explanatory. However, there may some confusion about what fog lamps are and why you need them.

Fog lights are positioned on the face of a car, truck, van, or SUV just below the headlight casings. Typically housing halogen or LED bulbs, they emit beams at a downward angle. While this may seem strange, there is a perfectly good reason for this.

The reason fog - or mist - is so dangerous to drivers is because it is like a cloud covering the road and limiting your visibility even with the best headlights. This is because fog does settle on top of the pavement. Instead, it hovers approximately 12 to 18 inches above the street, creating a solid-looking layer that can be deceiving.

Since the fog lamps produce rays of light at a downward angle, the beams illuminate the road below the mist instead of getting lost inside of it or bouncing back off of it. This design also prevents the fog lamps from interfering with another driver's visibility within 25-feet.

Need to replace the bulbs or the entire fog lamp unit? Contact the agents at Ford Parts BC to begin an online order now!

BC Drivers: Understanding Popular Exterior Elements on Ford Vehicles

(Posted on Apr 28, 2022 at 01:12PM by Darby Riales)

<a href=""><img src=""alt="Side mirror for Ford vehicles”/></a>No matter which Ford vehicle you own or what year it is from, it has many exterior components that are designed for your convenience and safety. You can find outside accessories and replacements at Ford Parts BC.

The most common is a set of side mirrors. These units are mounted just below the driver and passenger windows. Most newer models come with heated, power-adjustable side mirrors that can be manually folded in to protect them during off-roading or tight parking. Some may also include sensors for the blind spot monitoring system - which alerts you when another car is next to you.

Another standard component on the outside is a rearview camera. Installed on the back of the vehicle, it transmits a live video image to the interior touchscreen interface. Here, you can see if there are any obstacles behind you before moving from your parking spot. This can also be bolstered by sensors to detect moving objects as is seen with the rear cross-traffic alert system.

Finally, there is a temperature sensor outside that will let you know what the weather is like at that precise moment. You can view the temperature on the digital display located inside the car, truck, van, or SUV.

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BC Drivers: Understanding the Evaporative Control System on Ford Vehicles

(Posted on Apr 27, 2022 at 01:11PM by Darby Riales)

<a href=""><img src=""alt="EVAP line for Ford vehicles”/></a>If you own a vehicle that was made after the 1970s, then it must have an Evaporative Emissions Control System (EVAP) installed. This mechanism is designed to stop harmful vapours produced inside gasoline-powered engines from escaping into the atmosphere. Attached to the fuel tank, it is made to help keep our air clean.

The first component of this feature is known as the evaporative control canister. This unit serves as a device to capture raw fuel vapours - otherwise known as hydrocarbons. Its main job is to hold these fumes from the fuel tank and carburettor bowl so that they don’t get let outside.

Next, the most important aspect of the entire system is the evaporative control canister filter. This is positioned inside the aforementioned canister and filters incoming air as the vapours are being pushed back into the motor.

How does that happen? The canister purge valve - or the solenoid - is electrically operated and permits the engine vacuum to pull the vapours from the EVAP canister. There is also a series of vent lines and hoses that operate at a very low pressure to ensure safe movement.

Need to replace the EVAP lines? Contact the experts at Ford Parts BC now!

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