Toento https://toento.com For The Autoheads, By The Autoheads Mon, 27 Apr 2020 08:43:51 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.1 https://toento.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/cropped-512x512-32x32.png Toento https://toento.com 32 32 Maruti Suzuki Receives Permission To Start Gurugram Plant Amidst Lockdown https://toento.com/auto/maruti-suzuki-receives-permission-to-start-gurugram-plant/ Mon, 27 Apr 2020 08:43:51 +0000 https://toento.com/?p=2577 Maruti Suzuki India has received permission from the authorities to start its operations at the Gurugram facility. As per the permission carmaker can start the facility with maximum 3700 employees on a single-shift basis. Gurugram plant of Maruti Suzuki manufactures engines for the cars that go to the Manesar facility. Last week, Maruti Suzuki received permission […]

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Maruti Suzuki India has received permission from the authorities to start its operations at the Gurugram facility. As per the permission carmaker can start the facility with maximum 3700 employees on a single-shift basis.

Gurugram plant of Maruti Suzuki manufactures engines for the cars that go to the Manesar facility. Last week, Maruti Suzuki received permission from the authorities to start the Manesar plant. However, despite the permission, the company decided to not to start production.

Speaking to The Hindu about the decision, Mr Bhargava said, “Cars cannot be produced until all components are produced on a steady and regular basis. And this means thousands of vendors have to start production. It is not likely to happen today because many of them are in red zones or containment zones. We cannot get a complete set of components. The retail outlets have not been opened yet. There is no permission. So you cannot produce unless you can sell.”

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The Government of India is trying their best to keep the coronavirus pandemic under control which has hit the global very hard. Country lockdown issued by the government to stop the pandemic was a very big decision. However, it also created a very big concern over the country economy. To ease the economic impact and to give millions of poor wage-earners the ability to start earning again, the government has relaxed the lockdown after 20th April.

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What is SOHC & DOHC? https://toento.com/auto/guide/sohc-and-dohc/ Sat, 25 Apr 2020 12:36:39 +0000 https://toento.com/?p=2545 DOHC stands for dual overhead camshaft while SOHC stands for single overhead camshaft. Camshafts are responsible for the opening and closing of valves on a cylinder. The camshafts are long cylindrical shaft which will have some lobes protruding from it. These lobes, on rotation o camshafts, push the valves, making it open and close. The […]

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DOHC stands for dual overhead camshaft while SOHC stands for single overhead camshaft. Camshafts are responsible for the opening and closing of valves on a cylinder. The camshafts are long cylindrical shaft which will have some lobes protruding from it. These lobes, on rotation o camshafts, push the valves, making it open and close. The valve springs provide the return of for the valves to pull back to its original position. In SOHC, there will be a single camshaft above the single line of cylinders (cylinder bank) or a single camshaft controls both the exhaust and inlet valve and in DOHC, there will be two camshafts.

In earlier models, the camshafts were placed below the engine block and were known as OHVS or Overhead Valve Engines. In OHV the valves on the engine were operated with the help of pushrods and rockers and were also known as pushrod engines. Hence in OHCS, there are fewer moving parts compared to OHVS.

The first OHC engine on a production car was built around 1910, Later, during World War 1 overhead camshaft engines were widely used by both the Allied as well as German military forces in their military aircraft. In the aircraft engines, the camshafts were driven by a shaft with a sliding spline connected to the crankshaft. The sliding spline allowed it to withstand thermal expansion which would not be possible in the case of pushrods. In automobiles, the camshafts are driven with the help of chains or belts that connect them to the crankshafts. Since the 1940s, the use of DOHC increased gradually and is widely used among cars these days.

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390 Duke Dohc Engine

390 Duke DOHC Engine

Advantages of DOHC over SOHC

  • The DOHC will have double the number of valves than the SOHC and allows them to be placed in a better position for maximum performance. In DOHC, there will be at least four valves or more depending on the make and model. This helps in better airflow and equal distribution of operations resulting in smooth and noise-free experience.
  • Valve timing can be easily optimized in DOHC. The timing of valves is crucial for being performance and efficiency of the engine. Most of the modern car engines are equipped with variable valve timing technology to optimize the operation of valves. As SOHC has a single camshaft for both the inlet and exhaust valves, they have much lesser control in valve timing while in DOHC, the timings can be better optimized as there are separate shafts for inlet and exhaust valves.
  • DOHC also allow better placement of valves as well as a spark plug. The valves can be placed at the most appropriate angle for maximum airflow and the spark plugs can be placed in the middle, resulting in better combustion. This is not possible in the case of SOHC, as the camshaft operating both the valves need to be placed in the middle.
  • As DOHC has more components and hence higher mass, even though the initial torque is lower, the top end performance will be much better.

Also Read: What are the Spark Plugs?

Disadvantages of DOHC over SOHC

  • DOHC will have double the number of components and hence the design is complex than that of SOHC and hence more expensive.
  • Due to the larger number of parts, DOHC is difficult to repair and can result in higher maintenance costs.

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What are Spark Plugs? https://toento.com/auto/guide/what-are-spark-plugs/ Fri, 24 Apr 2020 11:48:51 +0000 https://toento.com/?p=2547 Before discussing spark plugs, we need to know what spark-ignition engines are. IC engines can be divided into two depending on the type of ignition: Spark-ignition and compression-ignition. Spark ignition engines use an electric spark to ignite the air-fuel mixture while in the latter, the air-fuel mixture can ignite themselves. Engines that run on petrol […]

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Before discussing spark plugs, we need to know what spark-ignition engines are. IC engines can be divided into two depending on the type of ignition: Spark-ignition and compression-ignition. Spark ignition engines use an electric spark to ignite the air-fuel mixture while in the latter, the air-fuel mixture can ignite themselves. Engines that run on petrol are Spark ignited while those that run on diesel are compression ignited. The reason behind it is that petrol is a highly volatile fuel and the temperature required for it to self ignite is higher. Hence an electric spark is introduced to ignite it. But in the case of diesel, it can self ignite at a very low temperature. When it is compressed, along with the pressure, the temperature also increases and ignites itself. There are a lot more differences between spark-ignited and compression-ignited engines but let’s just save it for another day.

Spark plugs are basically the device which introduces the electric current to the combustion chamber of spark-ignition engines to ignite the air-fuel mixture. It delivers the electric spark from the ignition system to the combustion chamber and delivers it without any pressure leakage from the chamber.

The spark plug has a central electrode and an outer shell separated by a porcelain insulator. The central electrode is connected to the output of the ignition system by means of highly insulated wire and resistors. The metal shell has threads and is screwed onto the cylinder head electrically grounding itself and the central electrode will be protruding inside the combustion chamber. The outer shell will have a hook-like structure that reaches to the top of the central electrode. There will be a tiny gap in between the central electrode and the hook-like structure of the outer shell and that is where the spark is produced. This gap distance is crucial for the proper performance of the vehicle.

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As the current flows from the ignition coil, a potential difference develops between the central electrode and the outer electrode or side electrode. The gases between the electrodes are initially insulators but as the voltage rises, the gases get ionized and become a conductor. Similar to what happens during lightning and thunder, this allows the flow of current between the electrodes. As the current in the gap rises, the temperature also increases causing the gas to expand suddenly resulting in a small explosion
and finally combustion of the air-fuel mixture. Spark plugs require a voltage of minimum 12000 to fire properly and this is done by the ignition system using the power from the battery.

As mentioned before, the gap between the electrodes is very crucial for the proper working of the engine. Too small of a gap can result in a weak spark which might not ignite the air-fuel mixture properly and if the gap is too large, it can result in no spark or misfire which can ignite the mixture properly but can affect the performance and efficiency of the engine adversely.

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The top of the spark plug has the terminal to connect to the wires from the ignition system. Most of the passenger cars will have the terminal made in such a way that the wires can snap on to it. The insulator is a ceramic material which provides mechanical support in addition to electrical insulation. The spark plug seals the combustion chamber and hence proper seals are also necessary to prevent leakage from the cylinder. Usually, the seals are made of compressed glass/metal powder. The outer shell is provided with threads to screw it into the cylinder head. They remove heat from the insulator and pass it on to the cylinder head and also acts as a ground for the sparks passing from the central electrode to the side electrode. The thread length or reach is also very important. Spark plugs need to be installed with the exact reach as required. The central electrodes are, nowadays, made of noble metals such as iridium, tungsten, palladium etc. These electrodes are used because of their high melting points and durability.

Spark plugs are cleaned using sandblasting or by wire brushes but wire brushes might deposit small metal deposits on it affecting combustion. There are gauges to check the spark plug gap while replacing or cleaning.

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What Is A Car Insurance? https://toento.com/auto/guide/what-is-a-car-insurance/ Wed, 22 Apr 2020 06:35:29 +0000 https://toento.com/?p=2550 Car insurance provides financial protection against any loss or damage to the car, its occupants or any third party involved. It is a contract between you – the owner of the vehicle and the insurance company. As long as you pay an annual fee, called a premium, the company will pay for the damages of […]

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Car insurance provides financial protection against any loss or damage to the car, its occupants or any third party involved. It is a contract between you – the owner of the vehicle and the insurance company. As long as you pay an annual fee, called a premium, the company will pay for the damages of the vehicle.

Motor vehicles are obviously one of your very prized possessions. Hence it is also essential to protect it properly. An accident or severe damage may sometimes require a hefty amount to repair. Therefore it’s important to protect the vehicle with insurance. It is mandatory in India to have insurance for your vehicle to drive on the roads. If you are found driving without insurance, the authorities can find you a good penalty. If you meet with an accident in a vehicle without insurance, you’ll have to pay the whole amount by yourself to repair it.

Based on the type of coverage, vehicle insurance can be divided into two.

Type of Car Insurance:

  • Third-party Insurance: This is the most basic form of insurance and the cheapest. It is also referred to as liability only insurance or act-only plan. The coverage of this insurance includes protection to the third party in case of an accident involving the insured vehicle. It does not offer insurance for the insured vehicle or the owner/driver. Some insurance companies provide a personal accident cover along with the third-party insurance plan. The maximum amount offered for the third party property damages is Rs 7.5 Lakhs and there is no upper limit on the amount a third party can receive in case of death or disability. However, the final claim amount is decided by the court.
  • Comprehensive Motor Insurance: This policy provides more exhaustive insurance protection as it covers both the third-party and own damage cover. It also provides personal accident cover to the owner/driver. The own damage cover includes the protection of the insured vehicle from the following events:
    • Accidental damages
    • Damages while in transit via rail, road, waterways etc
    • Damages caused by natural calamities such as earthquakes, flood, hurricanes etc
    • Damages from man-made disasters such as riots
    • Theft

The third-party liability cover of the comprehensive motor vehicle insurance protects the policyholder from legal liability to a third party from accidental injuries/death or property damages. The maximum amount for this insurance is unlimited in case of death or injury but it also has an upper cap of Rs 7.5 Lakhs in third party property damages. However, the final claim is decided by the court.

Apart from the above-discussed policies, the insurance companies also offer add-on covers that can enhance the coverage of the base policy. It should be purchased from the same insurance provider at an additional amount.

Add-on covers offered by Insurance Companies:

  • Zero depreciation cover: Also known as bumper to bumper policy, this will make the insurer bear the expenses for the depreciation of vehicle parts, which normally the owner has to bear. It offers significant savings at the time of the claim.
  • Engine protect cover: It will protect the vehicle from mechanical or electrical damage to the engine which is usually not covered in the comprehensive motor vehicle insurance plan.
  • Return to invoice (RTI) cover: This adds on plan protects your vehicle from total loss expenses. For example, in case of car theft, it provides you with the actual invoice value of the vehicle, without accounting for its depreciation with age.
  • No claim bonus (NCB) cover: It is a bonus offered to owners/drivers who refrain from raising a single motor vehicle insurance claim in a policy year.
  • Loss of personal belongings covers: Just like the name, this adds on provides coverage for loss of expensive belongings such as laptops in the insured vehicle.
  • Personal accident cover for passengers: This add-on can offer coverage for the passengers of the insured vehicle.

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Motor vehicle insurance can also be segregated on the basis of the type of vehicle as well such as private vehicles and commercial vehicles.

The things that are not covered in the insurance policy:

  • Depreciation, wear and tear and any consequential loss
  • Damage caused by the driver under the influence of alcohol/drugs
  • Damage caused by driving the vehicle without a valid driving license
  • Loss or damage caused due to radioactive/nuclear-related activities.

Steps to claim the Insurance:

  1. The first and foremost thing is to inform the insurance company and get a few important details in hand like policy details, loss details, and contact details.
  2. A survey will then be arranged on submitting the detailed estimate of repairs from the repairer.
  3. Submit duly filled and signed claim form along with documents such as registration certificate of the vehicle, driving license, etc. Also, it is mandatory to update PAN and Aadhaar card details.
  4. In the case of third-party death/injury or any damage to property, you need FIR from the police station.
  5. If all documents are found to be correct and in order, then a cashless facility will be arranged by the insurance company.
  6. You need to produce your vehicle for re-inspection if requested by the surveyor.

Vehicle Insurance can be bought for all vehicles, private or commercial, car, bike, scooter, tractor and any other similar road vehicles.

Please Note: It is very crucial to read the terms and conditions before buying car insurance. Because some insurance policies will protect your vehicle against damage caused by natural calamities like floods, earthquakes, while others will shield it from human-made calamities like accident and theft.

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What Is A Piston? https://toento.com/auto/guide/what-is-a-piston/ Tue, 21 Apr 2020 14:17:19 +0000 https://toento.com/?p=2536 Pistons are the component that transfers the forces from expanding gas to the crankshaft in a reciprocating engine. It moves up and down inside the cylinder and is made gas-tight with the help of piston rings. Automobiles using Internal combustion or IC engines run on the force generated by the expansion of air-fuel mixture inside […]

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Pistons are the component that transfers the forces from expanding gas to the crankshaft in a reciprocating engine. It moves up and down inside the cylinder and is made gas-tight with the help of piston rings.

Automobiles using Internal combustion or IC engines run on the force generated by the expansion of air-fuel mixture inside the combustion chamber. The pistons then transfer this force to the connecting rod which then rotates the crankshaft. The piston has a reciprocating motion which is then converted to rotational with the help of connecting rod.

Piston

According to the purpose, working conditions and performance required the shape and proportion of the piston might vary. For example in older American muscle cars, the head of the piston will be in a semi-circular shape. This along with various other factors made the combustion very efficient and consequently better power. These engines were called “Hemi Engines” because of the hemispherical shape of pistons.

The piston must be able to withstand high temperature and pressure fluctuations as well as mechanical load. Piston’s material and durability contributes to the overall durability of the engine. Pistons are usually cast from Aluminium alloys and in case of some racing engines, it might be forged. Aluminium is used because of its excellent thermal conductivity and lightweight properties. The piston should be provided with proper tolerances for expansion. They expand under high temperature and if proper tolerance is not given, the piston might seize in the cylinder. Too much tolerance can also result in leakage of compression gases and piston noises.

The top part of the piston is known as crown while the bottom is called the skirt. The piston head is the area that faces tremendous amounts of heat and pressure during normal engine operation. Even though the piston looks round, it is actually a bit of an oval-shaped with a slight taper towards the skirt.

Piston In Motor

The piston and connecting rod are connected with the help of a pin known as piston pin or wrist pin or gudgeon pin. It is made of hardened steel and is fixed in the piston with the help of circlips but it can freely move in the connecting rod.

Piston rings prevent the gas sealing. They are narrow iron rings, fitted loosely on the grooves of the piston. They prevent the gases from going down the cylinder through the gap in between piston and cylinder walls and at the same time prevent oil from reaching the combustion chamber. The rings are split at some point so that it can press against the cylinder with light pressure. The upper rings have solid faces and provide gas sealing while the lower ones will have narrow edges and acts as oil scrapers. The upper rings are called compression rings and the lower ones are wiper rings and oil rings.

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Pistons account for at least 60% of the engine friction. Any change in piston or piston rings will have a direct impact on not only fuel consumption but the overall performance of the engine.

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What Is A Hybrid Car? Advantages And Disadvantages https://toento.com/auto/guide/what-is-a-hybrid-car/ Mon, 20 Apr 2020 06:13:31 +0000 https://toento.com/?p=2529 A hybrid car, in a nutshell, can run on two fuels. Mostly, it will be a combination of an internal combustion engine and an electric motor. The electric motor will be driven by a battery pack and/or regenerative braking. Regenerative braking is an energy recovery mechanism in which the kinetic energy is converted to electric […]

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A hybrid car, in a nutshell, can run on two fuels. Mostly, it will be a combination of an internal combustion engine and an electric motor. The electric motor will be driven by a battery pack and/or regenerative braking. Regenerative braking is an energy recovery mechanism in which the kinetic energy is converted to electric energy. The electric motor, during braking, acts as an electric generator and uses the vehicle’s momentum to recover the energy which would otherwise be lost to the brakes as heat. It significantly increases the life of brake pads and braking systems.

Hybrids can also conserve the energy by shutting down the IC engine while idling or when electric motor’s energy is sufficient enough to drive the vehicle. Hybrids have a wide range of advantages over conventional engines such as reduced pollution, excellent fuel economy and better performance. Though in concept all hybrids work on the same principle, there are different ways to utilize the energy in a hybrid.

Parallel Hybrids

They have both the electric and IC engine connected through a common transmission. They can either run in tandem or one can be used when extra power is required for better acceleration.

Series Hybrids

In this type of hybrids, the IC engine is used to generate electric power which can then be used to run the car or charge the battery for later use.

Plug-in hybrids

Plug-in hybrids will have a larger battery pack and can be charged at an ordinary power socket with the appropriate specifications at home or office. The battery pack can run the car for long ranges without even starting the IC engine significantly improving the fuel efficiency. As soon as the charge is depleted, they will switch back to standard parallel hybrids. Plug-in hybrids or PHEVs have become common in the US and Europe these days.

Advantages of Hybrid Cars

  • They are environment friendly. This is one of the major reasons they are being promoted and used massively in the market. They are not only cleaner but more efficient than conventional IC engines. Even when the electric motor and the IC engine are working together, the emissions are significantly less.
  • In order to reduce emissions, the governments of various countries are promoting hybrids through subsidies and tax exemptions. Hence they are comparatively cheaper than a fully electric car.
  • Regenerative braking not only increases the life of braking systems but charges the battery as well.
  • Hybrids have good resale value too. As the gasoline prices fluctuate throughout the year causing more people to shift towards hybrids. People are willing to pay a good price even for a used hybrid.

Disadvantages of Hybrid Cars

  • As there are dual engines, the maintenance of hybrids can be a bit tricky and difficult.
  • The battery usually has a good long life and the manufacturer provides warranty also. However, if it needs to be replaced out of warranty, it may burn a hole in your pocket.
  • They are not as powerful as a pure electric or IC engines. The presence of dual engines can reduce the size of IC engine and cause reduced performance than the IC engine variants of the same model.
  • Hybrids are still a bit polluting than a pure electric car, though much less than an IC engine. But still, as technologies have advanced, the hybrids are more inclined towards pros than cons

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Hybrid Cars in India

Hybrid Cars Prices
MG Hector Rs.14 Lakh – Rs.17 Lakh
Toyota Camry Rs. 37.5 Lakh
Toyota Glanza Rs. 7.22 Lakh
BMW – 7 Series Rs. 1.65 Cr
Toyota Vellfire Rs. 79 Lakh
Toyota Prius Rs. 45 Lakh
Lexus LC Rs. 1.90 Cr
Lexus NX Rs. 54 Lakh – Rs. 58 Lakh
Lexus RX Rs. 99 Lakh – Rs 1.30 Cr
Honda Accord Rs 43 Lakh

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What Is A High Security Registration Plate (HSRP)? https://toento.com/auto/guide/high-security-registration-plate/ Sun, 19 Apr 2020 16:48:58 +0000 https://toento.com/?p=2518 The government of India has made it mandatory that every vehicle sold on or after 1st April 2019 to be pre-fitted with high security registration plate. Earlier it was possible to customize the registration number plates with colour, language and font of your own choice. All of these came to an end when the Ministry […]

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The government of India has made it mandatory that every vehicle sold on or after 1st April 2019 to be pre-fitted with high security registration plate. Earlier it was possible to customize the registration number plates with colour, language and font of your own choice. All of these came to an end when the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways made amendments in the Central Motor Vehicle rules 1989. The government of India looks forward to curbing vehicle theft and easy tracking of lost or stolen vehicles through this amendment. These plates will have a uniform pattern throughout the whole country.

As per the new rule, the vehicle manufacturer has to provide these high security registration plates or HSRPs to the dealers along with the vehicle. The dealer will then stamp the allotted registration number on the plates and fix them to your vehicle. The rule also states that the cost of HSRP and the cost of affixing it should be included in the vehicle price and no additional fee should be charged for it. In addition, the HSRP comes with a guarantee of five years. So if it is damaged or the numbers fade away, you can get a free replacement at the dealer who fixed it for you.

High Security Registration Plate Digram

The High Security Registration Number Plates are made of aluminium and come with reflective tapes. They are hot-stamped with a chromium-based hologram of the Ashok Chakra in Blue on the top-left corner. At the bottom-left corner, a 10-digit permanent identification number (PIN) is etched with a laser. In the middle of the chakra hologram and the laser code, ‘IND’ is inscribed in Blue.

‘IND’ is inscribed in font size 10, font type Arial Bold and colorBlue at an angle of 45-degree in hot stamping foil across all letters and numbers on the plate. HSRPs are fixed with the help of two nonremovable Snap-On locks, which, unlike ordinary nut and bolts, when tried to remove will become non-useable.

Besides the front and rear registration plates, a chromium hologram sticker with high refractive index is affixed on the bottom-left corner of the windshield from the inside. This self-destructive sticker is the third registration plate that contains details like the 10-digit PIN, the actual registration number, the engine and chassis numbers, the date of first registration of the vehicle and the name of the registering authority.

The third registration plates or the hologram sticker should have an orange background colour for diesel vehicles, light blue for petrol and CNG and grey for others.

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Advantages of High Security Registration Plates

  • Older number plates are very easy to tamper with. The first thing that a thief does after stealing the vehicle is to remove or change the number-plates. HSRPs are difficult to remove or to tamper with.
  • Some customize the number-plates in such a way that it becomes difficult to read for anyone including the police. The HSRPs are easier to read even from a particular distance.
  • Most of the old data regarding registration are handled manually which also pose a chance of discrepancies. HSRPs will create a national database for all the vehicles in the country. All the unique information including engine number will be present in the national database.

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What Is A Slipper Clutch? https://toento.com/auto/guide/slipper-clutch/ Wed, 15 Apr 2020 17:29:05 +0000 https://toento.com/?p=2502 Slipper clutches were first introduced back in the ’70s among MotoGP racing bikes. Then many of the high-performance four-stroke bikes started to use it. Today it is common among many of the sportbikes that we see on the road. What is a Slipper Clutch? Suppose when you are riding at a high speed and you approach […]

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Slipper clutches were first introduced back in the ’70s among MotoGP racing bikes. Then many of the high-performance four-stroke bikes started to use it. Today it is common among many of the sportbikes that we see on the road.

What is a Slipper Clutch?

Suppose when you are riding at a high speed and you approach a sudden sharp corner. To get out of the corner at maximum speed, along with the normal braking you will drop a couple of gears at the same time. As you drop down the gears, there will be an engine braking force, but the rear wheels will be rotating at a much higher speed than the engine. There is a high probability that while doing this you damage the gearbox as well as yourself as you lose control of the bike. This sudden downshift can even lead to engine seizure due to transmission failure and can cause rear wheel lock resulting in a huge catastrophe. This is where the slipper clutch comes into play. The slipper clutch is designed in such a way that it allows a limited-slip or partial disengagement of the clutch so that the torque from the rear wheels (back-torque) doesn’t reach the engine, allowing the engine rev up to the speed. Hence the name slipper clutch or back-torque limiter.

Slipper Clutch

Unlike normal clutches, the slipper clutch will have a set of ramps built on the pressure plate and clutch hub. During engine braking, the ramps on the clutch hub and pressure plate will slide on each other pushing the pressure plate away from the clutch pad till it absorbs the entire braking force. This reduces the friction and allows a limited-slip, preventing the back-torque from reaching the engine. These days, the slipper clutches are also provided with some extra ramps that help prevent slip while accelerating and hence reducing any power loss.

Slipper clutches need to be fitted carefully, or it cannot yield the expected results. The clutch stack height and the clutch plate order varies from the original values and methods respectively, in case of a slipper clutch. Though slipper clutches are expensive and complex, if fixed properly, can improve performance, safety and easiness of riding.

Ktm Slipper Clutch

Advantages of Slipper Clutch:

  • The slipper clutch prevents the back-torque from reaching the gearbox, thereby minimizing the wear and tear on the transmission.
  • It also prevents the engine braking forces from being transmitted to the wheels causing them to lose traction.
  • It prevents the rear wheel lock-up in case of engine seizure or transmission failure which can, otherwise, result in catastrophic accidents.
  • If properly installed, they can improve the performance of the bike.
  • It can absorb most of the shocks and vibrations while cornering adding up to a smoother ride while cornering.
  • The rider need not concentrate much on the clutch and can instead be more attentive to other important things like posture and ABS while cornering.

Though practically there are no disadvantages for slipper clutches, here are some hypothetical disadvantages:

Disadvantages of Slipper Clutch:

  • They are complex to construct and install. Even today, some manufacturers still tend to provide normal clutches to their bike.
  • And hence, of course, they are expensive than normal ones.
  • If not installed properly, it fails to give the desired results. By proper meaning, even the tiniest of values in fixing the slipper clutches should be accurate.

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Honda Dio BSVI Teased – Ahead of Launch https://toento.com/auto/2020-honda-dio-bsvi-facelift-teased/ Tue, 04 Feb 2020 13:36:39 +0000 https://toento.com/?p=2483 Honda 2 Wheelers India has released a new teaser of BSVI compliant Honda Dio today. The technical details and specifications are still unknown. However, the teaser is highlighting the new features and design that 2020 Honda Dio is going to get. 2020 Honda Dio BSVI Facelift Teaser As highlighted in the teaser, the new Dio […]

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Honda 2 Wheelers India has released a new teaser of BSVI compliant Honda Dio today. The technical details and specifications are still unknown. However, the teaser is highlighting the new features and design that 2020 Honda Dio is going to get.

2020 Honda Dio BSVI Facelift Teaser

As highlighted in the teaser, the new Dio will get a LED headlight, replacing the old halogen headlight found in the current 2019 model. The use of faux carbon fibre on the body panel makes it more aggressive and sportier. Also, the scooter shown to us in the teaser is a DX variant of the 2020 Dio. That means this scooter will come in another lower-spec variant. It may don’t have the LED headlight feature.

Honda Dio 2020 Honda Dio Headlight 2020 Honda Dio 2020 Rear

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First Tata Altroz Premium Hatchback Rolls Out https://toento.com/auto/first-tata-altroz-premium-hatchback-rolls-out/ Thu, 28 Nov 2019 13:24:24 +0000 https://toento.com/?p=2471 Guenter Butschek, CEO & Managing Director, Tata Motor flags off an important event to mark a new beginning while the year 2019 is approaching its last month. The event being the rollout of the first Tata Altroz from the company’s plant in Pune. The folks at Tata expressed that the Altroz will be a class […]

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Guenter Butschek, CEO & Managing Director, Tata Motor flags off an important event to mark a new beginning while the year 2019 is approaching its last month. The event being the rollout of the first Tata Altroz from the company’s plant in Pune. The folks at Tata expressed that the Altroz will be a class defining product from the brand as it comes with an array of company’s firsts. The highly anticipated premium hatchback was first revealed at the Auto Expo in 2018 as the 45X concept, followed by a display at the Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) as the Altroz, in its production avatar.

The Tata Altroz is the first product that is based on the all-new ALFA platform and the second vehicle of the stable to be designed under the Impact design 2.0 language. Tata Motors on Wednesday rolled out the 1st unit of ALTROZ from its plant in Pune. With this, the company is all set for the launch of the highly anticipated, premium hatchback in Jan 2020.

1st Unit Of Altroz

Commenting on the roll-out, Mr Mayank Pareek, President, Passenger Vehicle Business Unit (PVBU), Tata Motors said, “We are thrilled to roll-out yet another class defining product from the plant today. The ALTROZ is our first product that will be launched on the all-new ALFA platform and we believe that it will raise the bar for vehicles across the premium hatchback segment, come 2020. Since the unveiling of the concept in 2018, the anticipation for ALTROZ has always been high. We hope that customers will appreciate the new futuristic design with a host of smart features, many of which are one segment above.”

As of now, not a lot of is known about the Altroz as the official details are yet to reach the internet. As per the official website – the Tata Altroz is all about premium. For the design, the company says it gets the LASER look. LASER stands for Laser-cut sharpness, Athletic stance, Sleek Profile, Energetic presence, and Refined appearance. For the inside is it PICASA – Premium, Intelligent, Comfortable, Spaceous, Advanced. And finally, for the built it is ALFA – Agile Light Flexible Advanced Architecture.

The Tata Altroz Premium Hatchback will be launched in January 2020. Till then stay tuned!

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