Statutory Warranty Laws for Off-Roaders Explained

Whether you’ve just bought a new 4x4 or you’re thinking of taking the plunge soon, it’s important to know what warranties will protect your car and your hip pocket if anything goes wrong. Different types of warranties and guarantees vary depending on the age and type of vehicle, and after a while it all gets a pretty confusing. That’s why the DownThunder team have broken down what warranties and guarantees you’re entitled to, so that you don’t have to.

Signs of Tyre Wear and what causes them

The only thing that keeps your car riding smoothly along the road and let it stick to the tarmac, gravel, mud and rocks are tyres. Having good tyres will be your insurance for stability, braking, handling, safety, fuel economy and performance of your vehicle and ensuring that they are in the best possible condition is imperative. A worn tyre is not only a hassle but can be leading to a dangerous situation on the road. Read here how to recognise what causes unusual tyre wear.

Understanding Differentials in 4WD Vehicles

Employed to allow for the differences in distance traveled between the inner and outer wheels during turns, differentials are present in all vehicles. 4WD vehicles, however, have a differential in each axle. A full-time 4WD vehicle has a center differential contained in the transfer case, as well. The reason for the center differential is because the front wheels of a full-time 4WD will rotate faster than the ones in the back under certain conditions, such as turning corners and forward movement.

Off-Road Physics: Reaching the Top of the Climb

Off-road adventures can be exhilarating and exciting. Climbing steep grades and conquering slippery slopes, though, can be the most frustrating experience of your off-road expedition. Your success will depend on your understanding of how to correctly navigate the terrain presented, including steep hills and treacherous slopes. Luckily, there’s a proven formula for making off-road climbs: the right route, the right traction and enough momentum will lead to a successful climb, even with harsh terrain and gravity working overtime to thwart your efforts.

Understanding the Differences in 4WD Systems

If you’re contemplating getting a four-wheel drive (4WD) vehicle, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the differences inherent in each different type of 4WD setup.

How to Use a Winch: A Complete Beginner’s Guide

Just like owning an oven doesn’t equate to being a baker, having a winch doesn’t mean that you know how to use it. While 4×4 veterans are typically familiar with the tips and tricks of safely operating a winch.