What is the most important mechanical part on a vehicle

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 26, 2003 at 20:11
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Hi All,

Lets see what everyone thinks.

What is/are the most important mechanical part/s on a vehicle?

To broaded the aspect of the question this/these part/s are often overlooked in the scheme of things.

I think it is............hey, maybe I will wait for some responses.

Cheers, Willem
Never a dull moment
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Reply By: Member - Jeff - Saturday, Apr 26, 2003 at 20:19

Saturday, Apr 26, 2003 at 20:19
Wheels first otherwise you won't be going far, secondly steering - it's alright to go straight ahead for a while but it gets boring after awhile, thirdly the brakes (feet). Well I have my billy cart.Cheers, Beddo
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Reply By: jonny dontknowmuch - Saturday, Apr 26, 2003 at 20:23

Saturday, Apr 26, 2003 at 20:23
like anything theres no point having something without anything else
no wheels no go no motor no go no brakes no go or should i say no stop.
they all need each other!
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Reply By: GaryInOz (Vic) - Saturday, Apr 26, 2003 at 20:36

Saturday, Apr 26, 2003 at 20:36
The nut behind the wheel.....
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Reply By: sloth - Saturday, Apr 26, 2003 at 21:17

Saturday, Apr 26, 2003 at 21:17
how about the key?
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Reply By: Kev - (Cairns,QLD) - Saturday, Apr 26, 2003 at 21:24

Saturday, Apr 26, 2003 at 21:24
Bearings !!!!!!!!
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Follow Up By: Kev - (Cairns,QLD) - Saturday, Apr 26, 2003 at 22:15

Saturday, Apr 26, 2003 at 22:15
I remember that back in WW 2 they used to bomb the bearing factorys as they knew that this would cripple the country.

Nothing runs without bearings !
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Follow Up By: Member - Willem- Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 01:05

Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 01:05
Kev,

Yeah, That is what I had in mind. If the wheel bearings are inoperative then the vehicle is useless. So often we overlook these four sets of small but incredibly strong mechanical devices. Virtually the whole weight of the vehicle is carried by the wheel bearings. And how often does a wheel bearing give in. Sometimes but not very often, despite the punishement that is meted out by the driver.Cheers, Willem
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Reply By: Member - Graham - Saturday, Apr 26, 2003 at 21:31

Saturday, Apr 26, 2003 at 21:31
Cars, like human beings need FUEL!DOING IT! LOVING IT!
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Reply By: member-skippyking - Saturday, Apr 26, 2003 at 22:25

Saturday, Apr 26, 2003 at 22:25
the bit you don't have, that's stopped the vehicle.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, Apr 26, 2003 at 22:52

Saturday, Apr 26, 2003 at 22:52
Some say wheels/steering/nut behind the wheel, but without brakes, none of them are any use.

Then someone else answered it well, they all rely on each other for different things...
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Reply By: Voxson (Adelaide) - Saturday, Apr 26, 2003 at 23:07

Saturday, Apr 26, 2003 at 23:07
Batteries, alternator, fan belts....._____________________________________________
Countin the days till July 5th. *Cape York Trip*
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Reply By: Lyds - Saturday, Apr 26, 2003 at 23:41

Saturday, Apr 26, 2003 at 23:41
Central Locking and Air ConditioningCheers,
Stuart
- To err is human, to moo bovine -
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Follow Up By: Eric from Cape York Connections - Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 07:43

Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 07:43
And watching the wife using her new short long handled log splitting axe
All the best
EricCape York Connections
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Reply By: Member - Peter (WA) - Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 09:46

Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 09:46
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ without it you wont have a 4x4 or the money to replace / repair / add to it Born to drive a 4x4 , not a keyboard
Peter York 4x4
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Reply By: Member - diamond(bendigo) - Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 10:36

Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 10:36
you can have the best tyres/newest motor/highest lift/best suspention/brand new brakes ect but when your clutch starts slipping better hope it down hill all the way home.easter fun at jamison
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Reply By: Jack - Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 10:54

Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 10:54
Hi folks:
Using the principles of "lateral thinking", as preached by Dr Bono, I mentally composed a list of all the bits I would leave off my 4WD. The remaining bits would then be the most important. I then found there was nothing I could leave off .. Conclusion: They are all important for the function they perform ... none more important than the other, yet all equally important.

Do I win the prize?????
Did I hear someone coughing in the background???????
Whaddya mean you are witholding my prize money??????

Cheers and safe travels
Jack
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Follow Up By: Member - Willem- Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 20:23

Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 20:23
Cheque is in the mail, mate!!Cheers, Willem
Never a dull moment
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Reply By: ThePublican - Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 11:29

Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 11:29
A brain giving out electical impulses of common sense without which the whole vehicle becomes a useless pile of metal/plastic and rubber.
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Reply By: Baldrick - Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 13:45

Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 13:45
Do cupholders count as mechanical items??
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Follow Up By: diamond(bendigo) - Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 15:42

Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 15:42
yes they do count.but only if fitted as standard.easter fun at jamison
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Follow Up By: ThePublican - Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 18:03

Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 18:03
You do need a PHD in mechanical engineering + another PHD in design concepts + a Doctorate in the physiology of the coffee cup ,, to actually be able to put the cup holder into the design frame of the vehicle...
In 2003 one of the MOST important pieces of ANY vehicle :)
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Follow Up By: Lyds - Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 21:19

Sunday, Apr 27, 2003 at 21:19
Speaking of coffee, a self cleaning espresso machine would be sensational. Hmmm.... a double shot long black for breaky, and a post-dinner espresso - ah that'd be roughing it.Cheers,
Stuart
- To err is human, to moo bovine -
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Reply By: Damian M - Monday, Apr 28, 2003 at 18:23

Monday, Apr 28, 2003 at 18:23
I'll just add my Two Cents Worth.

The Engine can run with less than the amount of Cylinders It had.
The Gearbox can still move the Vehicle if you can get at least one gear.
You can still Move with A Flat Tyre/Tyres.
If it's a 4WD, You can still move with a Buggered Diff.
If your Radiator Blows and your vehicle OverHeats, You can move again after it's cooled down.

But What Happens if you run out of oil? What Happens if your Oil Filter Blocks Up.

If You Run Out Of Oil Or Your Filter Blocks Up, You Aint Gonna Move.

So, How do get around a problem like that?

Just My Two Cents Worth. (Do I Get Change?)

Damian

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Follow Up By: ThePublican - Monday, Apr 28, 2003 at 20:22

Monday, Apr 28, 2003 at 20:22
Well if its diff oil your missing you can always revert to the age old practice of stuffing the diff full of banana peel,,makes for a lovely quiet diff,,permanently quiet after 200 odd ks. :)
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Reply By: twandy - Tuesday, Apr 29, 2003 at 22:34

Tuesday, Apr 29, 2003 at 22:34
Well, for what it is worth....... I spent some time in the High Country when the fires were on and my 4x4 was really tested. Have just spent 2 weeks in the same area with lots of hills etc. Have just read the responses here and think that, although not mechanical, KNOWLEGE appears to be the most important. Listening to informed people, learning from their and our own experiences will get me a long way. Everyone seems to have something positive to offer. Thanks to all.
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