car wash – Tires & Parts News https://tiresandparts.net Your News Source for Everything Automotive Thu, 04 Mar 2021 18:02:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.11 Nissan Conducts Paint Tests with Miniature Car Wash https://tiresandparts.net/news/new-business-ideas/nissan-conducts-paint-tests-miniature-car-wash/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/new-business-ideas/nissan-conducts-paint-tests-miniature-car-wash/#respond Wed, 20 Dec 2017 06:37:54 +0000 https://tiresandparts.net/?p=22357 Nissan gives a lot of importance to testing and R&D and has now resorted to a miniature car wash and a toy model to check on the quality of the paint it uses for its production cars. The Japanese automaker recently posted a video of a toy Nissan 370Z being put through its paces in […]

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Nissan gives a lot of importance to testing and R&D and has now resorted to a miniature car wash and a toy model to check on the quality of the paint it uses for its production cars. The Japanese automaker recently posted a video of a toy Nissan 370Z being put through its paces in a miniature car wash at the Nissan Technical Center North America in Michigan.

Engineers do this to ensure that the paint that they use can withstand the tough environment and the rigors of a car wash like tough bristles. They used a tiny version of a car wash comprising 10,000 blue bristles that spun at 180 RPM.

According to the video, the engineers washed the models with sample paint thousands of times to see how the paint held up, and used a cute red little 1:16 scale model of the 370Z to demonstrate how the tests are done. They even dirty the car up a little by using special dirt called “Arizona test dirt” to see how the car can handle the strain. This dirt mirrors the effect of real-word dirt on the car. In a modern car wash, the equipment used can scratch clearcoats and abrade paint.

Hence, long before a Nissan vehicle is brought to the showroom, it is thoroughly tested to ensure that its paint stays bright and shiny in spite of many sessions at an automatic car wash.
The video was uploaded only for illustrative purposes. Actual testing of the paint involves the Nissan paint being applied to rectangular plates which are placed into the miniature car wash and tested multiple times to ensure a top-quality finish, not actual vehicles.

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Auto Braking Creates Snag in Automatic Car Wash Systems https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/auto-braking-creates-snag-automatic-car-wash-systems/ https://tiresandparts.net/news/parts/auto-braking-creates-snag-automatic-car-wash-systems/#respond Sun, 06 Nov 2016 14:57:54 +0000 http://tiresandparts.net/?p=18408 Autobraking is a safety feature that we would all like to have in our cars. Manufacturers claim that auto braking can reduce rear-end collisions by 30 per cent and when accidents do occur, they can reduce the impact of accidents as they slow vehicles down when they detect the possibility of an impending collision. However, […]

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Autobraking is a safety feature that we would all like to have in our cars. Manufacturers claim that auto braking can reduce rear-end collisions by 30 per cent and when accidents do occur, they can reduce the impact of accidents as they slow vehicles down when they detect the possibility of an impending collision. However, autobraking is becoming a matter of concern for owners of 14 vehicle models as the feature creates complications for these vehicles in automatic car washes.

When they are going through the drying process and are faced with a wall of spinning rags, or when they detect the power dryers in an automatic car wash, they sense the possibility of an accident and mistakenly hit the brakes. This results in collisions and other damage to the vehicle. Automatic car washes use mechanisms to push the vehicle forward when the car is in neutral.  And the automatic braking system can cause vehicles to get stuck midway through the washing process. Sometimes, the vehicles collide with other vehicles in the washing queue.

Vehicles made by many leading manufacturers such as BMW, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Tesla, Toyota, Volvo, Acura, Lexus, RAM, Range Rover, Subaru have been mentioned by BestRide.com as having this issue with the automatic braking system.

The leading automotive manufacturers and regulators in the United States had agreed to make forward collision prevention features a standard feature in most light-duty cars and trucks by the 2022 model year. Though this is definitely a welcome move, owners of automatic car washes and automotive manufacturers need to collaborate on finding ways to prevent this excellent safety feature from causing damage during the washing process when it becomes activated without due cause.

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