Driving your car, everything is going smoothly. Then it begins to rain. Your automobile starts to splutter and cough the next thing you know. What is happening?
This can happen for a number of reasons, but the most common cause is water getting into the gas tank. This happens more often than you might think. How does water get into the fuel tank? It comes from condensation in the engine and from leaks in the fuel system.
When heated air collides with a cold surface, condensation occurs. As warm air enters your vehicle's engine, it meets up with cold metal surfaces like water jackets and cylinder heads. This causes some of the water to condense into droplets, which then drip onto other parts of the engine.
These drops land in places where they can easily find their way into your fuel system: under the valve covers which are located directly above the cylinders, inside the air intake manifold, or even behind other components, such as an exhaust manifold.
Tornadoes are a very real threat in the United States. Every state is at some risk from this hazard. When tornadoes strike, they can cause catastrophic damage to homes, businesses, and cars. While some people are fortunate enough to be able to get to safety in a basement or storm cellar, there's not much you can do if you're driving when a tornado strikes.
A tornado is a violent storm that brings high-speed winds capable of ripping entire buildings out of the ground and throwing them hundreds of yards away. They can easily damage or destroy cars, depending on their location and the severity of the storm. Tornadoes with wind speeds greater than 250 mph can leave a trail of destruction up to 50 miles long and 1 mile wide.
What makes tornadoes so dangerous is that it's not always clear if one is coming until it's too late. This is why drivers need to know what signs to look for before heading out onto the road.