First and foremost I'm not posting this in the Ford newsgroup in order
to discriminate against any particular make for shortcomings as all
Brands of Autos suffer from the same problems that I'm going to bring
#1 Oversized transmission cooler with low pressure bypass valve for
driving in hot weather, towing, hilly terrain, etc.
#2 Magnetic filters for transmission, motor, radiator, and power
#3 Bypass oil filters used in conjunction with the already standard
flow through filters. FILTERS NEED TO BE LOCATED IN A CONVENIENT
LOCATION FOR EASY REPLACEMENT!!!
#4 Oil coolers for cars with and without superchargers or
turbochargers. (After all, when the motor oil gets too hot it will
break down and this will wear out the engine rapidly.)
#5 External spin-on transmission filters instead of internal for
#6 Oil sump pans with louvers/air veins on them for increased oil
#7 Oil change reminders on dashboard that uses a computer w/sensors in
order to decide once oil is contaminated enough to warrant changing -
it also would need a 500 mile warning ahead of time in case your on a
long distance trip. (GM already uses something like this on all of
it's cars and it has saved millions of tons of crude oil.)
#8 Low Oil Level warning lights. The Low oil pressure warning lights
simply are not enough. By the time pressure drops too low it's already
too late and engine damage has already occurred in some shape or form.
(Most motorists are stupid and never check their oil level.)
#9 An extra electric cooling fan pointed at the alternator in case
it's tucked away in such a way that it doesn't get enough cool air flow
inside the engine bay.
#10 FOG LIGHTS STANDARD
#11 Purple warning/hazard lights that flash just like the
Hazard/Safety lights that are already standard. These purple warning
lights warn other motorists that YOU or ME as a driver is somewhat
compromised but are still needing to continue driving only with extra
caution. EXAMPLE: Sudden downpour and I or YOU happen to have tires
that are worn or not suited for wet season. Or wiper blades happen to
be old and don't clear the windshield, OR defroster is not working
properly all of a sudden. Or let's say we I or YOU had a flat tire and
so now were driving on a donut sized tire on a major interstate in
Nevada where big rigs want to go 85+MPH while ME or YOU are forced to
go 55 - 60 mph because the donut spares are only rated for 55 MPH tops,
going faster MAY damage the cars differential. (These purple warning
lights show other drivers that the compromised driver is being extra
careful and so if they are driving a little slow than the lights add to
the needed communication for other motorists to go around when it's
safe to do so.) On the road, communication is the key for safety! We
need more warning lights than the standard safety flashers, it couldn't
be more obvious.
#12 FULL SIZE SPARE TIRE W/a warning dash light that goes off if the
spare tire for some reason becomes under inflated while it's stored
under the trunk bed.
#13 Warning dash light for under inflated tires. I have seen too many
motorists on the road driving around on under inflated tires. 5 times
out of 10 the tires explode while I'm driving close enough to witness
it happen - just like watching a horror movie. On light truck on up,
tires explode when under inflated. On passenger cars they are less
likely to fail but they do have thread separation which is still
dangerous only not as bad as a blowout.
#14 The option for motorist that know how to properly maintain their
cars in the first place to be able to buy their cars new without all
the idiot lights in order to not have to pay as much as the motorists
that don't know the difference between a cam shaft and a drive shaft.
Motorists need to be able to pass a maintenance competency test and if
they do poorly on it, they need to drive the "dummy" car by law or face
a stiff penalty. This should eliminate 90% of all the broken down cars
on the road that cause more accidents, bottle necks, and traffic
fatalities & injuries.
#15 Foldable side mirrors mandatory. Motorists should be required to
fold in their mirrors (both of them) when parallel parked. This
protects bicyclists on the road and pedestrians on the sidewalk. This
also helps improve auto traffic safety because side view mirrors are
one less obstacle on the road to worry about.
#16 All vehicles need to be required to have under armor. In other
words, steel plates/shields need to be installed beneath the
undercarriage stock by the factory. This will protect the fuel line,
fuel filter, and gas tank(s) from rupturing from road debris and other
road hazards. Vehicles made with gas tanks in unsafe locations by the
manufacturer should be banned from being sold in North America. Gas
tanks need to be made as "fuel cells" like the ones used on racetracks,
strong, sturdy, and impenetrable. The under armor will also protect
the brake lines from rupturing from road debris further protecting
against failed brakes and sudden loss of brake pressure.
#17 Front and Rear sway bars mandatory
#18 Rollover bar(s) mandatory on all cars integrated into the roof and
body/chassis so in most cars it wouldn't be obvious
#19 Disc brakes front and BACK mandatory
#20 Engine block/oil heaters mandatory with both plug in and timer
that runs off of the cars SECOND battery for the purpose. This would
save fuel as the engine would already be preheated and this would
And #21 Electric oil pump on timer to lubricate engine before start up
each morning. Used in conjunction with engine block heater.
If all of the above could be done in a reasonable amount of time
traffic fatalities would go down 80% guaranteed. Cars would have an
average life span of 30 years instead of 10 years as they are now.
It's just like buying more expensive furniture instead of the cheap
stuff the breaks easily. With the more expensive furniture you can
keep them longer and they stay nice longer. In the long term you save
lots of money despite the initial higher cost.