Cars and trucks are complicated these days. There are so many different moving parts that have to work together to make the car run, it’s no small feat that you’re able to hop inside of one and drive it on a daily basis without it turning into a pile of scrap metal after a few miles. Unfortunately, due to the complexity of the mechanics, cars need regular maintenance and repairs to keep things running smoothly.
You think you’re having an issue with your car. It might not seem like much, but it feels like it is driving differently that it usually does. Maybe the steering seems a little less responsive, or it doesn’t seem like its changing gears when it should. These may be small problems, or maybe nothing at all. But when it comes down to it, having your car inspected and repaired early on can save you money and hassle down the road, and it might even save a life.
The automobile powertrain has begun a fundamental shift to cleaner and greener technology with an end goal of replacing antiquated fossil fuels as the primary power source. Bridging the gap between old and new is the hybrid: a car that runs on both electric motors and a gasoline engine to maximize fuel efficiency. Considering that the Toyota Prius is the number one selling car in California clearly shows that consumers are ready to make the change.
When it comes to cars, most of us just turn the ignition and go. Many of us don’t think about the complex components that make up our vehicles and how to keep everything working in pristine order. While your engine is a complicated machine, there is one part of it that takes precedence over the rest: your oil. You probably get your oil changed every few thousand miles, by taking it to a mechanic or lube shop such as Jiffy Lube.
The automobile is a complicated piece of machinery. Hundreds of parts working in unison to make several tons of plastic and metal move forward at high speeds. While things like the engine, gas tank, and interior get all of the attention, there is one part of the car that most people don’t think about, despite the fact that they use it hundreds of times. We’re talking, of course, about the brakes.
When it comes to the American West, few images are as striking as a worker hauling materials and gear in a pickup truck. Back in the old days, this picture would have been of a cowboy riding into the sunset. However, even the image of the hard-working, heavy-duty pickup is fading into obscurity. The first models of the pickup truck were built in the early 20th century, with Dodge coming out with their inaugural model in 1924.
As any driver will tell you, eventually you’ll get a flat. No matter how careful a driver you are, no matter how strictly you try to avoid hazards and obstacles in your route, a flat tire is something that we all have to deal with. As long as we drive on air-filled products that can be punctured or pierced; we’ll have to pay the price. It certainly seems odd, though, that given today’s advances in technology that we haven’t been able to improve upon the basic car tire.
In America, the car is king. Millions of drivers on millions of roads covering millions of miles mean millions of vehicles bought and sold every year in this country. While a good amount of these cars are domestic brands, more and more Americans are choosing foreign made cars. Toyota, Honda, BMW and others have been steadily taking over American-made vehicles for some time, and it shows no signs of slowing. So does this mean that foreign is better? Let’s weigh in on the facts and see what this trend is all about.
It seems whenever you turn on the television, there’s always a commercial telling you about car insurance. From the Geico Gecko to Flo the Progressive Lady, we are constantly bombarded with ads offering lower rates, better service, etc., etc. The sheer volume alone would suggest that car insurance is one of the most important things we need to buy.
With gas prices reaching $4 a gallon again, the hunt resumes to find more fuel-efficient cars to save money on fuel. While today’s cars are vastly more fuel efficient than their ancestors, there still are savings to be had by switching to alternative energy sources. One of these sources is a diesel engine. In Europe, about 50% of the cars manufactured have diesel engines. In the U.S.? Only about 3%. Do Europeans know something we don’t? Let’s break down the basics of Diesel vs. Gasoline.