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Maintenance Tips for the Everyman

You do not have to spend a ton of money on car care. How do we know this? It is quite simple. You just need to think a bit outside the box and find out what you can do to avoid several trips to the car care shop. Mostly, you will find that you don’t have to buy any extraordinary products. You will be happy to know that you can use most of the items that are readily available at home. This is not genius stuff, but then, why didn’t you ever think of it before? Here are some of the money-saving car hacks for everyone who isn’t afraid to get their hands dirty….

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Do infrequent oil and oil filter changes really damage the engines?

 

What happens if we forget about changing oil filters?

Engine oil filters come in various grades, both in design and materials used, but they all work to remove all these impurities from your engine oil.  There's a great deal of varieties between different types of engine oils, the various synthetic additives they include, and countless other factors (such as city driving vs highway driving) which can influence the performance and longevity of engine oil.  But, no matter what, no oil change leads to the sign below:

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(Oil and oil filter change caution)

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What Engine Works Best For You?

2016 is just around the corner. It used to be that buying an automobile boiled down to whether you wanted to drive a car with an automatic or manual transmission. Today, however, with dozens of automakers and technologies vying for our attention, our choice of automobile has become a little more complicated. They go beyond just gasoline or diesel engines and manual or automatic transmissions, but include new technologies, such as hybrid cars, electric cars, plug-in hybrid cars, even hydrogen cars.

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2015's Most Requested Mini Van Features

The joy of owning a mini-van is that you can use it for business and on the weekend or when going for a vacation, it can carry the whole family and their luggage. However, even with many benefits, many people cannot shop for one confidently because they hardly know the main features that a mini-van must have.

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The Engine Oil Filter

Oil filter is usually located on the bottom side of the engine as shown below.

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(Where the oil filter is located: Honda iTEC engine, sourced from Wikipedia)

Oil filters have a very important function and if your oil filter has poor quality, it can shorten the life of your engine and cause other parts to fail as well.  This small part of your car’s lubrication system plays an important role in protecting your engine from premature wear.  All the moving parts in the engine need clean oil to properly lubricate them.  We all know that as oil passes through the engine, it lubricates such parts as the valves, cylinder walls and pistons, camshafts and connecting rod and crankshaft bearings. As the oil flows over these various parts, it picks up small metal particles, dirt and other types of harmful grit. A good motor oil chemically holds these harmful deposits until it reaches the filter, where the deposits are trapped and removed from the circulating motor oil.

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Highlights From The 2015 SEMA Show

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Each year the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) puts on a huge show in Las Vegas, Nevada as part of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week. The show often displays new technology that may be coming onto the market, but it mainly displays vehicles that aftermarket specialists have modified using their own products. Granted, the technology and aftermarket parts are supposed to be the highlight of the show, but most men prefer the modified vehicles, so we are going to concentrate on what we consider to be the top mods at the 2015 SEMA Show. Continue reading “Highlights From The 2015 SEMA Show” »

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Great Features to Look for in Your Next Car

Buying your first car can be a daunting task considering the many models in the market. However, each model has specific features that make it stand out from all the others. Different buyers want to have different features in their cars. Thus, the availability of such features attract buyers to certain car models. The most important features are for ensuring safety, performance, and good handling of the car.

 

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Five major advantages of replacing air filters

Five major advantages of replacing air filters

There are at least 5 benefits of replacing your air filter periodically; better gas mileage, reduced emissions, improved acceleration, increased engine life and overall improved drivability. For each liter of fuel burned, the engine uses up to 37,000 liters of air; thus why it is easy to understand how vital a clean air filter leads to the proper operation of an automobile. Continue reading “Five major advantages of replacing air filters” »

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A Quick Look At The 2016 Honda CR-Z Hybrid

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Debuting as a concept at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show, the ''Compact Renaissance Zero'', or CR-Z was intended to represent ''a renaissance in the design of compact cars that begins anew from fundamentals.''  The concept car was designed to be ''sporty, incredibly efficient, and inexpensive.'' Replacing the outdated Honda CR-X, the CR-Z was introduced to the Japanese market in early 2010, with sales following in most other markets by December of the same year. Continue reading “A Quick Look At The 2016 Honda CR-Z Hybrid” »

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Fuel of the Future

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Everyone is aware that fossil fuels are a finite source of energy. There can be no debate on the topic, but there is a great deal of debate as to what the best alternative fuel for the future might be. Several companies are making huge investments in electricity, while others are committing their resources to hydrogen or compressed natural gas. There are even a few experiments into the possibility of using solar power to energize our vehicles. Despite the large amount of research currently being done, there is no clear consensus as to the leading fuel. With so many opinions in the air, we thought it might be helpful to take a quick look at the pros and cons of each of the leading contenders. Continue reading “Fuel of the Future” »

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