Maybe you have been lucky enough to live in a part of the world where it never gets cold enough that you have to winterize your car. Perhaps you are needing to winterize a car for the first time on your own. Whatever your reason for seeking advice, it is now deep enough into the year that automobile winterization has become an urgent need. Since you need to start this project as soon as possible, let's get right to the tips.
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Porsche has long restricted the use of turbochargers to certain models. In the 911, a turbo was only available if you purchased the Turbo model. That will all change for the 2017 model year, when Porsche will introduce a twin-turbo engine into its 911 Carrera and Carrera S units, so every Porsche from 2017 on will be turbocharged, following a pattern stamped by the likes of Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. Continue reading “In Depth: The New Porsche 911 Carrera’s Twin-Turbo Engine” »
They are simply insulated plugs that are screwed into an internal combustion engine's cylinder head to deliver the spark that ignites the mixture of air and fuel in the combustion chamber (In case of diesel engine thanks to its high compression ratio and the nature of diesel oil. It ignites without any aid from spark plugs. No need help from spark plugs). Spark plugs also transfer heat away from the combustion chamber. Basically this is what happens; the spark plugs are placed at the top of the cylinder head in most of engine types, the piston first travels down the cylinder, drawing in a mixture of fuel and air. The piston then goes back up toward the spark plug, compressing the mixture. At the very last second, when the piston is at its fullest reach on the top of the cylinder, the spark plug sparks and ignites the mixture. The piston is forced back down to create power for the vehicle by way of crank shafts and drive shafts to the wheels. At that point, the process of firing the engine ends and starts all over again to continuously give power to the vehicle.
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So you understand the importance of braking systems, and brake pads, but where does one start with learning the signs of pad wear, managing the life of the brake pad, and actually changing the part? This issue is actually fairly easy to solve! After no time at all, you will be your own personal family mechanic. Continue reading “Taking Care of Your Vehicle’s Brake Pads” »
Imagine you are driving down the road, and are approaching a stop sign; you press your foot to the brake pedal, and nothing happens. How will would the vehicle stop, what would happen? Modern vehicles are full of nearly unimaginable complexity, and thousands of parts working together to ensure a safe, comfortable ride. Arguably, one of the most important parts regarding safety is the braking system. But do you know the unsung hero of the brakes? Continue reading “The Importance of Brake Systems” »
The architectural guru Ludwig Mies van der Rohe once said, '' God is in the details.'' Looking at the 2016 Ferrari 488 Spider, you would think he was gushing about it; but alas, he was talking about architecture. The 488 Spider shares many details with its traditional cousin the 488 GTB, sans the top. Perhaps it looks like many other Italian supercars; however, driving one is like roping the wind and not wanting to let go. Not long ago, buying a Ferrari with an open top meant making significant sacrifices: not just the increased risk of skin cancer and catching a much younger wife, then losing the Ferrari to said younger wife in a divorce. The 2016 Spider has changed all of that, well just the sacrifices in performance...the younger wife scenario is still a very real possibility! While many of us will never see a 488 Spider, let alone drive one, we have reviews to live through. To that end, tallyho! Continue reading “A Quick Look At The 2016 Ferrari 488 Spider” »
After the age of the American cowboy culture, the vacuum had to be filled with something else. The cowboy culture was defined by speed, aggression and ambition. It is thus little wonder that the first muscle cars were American, tuned V8 engines that could eat the miles fast. Are you surprised that a car’s output is measured in horsepower? A crude interpretation of how many horses could be needed to produce the kind of power in a given time… you know work done over time taken. Today, we have street legal production cars that can go faster than a jet when it is at full speed for takeoff.
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There is something about a luxury car that tells the world that the driver has arrived. The typical person views brands such as Mercedes-Benz and BMW as the current epitome of obtainable luxury, while Bentley and Buggati seem out of reach to everyone except athletes and the very wealthy. The brands mentioned all seem so permanent, but they are not necessarily so. Permanence in the luxury niche has proven as fleeting as the wealth that drives the production of the end product. Brands that once inspired envy and lust, such as Issota-Frashchini and Stutz, now produce nothing but blank stares outside of the circles of automotive historians. We thought it would be interesting to bring a few of these former grand marques to the attention of our readers, so forthwith man!
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