Monthly Archives: December 2012

9 Winter Car Maintenance Tips

9 Winter Car Maintenance Tips

Perhaps the first frosts have already coated your windshield, forcing you to dig out the scraper. As you adjust to the coming chill, give a thought to your ride, and check out these nine tips that will keep your car rolling smoothly through winter’s challenges. We’re assuming you’ve covered the basics (such as the scraper!) and are up-to-date on your car’s regular scheduled service. Don’t postpone that — an annoyance in summer can be a hazard that strands you in the winter. Don’t make compost in your car As you tackle fall’s bounty on your lawn, leave some energy … Continue reading

NASCAR: Top 10 best moments of the 2012 season

NASCAR: Top 10 best moments of the 2012 season

Photo: Some rights reserved by RDECOM Brad Keselowski, no one’s pre-season choice to win the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, stumped the experts. Media members, in turn, have voted Keselowski’s title run for owner Roger Penske as NASCAR’s top story of the past season. Keselowski’s first championship prevailed in the voting over Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s drought-busting victory in June at Michigan International Speedway. 1.-Brad Keselowski’s First Championship Three races into the season and two finishes worse than 30th, Keselowski appeared a dark horse even to qualify for the postseason. But a second consecutive victory at Bristol Motor Speedway … Continue reading

5th International Conference Advanced Suspension Systems

5th International Conference Advanced Suspension Systems

11 – 13 March, 2013, Le Méridien, Stuttgart, Germany Deep insight into sensor technology and activation concepts of air suspension and damping systems Die Konferenz thematisiert die neuesten technischen Innovationen bezüglich Federung und Dämpfung. Die Konferenz wird auf Englisch abgehalten. The main challenge for the automotive industry regarding the development of advanced suspension systems is maintaining the balance between dynamic drivability, comfort, weight, energy efficiency and price issues. The growing complexity of integrating suspension systems demands an approach which takes the over-all functionality into consideration since optimization each individual component to the maximum is a huge challenge. IQPC invites … Continue reading

Traffic Congestion Can Be Alleviated Throughout a Metropolitan Area by Altering Trips in Specific Neighborhoods, Model Shows

Traffic Congestion Can Be Alleviated Throughout a Metropolitan Area by Altering Trips in Specific Neighborhoods, Model Shows

Photo: Some rights reserved by Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious Dec. 20, 2012 — In most cities, traffic growth has outpaced road capacity, leading to increased congestion, particularly during the morning and evening commutes. In 2007, congestion on U.S. roads was responsible for 4.2 billion hours of additional travel time, as well as 2.8 billion gallons of fuel consumption and an accompanying increase in air pollution. One way to prevent traffic tie-ups is to have fewer cars on the road by encouraging alternatives such as public transportation, carpooling, flex time and working from home. But a new study — by … Continue reading

New Slick High-Tech Cop Cars To Be Built in Indiana

New Slick High-Tech Cop Cars To Be Built in Indiana

The Carbon TX7 (Credit: Carbon Motors). A company planning to build high-tech police cars in a vacant eastern Indiana auto parts factory says it has a second vehicle that it plans to produce in the Hoosier state. Carbon Motors Corp. on Monday announced it will begin producing a “multi-mission” vehicle called the TX7 at a vacant former Visteon plant in Connersville before it begins building its E7 police car. Carbon says that the TX7 can replace several types of vehicles currently in use by law enforcement agencies. The TX7 is built on the chassis of an already-existing truck (the … Continue reading

Basic Do-It-Yourself Diesel Engine Maintenance

Basic Do-It-Yourself Diesel Engine Maintenance

Regular maintenance is absolutely imperative if you want a diesel engine to last, and every diesel owner will probably encounter some pitfalls and problems. Although diesel engines require no ignitiontune-ups and tend to last longer without major repairs than gasoline engines, they do require regular low-cost maintenance, mostly in the form of frequent oil and filter changes. The urea injection systems that reduce nitrogen oxide emissions also need refilling, which is usually done as part of regularly scheduled maintenance. If you own a conventional gas-powered vehicle and you get sloppy about maintenance and don’t change the oil often enough, you’ll probably end up … Continue reading

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction

Bidders, VIPs and spectators for the Barrett-Jackson auctions attend from all 50 states and more than 15 different countries. Multiply that with thousands of domestic and international online and onsite Event Program readers, and the formula is in place to put your message in front of the right buyers. Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event January 13-20, 2013 Scottsdale, Arizona Saturday, January 12, 2013 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM Barrett-Jackson Night at Scottsdale Pavilions 6:00 PM until 10:00 PM ChildHelp Drive the Dream Gala – INVITE ONLY Sunday, January 13, 2013 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM Gates, Vendor & Sponsor Displays … Continue reading

8 Facts and Myths About Warming Up Your Car in Winter

8 Facts and Myths About Warming Up Your Car in Winter

Should you warm up your car in winter? It’s common practice, but you may be surprised at the consequences. Old habits die hard, and one of the oldest—still rigorously enforced by many drivers—is that “warming up” the car for a few minutes is necessary to avoid some kind of unspecified damage. But idling is totally unnecessary, which is why many communities have enacted ordinances against the practice. Don’t take my word about idling being ineffective, but do listen to my mechanic, Rob Maier, who runs Maier’s Garage in Bridgeport, Connecticut. He says, “You don’t really need to idle your … Continue reading

Aluminum Radiator Technical Information

Aluminum Radiator Technical Information

WHY ALUMINUM RADIATORS ? Tubes are the primary source of cooling. A radiators cooling capacity is governed by a number of factors. Most important are the tubes, the primary source of cooling. Heat dissipates from the coolant (water and antifreeze) through the tube wall (primary), then through the fins (secondary). Air passing through the fins carries away heat, thereby allowing tubes and fins to absorb more heat from the coolant. In serpentine fin (VT) construction, the flat side of the oval tube is in direct contact with the fin, providing secondary cooling. The rounded ends of the tube are … Continue reading

5 Ways to Green Your Car For Under 25 Dollars

5 Ways to Green Your Car For Under 25 Dollars

Get more bang for your buck! Most people think that in order to make their car run cleaner, they have to go out and buy a hybrid. This is not the case. There are fundamental and cheap changes that can be made to your car that will cause it to run greener. Here are some suggestions. Start the Countdown 1.Pump Up Your Tires This is an obvious one, but it is also a very cheap way to increase fuel efficiency. Cost: A tire gauge costs about ten dollars. 2.Clean Your Air Filter Use your owner’s manual to find your … Continue reading