AUTUMN LEAVES DAMAGE CAR PAINT: WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT

Cool temperatures and bright colors epitomize autumn, providing leaf peepers with ample opportunities to take in the vibrant hues of the season. Soon, however, that colorful cornucopia of golden yellows, blazing reds and pumpkin oranges will begin to drop, covering everything, including your car in a sea of foliage. If not addressed immediately, you will discover that autumn leaves damage car paint, as sap and chemicals leech into the finish. The solution here is straightforward, and thoughtful prevention will keep you from having to repeat these steps. Prevention You can avoid this problem entirely by regularly removing leaves from the surface of your car. The way that leaves damage car p

WHAT IS SENZIT? TREAT YOUR OLDER EQUIPMENT TO NEW TECHNOLOGY

If you work around heavy equipment or manage a fleet, you may have heard about telematics. Frequently, brand new equipment comes with these costly systems from the factory, but what about the hard-working machines already in your fleet that have years, possibly even decades, of service left in them? That’s where Senzit comes in. But what is Senzit? Senzit Monitors More Than Your Air Filter Everyone is familiar with wearable activity trackers like Fitbit, which are great for tracking your weekly workout routine or competing for bragging rights on who can get in the most steps. That same idea can be applied to any piece of equipment, all you need is an air filter. Senzit attaches to the air fi

ELLIOTT TAKES HOME TOP-FIVE FINISH AT RICHMOND

Chase Elliott and the Hooters team turned in a strong showing Saturday night at Richmond Raceway, racing inside the top ten for the majority of the 400-lap event and leading 34 laps en route to a fourth-place finish. Elliott started the second race in the 2018 NASCAR Cup Series playoffs from the 18th position. Elliott went to work early in Stage 1, gaining six positions within the first 25 laps. The driver of the No. 9 Hooters Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 continued to make progress in Stage 1, racing his way into the top ten by Lap 40. Elliott maintained his top-10 position throughout the duration of the first 100-lap stage. By Lap 65, he had moved up another three positions into seventh. The Hooter

THE 5 BEST CHASE SCENES EVER FILMED

The best chase scenes are the ones that leave you on the edge of your seat without dragging you too far out of reality in the process. Believable stunts, outstanding driving and, of course, fast cars are all key to building a memorable chase on celluloid. Check out five of the best chase scenes ever committed to film and see if you agree with our choices. 5. Vanishing Point Filmed in 1971, it’s fair to say that Vanishing Point is actually one long car chase starring a Dodge Challenger R/T and the main character Kowalski, all the way from Denver to San Francisco. You’ll be hooked by its existentialist plot and the exceptional wheelman skills of stunt coordinator Carey Loftin. 4. Gone In 60 Se

THE MAGNUSON-MOSS WARRANTY ACT: WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE FEDERAL LEMON LAW

You may have never heard of the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, but you probably know about it under a different name. It’s often called the “federal lemon law,” and it regulates warranties on consumer products. That includes smaller items in your home and the thing most associated with lemon laws — your car. Here are the basics on how the law works and how it protects you as a consumer. What Is the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act? This federal law was signed in 1975. It’s a way of ensuring that consumers fully understand the warranties on the products they purchase, and it prevents deceptive warranty practices. The law requires warranties to be very detailed, with a clear breakdown of exactly what i

HOW TO DRY OUT YOUR WET CAR IN 3 EASY STEPS

You hoped you’d never have to learn how to deal with it, but it finally happened: You left your car’s windows down or your convertible top open, and a sudden rain storm completely soaked your vehicle’s interior. Don’t panic, though; there are a number of things you can do to make sure that you don’t have to deal with any permanent damage. Here are some tips for how to dry out your wet car in three easy steps so you can get back on the road as soon as possible. 1. Water, Water Everywhere Your first order of business is to get as much water out of your car as possible as quickly as you can. If your floorboards have an inch or more of standing water, you’ll want to use a wet/dry vac to suck it

FIVE CAUSES OF DECREASING CAR VALUE

When you buy a car, you might not immediately think about what it will be worth years down the road. If you take great care of your vehicle, however, you’ll likely maximize its price when it comes time to sell, putting more money in your pocket. But there are certain things you might be doing or neglecting that could cause decreasing car value. Let’s take a look at what they are. 1. Neglecting the Finish How often should you wash your car? That depends, but if it’s dirty, you need to find time to clean it. The longer that dirt, mud, bird poop, road salt and other foreign materials cling to the surface, the worse it is for your paint. Regular car washings and biannual waxings will help mainta

ESSENTIAL ATV MAINTENANCE TIPS: TRAIL RIDE CHECKLIST

Whether you’re into riding utility or sport quads, keeping your ATV in top condition should be a constant priority. You never want to deal with a serious issue while you’re in the deep woods on a trail. Although there are some things that will always require the training of a skilled mechanic, keeping up with a few key ATV maintenance tips can help prevent your ride from needing to hit the shop. Here’s a quick checklist to run through before your next ride: Plenty of Fluids To keep your ATV’s engine purring like a kitten, you’ll first need to keep tabs on all its fluid levels. Make sure you always have fresh gas in the tank. Old gas can settle and, if you keep your quad outside, it could eve

DIY: 5 WAYS TO REPURPOSE SPARE CAR PARTS CREATIVELY

There are few things more satisfying than making your own automotive repairs — but once you’re done, what happens to those old, spare car parts? Maybe a tire gets made into a swing for your kids, but let’s face it: Most of those old parts just end up cluttering the garage or the back of the shed. There are plenty of ways to transform those otherwise-useless objects into nice additions to your shop, home garage or house. Here are a few ideas for repurposing your old car parts that go beyond the everyday tire swing. Quick Squeegee If you’ve recently replaced your windshield wipers and still have the old ones lying around, consider attaching them to a broomstick or short handle. When it comes t

SHOULD YOU LEASE A CAR?

Most people buy their cars, but don’t forget you can also lease a car. A lease offers the flexibility to get a new car sooner and eliminates the need to sell your car when you want a new one — you simply return it when the lease is over. Here are the ins and outs of car leasing and why you might want to consider it as an option the next time you need a new car. What is a Car Lease? Think of a car lease the same way you think of renting an apartment. When you lease an apartment, you get to use the apartment without owning the unit. When you lease a car, you get to drive it, but you don’t ever own the car. At the end of the lease term, the car goes back to the dealer, the same way an apartme

TURBOCHARGER VS. SUPERCHARGER SHOWDOWN

If you’ve ever looked to boost your engine’s output, you’ve run across the words “turbocharger” and “supercharger.” While someone unfamiliar with automotive jargon may use these terms interchangeably, they are two distinct technologies — each with its own set of pros and cons. Make sure you know the ins and outs of both so you can make the final call in the turbocharger vs. supercharger showdown. Special Forces Both turbo and superchargers facilitate something called “forced induction.” A naturally aspirated gas engine requires fuel, spark and air to run, with the air-to-fuel ratio needing to remain as constant as possible to keep things going smoothly. Fuel is pumped in by injectors, but ai

FLOOD-DAMAGED CARS FOLLOWING HURRICANES: DO YOU FIX IT OR DITCH IT?

Hurricanes leave a large swath of destruction in their wake. Automotive data firm Black Book says that Hurricane Harvey in 2017 destroyed as many as 1 million cars, according to USA Today, and many more incurred damage. Some flood-damaged cars are definitely fixable, which requires drying them out and making repairs before returning to the road again. Even if your insurance company has “totaled” your car, you may be able to reclaim it and complete the repairs but it won’t be easy or cheap. Here’s how to assess your vehicle. Water Damage Assessment: Light, Moderate or Severe Water brings life, but it can also bring destruction. During storms, water can invade the tiniest cracks, then settle i

WHAT IS A THROTTLE BODY?

Despite what you may have seen in sci-fi action movies, there are no explosions in space. The reason for this is simple: without oxygen, explosions just aren’t possible. Fire feeds on good old-fashioned air. Just as in snuffing out a candle, no air means no fire, no explosion, no combustion. In fact, the combustion in a car engine is in some ways controlled more by oxygen (or lack thereof) than it is by fuel. The more air your engine gets, the more power it has to rev itself up. This is why aftermarket air intakes are such a popular item. If you can get a higher volume of air or lower temperature air into your engine, you can greatly increase your horsepower. But what controls this airflow?

THE BEST WINDSHIELD WIPER BLADES FOR ANY WEATHER

Not all windshield wipers are created equal. Much like your tires, the set of windshield wipers you pick should be a good match for the weather you’re likely to encounter. Although there isn’t one product built to excel in every situation, this quick guide can help you decide on the best windshield wiper blades for your needs. Rubber Windshield Wiper Blades Conventional wiper blades are the most basic style available, made up of a rubber blade mounted in a metal spring-tensioned frame, and are usually the cheapest style on the shelf. But just because they cost less, doesn’t mean they are inferior. In side-by-side tests, some basic rubber wiper blades were capable of clearing water just as ef

THREE BEST LEAF PEEPING TRIPS

The crisp fall air triggers more than the need for an extra layer or a hot cider craving. It’s part of the chemical reaction that entices trees to let go of their green, revealing a bright flash of color before winter sets in. And it’s also a great excuse for a drive. The best leaf peeping trips take you on a tour of the most brilliant autumn displays set along quaint towns, scenic byways or high elevation passes. If you have a choice of vehicle for your tour, pick one that allows an unobstructed view of the landscape for every passenger. A sporty convertible or a 4×4 with the top off will allow you to see the entire sky as you drive. For cooler temperatures, a vehicle with a panoramic sunro

WHY ARE DRUM BRAKES STILL IN MODERN CARS?

The first word your mind associates with brakes is probably disc, right? Disc brakes have been around for decades and have replaced drum brakes on the front wheels of most cars. Their superior stopping power, especially in wet weather, makes them a big step forward in safety. It might surprise you to learn, then, that many modern cars still have drum brakes — especially on the rear wheels. Why? It turns out there are several reasons. Manufacturing Having fewer moving parts than disc brakes, drums are more economical for automobile manufacturers. Plus, automakers can also share those rear drums with your car’s parking brake. Disc brakes actually complicate things quite a bit. Using disc bra

USING PERSONAL VEHICLES FOR WORK? KEEP THESE MAINTENANCE TIPS IN MIND

These days, many drivers earn extra cash by using their personal vehicles for work purposes. Ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft make it simple for you to use your car for profit. And online giant Amazon has a delivery system that employs drivers who use their own cars to transport goods to customers. Using your personal vehicle for work can be wonderful for your wallet, but it can take a toll on your car. Keep the following maintenance tips in mind, and remember to use a car maintenance journal to keep track of what you’ve done. Pay Attention to Your Tires Worn tires are more likely to suffer blowouts. Establish a monthly schedule for examining your car’s tires. During this examination

HOW TO CHANGE A TIRE IN 5 EASY STEPS

Learning how to change a tire can seem intimidating at first, but it’s really a simple process involving basic tools that you can keep with you in the trunk of your vehicle at all times. It’s always a good idea, however, to learn how to tackle this task before you have a flat, rather than wing it during an already-stressful situation. That’s why we’ve put together this quick guide that you can use to practice in your driveway. These are the basic steps you’ll need to go through when changing out a flat, swapping summer tires for winter rubber or simply upgrading your car’s rims. 1. Secure the Car From Rolling A big part of learning how to change a tire is making sure you know how to stay saf

THE 411 ON THE BRAKE CALIPER

The brake caliper is a critical part of your car’s braking system. While it doesn’t get the attention garnered by braking components like pads and rotors, it’s an essential piece of equipment. If there’s a stop sign ahead and you need to bring your vehicle to a halt, the caliper plays an important role in making this happen. Below, we examine what brake calipers are, how they work and how they interact with your vehicle’s overall braking system. We’ll also share guidance on how to determine whether your calipers need attention. Defining Brake Calipers Your car’s brake caliper serves as a housing unit for its pistons and brake pads. It’s designed to rest securely over the rotor of your vehicl

WHAT IS AN ELECTRONIC CONTROL MODULE?

You’ve probably heard of the electronic control module, or ECM, before. Or was it the ECU? How about PCM — does that ring a bell? These are all basically the same thing by different names, depending on the manufacturer you’re talking to. The function can also seem a little nebulous, and has more than once been the scapegoat of an inaccurate diagnosis. Akin to the brain of the vehicle, this unit can be a little intimidating to understand, but it’s vital to keeping your vehicle running as it should. The Big Picture The ECM is the center of a system, working with a host of sensors, actuators, connectors and wires. Sensors monitoring heat, voltage, movement, location, magnetic force and pressure

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