ROAD TRIPS IN THE NORTHEAST: SUMMER ROAD TRIP SERIES

Road trips in the Northeast offer the chance to explore a beautiful area of the country. Whether you’re looking to check out quaint seaside towns or long for crisp mountain air, the Northeast has plenty to offer. Make sure your car is ready for a road trip and then try one of these great routes in the Northeast. U.S. Route 9, New York You can follow Route 9 all the way from Delaware up to the Canadian border, so it’s a great choice if you’re looking for one of the longer road trips in the Northeast. If 300 miles is a bit more than you’re looking to tackle, then focus on the section that runs through New York. Today, there are highways that can make the trip faster, but if you stick with Rout

ROSSI CLAIMS SECOND IN 2019 INDIANAPOLIS 500

Alexander Rossi and the No. 27 NAPA AutoCare crew finished second in a nail-biting 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race. Runner up by just 0.2086 seconds, Rossi again became the star of the show in Indianapolis. Leading 22 laps of the 200-lap event, he nearly claimed his second victory on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval, dancing with Simon Pagenaud and swapping the lead five times in the closing laps. While getting held up by lapped cars and suffering through mechanical issues during refueling, Rossi was verbally (and physically) frustrated at times during the race, but he battled back with sensational passes that got the crowd roaring. Rossi, who won the 2016 Indy 500 as a r

METRIC VS. STANDARD: THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF NUTS AND BOLTS

Since the dawn of time, humans have found it vital to their existence to measure things. In the U.S. today, we have two official systems: standard and metric. This can make things a bit confusing, but we still hesitate to go full metric with the rest of the world. So what’s the story with metric vs. standard? Well, kind of a long one. A Story in Two Measures The U.S. originally adapted its Customary Units from the British Imperial System. In the automotive world, the Society of Automotive Engineers established the SAE system commonly used today. But in the late 1790s, France began developing a system that would be measured in perfect units of 10, making calculations and conversions much simp

COMPILING YOUR BASIC CAR TOOLKIT

Let’s talk tools. You’ve probably got a few basics for the house, right? Hammer, wrench, pliers? You should have a basic car toolkit, too. Oh, sure, there’s whatever’s in the trunk that came with the car — probably enough to change a tire — but you should have more than that, especially if you plan on doing any of your car’s maintenance or repair work yourself. The Essentials The best basic car toolkit is one that will allow you to handle anything without having to make a run to the store mid-job. So start with a good quality socket set. You’ll be amazed what you can get done with a ratchet handle and a couple dozen SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) and metric sockets. Your car is held t

3 TIPS AND TRICKS TO KEEP YOUR CLASSIC CAR LOOKING LIKE NEW

Detailing a classic car can be a time-consuming challenge, but it’s a labor of love for their owners. Acres of shining chrome and mirror-like body panels make any vintage vehicle stand out. Below, you’ll find three essential tips and tricks to keep your classic car looking like it just rolled off the lot. 1. Car Covers and Garage Storage Purchasing a car cover that is made specifically for your classic car is one of the best things you can do to preserve your car’s paint and overall appearance. Although there are many types of car covers, you’ll probably want an indoor cover to prevent any potential scratches or marks. This type of cover is soft and won’t damage the paint, even if a bit of w

HOW TO LAUNCH A BOAT IN 5 EASY STEPS

It can be intimidating to launch a boat the first few times, as the stress of potentially seeing your vehicle disappear into the lake, river or ocean along with your trailer can make even the most enthusiastic captain pause. Fortunately, getting your boat off the trailer and into the water doesn’t have to be dramatic as long you follow some basic guidelines. Check out these five easy steps to help you launch your boat safely and easily. 1. Prep Your Boat and Trailer Before you launch a boat, you need to prepare it so that nothing is forgotten before it slips into the water. Make sure your vessel is maintenance-ready with a tank full of fuel and a fully charged battery. Next, unplug your trai

BAD MASS AIR FLOW SENSOR: WHEN TO REPLACE

The internal workings of a car engine are complex and precise, but if all is well mechanically, a gasoline engine needs three things to run: air, fuel, and spark. Air and fuel need to be metered out in an exact ratio for optimal performance. So when one increases or decreases, the computer (ECU) endeavors to maintain the perfect mixture. To do this, it needs to read measurements about how much air is going into the engine at any given time. This is when having a bad Mass Air Flow sensor (MAF) becomes a problem. Check My Flow A MAF sensor is usually placed in-line immediately after the air filter, and takes a reading of how much air is entering the engine. It takes account of the air flow and

AMERICA’S TOP 10 CLASSIC CAR SHOWS AND EVENTS

Classic car shows provide attendees with the opportunity to sample automotive history, featuring cars that may date to the earliest days of motorized transportation. Such shows are held across the United States, especially during the warmer months. Our list of America’s top ten classic car shows includes events from all regions and may have you planning your schedule accordingly. 1. Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance The Concours is the signature event of the Pebble Beach, California, automotive week show. Concours — French for “a parade of vintage vehicles“ — is held on the third Sunday in August, bringing approximately 200 collector cars and motorcycles to the Pebble Beach Golf Links. This s

3 TRAILER UPGRADES TO PIMP YOUR HAULER

In the world of trailer upgrades, there are functional choices, and there are flashy choices. Why not choose the best of both worlds, then, and go with improvements that help you tow and look great at the same time? Check out this list of three trailer upgrades that will pimp your hauler without breaking the bank. 1. Winch It Up There comes a time in almost every trailer owner’s life when they need to load something that simply can’t get up the ramps on its own. Whether you want to load a stalled or broken-down car, a heavy package on a pallet or a boat that you want to slide down gently into the water, a winch can work wonders at giving you control over your cargo. A hand powered winch is a

GET A GRIP: SOCKET SET BUYER’S GUIDE

In the garage power tools are convenient and helpful for maintaining and repairing your vehicle, but hand tools are the crucial instruments every do-it-yourselfer relies on in the shop or garage. A complete assortment of sockets, ratchets and accessories is a necessity for a variety of jobs, from light maintenance to heavier, more complex work. This socket set buyer’s guide will help you find the best one for your needs, or choose an ideal gift for a friend or family member. Socket Set Basics Metric, SAE and Whitworth: While SAE, or standard-sized sockets with measurements in inches are widely used for older domestic vehicles, most modern vehicles – both import and domestic – largely use met

TYPES OF BRAKE FLUIDS EXPLAINED

You can see your brakes behind your wheels and at first glance, it might not look like there are many types of brake fluids involved in the process. Take a closer look and you’ll find this is a hydraulic system that uses pressure to move brake fluid down to your brakes to stop your car. If you run out of brake fluid, then the system simply will not work. No fluid means no pressure and that means no brakes. There’s still the emergency or parking brake as backup, but it’s not designed to stop your car the same way as the hydraulic system. Here’s what you need to know about the different types of brake fluids and when it may be time to change or refill those fluids. Brake Fluid Basics Not all

WHAT TO DO IF YOU VOID YOUR WARRANTY

Want to imagine sheer, stark terror? Picture yourself with a nice, new, low-mileage car with years of payments left. One day you open an envelope and find a notice that you have voided your warranty. That’s right. You’re on the hook for every repair related to the thing you did that voided the warranty from here on. What to Do If You Void Your Warranty: The best advice? Don’t. It’s a world of hurt that you don’t need or want. You already have voided your car’s warranty? Well, you probably didn’t mean to. Heck, you probably didn’t even know you did, since what will void your warranty is included in all those words in that thing in the glove box that nobody ever reads — you know, the warrant

5 SPRING BOAT-SAFETY CHECKLIST ESSENTIALS

Your spring boat-safety checklist is a crucial part of getting ready for warm weather and the good times out on the water that come with it. Now that winter is over, getting your boat ready before the summer ensures you have the minimum number of headaches to deal with when you’d rather just enjoy your time with friends and family. It’s also an excellent way to get a head start on any maintenance that might be required to get the ball rolling this season. Check out these five spring boat-safety checklist essentials that will get you set up for a summer at the tiller. 1. Basic Safety Gear It’s a given that your boat-safety checklist includes life jackets for your entire crew, but there’s more

RON CAPPS RACES TO VICTORY IN ATLANTA

Ron Capps raced the NAPA Brakes Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat to victory on Sunday at the Arby’s NHRA Southern Nationals in Commerce, Ga. It was Capps’ 61st Funny Car victory, 62nd overall, and first of the 2019 season. He accumulated 112 points to advance two spots in the Funny Car point standings. Capps rocketed to the Atlanta winner’s circle by defeating Shawn Langdon, the most recent Funny Car winner on tour, John Force, the winningest driver in NHRA history, and venerable teammate Tommy Johnson Jr. to reach his first final round of the season and 119th of his career. “Today was amazing,” said Capps, who claimed his first event win since the 2018 fall Charlotte race. “It still hasn’t hit me

PARKING BRAKE VS. EMERGENCY BRAKE: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

What’s the difference between the parking brake vs. emergency brake? You’ve likely heard the terms used interchangeably because they both stop the wheels from turning, but there’s a reason for the different terminology. Both are auxiliary brake systems that are separate from the hydraulic system that engages when you press the brake pedal. Let’s take a closer look at the parking brake vs. emergency brake so you fully understand how these systems are designed to operate and why they have different names. What Makes Them Similar? Whether it’s called an emergency brake or parking brake, it operates the same way. These systems use calipers that clamp onto the rear wheel rotors to keep them fro

A HISTORY OF SPARK PLUGS

The history of spark plugs is traceable to the 1800s, although it isn’t certain who invented the first one. Edmond Berger, an immigrant from Togo, may have created a sparking plug in 1839. Unfortunately, it was never patented. While others had a hand in developing the spark plug, Robert Bosch was the one to perfect and patent the technology. More than likely, your personal vehicle has spark plugs, although diesel engines and electric cars certainly do not have them. History of Spark Plugs Before the spark plug came into use, manufacturers relied on other sources, such as car batteries, to generate ignition. However, tapping car batteries seriously depleted power and in some cases caused fire

BUYING A TRAILER HITCH: THREE TIPS TO MAKE HAULING CARGO EASIER

Buying a trailer hitch can increase the versatility of practically any vehicle. If you need space for a little more gear, you don’t need to have a bigger car or a pickup truck — you may only need a trailer hitch. Here are some key considerations to help you find the perfect hitch to match your needs: 1. Cargo Weight What you can carry on your hitch is as varied as every family’s interests. If you like mountain biking, virtually any Class I hitch can accept a rack that carries up to six mountain bikes. Ski racks weigh even less, and present no problem for a Class I hitch. If you’re into hunting or camping, you can put up to 200 pounds of gear on a Class I cargo carrier. If your toys are somew

AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FILTER: DO YOU REALLY NEED TO CHANGE IT?

Chances are the automatic transmission filter in your vehicle is something you rarely think about. In fact, it’s most likely not even come up when discussing basic maintenance with your mechanic. This might seem strange, given that most of the other filters on your car or truck have specific service intervals that are important to keep track of. What’s the deal with this transmission filter? Do you really need to change it? And if not, why not? Sealed vs. Open There’s a crucial difference between an automatic transmission filter and every other filter in your vehicle: It’s part of a completely closed system. Your car’s air filter, gas filter, and oil filter are all in place to prevent contam

SPRING IS HERE – MOTORCYCLE SAFETY TIPS FOR TWO-WHEELERS AND FOUR-WHEELERS

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and warm temperatures have already coaxed many riders onto the road. Here are some motorcycle safety tips for both four-wheelers and two-wheelers already cruising the highways. Whether for the sense of freedom, the joy of the open road, or simply for better fuel economy, motorcycles are a fairly common sight on the road. Motorcycles can be dangerous, however, because riders are less protected than their automotive counterparts, no matter how much protective gear they don. Motorcycles take up less room on the road, especially when seen from the front or rear, and they can easily escape drivers’ notice. Motorcycle Safety Tips for Riders The key to moto

GRASSROOTS MOTORSPORTS FUELED BY THE 18TH AMENDMENT

When you think of auto racing, you likely think of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing, Indy Racing League, World Rally Championships, or Formula One, better known as NASCAR, IndyCar, WRC and F1. For armchair racers, these are some of the world’s most-popular motorsports brands. If you’re a weekend warrior, then grassroots motorsports is where it’s at, blood, sweat, tears, adrenaline, dust and mud coming at you at 100 mph. Today, these might seem like well-established reputable brands, but their unsavory roots have been downplayed for decades. Indeed, NASCAR paid little homage to its roots, not in grassroots motorsports, but in what came before, the roots of the roots, so to s

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