How to Check and Change Your Own Engine Coolant

Engine coolant

Like the oil, your car’s coolant needs to be changed regularly. Your owner’s manual will provide a general guideline for scheduling coolant changes. Some automotive technicians believe engine coolant should be changed every 30-50 thousand miles. Coolant Explained Have you ever seen an old movie where someone pours water into the radiator of their overheating flivver? Modern coolant is a 1:1 mixture of antifreeze and water. The antifreeze lowers the freezing point of the water to -28° F while raising its boiling point to 275° F. Antifreeze doubles as a lubricant and mitigates the corrosive properties of water. Important Safety

Everything About Clutches for Car Owners

Everything About Clutches for Car Owners

How Clutches Work and More: An Insider’s Look Into Your Car Define Clutch The engine needs something to stop and start it, seeing as how it is always spinning. That is where the clutch comes in. The clutch might be a little bit different for every car. Say, for example, you are talking about a manual transmission. The clutch is there to help the driver to release the wheels from the engine without breaking anything. How Do Clutches Work? There are times when your foot is not on the pedal. The springs will act as a pressure point on the

Everything About Fuel Economy

Fuel economy

Besides payments or insurance premiums, it’s the largest determining factor in the total cost of owning an automobile. It’s often one of the key influencers as to which vehicle people ultimately buy. A consumer in the market for a vehicle today will definitely want to know what fuel economy is, and why it’s so important. Fuel economy, better known by most people as gas mileage, is the ratio between the distance a vehicle travels and the amount of gas it uses. Gas mileage is typically expressed in miles per gallon. In addition, gas mileage is often broken out further into

4 Ways to Get Your Car Ready for Winter

4 Ways to Get Your Car Ready for Winter

Depending on where you live, winter car prep may just mean turning the key. However, if you’re facing ice, snow or cold temperatures, you will need to review the condition of your car to make sure you’re not at risk of an accident or of being stranded. Tires Bald tires or tires that are too worn to hold their air pressure consistently are a serious risk in the wintertime. If you have to drive in snow, bald tires will not clear well and you will be at risk of a skid. For regions that get a lot of rain in

Becoming a More Knowledgeable Vehicle Owner

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One of the best things that any vehicle owner can do is to research and learn all about their vehicles. Preventative maintenance is the key to keeping your vehicle running like new forever. But because automobiles have become so specialized, it takes extensive research to figure out how to defeat the planned obsolescence and other weaknesses engineered into your vehicle. Let’s take a look at how to do that below. #1: Join a Forum for Enthusiasts One of the best methods of keeping tabs on the problems that commonly occur in your vehicle is consulting the tuner and do-it-yourself mechanic

Car Gadgets That Make Life on the Road Better

Heated Seats - car gadget

An automobile is a practical machine that makes the life of its owners much easier. While some vehicles offer a plethora of cool gadgets and accessories that come standard in their makes, other vehicles offer only the bare minimum in terms of spicing up the ride.  When it comes to gadgets, add-ons, and accessories, a consumer wants to look at the items that can offer value in terms of functionality. Things like this will also depend on one’s geographic location and the time of the year.  For example, a place like Minnesota is going to get mighty cold during the

Tips to Save on Fuel

Save on fuel

Although today’s automobiles are becoming more fuel-efficient than ever, it is still important to take every opportunity to reduce fuel costs. You can save on fuel by changing some simple driving habits and keeping up maintenance on your vehicle. Let’s look at some easy ways to save money at the pumps below. #1: Reduce Your Curb Weight Because your vehicle weight has such a substantial impact on the power-to-weight ratio, it also affects your fuel economy. Vehicles with a high power-to-weight ratio are going to get more energy with every revolution of the engine. This means that they need less

How to Reduce Time Spent in Traffic

Reduce Time Spent in Traffic

It is hard to avoid the gridlock that occurs in most corridors around the United States during rush hour. Rush hour is a timeframe that occurs around nine to five work hours when most people are commuting. For some drivers, this can be an opportunity to enjoy their breakfast as they wade through bumper-to-bumper congestion. For others, this is the ideal time to vent some of their rages at fellow motorists who cross their path. Let’s consider how you can reduce the time spent in traffic below. Timing is Everything Although it may be hard to buck your regular schedule,

WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF A FLAT TIRE

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According to the AAA, a flat tire accounts for about one-third of all roadside emergencies. They estimate that approximately seven U.S. drivers suffer experience a flat tire every second. Nevertheless, only 70 percent of the vehicles on the roads have spare tires to replace them in times of emergency. However, even the AAA notes that changing a flat tire, in theory, is a far cry from dealing with the realities. In the real world, those lug nuts don’t want to come loose if they were last tightened with an impact gun or have rusted. Even if they were properly torqued,

WHAT TO DO IN THE CASE OF A CAR CRASH

car crash

Over six million Americans will be involved in a car crash or motor vehicle accident each year. Thankfully, only one-third of these involve any serious injuries. The most common injuries after an accident are from the whiplash effect of being jerked and slammed at high rates of speed. But because the onset of whiplash does not become apparent until hours after an accident, it is not commonly noted at the scene. Let’s consider the essential steps of dealing with the aftermath of a car accident below. #1: Call for Help Even if there does not appear to be any significant