Running an internal combustion engine is, speaking in terms of energy use, expensive. Even the most efficient gas-run engines use only about 38 percent of the stored energy of gas for powering the vehicle – the rest becomes waste heat. Engines are designed to operate within a relatively narrow range of temperatures, and if an Read on! →


When you are trying to avoid a traffic ticket, then the best and easiest way to just not not get stopped. Avoiding the eye of a traffic officer, however, is not always easy. There are a few things you can do to help ensure that your car is not the one that the police notice. Read on! →


In most engines, there are anywhere from one to four belts that run some of the most basic parts of your engine. The belts are easy to forget about — they don’t require attention as often as oil changes — but they are incredibly important. What is the best way to care for and change Read on! →


Mounting your vehicle’s spare tire – which is alternatively referred to as both the donut spare and the space-saver spare – in the event of a flat tire is a common occurrence. The small spare is not intended as a long-term replacement, however. So how long can you drive on a spare tire? The answer Read on! →


For aficionados of classic auto designs of yesteryear, nothing beats a perfectly restored classic or antique car. Elegant line, solid construction, dazzling chrome and even genteel carriage evoke pleasant memories of the past, transporting us into personal fantasy where “They don’t make them like they used to” never rings false. But how can vehicle owners Read on! →


The more automotive technology advances, the more it remains the same. For many pieces of new car technology that come down the pipe, we find that what is being touted as “new” is in fact not new at all, but a marketing ploy. Here are five examples of new car tech that are so old, Read on! →


It’s that time – Christmas time is here. There are ways to make the automotive enthusiast on your Christmas list happy, short of buying her a car. Here are some stocking stuffers that the car lover on your list will surely love. Branded merchandise, fit to please Countless consumer products have been released that bear Read on! →


There are millions of vehicles on the road in America. Some cars, at some points, do malfunction and break down. If you experience a breakdown or malfunction that could be the result of a safety defect in your vehicle, it is important to report it. You should also report any safety issues with tires, non-original Read on! →


The amount you pay at the dealership before you drive that new car home is only the beginning. The true cost of ownership of a vehicle is not so obvious on the face of it, no matter how shrewdly you dealt with that pushy salesman. But determining the true cost of ownership can be greatly Read on! →


In a vehicle, the headliner can be a difficult problem, especially when there is a stain or unpleasant smell. Cleaning a headliner correctly can help extend its life by years, possibly decades. Breaking down a headliner Headliners are generally attached to vehicles using mostly glue and lamination of some kind. The lamination loses holding power Read on! →