There’s an old wives’ tale that claims that if you shift an automatic transmission into neutral while the car is in motion, the engine will explode, or at least become a screeching, bellicose little person. But as experienced driving instructors can attest, a shift to neutral at speed will not only not destroy the engine, Read on! →

A number of relatively cheap and relatively easy upgrades for performance are out there, and one of the more common suggestions is the cold air intake. The principles behind how it works are relatively sound, on paper, but do they actually work? Cold Air Intakes Boost Horsepower…For Science! The general principle behind how cold air Read on! →

Many Americans tread cautiously around the metric system. It seems like a foreign language to many, and some get confused by the utter lack of fractions and the reliance on decimals. There have been many attempts to raise metric awareness in these United States over the years, and never with much success. There is a Read on! →

The components of an oil filter work to remove impurities and cycle cleaned oil back into the engine, for maximum engine efficiency. CLICK HERE if you missed the beginning of this article. What’s in an oil filter? You’ve been very patient, so here you are. These are the key components of an oil filter: Oil Read on! →

When you mash down on the accelerator of your little deuce coup, you expect to feel the all power your car’s engine has at its disposal. An internal combustion engine needs just the right spark for optimum performance, and that spark comes from your engine’s spark plugs. Located inside the piston cylinder, spark plugs draw Read on! →

If you’re driving at night with fogged over or dirty headlights, you’re risking the possibility of not seeing an obstacle in the road. That can spell a serious accident. Not only that, but if condensation and grime are allowed to sit inside a headlight for a long period of time, the possibility for headlight failure Read on! →

Gasoline contaminated with water can ruin your fuel injectors. At about $150 each to replace, that can add up fast for a six or eight cylinder engine. While occurrences are rare, it happens, and it can be a very difficult thing to prove. Car wouldn’t start Last week, Trinity, Ala., resident Celestra Gordon stopped to Read on! →

Making the most efficient use of fuel is the new name of the game in car manufacturing. At the 2011 auto show, Ford representatives confirmed that the company is researching seven- and eight-speed transmissions. These high-efficiency transmissions are already being used in BMW, Audi and Lexus vehicles. The benefit of high-gear transmissions Transmissions that use Read on! →

An automotive engine is essentially an air pump. It sucks in air via a partially closed butterfly valve, creating a vacuum in the intake manifold that sends the air to mix with fuel for combustion. If a vacuum leak develops in an engine, your vehicle can idle erratically, lose fuel economy and put the vehicle Read on! →