Your car’s alternator is a generator. It’s the link between the gas tank and battery, converting mechanical energy from the serpentine belt into electrical energy that tops off the battery and powers on-board devices. It is important that your alternator works correctly, or the battery charge will run out more rapidly. Rather than becoming stranded, Read on! →


Ride sharing, a recent phenomenon where people voluntarily offer people rides in their own cars for a fee, is a huge point of contention with traditional taxi services and metropolitan governments. The legality is somewhat in question, but what’s at stake is the revenues associated with taxi cabs. Ride sharing beefs entirely about the money Read on! →


Booster seats are intended to keep children who are too large for car seats, but not yet adult sized, safe in cars. A new survey has found that many parents do not use booster seats in carpool situations, which can be very risky. Why booster seats Booster seats are an in between solution for children Read on! →


Automatic transmissions are subject of a bit of arms race of late, specifically concerning the number of transmission gears, as more gears tends to produce greater efficiency. However, Julio Caspari, head of ZF in North America, thinks the maximum number of gears will be reached soon. Transmission gears have come far in recent years Ever Read on! →


The American highway system was one of the largest construction projects undertaken by modern man and stands as an engineering wonder to this day, in many respects. However, many states are having difficulties keeping them maintained and asking Congress for dispensation to add toll roads. No free lunches or highways Most motorists use part of Read on! →


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been investigating possible issues with automatic transmissions in the Saturn Aura since last year. Saturn is no more, but the agency is looking into similar defects in other GM models. Faulty gear selector can cause accidents A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration investigation has been going on since Read on! →


The American government has been steadily raising the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards, requiring car makers to make more fuel efficient cars. They have been keeping pace; average fuel economy among car makers has risen by 20 percent since 2007, reaching 24.1 miles per gallon. The CAFE race In 1975, according to Car and Driver, Read on! →


Have you been staring at that check engine light for months? Bust out your OBD-II scanner, and you’re likely to find that you have a failed oxygen sensor. Luckily, an O2 sensor isn’t difficult to swap out. He’s how to replace an oxygen sensor with minimal work. The oxygen sensor’s job A car’s oxygen sensor Read on! →


When it comes to the look and resale price of your vehicle, the value of the dashboard cannot be underestimated. Because the dash is the first thing most people see and the thing drivers look at most often, it should be carefully maintained. Know your dash Most vehicle dashboards and command consoles are made of Read on! →


If you are one of the 18 percent of drivers in the United States who drives a car with a clutch, taking good care of that clutch is important. Taking a second look at your driving practices could end up saving you thousands of dollars. Your clutch does have a lifetime, but extending it can Read on! →