A couple decades ago or so, the standard refrigerant for air conditioners, R-12, was replaced, with R-134a. R-134a is likely to be replaced soon by R-1234yf, though concerns over the safety of the refrigerant have been raised by Daimler. Daimler finds R-1234yf refrigerant slightly susceptible to fire The auto industry is poised to introduce a Read on! →


If you’re a gearhead or just someone looking for a vehicular project, you might be thinking about converting your car to electric. Electric car conversion is a project that some say could save you money and carbon footprint. There are advantages and disadvantages of electric car conversion to consider. What is electric car conversion? Rather Read on! →


A woman who won a judgement against Honda in small claims court has had the case overturned. Not only does the automaker not have to pay a nearly $10,000 judgement, but the woman has been ordered to pay Honda $75. Judgement won in February Heather Peters, a former corporate lawyer and the owner of a Read on! →


Car makers have been trying to find ways to lighten up their cars, as part of the quest to get more fuel-efficient. Never the company to show restraint, Land Rover has lightened the 2013 Range Rover quite a bit, shaving nearly 1,000 pounds off the curb weight. Just do not expect 2013 Range Rover to Read on! →


Illegal sovereign license plates prompted a traffic stop in Eastern Washington that led to a three-hour standoff with police. The most recent incident of its nature, it highlights a defiant extremist movement that, according to the FBI, has been linked to domestic terrorism. Latest sovereign license plates encounter Earlier this month two men in a Read on! →


After a meeting with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, has  introduced legislation that would reduce federal funding for states that do not ban texting while driving. However, many families who have lost members because of distracted drivers say this is not enough. Drunken drivers face very stiff penalties, as they should. Read on! →


In mid-July, the Energy Information Administration reported that gasoline demand was at its lowest since June of 2004. The combination of a soft economy and better fuel efficiency is contributing to a lower demand. This lower demand is causing, and being compounded by, rising gasoline prices. Drop in gasoline demand Over 2008, the demand for Read on! →


The Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, Mich., is reopening after an extended period of renovation to unfold a tale of America’s obsession with the automobile. Beginning Jan. 29, the exhibition “Driving America” will open to the public. The $8 million project marks the first major overhaul of the museum in 25 years, said Henry Ford Read on! →


The White House wants to impose stiffer penalties for automakers who delay reporting defects to avoid costly recalls. Republicans and automakers say the increased fines are excessive. Current fines ‘a pittance’ The administrator of the National Traffic safety Administration, David Strickland, said Thursday that the current maximum fine levied against automakers — $17 million — Read on! →


This is an exciting time for gear heads with a taste for innovation. New concepts and technologies seem to appear almost on a daily basis. But with innovation come more choices. Consumers can choose from gasoline engines, electric engines or their offspring, the hybrid. A new concept from a Romanian design team could relieve that Read on! →