A significant element of the “brain” of a car engine, the timing belt (aka cam belt), controls your vehicle’s valve timing. The timing belt connects the crankshaft to the camshaft, which controls the opening and closing of valves necessary during the internal combustion process. On some engines, it may also turn the water pump. According Read on! →


Police in Scottsdale, Ariz. have a man in custody who went on a carjacking spree totally naked Friday, leaving multiple injuries and collisions in his wake. Carjacking spree According to Sgt. Mark Clark of the Scottsdale Police, John Brigham, 45, was involved in a collision at about 1:30 PM. Most motorists would exchange insurance information Read on! →


Toyota Motor Corp., Duke Energy Corp. and the not-for-profit Energy Systems Network are collaborating in Indiana on a pilot program to test standards for plug-in vehicles and charging stations that communicate with the power grid. Toyota team-up seeks to answer questions How will power companies assess charges for a future infrastructure supporting electric and plug-in Read on! →


According to a press release from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Thursday, luxury Italian automaker Maserati is recalling nearly 1,800 2008-2010 Granturismo models. The recall affects both the coupe and convertible versions of the car, and comes in response to a possible defect in the tail and brake lights. Defect could cauce lights to Read on! →


Today, Nov. 3, Chevrolet is celebrating its 100th birthday. A division of GM, Chevrolet is the top-selling auto brand of all time. It has sold more than 204 million cars and trucks in the last century. Founding fathers The Chevrolet Motor Car Company was founded Nov. 3, 1911, by William C. Durant, who partnered with Read on! →


June 3, Ford Motor Company announced that by the end of 2010, the company stop manufacturing Mercury brand vehicles. Mercury was first introduced in 1939 as a mid-level brand. Facing a potential billion-dollar price tag to maintain the brand, though, Ford has opted to simply cut the Mercury brand from its offerings. The history of Read on! →


They say the wheel is one of man’s oldest inventions. Today, they are still round, and they still roll. It is the technology that stops them that keeps changing. Most automotive braking systems still use friction to stop a vehicle. But friction creates heat, which wastes a good deal of the energy generated. However, new Read on! →


Nearly every U.S. president since Jimmy Carter has said something about reducing dependence on foreign oil for fuel. A novel idea was brought up, which was to power cars with ethanol instead of gasoline. Over the last few years, gas suppliers have been mixing gasoline and ethanol, in a solution called E10, or 10 percent Read on! →


The U.S. Treasury under the Obama Administration has been part-owner of General Motors Co. for more than three years now. That association is not likely to end at any time in the foreseeable future, as the government is presenting no timetable for an exit. GM stock performing poorly Since its controversial Government-backed bankruptcy, the giant Read on! →