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Does gasoline really go “bad” if you leave it unused for a long period of time? Some people say yes, others say no. In this article, we’ll get the advice from some experts in the field and we’ll look at some of the things you can do to make sure that older gas doesn’t damage any of the equipment you have it stored in. Gasoline Degrades Gasoline is a highly refined product brewed to a certain chemical composition with very specific characteristics. One primary characteristics of gas is volatility, a term used to describe how easily and under what conditions the gas vaporizes. The most highly volatile components in gasoline evaporate first. When they do, the remaining fuel’s volatility and ability to burn properly degrades. The result is diminished engine performance. Your engine may still start and run, but it probably won’t run as well as it does with fresh…

The transmission in your car is the thing used to change gears, but we bet you knew that. Since the 1940s, there have really been just two types of transmissions: standards and automatics. With a standard transmission, you shift the gears yourself and with an automatic, the transmission does it for you. But we bet you knew that too. Today, however, it’s not quite so simple anymore. The transmission family has a new sibling for you to get to know: the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). What’s The Difference? Conventional automatic transmissions use sets of gears that provide different ratios or speeds. Control units sense speeds and then shift a transmission’s gears automatically to provide the most appropriate ratio for a given driving situation: lowest gears for low speeds, middle gears for acceleration and passing, and higher gears for efficient cruising. This is visually indicated in most vehicles with a selector display (P-R-N-D-L)…

Just like harsh sunlight doesn’t do your exposed skin any favors, the same is true of your car’s exposed interior. And just as sunscreen protects your skin and keeps it looking youthful, custom sunshades for cars protect your car interior and keeps it looking brand new year after year of diligent use. Car Interior Protection Keep Cracks at Bay Over time, repeated exposure to UV rays leads to cracks breaking out along your dashboard, which is simply unacceptable. Such cracks are undoubtedly unsightly and an unfortunate reminder to use the best car covers to keep them at bay. While you can always have a new dashboard installed inside your vehicle, it makes more sense (both practical and financial) to use a sunshade instead. Bring Out the Best in Your Dashboard Besides cracks, long-time exposure to UV rays also fades the interior of your dashboard as well as your seats, depending on…

The first windshield wiper was invented by a real estate developer named Mary Anderson. On a wet, freezing day in the early 1900s, Anderson was riding on a streetcar in New York when she saw how the driver could barely see the street through his front windshield. Windshield Wiper Inventor Drivers’ visibility was that poor because motor vehicle technology at that time was limited to solve this issue. What car makers did back then simply divided the front windshield of vehicles into two sections that could be swung open. This allowed the driver to open their windshield to see the road ahead of them in bad weather. The problem was that sleet and rain would immediately blow into the streetcar. Essentially, this was only a tiny solution. On that drive, Mary Anderson sketched a wiper contraption. One only needed a mechanical arm the driver operated to push the rain and…

Tire maintenance is a really smart thing that you should get done to save money. The tires on your vehicle wear down at different rates. By rotating your tires, you can make your tires last for a bigger amount of miles! Tire Rotation Tire rotation refers to the practice of moving the tires on a car or truck to a different axle location. This will make the tires treads wear more evenly. Rotating tires saves money by extending the aggregate life of a tire set. Even though it is a tried and true concept, it’s amazing that more people do not rotate their tires. Funny thing is, tire rotation is the bread and butter activity at many car dealers and it really isn’t expensive. Accordingly, here are a few things to know about the practice. Why Bother? Front and rear tires wear at different rates. Typically, front tires carry more…

Aviation Parts Online When you’re looking for aircraft parts, you may not immediately know where to look to find the best at affordable prices. As you know, the Internet is a great place to find top-notch parts for aircraft. And there are many wonderful e-commerce stores that make it so easy to find the goods that we need. It should come as no shock to aircraft owners that ordering online is a lot easier than physically going to a dealership or store that sells replacement parts. In fact, with online shopping making life so much easier, there’s no reason to shop for replacement aviation parts any other way. Still not convinced? Let’s take a look at three reasons why it’s better to buy aviation parts online. It’s Much Easier to Find Hard-To-Find Parts Online When it comes to aircraft parts, it’s going to be really easy to find some of…

Installing modifications on 4×4 vehicles is a widely popular part of the off-roading hobby. Problem is that a lot of the “mods” available are expensive, sometimes thousands of dollars. With the help of Brown Chrysler of Long Island, NY, a full service Chrsyler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram dealer, we put together a list of 8 mods that are much more affordable. 1) Upgraded Engine Air Filter: Engine air filters get dirty pretty fast when a vehicle is used off-road. Although factory filters do a pretty good job at stopping dust from getting sucked into the engine, aftermarket air filters often use superior oiled-filtration technology. Performance replacement filters drop right into the factory air box and are an easy upgrade. In fact, some of the filters may even give you a slight increase in horsepower because the engine can breath easier. 2) Grab Handles: Having something to grab on to when traveling…