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Between your car and the road there’s just one thing and it’s your tires. Think about that for a moment. You can have the best car on earth but it may perform poorly if it doesn’t have a set of good tires on it. This article will provide you with some basic information when it’s the time to get a new set of tires.

When it comes to the point where you need to replace the tires on your car, there are several ways to go. First, you may elect to get the exact size and type that came on the vehicle when it was new. On the other hand, you might consider going to a better quality tire or one that improves handling that’s still the same size as the factory tire. Third possibility is you may want to install a slightly larger tire.

Automobiles have been around for over 100 years and during that time they have evolved in ways that would have been incomprehensible in the years before. In particular, of all the technologies that automobiles have used over the years, perhaps none has changed more than the lowly headlight.  Throwing light in front of an automobile has evolved from the dim flickering of gas in a lantern to the ultra-bright LEDs of today. Join us while we look at how the automotive headlight evolved over the last 100 or so years. Starting in the late 1800s, headlight technology was simply a gas lantern with a reflecting mirror inside. The gas was usually acetylene and was made by adding water to calcium carbide. These lantern-based lights would burn for several hours but provided relatively low-candlepower.  If a vehicle was moving slowly, they were an acceptable method of illumination, however, automotive engineers knew…

It happens to every car owner at some point. Someone leaves a light on, or a door ajar, in your car and your battery loses all its charge. The symptoms are pretty obvious; when you go to turn the key to start your car, nothing happens – no lights come on, nothing makes a clicking sound. When this happens, the quickest way to get it up and running is to “jump it” with another vehicle. Never done it before? With the help of the service team at Bob Pulte in Lebanon, OH, a Chevrolet Dealer, we have a 10 step guide that will step you through it. Find someone with a yuasa battery under the hood of their car (not in the trunk) that will give you a jump. Make sure someone has a good pair of jumper cables. Bring the two cars close together.  Head to head is ideal…

Automotive engineers use all the energy sources they can find when designing cars for maximum efficiency.  That’s why the engineers of hybrid vehicles tap the energy that gets wasted when a hybrid’s brakes are applied.  Instead of converting the motion of the vehicle into wasted heat via the brake pads, as ordinary cars do, hybrid vehicles have a small generator on each axle that converts the car’s movement into electricity. This electric power is then fed to the vehicle batteries. Most of the hybrid manufacturers refer to this as “Regenerative Braking.” In any internal combustion-powered vehicle, there is another source of wasted energy that is usually ignored. This is the energy of the movement of the exhaust gases that exit the tailpipe.  The service manager at McLoughlin in Milwaukie, OR, a full-service Chevrolet dealer, points out that using exhaust gas to power automotive sub-systems isn’t a new concept as superchargers…