5 Tips for Quality Car Maintenance

We've written a lot about modifications you can make to your ride to increase its performance. However, most of those tips may not be for the average driver. Well today we bring you 5 important tips to make anyone's driving experience safer and better. #5. Check Your Brake Fluid - Hopefully no one will argue that stopping is the most critical part of the driving process. Along with quality pads and rotors, having fresh brake fluid will make a world of difference when you need to stop. Regularly check your brake fluid for color and clarity. If it appears dark, cloudy or too thin, chances are it needs to be replaced. The viscosity needs to be right for your system to ensure proper operation of the braking system. #4. Check Your Tire Pressure Regularly - Surprisingly the majority of the...

August 27, 2016
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Tech Giants Break into Automotive

It's 2016 and we all love our gadgets. Whether it's our smartphone, tablet, or Internet connected . . . well everything, today we can't seem to get enough of technology. This article is great news for those who love cars AND the latest tech as Samsung and LG are both getting involved in the automotive industry. “Automotive will ultimately be the next big thing in the information technology sector,” said Kim Do-kyun, one of Samsung Electronics’ memory division at the Mobile & IoT forum in Seoul. “It’s just a matter of time.” The majority of news swirling around automotive technology has been on autonomous vehicles. But did you ever stop for a moment and think about what we'll be doing with all this free time on our hands? The office commute will...

August 20, 2016
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Spy Photos Give Hints to Volkswagen's Three-Row SUV

Excitement hit the Internet this week as Volkswagen's late entry into the third-row crossover segment was spied on a test drive. As with all pre-debut spy photos, full specifications are unknown, however the profile of the SUV looks incredibly similar to the 2013 CrossBlue concept previewed at a recent auto show. Rear styling seems to be consistent with the shapes introduced in the 2016 Passat sedan. Many people are speculating that the photos are actually of a Jeep Grand Cherokee inspired prototype based on the taillights and grille. However experience shows that auto-makers throw in tons of visual tricks for this very purpose. As far as we know the vehicle will be based on Volkswagen's MQB platform which was introduced in 2015 with their Golf lineup. It has been the basis of nearly...

August 20, 2016
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Self-Driving Ford to Hit the Streets by 2021

On August 16th the Ford Motor Company announced its plans to bring an autonomous car to the market by 2021. The announcement accompanies Ford's recent investment of $75 million in Velodyne, a California company, which produces the lidar sensors used to detect objects. The vehicle is intended to be specifically designed for commercial mobility services, such as ride-sharing and ride-hailing. Ford will also be doubling its staff in Silicone Valley to make sure the project is a success. “Ford is going to be mass-producing vehicles with full autonomy in five years,” CEO Mark Fields said at an event in Silicon Valley that was broadcast online. “There’s going to be no steering wheel, there’s not going to be a gas pedal, there’s not going to be a brake...

August 20, 2016
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Six DIY Modifications for Your Ride

With high-tech computing becoming more engrained with our cars every year, it seems nearly impossible to make custom upgrades without going to the dealer. Well we found a list of six fun DIY improvements you can make to your ride without shelling out a lot of your hard earned cash to the dealer. Stiffer Motor Mounts - If you're looking for better engine response and handling precision then you may want to consider upgrading your motor mounts. This is a relatively easy thing to do if you know your way around the garage. So, what's the downside? You will most likely experience more engine noise and driveline vibration. If you don't mind the occasional vibration, most mounts can be purchased for around $200. Wider Wheels and Tires - This may seem like a no-brainer to most, but a wider...

August 16, 2016
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Huge Transmission Recall Impacts Over 500,000 Cars

Transmission manufacturer ZF has issued a recall of its nine-speed automatic transmission. This recall affects approximately 505,000 cars, many of which are on U.S. roads. This particular transmission has the unfavorable habit of unexpectedly shifting into neutral during driving. This is due to a faulty crimp in the wiring harness being attached to a sensor cluster. The sensor was designed to control shift pattern and quality, according to ZF. For more than two years, thousands of warranty claims have been issued for the problem. The majority of the cars sold with this problem were made by Fiat Chrysler. According to driver reports, the problem has extended beyond the shift to neutral and is now causing rough shifts, hesitation to downshift, acceleration surges, and other very...

August 16, 2016
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Elvis Presley's BMW 507 Found and Restored

Lovers of popular auction television shows like American Pickers, Auction Hunters or Pawn Stars have probably seen countless treasures uncovered in the least likely of places. While we don't know for sure, we're guessing that's exactly how members of BMW Group Classic felt a few years ago when they discovered Elvis Presley's BMW in an Alabama pumpkin farm. Previous owner Jack Castor had been storing the iconic vehicle there and BMW offered to purchase it. Now, 2 years later, the car has been restored to its original glory. BMW took great care in using original parts whenever possible. For those they could not find, they replicated them using 3D printing technology. The BMW 507 chassis number 70079 was originally a race car driven by Hans Stuck. Elvis Presley purchased and drove the...

August 16, 2016
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Indy 500 Veteran Lost on the Dirt at Belleville

One of racing's brightest stars, Bryan Clauson, died late Sunday in Lincoln, Nebraska, after being involved in a turn 4 wreck during a USAC midget dirt-track race on Saturday night in Belleville, Kansas. Clauson had just taken the lead in the 39th running of the Belleville Midget Nationals when his racecar struck the rear of a vehicle being lapped. The collision caused Clauson's car to flip end over end several times before coming to rest in the middle of the track. A third car could not avoid hitting Clauson's stalled car. The talented multi-time USAC National Champion was airlifted to Bryan Medical Center with severe injuries. The Indianapolis 500 is America's most historic racing event. The race is traditionally run over the Memorial Day weekend. It is every open-wheel drivers...

August 12, 2016
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4x4 Lift Kit Tips for the DIY Mechanic

Installing an after-market lift kit is one of the most common modifications 4x4 owners want to make to their trucks, Jeeps and SUVs. Choosing the right lift kit for you and your truck is the first and most important step. What works best for another driver may not work for you. Preferences in driving style, suspension feel, and the type of off-road driving you'll be doing are all factors to take into account. The most common, and somewhat comical thing that happens to first timers is that they either go as cheap as possible or as expensive as possible. What you'll be taking along with you also matters as 4x4s loaded down with extra gear and passengers will need firmer springs and shocks. Conversely, if speed is your thing, a kit with mono-tube styling and increased wheel travel should...

August 8, 2016
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Military Humvee Being Replaced by New Super Truck

The iconic U.S. Military Humvee has been in service since 1984 and is nearing the end of a long journey, being retired in the very near future. Recently a $6.7 billion contract has been awarded to Wisconsin-based truck maker Oshkosh for about 17,000 new vehicles dubbed the Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, or JLTVs. These vehicles are amazing and getting all of us at E3 excited about their debut. Two and four seat options will be available and each will feature more advanced armor than their predecessors. The biggest feature being touted by Oshkosh is called the "Core1080 Crew Protection System" which will help protect the vehicle from mines, detect IEDs, and additional bolt-on armor. Along with a strong defense comes an even stronger offense as optional turret and missile launchers can...

July 20, 2016
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