How to Prep Your Ride for Winter Conditions

Have you ever noticed how many things break on your car once the temperature drop? Unless you live in the Deep South, it is essential to prep your ride before harsher winter weather arrives. Although it may seem senseless to consider a tune-up if you just had your vehicle serviced before hitting the road for your summer vacation, winter weather brings with it many challenging conditions. Moreover, a routine inspection can keep you from being stuck on the side of the road in nasty weather. 10 Tips to Ensure Your Vehicle Is Ready for Foul Weather Check Heater and Defroster - This is important for both creature comfort and visibility. During the winter months, the defroster is essential to keeping the car's windows clear. Flush Cooling System - Summer time is rough on your cooling...

November 22, 2017
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Matt Kenseth's Quiet Retirement from NASCAR... or Not!

In the era of big bang "Farwell Tours", NASCAR Cup driver Matt Kenseth may have exited the sport of stock car racing as quietly as the Wisconsin-native has always lived his life. Before getting a full-time ride in NASCAR's Busch Series (now Xfinity) in the late 1990's, Kenseth won numerous track championships up north but was still somewhat of an unknown in NASCAR circles. In 2000, Jack Rousch, a Winston Cup (now Monster Energy Cup) team owner, offered Kenseth a ride. Kenseth beat out Dale Earnhardt, Jr. that year to win NASCAR Rookie of the Year. He also became the only rookie to ever win the famed Charlotte 600-mile event. Somewhat overshadowed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. throughout his career, Kenseth won the 2003 Cup Championship followed by two Daytona 500 wins. Altogether, he posted...

November 20, 2017
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What Happened to My Battery?

Since there are different states of "dead", there is no single answer to why your car's battery may not be getting the job done. You may remember from an earlier ignition blog on how your plugs get a much-needed spark to ignite the air/fuel mixture in your engine's combustion chamber that it begins with the battery. It should be noted that some small engines and specialty engines do not require a battery but chances are good that yours does. So, let's review how your car's battery powers the ignition system. How a Car Battery Delivers Juice A traditional car battery consists of lead plates suspended in a solution of water and sulfuric acid. The battery is charged to approximately 12 volts. When working properly, the battery will hold that charge. To ring the key chime and start your...

November 20, 2017
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Truex Jr. Wins Homestead and the NASCAR Cup Championship

Sunday's race was action packed as Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski entered the day as the Championship Four. But, only one would leave the Homestead-Miami Speedway as the 2017 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Champion. Crowd favorite Dale Earnhardt Jr., along with Matt Kenseth and Danica Patrick, had announced their retirement from full-time participation in the NASCAR Cup series prior to the start of the Ford EcoBoost 400. Truex Jr. entered the race at Homestead-Miami Speedway as both a favorite and a long shot. The No. 78 team had racked up seven victories during the 2017 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup season and accounted for 19 Stage wins during the chase. However, the other three championship drivers (Busch, Keselowski and Harvick) had previously won the...

November 20, 2017
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Danica Patrick to Focus on Indy 500 and Daytona 500

Prior to the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Danica Patrick announced her plans to retire from a full-time in NASCAR Monster Energy Cup to concentrate her efforts on two major races in 2018: the NASCAR Daytona 500 and IRL Indianapolis 500. The very popular Stewart-Hass driver leaves NASCAR as the first woman to ever win a Cup Series pole (2013 Daytona 500), the first woman to ever lead that race and holds the most top ten finishes by a woman in the Cup Series with seven. The Beloit Wisconsin native is the most famous American open-wheel racing driver and the first woman to win an IRL race at the 2008 Indy Japan 300. Like many of today's top drivers, Danica Patrick began her racing career in karting 25 years ago. After several years driving in feeder series in both...

November 17, 2017
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Pepper May Be Driving Your Autonomous Pod

As writers explore the future of autonomous transportation, there has alway been the question of what to do with the steering wheel. It will likely be as obsolete as the buggy whip was after Henry Ford released the Model T. Most automakers have already shown us futuristic interior designs where all the passengers face one another with zero concern for the road. Some commercial transit companies have suggested that their driverless pods (or shuttle buses) would still employ someone who is responsible for trip. However, an announcement this week involving billions in investment funding may provide clues as to what the future could look like. SoftBank Group, a Japanese telecommunications conglomerate and parent company of SoftBank Robotics, struck a deal with Uber to invest $10 billion...

November 14, 2017
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Hight and Force Claim NHRA World Championships at Pomona

The semi-final rounds of the Countdown to the Championship at the Auto Club NHRA Finals in Pomona were filled with excitement. Having entered the Championship in last place as the sixth-seeded driver in Top Fuel, Brittany Force stepped up her game. When she eliminated Richie Crampton in the second round after season-favorite Steve Torrence had just lost to Antron Brown, the Mello Yello Top Fuel championship was hers. Force joins Shirley Muldowney (1982) as the second woman in NHRA history to win the championship, and gave John Force Racing its first Top Fuel crown. In Funny Car, Robert Hight continued to show why he is one of the fastest drivers on the planet defeating Tim Wilkerson with a 3.839 pass at 332.51 mph in the first round of eliminations. When his nearest competitor, Ron...

November 12, 2017
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Could You Be Driving Your Last Car?

Bob Lutz has worked for automotive giants like Ford, GM, Chrysler and BMW, so his credentials far exceed those of the average car enthusiast. The "semi-retired" Lutz is currently working with Henrik Fisker at VLF Automotive on the development of America's next upper-end supercar that will compete in the quarter million dollar and up price range. As one of the industry's legendary executives, his comments in a recent Business Insider article created quite a buzz. Most car geeks were surprised when a person who spent his lifetime at the top of the automotive industry suggested that the end of the automobile could arrive in 20 years. As a straight talking car guy, Lutz compared the acceleration toward change to that experienced in the early 1900s when travel rapidly transition from the...

November 8, 2017
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Tire Manufacturers Launch Programs for Sustainability

Some of the biggest tire manufacturers on the planet have joined forces in a quest to end the use of fossil resources in tire manufacturing by using 100% sustainable materials. With the initial focus on raw materials, Bridgestone has created a plant-derived synthetic rubber and Goodyear is experimenting with soybean oil to replace petroleum-based products. In keeping, Continental and Michelin are looking at plants that can be grown and harvested more efficiently for a viable, eco-friendly alternative. Commitment to a Smaller Footprint However, when we seek to make a smaller footprint in anything we do, there is always more than one element or component involved. When it comes to tires, the most obvious starting point is raw material as well as the resources consumed in manufacturing...

November 6, 2017
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Autonomous Vehicle Didn't Understand Human Error

If you look in your AAA Las Vegas travel guide, you will find multiple shuttle routes leading to many of the city's top attractions, such as the Neon Museum, Stratosphere Tower or Hoover Dam. Now, AAA has partnered with a couple of French companies that manufacture and run public bus systems in the city to launch the first "driverless shuttle" bus. The bright blue, bubble shaped autonomous vehicles can't be missed as the decorative body panels read, "The Future Is Here" and "Hop On with AAA". Sponsors of the downtown transportation project are providing free rides for residents and tourists to raise money for the Las Vegas Victims Fund that was established after the October 1 mass shooting at the site of a country music festival adjacent to the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. ...

November 2, 2017
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