Is Your Car Dreading the Winter?


When temperatures plummet, cars often get hard to start. With modern fuel injection systems, this is not as common as it used to be but when vehicles get really could it can still be an issue. An excellent way to make it easier on your engine is to keep it heated up a bit during the night.

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Why Are There So Few Diesel Cars?


In Europe, close to 50% of the cars and trucks on the road are diesels. So why not in the US? Polls reveal that Americans aren’t as comfortable with diesel-engined passenger cars and some say it has to do with an poorly-designed Oldsmobile diesel engine from almost 40 years ago. Specifically, back in 1978 Oldsmobile designed a V8 diesel and it was a real disaster. Here’s the story:

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Heads Up Displays for Cars

Heads Up Displays, or HUDs, are common in fighter aircraft. They display graphical information in front of a pilot while they looking through the windshield of their aircraft. It allows a pilot to focus on the view outside their aircraft yet see graphical information that would normally be viewed on other instruments in the cockpit. This is especially important during critical military flight situations where rapid assimilation of data is important – think dogfights.

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Guide to Your Car’s Timing Belt


Without question, your engine’s timing belt is the most important maintenance item in your car. The worlds junkyards are filled with cars with engines damaged due to timing belt failures. Here’s what you should know so you can avoid that fate:

First, what is a timing belt? A timing belt is a heavy duty ribbed rubber belt that couples the crankshaft to camshaft(s). Essentially, it keeps the valves in the top half of the engine in sync with the pistons and crankshaft in the bottom half.

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Your Car Just Emailed Me and Told Me to Replace its Battery


Last year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), General Motors announced its plans to add 4G LTE connectivity to most of its vehicles by the 2016 model year. One of the most interesting features that will utilize this 4G LTE connectivity is GM’s new is GM’s OnStar Driver Assurance system. The OnStar Driver Assurance system actually predicts when certain engine parts might fail and warns drivers so they can get them replaced before any problems occur. Consider this a major improvement over the “check engine” light that really just tells you something is wrong and “to get your car to a mechanic”.

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