Four-Wheel Drives And How They Operate

But, all is not as it seems. Even as consumer polls suggest that the public has made a mass migration to EVs, our highways and city streets tell a markedly different story. Battery-powered cars are seldom seen. What’s more, automakers and dealerships report that over 95% of sales are comprised of cars with gas (and sometimes, diesel) engines.

In this article, I’ll explain the obstacles that EVs must overcome in order to dominate our highways. I’ll also describe one sector of the auto industry that will likely remain a permanent fixture of our culture.

The High Price Of Going Electric

Hybrids are priced higher than their gas-powered brethren. Recent polls organized by J.D. Power and Associates suggest that nearly half of motorists would be willing to absorb a higher price if the difference was only a few thousand dollars. Unfortunately, the difference is often much greater.

What To Do When Your Car Needs Repairs

Automakers, desperate to sell their inventories, have begun offering attractive incentives to lure prospective buyers. But, finding an automotive bargain can still prove elusive. Car dealerships can easily confound buyers and secretly hide pockets of profit. For the unwary, a trip to the auto dealer may begin as a bargain-hunting expedition, but end up as an expensive lesson in car shopping.

In this article, I’ll give you three important tips that you should use when shopping for your next vehicle. These tips will help you save money, save time, and negotiate objectively to get the best deal.

Should You Buy A Car At An Auction?

Even though the car-buying landscape has shifted in favor of the buyer, you should still be wary of making a purchase decision too quickly. Remember, set your emotions aside, keep your trade-in negotiation separate, and avoid the extra long financing. By the time you leave the dealership lot, you’ll be confident that you weren’t taken for a ride.

Television news programs, newspapers, and magazines constantly extol the advantages of driving a battery-powered automobile. The coverage is having an effect on the auto buying public. Last year, when gas prices skyrocketed, motorists flocked to their dealerships to inspect the latest electric vehicles (EVs).

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– Keep up with your car repair and maintenance. Small problems can, and more than likely will, lead to bigger problems. If your vehicle is overstressed in any area it will eventually show up at the gas station.
–  Keep the appropriate air pressure in your tires. Check your vehicle owner’s manual for the correct pressure. Low tire pressure will unnecessarily increase the tire’s wear and will waste fuel.
–   Make sure that you have your tires rotated and your wheels aligned and balanced on a regular schedule. Improper tire care will lead to higher fuel usage.
–  Excessive use of the air conditioner will raise fuel costs. Only run it when necessary. However, when driving at highway speeds, leave the windows closed to reduce drag, and it will be more economical to use the air conditioner.

The manner in which you drive and handle your vehicle effects fuel usage. Being too hard on a car will raise your fuel costs.

–  Drive at the recommended speed limit no matter where you are. The faster you drive the more fuel your car will require.
–   Avoid jumping into traffic if at all possible. Ideally, you want to accelerate smoothly, slowly, and safely. Try to maintain a constant speed. Excessive speeding up and slowing down wastes fuel, and doesn’t really get you anywhere any faster.
–   Always try to maintain the recommended distance between vehicles. Sudden stopping and braking not only wastes fuel, but is hard on your brakes and entire vehicle.
–  If you drive a manual transmission, drive in the appropriate gear. If the road is level, you need to be in a high gear, and so forth.
–   Unnecessarily engine idling is uneconomical on fuel usage. Try not to idle if it is not necessary.

table all the technology and refinement of carbon-fiber, ceramics, and electronics. What Chevrolet is attempting to do with its latest model is show the world that they can produce a car that can deliver everything a high end sports car can but at a fraction of the price. The ZR1 was designed based on the Z06, but to be superior to it in every way: acceleration, braking, cornering, and top speed. What is probably responsible for this increased performance is its power to weight ratio. It is also the first Corvette to reach a top speed over 200 miles per hour.

The Corvette ZR1 sports car features a LS9 6.2 liter engine as its powerhouse. This large positive displacement roots type supercharger is what gives the car its powerful performance specs. The engine also has an integrated change cooling system which is needed to keep the engine cool and maintain its high-end performance. The LS9 engine is supported by a strong 6 speed transmission with a twin disc clutch. These new design makes changing gears a breeze. Previously, the highest gear in a Chevrolet Corvette was fifth gear, so this is an exciting change for this particular vehicle.

The 2009 Corvette ZR1 features the same heavy aluminum chassis as the previous Z06. It also possesses similar front and rear suspension systems. One way in which the two can be differentiated is the suspension tuning which was optimized for the ZR1. This latest model also benefits from Magnetic Selective Ride Control. As a result, the car is able to deliver damping adjustments which are almost instantaneous and a supple ride quality with a very tight cornering grip.

The exquisite exterior design of the 2009 model also begs to be discussed as it makes it one of the more recognizable cars on the road today. It features a raised hood that is constructed from all carbon fibers, with a clear, polycarbonate window. The window makes it possible to look in and see the engine’s intercooler. The engine cover features the Corvette flag logo on the front and the intercooler has “LS9 Supercharged” embossed on the sides. In order to further differentiate the car’s design, it features exposed carbon fiber weaves on various parts of the vehicle such as under the hood, the roof, roof bow, and rocker molding.

Finally, the car’s interior is nothing to ignore either. It features the standard double cockpit, high quality materials and craftsmanship, and the overall functionality that one has come to expect from the Corvette series of sports cars. It features lightweight seats and content in its base model, and the uplevel interior package features powered adjustable leather seats, a four color leather wrapped interior, navigation system, and blutetooth technology support. With all of these interesting and useful features, the 2009 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 sports car is sure to draw a lot of attention.

Older readers will remember a time when buying a used car meant looking in the local newspaper for private party ads. The pickings were often slim and the best deals were snatched up quickly. The earlier you scanned the newspaper’s ads, the better your chances were for uncovering a gem.

Today, prospective buyers have a lot of other options, including auctions. If you have never purchased a vehicle through this process, it may seem intimidating at first. But, once you pull back the cover and learn how they work (including the applicable regulations), they’re not nearly as mysterious as they might appear. Below, I’ll briefly describe a few types of car auctions. Each of them can offer compelling deals on reliable vehicles.

Government Leases And Property

To a neophyte who doesn’t know better, these events can seem unappealing. They have an undeserved reputation for selling vehicles that have been used in drug busts, sting operations, and other criminal activities. As a result, a lot of people think that each one that is sold on the block is blood-stained and riddled with bullet holes.

Three Main Parts Of Your Car’s Cooling System

Below, I’ll give you a brief overview of the three main parts that make up your vehicle’s cooling system. I’ll explain the job they do and how they help ensure your engine doesn’t overheat.

The “secret” behind your cooling system’s effectiveness is the coolant. It circulates throughout the engine and surrounding components, absorbing much of the excess heat along the way. Then, it travels into the radiator which is cooled by constant airflow.

In order to circulate, the coolant must be pumped along its path. This is the job of the water pump. It’s powered by your car’s timing belt, though older models might have a flat belt that powers the pump. If the timing belt breaks, it cannot operate the water pump, which will ultimately prevent the coolant from circulating and absorbing the heat.

By plumbing, I’m referring to the auto parts through which the coolant travels. That includes a network of hoses, valves, and the radiator. It also includes the heater core, but that’s less important for this discussion. We’re mainly concerned with the hoses. Because the hot coolant travels through them continuously, they deteriorate quickly. A lot of car enthusiasts recommend replacing the hoses every three years. However, you should check them for cracks and fissures every four months. The hoses are relatively inexpensive, so if you notice crack – even small ones – replace them.

Managing Your Car’s Noise Pollution

It won’t come as a surprise that auto maintenance and service work is typically less expensive in an independent garage than at the dealership. Independent shops have less overhead. They don’t need to pay top salaries to their mechanics. Nor are they under as much corporate pressure to generate sales and revenue. With a loyal base of repeat customers, an independent repair garage can thrive. By contrast, dealer service shops have enormous overhead and staff costs. Their facilities are larger and they often pay their auto technicians more. These costs are reflected in the prices their customers pay for auto maintenance work.

Are Dealership Mechanics Better Trained?

There’s a common fallacy in the automotive world: auto technicians who work at the dealership are better trained than local mechanics. To their credit, the dealer’s technicians receive professional training about their specific models. However, it’s important to note that most of the mechanics who work in independent garages have a wide breadth of knowledge about all popular vehicles. While a technician who works at a Toyota dealership may have received specialized training about Corollas, the local mechanic probably knows just as much from experience.

Also, a lot of auto technicians who work at dealer service shops leave their jobs in order to work in independent garages. They take their training with them.

Repairs, Maintenance, And Warranties

When you buy a new car, the warranty will often require that certain types of repairs are performed at the dealership. For example, if your transmission needs to be overhauled, you’ll probably need to have the work done at the dealer. Taking your car to a local garage may cause your warranty to become void.

Ask your dealer to clarify which type of work needs to be done at their shop and what can be performed elsewhere. Oil changes, air and fuel filter replacements, and minor maintenance work will be less costly if you have a local repair garage handle it. And chances are, the quality will be just as high.

Ways to Increase your Car Fuel Economy – Save on the High Cost of Gas


First, make sure that you are filling your tank with the recommended fuel octane rating. If you don’t know offhand, your vehicle owner’s manual will give you that information. A lot of people automatically fill their tank with the least expensive fuel possible. While on some vehicles that is fine, others require a higher octane rating. Putting the proper grade in your car can save money on car repairs in the future.

Ways to Increase your Car Fuel Economy

You visit the dealership lot and your eyes settle longingly on the gorgeous red automobile gracing the nearby pavement. You must have it, no matter the price. Slow down and take a breath. Buying a vehicle is a substantial investment. Unless you’re paying cash, you’ll be making monthly payments for several years. Will you feel the same way about the car three or four years down the road? Or, are you merely suffering from love at first sight?

If you’re hoping to trade-in your clunker to have the value applied to your new automobile, be careful. When it comes to numbers and amortization schedules, the dealer’s salesperson is king. Too often, prospective buyers will blend the negotiations. Predictably, the salesperson will offer what seems to be an incredibly generous amount on the trade-in. The buyer, reeling from his good fortune, practically falls into the seat of his new vehicle. Unknown to him or her, the dealer’s profit is built into the monthly payments.

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