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BMW Beginnings: The Crucial Years of BMW’s Infancy
Ryan Lee Price
The story of how BMW began is as confusing as any story about a major company’s initial development (see Cadillac’s early history ), made even more so by the language and business practices of another country. BMW’s emergence involved a great number of people who were either involved...
15 Apr 2016
Top 5 Brake Complaints and How to Resolve Them
Story and Photography by Jim Marotta I think we can all agree that the braking system is the most important safety device on any vehicle. Since people place such a high value on their car's ability to slow and stop, it is smart to pay attention to brake issues. Let's review...
25 May 2011
Air Pump Ailments – Secondary Air Injection Systems
Spark-ignition engines produce the largest amount of pollution during a cold start. Until the engine and the catalytic converter reach operating temperature, more fuel is needed, producing larger quantities of carbon monoxide and unburnt hydrocarbons. Air injection reaction systems reduce pollution...
7 Mar 2016
I Can See Clearly Now: Windshield and Wiper Care
By Tracy Junker We’ve all been there. It is raining just enough to make a mess of the windshield, but not enough to really clean it. And the wiper blades just make the situation worse! It is easy to forget about wiper blades until we need them. However, it’s best to evaluate wiper...
2 Oct 2015
A Quick and Easy Way to Bleed a Brake System
Story and Photography by Ryan Lee Price One of the most important steps in making the brakes safe and reliable for everyday use is to properly bleed the system. The concept behind bleeding a brake system is to remove any air bubbles left in the lines. It is essential to bleed the brakes before operating...
21 Aug 2009
A History of the Invisible Wall: Pursuit of Aerodynamics, Part 2, Going Mainstream
Ryan Lee Price
By Ryan Lee Price Aerodynamics was great for racecars, airplanes and boats, but through the 1910s and 20s, car design was still function over form. Production car designers drew the square-shaped car built on a carriage chassis with foot boards, sunshades on the exterior of the windshields...
18 Feb 2013
Riding on Air: How Tire Pressure Affects Your Car's Performance
By Ryan Lee Price Having a portable air compressor handy is the best way to make sure your tires maintain their proper inflation. (Photo by Ryan Lee Price) What supports the weight of your car as you amble down the road? If you said tires, you’re wrong. Technically, the air inside...
15 Jul 2009
Oil Change: What is the best maintenance interval?
by Jim Marotta The 3,000 mile oil and filter change is as much a part of the American car culture as hot rods, car hops and whitewall tires. Whether we perform it ourselves in the driveway or watch while the family “mechanic” puts the car up on the lift and drains the oil, we think of...
4 Aug 2009
Fighting Rust: Some Chemistry and Solutions
Story and Photography by Ryan Lee Price Left unchecked and in constant contact with oxygen and moisture, rust will eventually convert all available iron into… more rust. Life On Earth Thanks to ... Rust? Approximately 4.6 billion years ago, when the solar system birthed, hydrogen...
9 Aug 2009
How To Tell If Your Wheel Bearings Are Bad
Gene Hannon Jr
You Hear Noise While Driving When a wheel bearing or hub assembly is bad, it will usually make a noise. The noise can vary when you turn, and also with speed. A grinding noise indicates that your wheel bearings are bad, and you should replace them. Common noises are squeaks, chirps, squeals...
5 Feb 2016
Which Antifreeze is Right for Your Vehicle?
By Jim Marotta Back in the day, no matter which brand you chose, antifreeze was green. The glycol-based formula contained silicates as corrosion inhibitors. You mixed the antifreeze 50/50 with water and poured it in the radiator. As the engine operated, the antifreeze performed its primary...
23 Oct 2015