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  • Blog Post: Under Pressureā€¦Keeping Your Tires Inflated Will Make Them Last Longer and Your Vehicle Will Use Less Fuel Too!

    Even if you have a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), as equipped on many newer vehicles, you should check your tire pressures regularly, at least monthly. Most tires lose one pound per square inch (psi) of air per month, assuming the temperature does not fluctuate much. If temperatures drop...
  • Blog Post: Gasoline Direct Injection

    Gasoline direct injection. (Courtesy of Bosch) A conventional fuel-injected engine supplies all cylinders with a mist-like mixture of air and fuel that is flushed into the cylinders during the intake stroke and ignited by the spark plug. The throttle valve determines how much of the air/fuel mixture...
  • Blog Post: Do All Modern Sedans Look the Same?

    Have you ever walked out of the store to a sea of clones in the parking lot, wondering why your Toyota Camry looks like a Honda Accord, which looks like a Nissan Altima, which looks like an Audi A4? If you remember the good old days of being able to spot the difference between a Chevy and a Ford at...
  • Blog Post: How Hybrids Sip Gas, Save Money and Sweeten the Air

    By David Koontz A smug 2009 Toyota Prius, preens and greens in the desert. More than one million hybrid vehicles quietly navigate America’s roads now, energizing proponents of this technology. Their popularity is no longer in question. Increasingly technicians see them in...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Achieving Better Fuel Economy and High Performance with Gasoline Direct Injection

    By Jim Marotta Trying to choose between performance and economy is often a very difficult decision, and usually there has to be a compromise between the two. However, one technology is helping to power gasoline engines to new heights of performance, while pushing fuel mileage forward by leaps and...
  • Blog Post: Gasoline Direct Injection: Achieving Better Fuel Economy and High Performance

    By Jim Marotta Trying to choose between performance and economy is often a very difficult decision, and usually there has to be a compromise between the two. However, one technology is helping to power gasoline engines to new heights of performance, while pushing fuel mileage forward by leaps and...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Oil Change: What is the best maintenance interval?

    By Jim Marotta Update: This article was first published in 2009. Due to advancements in vehicle and oil technologies, newer vehicles may be designed to go longer between oil changes without compromising the vehicle’s engine or sacrificing performance, while sparing the environment some excess...