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Learn about car technology

May 31, 2009 by  
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Do you know the difference between a supercharger and a turbocharger? Should you care? 
Yes. A little auto expertise comes in handy when you want to impress your friends–or let a power-tripping mechanic know he can’t jerk you around.

Super Savers

President Obama’s recent announcement about fuel efficiency and emissions standards has automakers talking about how turbochargers and diesel engines will lead the way to achieving a fleet-wide 35.5 mile-per-gallon requirement. But few people know just what makes turbochargers, or turbo-superchargers, as they’re more accurately called, so essential to raw speed.
In short, turbochargers give cars extra guts. They use the engine’s heat to compress ambient air and push it to the intake manifold. That additional oxygen enables the engine to take in more fuel, creating a combustive boost of power. 
About one in four vehicles worldwide, including BMW’s X6, Jaguar’s XF and Porsche’s 911 Turbo, use turbo-boost technology to achieve maximum power. By 2013, experts predict it will be closer to one in three. 
David Paja, vice president of marketing for passenger vehicles at Honeywell, a manufacturer of automotive turbochargers, says they can be cost-effectively applied to hybrid, diesel and gasoline engines alike. 
‘It’s a very natural technology tool to draw out fuel consumption in a transparent way for the customer, without any performance trade-off or reliability trade-off,’ Paja says.
He expects market penetration of turbo engines in the U.S. to grow from today’s 6 per cent to nearly 80 per cent by the end of the next decade. 

Switching Gears

Unlike the turbocharger, the proprietary names and multiple varieties of semi-automatic gearboxes can confuse even avid drivers. In general, semi-automatic gearboxes work like regular automatic transmissions, but they also have a mode that allows drivers to choose when to change gears, instead of letting the computer do it. For instance, with Porsche’s patented tiptronic transmission, BMW’s steptronic system or Aston Martin’s touchtronic, drivers shift by bumping a knob near the stick shifter up or down, or by pushing a paddle on the steering wheel. 
Porsche first introduced tiptronic technology in 1990 as an option in its 911. The technology has since become prevalent with brands like Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Honda and Nissan, although each make has registered it under a different name. This option appeals most to people who want a more engaging drive experience but don’t want to be bothered with working a clutch.
Porsche also uses a similar doppelkupplung (German for double clutch), or PDK, technology. Audi’s R8, BMW’s M3, and Nissan’s GT-R all use the system, as do several high-performance models in Europe.The double-clutch transmission, a small, lightweight system that uses two internal clutches but no clutch pedal, was developed to win races on the track. It appeals to driving enthusiasts worldwide because of its incredible ease of speed and efficiency, says Porsche spokesman Dave Engleman. It works by using electronic sensors to change gears, much like a standard automatic transmission. One clutch controls the odd gears, the other, the even gears. That duality means the driver can move a gear up or down without interrupting engine power, allowing seamless acceleration. 

Safety Patrol

Safety features pose another threat to automotive know-how, and that confusion can lead to misuse or mistrust. For instance, professional drive instructors say many drivers often fail to take full advantage of the anti-lock braking system (ABS) in their car–or they mistake its signature rumble for a brake problem. 
ABS works by preventing a vehicle’s wheels from locking in the case of a slip. The most basic ABS uses speed sensors and hydraulics that monitor the speed of each wheel. When it detects that one wheel is turning either faster or slower than the others (which means the wheel is slipping or over-spinning), it reduces or increases brake force as needed. ABS adjusts continuously, which is why the brake pedal will rumble or pulse when the system is engaged. 
The ABS system is a proven winner. It can decrease stopping distances on loose gravel by an average of 22 per cent, according to the National Highway Safety Administration. A sister technology, electronic stability control (ESC), reduces the risk of single-vehicle crashes by about 35 per cent for cars and dramatically more, 67 per cent, for SUVs, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). 
ESC is more advanced than ABS. It works by sensing when a car might slip and then applying constant brake pressure to individual tires. David Zuby, senior vice president for vehicle research at IIHS, says the institute finds ESC so effective that it will not award its ‘top safety pick’ distinction to any vehicle that does not offer it. It’s a comforting thought, especially once you understand the system. Now get out there and impress your friends with what you know.
Here’s our list of some of the most confusing car technologies and terms. From knowing your way around semi-automatic transmissions to understanding the difference between a mild hybrid and a dedicated hybrid, these factoids are essential knowledge for anyone who owns a car.

In Depth: Confusing Car Technologies Explained

Forbes.com – Hannah Elliott

Car loses all four wheels on highway

May 31, 2009 by  
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ZURICH (Reuters) – A car traveling on a motorway in Switzerland lost all four wheels simultaneously, coming to an immediate halt in the middle of the highway, police said on Saturday.
The car had just stopped and the passengers had changed from winter to summer wheels themselves, a common task in Switzerland where there is plenty of snow in winter, but used the wrong nuts when mounting the new set.

“When they then drove back on to the motorway, all of the wheels disconnected,” St Gallen cantonal police said in a statement. “Luckily, no one was injured and no other vehicle was damaged.”

(Reporting by Sam Cage)

Buell track days announce

May 30, 2009 by  
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Improve your road riding by honing your skills on the track.
Harley-Davidson’s sports bike division, Buell, has confirmed seven dates for 2009 for its Buell Performance Academy track riding events.These are held at three circuits: Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire, Mallory Park in Leicestershire and Castle Combe in Wiltshire.

Each track-riding event costs a bargain £99, which includes instruction from former British Superbike Championship racer Matt Llewellyn and the use of Buell’s own machines – this is cheaper than many track days where you use your own bike.

The full series of dates is listed on www.buellperformance academy.co.uk ,where bookings are also made, and while you’re there you can enter a competition to win £1,000 worth of Buell-branded race leathers.

Vespa GTS 125 Super review

May 30, 2009 by  
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Vespa is so well established, so definitive of its type, the name has become a generic term.
A vespa is a scooter because the Vespa was the first and most enduring of the breed: even the new, 2009 Vespas are recognisable descendants of the 63-year lineage, although there’s some confusion about what the various models are.

The new, $4,399 GTS 125 Super, for example, might look superfluous as there are plenty of 125 Vespas already. The S125, the LX125 and the LXV125 are based on the LX platform, a small chassis designed for more compact engines from 50cc to 150cc, and more compact riders. Vespa’s GT series platform underpins larger machines with more powerful engines from 125cc to 300cc, so although there’s a choice of GT-type 125 or LX, the GTs are better suited to taller riders.

There’s further choice: the GTV is a retro-styled version with its headlight mounted on the front mudguard, the GTS is the standard version and the latest GTS 125 Super is the most sporting. Usually, at this level, that’s reflected only in some styling details and, to those in the know (all Italians), the cachet of the “Super” badge.

But the GTS Super also differs from the other 125s in featuring fuel injection and electronically pumped coolant for improved efficiency. The new engine also offers much longer service intervals, up from 4,000 to 6,000 miles. With better economy of up to 90mpg being claimed (although no meaningful figures are available), this will mean usefully reduced running costs.

Cosmetically, the Super is distinguished by its cooling grille in the right-side panel beneath the seat (a homage to older, air-cooled Vespas), unique two-tone alloy wheels, a different seat and touches such as a black headlight surround and red front-suspension spring. Not a lot, but enough for the Vespisti it seems, while more casual users will still appreciate the solidity and better handling. It’s beautifully balanced and therefore very easy to ride and wriggle through traffic, with high-quality suspension and exceptional stability at speed.

The smooth, 15bhp engine is one of the best performers in the class, giving a top speed of 65mph.

There’s less storage space beneath the seat than on many scooters – you can fit a couple of small open-faced helmets in there, though I’d never recommend wearing those anyway – and the luggage rack is an option rather than standard.

You also get the chic and authenticity that comes only with the real thing. It looks great and it’s a Vespa, not a vespa.

THE FACTS

Price/availability: $4,399/On sale now

Tested: Piaggio Vespa GTS 125 Super

Power/torque: 15bhp@9,750rpm/9lb ft@7,500rpm

Top speed: 65mph

Fuel economy: 80-90mpg (est)

Fuel tank/range: 2.1 gallons/180 miles

Seat height: 790mm/31.1in

Transmission: automatic/belt final drive

Weight: n/a

Alternatives: Piaggio Vespa S125, $3,849. Kymco Like 125, $2,769.

Verdict: For some, only a Vespa will do. And it does very well indeed.

Carl Fogarty makes rare track appearance

May 30, 2009 by  
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foggyThe four times World Superbike champion is one of the stars of the Vintage Motor Cycle Club’s Festival of 1,000 Bikes at Mallory Park on July 10-12.
This year’s Festival promises a stunning line-up of riders and machines, including the new Norton Rotary with Michael Dunlop fresh from the TT.

Just announced is Jim Redman on a works CR750 Honda, along with Terry Rymer aboard one of the National Motorcycle Museum’s Rotary Norton racers.

On Sunday 12 there’s a guaranteed ear-splitting cacophany courtesy of the VMCC’s sprint section, with a display of alcohol-fuelled drag bikes on the mallory start/finish straight. More details at the dedicated sprint site: www.vmccsprint.co.uk.

Four times World Superbike champion Fogarty stars in the Past Masters display on the Sunday. Also, following Norton’s return to the 2009 TT with Michael Dunlop on the new Norton NRV, both man and machine will take to the track in a feature that will also include some special celebrity guest riders aboard the new Norton Commando road bikes.

Keeping with a Norton theme, Sammy Miller MBE will be giving the first public track outing to the newly restored “Lowboy” prototype race machine. Courtesy of the National Motorcycle Museum, four of the original Norton Rotary race bikes will be on the track, ridden by original riders including Steve Spray, Trevor Nation, Ian Simpson and Terry Rymer.

As well as Fogarty, other illustrious names include Phil Read on an MV Agusta, Jim Redman, John Cooper on a works BSA Rocket triple, Mick Grant, Sammy Miller, Tommy Robb, Tony Rutter, Colin Seeley and an appearance by the Laverda Corse team.

The Past masters feature will also include no less than 18 Honda 250-4 machines – the biggest ever collection of these amazing-sounding machines assembled on track at the same time.

For advance spectator ticket sales contact the Mallory Park ticket hot line 01455 842931, or visit www.vmcc.net/1000bikes/index.htm and www.mallorypark.co.uk for full details and the very latest updates.

Is a moped worth it?

May 30, 2009 by  
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 In these tough times, can a moped be an economical and practical solution for saving cash?

There is no doubt about it; times are tough for almost everyone.  Many families are finding it absolutely vital to cut spending in many areas of their lives, including how much they drive and other costs associated with owning a vehicle.  Sure, there are hybrids and electric cars out there to save a bit on gas, but some may not be able to foot the up front cost to purchase a brand new vehicle right now.  There has to be another way, right?  Being that warmer weather is approaching for many readers, it may be worthwhile to look at investing in a moped.

The Benefits

Being a former owner of a moped, I can vouch for the fact that mopeds will save you a fair amount of money during the warmer months of the year while you can comfortably ride it.  The most obvious benefit is the money that you will save on gas.  Depending on how big the motor is and how much the moped weighs, you can expect to see anywhere from 50 to 100mpg on average.  Granted, the fuel tank on a moped can only hold a gallon or two, but when you add up the miles, you can go a long ways before refueling, especially if you live in an urban area or small town.  Keep in mind that you will have to use premium gasoline along with two cycle oil mixed together in most cases.

The other cost saving advantage of owning a moped is that insurance is incredibly cheap, even for full coverage.  For example, the moped that I owned was worth around $600 (USD), but for full coverage, I paid exactly $1 per year (no joke).  Granted, just like a car, insurance costs are dependent on your driving record, but even for those whose record isn’t exactly spotless, I would wager that premiums on a moped wouldn’t break the bank for you.

Plus, the up front cost of purchasing a moped is quite cheap depending on the model you have your eye on.  Like all vehicles with a motor, be sure to keep up on your maintenance and you will get many years of use out of your moped.  The gas savings alone may in fact pay for the moped and then some as time goes forward.
The most obvious benefit to owning and riding a moped is that it is fun and something different, especially for those who have driven a standard auto their whole life.

Safety

Operating a moped isn’t exactly like operating a car, so extra precautions need to be taken.  If you are concerned that riding a moped is similar to riding a massive motorcycle, mopeds are lightweight and are easy to control, so have no worries there.  Just like learning to riding a bike, once you have learned to ride a moped, you’ll never forget.  But keep in mind that you are no longer protected from the various dangers of the road like you would be in a standard auto.

As I will discuss below, you should check with your province or state concerning the specifics of owning and riding a moped.  When it comes to helmets, whether you have to or not, you should always wear a helmet.  You may be confident in your riding abilities on a moped, but there are other drivers on the road that may not be paying attention to you, for example.  So save yourself the trouble and wear a helmet.
Another thing to keep in mind is that a moped by definition is not exactly the fastest vehicle on the road.  In most provinces and states, it is illegal to ride a moped on a highway. 

Common sense would dictate that you avoid highways if at all possible while riding a moped.  You are putting yourself in danger, as well as other motorists.Besides staying away from highways, keep in mind that it is typically illegal to transport a passenger.  Mopeds are not motorcycles and are unable to safely accommodate two passengers in a safe manner.  Plus, you will not be able to go very fast and your gas mileage will suffer.

Legal Issues

Before investing in a moped, you should take a look at the laws governing the use of mopeds in your province or state.  Like most motor vehicles, a moped usually has to be registered, licensed and insured regardless of where you reside.  One important area to look into is the law governing whether or not you need a special license to operate a moped.  In most cases, all you need is a standard driver’s license, but depending on how many cubic centimetres (cc’s) your moped’s engine is and how much it weighs, you may need a motorcycle license to legally ride it.  If you have an old moped lying around and do not know if you would need a special license to ride it, its top speed should give you a good indication.  If your moped can hit a top speed of over 35 or 40mph, it will most likely be considered a motorcycle and therefore, you will need a special license.

Electric bikes gain traction

May 30, 2009 by  
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Forbes.com – Hannah Elliott

Get ready for an American motorcycle revolution. That deep Harley rumble and the siren call of the Suzuki whine will soon be sharing the road with silent bikes. A slew of sleek, lightweight machines, either fully electric or hybrid, is making its debut and signaling a paradigm shift in both motorcycle culture and green transportation.

The $10,874 Zero S will go on sale this spring, one of the first plug-in motorcycles widely available in the U.S. Weighing in at just 225 pounds, this bike is made by former NASA engineer Neal Saiki and his three-year-old Santa Cruz, Calif., start-up. 

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In Pictures: Electric Motorcycles Gain Traction 

Electric bikes’ biggest draw is the fact they cost less than 1 cent per mile to drive; Saiki’s Zero S goes 60 miles on one charge and can hit 60 miles per hour at top speed.

Its dirt-ready predecessor has already proven itself on the U.S. market. Last year, Zero sold out of the electric Zero X dirt bike and had a six-month waiting list for that model. Saiki expects the same this year, despite the downturn. More than 100 buyers have already made $1,092 deposits to reserve Zero S’s, sight unseen. 

Other electric options, with top speeds of 70 and 150 miles per hour, respectively: the $9,290 Electric Motorsport GPR-S (currently available for order) and $75,401 Mission Motors Mission One (slated for delivery in early 2010). 

There are even more electric models coming down the pike, including an electric motorcycle from Honda, promised for 2011, and the forthcoming $13,107 Brammo Enertia. Hybrid offerings like the EVII and Piaggio are also joining the pack. 

By the Numbers

Until the first quarter of 2009, when the economic crisis sent U.S. motorcycle sales tumbling 21 per cent, bike sales had grown steadily, increasing 58 per cent to 6.6 million since 1998, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC). 

Motorcycles tend to do well in tough economic times, as drivers look for ways to save on fuel and vehicle purchase costs. Americans bought 1.1 million motorcycles last year, the sixth year in a row that domestic bike sales topped 1 million units, according to the MIC. Prior to this six-year period, the last time U.S. motorcycle sales topped 1 million was in the early 1970s, when oil prices jumped. 

Honda President and CEO Takeo Fukui says he expects motorcycle sales to support the company through difficult times. He even predicts consistent and extended market growth in Asia and South America, where motorcycles are used for daily transport rather than recreation. Honda sold 15.1 million motorcycles worldwide last year, up 12 per cent from 2007.

American Revolution

Historically, Americans have used motorcycles for play, not work, while Europeans and Asians rely on small motorbikes for inexpensive transport through narrow streets. But that divide is slowly narrowing, says Paolo Timoni, president of Italy-based motorcycle maker Piaggio USA. Piaggio sells seven brands of motorcycles and scooters worldwide.

Motorcycles are gaining traction in the States mainly because commuters are realizing how much gasoline they can save, how much easier it is to find parking, and how effective bikes are for avoiding congestion, Timoni says. Not to mention the fact that electric bikes require almost no maintenance (since they have only one moving part, the rotor) and will never leak gasoline or brake fluid. 

A recently passed 10 per cent federal tax credit for electric motorcycles has no doubt helped spur interest as well.

Of course, it will take some doing to convince Harley loyalists to convert to electric machines. But electric-bike makers say they aren’t necessarily trying to win converts. Instead, they want to sell motorcycles to people who already love them and are looking to augment their garage portfolios with something green.

Those electric makers will know they’ve hit it big when they get a Hell’s Angels chapter of their own.

In Pictures: Electric Motorcycles Gain Traction

Ferrari sets sales record

May 19, 2009 by  
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by Mark Nichol

A 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa has sold at auction for a whopping 9.2 million Euros ($14.3M) making it the most expensive car ever sold. It went under the hammer at the third annual Ferrari ‘Leggenda e Passione’ event, held in Maranello in association with Sotheby’s. The price is around $3.2M more than the previous world record, which was set at the last event by a 1961 Ferrari 250GT California Spider, once owned by actor James Coburn.

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This car, one of only 22 now-legendary ‘pontoon-fender’, 250s ever made between 1957 and 1958, was raced regularly, notably in the ’1000km Buenos Aires’ in January 1958. The 250 TR competed in 19 championship races in total, winning ten of them. Ferrari has not revealed the identity of the purchaser, which is also referred to by its chassis designation ’0714TR’, but plenty is known about its history.

It was delivered to its first owner in December 1957, racing driver Piero Drogo, before being debuted at the aforementioned Buenos Aires race where it finished fourth. It then entered the Grand Prix of Cuba and Portugal before being sold to a wealthy Texan called Alan Connell, who used it to win a handful of races on the North American circuit. Its last race was in June 1963 at the Elkhart Lake 500.

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Carfax doesn’t always offer all the facts: Marketplace investigation

May 15, 2009 by  
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Jennifer Leask, CBC News

An investigation by CBC-TV’s Marketplace has revealed that vehicle history reports obtained from Carfax are often lacking key data from several sources.

Using a web-based service, the company provides reports to individuals and businesses on used cars and light trucks in Canada and the United States. But, the Marketplace investigation showed those reports are often missing information, like some Canadian and most U.S. insurance claims as well as inspection information from auction houses, which means consumers may be lulled into a false sense of security about a potential used car purchase.

Marketplace ran Carfax reports using the unique Vehicle Identification Numbers, or VINs, for used cars for sale or already sold in Canada and then the results were compared to information gleaned from other databases.

This Carfax report, provided by a used car dealer and captured on a Marketplace hidden camera, showed no problems with a car later found to have been involved in two accidents.This Carfax report, provided by a used car dealer and captured on a Marketplace hidden camera, showed no problems with a car later found to have been involved in two accidents.CBC
Ads for the company, which is based in Centreville, Va., encourage consumers not to buy a used car without first checking Carfax. The company claims it is, “the first step to protecting yourself against buying used cars with costly hidden problems.”

The Carfax website claims the company, “receives information from more than 20,000 data sources including every U.S. and Canadian provincial motor vehicle agency, plus many auto auctions, fire and police departments, collision repair facilities, fleet management and rental agencies, and more.”

The Marketplace investigation revealed that while odometer readings and junk or salvaged titles are provided to Carfax from provincial and private insurance providers, accident or insurance claim history is not always included.

At one dealership in Port Coquitlam, B.C., a dozen vehicles with accident-free Carfax reports actually had frame damage records from the U.S. auction houses where they were sold to Canadian dealerships.

Data not always up to date

Another problem plaguing the popular service, which costs $39.99 US for 30 days of unlimited searching, is a time lag between when an accident or insurance claim occurs and when it is recorded in the Carfax system.

Marketplace uncovered police reports on two accidents involving the same 2005 Acura RSX. One of the accidents took place in 2005 in New York State, and the other in 2008 in Florida. Only the 2008 accident is noted in a Carfax report.

Larry Gamache, a Carfax spokesman, told Marketplace host Erica Johnson, “As quickly as people can report the information to us, we include it in our database.”

Marketplace host Erica Johnson checks out frame damage on a truck with mechanic Chris Evans. The damage found by Evans contradicts the Carfax report indicating the vehicle had an accident-free history.Marketplace host Erica Johnson checks out frame damage on a truck with mechanic Chris Evans. The damage found by Evans contradicts the Carfax report indicating the vehicle had an accident-free history. CBC
Darren Brockett bought a 2002 Nissan X-Terra after seeing an accident-free Carfax report on the Port Coquitlam dealer’s website.

A frame damage record from the auction house was found when Marketplace ran the VIN of the X-Terra through other databases. With the owner’s permission,Marketplace took the truck to a frame alignment specialist, and confirmed the frame damage.

“It looks like it took an impact on the front, either sideways or more directly in front, bent this rail in, kinked it up in this area, and when they straightened it, [it] cracked,” said Chris Evans, a mechanic at West Coast Alignment and Frame in Vancouver.

Evans inspected the damage to the front right side of the truck and said it was likely unsafe to drive.

During the interview with Carfax, Johnson explained that Brockett trusted Carfax to “let him know if the truck he was buying had any problems.”

Gamache’s response was, “I’m sorry he was mistaken.”

Prepare your car for warm weather

May 5, 2009 by  
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DriverSense – Kevin Fleming

Do you think winter is the only season that requires special maintenance?  Think again.

With winter finally behind us, many of us look forward to the warm spring and summer months.  Heck, even fall isn’t so bad compared to a Canadian winter!  There are, however, certain things that you must do to prepare your house, wardrobe and even your car for a change in temperature.  Keeping up with a few simple maintenance tasks not only improves your vehicle, it also minimizes the environmental impact it has.  From simple aesthetic things to more complicated efficiency issues, your ‘winter car’ is very different from your ‘summer car’, even if it is the same vehicle.

Change Your Tires

Remember the winter tires that you had put on your car to provide better traction during icy months?  Well it is time to remove them because they work best on snow-covered roads.  Winter tires are also considerably more expensive than all-season tires, so naturally you want them to last as many winters as possible.  Driving in warm temperatures on sand-covered roads will only cause them to wear out faster.

Give Your Car A Wash

It sounds simple enough, but when you think of all that sand and salt leftover from the winter, your car really does need a good wash…and by good I mean the works.  Consider washing from the bottom up to keep from splashing dirt from the wheel wells (this part of the car has the most sand and salt) back onto the areas you have already cleaned.  It is also a good idea to invest in a couple of wash mitts.  They contain no abrasive material and manage to get the job done well.

The inside of your car will likely need to be cleaned also.  Salt and other debris can find their way into the smallest of crevices and, let’s face it, everyone wants their car to shine outside and inside.  Rinsing the floor mats and vacuuming underneath will remove salt thoroughly.  When it comes to the windows, your regular household glass cleaners work just as well as special auto cleaning products.
Have The Brakes Checked

 

With all of the slipping and sliding your brakes had to endure during the winter, don’t be surprised if your brakes squeal or have to be pushed all the way down before they do their job.  Have your mechanic check them out if you are not sure of their performance abilities, just to be safe.  When it comes to brakes, it is better that you are overly cautious than not cautious enough.

Other Services

While your brakes are being checked, be sure to mention any strange noises you may have noticed, as they can be a result of winter wear and tear.  You may want to have your mechanic check your vehicle’s suspension and steering because cold weather (and frost) can affect both of these internal systems.  As well, changing windshield washer fluid makes sense because you no longer need the de-icing offered by winter washer fluids.  Check for one specifically designed to clean bugs off the windshield, as it is common to have them stuck on, especially after a long drive.

There are many other services you can have done for your car, such as transmission fluid changes, air filter and oil changes, checking for any leaks and ensuring there are no cracks under the hood, however, following the maintenance schedule written in your vehicle’s manual will keep it running smoothly and efficiently.

Once your car has been serviced, why not plan a road trip to celebrate the end of winter?  Whether it is with friends, family, a special someone or all of the above, make the most out of the warm months.  The spring and summer seasons won’t last very long.  Before you know it, it will be time to have those winter tires installed and washer fluid changed yet again.

Stay Green Year Round!

Understanding the importance of seasonal maintenance is an essential step to driving a safer vehicle.  It is also a part of making sure your car emits the least amount of pollutants possible.  Every action you take to improve your vehicle’s longevity lessens your carbon footprint as well as the hit to your wallet.  If you haven’t already done so, go take care of your vehicle and get enjoy the warm weather…while it lasts.

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