As You Get Older You Lose Your Memory


At least this is what we are told happens. Sometimes I truly wish that were correct or at least I could wipe portions of my memory like resetting the 'Check Engine Light' on a vehicle.Like you, I have a full day typically, but I seem to manage time for reading some interesting sites and reflecting on the information there. I usually read the international financial news and help and advice for UK and EU car owners as well as selective articles on Yahoo news.Recently, I was invited by the administrator at Bloody Cars to post an article occasionally and since then I try to read more on their website. It is truly amazing at the quality, power, performance and fuel economy of the vehicles being sold to the public in the UK and EU. Especially as it contrasts to those same manufacturers products being sold to the American public.I vividly remember attending a manufacturers training class in 1995 where they were demonstrating a new diagnostic tool.

The demonstration used a new vehicle from the manufacturer and the presenter was very impressed with the large engine of the vehicle, etc, without regard to fuel economy or anything else. I asked a simple question "Why are you building these things?" To which he replied, "because the public wants them!"I asked this question because more and more customers were openly stating they wanted better fuel economy, performance, quality, engineering and safety. This new vehicle from the manufacturer was completely the opposite of these customer wants. Or in other words the manufacturer was 'out of touch with the customer.'If you are old enough to remember the Pontiac Fiero, that was a car that the marketing people at GM got exactly right. Their target market was a female, single, 23 years of age, and just getting started in their career. According to statistics I saw over 80% of all sales were to this group. So they can get it right! Side notes: after 18 months of ownership 50% of this group was married. The second owner was typically young males.I am not suggesting there is not a market segment for these high powered low fuel economy vehicles, but some thought needs to be explored for the lager customer base in the USA that desires the other benefits.An interview with Mr. Mark Reuss of GM North America on Yahoo News discussing profits, new models and engines pointed out that GM will make "new V-8 engines on its new Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra pickups next year. But smaller engines with turbochargers may be in the offing, especially in new versions of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickups", he said.

On the site, Bloody Cars are many articles which clearly demonstrate cars can be built that deliver what the customer wants and needs. Two articles especially show what is possible NOW from these same manufacturers.Thinking that perhaps I was out of touch with the markets, I searched and found a report of the top 10 fuel economy vehicles sold in the USA that are not hybrid vehicles.Looking closely at the specifications for the 1.6 liter Ford Fiesta which is 120bhp and 112 lb-ft of torque. That same engine in the UK currently goes up to 177 bhp. If you add in the performance chip tuning from Superchips you increase that to 211 bhp. Vauhall (GM Europe) is promising 1.6 turbo gasoline engine with up to 197 bhp while increasing fuel economy by 13%.This proves that it is possible to have the power and the fuel economy, and it begs the question whether the manufacturers are out of touch still with the American public or is there another force at work here?Why can't the American public have those vehicles from the UK and EU markets with great power, performance and fuel economy blending into our vehicle population now? Doesn't the American public deserve vehicles that get 40 to 60 miles per gallon while delivering all the other benefits?Surely the American public could find something to do with all that money NOT going into the oil companies pockets!On a side note to all the lottery, raffle and bingo players. UK motor charity SKIDZ is holding a charity raffle of a 1994 Porsche 968 setup as a track car. The raffle ends May 31, 2012 and has great odds with a very low entry fee. Here is the link;Copyright ?? 2012 JD Durham

Essential Car Tools


Usually in non-working days most of the people tend to spend some time to repair automotive by own self. Although it is a mental satisfying and money-saving experience, but sometimes it becomes very frustrating experience if your collection of auto tools is missing some important pieces. It is always good to have the right auto tools for the right time. There are some fundamental automotive tools that will enable you to do most of the car repairing at your residence. Following is the list of some basic essential automotive tools. Screwdrivers Screwdrivers are one of the most fundamental tools. They come in various types and sizes. They are useful while, removing wires, checking battery cables, swapping out a reservoir and brackets. You would require both Phillips and screwdrivers having flat-head. There are also Screw drivers that have magnet at the top so that it becomes more reliable and accurate. Pliers Pliers come in many sizes. Pliers are the jacks-of-all trades of your automotive tool set. There are many kinds of pliers such as needle pliers, nose pliers and the pliers with vise-grip. Everyone have their own specific use and a good set of pliers is a must for your tool kit.

Ratchets By using ratchets, you can easily tighten or loosen a bolt with less effort and force often in a very tight space. The biggest advantage is that it is unlike a regular wrench, which has to be removed and replaced several times to get response as a few swings of a ratchet handle. When the ratchet is proper and smooth, it is easy to complete the task quickly. Clecos Cleco mostly used in Race Car crafting and it is easy to use. If you are imagining a re-usable pop rivet, you must need a cleco pliers, and its shank shrinks down to allow the end to be inserted into a corresponding hole in a piece of sheet metal. Multi-meter It is an important tool which helps to tackle with electrical problems and diagnosing voltage issues that most of the times occurs in your vehicle. It is necessary to have it in order to avoid electrical problems.

LED Torch When it becomes dark and you need to go searching for stray bolts, screws, and well-hidden parts, an LED torch is a nevertheless blessing for you in that scenario. One that doubles up as a lamp you can hang from the hood is a bonus. Floor Jack Floor jacks are more stable than normal car jacks. They're faster than car jacks; plus, they have long handles, so you don't have to bend to the ground to operate them. They allow you to change the tire of your car with a lot of ease. A decent hydraulic floor jack is very helpful when you're doing car repairs. Jack Stand After you have raised your vehicle using a jack, it is important that you use a jack stand to take on the whole weight of the vehicle. Jack stands provide your car with significant stability and provide you with greater confidence while working underneath your vehicle.

Applications of The Tread Depth Tire


Tires play a vital part in the working of each and every vehicle. Without an efficient tire, a vehicle has no meaning associated with it. For smooth movement, a tire should have good contact with the road underneath. Not only the movement, but also it needs to balance the whole weight evenly. By satisfying these two criteria, a tire will have good lateral control and forward motion. The tread depth tire is one of the vital factors that determine the handling and grip of vehicle tires. Tread depth is basically the height of the tread located on the outer part of the tire.In snow tiresThe benefit of tires is mainly experienced in snow season. The pavement will be mostly covered with ice and snow, thus you need to apply more pressure on the vehicles to go through it. If you use the normal tires, the condition will be even worse. Standard or all season tires are commonly the low tread depth tires. If you prefer non studded tires that are specially made for the winter season, the traction power will be much more. It is due to the fact that these tires are mainly characterized by their long and strong treads. These treads reduce the stress of tires by running through the road smoothly. They crush the ice particles and make the way clear to drive. In most places, a fixed value of tread depth is defined.

On purchasing the tires, make sure that the value is not less than that limit. If you find the treads are getting bald, you can reinstall them using the metal treads available in the market. Not all studded tires have that property; you need to buy the tires with removable treads for frequent maintenance.In racing tiresThere are basically two types of racing tires. One is specially made for the summer season and the other for wet surface. Tires for dry roads are not made with lengthy treads. It is an essential component while considering the wet roads. The dry tires without any treads are called slicks; they don't need any water channels as the climate is not wet. During the wet season, tires require special channels to deviate the flow of water. Thus they are installed with efficient treads and are called long tread depth tire.

If the racing is carried out in highways, the tire needs a tread depth in a range between 8/32 and 12/32. By increasing the tread depth, there will be more chance for the channeling of mud and water.In large trucksTires of large trucks are not like the normal tires. They need extra lengthy treads to maintain a good contact with the road. For enhanced traction and grip over the roads, special technologies are to be applied on the treads. In such a view, the heavy truck tires are made with long and efficient treads to balance the weight. The length of treads in such cases comes in a range of five to ten inches.I hope you got a clear idea about the applications of the tread depth tire.