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General Automotive Frequently Asked Questions

On: Mon, Sep 26, 2011 at 9:08AM | By: Peter C Sessler


General Automotive Frequently Asked Questions test 2

Q: I’ve got a 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier which runs fine. However, in the past two years, I’ve noticed that the paint is actually coming off in certain areas—primarily on the roof and on the hood, leaving a light gray area. It isn’t rusting out or anything, but it sure makes the car look bad. What do you suggest?
A:
This sort of thing is happening with other makes, too, not just your Cavalier. The problem is that the car makers don’t put as much paint on their cars as they used to, so the paint eventually wears-off. Obviously, your car is way past any kind of warranty action so you can either: A) leave it alone, B) touch it up (but that won’t look very good), or C) have your car repainted. If you plan on keeping your car for a while longer, option C is the best way to go. Of course, taking your car to a body shop and having it painted is a major proposition; however, you can take your car to Maaco, and the results aren’t bad at allconsidering what they charge. I’ve used them with pretty good results, and you’ll find they often run half-price sales. Call them and ask them when their next sale is on.


Television Just Got A Little Better: Velocity Channel Coming Next Month

On: Fri, Sep 23, 2011 at 4:23PM | By: Chris Weiss


Television Just Got A Little Better: Velocity Channel Coming Next Month test 2

A common scenario: You slowly sink into the couch after a long day of work, turn on the television, and start to unwind. Unfortunately, after you catch the last 15 minutes of an entertaining show, there's nothing on. You flip up through the tens or hundreds of channels in your cable package, then come back down. You waste half an hour flipping around in hopes that the next time slot will bring something better. Still nothing. All of a sudden, you're not unwinding so much as working again. TV isn't supposed to be this difficult.

And soon it won't have to be. The Discovery Channel is already a great place to stop for shows about hauling logs and digging for gold, and it's about to get better. Next month, Discovery will spin off a network called Velocity. Keep your TV tuned in at all times and you may be able to throw your remote away.


Active Suspensions

On: Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 4:31PM | By: Peter C Sessler


Active Suspensions test 2

Aren’t all suspensions “active”—that is, some part of the suspension is always doing something whenever a vehicle is being driven?  Like everything automotive, the suspension in your car is a compromise. A car could be made to corner really well—but that usually comes at the expense of a smooth ride. Or a car can be set up to ride softly, yet when it encounters a series of bumps the suspension gets flustered and the wheels lose traction. So, as long as the road conditions encountered are within the suspension's built-in parameters, and you’re aware of them, everything is fine.


Exterior Paint Question And Answer

On: Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 5:20PM | By: Peter C Sessler


Exterior Paint Question And Answer test 2

Q: How can you tell when you need to wax or polish your car? I know of the old water beading testif water beads then the wax is still good.
As all cars today use clear coat paints, it can be difficult to really tell when your car’s paint needs waxing. The danger here is that you can neglect your paint thinking all the while its fine. Here are a couple of quick tests you can use: 1) Wad a clean terry cloth and rub it along a clean area of your car. If you hear squeaking, then it’s wax time. 2) After washing your car run your fingertips along the surface of the hood or trunk. If you feel rough spots or your hand doesn’t glide easily, then it’s time to wax.


 

Tata Nano Loves Gooold

On: Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 4:29PM | By: Chris Salamone


Gold Tata Nano test 2

Easily one of the least expensive cars on planet Earth, the Tata Nano has become the object of the people—a symbol of accessibility, mobility, unreliability, and practicality for the masses. While native Indian models start around $2,500 and the much anticipated North American model is expected to cost about $7,000, the Tata family has developed another price point worthy of note. Except this time only one man is capable of pulling off such an exceptionally appointed automobile, and he is from Holland… not North America or India. This latest Tata Nano is not a production vehicle, and couldn’t possibly be reproduced on a mass scale. That’s because it cost $4.6 million to create.

Yes, a company known for incredible value has developed a car completely decked out in gold, silver, and precious gems. Why, you ask? Unfortunately, this is not for a fourth installment of the funniest movie trilogy of all time, Austin Powers. Instead the Tata family is trying to execute a two-player sway publicity stunt intended to promote enthusiasm for the randomly combustible Nano and in celebration of the 5,000-year anniversary for their jewelry company in India. That’s quite a milestone, made more important by the Tata family’s ownership of the Gold Plus jewelry company.


100 Years Of Chevrolet - 1969 Camaro Named G.O.A.T.

On: Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 3:12PM | By: Chris Salamone


1969 Chevy Camaro test 2

You may remember a little competition we had at AutoShopper.com back in July when we asked fans which Chevy, in their opinion, was the greatest of all time. It seems Chevrolet had the same discussion and, surprisingly, with a lot of the same results—although on a much larger scale. After 124,368 votes cast, and defeating the 1970 Chevelle SS in the final round, the 1969 Camaro earned the distinction of being the best Chevrolet of the past century.

In truth, the competition really wasn’t even close. The 1970 Chevelle SS earned 18,449 votes or just shy of 15% of the total. On the other hand, the 1969 Camaro earned 25,058 votes or just over 20% of the total.


September Car Shows: The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!

On: Sat, Sep 17, 2011 at 9:32AM | By: Lou Ruggieri


September Car Shows: The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year! test 2

It's the most wonderful time of the year

With the car shows gathering

And everyone saying "Is that a 4:11 rear?"

It's the most wonderful time of the year

It's the hap-happiest season of all


Tireglyphics

On: Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 5:26PM | By: Peter C Sessler


Tireglyphics test 2

If you’ve ever taken a really close look at your tires, you’d probably noticed lots of letters and numbers on the sidewalls. There’s lots of information there and the best way to explain what they mean is to decode the most important numbers found on a tire. In our example, we’ll use 205/65R 15 89V.


Smarts To Descend On The "Dragon" This Weekend. I, Sadly, Must Be Elsewhere.

On: Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 4:24PM | By: Andrew W Davis


Photoillustration by author using photo from OutSMARTINGthedragon.com test 2

It has been brought to my attention that I may have alienated some of this site’s potential “fans” through my story (or ten) that MAY have contained some less than laudatory comments regarding the, um, transportation device that hates capital letters, the smart.

So I’m going to play this one more carefully than the others, letting the Smart fans—I still refuse to call them “smart fans” for religious reasons—tell the story (somewhat) themselves.

This, folks, is my serious face.


What's In A Name?

On: Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 4:57PM | By: Peter C Sessler


What's In A Name? test 1-1

A friend of mine recently got a new car, a Kia Sorento. I know that Kia is a Korean car so I decided to look into them a little bit. And did they try to imagine what it would be like to answer someone when asked what kind of a car they drive? “Why, I drive a new 2011 Sorento” or  “Yes, I just got a new Sorento,” replied John proudly. What kind of a name is this? To me, it sounds like my friend just got some pasta and Sorento cheese.

Originally, cars were named after the people who built them, such as the Dodge brothers, Louis Chevrolet, or Henry Ford, and even REO (Ransom Ely Olds, who also founded Oldsmobile). Even so, a brand name other than the maker’s name can create excitement; that’s probably why so many cars have been named after animals, Mustang, Camaro, Impala, Jaguar all come to mind. Exotic places and names of towns have also been used freely over the years. Newport, Malibu, and so forth.

Of course, car makers for years have used car names to try to give their cars a sense of more than they really are. For example, Pontiac used Grand Prix for some time, but if you translate it from the French, all it means is “Grand Prize.” Obviously, Pontiac thought it sure would sound a lot better to say Grand Prix than Grand Prize. Think of how silly it is to say “I drive a Pontiac Grand Prize.” Some car makers have even made up words to describe their cars. Does anyone know what a “Camry” is?


The Color Of Antifreeze

On: Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 2:38PM | By: Peter C Sessler


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It really used to be much simpler than it is now. When you needed some antifreeze, you just went to the parts store and got some. All cars used the same old green or yellow/gold stuff. Today, it’s not that simple any more. There's now red, orange, green, yellow, and blue to choose from and they're not all compatible with each other. Still, the majority of the cars on the road use the good old green or yellow/gold antifreeze.

To find out for sure which one your car has, look in the owner's manual or, better yet, open the radiator cap and see what you've got. Before we look at the various types of antifreezes, let's take a look at why your car's engine needs antifreeze at all.