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how car gears work?

Internal-combustion engines run at high speeds, so a reduction in gearing is necessary to transmit power to the drive wheels, which turn much more slowly. The gearbox provides a selection of gears for different driving conditions: standing start, climbing a hill, or cruising on level surfaces. The lower the gear,…

How to Get Your Driver’s License

How to Get Your Driver's License  You must have a driver's license to legally operate a motor vehicle in the United States. If you are new to driving, start with a learner's permit. Take your time and practice, and schedule your appointment for your driver's test when you're ready. Driver's…
foggy road driving

Safety Precautions to take while driving in foggy conditions

  As winters have already chipped-in, the chilling sensations are certainly what a daily commuter has to bear with. The chilly season might not be extremely dangerous in other parts of the country, but in the northern region, it certainly could be dangerous and fatal. It also creates extremely adverse…
Annual State Inspection

Prepping Your Vehicle for Its Annual State Inspection

Annual State Inspection: Since 1932, the State of Virginia has required vehicle owners to have their cars and trucks checked for mechanical safety and reliability by a State certified facility & mechanic once every 6 months. Yes, twice a year. The state required a bi-annual vehicle inspection up until the…
Extreme cold can spell disaster for car batteries. Hot summers kick things off by causing important fluid in a battery to evaporate, then winter comes knocking and forces the battery to work harder by slowing down its chemical reactions. Many batteries will survive winter, but others won’t be so lucky. Find out why car batteries fail in the winter so you can get ahead of the cold.

WHY CAR BATTERIES DIE IN WINTER

Extreme cold can spell disaster for car batteries in winter. Hot summers kick things off by causing important fluid in a battery to evaporate, then winter comes knocking and forces the battery to work harder by slowing down its chemical reactions. Many batteries will survive winter, but others won’t be…

Snow: The Car Killer

As winter approaches, car owners prepare for a familiar problem: the damaging effects of snow on their cars. Although this happens every year, few people know the true cost of snow damage, or how to deal with it. Here are a few of the ways that snow damages vehicles: How…
Driving in the Rain

Tips for Driving in the Rain

Whenever a little rain falls on the streets and freeways of Los Angeles, the city's drivers seem to fall apart. Rates of accidents, commute times, and tempers all go through the proverbial roof. But driving in the rain doesn't have to be stressful or particularly treacherous. Common-sense tips like not…
brake drum

What Are Brake Drum and What Do They Do?

A brake drum is a cylindrical drum that is attached to the inside of a car’s wheel, and so rotates at the same speed as the wheel. The drum surrounds a set of brake shoes that are coated in materials that generate friction. When the brake pedal is pressed, these…

Are You Keeping Up with Oil Changes?

As a vehicle owner, it is necessary to provide your car with numerous forms of auto maintenance that ensure you don't end up stuck on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck in anticipation of an extensive and expensive auto repair. The maintenance service most frequently required…
routine maintenance

What is routine maintenance on a car?

Routine car maintenance is mandatory in order to keep a car running properly. The following guidelines are the approximate intervals many car manufacturers suggest auto maintenance service be performed. However, always refer to the owner's manual, dealer, or authorized service professional for the particular service and intervals required.   Every…