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Top 10 Best Engines for 2015

It’s the end of the year, which in the auto industry means various ‘of the year’ lists are appearing to sum up the most significant new cars and trucks of the past 12 months. In addition, one of the most watched parts of this automotive award season is the annual Ward’s Auto 10 Best Engines list. The jurors at Ward’s evaluated 37 new or improved powertrains and showing automakers’ current emphasis on fuel economy that group included 15 turbocharged four-cylinder engines, four electric powertrains, and the first-ever hydrogen fuel-cell powertrain to be eligible for the award. They made up what the jurors called the most diverse field ever. Here are Ward’s 10 best engines for 2015: 127-kilowatt electric motor (BMW i3) 6.2-liter OHV V-8 (Chevrolet Corvette Stingray) 6.2-liter Supercharged OHV V-8 (Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat) 1.0-liter Turbocharged DOHC 3-cylinder (Ford Fiesta) 100-kW Fuel Cell (Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Vehicle) 1.5-liter Turbocharged DOHC 3-cylinder (MINI Cooper) 3.0-liter Turbodiesel DOHC V-6 (Ram 1500 EcoDiesel) 2.0-liter Turbocharged H-4 (Subaru WRX) 1.8-liter Turbocharged DOHC I-4 (Volkswagen Golf) 2.0-liter Turbocharged DOHC I-4 (Volvo S60) The supercharged 6.2-liter Hellcat V-8 from Dodge has generated plenty of buzz everywhere else, and with 707 horsepower it certainly has the muscle to be considered […]

10 Reasons to Become a Mechanic

We’ve all heard about the shortage of skilled tradespeople in the United States, and the increasing age of those that are left. If you’re at this site, it’s probably safe to say that you have some slight interest in Auto Repair. Maybe you’re a Mechanic yourself, an avid DIY-er, or simply the curious sort. Perhaps you know someone who is. Whatever the case may be, if a new career is in the offing, there’s no reason to not consider Auto Repair. In fact, there are ten really good reasons to consider it! 1. JOB STABILITY. The need for Mechanic is kind of like the need for doctors – everyone everywhere will always need them. Being a Mechanic offers you a certain level of security: a good Mechanic can always find employment, and the job can’t be outsourced! 2. LESS STUDENT LOAN DEBT. College students these days are graduating with tens of thousands of dollars worth of student loan debt. Choosing a trade like Auto Repair often means you can attend vocational school or a community college for significantly less money, and then enter an apprenticeship where you’re actually paid while you learn the trade. 3. ADVANCEMENT OPPORTUNITIES. Auto Repair is […]

How Do I prepare for a long trip?

A week or so before you leave, have regular maintenance done, like oil and filter change. Specifically, ask the shop to check the air filter and change it if necessary. Changing the air filter is an inexpensive way to enhance fuel economy and performance. Also have them check the tires again. If the pressure has gone down since the last check, you may have a leak that can be fixed on the spot. HAVE  YOUR REPAIR SHOP CHECK THE RIRE PRESSURE AND ADJUST IT. If the pressure is too low, it can cause a blowout at high speed. Also have them check the tread on the tires for excessive wear. (You can also do this yourself by placing the head of a penny into the tread of the tire. If you can see all of Lincoln’s head, you probably need new tires.) Be sure to have your repair shop check to see that the spare tire is inflated and the appropriate tools are available to install it if necessary. HAVE THE AUTO REPAIR SHOP CHECK THE COOLANT Are you going somewhere with a warmer or colder climate? Let your repair shop know so your mechanic can adjust the mixture of […]

Should I repair my car or buy a new one ?

Something goes wrong with your car and you’re faced with a high repair bill. It would be nice to get a new car, but is that the smartest decision? Would you be better off fixing your current ride, or is it really time to buy a new one? The answers to these questions will vary, so let me give you some information that might help you make a more informed decision. REASON TO FIX YOUR CURRENT VEHICLE. If you aren’t sure if fixing it is the right thing to do, here are a few reasons why it is a good idea to bite the bullet and get the repairs done. It is almost always less expensive to repair a car than buy a new one. Although something as severe as a blown motor or failed transmission will run you in the thousands of dollars to replace, it still isn’t enough to buy a new car. (It would certainly make a nice down payment, but then there are the monthly payments to consider.) Insurance and registration fees will go up with a new car. A new car typically loses an estimated 20 percent of its value the moment you drive it […]

How often should I change my oil ?

For maximum protection, most oil companies say to change the oil every 3,000 miles or three to six months regardless of what type of driving you do. A new engine with little or no wear can probably get by on 7,500 mile oil changes. But as an engine accumulates miles, it dumps more unburned fuel into the crankcase which dilutes the oil. This causes the oil to break down. So if the oil isn’t changed often enough, you can end up with accelerated wear and all the engine problems that come with it (loss of performance and fuel economy, and increased emissions and oil consumption). Regular oil changes as part of preventative maintenance are cheap insurance against engine wear, and will always save you money in the long run if you keep a car for more than three or four years. WHAT ABOUT THE OIL FILTER ? To reduce the costs of vehicle ownership and maintenance, many car makers say the oil filter only needs to be replaced at every other oil change. Most mechanics will tell you this is false economy. The oil filters on most engines today have been downsized to save weight, cost and space. The “standard” […]

Best Automotive Tips and Tricks!

Summer can be tough on cars, especially during high temperatures when heat can destroy batteries and stress the cooling system and tires. As a precaution, these vehicle components should be checked periodically during summer to help avoid breakdowns and car problems, according to the Car Care Council. LIFE OF YOUR BATTERY Excessive heat and overcharging shorten the life of a battery. Heat causes battery fluid to evaporate, which then damages the internal structure of the battery. A malfunctioning component in the charging system, usually the voltage regulator, allows too high a charging rate, which will eventually destroy a battery. To get the most life out of a battery, the council recommends having the electrical system checked to make sure it is charging at the correct rate. If your car’s battery is the type that needs to be topped off, check it often, especially in hot weather and add distilled water if necessary. Keep the top of the battery clean. Dirt can become a conductor, which drains battery power. If corrosion accumulates on battery terminals, it becomes an insulator and inhibits the current flow. THE COOLING SYSTEM. The cooling system also works harder during hot temperatures to prevent overheating of the […]

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