Thursday, May 6, 2010

Vacation Season Car Care Essentials

Car Care Essentials vacation for your family road trips and summer vacation this year.

(NAPSI)-The summer months are well known to every vehicle as a driver on the road for long weekend getaways or too hard.

To ensure that you are ready for the summer drive, with easy maintenance steps will ensure your stay is memorable for all the right reasons.

Get a tune up and check your AC:

A melody, before you could on a long trip to be led to improved fuel consumption by 4-12 percent. Auto manufacturers recommend a tune up every two years, or 30,000 miles, whichever occurs first. If your air conditioning is not new, check the technicians checked the refrigerant charge, compressor belt and have compressor clutch.

Maintain your cooling system:

Engine coolant is dirty, then the system flushed and refilled at regular intervals - usually every three years or 36,000 miles. Never check the radiator or coolant when the engine is hot. A product for the reduction of engine heat is Royal Purple's Purple Ice Coolant Additive. This high-performance radiator coolant additive promotes optimal synthetic coolant supply by helping to prevent formation of calcium deposits in the radiator and also lubricates the water pump seals. Learn more at

Do not Forget The Spare:

When checking your tires for proper inflation and regular wear sure your spare tire is ready to use in case you need to be put into operation when on the go.

Change your windshield wipers:

Experts recommend changing your blades every six to 12 months. Remember to check not, and change your rear window wiper blade, too!

Road Emergency Kit:

Once these elements, it could easily return to the road:

• First aid kit, aspirin, bandages, gauze, eyewash, wet wipes, antibiotic ointment and burn cream Including

• Duct tape can be fixed temporarily, a broken windscreen wiper, hold glass together, pick up glass shards, serve as temporary cover and repair a broken gas hose

• Brightly cloth or "emergency" character that can bind you or somewhere on your car to help with color signal

• mobile phone. If you do not want to use a regular phone, there are special units and 911 pre-paid mobile phones

• Tools such as wrenches, screwdrivers, pliers and wrench

• booster cable directly to a dead or defective battery

• Extra fuses

• Blankets

• emergency light or flashlight

• mineral water.

More To Safe Braking Than Just Your Brakes

What's Stopping You?

There's More To Safe Braking Than Just Your Brakes

(NAPSI)-When it comes to the performance of your vehicle's brakes, the margin of "safety" can often be measured in inches--the few inches you've stopped short of another car or that dog or squirrel darting across the road.

What many vehicle owners don't realize, however, is that braking performance relies on much more than just the brake system. Shock absorbers, struts, tires and chassis components also play big roles in helping you avoid accidents.

Safe braking depends on consistent, firm contact between your tires and the road. Worn shocks or struts, in particular, can prevent this secure contact by allowing your vehicle's wheels to "hop" after hitting a pothole, bump or other hazard.

"When the tires aren't in firm contact with the road, your brakes can't do their job," said car care expert Mark Christiaanse, director of product management for Tenneco Inc.'s Monroe® brand of ride control components. "That's why every brake job should also include a careful inspection of shocks and struts as well as steering linkage parts like ball joints and tie-rod ends."

The primary job of a shock absorber or strut is to provide resistance to the wheel's natural tendency to bounce away from road impacts. These components also help limit the transfer of vehicle weight from the rear to the front wheels in hard-braking situations. This helps balance the weight over all four wheels for shorter stopping distance and improved stability. Tenneco estimates that shocks and struts provide an average of 21 million of these stabilizing actions every 12,000 miles.

"Shocks and struts are obviously wear-intensive parts and should be inspected and replaced as part of normal vehicle maintenance," Christiaanse said. The independent Motorist Assurance Program now recommends replacing worn shocks and struts every 50,000 miles.

Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems: Are You "Under Pressure"?

TPMS tire pressure monitoring systems. Are you "Under Pressure"? Do not ignore this Dashboard Alert.

(NewsUSA) - Beginning with the 2008 model year are tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) now standard on all new cars in the United States, but many drivers do not know about it. Often a driver first TPMS if the symbol is introduced on their dashboard, which indicates that the air pressure is small in one or more tires - potentially dangerously low.

On average underinflated tires are responsible for nearly 700 cars crash every day. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that if all passenger vehicles with TPMS equipped, the annual number of motor vehicle crash deaths will decrease from about 120, and the annual number of injuries from car accidents will be reduced by about 8,500.

To raise awareness of TPMS and the importance of proper tire pressure, Schrader, the pioneer and leading manufacturer of tire pressure monitoring systems, has created. This comprehensive site offers the driver the important facts about TPMS, including how it improves vehicle safety and why it is now mandatory for all U.S. vehicles. In addition to safety information, the driver can also find out how much money they save on properly inflated tires and proper inflation, such as helping the environment.

If your vehicle is equipped with TPMS, the light is on, if one or more of your tires are 25 percent to reach below the recommended inflation pressure. If this happens, take care and:

* Find a safe place to check for removing your tire pressure. Keep a tire pressure gauge with your number of emergency items in your vehicle.

* When the light goes on while driving on the highway to pack speed, the steering wheel with both hands immediately if you experience a blow-out (rapid deflation) scenario. Slow, slow to a safe speed and find a safe place for pulling off to check your tire pressure.

* Once considered whether the tires all appear normal, proceed with caution to your tire pressure checked and filled to the proper tire pressure. This can be done at a service station or tire service center.

* If necessary, have the problem, tires or tires and TPMS system will be maintained during your next tire service center.

The TPMS light should go out within a few minutes drive to the repair or re-inflated tires.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Hyundai Blue Will Eco-friendly Gas-Hybrid Concept

Hyundai seems quite determined to hold on to their title as the most eco-friendly car company. At the Detroit Auto Show, they introduced a new gas-hybrid concept, the Blue Will, which is just a whole bunch of good ideas wrapped in a neat little package. Hyundai calls it a test bed.

What a bed it is. The hybrid car is a plug-in, letting owners recharge batteries on house current. But there is a whole lot more to the Blue Will. The glass roof integrates an array of dye-sensitive solar panels, designed to collect the sun’s energy while parked, recharging the battery and powering a small fan to keep the car cool while you’re in the mall.

The power plant is a combination of an all-aluminum 152-horsepower gasoline direct-inject engine that is attached to a Continuously Variable Transmission and a 100 kW electric motor, the heart of Hyundai’s proprietary parallel hybrid drive architecture. A lithium polymer battery runs the electric motor, a technology Hyundai will be using in its upcoming Elantra hybrid. Hyundai says the Blue Will can reach of distance of 40 miles on the battery alone. With both gasoline engine and electric motor engaged, Hyundai claims a highway rating of 100 miles per gallon or more.

Perhaps the most innovative feature on the car concerns the tailpipe. Cars expel a lot of energy in the form of exhaust heat. Hyundai has developed a thermal generator that mounts to the exhaust manifold to capture that energy, convert it to electricity and use it to power auxiliary systems in the vehicle, like the Bluetooth-enabled stereo system.
The ideas don’t stop with power generation.

The interior of the vehicle includes several high-tech innovations. The gauge cluster has been replaced by an ultra-thin Transparent Organic Light-Emitting Diode that displays in high-resolution color. The center stack is a touch-screen interface display that controls the HVAC, drive (PRNDL) selector and infotainment systems. In what Hyundai calls the focal point of the display, an “Eco-Coach” that graphically promotes fuel-saving behavior by providing constant feedback about fuel consumption and driving efficiency.

The exterior of the car also features several environmentally-sound innovations. Carbon-fiber reinforced plastics and nano-composites have been applied to side sills, moldings and fenders. Bioplastics have been used for panels and other interior and exterior parts. This includes the bike rack that is integrated into the trunk of the car.

With all these new innovations and features, one has to wonder what Hyundai will come up with next year.

All Wheel Drive CERV Army Hybrid Concept

All Wheel Drive CERV army is a hybrid concept car. This diesel-electric hybrid vehicles, and this is something between a golf cart and Hummer.

Military research and development has many different technologies over the years, including digital satellite technology, the Internet and of those, Awesome unmanned aircraft that look so good in the film. So Awesome piece of Tech made the army to unveil this year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit? Secret Electric Reconnaissance Vehicle, or CERV for brevity. This is true despite the army vehicle, using a partially runs on electricity. Army goes green.

Despite similar armored golf cart, CERV Wow has a lot of their small frame. This is a diesel-electric hybrid drive mounted on lightweight body. Military and private partners in the development of CERV, Quantum Fuel Systems Technologies inc. World, said the vehicle has a wonderful 5000 pound feet of torque and speed to maintain 80 miles per hour. It can also climb 60 percent grades. It can achieve this while using 25 percent less fuel than conventional vehicles of the army, as Hammer.

Both Quantum and research and development branch of the army tank automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (heavy Israeli APCs) are inspired by this CERV. For Quantum, the important windows of their Q-Force hybrid engine and shows how power can be produced from a small engine. For the Army, the transition to hybrid technology is that they think will save dollars and lives. The use of hybrid vehicles down, reducing the number of fuel needed in this area, which saves money. It also reduces the amount of fuel delivery trucks, which will be on the road in a hot zone like Afghanistan and Iraq, which is less risk of attack soldiers.

Army plans to use CERV for tasks involving intelligence, surveillance and tsilevkazannya. There are no words that civilian models will be available to the public.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

The Chevrolet Aveo RS Show Car

Chevrolet Aveo RS show car hot hatch, which attract more young driviers. New car and take a fresh look at the Chevy Aveo.When GM took a look at how to improve the existing Chevrolet Aveo, they decided to return to the drawing board. Old Aveo is not necessarily bad car, but it was a bit boring. GM wanted something more exciting, more "European". The new Aveo is a little about what a hot hatch, which should draw the attention of younger drivers.Exterior elements on the machine as flared fenders, dual array elements and the round tail lamps, should attract the eyes of many. Oversized brake cooling inlet integrates side fog light, that the car is very aggressive appearance. The rear of the car has an integrated spoiler, center-mounted with chrome exhaust sake, but also above the tail lamp. GM designers have said they took inspiration for motorcycles rear lights, giving a sports car feel.
One thing that clearly understand the potential buyer eyes a blue tint that GM abandoned car. Deep shade, GM calls it an electric Boracay Blue. They used color to highlight aspects of both inside and exterior of the car. In particular, brake Slide assembly Boracay painted blue, Popping a 19-inch, five spoke. On the inside, everything is done in matte black, black with glitter Highlights. Boracay Blue accent stitching can be seen on the dashboard, door inserts, steering wheel rim, gear boxes, parking brakes, seats and floor mats. The central console includes transmission, stereo systems and HVAC. Stereo is port USB MP3-players, these can be connected directly. No need for FM-transmitter here. Ice-Blue lights on the console helps Boracy Blue out.While are good car will always attract attention, most people want to know how the car performs. Because the Aveo is moving in a line of Chevy's cars to make room for the soon to be released Spark, you can expect improvements in the engine. Well, GM has decided to equip the Aveo with a 1.4-liter engine Ecotec, which puts out just 138 horsepower. This is the same engine that will replace the Cobalt, Chevy Cruze. Power is transmitted from the engine to the wheels through six-manual gearbox. There is no word or automatic model will be made available.One bit of news that might attract the attention of the buyer is the fact that the new Aveo will be built in the village of Orion in the southeast Michigan. The plant will be converted to the new Aveo in late 2010. M. says 1200 jobs will be restored starting this plant.

2011 Michelin Design Challenge

The 2011 Michelin Design Challenge is accepting pre-registration applications for it's 2011 theme, “+10: The Best is Yet to Come.” With the future in mind, France-based tire giant Michelin is now accepting pre-registration applications for its 2011 Design Challenge. The theme for the 2011 challenge is “+10: The Best is Yet to Come.” The company is asking designers to imagine what people will be driving in 2021 and put their ideas to paper. According to Michelin, the next decade will see a wellspring of automotive innovation and design, with new ideas for aerodynamics, technology, and fuel efficiency coming to the forefront. Combine this will the evolution of consumer desire and changes in legislation in different regions as climate change and safety become more important, and the results should be quite interesting. According to Michelin, this challenge will could help influence where manufacturers take their cars in the coming decade.
Designs are reviewed and judged by an international panel of design experts. Ideas must be submitted as three dimensional models, two-dimensional concepts, and sketches and drawings. Submissions will be judged on the following criteria: relevance to the theme, concept originality, design value and originality, development potential, and design displayability. The contest is open to designers around the world. Michelin Designers who work for OEM design studios, independent design studios, individual designers, academic transportation design students and teams, and automotive suppliers are eligible to submit ideas for the 2011 challenge. However, Michelin employees and relatives of Michelin employees are barred from entering the contest. This includes employees of affiliates and subsidiary companies, and even tire dealers who sell Michelin tires. Judging will take place in late 2010, with finalists being notified then. Those who show enough innovative thinking and design ingenuity will have their designs showcased at the 2011 North American International Auto Show next January in Detroit.At this year’s Detroit Auto Show, the Michelin Design showcase showed off ideas from students and designers from China, Korea and Russia, as well as the US and Portugal. Car manufacturers Ford and Nissan also had new ideas displayed in the showcase, the T-40 and Mixim EV, respectively. This shows just how much attention is paid to the Design Challenge. It featured some very out-of-left-field ideas, including several three-wheeled electric vehicles and even a driveable sphere.