Monthly Archives: August 2016

2015 Ford F-350 Power Stroke Extreme Towing Challenge

The 2015 Ford F-350 Crew Cab 4x4 Dually has an upgraded V8 turbo-diesel Power Stroke engine. The bigger turbocharger and updated injectors combine to make 440 horsepower and 860 lb-ft of torque at 1,600 rpm. So, how does it do when towing a 1942 M2 Halftrack (combined weight with trailer 21,600 lbs) up a steep incline at over 11,000 feet of elevation? How does it compare to the Ram 3500 with the same trailer? This is exactly what this video is about to answer! The Ike Gauntlet is a timed run up one of America's steepest highways from 9,000 feet above sea level to the top of the mountain at entrance to the Eisenhower Tunnel in Colorado. Care to place any bets? :) Let's see what happens

Cleaning The Engine Bay - Demystified

Cleaning The Engine Bay - Demystified

No doubt there's been a few times you've looked under the hood of your car to discover all the road grime and collected grease. While it's easier to close the hood and pretend you never saw the mess to begin with, others may want to make the engine bay as clean as possible, whether it's for personal reasons or they want to make it more appealing to potential buyers. So what do you do? The engine bay is a complicated mess of engineering and electrical components that would have most consumers running away with their tails tucked between their legs. But cleaning the engine bay doesn't have to be complicated or even scary. In fact, you don't even need that much time or tools to begin this seemingly scary project. Let's get started! Supplies You'll Need: A degreaser. Doesn't have to be a specialized engine degreaser. In fact, you can stop by your local Walmart and pick up the ever popular "Purple Power" sold in commercial sized jugs. No, it won't cost you a fortune either. A ... read more

A Tesla All-Electric Car At An Affordable Price Point

A Tesla All-Electric Car At An Affordable Price Point

Tesla has sure made some impressive strides in all-electric vehicles, with sleek styling and 200+ mile ranges between charges. But, this cutting edge tech comes at a fairly high price. That may not be the case in the near future. It seems Tesla is developing a new, smaller electric vehicle to add to it's lineup starting in 2017. It will be called the Model 3. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has hinted that this new vehicle would retail for approximately $35,000 US. There hasn't been much released about the performance of this model other than it would have a range of 200+ miles between charges, similar to the current Model S. No official images of the new car's design are available as of yet, but I think it's safe to say we'll see more of the sporty Tesla style

Fixing A Cracked Dashboard - What Are The Options?

Cracked dashboards are nothing new here in the hot Valley sun. We've all seen (or experienced) either a single crack or something that looks like an aerial map of the Grand Canyon. What can be done? There are basically four options. 1) Have it repaired in place. There's usually some kind of colored filler applied and shaped to cover the cracks. The price varies on this, and so does the quality of the results. I've seen pretty good, and pretty bad. If you can locate someone who's good and priced right, you might give it try. 2) Replace the whole dash with a new one. The results are stunning, and so is the price. This is probably the most labor intensive and expensive solution. 3) Install a cloth dash cover/mat. This can be effective, and even attractive when done well. The price is often acceptable and with a couple of hours to install it, this is also worth considering. 4) Install a new dash skin. This can give you similar results to replacing the dash with a new one, with only a ... read more

2016 New Chevrolet Medium-Duty Trucks are Go in the US Courtesy of Isuzu

In honor of our new Medium Duty Truck Service And Repair department, today we feature some industry news from the medium duty truck industry. After quite an absence from the medium-duty truck segment in the US, Chevrolet gave Isuzu a call and asked "Hey, could we badge-engineer your low cabs then sell them as Chevys?" The reply? "Sure thing!" Thus this fact is now an official agreement and announcement. There's an interesting aspect to this story though: the Isuzu N-Series lineup of medium-duty low cab trucks are already on sale in the United States, with GCWR ratings ranging from 18,000 lbs (8,164 kg) to 20,500 lbs (9,298 kg). One might wonder if the Isuzu N-Series and Chevrolet's trucks will cannibalize sales between each other. We certainly hope someone at GM did a feasibility study first. :) General Motors has confirmed the rebadged medium-duty trucks will bear the following designations for the 2016 model year: Chevrolet 3500, 3500 HD, 4500, 4500 HD ... read more

This BMW Comes With A Solar Carport That Charges Your Car

This BMW Comes With A Solar Carport That Charges Your Car

BMW has come up with a solar carport in which to park the new i3 and the soon to come i8 electric vehicles. BMW is unveiling this one of a kind auto accessory as part of the official launch of the i8 in Los Angeles, California. This new carport concept follows previous strategies by BMW to punch up its "i" sub-brand, which uses electric power. This new design features a framework making use of bamboo and sports glass-on-glass solar modules mounted on the roof. It's designed to work in conjunction with BMWs i Wallbox Pro. This makes is possible to charge the car directly from the solar panels. It also keeps a detailed report on how much solar power is going into the system compared to grid consumption. Any surplus power can be channeled back into the owner's home for everyday use. When fully charged the i8 hybrid has a traveling range of apps. 22 miles when in electric only mode. One thing's for sure, given how much sunshine we get here in the ... read more

The Petersen Automotive Museum Vault (Part 1)

This week were going deep inside the Petersen Automotive vault in the first of a two-part series to show you some of the most important cars in automotive history. Cars featured in this episode: 1885 Benz (Replica), 1912 De Dion Bouton, 1967 Ford GT40 MK III, Ford Thunderbird, 1955 Porsche (356) Continental, 1967 Dodge Coronet, 1967 Toyota 2000GT, Foose Sniper, 1925 Ford Golden Star, 1952 Ferrari 212/225 Barchetta, 1929 DuPont Model G, 1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom, 1939 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante

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All Oil Changes Are Not Equal

All Oil Changes Are Not Equal

Once again we hear from David Rogers, The Monday Morning Mechanic, as he explains why professional oil changes are worth the money they cost. A top notch, professional oil change doesn't have to break the bank! Grab our oil change coupon and bring your car in for a little oil change TLC. It's only $29.95 for most cars

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Heads-Up Display Technology Moves Beyond Luxury Vehicles

Heads-Up Display Technology Moves Beyond Luxury Vehicles

Have you been a little jealous of those cool heads-up displays in sports and luxury cars? You know, the one that let you monitor vehicle functions right in the windshield where you don't have to take your eyes off the road. Or maybe you've already been enjoying this perk in your current ride. According to an article over at Automotive News, they're now beginning to hit the mass market. Also, according to Edmunds.com, this year there are 38 US car models offer standard or optional heads-up displays. That's up from 13 models just five years ago. These displays project light onto the windshield, creating an image that appears just above the hood about five to eight feet beyond the windshield. They're quite useful for showing navigation routes, audio channels and other vehicle data. Some of the new displays can overlay a turn arrow on a street ahead, sho ... read more

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