Monthly Archives: June 2016

How Does The Automotive Cooling System Work?

How Does The Automotive Cooling System Work?

Ever wondered how many explosions occur inside the engine of your car per minute? Well, A 4-cylinder engine car produces 4,000 controlled explosions per minute inside its engine; as it cruises along the highway at 50 mph the spark plugs ignite a fuel-air mixture in each of the cylinders in order to propel the car down the road. Huge amounts of heat will obviously be produced in the process, which if not controlled, can destroy the engine in minutes. The purpose of the cooling system is to regulate these temperatures. Modern cooling systems have not changed much compared to the traditional systems. Although they've definitely become more efficient and reliable, the cooling system basically consists of a liquid coolant circulating through the engine. This coolant is then taken to a radiator, which cools it using air streams entering from the front grill of the car. The cooling systems of today are designed to maintain a constant temperature ... read more

Ram Diesel Tops Pickup MPG Ratings

Ram Diesel Tops Pickup MPG Ratings

Over at Autonews we picked up this little auto tech tidbit... While the Ford F-150 is shedding pounds to improve fuel economy, the 2014 Ram 1500 used a new diesel engine to achieve a highway rating of 28 mpg, the highest for any pickup on sale in the United States! The rating was posted last week on the EPA's fueleconomy.gov. The Ram pickup now has the two highest fuel economy ratings among full-sized pickups. The Ram 1500 HFE with a 3.6-liter V-6 gasoline engine is rated at 18 city/25 highway/21 combined. The Ram 1500 EcoDiesel starts at $30,465, including delivery. The price is $2,850 higher than a similarly equipped Ram 1500 with a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine, the company said. Read more >

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Tempe Auto Repair: Your Power Brake System

Tempe Auto Repair: Your Power Brake System

Your power brake system helps you provide braking power, so you don't have to do all the work with your brake pedal. So what's involved in the power brake system? The actual brakes are applied at the wheel, using hydraulic pressure. When you step on the brake pedal, it creates pressure in the power booster that's multiplied by vacuum from the engine, and the resulting pressure pushes brake fluid through the master cylinder, into tubes and hoses that run to the brake at each wheel. Where do the problems with the power brakes usually arise? It's usually a fluid leak somewhere along the line. It could be at a fitting or a hose or even an internal leak in the master cylinder. A leak gives the pressurized fluid somewhere to go, other than to the brakes, so stopping power is diminished. If you lose enough fluid and you won't be able to stop at all! Need I say, that would be extremely dangerous! If you notice any decrease in stopping power or if your brake pedal seems mushy, you could h ... read more

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Brake Job Tempe

Tempe Auto Repair: The Simple Oil Change

Tempe Auto Repair: The Simple Oil Change

Today I'd like to talk about the simple oil change. The oil change itself may be simple, but there's some pretty important things to know about preventing oil sludge. Oil eventually turns into a jelly-like sludge. Now, sludge clogs up oil passages and keeps oil from getting to some areas of the engine, causing parts to wear out prematurely, and that means expensive engine repairs. That's why you need to change your oil and oil filter on schedule, to get the old oil out before it turns to sludge. Your manufacturer should have a recommendation for how many miles you can go between oil changes. They usually have a number of months between recommended oil change. That's because detergents and other additives in the oil, break down over time. Many automakers are extending their oil change intervals. That makes it all the more important to use quality oil and oil f ... read more

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Oil Change

2017 Acura NSX Review - First Drive!

2017 Acura NSX Review - First Drive!

The new Acura NSX is all about immediacy. It uses electric torque, class-leading chassis rigidity and next-level all-wheel drive electronics to ensure it responds to inputs with urgency. But for a car that goes so stinkin' fast, it sure took it's sweet time to get here. Then again, perhaps the one thing you can't rush is greatness, and that's what we're about to find out. Let's take a look now! VEHICLE TYPE: mid-engine, front- and mid-motor, 4-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door coupe ESTIMATED BASE PRICE: $155,000 ENGINE TYPE: twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 24-valve V-6, aluminum block and heads, port and direct fuel injection DISPLACEMENT: 213 cu in, 3493 cc Power: 500 hp @ 7500 rpm Torque: 406 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm Mid Motor: permanent-magnet synchronous AC, 50 hp, 109 lb-ft Front Motors: two permanent-magnet synchronous AC, 36 hp, 54 lb-ft (each) Total System Power: 573 hp TRANSMISSIONS: F: 1-speed direct drive; M: 9-speed dual-clutch automatic with ma ... read more

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