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A Guide To Winter Driving: Keep Your Cool And Correct That Skid

A Guide To Winter Driving: Keep Your Cool And Correct That Skid

Living in the Valley of The Sun you probably don't do much driving on snow and ice. And that could be more of an issue than you might realize, especially if you plan on doing a little snow skiing this winter up north. A little advanced knowledge in driving in winter conditions could save you from some expensive repairs or even physical harm. Winter roads can be trouble. Ice, snow, slush, and sludge all create a mess that can be difficult to drive in. On top of that, it gets dark much earlier and sweeping snow, on-coming headlights, and a dirty windshield can make visibility difficult. Sometimes, our tires lose grip with the surface of the road, causing the vehicle to slide out of control. This guide shows you how to keep your cool and recover from an ice-induced skid. Wheel Spinning This type of skidding occurs when you apply too much pressure to the gas pedal for the available traction. It occurs when there's a lot of soft sno ... read more

Mercedes C450 Wagon Seems To Be A Reality

Mercedes C450 Wagon Seems To Be A Reality

Yes, this trendy-looking model seems destined for market. It features all-wheel drive, but rear-wheel drive models are a distinct possibility. The engine is rumored to be a 3.0-liter, twin-turbocharged, six-cylinder, model putting out 367 HP. Recent photos also show that it features a diamond grille, quad tailpipes, and large wheels. While the model pictured above is C-Class Touring, but it would seem logical that a sedan version will also be available. Rumors are flying that this new Mercedes C450 Wagon will be available in 2015. However, it's showing up in so many places looking ready for release right now, who knows

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How Your Car's Powertrain And Transmission Systems Work

Do you know your powertrain and transmission system transmits engine power to the vehicle's wheels and multiples engine torque to accelerate the vehicle? Nearly 100 years ago cars had two- or three-speed manual transmissions that required an expert hand to operate smoothly. They were noisy, rudimentary systems compared to today's modern powertrain and transmission systems. The vehicle's powertrain and transmission system transmits engine power to the vehicle wheels. It provides for multiplication of engine torque (or twisting force) to accelerate the vehicle from a stop, or for carrying heavy loads in the case of trucks. The system also allows for engine speed reduction at cruising speeds to save fuel and reduce noise. Key components of the system include: - Transmission or Trans-axle - Transfer Case (four-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive) - Propeller Shaft (drives the rear axle) - Drive Axles (drives the wheels) - Clutch (manual shift) - Torque Conver ... read more

Top 5 Reasons to Consider an SUV

Top 5 Reasons to Consider an SUV

People today are busier than ever, with more places to go and things to do. If you need a little more utility out of your next vehicle, here are the top five reasons to consider an SUV, or to perhaps take care of and keep the one you already have. Number Five: More Space If you're typically hauling a lot of stuff, the cargo space you'll get with an SUV will make it easy to transport groceries, sports equipment or supplies you need to maintain your home. And there will be plenty of room for your golf clubs when it's time to take a road trip. Got kids, in-laws, animals, or even lots of crazy friends to haul around? Third-row seating makes SUVs a great mode of transportation for a crowd, and there are a lot of stylish options on the market. Number Four: Improved Safety If you're concerned with safety (and who isn't?), you'll find that many of today's SUVs hold up extremely well when it comes to crash tests. Be sure to research crash test scores from the federal government and the Ins ... read more

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