All about Car Crushers

The swan song for almost every new car is a trip to the crusher – a massive machine whose purpose is to compress a car into a flattened slab of metal.  Car crushers are an important part of the automotive…
Do Car Alarms Really Work?

Car alarms, it turns out, do very little of what they’re intended to do. Presumably, when they designed the first car alarms, it seemed like a good idea.  Today they seem to always be going off for random reasons.  Recently,…
How EGR works

Back in the 1970s, when the car manufacturers were first required to start reducing engine pollution, a new technology called Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) was developed.  EGR is a technique to reduce combustion-related air pollution, primarily nitrous oxides (NOx). About…
The Aerodynamics of Today’s Cars

Automotive engineers have used aerodynamic designs for years to improve automotive performance.  Today, a second factor comes into play: fuel efficiency. In order to meet the federal CAFÉ (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) standards of today and tomorrow, the automobile manufacturers…
EV Charging Stations Etiquette

There aren’t a lot of EVs and plug-in hybrids tooling around these days so confrontations at public charging stations are rare.  However, as the number of electric cars on the roads increases, conflicts are bound to start happening.  Take for…
How Jeep 4WD Systems Have Evolved

Just picture yourself back in the 1970s and you are about to go off-roading in your Jeep CJ-5.  To engage the CJ-5s four-wheel drive, first you have to climb outside and twist those hard-to-turn locking hubs on the front axle.…
How Fuel Injection Systems Work

In the old days, internal combustion engines used carburators to vaporize the gasoline going into the cylinders.  This system worked out fine for decades but during the 1950s the major automobile manufacturers started experimenting with injecting gasoline directly into engines…
Driving In The USA: Things You Should Know

Whether you’re moving or just taking a holiday, the US is a truly fascinating country. However, just like with any country, there are certain technicalities you should know about. Driving in any foreign country requires a little research beforehand. If…
When and How to Say Goodbye to Your Car

Some lucky people get to keep their car for what seems like forever. Look at Irv Gordon with his beautiful 1966 Volvo that has lasted over three million miles. It has its original engine and everything. Well, lucky you, Irv.…