Nearly every car, truck and SUV on the road today has air conditioning. Once a cantankerous, unreliable and expensive option on upscale car models, late model cars feature cabin cooling that is an efficient, relatively care free standard feature. You know how to mash a button or turn a dial and feel the cool breeze start blowing from your vents, but just how does the hot stuff under your hood make ice cold air inside your cabin?
The magic starts with a gas called Freon. When Freon is squeezed into a small space and then allowed to expand an endothermic chemical reaction makes this incredible gas cold. Freon gets so cold that sometimes on humid days you might find the A/C hoses under your hood wearing a coatin ...[more]
Your tires are a big investment, and while it’s easy to just take them for granted, you want them to last through their entire warranty phase (at least). Here are some tips on how to get the most life out of a set of tires:
Tire rotations: No vehicle has 50/50 weight distribution from front to rear, and front tires see a different set of stresses from braking and cornering. Rotating your tires at a 5,000-mile interval ensures even wear and good drivability and handling.
Proper inflation: Underinflated tires are bad news! They’ll wear unevenly due to their altered footprint, they’ll cost you money in terms of higher rolling resistance and poor fuel economy, and the stress from overheating can lead to premature tire failure. Check your inflation levels at lea ...[more]