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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Why Are So Many New Cars' Gear Selectors So Stupid?

Why Are So Many New Cars' Gear Selectors So Stupid?

We hear this exact question all the time and to be honest, we ask it as well.  We all know that we are creatures of habit!  How many times have to reached for keys in that new car that has the push button start?  So now to change up the gear selector?!  We say "Too Much, Sir!!".  And it's not just us anymore!  In this article from caranddriver.com that we found and just had to share with you! Here's an idea: "Shifting is entirely crowdsourced and updated via the cloud." It’s been a while since I’ve heard of any car company paying big money to someone with a vague New Agey job description, which means the time is ripe for me to cash in on that lucrative sector. I figure that my angle is to tell them things that ought to be obvious but somehow aren’t, so I’m going to call myself the Innovation Dictator ... read more

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Air Conditioning Special!!

Air Conditioning Special!!

  To get your automobile ready for the warmer temperatures you will need to make sure your coolant is ready, your air conditioning is performing, and your tires have tread for those summer vacations! Starting July 1 and running until July 31 you can scoop up this incredible deal!! So why not save $40 on a $99.99 Air Conditioning Service. Service includes : AC system check, check hoses, compressor check, belts check, AC condenser and cabin filter. Freon not included. Regular Price: $139.99 Be sure to Contact Us today to schedule your service!!  But why should you be concerned with the operation on your car's air conditioning?  We are glad you asked!!  This service will ensure your optimum comfort as well as the comfort of your passengers on those hot summer days when you could fry an egg on the sidewalk!   It is important to note that contrary to popular belief, air conditioning does not simply ... read more

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Hot Summer Car Care Tips

Hot Summer Car Care Tips

With temperatures steadily rising it is important to know how to take care of your car to keep it properly running.  So we turned to Autotrader to find some good tips to share with you.  We feel that this is important for you to keep in mind and also keep your mechanic up to date on as well as this can help you avoid break downs at the worst possible time!   -Check your fluids and perform regular maintenance. -Confirm proper tire pressure to avoid a blowout and improve fuel economy. -Keep yourself cool with a/c and your vehicle cool by parking in the shade.   The arrival of summer marks an ideal time to make sure your car or truck is in good working condition. The high temperatures of summer can be tough on a vehicle - everything from the paint down to the tires is subjected to harsher than normal conditions. Gone unchecked, some issues could leave you stranded in the heat. Here are a few tips to help make sure you and your vehicle are protected against the ... read more

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Nokian Tires-Production Process

Nokian Tires-Production Process

Do you know how tires are made?  Do you know what tires are made of (besides rubber)?  What is the process of tire production?  These are just a few of the questions that we get asked daily.  Luckily one of the brands that we love has the answers to these questions!  We turned to Nokian Tires to find the answer to how tires are made.  Here is the article that Nokian orginally published on their site nokiantires.com.   Raw materials The main raw materials of a tire are natural rubber, synthetic rubber, carbon black and oil. The share of rubber compounds in the total weight of a tire is more than 80%. The rest consists of various kinds of reinforcing materials.   Approximately half of the rubber is natural rubber from a rubber tree. Rubber trees are grown in the tropics, in countries like Malaysia and Indonesia. Most of the synthetic, oil-based rubbers ... read more

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