The Hidden Benefits of Stick Shift Transmissions

Mazda Miata stickshift

In a driver’s search for improved gas mileage and more value, the hidden benefits of a manual transmission often get overlooked. Through extensive research, automotive technologists and experts have found that a stick shift can improve gas mileage by a notable two to five miles per gallon compared to an … Read more

Road Machine: Custom Jeep Wrangler JK Rig for Heroes

custom Jeep Wrangler heroes

Jeeps are a lot like heroes. Tony Stark builds advanced armored suits and flies around in them fighting evil, when not roaming the concrete jungle in high-powered sports cars. James Bond is kind of like that. Except instead of donning armored suits, he wears bespoke Italian dinner jackets. Instead of … Read more

Replace Your Timing Belt, Avoid Engine Damage

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A destroyed engine will cost you thousands of dollars to replace. One of the most significant wear items on your car is its timing belt. When this rubber-toothed belt is working properly, your engine is operating as designed, but If your timing belt suddenly breaks your car will stop. Moreover, … Read more

How to Change Your Car’s Oil (Step-by-Step)

oil change DIY

Our local 10-minute oil change store finally has gotten it right:  You don’t have to change your oil every three months or 3,000 miles unless you drive your car hard. As in taxi fleet hard. These days, shops have realigned their businesses to perform oil changes per manufacturer recommendations. That … Read more

7 Car Brands You Won’t See in the USA Anytime Soon

car brands not in US

Tough market and competition keeps some automakers away. The U.S. auto industry is the second-largest in the world, having been bypassed by China in 2009. China’s ascendancy came as the U.S. market tanked, but its recovery is in progress and promises to be a good one. Car manufacturers the world … Read more

Decoding Motor Oil Weights

motor oil weights

If you’re getting ready to change your car’s engine oil yourself, you need to choose the right motor oil weight based on its viscosity. Viscosity represents the internal friction of a fluid or a gas — thick fluids have a higher viscosity and thin fluids have a lower viscosity. API … Read more

Is Matte Where It’s At? (Matte Car Paint Trends)

matte car paint on Alfa Romeo Stelvio

While I only attended two major auto shows this year (the NY Auto Show and SEMA), I’ve noticed a growing trend towards “flat” or matte paint finishes…or vinyl wraps that are meant to look like a matte paint finish. While some might argue this car color “trend” isn’t really a … Read more