PCV 101
The positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) system reduces emissions from the engine by capturing "blowby" emissions so they can be recirculated to the cylinders. Blowby emissions are the gases that get past the piston rings during compression and enter the crankcase rather than being burned in ignition. In general, the higher the mileage on the engine, the looser those piston rings are and the more blowby there is.
tn  aoc 
20 hours ago
Short vs Parasitic Draw, Unobtrusive Testing of Draw
There are two common electrical problems in a vehicle. One is a "short" and the other is a "parasitic draw." One results in non-functioning equipment, the other in a dead battery over time.
tn  aoc 
21 hours ago
2015 Mitsubishi Lancer is Part Old School, Part New Age
Known for its sports sedan handling and smart pricing, the 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer continues the car’s long trend of fun driving with a practical bent. The design may be long in the tooth, but the Lancer’s appeal is still fresh.
tn  aoc 
21 hours ago
NREL Research Says Second-life Battery Use Offsets EV Expense
The US DOE NREL research says that second use of electric vehicle batteries can offset vehicle expenses and help stabilize the utility grid.
evmeme 
yesterday
Green Car Congress: BMW i novel drive unit swing arm powers HNF eBike
In addition to developing its own innovative premium vehicles and technologies with a focus on sustainability, BMW i also serves within the BMW Group as an incubator for innovation reaching beyond the brand’s vehicles.
evmeme 
yesterday
2015 Volkswagen Golf R is Unmatched Good Times - CarNewsCafe.com
There are several model options in the 2015 Volkswagen Golf lineup. The one on top is the powerfully fun R, with turbocharged goodness pushing a corner-loving chassis through all four wheels.
tn  aoc 
2 days ago
Green Car Congress: BYD to provide 50 e6 EVs to Opoli’s San Diego ride-sharing fleet
https://opoli.com , a ridesharing service and app based in San Diego, has partnered with China-based BYD Motors Inc, which will provide 50 e6 EVs to the Opoli fleet as part of a green initiative. The BYD electric crossover will join Opoli’s natural gas airport shuttles late summer 2015. Opoli has been allotted charging spaces at the docking station at the San Diego International Airport.
evmeme 
2 days ago
Green Car Congress: EV World publisher seeking to Kickstart e-bike project; EcoForce bamboo/aluminum bike with Bike+ All-in-One hub as incentive
Bill Moore, the publisher of EV World and longtime electric bike enthusiast, has spunoff a company, QuikByke, that will rent top-quality electric bicycles in tourist markets on a seasonal cycle: winter in the tropics, summer in the north. The e-bikes are housed in mobile solar-powered rental shops based on 20 ft shipping containers (called Q•pods), each with 15 bikes. Moore is seeking $275,000 in crowdsourced funding by 14 August to build Q•pod #1.
evmeme 
3 days ago
Green Car Congress: California ARB awarding $1.6 million to LA for low-income EV carsharing pilot program
Following a competitive proposal process, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) has offered $1.6 million to the City of Los Angeles to set up a pilot carsharing program for electric vehicles in disadvantaged communities. The grant will fulfill a key mandate of SB 1275, the Charge Ahead California Initiative, enacted last year to make clean transportation more widely available, particularly in low and moderate-income neighborhoods.
evmeme 
3 days ago
2015 Volkswagen Golf R
All of those things describe the 2015 Volkswagen Golf R. It’s tiny, it’s muscular, and it’s a blast to drive. The Golf R sits at the top of the VW lineup of hot hatches, just above the GTI model. Dollar for dollar, even when compared to muscular performance sedans or hatches with Detroit nameplates, the Golf R is the best performance machine you can get. In the sub-$40k price point, there are few that compete.
tn  aoc 
4 days ago
2015 Mitsubishi Lancer is the Last of the Old Guard - CarNewsCafe.com
The 2015 Mitsubishi Lancer is a peppy little compact with a fun disposition and an ear towards practicality. This made it popular when the current-generation was introduced as a 2008 model. Now, however, it’s the last of the old design compacts and its age is beginning to spot.
tn  aoc 
5 days ago
Review: 2015 Toyota Avalon is a Well-Rounded Sedan
The 2015 Toyota Avalon is a full-sized sedan positioned as the flagship of the Toyota lineup of cars. Small by comparison to other full-sized sedans on the market, the 2015 Avalon nevertheless delivers consistent value, fuel economy, and holds a contemporary appeal among buyers.
The Avalon has seen little change since this generation’s introduction a few years ago and is slated for redesign soon. Though the current 2015 Avalon may be aging, it is not falling behind. The Avalon in both its gasoline and hybrid-electric formats delivers some of the best fuel economy numbers in the segment to go with its spacious interior and confident driving characteristics.
tn  aoc 
5 days ago
2016 Hyundai Tucson First Drive Is a Minnesota Treat - Guys Gab
An invitation from Hyundai had us headed up to Minnesota where we hung out in the heart of the University of Minnesota’s campus and were introduced to the all-new 2016 Tucson. Hyundai’s come a long way since being the neighbor’s Korean knockoff and the new Tucson really showcases that fact. It may be the new benchmark for the small crossover segment, which is the fastest-growing segment in automotive today.

The 2016 Hyundai Tucson has a bold, striking appearance that promises good times behind the wheel.
tn  aoc 
5 days ago
Review: 2015 Escalade’s Interior is ‘Downright Mesmerizing’
The 2015 Escalade is an all-new design for the widely appealing sport utility. The luxury class is competitive, with both high profits and tough audiences being at stake. The Escalade is most well known for its bold design, powerful V8, and bling-tastic curb presence.
For the 2015 model year, Cadillac has improved the Escalade’s looks, upgraded its interior, and added more standard features and high-tech safety options. It’s a compelling combination of street cred and suburban luxury.
tn  aoc 
5 days ago
2015 Lexus IS 350 Offers Style, Sophistication, and Comfort - CarNewsCafe.com
The premium sedan segments are heavy with excellent choices and the 2015 Lexus IS 350, largely unchanged from last year, stays competitive thanks to those things that Lexus delivers best: premium sophistication and a quality luxury experience.
tn  aoc 
6 days ago
2015 Infiniti QX80 Named Most Appealing in JD Power APEAL Study - Torque News
The J.D. Power and Associates APEAL study surveys consumers on 77 attributes. In the large premium SUV segment, the QX80 took top honors.
tn 
6 days ago
Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat vs Nissan GT-R on the Strip - Torque News
This video is becoming popular as we see a stock Charger Hellcat take on Godzilla in a series of drag runs. The outcome is surprising, but very close.
tn 
6 days ago
Green Car Congress: MTU Friedrichshafen forms partnership with AKASOL for battery systems for hybrid and e-drive propulsion systems
MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of large diesel engines and complete propulsion systems, has formed a close development partnership with AKASOL GmbH, a Darmstadt-based subsidiary of Schulz Group (Tettnang) and a leading manufacturer of Li-ion battery systems for high performance applications. The partnership aims to develop and to deliver battery systems for MTU’s hybrid and e-drive propulsion systems.
evmeme 
6 days ago
Why Emissions Testing Is a Good Thing
Emissions testing is a part of car ownership in many areas of the United States. Some states mandate testing regularly for vehicles to gain licencing to drive on public roads. For those who own an older vehicle or one that is high in mileage, emissions testing can be a serious headache. Yet even if you live where emissions testing isn't required, it may be a good idea to have it done occasionally regardless.
tn  aoc 
7 days ago
5 Cold Weather Myths Debunked
The mythology around automobiles is pervasive and sometimes fun. When it comes to automotive maintenance, though, those myths can be serious business and a detriment to your modern car. Here are five winter and cold-weather myths that persist, despite being mostly bunk.
cnc 
november 2014
CV Drive Axle Replacement
On a front-wheel or all-wheel drive car, the CV axle may require replacement if the CV joint(s) have gone bad. You may also need to pull it if the car has a "shudder" that is not due to bad brakes or tire imbalance - in which case, it may be the axle weights coming loose, which you can check by hand by simply grabbing them and seeing if they move around.
cnc 
november 2014
Replacing the Idler, Pitman Arm
The Idler Arms and Pitman Arms in your steering system connect the center link to the steering box and hub assemblies. Idler and Pitman Arms are two parts of the same whole, with the Idler supporting one side and the Pitman (aka "steering arm")the other. These two work together to create strength and tight connections in steering while retaining open movement when you turn the wheel.
cnc 
october 2014
How To Jump Start a Car
Before you break out those cables and hook up to a friendly passerby to get a jump, let's quickly go through the things you should have already done to be sure that a jump start is actually what you need.
cnc 
october 2014
EGR Valve Cleaning, Replacement
If the problem is low-flow or restricted flow, then comes EGR valve cleaning or replacement. You should probably replace the valve and clean the assembly around it, though cleaning the valve itself may be possible on many car models. Quite often, however, cleaning means compromising the valve.
cnc 
september 2014
Serpentine Belt Replacement, Tensioner Replacement
One of the more common do-it-yourself maintenance items a home mechanic will undertake is replacing the accessory belt (aka "serpentine belt") on a vehicle. This is generally a straight-forward job for most mechanics and requires only the most basic of hand tools. On the majority of vehicles, a typical belt replacement will take twenty minutes to an hour to complete.
cnc 
september 2014
Simple trick to keep firing order when changing plugs/wires
We all have to do it eventually and changing out the plugs and wires on a car is a simple, easy do-it-yourself maintenance project that most have done many times over. Yet it's because of this simplicity that we often find ourselves forgetting the basics and spending a lot more time fixing our oversight than the job should require.
cnc 
august 2014
2013 Nissan Altima 3.5 SL - style and speed hidden in a midsize package | CarNewsCafe.comCarNewsCafe.com
The midsize sedan market is the most contested automotive sales genre in the United States. It accounts for nearly a quarter of all passenger vehicle sales here and is home to some beautiful machines. The 2013 Nissan Altima is a well-received contender that has an understated look that rivals the best offered here. What most don’t realize is that under its hood, the Altima 3.5 SL is also a sports car struggling to be free of its midsize sedan stigma.
examiner 
july 2013
Nissan planning all-new full-sized pickup truck | CarNewsCafe.comCarNewsCafe.com
Nissan has announced that they’re designing an all-new full-sized pickup truck for the North American market. Currently, Nissan’s only offering in this most lucrative of American markets is the Titan, which has shown less than stellar sales with little market penetration. With every major truck maker launching or planning to launch new entries into this 1.6 million unit U.S. market, Nissan is stepping up to the plate to join them.
cncaoc 
february 2013
Coffee and a Concept - The 1951 LeSabre | CarNewsCafe.comCarNewsCafe.com
Every week here at Car News Cafe, we like to look at classic concepts that changed the automotive industry.  Today, we’re looking at the most iconic and well-recognized concept of all time, the 1951 LeSabre – also known as the “Experimental Laboratory on Wheels.”
cncaoc 
february 2013
Alfa Romeo launches new MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde SBK with 'Undertaker' stunt | CarNewsCafe.comCarNewsCafe.com
To debut the new Alfa Romeo MiTo Quadrifoglio Verde SBK Limited Edition in Britain, the company decided to do something that was not only motorsports related, but also tied in with the car’s FIM World Superbike Championship collaboration.  Of course, this being FIM and Alfa, the event also had to be spectacular.

So they did a stunt involving the car and a superbike that is the very definition of spectacular.
cncaoc 
february 2013
McLaren P1 makes surprise visit to MP4-28 unveil | CarNewsCafe.comCarNewsCafe.com
When the new Formula 1 challenge car, the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes MP4-28, was unveiled at the McLaren Technology Centre in Britain, a surprise showing of the close-to-production McLaren P1 was also to be had.
cncaoc 
february 2013
Mean Green Breaks Speed Record | Green Big Truck
Volvo’s Mean Green hybrid racer has broken the world’s speed record at Utah’s Wendover Airfield. The truck clocked 236.577km/h (147.002mph) in a Flying Kilometer run and 153.252 km/h (95.245mph) in the Standing Kilometer.
gbtaoc 
may 2012
Remember that Masterpiece of British Engineering? It Broke Again | EVMeme.com
Back when it debuted in December, the new Routemaster bus, designed completely in the United Kingdom and touted as a “masterpiece of British engineering“, broke down on its maiden voyage because those Brit engineers forgot to put fuel in it.

Now, just a couple of months after its debut, the bus is in the news again. With another breakdown.
evaoc 
may 2012
Yet Again, Politics Get In the Way.. or do they? | EVMeme.com
CODA Automotive has announced that they’re abandoning plans to build a lithium-ion battery factory in Columbus, Ohio. This because long delays have made it clear that the Department of Energy (DOE) will not likely act on their $500-million loan application for the project.

The Columbus Dispatch blames the issue on the DOE, the administration, and politics.
evaoc 
may 2012
The Parker Hannifin RunWise Hydraulic Hybrid Tech | Green Big Truck
Parker Hannifin has a hydraulic hybrid technology that improves efficiency on current diesel-fueled heavy vehicles in an innovative way. Designed specifically for Class 4-8 trucks that drive in-city and do a lot of start-stop, the RunWise system dramatically increases fuel efficiency.
gbtaoc 
may 2012
Biodiesel – What It Is and Isn’t | Green Big Truck
Biodiesel is one of those things that everyone has heard about, but about which many supposed facts and assumptions are wrong. Myths and legends are popping up around the word “biodiesel” as the public’s awareness of it grows. Most commercial drivers know that you can get biodiesel at a lot of truck stops nationally now and some companies allow or even promote their drivers to fuel with it. Any driver who has fueled with it knows that, at the pump, it basically looks like diesel fuel.
gbtaoc 
may 2012
Azure Dynamics Stops Production, Files for Bankruptcy | Green Big Truck
Azure Dynamics, a company based in Vancouver, British Columbia and Oak Park, Michigan, has filed for bankruptcy protection in both Canada and the United States. In doing so, it has ceased all production and closed three of its four facilities, keeping only the Vancouver headquarter offices open.
gbtaoc 
may 2012
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