Wednesday, June 20, 2018

7 ways to extend the life of your car battery

When it comes to cars there's nothing worse than being stuck with a flat battery. We've all been there at some point in our lives, and the problem is often made worse from the fact that with modern vehicles there is little to no warning signs shown prior - and probably a 50% chance that it'll occur while you're...

5 ways you can improve fuel economy

A growing number of people are doing it tough as the cost of living in many countries continues to rise, with high electricity prices in particular forcing families to find ways to lower their consumption - such as taking shorter showers, turning off lights, and even scaling back the usage of power-hungry devices such as air-conditioners. The cost of running...

How to fix faded black plastic trim in 15 minutes

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As a vehicle starts to age, continued exposure to the sun can start to have a major impact on the various pieces of black exterior plastic trim. A typical vehicle may have black plastic trim on the front and rear bumpers, on the doors, around the side windows, and also around the front and rear glass. If the black plastic...

How is a car battery made? Understanding lead-acid batteries

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To many automotive enthusiasts, there's always been a bit of mystery about the humble lead-acid battery found in our vehicles. Sure, most of us probably know the basics - like it contains acid, which creates electricity through a chemical reaction of some sort - but more than likely we'll happily leave things there and not give our batteries further...

7 Reasons why leather interiors are terrible

For a great many years now, we've had it rammed into us from car salesmen and the automotive media that it simply doesn't get any better than having a leather interior in your car. Leather is often seen as the defining factor as to whether people think your car is nice. The smell of opulence, the feel... there's just...

Can racing games make you a better driver?

Before we begin, I'd like to ask you a question. Do you think the skills we acquire in racing games (or 'simulations') such as Gran Turismo or Forza can translate across into real-world driving? A few years ago I probably would have answered this question with a firm No, but following recent experiences my opinion on the subject has...

How to set the perfect driving position

If you want to drive fast, particularly on the track, it is important to be seated in an optimal seating position. But not everyone knows how to achieve an ideal position, and it's not necessarily the most intuitive thing to figure out. For those in that camp, Porsche factory driver Patrick Long explains how get yourself situated perfect in...

Checking tyre pressure – Why is it important?

Unless you're a car enthusiast, chances are you haven't checked the air-pressure in your tyres recently. I don't just mean a visual inspection, or doing a 'kick test', I'm talking about whipping out a proper tyre pressure gauge, removing the valve stems and measuring the actual air-pressure inside your tyres. When was the last time you did that? Perhaps...

Bose’s revolutionary suspension system

A few years ago, the boffins at Bose were working away on a new, state-of-the-art electromagnetic suspension system that could have changed the motoring world forever. What made the Bose system so special, as you'll see by watching the pair of Lexus LS sedans in the demonstration video below, was that it virtually eliminated any body roll the car might...

What is Rev Matching and how it can benefit you

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You might have heard of the term 'Rev Matching' when talking about driving cars with manual transmissions. What is it? Why is it necessary to rev match? And what are the benefits of rev matching? What happens if you don't rev match? Jason Fenske from Engineering Explained explains how it works whilst driving a 2016 Nissan 370Z, which features automatic...

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