A Brief History of the Tire

July 28th, 2016
The tire is such a commonplace item -- it's on every car, every truck, every bicycle, every aircraft. It's easy to not give the tire a second thought, but like every other technology, the tire has an interesting history of advances and failures. 
 
In the 19th century, carriages and wagons used steel strips for "tires" on their wheels, with the punishing sort of ride that you'd expect. In later years, they were shod with strips of natural rubber, which was an improvement but was still problematic. Solid rubber still rode pretty rough, and the natural, uncured rubber would get gummy in hot weather and shrink and harden in cold temperatures. Charles Goodyear was able to help with the invention of vul ...[more]
  Tags: tires, tire, tire technology
  Posted in: Tires 101

Tips for Better Gas Mileage

July 14th, 2016

The cost of petrol rocketing forever upwards. So consider this page your guide to making the best
of a bad situation.Follow these tips and you should be able to improve your mpg - miles per gallon.
Better fuel economy = more cash in your pocket.

 

Measure Your Gas Mileage:

It’s obvious but a lot of people do not know how to measure their average gas mileage. Most cars nowadays can measure this with its onboard computer. While this is useful, it does tend to be optimistic. But for those who are more hands on this is how you can measure your gas mileage. Fill up your gas tank and reset your trip counter-this measures the distance you drive- before you drive away. The next time you fill up make a note of the number of gallons you put in and the tr ...[more]

  Posted in: Auto Repair 101

What's Leaking From My Car?

July 14th, 2016
You go out to your car, start it up, pull out of your parking space and see a puddle of...something...where you were parked a moment ago. This is never a good feeling. What could it be? 
 
Fortunately, some automotive fluids are dyed different colors to make this a little easier to narrow down. 
 
Does it appear to be water? Were you recently running your A/C? Chances are that's just condensation from the A/C system, which drips out through a rubber tube and is perfectly normal. No worries there. 
 
For years, antifreeze was dyed a bright green to make it easy to identify. Today, other antifreeze formulations can be colored pink or orange, but it's still not hard to figure out -- antifreeze has a swe ...[more]
  Posted in: Auto Repair 101