Sunday, December 28, 2014

Don't Toss That Used Motor Oil!

Used motor oil should be re-refined and recycled to cut back on crude oil demand and protect local waterways.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

Diesel VS Gas Engines

Whether you're thinking about buying a diesel car or truck or becoming a diesel mechanic or simply would like to compare a diesel powered vehicle to a more conventional unleaded gasoline powered vehicle, there are a few things you need to bear in mind and understand. Each type of engine has its own advantages and drawbacks, so knowing what you need and how you need it for your personalized lifestyle is really important.

Today's diesel engines are certainly not what they have been 10 or even five years back. Gone are the days of pungent exhaust and unacceptably obnoxious engine sound. Diesel engines have become much cleaner, have more power and are considerably more dependable. These are some of the reasons that we are seeing more and more ordinary automobiles with diesel engines rather than the traditional gasoline engine.

Let's take a look at various differences between these two engine types.

Are the Engines of Diesel Trucks and Cars Better?

Theoretically, a diesel truck engine is quite similar to the engine of a truck powered by gas. They are both internal combustion engines that are designed to transform one type of energy to another type of energy. This energy then results in linear motion, which then causes forward motion to take place. The major difference is how the combustion takes place. A gas truck engine has fuel combustion come about thanks to sparks from spark plugs. A diesel truck engine has the fuel combustion take place from the heat of the pressurized air within the engine.

Safety of the Engine

As any diesel mechanic will tell you, although you can flame diesel fuel in the open air using merely a wick, it is significantly less explosive than gas and does not develop a flammable vapor. That means a diesel engine won't ever vapor lock. Moreover, a diesel mechanic will tell you that the engines in diesel trucks will be more efficient because of their fuel efficiency, which is practically constant as compared to the sporadic nature of a gasoline engine which often can use more fuel to get less power.

Engine Performance

As any diesel mechanic will explain, what makes a car so appealing is its ability to accelerate swiftly. For that reason, we need to evaluate the performance difference between both engine types. Because engines in diesel trucks and cars are focused on torque as opposed to horsepower, they'll run more efficiently but accelerate fairly slowly in comparison. For many automobile owners, that lack of acceleration is unsatisfactory. For motorists who are looking to use their car or truck for pulling heavy loads such as campers or boats, a diesel engine makes more sense.

Efficiency of the Engine

When you compare a diesel engine to a gasoline engine, we cannot overlook the efficiency between both engines. If you are looking for an engine that's going to be used long-term, then a diesel engine is going to be best for your needs because you will save money over the lifespan of the engine. With 20 - 30% less fuel consumption, the savings really can add up. Diesel engines also have a longer lifespan than their gasoline counterparts. A typical diesel engine lasts around 350,000 miles before needing an overhaul, the gasoline counterpart is good for about 120,000 miles. Should you be looking for short term benefits, however, then a gasoline engine will likely be for you since it will take a few years for a gasoline engine to be less cost effective overall than a diesel engine.

Ultimately the environmental advantage of using a diesel engine is what shifts the debate in favor of using it primarily. The engines of diesel trucks and automobiles produce only a minimal quantity of carbon monoxide, so minimal, actually, that they can be used underground. Less carbon monoxide impact on our atmosphere means a healthier planet, and that's something we should all be striving toward.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Monday, December 8, 2014

When Should Engine Oil Be Replaced

For years, car makers have preached the gospel that engine oil needs to be changed every 3 months or 3 thousand miles, whichever comes first. This was because engine oil formulations from decades back degraded and broke down when left in the crankcase for longer than the prescribed interval. Heat, friction, and oil oxidation resulted in a particulate-filled and muddy mixture known as sludge. Sludge kills engines by gumming up oil passages and contaminating good oil. It can crystalize and harden from engine heat resulting in formations that cannot be removed except by an engine teardown. Sludge deposits can be prevented by using high quality engine oils, which will prolong engine life.
Modern vehicle engines operate at high heat and close tolerances. One of the reason for this is the Federal Emissions requirements that imposes fines and sanctions if minimum tailpipe emission controls are not met. One of the steps car makers have taken to meet these requirements is to increase combustion chamber temperatures with higher compression engines, running leaner fuel systems, adjusting ignition timing for optimum emissions, narrowing cooling system water jackets, and tightening engine oil tolerances. All this steps result in hotter running engines that emit less tailpipe emissions. However, these tighter tolerances put increased demands on engine lubricants and inferior formulations will allow the oil to break down more easily, thus promoting sludge buildup.
New research, development and cooperation between car makers and lubricant producing companies has resulted in improved engine lubricants that meet the requirements of today's higher performing engines and at the same time delay the onset of sludge buildup. This means that with modern high quality oils such as synthetics, oil changes can be extended to more than the traditional 3 months or 3,000 kilometers. In fact, the best synthetic oils used to flaunt 10,000 km changes but probably because of warranty and legal concerns, this extended change interval has ceased to be advertised.
Several manufacturers now boast of oil monitoring technologies to help extend oil change intervals. Oil monitoring systems look at crankcase temperatures, moisture, and combustion chamber events while the engine is in operation. The best systems can measure the serviceable life of a car's engine oil to within 10%. The result of the adoption of these technologies is that with normal vehicles use, many manufacturer had adopted a new recommended figure of 7,500 miles between oil changes. This presumes of course that the car owner will use the engine oil recommended by the car maker. To be on the safe side, DIY owners would be better off adopting a 5,000 mile oil change interval.
As with other technological breakthroughs, engine oils are much better nowadays and engines are much better protected, specially if synthetic oils are used. The owner must also remember to always use a good quality filter when having the engine oil changed. The filter is the storehouse for dirt in the engine and an old filter will allow dirt and grit to circulate within and on the engine bearing surfaces and virtually all metal mating surfaces. These will be damaged by the sandpaper action of circulating grit, resulting in wider oil tolerances, lowered oil pressure and ultimately premature engine failure.

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Friday, December 5, 2014

How To Properly Care For And Maintain Your Windshield Wipers

Most of us take for granted many of the wonderful technologies that we have today. One example would be the windshield wipers. Can you imagine not having windshield wipers? Even after the windshield wiper was invented in 1903 it was not electric. Instead, the driver had to reach out the window and do it by hand. This could be kind of tricky and dangerous to do while driving down the road. In 1910, the windshield wiper became a standard item on cars, but was still not made electric for years.
Even though the windshield wiper is a great feature to have, they can still be irritating. It's amazing how often windshield wipers need to be replaced. This great little invention seems to wear out quite quickly. The rubber wears quickly causing the blade to not properly clear the windshield. Of course the one spot that seems to quit working first is right in the driver's line of vision. For most people this is quite irritating, and causes a trip to the store for a new set. Here are a few things that will shorten the life of your windshield wipers and have you making the trip even more often.
One cause of quick wear on windshield wipers is when they are used to remove hard snow. How many of us get in the car in the morning, start it, and turn on the windshield wipers? I know that I've been guilty of this one. You don't have time to start the car, or clear the windshield properly, so you just use the wipers. This may clear your windshield for you, but it is hard on your wiper blades. The blades are just rubber and using them to scrape the hard snow off the windshield can cause them to become deformed.
Another cause of quick wear would be trying to use your wiper blades to scrape the ice off the windshield. When it's that cold outside who wants to stand outside and scrape the ice off their windshield? It can be especially damaging if you just squirt a little windshield washer fluid on the windshield to get the ice wet, and then use the wiper blades to scrape it off. This little trick seems to work pretty good, and quickly too. The problem with this is it will also cause your wiper blades to become deformed and not work properly.
Winter is not the only time your windshield wipers may become damaged. Some people use their windshield wipers to get dirt or sticks or other debris off their windshield without using the windshield washer fluid. Using your wiper blades on the dry glass is not good for them. If you need to get debris off your windshield you should use the windshield washer fluid first so that the blades can move easier. The fluid allows the blades to glide smoothly across the windshield instead of scraping and making that horrible noise they make when it's dry.
When your windshield wiper blades start to chatter when you use them, or start to leave streaks you may want to invest in a new set. Just remember what causes extra wear on your windshield wiper blades, and try to avoid doing it.

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