Should You Fill Your Tires with Inert Gas?
20 Dec 2015

Should You Fill Your Tires with Inert Gas?

Not all car tires are filled with regular air, some are filled with nitrogen. If you ever walk by a car and notice that the valve stems have green caps, you’ve probably seen a car with nitrogen in its tires. If you are like us, though, you are probably wondering why this is even being done. Well, we did some research and here’s the story:   Nitrogen is called an “inert gas” by scientists because it has doesn’t react (chemically change) much with other substances. That’s the “inert” part. Contrast this with oxygen, which is a highly reactive gas and...

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Do You Need Detergent in Your Gasoline?
19 Dec 2015

Do You Need Detergent in Your Gasoline?

Everyone knows that gasoline varies in price. Even when comparing prices at the same octane level, premium brands ask more per gallon for their gasoline. A common question often asked is whether there is a difference in quality among the brands? Do some gas stations sell a superior fuel? It’s a fair question as, generally speaking, a difference in price for any good, or service, usually indicates a difference in quality. To answer this question, let’s look at some of the issues involved.   They all have the Same Base Components The gasoline from different gas companies and filling stations...

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Why Gas Prices are Always Changing
19 Dec 2015

Why Gas Prices are Always Changing

As you undoubtedly know, gas prices are notoriously fickle. They can be counted on to spike unexpectedly, or conversely tumble precipitously, multiple times during any given year. And over time some real dramatic changes can occur. For example, just a little over 5 years ago, the national average for gas was a little over $4 per gallon. Today prices are close to half of that. Ever wonder why the price of gas changes so much? There are a variety of factors at play – some seasonal, some state-specific, some globally significant, and some the result of unpredictable weather-related effects.  ...

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When It Won’t Buff Out
18 Dec 2015

When It Won’t Buff Out

Got a deep scratch or two on your car’s paint? If you are driving an old car, it probably doesn’t bother you much, but if your car is a newer model, it likely does. The standard solution, of course, is to bring your car to the local bodyshop and have the panel professionally repainted but you know the downside to this: it’s going to cost you some good money. Ever wonder if you can DIY this sort of thing?   Well, the good news is that you certainly can DIY this sort of thing. The results probably won’t be quite...

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Are Your Shocks on Their Way Out?
18 Dec 2015

Are Your Shocks on Their Way Out?

There are several warning signs that your car’s shocks need to be replaced. Does your car bottom out when you hit dips in the road? When you do hit them, does your car keeps bouncing for a few seconds? Another sign is excessive body lean in turns, or that the front of the car dives down hard when braking. All of these are symptoms that your shocks may not be doing their job well anymore. Here’s what to know about them.   They don’t actually absorb shocks First, what we call shock absorbers are really “dampeners”, they don’t really absorb...

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