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Lawrence Reaves's Articles in Automobiles, Vehicles, Transportation

  • Maintaining Your Car's Flooded-cell Lead-acid Battery
    A car flooded-cell battery will last for years, so long as it gets maintained properly While you are driving your car the alternator keeps your battery charged, but the method it uses to charge your battery is different from the method a battery charger charges
  • Adjusting Your Car's Alternator Belt
    If you find the ignition warning light flickers on and off while your engine is idling or you are driving at a low speed, it doesn't mean you have alternator failure Likewise, if you hear a kind of squeaking sound from your engine compartment, it doesn't always mean your water pump is failing
  • Lease or Buy Your Car What's Best?
    Lease cars were traditionally the domain of companies that provided a car to an employee as part of their employment package, either because a car is necessary to perform the job or, more rarely in the US
  • Replacing Your Car Battery
    A car battery lasts many years and today's' batteries are generally maintenance-free, meaning that from the moment one is fitted, you don't have to touch it again until it needs replacing

    Some car batteries have a battery condition indicator on the top, so get to know when the condition of the battery is deteriorating
  • Testing Your Alternator Output
    Your car's alternator keeps your battery charged and powers every electrical item in your car while the engine is running Without it, your battery will discharge very quickly and sooner or later your car will stop running
  • Different Types Of Automobile Engines
    Understanding your vehicle's engine is one of the best ways to learn more about your car and how to take good care of it. Additionally, the more you know about different types of engines, the easier it will be for you to decide which future cars to purchase based on your engine preferences.
  • Insure Classic and Antique Cars
    Nothing turns heads quite like a well-restored classic car Sometimes, all it takes is an eye-full of a candy-colored fin or a Dagmar light to convert a person to a lifetime of collecting these life-sized Hot Wheels
  • Looking After Your Car's Paintwork During Winter
    The winter months can do untold damage to your car's paintwork, if you don't look after it While it's not so pleasant washing and cleaning your car on a cold windy day, you will be pleased you did when the spring arrives
  • DIY Simple Car Checks
    It doesn't take long to regularly check the various fluid levels in your car and yet so many people wait until a warning light illuminates before sorting things out It's not very convenient when you find the washer fluid level light comes on when you're miles from home or a gas station and it's raining
  • Is Your Car Ready For Winter
    I may just be coincidence, but you can go through the summer and fall with no signs of a problem with your car and then, on the first freezing morning, it doesn't start

    Getting your car ready for winter weather is important, if you want to be confident you car will keep running
  • General Car Maintenance
    Getting your car repaired or maintained by a garage can be a costly business It's not so much the cost of the parts, it's the labor costs
  • Maintaining Peak Performance
    Proper maintenance of an automobile is a crucial element for any car owner seeking to keep his or her vehicle running smoothly for a long time while keeping the cost of repairs to a minimum The time tested method for ensuring good car maintenance is sticking to a regular schedule, with the underlying philosophy being that 'an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure'
  • The Color of Your Car's Exhaust Smoke
    Exhaust smoke is not a normal occurrence It implies something is wrong with your engine
  • Lamborghini
    When you think about a Lamborghini you think of class, speed and looks It's in an elite class of its own and the price tag is way beyond the reach of most people and therefore just remains a dream
  • Changing a Flat Tire
    Sometimes in the course of driving a cr, it may become necessary to remove a flat tire and replace it with a spare tire This is a very useful skill for drivers to know in case their tire suddenly blows out on the road
  • Buying Tires For All Terrain Vehicles
    Customization is all the rage for vehicles, and ATVs are no exception to the rule While it is popular to give your ATV an edge by modifying the body, the wheels are getting lots of attention as new products continue to flood the market
  • Types of Tires For Different Types of Cars
    Selecting the right set of tires for your vehicle plays an important role in ensuring your safety on the road Tires are designed differently to accommodate a wide range of applications
  • Idiots Guide to Changing a Tire
    Nothing puts a damper on a routine drive like a flat tire, especially if you are working on a schedule There is never a convenient time to get a flat, but the universe somehow seems to know when a blowout is the last thing you need
  • Car Maintenance Tips
    After oil, the most important fluid required to ensure smooth operation of an automobile is the coolant, also known as antifreeze This is also a relatively simple task that should be performed often as part of any car maintenace schedule
  • Auto Maintenance Items Your Vehicle Can Do Without
    To begin, ongoing maintenance of your engine, transmission, and other major assemblies will help to extend the life of your vehicle If you neglect to check simple items, such as the various fluids that circulate through your car, you'll expose major parts and systems to gradual - and sometimes abrupt - malfunction
  • Porsche
    When you hear the word "Porsche" in conversation, what does it conjure up in your mind It's probably akin to elegance, style, speed and perhaps an underlying desire to own one
  • Muscle Cars
    It's an interesting word "Muscle" when used in conjunction with a type of car Quite simply it gained its name because of it loose resemblance to a muscular person
  • Surviving High Gas Prices
    If you've left your house at all over the last year, you might have noticed the outrageously high gas prices And if you drive often you may have felt that odd combination of relief and anger when you notice the average price per gallon has "dropped" to $3
  • Protect Your Car From Thieves
    Your automobile is a constant in your life. It's there when you head to work and it's waiting when you finish your errands. It's always there when you need it, so after a while you might just start taking the car for granted.
  • History of Automobiles 1828-1910
    At the same time steam powered vehicles were being developed, other inventors were hard at work developing a horseless carriage run by means of electricity A Hungarian by the name of Anyos Jedlik built a small model car powered by an electric motor as early as 1828
  • Early Years of Automobile History: 1672-1875
    Although the first modern car running on gasoline was developed by German inventor Karl Benz in 1885, there were a number of precursors that ran on steam The earliest known design of a steam powered vehicle was invented by a Jesuit missionary to China from Flanders, Belgium, by the name of Ferdinand Verbiest, in around the year 1672
  • The Development of Modern Car Racing
    Car racing is a sport where drivers of racing cars compete in races of various kinds on a circuit, road or track One of the most prestigious kinds of circuit races is the Formula One race
  • What Causes Your Car's Engine to Overheat?
    Automotive engines are designed to withstand a high operating temperature Most vehicles built over the past fifteen years operate within a range between 200 and 240 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Preventative Auto Maintenance
    Most vehicles built over the last decade are far more resilient than those built a generation ago The engines are designed to perform more efficiently in various driving conditions; the transmissions are more effective in changing gear ratios; and myriad components, from the alternator to the catalytic converter, have only improved in design and function
  • Keep Your Car In Great Condition With Regular Maintenance
    If you have ever driven a car that seems to need constant repairs, you know what a pain it can be. Not only are repairs inconvenient, but taking your car to the shop can eat up time that you would rather spend doing other things.
  • Inspecting Belts And Hoses
    In many ways, the belts and hoses under the hood of your car are the unsung heroes of automotive design Simple in construction and hidden in plain sight, they ensure that various components operate and receive the fluids they require
  • Choosing A Fuel Efficient Car
    With the considerable fluctuation and increase in gas prices, many people are interested in finding a more fuel efficient option. This is especially true if they have a long commute to work, or if they do a lot of road trips
  • Is A Clean Diesel Car Right For You?
    When most people think about diesel engines, they usually think about large trucks that are loud, smelly, and have dark smoke billowing out of the exhaust pipe. Well, all of that has changed with the introduction of clean diesel.
  • Safety Tips For Mature Drivers
    Being retired does not guarantee that you are a safe driver. You might have more experience than some of the younger generation, but there are still accidents that happen and even new concerns that you should be aware of. As you age, you should be sure to keep up on traffic safety.
  • How To Save Money And Keep Your Car In Great Condition
    In the past, there were only certain models of cars that were likely to run for up to 200,000 miles or more. Now, there are many vehicles that have the possibility of running for that long - or longer.
  • Buying A Car: New Vs. Used
    Buying a car can be fun and exciting, especially if it is your first car or if it is an upgrade from your previous car. One of the biggest decisions that you will make when you choose to purchase a car is whether you will go with a new or a used vehicle.
  • Practice Safe Driving By Keeping Your Speed Under Control
    There can be no question that people nowadays seem to be regularly pressed for time. Whether they're on their way to work, a family gathering, home, school, or any other destination, people appear to be going faster and faster. There have been many arguments against speeding, but what's the harm if you're comfortable with your driving skills?
  • Do It Yourself Car Maintenance
    Paying for maintenance and repairs on your car can get expensive, although it is necessary to ensure that your car continues to run smoothly and safely over a long period of time. If you recently purchased your car, your warranty may be contingent upon having the maintenance done at the dealership or at a licensed mechanic shop.
  • Vehicle Safety Testing
    Every driver of a vehicle has a responsibility to ensure that the vehicle is safe. If a vehicle is stopped and found to be unsafe, the vehicle can be impounded and the driver fined. The problem is that your vehicle doesn't have to show symptoms for it to be unsafe. In other words, you may be driving around perfectly innocently in a vehicle that is potentially lethal; if you are not a mechanic then how are you meant to know?
  • Trucking Is Big Business
    There's no denying it, the U.S would likely grind to a halt if trucking stopped. Agreed, some movement can be made by railroad, but that only gets the goods as far as a railroad station where a truck is needed to transport the goods to their ultimate destinations. Statistically, 70 percent of goods are delivered by trucks so the U.S. economy is wholly reliant on truckers, which places them in a powerful position.
  • Interstate Highways
    You probably drive on an Interstate highway on a regular, if not daily, basis and other than concentrating on where you are going, you think little about it. In actual fact the advent of the interstate was a remarkable change to how things could be transported. When you consider the enormous size of the U.S, building an Interstate highway system that links every city has been an incredible feat; and was the vision of President Eisenhower.
  • Worst US City Traffic Congestion
    It's a little inconceivable to comprehend that there is national scorecard that's produced each year to demonstrate the 10 most congested cities and traffic hold-ups in the U.S. It's kind of become an annual contest, but one which cities do their best to keep out of rather than get their name listed in.
  • The Importance of Good Oil Change Decals
    Anyone who owns a car for many years knows the great importance of changing the oil at least every three to five thousand miles. This is why it is so important to pay attention to that oil change decal on the inside of your windshield that most auto shops use to remind you of the next oil change. The person is getting a subliminal marketing message when he gets into his car after his oil change.
  • What is an SR-22?
    While not everyone needs an SR-22, enough people do that there have been plenty of questions about what an SR-22 is, who needs one, and what it takes to get one An SR-22 is a Certificate of Financial Responsibility (CFR) that proves that you have auto liability insurance

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