Autos: Ownership

4×4 Smarts: Safe Driving Tips for How to Use 4-Wheel-Drive

Tuesday  20:35,   10 july 2018

Do all the drivers in your family really know when and how to engage the 4WD? Or which gearing (4HI or 4LO) is best for which driving conditions? Four-wheel-drive systems are offered in many configurations such as part time, full time, manual... >>>

Summer Car Safety for Kids

Sunday  10:40,   17 june 2018

As families head out on the road this summer, keeping children safe should be top of mind. Consumer Reports’ car-seat experts have some tips for protecting kids while traveling during these summe r months.Check for Hot Car-Seat Parts"Car-seat... >>>

How to keep your car from getting butt-burningly hot this summer

Sunday  10:40,   17 june 2018

This cooling method works even faster than driving with the windows down. Sure, you’ll look a little silly in the parking lot, but it’s a small sacrifice compared to melting in the driver’s seat.After sitting in the blazing sun, that steering wheel... >>>

Do Airbags Go Bad? You Won’t Like This Answer

Saturday  11:05,   16 june 2018

How long do airbags last? They aren't guaranteed to last the life of your vehicle! Here's what you need to know about airbag longevity.Drivers typically don’t think much about airbags unless they go off in an accident. But these safety... >>>

What happens when a run-flat tire goes flat

Saturday  11:05,   16 june 2018

My recent blowout in a BMW put a spotlight on the pros and cons of run-flat tires.Rewind to last weekend, when the passenger-side rear tire of my 2018 BMW 640i Gran Turismo test car had a brief encounter with a Detroit-style pothole. Normally in... >>>

Nitrogen Versus Compressed Air: Which is Better?

Tuesday  22:55,   12 june 2018

Sometimes, manufacturers fill tires with pure nitrogen instead of just normal air. Here's why.It all comes down to moisture. Regular compressed air contains a bunch of water, so when it's heated up (during hard driving, for example), it expands... >>>

Time To Invest: Value of Vintage Motorcycles on the Rise

Thursday  21:40,   17 may 2018

With antique motorcycle prices steadily climbing, there’s never been a better time to forgo the IRA in favor of a BSA.Because there are so many factors that come into play when determining a motorcycle’s value, it can be hard to nail-down an exact... >>>

How Much Preventative Maintenance Is Too Much?

Thursday  04:15,   17 may 2018

How much preventative maintenance should I do? (Because this is getting expensive).Over the past few days, I’ve been ruining my wallet by purchasing a metric crap-ton of replacement parts for my Golden Eagle, and that got me thinking: Should I even... >>>

How to Double the Life of Your Car Battery

Friday  18:51,   04 may 2018

Double that car battery life and save some serious dough! These tips will keep your car's battery in tip-top condition for as long as possible.Typically car batteries will last you four to six years. However, some factors could get in the way of >>>

How to Wash the Winter Salt Off Your Car

Sunday  11:51,   29 april 2018

A detailed guide on getting off all that corrosive grime.Larry Kosilla of AMMO NYC put together a lengthy, descriptive video detailing exactly how you should clean a car that's spent the last few months slushing through a Northern winter commute.... >>>

6 Things to Know About Your Car's Transmission

Wednesday  23:10,   25 april 2018

Taking care of your car or truck’s transmission is important for its long-term health. But all too often, car owners misunderstand the basic maintenance that’s needed to keep a gearbox running smoothly. Consumer Reports’ chief mechanic, John... >>>

How to Avoid Being One of 8 Million Drivers AAA Will Rescue This Summer

Wednesday  01:05,   18 april 2018

As the summer driving season approaches and Americans hit the road for driving vacations, AAA offers some adviceMore than a third of last year's roadside calls required that the car be towed to a repair shop, and of those vehicles, 81% were more... >>>

How A Rusted Car Compares To A New One In A Crash Test

Tuesday  01:11,   17 april 2018

A Swedish insurance company partnered with a Swedish homeowner’s organization to commission crash tests of a rusted Mazda6 wagon and a rusted Volkswagen Golf to see how badly the corrosion compromised the cars’ structural integrity. Here’s what the... >>>

What Does the Check Engine Light Really Mean?

Wednesday  04:00,   11 april 2018

You’re driving along in your car or truck and suddenly a yellow light illuminates on your dash telling you to check or service your engine. If you’re like most car owners, you have little idea ab out what that light is trying to tell you or how you... >>>

What Is Gap Insurance (And Why You May Need It)?

Wednesday  00:11,   04 april 2018

It helps protect motorists who are "upside down" on a lease or car loan.If you’re buying or leasing a new car or truck these days, you’ll likely be offered – perhaps required to purchase – so-called gap insurance. This type of policy covers the... >>>