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Engineering Better Belt Systems

The belt-drive system is working hardest when the engine is at idle. When the engine is below 1,000 rpm, the alternator, A/C compressor and power-steering pump are putting the greatest strain on the belt.

A Dim Future For Fog Lights?

Fog lights work best at very low speeds. However, many of the deadliest accidents occur at highway speed when fog is present.

Spark Plugs: Hard-Working Wiry Wonders

A spark plug can ignite at 400 times a second, per cylinder, and is one of the hardest-working parts in the engine.

Master Cylinders: How They Work, What Can Go Wrong

Thanks to the science of hydraulics, we don’t have to stop our cars like Fred Flintstone on his way to Ed’s Mammoth Ribs Drive-Thru.

Turbo Cooling: The Real Reason Turbochargers Are Back

The biggest part of the problem was deposits formed when the engine was off and the turbo was heat-soaked.

Simplifying All-Wheel-Drive Systems

Manufacturers are reducing the complexity of transfer cases and differentials while relying more on the wheel ends.

What Is 0W16 Oil?

0W16 oil has been around for almost two decades in Japan and is an oil that is designed to increase engine efficiency and reduce engine warmup time. What do we need to know about it?

Wiper-Blade Inspection; 5 Questions to Ask

Many OEMs and wiper manufacturers recommend replacing the wiper blades every six to 12 months. However, wiper life can vary greatly depending on region of the country and the conditions under which the vehicle is operated. The only way to know is to inspect the blades.

TPMS Basics

Approximately 95% of TPMS-equipped vehicles use a direct system, with sensors attached to the wheel itself.

Engine and Transmission Mounts Keep Noise and Vibration at Bay

Engine and transmission mounts are among the most inconspicuous components on a vehicle, hidden away underneath the car, doing their job without any fanfare.

Steering Toward an Electric Future

The hydraulic rack and pinion is slowly giving way to a fully electric design.

Return of the Turbochargers

They’re back in vogue – and they’re smaller and more efficient than ever.