If a sudden issue makes you pull over to the roadside and cut your engine, it can be hard to decide right away whether you need tow assistance or you can fix the issue on the spot. So when is towing really crucial? Examples of such situations are many and not necessarily it must be a serious breakdown or an accident. Just imagine a rapid weather change that catches you amidst the road when you are without all-season tyres. You aren’t sure if you will be able to safely come back home and don’t want to leave your car on the road, so a tow service can be an option. It’s crucial to understand the difference between situations when you can handle those tyres, strange noise or transmission breakage and when is it better to have a mechanic do it. Let’s look at the situations that require calling a tow service rather than taking an unwise risk. Flat tyre Unless your car is equipped with run-flat tyres that have the technology of preventing the sudden pressure … [Read more...] about Have Troubles With a Car? Here Is When You Really Need a Tow!
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Consider the current bandwidth of the Chevrolet Camaro—two body styles, four engines, three transmissions, six major and two sub-models, for a total of 15-plus distinct versions—and you begin to see how the Camaro could satisfy so many different budgets, lifestyles, and appetites for American performance. After seemingly coming out of nowhere to swoop and snag (from 14 other contenders) our 2016 Car of the Year award, we chose the traditional favorite, a V-8-powered Camaro SS (2SS), to drive for a little over a year. This engine dominates the driving experience. From previous years, we already knew how satisfying the direct-injected OHV 16-valve 455-hp/455-lb-ft LT1 engine was, and opting for the performance exhaust system and rowing our own gears was the only respectable way to get the most enjoyment from it. Our tame racing driver, Randy Pobst, describes it this way: “The old pushrods pump out big torque—thank you, cubes—and the engine makes more power … [Read more...] about 2016 Chevrolet Camaro SS Long-Term Verdict
Honda has launched maintenance and service packages for its range of cars in India. The said packages have been introduced for all models in Honda cars India's portfolio, except the CR-V crossover. Honda is also offering various other value added services under the Pro Care packages, including anti-rust coating, paint protection, rodent protection, AC cleaning and interior dry cleaning. For the Brio, Amaze, Mobilio, Jazz and City, the maintenance packages offer a coverage of 2 years / 40,000 km (whichever is earlier). On the other hand, the packages for Honda BR-V, WR-V and Accord cover a period of 3 years / 30,000 km, whichever is earlier. These packages need to be opted for by the customer before the car's 2nd free service. The said maintenance packages insulate the car owner from any rise in labor or maintenance charges for the said coverage period. These packages can also be transferred in case the car is sold to another owner. Honda is also offering extended warranty packages for … [Read more...] about Honda launches Pro Care maintenance packages in India
The place is Riverside Raceway, June 1968. The event is the Hot Rod Magazine Drags. The car is a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro sponsored by Dana Chevrolet, and the driver is Dale “The Canuck” Armstrong. Sadly, we couldn’t find any information about how Armstrong did in the race. But poking around the Internet turned up a feature article in Cars magazine about the modifications made at Dana to turn the Camaro into an “SS/C Honker.” The car did not receive a 427 conversion but instead ran a 396-inch, 375-horse big-block that Armstrong, who worked at Dana, had modified for race use. The block was bored 0.030 over and filled with a Crankshaft Company (CSC) crank and L88 rods fitted with CSC forged pistons. He used an L88 camshaft and “has his own boss trick with the pushrods,” wrote the magazine. “He stuffs them with pipe cleaners, as many as five in each pushrod, to cut down on the oil supply reaching the rocker area.” Topping the motor was an … [Read more...] about 1968 Chevrolet Camaro – Muscle Car Rewind
There is dismay in a white three-storey building a few hundred metres from Maruti Suzuki India’s Manesar factory. Many of the 90 small rooms lie empty; the coir clotheslines hang mostly bare; and the corridors, stained with chewed betel, are not crowded.The occupants, usually four to a room, have left since violence at the factory on July 18. The subsequent lockout meant a few hundred of the 1,500 or so Maruti Suzuki contract workers who lived here moved out. At least 40 per cent of the Indian automobile workforce is comprised of contract workers. At Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant, they were about 50 per cent of the total hands.Now, many men here from north India, mostly Bihar and UP, have begun packing their bags. Their employer, Suzuki Powertrain India, a joint venture between Maruti Suzuki India and Suzuki Motor Corporation, they claim, has told them their services will not be required beyond July.S Y Siddiqui, Maruti Suzuki India’s chief operating officer … [Read more...] about Devoid of rights, Manesar’s contract workers caught in management-union crossfire
Life does tend to give you a second chance, but few really know what to do with it or even how to go about bringing themselves back on track. Rewind to the late nineties and you would find Premier Automobiles in just such a situation. With two joint ventures gone bad, a lockout that is still being fought in the courts, losses mounting into hundreds of crores and a nameplate that was about to be wiped out from the face of Indian business, Premier couldn’t have been in a more dire situation than this. Their core competency lost, Premier went back to their sole surviving business of making machine tools and engineering in Pune and it seemed that they would never return to making automobiles. But, Premier was out to prove everybody wrong.So, in 2004, they came back into the field. They did so by launching a pickup and panel van which we all now know as the Sigma. Sold in a select few states, Premier has seen decent success with these vehicles, producing close to 1000 units each … [Read more...] about Premier Rio Review – Premier World
Movietickets.com, OpenTable, Pandora, Slacker, stocks, fuel prices and sports, Lexus Insider, SD Navigation System, ELECTROCHROMIC OUTSIDE MIRRORS W/MEMORY manual fold, heater, tilt w/reverse shift, Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), INTUITIVE PARKING ASSIST clearance and back sonar, POWER BACK DOOR auto and easy closer door, lock, unlock, and panic alarm, ACCESSORY PACKAGE Cargo Net, integrated storage pouch, Carpet Cargo Mat, Key Gloves, Alloy Wheel Locks, TOW PACKAGE (2000 LBS), HEATED LEATHER STEERING WHEEL. 161-Point Inspection and Reconditioning, 24/7 - Roadside Assistance , Balance of new car warranty plus 2 years/unlimited miles, Towing, Lockout Service, Emergency Fuel Service Pricing analysis performed on 1/6/2018. Horsepower calculations based on trim engine configuration. Fuel economy calculations based on original manufacturer data for trim engine configuration. Please confirm the accuracy of the included equipment by calling us prior to purchase. … [Read more...] about 2017 Lexus NX
I have zero patience with people who make pricing comparisons between new cars and used cars. It is almost always done to show off the supposedly superior financial acumen, automotive knowledge, or enthusiast credentials of the person making the comparison. “I sure feel bad for that single mother emergency-room nurse who just wasted her money on a new CR-V. Doesn’t she know that she could get an ’86 Silver Spur for that kind of money? Or a early 308GTS roller chassis? Or a Cessna 152 that just needs a major overhaul to be pretty close to airworthy?” I have a pal, Freddy, who specializes in that sort of article for the nice folks at Jalopnik: “For the price of a new Mirage, you could be the owner of a 1991 Mercedes-Benz 600SEL with 178,000 miles on the clock and half of a wiring harness!”Just this once, however, I am going to make an exception to my own self-imposed rule, and it goes something like this: Last week, I rented the 2016 Nissan … [Read more...] about 2016 Nissan Pathfinder S Rental Review – Eighteen Grand
Brandon writes:Sajeev,I own a 2010 Cobalt SS and I’ve been having random problems with it. I’ve tried checking the forums and I haven’t found any information that matches my car’s problems. It seems like most of the posts on the Cobalt SS forums are by people with modified/tuned cars, and mine is completely stock.I’ve had a few problems fixed under warranty, but the random problems I’m referring too are ones that apparently haven’t thrown codes. Since the car is still under warranty, I’ve been to 2 dealerships and both dealers claimed they couldn’t replicate the problems. One dealership refused to open the motor up without seeing a code. The other claimed that they took the cylinder head off and checked the intake manifold, but couldn’t find anything. (I don’t trust that they did this)If you and the B&B have any ideas about what might be causing the problems, I might be able to point a dealer’s mechanics … [Read more...] about Piston Slap: Feelin’ Blue, Cobalt?
My 2016 Subaru WRX crossed over the 15,000 mile mark after only nine months of ownership. While some of its new car smell has worn off, my affection for it only continues to grow.The WRX has received scheduled maintenance and begun a journey into competitive driving to bring out its full character. I also gave in to the urge to modify the WRX with some small tweaks.The WRX’s mileage has tripled in the six months since my last update. During that time it saw another oil change and a recall, which involved inspection of the turbocharger inlet pipe to identify a manufacturing defect that may have caused a tear. Since this type of tear could cause contaminants to hit the impeller of the turbocharger, I scheduled the recall work as soon as I received the notice. Luckily, my inlet passed the inspection and the Subaru mechanics didn’t find any damage.Since I was approaching the 11,000 mile mark at that time, I asked the … [Read more...] about 2016 Subaru WRX Long-Term Test: Hitting 15,000 Miles