How bad is the VW Dieselgate Emissions Scandal

This is a nightmare for Volkswagen. The company has admitted cheating emissions tests using an algorithm. The actual vehicles are actually 10 to 40 times dirtier than what the cars revealed during tests. Amazing!

The CEO has resigned. Other executives are being fired.

By admitting to defrauding customers and the US government, Volkswagen has significantly harmed its brand.

It’s hard to imagine how Volkswagen overcomes this mess.

How to Change a Flat Tire


Everyone has a flat tire at some point in their driving life but when it happens, don’t sweat it. The car manufacturers know that “flats” are a fact of life and have placed all the tools you need on-board so you can change it quickly. In case you have never done it before, here’s a step-by-step guide to help you. You may want to print it out and keep it in your glove box. For all you visual learners out there, there are a number of videos on Youtube that can help you out via your smartphone also.

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The Original Multi-Fuel Car?

Back in the 1960s, Chrysler made an automobile that ran on virtually any liquid combustible fuel. The engine was was a genuine turbine that contained 20% of the moving parts that a standard piston engine did and weighed a fraction of the weight. This is an true story of a genuine, drivable multifuel automobile that was available over 60 years ago. The sales staff of told us the whole story.

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Why Does the US have so few diesel cars?


Why are there so few diesel powered cars in the US? Polls reveal that Americans aren’t as comfortable with diesel-engined passenger cars and some say it has to do with a poorly-designed Oldsmobile diesel engine made in the 1970s. Here’s the story:

In order to meet new American emissions regulations in the mid-1970s, executives at General Motor’s Oldsmobile Division decided to design and a series of diesel engines for passenger car use. Diesels were not subject to the same Federal emissions requirements as gasoline engines and this helped them meet the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) records of the time.

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Carter Carburetor – An Automotive Icon

Carter carburetors were a constant in the car business for over six decades and millions of units were produced. Anyone who worked in the car business a few decades ago knew them well however, the relentless march of progress came in the form of fuel injection and wiped the company out long ago. The old Carter Carburetor factory is now a vacant St. Louis landmark and, sadly, a superfund site. Here’s the story about the rise and fall of a major automotive institution.

William Carter was a bike mechanic who experimented owned a successful bicycle shop in the early 1900s. Like many such shops, he also repaired some motorized vehicles. He discovered a weakness in many of them, their carburetors, and set out to make his own replacements. His carburetors were made of cast brass and due to his precision machining techniques were considered the best of the time. The automotive industry quickly took notice and soon many automobile manufacturers were knocking at the door for Carter-built carburetors.

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