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.
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.
Searching for a new car can be fun and challenging at the same time. You want to find the ideal car, get a good price, and make sure that the car you’ve chosen will be a good value. Fortunately, using popular tools that are available will help you make the right decision.
Your car is easily an extension of you. Whether you are making a quick trip to the shops, or taking a long drive to somewhere far away, driving in the car should not be a chore. Your car should be comfortable, efficient, and a place where you can enjoy your time. A good car always needs good care. Here are a few ways to keep your car in perfect condition.
Even if you’re an experienced driver, you have as much chance of getting into some strife on the road as those who haven’t been driving as long. Here are a few simple safety tips that may help you avoid an accident.