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Snow tires are a pain for many drivers, as they’re only useful in very specific conditions. This means most people have to buy a second set of rims for their cars in addition to the tires themselves.
The Solution: All-Season Tires
All-season tires offer an excellent compromise. They provide plenty of grip in warm, dry conditions and are also safe to use in rain, sleet, and snow.
Not all all-season tires are created equal, though. Which ones come out on top?
Michelin CrossClimate 2
You’ll see this outstanding tire at the top of just about every list of best all-season tires.
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You’ve probably heard the term “drivetrain,” but just what does it mean? Let’s break it down.
In short, the drivetrain is the sum of all the parts that make a vehicle move. These parts combine to form a “train” that allows the vehicle to drive — hence, the drivetrain.
Is the Drivetrain the Same Thing as the Powertrain?
No. The powertrain also includes the engine, or the power source.
What Parts Make Up the Drivetrain?
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Winter is rough on cars. From salted roads that corrode metal parts to rubber that cracks and degrades thanks to the dry, frigid air, there’s no shortage of ways that the cold season can attack your vehicle. How can you fight back?
Wash Your Car Regularly
Aside from making your car look presentable, washing it will also protect it.
Road salt can build up on your car’s undersides and slowly eat away at it. Even with the best corrosion resistance, it’s only a matter of time before the deterioration starts to show.
The solution? Wash it away!
It’s best to wash your car by hand, as the rollers at automated car washes are often full of dirt and grime. When they rub against your car, they can be abrasive to your car’s paint.
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You’ve probably experienced the frustration of painstakingly washing your car by hand, only for it to come out looking like it’s been through a mediocre dishwasher.
The problem is that microscopic particles from things like dust, dirt, road tar, and errant insects can embed themselves in your car’s clear coat over time.
The Solution: Clay Barring Your Car
Think of a clay bar as an exfoliator for your car. It’s the ticket to a smooth, factory-fresh finish.
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While electric and hybrid vehicles continue to lead the way in environmentally-friendly vehicles, gasoline-powered cars are starting to get in on the action. Ford’s EcoBoost feature joins a small family of other “eco modes” that are being developed to improve gas mileage and reduce greenhouse emissions. Here’s how EcoBoost works.
What Is Ford EcoBoost?
The name “EcoBoost” refers to an entire series of turbocharged, direct-injection internal combustion engines. Initially developed through a partnership between Ford and FEV Inc., they now come standard as options on most Ford models.
These engines replicate the power and performance of larger engines but improve their fuel efficiency by 30% and reduce greenhouse emissions by 15%. Essentially, an EcoBoost engine combines power with eco-friendly fuel efficiency, making it easy to see why Ford has made it a prominent part of their product line.