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What Does It Mean When Cars 'Drift'?

What Does It Mean When Cars 'Drift'?

You've seen the Fast & Furious movies, maybe you've even caught some professional drift competitions on television or the web. But what does it mean when cars "drift?" At it's most basic, a "drift" is movement of a car along some direction other than its steered trajectory, involving a slip...

November 14, 2013 by 
 
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How Much Oil Do Cars Use?

In the U.S., we use about 18 million barrels of oil daily for all transport combined—which adds up to 756 million gallons per year. And that's just over a fifth of... read more November 13, 2013 by 


 
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5 Auto Theft Prevention Technologies in 2013

The FBI reports hundreds of thousands of vehicles are stolen nationwide every year. And when you dig into statistics, you see that everyday cars are popular targets, not just... read more November 13, 2013 by 


 
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What’s The Best Way To Search For Used Car Dealers?

Consumers in the market to buy a used car have two options: buy from a used car dealer or a private party. Many consumers opt to go with a used car dealer, preferring to... read more November 13, 2013 by 


 
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What Is A Smog Check?

Smog check, smog test and emission check all refer to the same thing: a test of vehicle and its engine emissions performed at a licensed smog testing facility. Smog checks... read more November 13, 2013 by 


 
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How Do Cars Burn Gas?

Gasoline engines are not subtle machines. They take in air and an already volatile fuel (gasoline) to form a vaporous mixture, which is then compressed and lit with a spark... read more November 12, 2013 by 


 
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What's The Best Kind Of Oil For Your Car?

Car-care experts, mechanics, and automakers alike have called motor oil the lifeblood of your engine, and it's easy to understand why. Motor oil is the lubricant between... read more November 12, 2013 by 


 
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What Makes A Car Fuel Efficient?

Fuel efficiency in any vehicle depends on many factors. Most of them are fixed by the choice of vehicle and body style: Not surprisingly, smaller, lighter, sleeker cars use... read more November 12, 2013 by 


 
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What Are The Most Fuel Efficient Cars?

If you're talking about cars that run on gasoline or diesel fuel, the most efficient car sold in the U.S. for several years now has been the Toyota Prius hybrid. Since 2010... read more November 12, 2013 by 


 
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Are Cars Bad For The Environment?

Cars affect the environment in a number of ways. In modern cars, tailpipe emissions of smog-forming chemicals--particular carbon monoxide, nitrous oxides, and unburned... read more November 12, 2013 by 


 
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How To Drive A Stick Shift: The Basics

You might think driving a car with a manual transmission, also known as a stick shift, is difficult. Really, it's not, despite the nervousness and fear it inspires in... read more November 12, 2013 by 


 
Volkswagen Jetta Racer's Dream, SEMA 2013

SEMA: The Top 5 Things You Should Know

Each year, some of the best automotive tuners and modifiers come together in one place to show off their wares, see what others are doing, and, incidentally, to conduct some... read more November 12, 2013 by 


 
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How Does My Car's Transmission Work?

There are many parts to any car, thousands in fact, but some of the systems that control what your car does and how it does it can be more important than others. The... read more November 12, 2013 by 


 
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How To Get The Lowest Car Payment

If you want to buy a new car, but are afraid the monthly payments are going to be out of reach for the vehicle you want, you need a strategy. There are several approaches to... read more November 12, 2013 by 


 
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How To Detail Your Car

Detailing your car is an easy and even relaxing way to maintain your investment. When you have proper shade (or for those in cold winter climates, appropriate shelter) and... read more November 12, 2013 by 


 
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The 5 Best Auto Theft Prevention Technologies for 2013

The FBI reports hundreds of thousands of vehicles are stolen nationwide every year. And when you dig into statistics, you see that everyday cars are popular targets, not just... read more November 12, 2013 by 


 

 
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