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18 Jul 2014

No matter what make of pickup truck you own, chances are you want to change it from the way the factory supplied it. Whether you use your vehicle for work, off-road play or some of both, you can find performance parts, accessories and customization products to make your pickup truck unique. When you want your pickup truck to look and perform better, accessories will help you customize it.

While it's possible to get some accessories from the Chevy, GMC, Dodge, Ford, Jeep, Mazda, Nissan or Toyota dealer where you bought your truck, you will find a much bigger selection of items online. You may also get better bargains shopping this way. Some popular makers of pickup truck accessories include Lund, Westin, Dee Zee, Outland, Auto...

17 Jul 2014

The original LT1 engine was used in Corvette in the year 1970. Then again, it was relaunched as a second generation LT1 in 1992. The year 2000 saw LT1 being voted as one of the top 10 engines of the last century by Ward's Automotive.

Many types of LT1 were there because General Motors came out with specific versions for specific cars. Engines with a cast iron block and aluminum blocks were fitted in vehicles like Corvette, Super Sport and Z28 because these were performance vehicles. Those with cast iron blocks and cast iron heads were earmarked for vehicles like Buick Roadmaster, Chevy Caprice, Cadillac Fleetwood and Impala, these being standard vehicles. While those used on the Corvette came with four-bolt main caps, others had...

16 Jul 2014

The dynamometer is a special instrument that measures the car engine's power output. To do so, it places a load on the engine. Following that, it measures the amount of power the engine produces against the placed load. The most common type of dyno used is the water brake dyno. Apart from that, there are eddy-current dynos and alternating current dynos but their high cost has limited their usage.

In your car, the dyno measures the power output of the engine and is connected to the engine's ignition system through the spark plug wires. With this connection it is possible to measure your engine's rpm. In fact it is able to calculate the exact speed of the individual pistons which move within the cylinders. The dyno receives...

15 Jul 2014

Computer maintenance tools are worth having no matter what your level of PC knowledge. The important thing to remember is that regular maintenance is not a luxury but a necessity. Just like you need to perform routine maintenance to check different parts of your car, the same is true for a PC. You have to do the PC equivalent of checking the air pressure in the tires, changing the oil and replacing worn windshield wiper blades to avoid future problems and achieve high performance. To do that, you need the right tools to get the job done.

Probably the most versatile of the computer maintenance tools at your disposal is your brain. That's right, the old noggin. You can sort through all kinds of problems just by using your head. Apply...

11 Jul 2014

You can save hundreds of dollars on garage fees every year by carrying out minor servicing and maintenance jobs on your car yourself. Armed with a selection of widely available automotive tools, a garage manual for your car, and enough time and patience to get a job done properly, pretty much anyone can carry out the routine tasks needed to keep your car on the road and running smoothly.

One of the most satisfying aspects of carrying out maintenance tasks on your vehicle - aside from saving money on expensive garage bills - is that you are able to get an understanding of how the car works, and the more you understand about the vehicle, the easier it is to put things right in the event of a breakdown.
Any home garage requires a...

10 Jul 2014

When Stephanie Edwards pulls into Palm Mortuary on Eastern Avenue, it is late afternoon and the sun is setting. She parks her car close to the curb at the Garden of Innocents and begins her daily ritual. She removes trimming shears, Windex and paper towels from the trunk of her Camry. Edwards is there to tend to her deceased 2-year-old son, Donovan, and the toddlers and infants buried near him.

The mother found herself visiting the cemetery daily - for 231 consecutive days. Somewhere along the line she became well acquainted with other parents still grieving for their children - children who died from disease, misadventure and some even from neglect.

But Edwards still has no explanation why her apparently healthy son died. He...

09 Jul 2014

If you have ever been involved in a break down then you will know the value of the car diagnostic tools. These are meant to help you get out of a tricky situation. When we go to the driving school we are told that we really have to improve our knowledge of cars before we can become effective drivers. Sadly the reality is that many drivers on the road just know how to turn the steering wheel and switch on the music. Open up the bonnet and you will see them running a mile. These tools make it easier to deal with those emergencies where you do not know what is wrong with the car but it is just not working properly. This does not take away from the need to have some level of training in the use of the car diagnostic tools.

You will need...

07 Jul 2014

The motor vehicles that are being manufactured today are incredibly complex pieces of machinery and rely upon the careful design, production, installation, and function of many different systems and parts. Professional mechanics must receive extensive training, and depending upon the maker of a vehicle, there may still be further specialized training that is required to develop one's skills and knowledge to the point that it would be appropriate to work on another person's car or truck. Given this state of affairs, it may seem that there is no way that a car owner could hope to perform any sort of meaningful maintenance on her own, but this is untrue. Routine car maintenance and simple self-diagnostic assessments can be a tremendous...

04 Jul 2014

People go out of their way to try to eat the right foods, do the right exercises, and stay healthy. Today, it's practically a necessity considering the price of healthcare and healthcare insurance. Still, what about your car? If you don't maintain a healthy car it could end up costing you tens of thousands of dollars in repairs, not to mention the risk of being stranded somewhere and find yourself a victim of circumstance. I'd like to talk to you about a new type of automotive diagnostic tool which we may find more common in the future.


There was an interesting article in Science Daily on December 10, 2012 titled; Ultrasound Can Now Monitor the Health of Your Car Engine, which stated;
Ultrasound scans have long been a fundamental...

02 Jul 2014

When you are diagnosed with diabetes (either type), it seems you need to know a new language in order to manage your condition. But do not worry. Over time, you will get the hang of it. One of the most peculiar terms you need to know is HbA1c . Yes, that is a number 1 and not an l in the name. One of the facts about HbA1c is that it takes a while to learn to spell!

What Is It?
HbA1c is shorthand for glycosylated haemoglobin . Heamoglobin is the stuff that glucose sticks to. It is necessary in red blood cells in order to attract, pick up and absorb glucose. In Type 1 diabetes, your body can not make enough glucose. In Type 2 diabetes, the glucose levels go all out of whack. One of the best ways to monitor your health is to take an...