Ed Newman

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Scuba Diving Basics for Beginners: A Boating World Q&A

When my brother Ron and his wife were young, they took up scuba diving. They love adventure and they’ve always loved to travel, so scuba diving seemed an exciting way to see the world. The natural beauty beneath the sea can be dazzling. I’ve been told there’s nothing quite like swimming with sharks in their

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On the Road to SEMA with Chris Mangum of MAD Industries

It’s been a lot of fun going to SEMA these past 21 years. SEMA seemed big even back then when the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center didn’t exist yet. Today it’s massive and still bursting at the seams.

Spare Tire Blues: Three Tips for New Car Owners

Here’s the situation. You’re on a road trip with the family. You stop for food and fuel and you notice one of the tires is a little low. Fortunately the convenience store has an air compressor and you’re back on the road in no time.

Groundbreaking Engine Wins 2017 AMSOIL Engine Masters Challenge

The AMSOIL Engine Masters Challenge presented by HOT ROD is run by the University of Northwestern Ohio (UNOH). The field may be smaller, but the competition is no less intense, and the creativity no less compelling. The 2017 AMSOIL Engine Masters Challenge at UNOH in Lima, Ohio, has already seen some fascinating engine concepts that

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Your Most Common Motor Oil Questions Answered

One thing the Internet has done is create a lot more “experts.” In the old days when you had a car maintenance question, you knew whom to ask – ‘ol Mike up the street with grease under his fingernails and a rag in his back pocket.

What to Do When Your Car is Underwater

Hurricane Harvey hit Houston hard. Tragically, reports say the hurricane claimed the lives of at least 60 people. It has also wrought devastation to countless communities and households.

The DIY Oil Change: Avoid These 5 Common Mistakes

AMSOIL Motor Oil Change

I’m probably from the last generation of people who largely changed their own oil. As the pace of life has increased and engine technology has grown more complicated, most people now pay a professional to take care of their auto-maintenance needs.

What is Synthetic Motor Oil?

AMSOIL Sig Series SAE 5W-30

As most of my friends know, and you now as well, I listen to audio books during my daily commute. My current book, about history’s first billionaire, is titled “Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.” It’s a massive book about a massively complex man, and it’s been a fascinating “read.”

How To Choose the Right Battery for Your Car

Most of us have a car battery story we could resurrect if asked. I have a few, but the most memorable was in 1986 when my son was born. On our seventh anniversary, my wife and I had dined at the now-forgotten Lemon Drop Restaurant on London Road in Duluth, Minn.

Synthetic Oil Filters vs Regular Oil Filters

Early automobile engines didn’t use oil filters, or air filters for that matter. For this reason frequent oil changes were a must. Motor oil quality wasn’t really that important in those days, anyway. It was the discarded by-product of processes designed to create other products from crude oil, like fuel, benzene and other petrochemicals.