It’s been a long, long time since motor oil was “just oil.” In the 1930s, someone decided to begin putting wax modifiers in the oil to address the problem of wax residue after the refining process. Thus was born the motor oil additive market. Today, motor oils, whether petroleum or synthetic, contain a variety of
An engine is nothing more than an air pump. The more air it ingests, the more fuel it can burn. And more fuel equals more power.
Winter temperatures can lead to power loss in diesel engines, which can be frustrating and potentially dangerous. Diesel fuel treatments provide an additional level of security against these problems and can restore performance and ensure filters do not clog.
You’ve likely heard of eighteenth-century Scottish engineer James Watt. He’s credited with coining the term “horsepower.” In a stroke of marketing genius, he used the term to help sell London industrialists on the ability of his new steam engines to more efficiently produce one of our most precious resources. Beer. Steam power drives beer boom
It depends on your vehicle and driving habits. That’s a cop-out. But, it’s true. Automatic-transmission-fluid-change recommendations vary from one original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to another. Plus, if your driving habits are like most motorists and fall under the “severe” designation (towing, hauling, daily short trips less than 10 miles, etc.), many OEMs recommend changing transmission
Skid-steers are built for tough, professional projects. Whether you’re clearing land, moving rocks or tearing down a wall, a skid-steer is an excellent piece of equipment for many different jobs. But these nimble machines can be expensive to repair and replace if neglected. Companies such as Timberline Landscaping keep their skid-steers going strong with good
More power. It’s the rallying cry of gearheads across time and place, whether you secretly wish you were Brian O’Connor when passing cars in your Mitsubishi Eclipse or Cole Trickle when tossing your 1984 Camaro around town.
Remember the Saturday-afternoon infomercials for the latest “revolutionary” motor oil additive? I enjoyed one in which a group of mechanics added a bottle of additive to an engine they’d suspended from a hoist. Then they drained the oil, started the engine and lowered it into a tank of water. There it sat, gurgling away and
Hollywood has a way of making ordinary things scary. Swimming in the ocean, stopping late at night at a motel…you never know when a Jaws or Psycho will show up. Unfortunately, the scene from “Terminator” with Arnold Schwarzeneggar behind the wheel of a big rig has occasionally caused quickened heartbeats when an 18-wheeler suddenly appears
Somewhere between Kansas City and St. Joseph, Mo., I gained a lifelong respect for truck drivers.