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.
Contractors and members of the skilled trades, including professional truck drivers, play a significant role in the U.S. economy. For example, truckers deliver 70 percent of all freight tonnage in the U.S., yet many of these hardworking professionals go unnoticed and underappreciated. With semis priced more than $100,000 and diesel pickups north of $50,000, saying
The simple answer: It’s probably wearing out. Over time, the piston rings have likely become worn or stuck in their grooves, preventing them from sealing tightly against the cylinder wall. The tiny gap that has formed between the ring and cylinder wall allows oil to enter the combustion chamber and burn. Worn valve seals produce
There’s something inexplicably stimulating about powerful engines, whether they be steam locomotives, bulldozers or heavy-duty trucks. I can still hear in my head those ’60s commercials for funny car drag racing in Englishtown, N.J…”Sunday! At Raceway Park!!!!” I find it fascinating how the diesel pickup truck sector has erupted to become one of the most exciting