I bet the dealer didn't go over your new car's break-in procedure with you, leaving you to dig it up on page 79 of the tediously written owner's manual. Luckily, most cars have a fairly similar break-in procedure so even if you refuse to read your manual, you can do it successfully. Now playing: Watch this: How to break in your new car's engine 3:46 The reason for the break-in period is to mate the engine's friction surfaces to each other in the smoothest manner, so they seal or rotate against each other with minimal leakage or friction. That can result in better fuel economy, lower oil usage, better power delivery and longer engine life at the end of the car's career. That's a nice payoff for less than a thousand miles of restraint up front.Take a look at this table of break-in guidelines from a 2018 Mercedes GLC, 2018 Hyundai Elantra and 2018 Toyota RAV4. Different manufacturers, but fairly similar guidelines.GLCElantraRAV4Miles1,000600200-600LoadVary, avoid top … [Read more...] about New car break-in made easy
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The Trump administration moved to lower nationwide vehicle fuel efficiency rules today by arguing that dirtier cars will be safer. The administration is also trying to take away California’s power to set its own greenhouse gas emissions standards and zero-emission vehicle program, which are initiatives that many other states around the country have followed for years. It’s a move that fulfills two of President Donald Trump’s common goals: undercutting Barack Obama’s policies and weakening environmental regulations. The decision, which has been in the works for well over a year, has already sparked a firestorm of reactions from state prosecutors, environmental organizations, industry players, and former EPA staff members. What’s more, the fight over California’s role in steering the country’s environmental policy sets up what could be one of the most consequential legal battles the Trump administration has taken on to date. Taking aim at a key … [Read more...] about Trump administration moves to make new cars dirtier by arguing they’ll be safer
By James Osborne Updated 10:01 am, Monday, May 14, 2018 Photo: Daniel Acker / Bloomberg Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 A Phillips 66 logo is seen on a gas pump as a car is filled a Beck's station in Princeton, Illinois, U.S., on Monday, March 5, 2012. Prices have increased 15 percent this year and are 7.8 percent higher than a year earlier. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg less A Phillips 66 logo is seen on a gas pump as a car is filled a Beck's station in Princeton, Illinois, U.S., on Monday, March 5, 2012. Prices have increased 15 percent this year and are 7.8 percent higher than a ... more Photo: Daniel Acker / Bloomberg Is Trump backing off opposition to new car mileage standard? 1 / 1 Back to Gallery WASHINGTON - The Trump administration is showing signs it might be willing to back off its hard line … [Read more...] about Is Trump backing off opposition to new car mileage standard?
Most of us know the new-car basic warranty, often referred to as the "bumper-to-bumper warranty," is designed to protect the owner against any factory defects during the first few years of ownership. But did you know this coverage doesn't actually apply to the bumpers? The vehicle's bumpers are considered body panels and so aren't covered.The basic warranty is just one kind of coverage that comes standard on a new car. Here's an overview of new-car warranties and seven things you might not know about them:WARRANTY BASICSA new car comes with a basic or limited warranty, which covers everything except body panels, drivetrain components and wear-and-tear items such as brake pads, oil filters and wiper blades.It also comes with a drivetrain warranty, which covers most of the parts that make the car move, such as the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft. Most carmakers provide roadside assistance. Some also offer free maintenance for a period of time.FINE PRINT ON 10-YEAR … [Read more...] about Edmunds: 7 things you may not know about new car warranties
Developed by Mavizon Technologies from Louisville, Kentucky, AutoBot offers control over your car via a smartphone. The AutoBot device goes into the OBD-II connector, provided that your car is newer than 1996 - you know, that thing, where they plug their contraptions in at the DMV. There is a dedicated Web site for syncing, integrating it with different services such as IM and online mapping, which can be reached with a browser, or a dedicated iPhone and Android apps, which are in the works.AutoBot makes it easier to locate your car if it gets stolen, or you simply don't recall where you parked. The device can also send messages to friends and family after a crash. Other useful stuff includes locking and unlocking doors, bringing up windows, checking up diagnostics, receiving oil change and tire rotation alerts, or just examining your driving patterns.Installing AutoBot should be as simple as plugging in a new car stereo, and the device will cost around $300. The iPhone and Android … [Read more...] about AutoBot will let you control your car with iPhone and Android apps