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
It's 2018. We have drones and hoverboards, our phones unlock by scanning our faces and anything in the world can be delivered to your door with a couple of clicks. Why should we be stuck with buying or leasing as our only means of procuring a car to drive?Thankfully, vehicle subscription services are becoming more and more popular. Think of it like any other subscription: Sign up for what you want, cancel it when you're done. From automakers to third-party companies, there are many ways to subscribe to your next new car.The OEMsIf you're familiar with any vehicle subscription service, it's probably one of these. In essence, you pay a monthly fee to a manufacturer for access to several vehicle models in its lineup. In addition to access, this fee covers the cost of insurance, maintenance and roadside assistance.BMW now has a pilot program running in Nashville for its subscription service, Access by BMW. The program, like Porsche's is a two-tiered affair and again, like Porsche, isn't … [Read more...] about A guide to car subscriptions, the alternative to buying and leasing