In 2001, the United States Department of Transportation (DOT) passed the Transportation Recall Enhancement Accountability and Documentation (TREAD) act. The details of this law are many but one thing it required was that all vehicle manufacturers install Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) devices on their vehicles. This allowed owners and drivers to monitor the air pressures in their vehicles without using cumbersome pneumatic tire pressure gauges. This was the first time the systems
Britain’s Camcon Automotive just changed the rules for what an internal combustion engine can do. They have developed a new type of valve train called Intelligent Valve Technology (IVT). IVT uses powerful solenoids to open and close engine valves. This eliminates camshafts and their timing belts and allows engineers to optimize engine operation like never before. The Old Way Internal combustion engines breathe in fresh air and expel wasted exhaust gases. The airflow through the engine
Got a smartphone? Then you’ve got a second job just waiting for you! With apps like Uber, Lyft, Taskrabbit and others, there’s lots of money you can earn just by driving your car. Keep in mind, many of these apps require you to be 18 years or older, but, provided you meet that criteria, they can fit well into the lifestyles of those who want to dictate their own “side hustle.” Here’s four methods of getting some great cash just by driving around! Moving Help If you have a vehicle such
"With a high horsepower MT-82 Mustang already in the garage at home I wanted to try something different this time around and go with the new, highly revered 10 speed auto- and I’m glad I did. Having seen the potential of this combo at Maple Grove recently going 11’s bone stock, I’m excited to chase a 10 second slip-
"SEMA is Candyland for car fans—anything you could possibly want to see is there! Just be sure to wear comfortable shoes and prepare to walk…. A LOT” -Justin Dugan AmericanTrucks’ (AT) own Justin Dugan just got back from SEMA 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada where he rubbed elbows with industry legends, checked out the trendiest in automotive performance aftermarket, all while viewing some of the highest-quality vehicle builds in the world! It wasn’t all fun and games for Justin as he was t
Want to start an animated discussion among car enthusiasts? Ask them what company made the first American muscle car. With a little luck, the discussion will stay below the level of physical blows as the individual Chevy, Ford and Chrysler people “discuss things.” On the other hand, ask the same group who made the first SUV and things should be far quieter. Truth be told -and few people know this- the first SUV was actually made by International Harvester, a company almost unheard of today.
If you’ve seen a Plymouth Prowler, either in a photo or in person, you know there’s a story behind it. Car companies don’t make cars like this without some sort of reason. But what is the story? We wanted to know, so we dug in and here’s what we found. Chrysler’s Down Days In the 1990s, Chrysler Corporation wasn’t doing well. Sales were down and management was looking at killing off brands that weren’t doing well, like Plymouth. The Plymouth brand didn’t have the market that it once
The days of uncertainty involving the utility of electric cars are over. At first, they were basically mobile curiosity pieces with high eMPG, but with limited range and questionable crash tolerance. Today, almost every family would like to have one. However, when a fantastically popular product develops, there are often downsides. In the case of electric cars, there are significant downsides when it comes to some of the raw materials used in their construction. In particular, some of the ones needed to make th