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At some point in just about every car’s life, something will begin to wear in the “front-end” and you will feel a vibration in your steering wheel. Most of the time the vibration starts out quite subtle and then gets more and more pronounced until there is no question that something’s gone awry. When it gets to that point, it’s probably becoming unsafe and you should see a mechanic to diagnose and fix the issue. That being said, knowing what things cause steering wheel vibration will allow you to better informed about the situation and likely put you in a better position to take care of it.
There are basically two types of oil that you can put in your classic muscle car’s engine; conventional and synthetic. Conventional motor oils are distilled from crude, pumped-out-of-the-ground, oil and are the kind of oil that has been used in internal combustion engines for over 100 years. About 20 years ago, synthetic motor oils entered the marketplace. These are essentially “designer motor oils” that are created from a blend of pure hydrocarbon compounds. Synthetic motor oils are superior to conventional oils in virtually all respects. They are more slippery, hold up better in temperature extremes, last longer, and can provide superior lubrication to internal rubber and other materials. They even contribute to higher gas mileage.
Lasers can do some amazing things. They are being used today to read DVDs and CDs, correct blurry vision and even for transporting Star Trek crew. Now you can add this to the list, “replacing car headlamps.” That’s right; vehicle headlights are getting beamed up.
Lasers have an illuminating power 1,000 times more powerful than LEDs — which up until just recently provided the greatest power of all the bulb technologies out there. Laser technology has some compelling advantages over standard illumination system, for example: laser automobile lights can be much smaller than conventional lighting systems, they can use much less energy than incandescent lights to operate, and they look pretty darn cool, too.
The relationship between Chrysler and Cummins goes back to the mid-1980s. Back in those days, Chrysler was the only one of the big three automakers that did not have a diesel engine in their model lineup. In 1978, General Motors was the first to offer a diesel engine and their Oldsmobile 350 Diesel was an existing V8 design that they retooled for diesel use. Ford followed in the early eighties with a 6.9L V-8 diesel that they bought from International Harvester. Both of these engines were normally-aspirated and offered power similar to the gasoline powered versions. Then Chrysler got involved.
When it comes to increasing engine performance, there are a wide variety of performance parts on the market, and most are designed to do one thing: increase the amount of air and fuel the engine can pull into the cylinder on the intake stroke. The more air and fuel the engine can pack into the cylinders on the intake stroke, the greater the peak horsepower of the engine.
There is another method, though, that doesn’t require standard hot rodding tricks like changing blocks, pistons, camshafts and such engine hardware. It simply introduces a gas called nitrous oxide into the engine and this can create an astonishing amount of additional power.
The transmission in a car is the device that you use to change gears. You control what gear a car is in with a standard transmission and with an automatic transmission, it does it for you. Today we have a new type of transmission to consider and it is called a continuously variable transmission (CVT). A CVT is a type of automatic transmission but it operates very differently than older automatics. CVTs provide more useable power, better fuel economy and smoother driving than traditional automatic transmissions. CVTs have been around for years in motorized applications such as snowmobiles and off-road recreational vehicles, but just started to be used in regular automobiles a few years ago.