John Stewart

With Summer Driving Increasing, Goodyear Has Key Tire Advice

AKRON, Ohio, May 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Although miles driven have been declining in the past year, the nation's most well-known automotive travel authority predicts a higher number of drivers during this Memorial Day holiday weekend.

And the best-known American tire company predicts that many of those travelers will simply jump into their vehicles and drive, unaware of the condition of the only part of their cars that comes in contact with the road - the tires.

Officials from The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company urge motorists to take a few minutes to inspect their tires, or to visit a local tire and service outlet for a check-up. This advice comes at the outset of the holiday weekend in which AAA (American Automobile Association) estimates that larger numbers of Americans - 32.4 million, versus 31.9 million a year ago - will travel 50 miles or more from home. This represents a 1.5 percent increase from last year.

AAA says 83 percent of those holiday travelers are expected to go by car, truck or van. With Memorial Day considered the beginning of the summer travel season, this rise in expected driving is accompanied by gas prices that are averaging about 28 cents per gallon more this week, as compared to average pump prices just a month ago.

According to Goodyear, an increase in the price of gas is even more incentive to check tire condition and air pressure before heading off on any vacation journeys.

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4x4Wire Tech Hint: "Check Engine" Light

"Check Engine" LightVehicles manufactured since 1974 began sporting a variety of engine and emission control systems.  As the engine control and monitoring systems became more complex, on-board diagnostic systems were developed to record fault codes and assist in problem diagnosis.

In general, all vehicles equipped with on-board diagnostic systems (OBD-II is the current standard) will store error codes that can be read using a portable code reader or scanner.  A "Check Engine" light comes on to indicate that the engine management computer has detected a problem related to emissions or engine operation.  It is your notice that something needs to be fixed in order to comply with federal emissions requirements or to keep your engine running. Many of the trouble codes relate to engine or emission sensor inputs that have failed or are out of tolerance.  The sensors control the "engine management computer" and keep the engine running at optimum efficiency.  Failed or out of tolerance sensors mean your engine is not operating at optimum efficiency.While it is easier to read the fault codes with a code reader/scanner, most vehicles provide an option to display the codes without a scanner.  To view the error codes, start with the engine turned off (Ignition Key in the OFF position).  Turn the ignition key to the "ON" (not "IGNITION/START") position, then turn it off for about a second.  Turn it on for a second, then turn it off for a second.  The third time you turn it on, trouble codes should begin flashing on the odometer display.  (NOTE: this process works with newer Jeep vehicles.  It may or may not work with out models.)Once the error codes are recorded, interpretation will indicate the likely source of the fault.For a comprehensive listing of ODB-II error codes for all manufactures vehicles, check these websites:http://www.obd-codes.com/http://www.engine-light-help.com/
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Cooling System Parts Available

One Million Chrysler Cooling Parts Replacements in Next 12 Months Projected by 1-800-Radiator

BENICIA, Calif., May 1, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- 1-800-Radiator responded to Chrysler's anticipated bankruptcy filing with an announcement today that it will be ramping up its stock levels of replacement cooling parts for Chrysler automobiles.

1-800-Radiator estimates over one million cooling system replacement parts will be needed in the next 12 months for Chrysler models currently on the road.

The company projects that Chrysler's Town and Country Van will lead the list, with approximately 116,000 cooling replacement parts, followed by the PT Cruiser with 113,000 and the Sebrings with 47,000 replacements.

Radiators, condensers and compressors are projected to comprise 75 percent of all Chrysler cooling parts replacements. Evaporators, dryers, heaters, fan assemblies and expansion valves will comprise most of the rest.

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Synthetic Diesel Oil Increases Fuel Economy

Study Says new AMSOIL Synthetic Diesel Oil Increases Fuel Economy up to 3%

AMSOIL INC. of Superior, WI recently upgraded a line of its Synthetic Diesel Oil for extended service life highlighting documented fuel efficiency benefits. This premium diesel oil for model year 2007 and newer heavy-duty and pickup truck diesel engines requiring API CJ-4 emission quality oil standards delivers extraordinary lubrication in diesel engines found in commercial, fleet and personal vehicles.

(PRWEB) April 26, 2009 -- AMSOIL INC. of Superior, WI recently upgraded a line of its Synthetic Diesel Oil for extended service life highlighting documented fuel efficiency benefits. This premium diesel oil for model year 2007 and newer heavy-duty and pickup truck diesel engines requiring API CJ-4 emission quality oil standards delivers extraordinary lubrication in diesel engines found in commercial, fleet and personal vehicles.

Formulated with the latest additive technology and the most advanced synthetic base oils, AMSOIL Premium API CJ-4 Synthetic 5W-40 Diesel Oil exceeds the higher performance demands of modern engines. This fuel efficient formula withstands the stress of heat, soot and acids to help prevent deposits, corrosion and wear, and its broad viscosity range offers superior protection over a wide temperature range.

/Measurable Environmental Benefits/

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Your Vehicle's Oxygen Sensor

Your Vehicle's Oxygen Sensor - the Watchdog of Harmful Emissions

BROADVIEW, Ill., April 21 /PRNewswire/ -- If you are concerned about your car's carbon footprint, it's important to know that your vehicle's O2 sensor (oxygen sensor) plays a key role in sounding the alarm if excessive harmful exhaust emissions are coming out the tailpipe.

"A properly functioning O2 sensor plays the role of a watchdog when it comes to monitoring your car's exhaust emissions, especially hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide," said Warren Suter, Director, Engine Management Systems for Bosch, which developed the automotive oxygen sensor in 1976. Bosch is the world's largest supplier of automotive parts and systems. www.boschautoparts.com.

The O2 sensor measures the oxygen in the exhaust and signals the engine's computer to adjust the air-fuel ratio to ensure that combustion is as complete as possible. This continuous process optimizes engine performance and fuel efficiency and reduces harmful emissions. A vehicle, depending on the make, model and year, can have between one and four O2 sensors at various locations in the exhaust stream.

If an O2 sensor is worn out and fails to assess the air-fuel ratio accurately, the engine's computer tries to accommodate the perceived variation and, in the process, may adjust the mixture to be too lean or too rich. The result? Harmful tailpipe emissions and possible damage to the catalytic converter and other engine components.

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