John Stewart

Biodiesel

One of the ways to make driving more sustainable is to reduce the world's dependence on non-renewable resources. By developing vehicles capable of running on renewable fuels, such as biodiesel, we're addressing concerns about the environmental impact of driving.

Biodiesel

In the United States, biodiesel is primarily made from soybeans. It's typically sold in blends using 2 to 5 percent biodiesel (the remaining 98 to 95 percent is traditional petroleum-based diesel). These blends are called B2 or B5.

Most diesel vehicles can use B2 or B5. Diesel vehicles have been successfully operated on B20 and B100, but this is not recommended unless the vehicle's fuel system has been modified and the fuel quality controlled.

Biodiesel can also be made from waste cooking oils and animal fats, but the resulting fuel is problematic due to the wide variation in properties from these waste streams.

Benefits of Biodiesel

The use of biodiesel has several benefits:

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Time to start thinking about winter tires...yes...already.

 A quick guide of pointers in selecting snow and winter tires from Tires By Web.

/24-7PressRelease/ - LANSING, MI, August 29, 2008 - Summer has indeed been glorious, but the nights are already getting colder for many of us and it's time to start planning for colder weather. So aside from stocking up on the necessary items for your football tailgating excursions, we'll also need to start thinking about our cars. For those of us who run into harsher winters, snow tires are either a necessity or something you've at least considered in the past. So in the spirit of being proactive, we have put together a short list of factors to think about when selecting winter tires. First, identify your needs. Are you doing a lot of highway driving, or more urban commuting? If you tend to drive at higher speeds, it may make sense to look at performance snow tires. If not, you can likely avoid the premium prices associated with performance snow tires. Secondly, you'll want to take into account your weather conditions. Do you tend to get more slush? Strictly snow? Ice? A combination of the above? Different types of snow tires perform better for these differing conditions. If you deal more with icy conditions, it will most likely make sense to look at studded tires. These provide maximum traction in icy conditions, but will not really provide better performance in strictly snowy conditions. Make sure when ordering your new tires online or at a store, that you pick your seller's brain on topics such as tread design, tread compound and whether or not the tires you're looking at are designated by the Rubber Manufacturers Association as meeting the severe snow standard. For all of your tire needs, be sure to check out Tires By Web, a leading tire retailer since 1977. Tires By Web carries a broad range of tires, rims and wheels such as: Boyd Coddington Wheels, Cooper Tires, Fuzion Tires, Hakkapeliitta, Hankook Tires, and Mickey Thompson Tires.About Tires By Web Tires By Web carries a broad range of tires, rims and wheels such as: Boyd Coddington Wheels, Cooper Tires, Fuzion Tires, Hakkapeliitta, Hankook Tires, and Mickey Thompson Tires.# # #

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Discount Tire Provides Top 10 Tire Tips

Keep the good times rolling by checking tires before hitting the road
Discount Tire Provides Top 10 Tire Tips for Labor Day Road Trips

Useful tips to keep your tires in top shape from Discount Tire, the world's largest independent tire and wheel retailer

Scottsdale, Ariz. (PRWEB) August 25, 2008 -- Useful tips to keep your tires in top shape from Discount Tire, the world's largest independent tire and wheel retailer:

Keep the good times rolling by checking tires before hitting the road

1. Don't Wait Until It's Too Late -- make it a habit to check your tire pressure at least once per month and before every long trip. Under inflated tires cause excess heat build-up that can damage tires and lead to a failure.

2. Know Your Pressure Point -- the correct tire pressure is found on a sticker on the driver-side doorpost or in the owner's manual, not on the tire sidewall -- that's the maximum pressure for the tire.

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Patented Corrosion Prevention Coating Now Available On The Web

Van Nay has developed a major breakthrough in Corrosion Prevention with a product called ECK®. ECK® (Electrolysis, Corrosion, Kontrol) is the only patented product proven to prevent dissimilar metal corrosion. Some of the world's largest manufacturers use ECK® in their production process to prevent corrosion between aluminum & steel. To help protect your investments simply: brush, dip, spray or squeeze on ECK® during assembly.

South Elgin, IL (PRWEB) August 8, 2008 -- The corrosion coating that world class truck trailer and bus manufacturers have been applying to prevent corrosion is now available to the world. ECK® (Electrolysis, Corrosion, Kontrol) a patented corrosion coating was invented to prevent corrosion of dissimilar metals when applied to stainless steel hardware. "Our coating is used by some the largest fire truck, bus, ambulance and boat manufacturers in the United States, Mexico and Canada," said Richard Nay Sr., President of this 10-year-old company. "The magnesium chloride road ice chemicals that destroy trucks and trailers are now being prevented by our coating. Our patented product is applied by aerosol or brush preventing the natural corrosive reaction of dissimilar metals."

The United States Navy uses the product and two bridges were made in Pennsylvania also using ECK®. Is this the answer to the much publicized devastating bridge corrosion issue? "I can only tell you this, several years after the bridges were made, the inspectors concluded that ECK® prevented corrosion," said Nay.

Now those that need the corrosion prevention from electrolysis, galvanic and other forms of corrosion can obtain the coating product that has proven successful to leading industry manufacturers. "The world is full of dissimilar metal manufactured items, from vehicles to home swing sets, stainless hardware are used to assemble aluminum. Corrosion repair and replacement exceeds 350 dollars annually. Now a spray or a brush of our ECK® coating will help save money and extend the life of manufactured items."

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What's in your flashlight?

Streamlight Flashlight

What's in your flashlight?

Peering under the hood, I reached for the flashlight just to illuminate a corner hidden in the shadows. While it was daylight, it was dark under the hood and something was dripping.The first flashlight I grabbed was the standard two D-Cell light that barely produced enough light to see in darkness let alone brighten the dark corner under the hood in broad daylight.  Next, the big bulky four D-Cell Maglite was brought into play.  Finally, enough light to pin point the fluid leak was from the windshield washer bottle.

Have you ever tried to maneuver the long-body Maglite in tight corners?  Have you ever desired a bright light in a shorter body flashlight?  And, ever get tired of replacing batteries?  Or, had trouble keeping replacement batteries handy?My search for a bright light flashlight with a short body (and rechargeable) turned up a promising product from Streamlight, the Stinger XT.  The Stinger XT features a Xenon bulb powered by a Nickel-Cadmium rechargeable battery pack.  The machined aluminum body is 7.7 inches long and weights just over 11 ounces.Two mounting adapters are included with the Stinger and two interchangeable power cords; 12DC cord with cigarette lighter plug and a 120VAC cord with wall transformer.  The Stinger is designed to be left on continuous charging.The design of the mounting adapter allows in to be placed with almost zero clearance for inserting a removing the flashlight.  This allows easy mounting in the cab of a 4x4 where the flashlight is in always within reach.The Streamlight provides excellent light in a compact package with several mounting options.  While expensive, Streamlight lights do have a reputation for durability as the flashlight of choice for many police and fire departments.Fore more information, visit their web site at:  www.streamlight.com

 

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