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  • 2012 BMW 3 series - Specs. and Overview

    Today’s car of the day is the 2012 BMW 3 series. Compared to the E90 3er, the 2012 3-series sedan is about 3.7 inches longer, rides on a 2.0-inch-longer wheelbase, and has wider tracks front (1.5 inches) and rear (1.9). The growth pays dividends to back-seat passengers; legroom increases by 0.7 inch, there’s 0.6-inch more knee room, and a smidge more headroom. Despite the newfound bigness, BMW claims that the sedans will weigh 88 pounds less than similarly equipped last-gen cars. Imagine what they could have done if it stayed the same overall size.  Two turbocharged engines will be offered, a new turbo four in the 328i and BMW’s familiar single-turbo six in the 335i. The N20 2.0-liter four-cylinder was first seen in the Z4 sDrive28i, and makes 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque as it does in the roadster. The 328i is claimed to hit 60 mph in 5.7 seconds. BMW’s N55 turbocharged six-cylinder carries over, and it produces familiar output figures of 300 hp and 300 lb-ft it. The company says it will post a 5.4-second 0-to-60-mph time. 

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  • BMW The Ultimate Plowing Machine?

    Don't look now, but snow season is rapidly approaching, and what better car to clear snow from a driveway than a... BMW 3 Series Convertible. While most plow vehicles are big, heavy-duty trucks, Nordic Auto Plow didn't want the rest of us to be left out in the cold, so the Chicago-based company developed a plastic, light-duty plow that can attach to almost anything – including a car, an ATV or even a riding lawn mower. Now, this isn't the first time we've seen a product like this before, but the fact that the company turned the Ultimate Driving Machine into the Ultimate Plowing Machine definitely grabbed our attention.

    This plastic, modular blade hooks to the front or rear of just about any vehicle using a pair of straps and a pair of bungee cords, and since it only rests against the car's bumper rather than actually being attached to it, we imagine it would be pretty hard to cause any frame damage. On most cars with plastic bumpers, there will most certainly be paint damage, though.Still, weighing under 50 pounds, taking less than a minute to install, costing less than US$700 and being able to remove snow from the heated comfort of your car, this would probably be a time-saving, cost-effective alternative to a snow blower when clearing a driveway or small parking.

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  • Power window repair - Auto Parts 101

    Have you ever had to reach outside your car window, for instance, to pay for your fast food and when you switch your window, it’s just stuck?  Then, you try to push the switch harder, and still nothing happens, not even a tiny noise that your window motor is still functioning.  Thus, you resort to the more inconvenient way and end up opening your car door.  Then, you wonder, how expensive it would be to repair your windows?  The good news is that you can actually repair your power windows, if you know the secrets.  This way, you can save a lot on dealership repair, especially if you know a reliable source of auto parts online. Some people almost automatically assume that the window regulator is defective.  However, you should first check for some possible dirty electrical contacts.  Often, all of the car’s switches, including the power window switch, go through the master switch that is located at the driver’s console.  There can be times that it can catch dirt, which can cause it to malfunction.  In this situation, you can follow certain steps to clean the contact in order to solve your problem. First, you should make sure that your contacts are clean and that your switch is functioning properly.  If so, it is possible that the motor has burned out and needs replacement.  Just remember that whether you are installing a regulator for Honda or Volkswagen or just about any other car brand, the steps for replacing a window regulator are often quite similar.  Simply follow the steps that are outlined below.

    1. Take off the door panel for the defective window side.
    2. Check and remove the bolts that are attaching the regulator to the door.  Then, you might have to manually lower the window so you can gain access to the said bolts.
    3. Then, remove the old or defective regulator, as well as disconnect all the wirings.  After that, you can replace the regulator with the new one, which you can easily purchase from any online parts supplier.  As an additional tip, shopping online can help you find the best deals for high quality parts, like mtl-autoparts.com where you can buy the components you need for a cheaper price compared to actual dealerships.
    4. After replacement, you must tighten the bolts holding the new regulator, and then re-install the moisture barrier.  You must also ensure that all the wires are safely put back into their proper places before you close the door panel.
    5. Then, engage the power window switch, and your new regulator should now work normally.

    For more detailed and model-specific instructions, it is always advised to perform these replacements while checking your car manufacturer’s manual. And if you would like to purchase high quality car components with great discount, check out mtl-autoparts.com

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  • How a flywheel really works? AutoParts101

    How does it work?

    The flywheel consists of varying weights on opposite sides of the engine's crankshaft. Once the crankshaft makes a full rotation, the varying weights of the flywheel, which are evenly spread out on the crankshaft, will keep the pistons moving up and down. The flywheel will stop rotating once the electrical power is cut to the engine. When the car key is turned off, it breaks the electric circuit from the battery and stops the electrical current traveling to the distributor. Without the distributor distributing electricity to the spark plugs, the pistons will no longer fire downward and keep the flywheel in motion.

    The flywheel, rotor or sprocket is held still by a flywheel holder while you remove or tighten the nut keeping each of them in place.  The holder often looks like a bar with clamps at either end.  These holders are also useful for other equipment or vehicles with small engines like lawnmowers, scooters, motorcycles, etc. In the center of the car, you can find a single wheel that is free to rotate with the axle perpendicular to the direction that the car is facing.  If you give this a push, it would roll.  For best results, you must place a specially-designed cord in the hole and pull it out quickly. This cord is attached to a gear on the side of the flywheel.  When this cord is pulled, the gear will rotate and the flywheel will power up.  When the flywheel is spinning, you have the simple flywheel engine.  It simply refers to the locomotion for the vehicle.

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    Also, make sure that you purchase only the best quality parts.  To find such parts, plus great discounts, check out mtl-autoparts.com. For #performance #brake #parts check out www.CrossDrilledRotors.ca or www.SportsBrakeRotors.com

  • Why is my brake warning light on?

    Are your #brake #warning #lights flashing on and off while you're #driving? If so, do you know exactly what they mean? There are several possible causes if your #brake #warning #light is always flashing repeatedly.  One possibility is that you forgot to release the #parking or #emergency #brake.  Note that the #brake #warning #light remains on when the brake is set as a reminder.  So when your warning light remains lit even when you release the parking brake, then it is a sign of a more serious problem. In other cases, when the #brake #warning #light turns on even when you apply the brakes, or just flashes or is turned on constantly.  This can mean that your hydraulic pressure has been lost in one side of the brake system or it could also be that the level of the fluids in the master cylinder needs to be checked.  If the fluid is running on dangerously low levels, this can mean that there is a leak somewhere in the brake system.  In both these cases, you should carefully check the fluid levels in the master cylinder.  If you simply add enough brake fluid to the reservoir of the master cylinder, this may temporarily solve the problem.  However, if there is presence of a leak, despite frequent refills, all will soon be lost, and when this happens, the warning light will turn on again.

     

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  • 2012 Mercedes ML63 (AMG Model Shown)

    Today’s car of the day is the . AMG claims that the new ML63 will achieve 60 mph in less than 4.8 seconds. Select the AMG Performance package, and the boost goes up to 18.9 psi, which yields 550 horsepower and a 4.5-second 0-to-60 sprint.  Unlike the last ML63 AMG, the new version doesn’t slam shifts as though it is punishing its transmission. Gearchanges from the seven-speed automatic are smoother but still quick. AMG seems to have dialed more compliance into the suspension, too. Impacts are less jarring, and the chassis is quieter. But don’t think that the ML has gone flabby. New active anti-roll bars work to reduce list angles, eliminating the previous ML63’s clumsiness and truck like feel. Cornering is now flatter, and the steering has a satisfying heft that serves as a reminder that the object you’re driving might have big-time grip but that it also weighs more than 5000 pounds. Check out the specs for more details: (Video: ML63 AMG 2012 on YouTube)

    Engine

    twin-turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 32-valve V-8, aluminum block and heads, direct fuel injection

    Transmission

    7-speed automatic with manual shifting mode

    Horsepower/Torque

    Horsepower: 518 hp @ 5250 rpm

    Torque: 516 lb-ft @ 1750

    Compression

    Compression ratio: 10.0:1

    Weight

    5,200 lbs.

    Wheelbase

    114.8 inches

    Length

    189.6 inches

    Width

    76.4 inches

    Height

    71.4 inches

    Consumption

    City Fuel economy: 15 mpg

    Highway Fuel economy: 20 mpg

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  • Diagnosing Warn out Shock Absorbers - AutoParts101

    Perhaps the simplest way to answer this question is that, the time for replacement comes when your #shock #absorbers are worn out, damaged or leaking. But how exactly do you spot these signs? Here are some tips to know if you need new #shocks, or #struts, as many people call it. It is quite easy to spot if there is any leaking. You simply need to check for traces of oil or any wetness on the outer part of the #shock or #strut.

    A simple visual inspection can also reveal damage in terms of broken #mounts, badly dented housing, etc. Often, the more difficult thing to spot is the wear on the #shocks. It can be very subjective, as there may be instances when the original equipment #shocks are not #worn, #damaged or #leaking, but they are also not performing at par to normal expectations. In these cases, you can choose to upgrade your #suspension to have a stronger, stiffer shock. This can significantly improve handling as well as #trailer #towing, #hauling #overloads in your vehicle.

    To make things trickier, shocks or struts are not like filters or #spark #plugs that have standard replacements guides when they reach specific mileage intervals. Still, #shock #absorbers do get worn out and thus need replacement eventually. The trick is, there are not really any standard guidelines as to when they should be replaced. Some original equipment shocks can last after 30,000 to 40,000 miles. Some struts can last even after 50,000 to 60,000 miles. The exact replacement time is difficult to say because the damping qualities of shocks and struts experience gradual deterioration over time, and due to this gradual change, it is usually difficult to notice the decline in ride control. In most cases, when people notice that the shocks must be replaced, it has exceeded the optimal point in time for replacement.555-8405-11

     

    One tip that you can use to check whether you need new struts is to reflect about how you have been using your vehicle. You can ask yourself several questions. Are you mostly driving on smooth traffic or rough roads? Do you pass through rough roads and bumps where your vehicle cannot stop to bounce excessively? Does your nose dip when you hit the brakes? Does the car body roll or sway too much when you are cornering or driving in crosswinds? Does the suspension bottom out when backing out the driveway or when you are hauling too many passengers or excess weight? If you answer yes to most or all of these questions, you should think of having more serious checks to see exactly what is wrong, or to what extent. A simple “bounce test” is still a good and valid way to check the dampening ability of your shocks and struts. If you find that the suspension continues to gyrate more than a couple of times after rocking and releasing the #bumper or the #body, it means that your shocks and struts are reaching their prime age and are in need of replacement.

     About the replacement

    You should note that shocks and struts are usually replaced in pairs. However, some there can be some exceptions especially if only one shock or strut is #leaking or has suffered damage and you vehicle still has a very low mileage, and the other shock is still in tip-top shape.

    The good thing is that shocks are a good do-it-yourself item almost all vehicles, because they are relatively easy to replace. On the other hand, some struts need a fair amount of suspension disassembly knowledge and skill. Part of it is also some wheel realignment. Thus, while you can replace your own shocks, it is advisable to have a professional mechanic replace your struts for you.

    If you would like to purchase high quality car components online at discounted prices, please check out mtl-autoparts.com

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  • 2013 Nissan Sentra - Specs and Overview

    A more sophisticated look and upscale touches such as LED-accented headlights and taillights are the new features of the Sentra. Nissan characterized the redesign of the Sentra as the "most revolutionary" in the nameplate's 30-year history. The Sentra targets the Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte and Toyota Corolla, among others. The 2013 model gets a new 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine rated at 130 horsepower. The engine is linked to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). It is the only engine in the lineup for now. The base 2013 Sentra returns 30 mpg in city driving and 39 mpg on the highway, said Nissan. The EPA has not yet posted fuel economy numbers on the 2013 Sentra.

    Engine

    MRA8DE - 1.8-litre DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder, Continuously Variable Valve Timing Control System (CVVTCS)

    Transmission

    Xtronic CVT

    Horsepower/Torque

    Horsepower: 130  @ 6,000 rpm

    Torque: 128 lb-ft @ 3,600 rpm

    Compression

    Compression ratio: 9.9:1

    Weight

    2,841 lbs.

    Wheelbase

    106.3 inches

    Length

    182.1 inches

    Width

    69.3 inches

    Height

    58.4 inches

    Consumption

    City Fuel economy: 43 mpg

    Highway Fuel economy: 58 mpg

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  • 2012 Buick Regal (GS Model Shown)

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    Today`s car of the day is the 2012 Buick Regal GS. Let's start with the engine: GM's 2.0-liter Ecotec turbocharged inline-four. We've previously seen this engine under the hood of the SS-badged Chevrolet Cobalt and HHR, as well as the Pontiac Solstice GXP and Saturn Sky Red Line, may they all rest in peace. This version of the 2.0 liter Ecotec produces 270 hp and 295 lb-ft in the GS. At launch, the only transmission offered will be the six-speed manual, and that's just fine with us check out the specs for more details

    Engine

    2.0 DOHC I-4 DI Turbo VVT (Variable

    Valve Timing) with Direct Injection, Overhead camshafts, 4-valves per

    cylinder, continuous Variable Valve

    Timing for intake and exhaust

    Transmission

    6 speed manual  (GMF40-6)

    Horsepower/Torque

    Horsepower: 270@ 5300 rpm

    Torque: 295 lb.-ft. @ 2500 rpm

    Compression

    Compression ratio : 9.2:1

    Weight

    3,717 lbs.

    Wheelbase

    107.8  inches

    Length

    190.2 inches

    Width

    73.1 inches

    Height

    54  inches

    Consumption

    City economy:  8.3 liter/100km Highway economy: 5.4 liter/100km

     

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  • Montreal Police with brand new Dodge Chargers!!

    Montreal police have a new secret weapon, but, they’re counting on the fact you won’t see it. Until you break the law that is. The SPVM has just bought black, two-tone Dodge Charger cruisers, no blue and red lights on the roof, no white paint job. Im thinking about our tax dollars, but thats just me.. No Ford Crown Victoria with distinctive blue logo and station numbers like regular police cars. The job of these stealth-black squad cars is patrolling for the traffic division in the northern and western sectors of the city. The cars are supposed to blend in with their dark colour so people speeding in school zones or the folks talking on cellphones while driving despite it being illegal, won’t know they are being watched till they are presented with the ticket. The two new semi-undercover cars are part of a four-month pilot project. The Chargers are powered by V6 engines with rear-wheel drive and a ‘police pack’ of special upgrades that offer more performance and handling than a normal sedan. A similar powered Charger retails for $34,000, but the SPVM do not disclose what these black beauties cost the force or the taxpayer.  “We want to see if these cars answer our needs, and if so, we might order some more,” said SPVM Constable Simon Delorme. So beware of dark color chargers in your rear view mirror if you’re speeding or on the phone!

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