How To Be Safe When You Are Driving Alone

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Check your gas, engine, and emergency road kit before driving alone

Know how to be safe when driving alone? Yes, and you immediately give yourself an A+ because you shouted out loud: “Wear your seatbelt,” and startled the driver in the adjacent lane who was thinking about dialing 911. There is no question that in today’s confused society, security and safety should be your paramount concern; especially women driving alone. That said here are some tips you may already know plus a few clever ones you don’t and should never forget.

Tip #1 – How’s that ten year old car holding up for you? Is it in good working order? If you’re traveling a long distance maybe you need a good used engine. That red light that keeps staying on could be a sign of trouble, so get it checked out, load up with gas, pack at least two gallons of water in your trunk as well as an emergency kit and blanket and one of those cool LED flashlights. Make sure all your doors lock.

Tip #2 – Study your maps before leaving if your destination is new to you. Let family and friends know your travel route. Don’t forget your iPhone, cell phone, and charger or whatever you use. Put a pocket knife and a can of Wildfire pepper spray in the glove box for easy access.

Tip #3 – You may be aware of stories about lone drivers, often women, who have been attacked while driving; ergo flashing lights may not be legitimate. Any person can rig a car with police strobe lights plus a fake badge and uniform. If you feel you’ve done nothing wrong, don’t stop. Dial 911, drive to a hospital, open business, or park in a lighted house driveway, honk your horn and lock your doors. This ploy may save your life and a real police person will understand.

Tip #4 – This may seem an overkill but buy a small, cheap, water pistol, fill it with BLEACH, and keep in handy at all times meaning in your pocket or front seat. Nothing will put an attacker out-of-action quicker that a face-full of bleach.


Car Repairs: States With The Least and Most Expensive

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States vary in Expense to Repair and Maintain Your Car

Caution for all readers! You are hereby warned that the information released herein is FYEO (for your eyes only) and may contain some upsetting content; viewer discretion is advised. Any person who has driven a vehicle for any length of time knows the location of that “check engine” light. And if it turns the color of a city stop sign there may be a solid reason for a frown or even panic; especially if the light stays on and you’re someplace between Wickenburg, Arizona and Blythe, California.


About this time taking a “why me” stance won’t help matters, but your checkbook or credit card is going to take a “hit” plus you’ll be looking in the yellow pages for a used motors company. Even worse news is you read where automotive repair costs have bumped up about 10 percent over last year. Of course how deep your friendly, neighborhood used motors repair person will be reaching into your pocket will depend entirely on where you live.


But before we review most of the list of the most expensive states for car repairs, we’ll give you a few moments to get yourself a glass of water and two or three of those high-powered aspirin tablets just in case. Traditionally the West Coast is where car repairs cost an “arm and leg”, and California didn’t disappoint the CarMD folks; it registered at #3 on the list. The remaining top five were states along the Eastern Seaboard: New Jersey, Maryland, North Carolina, and the District of Columbia.


Most Expensive States for Car Repairs

#5 – Maryland

#4 – North Carolina

#3 – California

#2 – District of Columbia

#1 – New Jersey

According to a study of recent vehicle repairs it’s interesting to know that car repairs in the Northeast section of the country rose 11.6 percent in 2012 which was much faster than the rest of the USA. Yet while the state of New Jersey took the honors of being the most expensive place for repairs (average of nearly $400 per, including parts and labor), Washington, D.C. who racked up an overall repair cost of a whopping 20 percent took high honors leaving N.J. the Garden State, in the rearview mirror. Yikes!

So now that you know most of the Top 10 parts and labor repair states, the bottom five were Vermont, West Virginia, South Dakota, Delaware, Iowa, Michigan, and Wyoming. From a car repair parts and labor low of $269.72 in Vermont, to a $392.99 parts and labor high in New Jersey; make plans accordingly.


How to Test Drive a New Car

Test driving a new vehicle can be a very invigorating experience for those people that are in the market for a new ride. Unfortunately, some drivers fall victim to the pretty paint and fresh smell of the car during the test drive.  Not paying attention to the details could lead you to experiencing the infamous ailment called  ”Buyer’s Remorse”.  Here are some tips on how to test drive a new car.

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Be sure to pay attention to details when test driving a new car.

*Do not rush
When it comes time to test drive a new car, it is very important that you take your time to absorb the total driving experience. If you happen to be pressed for time that particular day, then do not hesitate to reschedule the test drive for another date. When navigating the vehicle, always go for an extended drive via the city streets and by way of the highway.
*Check out the features
Many test drivers forget to even check of all off the vehicle’s features. You need to make certain that the ergonomics of the vehicle fit you properly. Make sure that every component of the vehicle is user-friendly. The last thing that you want to do is to purchase a new vehicle, only to find out that the features are cumbersome to use on a daily basis.
*New does not mean perfect
The reality is that even brand new vehicles can have glitches. If you happen to notice an odd noise or a weird vibration, do not be bashful about pointing it out to the salesman. It is also important that you inspect the exterior finish for any nicks or scratches. There are used engines for sale, so you always have the option of keeping your current ride a quite a bit longer.
*Two minds are better than one
When doing a test drive, always feel free to bring a friend along. They may be able to point out certain aspects of the vehicle that you have failed to notice. A trusted friend can also prevent you from making a premature decision on the vehicle.

This Can Save Your Life

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cell phones during their time behind the wheel

There is an increasing trend of drivers to answer their cell phones during their time behind the wheel and not only is it dangerous for them, it is also a major problem for other drivers who are unlucky enough to be using the road at the same time. With all the other distractions like talking and switching radio stations, putting on makeup and combing your hair, is it really necessary to add cell phone communication to the equation?

Trying to contact to find out if they have any Used Engines for the car you are working on can certainly wait until you arrive at your destination. Cell phones are supposed to help us function a little more efficiently, not make our lives more hazardous, so maybe we should consider some of the other alternatives to keep our minds away from the cell phone while we are driving.

Rather than jeopardize life limb and property, why not try a few of the following options to keep you away from using the cell phone while operating your motor vehicle.

  • Cover your phone with a piece of paper like a post it or something similar, so when you reach for the phone you will be reminded that you should not be using it.
  • If you are speeding down the highway and your phone rings, you will be unable to answer it if it is your briefcase and that same case is locked in your trunk.
  • The simplest way to avoid using your phone is going to be if it is not working, what better way to make sure it does not ring than by turning it off?
  • There is a reason why they are called copilots and that is because they are supposed to help you. If your phone rings or you get a text message while you are driving, let the person sitting next to you get it.
  • Most business people carry their phones around with them so that they can be reached. One of the most difficult things for a business person to do is to let the phone ring when there is the possibility of an order. Scheduling regular stops to accept calls and return them will be the responsible thing to do.

And finally, whether you use one of the options suggested above or you come up with your own, just remember, the consequences of a life lost, is never worth answering the call.


Saving Big Money in the Long Run with Repowering Engines

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Save money by repowering your vehicle instead of always buying or leasing the newest model

According to consumer reports, if you are trading in your car every few years for the latest model, you may be losing thousands of dollars. If you consider the credit and housing markets right now being in a state of turmoil, you can easily understand why it has been recommended to repower your car engine as a means to greatly reduce your expense in the long run.

Keeping your car for over 15 years or 225,000 miles instead of buying the same car every new every so many years will save you more money than its original purchase cost says Consumer Reports. They go on to say that folks don’t realize the money that is lost by purchasing a new vehicle every few years. Especially given that today’s vehicles can easily last over the 200K mile mark. Making an investment into the replacing using an identical used engine, is more cost effective these days. Often the used engines are even better than the new original factory installed engines.

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What Does Your Teen Know About Car Maintenance?

Teaching your Teens; more than “gas and go” with your car

When the average teen gets a car all they know how to do is add gas and go. That’s why many of them burn up the engine or the clutch and end up standing on the side of the road or shopping for an inexpensive used engine. To be fair, it’s often not their fault. As parent, we don’t always think to take the time to show our young drivers the things they need to do to keep their cars in good running order. Driver’s education courses teach them about operating the car safely, but there is no organized system for teaching teens basic car care.

When you toss those keys to your new driver, it would be advised to also give him or her a few pointers about car maintenance. A check list, per se, that they can go through every time they gas up the car. Make it simple, yet stress the importance of going through the check list so they can avoid costly repairs and prolong the life of their car. Below is a sample list to go over with your teen driver.

1. How to check the oil levels and recognize any leaks. (Oil should be changed every 3 months or 3,000 miles).

2. Identify all fluids under the hood, how to check levels and know when to top off.

3. What to listen or feel for to know when it’s time for a tune up.

4. Tire pressure recommendations; how to use a tire gauge to check it and how to add air or take some out.

5. How to change a battery, charge it up or jump start it.

6. How often to have belts and hoses replaced.

7. What to do when the check engine light comes on.

8. How to read the dashboard temperature gauge and what to do if the car begins to run hot.

9. What to do if smoke or strange noises are coming from under the hood.

10. How to examine a tire, what to look for and how change a flat tire.

Driving their own car is an exciting experience for young drivers. However if they are not taught basic car maintenance they could be stuck on the side of the road with their hood up or looking for someplace with a good price on used engines to get their ride back on the road. As adults, we all love our young drivers and want them to be safe. Take the time today to ensure they know what to do to keep their car zooming safely around town.


used Dodge Ram Van engines

The Dodge Ram Van was a cargo van that was introduced at the end of the 1970′s. The vehicle had an extremely long production life, produced from 1979 through 1998. The popularity of the vehicle as a fleet model and work vehicle ensured that it continued to be produced.

Although the vehicle had really been introduced in 1971, it was not called a Ram Van until 1979. It had originally been named the Dodge Tradesman, the name indicating its value in the work place. While intended as a work van, it found popularity as a conversion for cabover motor homes. This would remain the case until Chrysler was forced to cut models when it encountered severe financial difficulties stemming from the energy crisis and newly enacted emissions laws.

The B-Series vans had very few changes throughout its life span, though there were cosmetic upgrades made to the fenders, hoods and grilles along the way. Many utility and service companies used the cargo vans due the unique panel feature of the work vans. This feature involved a panel that was situated between the passenger door and the side door which allowed more access to the cargo space with out interfering with the passenger seating.

The B-Series van was offered with every single engine that Chrysler made of rear wheel drive vehicles. Several of these engines included the 225 cu inc Slant Six I6 engine, the 3.9 L VA V6 engine and the 3.9 L Magnum V6 engine.

Small block engines were also included in some models of the van. Some of these were the LA-series 318 engine and the Magnum 5.2 L engine.

Chrysler also produced models that came with an optional 5.2 Liter engine that used Compressed Natural Gas. These vehicles had a range of up to 300 miles and as you can imagine were the most popular models for natural gas utility companies.


used Dodge Magnum engines

The name Dodge Magnum has been used several times by Chrysler throughout its history. The first Magnum was introduced in the United States in 1978. Richard Petty was driving the Mopar and the introduction of the Magnum allowed him to continue to do this. This car was the last one to be manufactured by Chrysler using one of the older platforms. Designs were moving away from the bigger heavier vehicles such as the Charger and becoming more aerodynamic and fuel efficient. The public’s desire for more streamlined vehicles was showing up in the sales of the Charger so Chrysler was desperately trying to adjust.

The Dodge Magnum still had the look and feel of the Charger but appeared as a softer and slightly sleaker vehicle. With the concerns over the economy and the recent energy crisis early in the decade, Chrysler was also bigging to faze out the heavier gas guzzling engines. The early version of the Magnum offered for the last time the the 318 cu in V8 lean burn engine.

Although the 318 was offered as the base engine in the 1970′s version of the Dodge Magnum, there were also two other engines offered. The two barrel carbureted 360 and the four barrel carbureted 400 engine. Chrysler stopped producing the big block V8 engine in 1979. The 1979 Dodge Magnum would be the last car to offer this engine as an option.

Chrysler revived the name Dodge Magnum for the 2005 model year but the name was all the two cars had in common. The Dodge Magnum station wagon , believe it or not, was offered in a police car version also, but sales lagged in this department. The new Dodge Magnum was having difficulty selling in civilian markets as well partly due to the fact that minivans and SUV’s had taken the place of the station wagon.

The new Magnum was offered with four different engines. The Dodge Magnum RT was offered with the 5.7 L Hemi V8 engine which was one of Dodges most popular engines. All wheel drive was also available in the 2005 Dodge SXT and the 2005 Dodge RT.


used Dodge Lancer engines

The Dodge Lancer name has been used three different times through out Dodge’s history. The first time was in 1955 for the Dodge Custom Royal Lancer. Dodge also used the Lnacer name to designate both two and four door hardtop models in the Coronet, the Royal and the Custom Royal lines.

The name was brought back again in 1962 For the Lancer GT. For the base Lancer GT, a slant six engine was used. The consumer had the option of chosing a larger engine which was a 3.7 Liter engine. The transmissions available for both trim models were the Chrysler-built A903 three speed manual transmission with the shifter on the floor. In 1962 a pushbutton operated A904 Torqueflite three speed automatic was also offered.

The Dodge Lancer had a very similiar cousin, the Valiant which also employed the very popular and very reliable slant six engine. Because Lancer sales were slow from the start and never meet expectation, the Dodge Lancer was discontinued after 1963.

By 1985 though the name had not done well with two different models, Dodge decided to give it another try. In 1985, the Dodge Lancer was reintroduced to the public as a mid size five door hatch back. Identical in many ways to its stable mate the Chrysler Lebaron GTS, the 1985 Dodge Lancer was founded on a Chrysler H platform this time.

For 1988 and 1989 Dodge introduced the Lancer Shelby which was a sportier model and featurend a handling package with upgraded sway bars, shorter springs and quicker steering along with an assortment of comfort and convenience features.

This sporty version was given an intercooled Turbo II engineand had a manual transmission. Although Dodge never revealed planned to make the Lancer Shelby a limited edition, only 279 of these cars were produced in 1988 and only 209 were produced in 1989. Unfortunately the car was never fully embraced by the public and the Lancer was once again discontinued.


used Dodge Intrepid engines

Originally conceived of in 1986 as a concept car developed by Kevin Verduyn, the Dodge Intrepid first entered the American market in 1993. It was a full size sedan mechanically related to both the Chrysler Concorde and the Chrysler LHS. These were all known as LH Cars

Introduced at the 1992 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, there were a total of three LH cars at the time: The Chrysler concord, Dodge Intrepid and the Eagle Vision.

The sporty Dodge Intrepid ES was given four wheel disk brakes, 16″ wheels and a touring suspension. The Dodge Intrepdi Base model had a 3.3 L EGA V6 engine which was considered a new technologically advanced engine.

Dodge was considering a change to its design engineering department and the Intrepid was used as the model for this trial. For sometime, executives at Dodge had been studying other design methods, particularly ones used by the successful Japanese Automobile Manufacturers. Dodge wanted to emmulate the success that Asia had found in the car industry and had sent several of its senior design engineers to Japan to study their style of design teams. What the United States design teams found was that Japanese auto makers did not separate the concept engineers from the design engineer but rather create a teams that utilized both. When Dodge came back to assembly the same sorts of team strategies, the Dodge Intrepid was the result. One of the most popular selling cars for Dodge of all time.

All Intrepids produced were giving both driver side and passenger side airbags, which was unheard of in the early nineities. By 1994 a new variable assist power steering rack allowed for easier parking and antilock brakes were made standard on the Intrepid ES

A new sportier Intrepid R/T was added in 2000 with a redesigned 3.5 Liter V6 engine. Although ahead of its time, the car fell out of favor with buyers and the car was retired in August of 2004.


used Dodge Dynasty engines

Introduced in 1987 for the 1988 model year, the Dodge Dynasty was produced by Chrysler as a replacement for the 600 as Dodge’s mid-size car. The Dynasty shared many traits with the Chrysler New Yorker and indeed both were built on the same Chrysler C platform. The Dodge Dynasty was one of the new generation front wheel drive sedans. The Dynasty is also quite similar to its cousing the Chrysler Imperial and the Chrysler Fifth Avenue. All the cars in this line up were intended as luxury vehicles intended for that market.

The Dodge Dynasty was built and released in its first year with a 2.5 Liter inline-4 Chrysler engine. Some of the trim levels were also offered with a Mitsubishi motor, a 3.0 Liter V6. These models were offered with an A415 three-speed automatic transmission. There was aslo a Chrysler 3.3 Liter V6 offered in some of its production years and this engine was offered with Chryslers’s new electronically-controlled four speed automatic transmission which also went by the name Ultradrive. The 3.o engine was a non interference engine designed so that if the timing belt were to break no further damage is done to the pistons and valves.

The Dodge Dynasty was popular but many believe it did not perform as well as Chrysler had hoped because it its styling. Lee Iacocca was still at the head of Chrysler at the time and it was no secret that he much preferred the boxier style designs of the early eighties. This was a problem for the Dynasty because the newly designed Ford Taurus had just hit the market and it have smooth curving and European styling and it was obvious immediately which design the public preferred.

The name Dynasty is rumored to have been chosen because a popular night time soap opera of the day by the same name. However most credit the fact that the late 1980′s and early 1990′s cars released by Chrysler were built on a royalty theme and that the name simply followed that same train of thought.


used Dodge Durango engines

The Dodge Durango was one of Chryslers first entries into the full size SUV market. When it was introduced in 1989 the public received it very well . It had several different production years until the size of it was reduced to a midsize SUV as a replacement for the RamCharger which had been discontinued in 1993. Though there was a span of five years between the retirement of the Ramcharger and the introduction of the Durango as a smaller SUV, it did quite well the first year of production. The Dodge Durango was buyit at the Newark Assembly plant in Newark, Delware until the end of 2008.

Originally Chrysler had planned to build an SUV built on the Dakota platform however its Jeep division already had plans to release the Jeep Grand Cherokee so plans for the Dakota based SUV were placed on hold. When the Durango was released as a full size SUV that could seat up to eight passengers and tow up to 6,700 lbs and proved to be so popular Chrysler decided to stay with the Durango as the only SUV in the Dodge lineup

For 1998 through 2003 the Dodge Durango SLT came with a 5.2 Liter Magnum V8. This was replaced with a 4.7 Liter PowerTech V8 in 2003. For the 2003 model year, the Durango alls came in a performance version all wheel drive known as the Dodge Durango R/T.

All years of production the Dodge Durango was offered with four wheel drive however for 2001, Dodge made substantial changes to the interior as well. Upgrades were made in the interior trim panesl, dash mounted controls, instrument panel, overhead console and the steering wheel. A larger 5.9 Liter engine was also offered on other models besides the Durango R/T that same year as well.

For 2002, The Dodge Durango SXT was also introduced and this was also the first year that side curtain airbags were also offered.