How Does a CVT Work?

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How Does a CVT Work?
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Automatic transmissions are HUGELY popular in North America. Europe is still a strong hold for the manual gearbox but on this side of the Atlantic self-shifters account for at least 90 percent of new-vehicle sales; the standard trans lost the market-share race decades ago and in spectacular fashion. Continue Reading...

Under the Hood: What is Torque? What is Horsepower?

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Under the Hood: What is Torque? What is Horsepower?
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Automakers are always looking for an edge over the competition. Any spec-sheet advantage, no matter how insignificant, is fair game. Engine output is often something they brag about. One vehicle may have more horsepower but a competing car could offer more torque. What’s the difference between these two measurements? What do they mean? Surprisingly these… Continue Reading...

Under the Hood: Should I Buy a Rental Car?

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Under the Hood: Should I Buy a Rental Car?
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The “redneck” comedian Jeff Foxworthy used to joke about how safe of a driver his grandmother was, but as soon as she got behind the wheel of a rental car, all bets were off. It’s a commonly held belief that motorists abuse borrowed vehicles, taking out pent-up aggression on hired Impalas from Hertz. When it… Continue Reading...

Under the Hood – What Does the Writing On My Tires Mean?

Under the Hood – What Does the Writing On My Tires Mean?
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The average motorist doesn’t give them a second thought, but tires are mission-critical components. They’re as important to cars and trucks as spacesuits are to astronauts. Without them you literally couldn’t drive anywhere. Continue Reading...

Under the Hood: What is Stability Control?

Under the Hood: What is Stability Control?
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AutoGuide’s last installment of “Under the Hood” investigated traction control; today it’s time to look at another safety feature. This one has nothing to do with gripping the road and everything to do with keeping your vehicle shiny-side up. Continue Reading...
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