Update: Since this article was first published in 2011, R-12 has been phased out and new refrigerants have been introduced in an effort to reduce depletion of the earth’s ozone layer and to minimize the global warming potential of these chemical compounds. Story and photography by Jim Marotta What was once a basic system to… Read more
By Jim Marotta Update: This article was first published in 2011. Changing your oil too frequently hurts the environment but has no impact on your vehicle’s efficiency. Due to advancements in vehicle and oil technologies, your vehicle may be able to go longer between oil changes without compromising your vehicle’s engine or sacrificing performance. The… Read more
Story and Photography by Jim Marotta Back in the day, no matter which brand you chose, antifreeze was green. The glycol-based formula contained silicates as corrosion inhibitors. You mixed the antifreeze 50/50 with water and poured it in the radiator. As the engine operated, the antifreeze performed its primary duties of carrying heat to the… Read more
Under Pressure…Keeping Your Tires Inflated Will Make Them Last Longer and Your Vehicle Will Use Less Fuel Too!
Even if you have a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), as equipped on many newer vehicles, you should check your tire pressures regularly, at least monthly. Most tires lose one pound per square inch (PSI) per month, assuming the temperature does not fluctuate much. If temperatures drop, tire pressures also drop. Every 10 degrees Fahrenheit… Read more
The Ford Focus is an economical car. First generation models can get upwards of 30 miles per gallon, and their lifetime maintenance costs tend to be low. That said, you can save even more on service and maintenance by doing some simple tasks yourself. Replacing the fuel filter in a Ford Focus is one of… Read more