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Archive for: 2020

Why Are Fuel Doors on Different Sides of the Car?

We’ve all done it. Say you borrow or rent a car, pull up to the gas station, get out, and swipe your card, only to realize your gas tank is all the way on the other side. Different manufacturers choose to put the gas tanks on different sides — but why is that? Your steering wheel is always on the same side (unless you’re traveling across the pond), so why isn’t your gas tank?

Back in the old days, many gas tanks went directly in the center of the car, with the door in the back. They found that this design could turn a run-of-the-mill accident into something much more fiery and explosive. So, for safety reasons, they moved it to the right or left.

But which…

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Tech 101: Why Does Motor Oil Need Additives?

Oil is the lifeblood of a car. It keeps the components healthy and makes sure the moving parts keep on moving. There is a lot more that goes into your oil than you might think, however. Depending on your purposes and how you use your car, you may want to consider a motor oil additive. These specially-formulated chemicals can help improve your engine’s performance and longevity without breaking the bank.

Modern oils are better than older oils, yes. But are they engineered with a specialty in mind? No – they are general lubricants for a wide range of operating conditions. If you want the best performance, or the longest wear protection in severe conditions, you need to look for a specialist. That’s where we come…

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Tips for Getting Your Boat’s Engine Ready For Summer

Believe it or not, we get customers hitting us up on Twitter and Facebook all the time with boat questions.

If you have a boat, you probably can’t wait for summer to roll around so you can get that thing out onto the water. But if you really want to enjoy your boat this summer, don’t just rush out there. If you take care of your boat now, it stands a much better chance of serving you well all summer long. Getting a boat ready for summer doesn’t have to turn into an expensive chore. If you have the initiative, there’s plenty you can do fairly easily to get your boat ready for summer. Here are some of the top boat upkeep tips…

How to Protect Your Engine From Friction

Friction isn’t something we think about too often, but it is one of the more powerful physical forces out there. Friction helped carve the Grand Canyon, and it can wreak havoc on your engine if you don’t keep it in check. Not only does it contribute to erosion and wear,  but it also creates heat, which can definitely hurt your engine, especially over time. You can reduce engine wear and improve performance by protecting your engine from friction.
Effects of Heat and Friction on Your Engine
Remember that every car engine is made up of moving parts. Motor oil keeps these parts from generating too much heat and wearing down the engine. If you don’t reduce engine wear, it loses fuel efficiency and struggles with performance as…

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How Nanotechnology Benefits Cars

Nanotechnology is something that’s gained a lot of attention in recent years. It applies technologies on a molecular or atomic level, within one billionth of a meter. For reference, a piece of paper is only about 100,000 nanometers.

Usually, nanotechnology refers to a material or substance that has been engineered to work better for a specific purpose. These are used in everything from clothing fabrics and toothpaste to today’s subject — motor oil.

In the early days, nanotechnology was a marketing buzzword without much science behind it. Today, however, the practical science has caught up to marketing promises, which has led to some powerful innovation.
What Is Nanotechnology?
Nanotechnology covers many branches of science and industry. Everything from electronics to cleaners and sunscreen can make use of these…

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