How to change your wiper blades
Wipers are a critical piece of safety equipment when driving in the rain and for cleaning up your windshield when it gets dirty enough to compromise your view of the road. If you can’t see where you’re going on the road while driving, that’s a very serious problem and... Read more
Aerodynamics – Part 1
Figure 1 A Car in a Wind tunnel With Luminous Flow Lines for Visualization Aerodynamics is the study of how air or gasses flow and behave when they move through an object (i.e. air flow down a tunnel) or when an object moves through it (car or airplane moving... Read more
How to read your tire
Tires are one of the most important parts of your car. As the only part of the vehicle in contact with the road, they have to transmit all the forces the car experiences onto the road. Inevitably you’ll have to replace your tires as a car owner at some... Read more
Superchargers – All you need to know
Supercharging is a method to increase power output from a given engine without having to increase its displacement. As discussed in our earlier issue on Turbochargers, engines are basically big air pumps. They pump air in, add fuel, combust and then they pump the combustion products in the form... Read more
Electric Cars – All you need to know
The mere concept of an electric car may well be an affront to those of us who worship at the altar of internal combustion, but the concept of electric cars is nothing new. Tesla may be the company that brought electric cars into the limelight in the 21st century,... Read more
Suspension – All you need to know [Part 2]
Welcome back to T&T’s coverage of vehicle suspension. This issue we’ll take a look at some of the most common suspension terms and see what exactly they mean and how it affects how your car handles. Front & Rear Toe The toe on a car suspension refers to the... Read more
Suspension – All you need to know [Part 1]
In a vehicle context, a suspension system is a mechanism that uses sets of levers, arms, mounts, springs and shock absorbers that work in concert to isolate the body from road undulations and help keep the vehicle on the road. The workings of suspension systems may not be as... Read more
How to – Perform a compression test
For an engine to run you need three things: fuel, spark and compression. If you take one of these away, your engine won’t run. For this issue, we’re going to look into how to check if your compression is working. This test is called a compression test and the... Read more
How to – Change your Air Filter
Your engine needs air. Air + Compression + Fuel +Spark = Combustion, and that bang is what propels your car forward. To prevent particulates and foreign objects from entering the combustion chamber and damaging the engine, the air the engine ingests is fed through a filter. The filter is... Read more
How to – Change your coolant
For this DIY we’re going to try something a little more involved. Periodically changing your coolant is important to make sure your engine is running properly. Internal combustion engines generate a tremendous amount of heat, to ensure the engine is running correctly it’s important to control how hot the... Read more