The Saturn Relay is another vehicle that is running under the great big umbrella of General Motors, one of the largest automobile manufacturers in the world, and comes from the corporations Saturn division. This vehicle, the Saturn Relay has been in production since last year, 2005, and is still being produced presently. When this vehicle was introduced, it actually took the spot and the niche which the Oldsmobile Silhouette (also known as the Buick Terraza) left blank. The Saturn Relay is a minivan and has been made available in one body style only which is a van holding four doors. The Saturn Relay has been built and mounted on the FF/AWD U body platform. Upon its introduction, it has been equipped with a 3.5 liter LX9 V6 engine. It has been said that its major competition in the world of automobiles include the Chevrolet Uplander, and the Pontiac Montana SV6. Also a competition for this minivan is the Buick GL8 despite the fact that the latter is sold only in China. The present version of the Saturn Relay holds a wheelbase of 121.1 inches, has a length of 205 inches, 72 inches for its width, stands 72.1 inches tall, and holds a curb weight of 4426 pounds. The minivan also gives interested parties the chance to choose the type of material for its interior which could be a choice between cloth and leather. The exterior colors choices are Forest Green, Black Cherry, Bronzed Pewter, Coastal Gray, Golden Cashmere, Midnight Blue, Polar White, and Silver Pearl. The 2006 Saturn Relay has the capacity to take in seven passengers in its interior. It has also been made available in three trim levels which range from the FWD 2 to the AWD 3. A great and secure way to maintain a vehicle is by installing only excellent quality parts purchased from reputable auto parts stores. In the past, looking for trusted parts suppliers takes more time and effort. It is a good thing though for at present, the World Wide Web has made shopping for "auto parts" and auto parts a lot easier. There are dozens of sites that offer Saturn parts. However, a buyer must be cautious when choosing where to buy "Saturn parts" . It is best if they stick with a trusted and reputable auto parts store like Car Parts Rush. Car Parts Rush has a huge array of Saturn parts and Saturn accessories on its online collection found at its site. Their collection includes Saturn auto body parts, auto parts, body kits, performance parts, and Saturn Vue accessories among many others. These Saturn products are guaranteed to be made from durable and quality material that would maintain and keep your cars performance and delivery intact.
With gas prices seemingly out of control its more important than ever to learn how to improve gas mileage in your vehicles.There are many simple steps you can take that are free or low cost that at first glance seem silly or even obvious but you would be surprised how many people fail to do them or ignore the warning signs their car is giving them.Here are some quick tips that you may have missed or forgotten about. Not any single tip will make that big of a difference in increasing your gas mileage but I am a firm believer that every little thing you can do really does add up to getting better gas mileage and helping the environment in the process.Simple Mileage Improvement Tips:Use a sunshade to keep your car cool and avoid the use of your air conditioner as much as possible.Park your car in the shade when it's sunny and warm to keep your cars interior cooler.Make sure that your parking brake is fully released before you start driving.Avoid drive-thru lines at restaurants. Park your car and go inside and order your food as many times its a lot quicker anyway. I always laugh to myself as Im eating while I watch people sitting in their cars still waiting for their food. Just think of how much gas is wasted in those lines!Use a block heater in winter to pre-warm your car engine. Don't ride the brake. Not only will this save gas but will greatly extend the life of your brake pads.Drive with a smooth, constant speed and avoid flooring it when the stoplight turns green.Maintain the transmission fluid in your car at the proper level for efficient gear shifting.If there is smoke is coming from your tailpipe make sure that you make an appointment with your mechanic.Make sure that your cooling system thermostat in your car is working properly.Avoid air conditioning leaks by constant checkups with your mechanic. FYI - Pre-1994 vehicles use CFCs for cooling.Immediately fix a slipping transmission.When you rev up your vehicle's engine it wastes gas. Avoid revving your engine before your turn it off as it really serves no purpose.If you cant find a place to buy cheap gas on one day wait if you can until a few days later since the price of gas is constantly changing. Where I live you can almost predict which days prices will rise or fall. Start watching prices in your area to see if you can pick up on any patterns.Buy your gas at the wholesale clubs, like Costco. You can often save over 10 cents a gallon or more. If you don't like the wholesale clubs get a gas credit card from a major oil company. You'll get a 1% to 5% discount when you buy your gas at their stations.
Steering wheels are essential in a vehicle. However, there are some drivers that do not find their steering wheels good enough for their vehicles so what they do is they try to purchase another one. If you are one of these drivers and you would like to remove the old one, you actually could do this thing yourself. Although you have to have patience for the process takes some time to do. Make sure that before you start on your task of removing your old steering wheel, you should have a screwdriver, a pair of pliers, and a puller. You will be needing these. Start by pointing your cars wheels straight ahead. Then disconnect the battery before you remove the old wheel. Then, remove the horn mechanism by pressing down on the horn cap and then turn. After that, remove the emblem cap from its snapped-in position. You do this by grabbing it and then pulling it towards you. If there are screws attaching it to the vehicle, use your screwdriver.After this step is done, it is now time to remove the horn wire or the spring-loaded metal plunger. You will be removing it from its plastic housing. Start by pulling straight out on the metal plunger. Or you can also try to remove it by twisting the plastic sleeve to the left and then pull it out. When you have done so, cut off the wire on the plastic sleeve and keep the sleeve. You would be needing this when you put in a new steering wheel. Now, it is time to remove the shaft-nut retainer clip if it is present. But make sure that you also keep it for you still would be using it. The shaft nut should be removed for it holds the steering wheel to the shaft. When you have removed these, mark the shaft at the twelve oclock position. This would allow you to know where to put in the top of your new wheel. Insert now a conventional puller into the two tapped holes. You will find these two holes at the hub of your steering wheel. When you have put in the puller, pull off the steering shaft. You can now remove your steering wheel.
Do you remember your first car?Remember how proud you were of it? It might not have been the newest car on the block, but it was going to be the best.You took it home and washed it, polished it and took the vacuum cleaner outside to make sure it was totally spotless, every week!As a teenager, living at home, with brothers and sisters, the car is your space. Your friends judge you by your car and how smart it looks. Your car gives you the chance of privacy that you never get at home. The opportunity to take your girlfriend somewhere quiet, maybe, or just the chance to go off on your own and enjoy the sea view, maybe do a bit of fishing.That was just the outside. Remember tweaking the engine, changing the brake fluid, and fitting a spoiler? Did you fit a nitrous oxide nitro kit to improve the performance of your automobile? Did you tell the insurance company that you had modified the engine? Of course you did.Was your "first car" in the days before catalysts? When you could smell the nitric oxide emissions coming out of the exhaust when the engine was hot? Do you remember the chlorine like smell as you backed your car into the garage? That was "nitric oxide" .Remember when gasoline smelled different. Nowadays, with all the benzene compounds added to it, gas smells totally different. Some peole say that modern, benzene rich, gas in a car with no exhaust catalyst gives out more harmful emissions than the good old type, complete with nitric oxide and hyrdrocarbons.Remember the leaks in the trunk? Oh, you had forgotten that. Remember how the heater leaked coolant all over the carpet? No? Did you forget that, too? Remember the strange noise that came from the front wheels at 75mph, but that went away once you were up to 85mph?Strange isnt it, how memory works? Reminiscing is one thing, but would you really ever go back?
June 29th marks the first year anniversary of the very first vehicle that is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. In fact, this vehicle is the first of its kind in the world to be actually leased to an individual retail customer and it bears the name Honda FCX. This is the announcement given by American Honda Motor Co., Inc. And Honda is celebrating this event. The vehicle powered by a hydrogen fuel cell has been leased by Honda to the Spallino family who is actually based in the Los Angeles area. Jon Spallino is the person who has signed for the lease and uses the FCX. He comments, I am surprised at the amount of attention and rubbernecking received while driving the FCX. Despite being a developing technology, we have not suffered from any reliability issues and the car has all the comforts and conveniences we need. The Spallino family uses the Honda FCX on their everyday drives to their daily activities. In fact, the vehicle has already traveled a couple thousands of miles already. The trips have been largely made to the supermarket, to the Spallino childrens soccer practices, as well as the daily commutes to their workplace. The family has been constantly stopped though by the public who has been very interested about their experiences in riding such a car. Some would even blatantly ask to have a ride in their Honda FCX. But after twelve months, the family is no longer surprised by these actions. On the anniversary of such a lease, Gunnar Lindstrom says, The lease of the Honda FCX to the Spallino family demonstrates the real-world viability of fuel cell vehicle technology and its ability to meet the needs of a family on an ongoing basis. Honda will continue to evolve and refine hydrogen vehicle technology based on feedback from real world customers, and well see that expressed in future models. Lindstrom is the senior manager of Hondas Alternative Fuels Sales and Marketing department.