Archive for July, 2016

Understanding the Cam Shaft in Your Engine Part – III

Friday, July 29th, 2016

Engine

The various configurations of the cam shaft will be discussed here. The 3 different camshafts are – single overhead cam, double overhead cam and the pushrod.

Single Overhead Cam (SOHC) – One cam per head indicates single overhead cam. Any inline 4 or 6 cylinder engines will have one cam. V-6 or V-8 engines will have 2 cams but one for each of the heads. The rocker arms of the cam presses down on the valves in order to open them. The valves come back to their positions with the help of extremely strong springs.

Double Overhead Cam (DOHC) – Two cams per head indicate double overhead cam. An inline engine will have 2 cams and V engines will have 4 cams but 2 on each head. Engines with 4 or more than 4 valves per cylinder have double overhead cams. A double cam shaft is capable of fitting enough lobes to work all the valves.

The crankshafts drive the cams in the double and single overhead cam engines with the help of a belt or a chain. These are known as the timing chain or the timing belt. If the chain or the belt breaks, the cam will not be able to spin anymore. The piston will hit the valves that are open. So these need to be changed or adjusted at regular intervals.     

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Understanding the Cam Shaft in Your Engine Part – II

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Engine

In the earlier article we discussed about the general importance of the cam, the lobes and the cam shafts. We will now discuss about the basics of the cam shaft. The most important part of the cam shaft is the lobes. Their shape determines the performance of the engine. Variable cam shafts give better results. A fixed cam shaft is always bad for your engine.

When the piston moves downwards to allow for the intake of the air and fuel mixture, the intake valve opens. The intake stroke is called the top dead center or TDC. The intake valve closes when the piston reaches the bottom.

The exhaust valve opens just as the piston reaches the bottom. The combustion stroke is called the bottom dead center or BDC. The exhaust valve closes when the piston finishes the exhaust stroke. The valves are closing and opening at least 33 times a second when the engine is working at a high speed.

The piston is moving at a faster rate too. The air and fuel mixture, then, is also moving quickly and running into the engine cylinder. The longer the lobe remains open, the faster is the intake of the mixture. The faster the intake, the faster the cylinder accelerates. The end result is a faster and better performing engine.

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Understanding the Cam Shaft in Your Engine

Monday, July 25th, 2016

Engine

The cam is a rotating piece in the engine of a vehicle that transforms linear motion into rotary motion and vice versa. The shaft around which the cam rotates is called the cam shaft. The operation of the cam shaft is extremely crucial in the performance of the engine.

The cams or lobes in the shaft push against the valves that allow the passage of air and fuel mixture in and out of the engine. The cam shafts rotate to open and close these valves in rhythm with the motion of the piston. The shape of the cam lobes influences the performance of the engine at different speed levels.

Different engine layouts have different cams. These affect the performance of the engine differently at different speeds. There are generally three different kinds of cams on engines – single overhead cam (SOHC) and double overhead cam (DOHC) and pushrods. A particular camshaft will be perfectly suitable at only a particular engine speed.

So, different cam profiles are needed for different engine speeds. The faster the engine moves, the faster the air and fuel mixture moves. So, preferably, the valves need to be open wider and for a longer period of time at higher speeds in order to improve the performance of the engine. The different shapes of the lobes help in this.

If you would like to know more about the cam shaft in your engine, do visit the New Jersey State Auto Auction or have a look at their website today.

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5 common myths about car buying

Monday, July 25th, 2016
Remove these misconceptions from your mind before heading to the dealership.

Buying a car is a lot like making any other decision – at the end of the day, you're the one who has the last word in choosing your fate. But there are a number of myths that stand in the way of reaching that final decision to buy, and even the craziest misconceptions can sway some choices. But don't worry – we've highlighted a few common car shopping superstitions to remove from your mind before you head to the dealership:

1. You can get a great deal on a rainy day
According to Edmunds, this is a common myth that many people believe. The idea is that nobody else will be out shopping for cars on a rainy day, so you'll be the only one to score the best deals. Unfortunately, this isn't true. On one hand, you could have a lot full of people who believed the same fable that you did. Or, you'll be jumping from car to car in the pouring rain, only to find yourself walking away in drenched clothing and lost hopes for a "incredible deal."

2. All car dealers are going to rip you off
It's your car dealer's job to make a return on investment for the dealership. That means he's probably going to offer you the vehicle for way more than it's worth. But that doesn't necessarily mean he's ripping you off – he's just doing his job. Instead of letting him get away with it during your car buying experience, you need to make sure you do your research. Autobytel stated there's really no excuse for getting overcharged nowadays. That's because you can search the internet and find the manufacturer's suggested retail price, similar prices being paid in your area, the worth of your trade-in and your interest rate qualification. Learn everything you need to know before heading to the dealer so you can counter his offer with a better one.

Make sure you do your research before heading to the dealership.Make sure you do your research before heading to the dealership.

3. When you pay in cash, you get the better deal
There's no difference between handing over cash or paying with a loan. And while the dealership might think they're making it easier on themselves to just accept the stack of money, they'd make a better sale if they took the loan. For example, if you qualify for a loan at 5 percent and you get 7 percent from financing through the dealer, they're going to make that extra 2 percent. That's because financial institutions often give dealerships a good portion of the loan when you finance your car with them. Buying your car in cash might make you feel like a hot shot, but at the end of the day, that's the only benefit that comes out of it. 

"You need to go check out the car for yourself."

4. Car reviews give you all the information you need
Sure, getting a second opinion before you purchase a new vehicle is always nice, especially if it's a good one. However, the whole idea of a second opinion is that it comes after yours, so you need to go check out the car for yourself before anything. It might be convenient to sit on your couch and browse the internet for a review on that car you want, but that shouldn't be where the decision is finalized. Make sure you get to that dealership and test drive the car for yourself before coming to a conclusion. After all, it's you who's going to be driving it around for the next 5 years or more, not that virtual friend of yours.

5. If you don't buy now, you'll never get the incredible offer
Sometimes, walking away from the dealer after looking into their best deal is difficult – especially if they tell you the bargain ends tomorrow. However, Cartelligent stated that unless you've found the car of your dreams that plans to go off the market tomorrow, you'll probably find a similar or better deal in a week or two. Don't settle for the low price if it's not the ride you want. Who knows, maybe your ideal car will end up showing up on that bargain lot soon!

Now that we've debunked those crazy car shopping myths, you're ready to get to the dealership! Come down to NJ Auto Auction, where we have a lot full of Carfax-certified vehicles we'd love you to take for a test drive.

Myths to Avoid When Buying a Used Car – Part III

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Used Car

When it comes to buying used cars, its hard to know what or who to believe. There are trustworthy sellers and dealerships, no doubt, but one can never be too careful. Buyers should always educate themselves before going out to buy a used car. This also means knowing whether certain information is correct or not. Of course, the best thing is to not take anything at face value and do a thorough inspection of the car. Nonetheless, a few debunked myths may help make the process a little easier for you.

1) A better trade-in price for your old car means a better deal for your new used car – Honestly, this is not always true because what you need to focus on is the total amount of money that you’re actually spending. If you get a better price for your old car from one dealer and then you pay a certain amount for the used car that you’re buying without discount then you’re not really getting a very good deal. Always look at the fine print. Keep the math simple – how much money is ultimately going out of your pocket?

2) Receipts don’t matter – Being an informed buyer means knowing that receipts do matter a lot. Whatever sellers or dealers tell you, don’t trust it until they can prove it with some documentation. If a car has been serviced, there obviously is some record of it. Moreover, you should also physically check for yourself that the servicing has been done – check the fluids, the brakes, the suspension and whatever else was supposed to have been serviced according to the seller/dealer.

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Myths to Avoid When Buying a Used Car – Part II

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

Used Car

It’s a major decision when choosing which used car to buy. Research needs to be well done and test drives are a must. Many people rely on car guide prices and magazine reviews. While they are helpful, relying on them completely can be misleading. Most of all, making yourself aware of common used car buying myths can save you money and frustration. Following are some common used car myths:

1) Fuel efficiency is the most important factor in deciding the right car – While fuel consumption is a major factor,  it isn’t the most important. Things like depreciation value of the car, diesel or gasoline engine, and condition of the engine, among others, are equally as important if not more at times. Even if you get a used car with a fuel efficient diesel engine it isn’t going to be worth it if you have to spend large amounts on repairing the diesel pump or the diesel particulate filter for example. So, be sure to look at all aspects and not just focus on one.

2) A seemingly nice seller definitely sells good cars – Here’s the thing – you don’t know the seller. So never assume their character and definitely don’t assume the reliability and condition of the car based on the seller’s apparent personality. It is wisest to check out the car in the place that it is registered and to, of course, do a thorough check before buying it.

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Myths to Avoid When Buying a Used Car – Part I

Monday, July 18th, 2016

 

Used Car

Buying a used car is trickier than buying a new one, for obvious reasons. So, how do we avoid making a choice that will doom us to automotive and financial hell? For one thing, we need to make sure we don’t fall for any unfounded “myths” regarding used cars. Here are a few myths that are absolutely not true:

1) All used cars are equal – This is a myth that is not true at all. The quality and reliability of used cars vary greatly depending on how old it is, how much mileage it has already covered, and the reliability record of that particular model. Some car manufacturers do make it a point that their cars have a good reputation as used cars. For example, the Honda Civic, Chevrolet Impala and Ford Taurus are widely accepted to be among the safest used car choices when it comes to long term reliability whereas other car makers like Land Rovers don’t do so well on a long term spectrum.

2) Buying from a dealer gives me a warranty and that is worth the extra money – Many people prefer buying from used car dealers rather than private sellers because of the warranty. While this is a logical approach to used car buying, you’ll want to ensure the warranty you’re signing up for is compatible with your expectations, otherwise you’ll likely experience lost money and frustrations down the road.

For more useful information on used cars, visit the New Jersey State Auto Auction.

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Used Car Buying Guide – Part III

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Cobalt Used Car

Now it is time to find dealers of used cars and ensure you have a vehicle which is reliable, safe, and cheap. Take a look at some of the places you can purchase them.

  1. Private owners: The best deal you can get is from the owner of the car. This is because the only thing on their mind is to sell the vehicle (for whatever reason). You do not have to deal with overly friendly salespeople and simply stick to the mechanics and finances of the car.
  2. Used-car dealers: Dealerships usually have a huge collection of cars waiting to find a new owner. They also provide financial assistance by giving you the option of paying through installments or other means. Find reputed dealers by researching them online and talking to people you know who have purchased their vehicles there.
  3. Mechanics: The handy mechanic shop may be selling cars they have serviced whose owners no longer need them. The price you get at the mechanic’s will be lower than a dealership but the collection may not be varied.
  4. Online: You can now research, investigate, sort, and buy a used car online. The process is simple but risky because you are not inspecting the car physically. Nevertheless, you can choose a car and call up the dealer to get more information before purchasing it.

No matter the seller, it is best you inspect the vehicle personally and take it for a spin before you even begin the negotiation. Take time to think about your decision to buy a used car to ensure you made the right one. To buy a used car, walk into New Jersey State Auto Auction today.

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How to prepare your car for extreme temperatures

Thursday, July 14th, 2016
Don't let your car fall apart this summer.

While you might like the hot weather that comes with summer, your car isn't exactly a fan of those extreme temperatures. Excessive warmth can cause damage to your tires, battery and engine, and even keep your air conditioning system from running properly, according to Autotrader. However, with the routine maintenance and care, your ride will do just fine in the blazing heat.

Here are four tips for keeping your vehicle safe during the dog days of summer:

1. Get your fluids checked
During the summer months, monitoring your engine coolant is key. This fluid keeps your ride from overheating and ultimately breaking down. Most cars have a closed system for coolant, so checking and filling it is a simple task you can complete on your own. The same goes for your windshield washer fluid – it's easy to add and it's a must when you're driving in the summer, especially with the amount of bugs you'll likely squash during your road trip.

"Always monitor your fluids."

An oil change is always important, but it's especially crucial during the warmer months – when you don't change it, the engine becomes too hot, which isn't ideal in excessive heat. Eventually, if you keep skipping this maintenance task, your engine will shut down completely. Don't let this happen while you're on the road this summer, you'll end up drenched in sweat on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck.

2. Monitor your battery
Did you know that the warm weather has an impact on your battery, too? According to the Allstate Blog, the liquid inside your battery evaporates as temperatures rise, causing it to die. If your battery is old, it might not even hold a charge or jump-start after this happens. It's common to forget about maintaining your battery, but you should make it a priority to replace it every three years or so. If you don't know how old your current one is, it's worth taking it to the shop to find out.

3. Change your tires
Extreme temperatures put added stress on your tires, according to Car and Driver. The heat will also cause your air pressure to rise. Be cautious and get your tire condition and air pressure checked monthly during the summer. Always be sure to rotate your tires and get them changed every 5,000 miles.

A new set of tires will help you ride smoothly all summer.A new set of tires will help you ride smoothly all summer.

4. Maintain your air conditioning
There's nothing better than rolling down the windows and blasting your music on a summer's day, but only if the weather permits. If the temperatures are too high, you'll rely on your air conditioning to keep you and your friends cool. Therefore, it's important to have your system checked annually, especially if it seems like it's not working as efficiently as it should. Autotrader suggested checking your owner's manual to see when it's time to change your filter. Then, take it to the shop for some maintenance.

Saving your car is worth the cost
The maintenance services you should perform on your vehicle this summer might seem expensive, but they'll be worth it in the long run.

"It takes very little time and money to make sure your car runs properly during summer, and although breakdowns happen, they can definitely be minimized by taking a few extra preventive maintenance steps," executive director of Car Care Council Rich White told Car and Driver.

The season of summer might be coming to a close soon, but that doesn't mean the hot temperatures aren't going to stick around. To be cautious, consider taking your ride in for its routine maintenance at NJ Auto Auction. We have a service shop with technicians who will make certain your car is running smoothly.

Used Car Buying Guide – Part II

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Cobalt Used Car

You know why you want a used car but how much are you willing to shell out for it? Used cars can range anywhere between $10,000 and $30,000. It depends on the features and condition of the car. Make sure your finances are in order before you decide to purchase.

You may be thinking, for $30,000 you can buy a brand new car rather than a used one. While that’s true, you are able to afford a luxury car such as a used Mercedes-Benz E-Class or Lexus RX for the same amount you would spend on a brand new Ford or Toyota. The decision to go ahead with the purchase depends on the car you have in mind and the amount you are willing to pay for it.

An important point to remember is to discuss finances after you have seen the car and ensured it is in top condition. Check each and every inch of the car thoroughly before you even start asking questions. Salespeople usually try to hurry the deal so that you end up buying a car which is not worth the money. Be wary of such dealers.

When it comes to price, let the dealer begin the negotiation. Never disclose your finances to them. They may amp up the price if the car is valued lower because they are now aware of what you can afford. Do your homework before you step into their parking lot. It will ensure you do not get conned into paying more than what the car is worth. The key is to be assertive and negotiate a fair deal.

For help in buying a used car, talk to the experts at New Jersey State Auto Auction today.

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Used Car Buying Guide – Part I

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Cobalt Used Car

When a dealership or owner is trying to sell their car, it is not uncommon to oversell by exaggerating and sugar coating facts. Asking the right questions will help you understand the car and its dealer. The following are some important questions you need to ask the seller.

  • Why is the car being sold? You may be able to gauge the vehicle’s condition from this question. There should be a valid explanation from the seller’s side instead of a well-crafted story. If they evade the question, you can look for another car elsewhere.
  • Can I have a look at the maintenance history? A seller can spin the yarn and sell you a story on why it is being sold but the paperwork is hard to spin. Even though you will not get details of every bump and scratch, you can request service records to ensure the car has been maintained properly.
  • Can I take the car for a test drive? A test drive is important to check if every component of the car is up to the mark. You get to know the condition of the engine, transmission, interior, and wheels only if you take it for a test drive.
  • Can I show it to my mechanic? Your mechanic is an auto expert you can trust. They will be able to tell you if anything is wrong with the vehicle by scrutinizing it thoroughly. In case the seller answers in the negative, walk away.

Ask questions until you are convinced the car is worth the buy. If you are convinced about the merits of buying a used car, ensure you do not end up with a lemon by asking the right questions.

For professional help in choosing a used car, visit New Jersey State Auto Auction today.

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How good are alternate sources of heat on your car?- III

Friday, July 8th, 2016

HEater Vents

Electric car heaters are not that efficient. Even powerful units are nothing in comparison to heat output generated by a factory heater.

Substitute car heaters which utilize hot engine coolant and not electricity are different. A few of these units are weak when compared to the factory system. Others are fitted with blower motors which are not as robust as the factory system. The pricier replacement car heaters, however, can generate substantial quantities of heat.

The typical wattage found for different kinds of substitute car heaters include the cigarette lighter heater at 150W, the Dual mode electric heater at either 150 or 280W and the Direct wired electric heater at 300W. To compare, any replacement heater which is reliant on the hot coolant will generate anywhere from 12,000 to 40,000 BTU per hour. This is the equivalent of the 3,500 to 11,000-watt heater. The numbers say the truth, and they are not even close.

Replacement car heaters are not cheap. Typical units cost around $200 and the powerful units are much more expensive. In contrast heater cores may cost $50 or less for parts.  A few heater cores can be simply replaced, and in this case there is absolutely no reason to purchase any replacement heater system. However, buy if the system is complicated. To buy the best heaters, drive to the New Jersey State Auto Auction.

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What to do when heater blows cold air?

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

cold car air

A car heater can fail due to a number of reasons. However, there are two basic problems responsible for failure: either the coolant is not flowing through heater core, or the air from blower motor is not being directed through the heater core. It is to be kept in mind that there can be a number of other reasons for the car heater to suddenly stop functioning.

The car heater can blow cold due to cooling system issues. Four principle cooling system complications can result in the heater to output cold air: stuck thermostat. Plugged heater core, air in cooling system and coolant not flowing in heater core.

Thermostats are actually valves which open and then close. It is dependent on the coolant temperature. For the warming up of the engine, the valves remain closed until the engine coolant reaches a certain range of temperature. In case the valves do not open at that time, there will be no proper circulation of the coolant. The engine could over-heat and there could be a problem with the heater blowing cold.

When the thermostat remains open, it could stop engine from getting warmed up in a proper manner. The period of warming up could also be prolonged. In case the heater blows lukewarm and not cold, an open thermostat could be a probable cause. For the best car accessories, drive down to New Jersey State Auto Junction in Jersey City, New Jersey.

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Safety tips for taking a summer drive

Thursday, July 7th, 2016
If you plan on taking a road trip this summer, just be sure to follow these safety tips.

Summer's here – the season that poses the perfect opportunity for a road trip. It's time to pack your bags, throw on your sunglasses and fill up the gas tank en route to the beach. But while you might be trying to leave the worries of life behind, you still need to take precautionary measures before getting on the highway.

It's common to assume winter is the most dangerous season, due to its harsh weather and poor driving conditions. But it turns out that summer has it beat, and that's because of its high levels of traffic and congested roadways. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Highway Loss Data Institute, the number of motor vehicle crash deaths that occurred in summer 2014 amounted to 8,796, while the number was only 7,248 in winter.

If you plan to hit the road during the summer driving season, just be sure to follow these safety tips:

1. Check your tires
Do you want to stay safe and save money while you're on the road? Then The Huffington Post suggested checking your tires before you take off. Tires that are well-maintained can keep you from experiencing a potential breakdown, all while improving your handling and fuel efficiency. Make sure the air pressure levels in your tires always follow the manufacturer's recommendation – this can actually increase your fuel efficiency by one mile per gallon! Just be cautious and take your car to the auto shop. The maintenance workers can take a look at your tires and let you know if they're good to go.

Make sure the air pressure levels in your tires matches the manufacturer's suggestion.Make sure the air pressure levels in your tires match the manufacturer's suggestion.

2. Pack the car accordingly
You might be inclined to take your entire wardrobe on the trip, but you need to keep your limited space in mind. Your friends and family need some of the cargo room, too! Packing too much could be bad for your car  – exceeding the payload capacity can cause the cabin to drop and ultimately damage your vehicle. If you think you've overdone it with the luggage, consider weighing your bags and then check the owner's manual for information on maximum weight your vehicle can carry.

3. Stay focused on the road
Once you've buckled up, put the key in the ignition and set the radio station, make sure you're staying completely focused on the road. For starters, the California Office of Traffic Safety suggested staying off your phone – even hands free – while you're driving, both talking and texting. If you need to make an important call or send an urgent message, wait until you reach a rest stop.

"Take stops along the route."

If you're starting to feel tired while driving, ask one of the other passengers to take a shift. This can help you avoid fatigue and reduce your risk of falling asleep at the wheel. Also, make sure you have time set aside to take frequent stops along the route. This gives everyone the chance to get up and stretch while your mind takes a break from focusing on the road.  

4. Watch out for road hazards and construction zones
Between potholes created in the winter and construction projects preparing to fix them, you're bound to run into a few hazards while you're on the road. Just make certain you're keeping a watchful eye out for construction zones, and always obey the signs. Almost every state increases fines for speeding or violating other traffic laws while driving through construction zones, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association, so be cautious! After all, who wants to receive a ticket on their way to the beach?

5. Keep motorcyclists in mind
During the summer, you'll notice more motorcyclists on the road, especially traveling on the highway. Unfortunately, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation reported that over half of all fatal motorcycle crashes involve another vehicle, and the cyclist is almost never at fault. While driving to your vacation destination this summer, be especially cautious around choppers. Check your rearview mirrors carefully when changing lanes, and always be mindful when following a cyclist. Allow more distance behind the motorcycle than you normally would with a car just in case you're in a situation that leads to slamming on your breaks.

Always leave plenty of space when trailing behind motorcyclists.Always leave plenty of space when trailing behind motorcyclists.

6. Keep your children entertained
You might think your smartphone is your biggest distraction on the road, but your children can actually be 12 times more distracting, according to The Travelers Indemnity Company. To stay safe in the car, create entertaining diversions for your kids. Bring snacks, books and portable game consoles to keep them occupied while you drive to your destination.

7. Always buckle up
Sure, your passengers might complain that the seatbelt is uncomfortable during your long trip, but that's no excuse to stop wearing it. As the driver, it's crucial to make certain that everyone in the car is always buckled up while the vehicle is in motion – yourself included. Almost every state has at least a secondary law that requires seat belt use, so make sure everyone's wearing it! It doesn't only keep you from getting a ticket, it can also save your life.

Does your car need a tune up before you hit the road? Head to NJ Auto Auction, where one of our maintenance workers can give your car the care it deserves.

How good are alternate sources of heat on your car?- I

Monday, July 4th, 2016

HEater Vents

It is good to know that car heater alternatives do not exist. No solution can be cheaper than repairing a broken heater core and then installing it. A car heater of 12 volts remains the only viable solution. If you prefer the comforts of a heated car without fixing the problem, the only actual solution is purchasing a substitute car heater. The same will function in the same way as the factory installed heater once used to. This could mean cutting into the cooling system.

The hot engine coolant is the most problematic of car heater alternatives. It is a heat source behind the factory heating systems and it is also free. As hot coolant is simply byproduct of standard engine operation, with the heat must be shed through a regulator, there is no extra energy other than the minuscule amount needed to run the blower motor.

A majority of the car heater alternatives turn out to be electric. These heaters can suck enormous quantities of power. Any driver with a portable car heater can painfully attest to this. Truth be told, a hair dryer is more powerful than an average electric car heater. It follows that the solution to the broken car heater- to be more specific, bad heater core, cannot be an electric heater. Apart from repairing the car heater, the only solution is to buy a replacement car heater. Want the best accessories? Drive down to New Jersey State Auto Auction and choose the best among them.

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6 road trip destinations to consider

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016
Don't take the same old boring road trip as last year. Try one of these routes!

There's nothing like packing the car with your closest friends and heading out on a road trip. It's an opportunity to travel somewhere new and create memories in the process. But in order to make the most of your travels, you'll want to plan an itinerary that takes you to the best stops along your route. MarketWatch explained that a great scenic pathway consists of breathtaking views of water, mountains and other natural features, so you'll want to plan accordingly.

Here are a few road trip destinations you should consider this summer:

1. Overseas Highway, Florida
Florida is a great summer vacation spot for so many reasons. Besides the gorgeous weather, there's an abundance of blue water you can enjoy for miles and miles. If you take Route 1 from Key Largo to Key West, you'll soon find yourself traveling through Islamorada on a bridge that's surrounded by a beautiful turquoise sea. CNN reported that the Overseas Highway is an entry to incredible secluded islands and historic shipwrecks – making it a great destination for sight-seeing tourists.

2. Pacific Coast Highway
If you'd rather head out West for your road trip, consider the scenic route of the Pacific Coast Highway. From Santa Barbara, California to the Canadian border, the whirlwind of twists and turns along the cliffs will make for an unforgettable experience itself. National Geographic stated that this designated "All-American Road" is among the nation's most scenic routes that you simply can't pass up. Besides the many mountains plunging into the Pacific, you'll pass through villages, meadows and canyons, so you can enjoy plenty of Mother Nature's beautiful offerings. 

3. Route 66
For those who don't know what Route 66 is, you deserve a road trip, because you've obviously been living under a rock. This famous 2,451-mile stretch is one of America's most historic highways, which runs from Chicago, Illinois and ends in Santa Monica, California. A road trip on Route 66 poses so many sight-seeing opportunities as well as pit stop destinations along the drive. The Guardian points out Cadillac Ranch in Texas, just west of Amarillo, which displays incredible artwork made out of graffiti-coated Cadillacs. And you can't forget about the Grand Canyon, which is known for its overwhelming natural scenery that makes it one of the most distinguishable landmarks of the West.

This famous route is one of America's most historic.This famous route is one of America's most historic.

4. Mount Washington Auto Road, New Hampshire
If you're looking for a rustic, woodsy route to travel, consider climbing Mount Washington's Auto Road in New Hampshire. Usually, getting to the top of peak requires a back-packing adventure on foot. However, this trip allows you to sit back in the comfort of your car, making quite the unique experience. The constantly changing weather is always altering the famous mountain, which amounts to the rare sights you'll see each time you travel uphill. Mount Washington Auto Road's official site offers its famous "This Car Climbed Mount Washington" bumper sticker, so you can show off your accomplishment well after your adventure.

5. Acadia All American Road, Maine
For winding roads that take you through Maine's North-central coast, consider driving along the Acadia All American Road for your trip. En route, you'll see granite peaks, fishing villages and forests along the coastline, which could potentially inspire you to pull over and hit the trails for a hike. But that's not all you can enjoy – the Travel Channel insists stopping at Galyn's in Bar Harbor for a serving of fresh and local seafood. Besides, what's a trip to Maine without treating yourself to some lobster?

6. Tail of the Dragon – Tennessee/North Carolina
While road trip courses are often chosen for the scenery, this route isn't quite the same. MarketWatch reported that the Tail of the Dragon at Deals Gap is most famous for its difficulty and excitement. The journey itself is only 11 miles, but it's not boring whatsoever. Most people travel here for the sharp curves and thrills – so if you choose this destination, just be sure you're driving cautiously the entire time – this definitely isn't a laid back, typical road trip by any means.

Before you head out on your summer road trip, you'll have to make sure your car is up-to-date on maintenance services. There's no need to stress about getting the job done on your own, just head to NJ Auto Auction and we'll take care of it for you! Our maintenance guys will make sure your car is in top shape to drive along whichever route you choose.

A Simple Explanation of How A Transmission System Works – Part III of III

Friday, July 1st, 2016

Transmission Operation Diagram

Double-clutch

Double-clutching was a common clutch mechanism in older automobiles and is used in some race cars even today. Initially, you push the clutch pedal and de-couple the engine and the transmission. The collar, thus, goes into neutral because there is no pressure on the dog teeth. When you take your foot off the pedal, the engine is connected to ensure you have the right speed. To engage the dog teeth, the next gear and the collar have to rotate at the same speed. When this is achieved, you push the pedal again and lock the collar to a new gear. This process of pushing the clutch twice at every gear change is called double-clutching.

Synchronizer

Modern transmissions eliminate the need for double-clutching by using synchronizers. A synchronizer enables frictional contact of the collar and gear before engaging the dog teeth. Thus, the speed is synchronized before the dog teeth make contact voiding the double-clutch.

Manual transmissions are simple, cost-effective, lightweight, and more efficient than the automatic. But the automatic transmission allows you to have a hassle-free drive without having to worry about changing gears. The communication between the numerous components is what drives the transmission system. It is remarkable how a few simple twists and draws can put your vehicle into motion and control its speed.

The design and implementation of transmissions vary from one manufacturer to another. The overall mechanism, however, remains the same.

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