Category Archives: car tips

Why we have to reset the low tire warning (how BMW’s TPMS works)

Very nice explanation by Barry45RPM: The way these German TPMS’s work is that when you “Reset” the system, this is the new memorized amount of air pressure that the system stores. Whatever pressure is in the tires at that moment is now considered to be the new “proper inflation pressure” comparison point. Later on if a tire pressure is no longer at that memorized pressure the system notifies you. When you reset, the then current pressures become the standard you wish

Test driving a Chevy Volt! [updated]

Chevy Volt photo (White 2011)

2012.03 UPDATE: I had the opportunity to take a more extensive test drive, here are some photos of the Volt taken during the drive… 2011.10.15 UPDATE: I was finally able to test drive the Chevrolet Volt and I came away very impressed. I will be posting full impressions soon! This is a photo of the Volt that I drove… Original post: I am very intrigued by the Chevy Volt. The all electric capability (with gas generator backup) is particularly appealing

Quick bonus tips when buying a vehicle (car/truck/ATV/etc.)

You probably already know the basics when purchasing a new vehicle, so here are a few bonus things to remember that could otherwise slip your mind when you’re closing the deal… #1 realize that a dealer sometimes gets extra incentives/bonuses for selling a vehicle Some vehicle manufacturers offer dealers incentives for selling a certain number of vehicles, or a certain dollar amount of product. Therefore, if a dealer is one car away from meeting his incentive goal and this is

Changing the oil and oil filter on a Chevy Avalanche [updated for 2013]

CHANGE ENGINE OIL SOON

Today I changed the oil on our 2011 Chevrolet Avalanche for the first time. A few notes on the process: the oil drain plug (bolt) is located horizontally (sideways), not vertically (downward) like I’m used to. the drain plug uses a 15mm wrench to re-tighten the drain plug, I used 18 ft/lbs torque (the recommendations I found called for between 15-20 ft/lbs) the oil filter is surprisingly small access to the oil filter is generally good, but clearance is tight. most oil