It’s getting to be that time of year again. Leaves are falling, there’s a more intense chill in the air with each new day, and your vehicle is being put to the test daily. That’s right, it’s that time of year when you find out what your car battery is made of. Will your battery survive the cold weather and start every day, or will it fail, leaving you to scramble to replace it?
Owning a heavy-duty truck, like, say, a Dodge Ram, comes with a certain type of aesthetic. It’s all about power. Whether you want the truck for its towing and hauling ability or just because you think it looks cool, there’s an unmistakable aura of strength and durability that surrounds the powerhouse that is the heavy-duty truck. That’s why it’s no surprise that BD Diesel, formerly Valley Fuel Injection Ltd., offers so many aftermarket parts to make your truck even better than when you first drove it off the lot.
BD Diesel made it’s mark in the automotive industry with the advent of the exhaust brake for what would later become the Diesel pick-up truck market. Today, however, the company focuses on the many facets of the diesel power train market. That’s why it’s one of the best brands to shop when looking to buy for your Heavy-Duty truck.
I was getting that shimmy and shudder, with a dash of squeak. Any time I hit the brakes, they would emit a pulsing throb, and letting off the pedal would introduce a squeak in similar rhythm. It was time for some brake work, but instead of simple maintenance, I went for an upgrade. With Power Stop Brakes.
That’s the question.
And it really boils down to another question: Should you warm up your car in the winter? Let’s see if we can figure this out.
Winter has arrived on our doorstep, and you’re either a) excited about it, or b) depressed about it and mad at your weird, winter-loving friends. Whether you like cold weather or not, your car doesn’t like it- until it’s warmed up. Then it loves winter. We know this, so we warm up our cars before we go anywhere.
Look, I’m not saying you can’t send me Lego kits, G.I. Joe playsets, and Nerf guns, but the things I wanted when I was 8 aren’t the only things I want anymore. And since I know none of you cheapskates are going to buy me a ’32 Ford or a BMW M1, here are some of the tools I’d like for Christmas, categorized by winter maintenance needs.
LEDs are undoubtedly the future of lighting. They’re durable, efficient, and last forever. Even longer than this infernal election season. But they come at a premium, while tried and tested Halogen bulbs tend to be far more affordable. So, do the benefits make automotive LEDs worth the cost? Let’s find out.
Optima Batteries are the first major overhaul of automotive power cells since they were invented way back in the dark ages. They’re more stable at extreme temperatures, have a much longer lifespan, and are extremely vibration resistant, thanks to their unique AGM composition, which also gives them the appearance of six-pack holders. Which would be a pretty cool promotional idea for Optima. Anyway, we’re getting off track. Optimas come in three colors of top and two colors of case, and it can all be a little confusing if you’re new to the brand. So here’s a quick and easy run down of each type of Optima battery, and which color would suit your vehicle best.
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Do you work out of your truck for a living? If so, you probably don’t think of massive lift kits, fender flares, or custom stereos when you think of “truck accessories.” Odds are, you’re looking for truck add-ons that will improve performance or function. If they improve your truck’s looks? That’s just a nice bonus.
Here’s a list of affordable accessories that make sense for work truck owners.
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Everyone agrees that a car cover should protect a vehicle from rain or snow. This is why many car covers advertise the fact that they stop water completely, going so far as to use plastic barriers that keep moisture “out.” However, a good car cover isn’t supposed to be impervious to water – it’s merely supposed to protect from external water. What any car cover purchaser should want is a cover that acts as a one-way barrier: water shouldn’t be able to drip through, but it should be able to get out.
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Just recently we talked with with Richard Mick, who professionally leads Jeep tours in Moab Utah, one of the top off-road sites in the world, and he named lockers as one of the most essential mods you can get. But what are lockers, and how do they work? And with so many JK configurations out there, how do you find the right lockers for yours?
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