If windshield repair is not feasible any longer, you will have no choice but to agree to windshield replacement. To make the most of your windshield replacement, though, you should know about the various types of car glass used in auto glass installation. These are dealer car glass, original equipment manufactured (OEM) distributor car glass and aftermarket car glass, with each one having its own pros and cons.
The most expensive kind of car glass is dealer glass which is made available from authorized car dealerships. This means your dealer glass will depend on the brand of your vehicle. Dealer glass is made by the manufacturer of your vehicles own car glass and bears the stamp of the brand. It is actually your vehicles original car glass. Those who never want to veer away from anything original and branded will choose nothing else but dealer glass.
Similar in quality to dealer glass but much less expensive is original equipment manufactured (OEM) distributor car glass. It may not be made by the original manufacturer of your vehicles car glass but its manufacturers are authorized to produce car glass according to the exact specifications of dealer glass. That means they have the same durability,
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There are several different possible causes for a driveline vibration. Your wheels, tires, axles, driveshaft, transmission, clutch or torque converter and engine components are all rotating at a high rate of speed, and any one or more of these components can create a vibration if they are worn or out of spec. Worn or broken engine or transmission mounts can transmit normal vibrations that usually aren’t ever felt, and accidental body contact with the engine, transmission, or exhaust can also be misinterpreted as a driveline vibration. The first step in diagnosing a classic car vibration is to determine exactly when and under what conditions the vibration occurs.
There are three basic types of vibrations:
1. Engine RPM related – If the vibration is related to engine RPM, it will occur in all gears (and possibly even sitting still) at a particular engine RPM or above. This vibration usually can be attributed to the engine itself or anything else that turns at the same speed as the engine, such as the harmonic balancer, flywheel or flexplate, pilot bearing, pressure plate, torque converter, or transmission input shaft. It is also possible for body contact with the engine, transmission, or exhaust to cause an engine
Tremec is an OE transmission manufacturer that supplies manual transmissions for General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Aston Martin, and many medium and heavy duty truck applications. Their TKO transmission is a high strength overdrive manual 5-speed that was originally designed to be retrofitted into Mustang Fox body cars to replace the weaker T5, but will also bolt up to the standard Ford four speed passenger car bellhousing. When Tremec realized that enthusiasts were adapting it for GM applications, they decided to capitalize on a huge opportunity and produce a GM version of the TKO as well.
The GM version will bolt directly up to almost any standard Chevrolet/Buick/Olds/Pontiac passenger car four-speed bellhousing. Though only Ford and GM versions of the TKO are available, Mopar enthusiasts can get all the custom parts they need to adapt a Ford version TKO to virtually any Mopar V8 engine from Keisler Engineering. The TKO has never been original equipment in any production car, although its great-grandpa, the Tremec TR-3550 was in a limited-production Ford Mustang Cobra in the mid 1990s. The TKO is purely an aftermarket transmission designed for high-performance cars.
There are three basic models available: the TKO-500 and two variations of the TKO-600. The wide-ratio
There are several different versions of the Tremec TKO 5-speed transmission available. First of all, there are two models, the TKO500 and the TKO600. The TKO500 is a wide-ratio gearbox, which means it has a low first gear and there is a relatively wide ratio gap between the gears. The TKO600 is a close-ratio gearbox, which means that it does not have as low of a first gear, but there is less of a ratio change from gear to gear. There is also an optional version of the TKO600 with less overdrive than the first one. The ratios are as follows, listed starting with first gear and going up through fifth:
TKO500: 3.27:1, 1.97:1, 1.34:1, 1.00:1, 0.68:1, 3.00:1 reverse
TKO600: 2.87:1, 1.89:1, 1.28:1, 1.00:1, 0.64:1, 2.56:1 reverse (0.82:1 optional fifth gear)
Though both versions of the TKO are made with the same materials and have the same center distance between the shafts, the TKO500 is rated for 500 lb.-ft. continuous power output and the TKO600 is rated for 600 lb.-ft. due to the higher (lower numerically) first gear ratio. Externally they are identical and can only be distinguished from each other by the number on the ID tag. They weigh approximately 105
If a traffic signal’s cycle is too long or too short, will the DOT change it?
Possibly. If your opinion is that a signal’s cycle is too long or too short, you could contact the DOT or county or municipal road maintenance department and speak to the traffic engineering department about it.
However, it may also be their opinion that the cycles is just fine, thank you. Unless, of course, many people besides yourself have complained about the same intersection.
The good news is that most municipalities will monitor traffic flow at busier intersections periodically, and will note that traffic backs up beyond normal at busy or not-so-busy times of day, and can make recommendations to the traffic engineers that such-and-such an intersection appears to have inordinate back-ups or delays due to the length (too short or too long) of the light signal.
How does DOT decide whether a traffic signal should be installed at an intersection?
Since I’ve never worked for the USDOT or any state DOT, I am going to hazard an educated guess, having worked on several private road or street projects with various DOT’s.
Similar to what I said in the previous segment, the DOT will monitor traffic using pneumatic road tubes
The Mazda Motor Corp. will be increasing its Zoom-Zoom family presence in Oman. This goal will be backed by Towell Auto Centre by launching the all-new Mazda CX-9.
“This is the first time the Mazda family is bringing an SUV to Oman, so there is much excitement among the fans of Mazda. We can assure our customers that the eager wait for the outstanding vehicle will be well worth it and we are sure to give the sultanate’s SUV market a new definition,” said S Kasthurirengan, General Manager, Towell Auto Centre.
The CX-9, based on the stretched Mazda6 platform, is a seven-seat sports crossover sport utility built alongside the small CX-7. The SUV, manufactured at the Ujina 1 plant of the automaker in Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan, made its official global debut at last years New York International Auto Show.
The all-new CX-9 features the 3.5 L Ford “Cyclone” V6 engine dubbed as the “MZI” in Mazda guise. The 2008 version of the SUV uses a 3.7 liter V6 engine. According to the Japanese automaker, the new engine will produce 273 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque. Additionally, the CX-9 will use an Aisin sourced six-speed automatic transmission with a console-mounted shifter which can
Every new model year brings new bells and whistles from the auto industry. Here are the biggest changesand the unofficial rating for how it will affect you personally, either lame, game, or undecided.
Lame. Okay, so air bags were a good idea when they came out. They added safety with virtually no effort on the part of the driver. Even passenger side air bagsstill a good idea. But knee air bags? Seriously? Carmakers are even talking about making air bags to prevent back seat passengers from hitting the front seats. What will they think of next, giant padded walls inside the car to keep you from hurting yourself?
Game. Greater smartphone integration into all aspects of the car, from streaming your mp3s stored inside the phone straight into the car stereo, to projecting the navigation system in your phone onto the car’s DVD player. Now that’s smart: taking an already existing technology and adapting the car to use it without any additional effort on the part of the owner.
Lame. Apparently, the executive boardroom tables at Ford suck all the common-sense right out of the room. That’s because in spite of well-earned criticism for the MyFordTouch touch screen layout, they’ve decided to add