Engine Placement: Mid-Front-Rear Where To Place The Heart Of Your Car

Rear Engine Placement

Whenever a discussion happens about the best position to place a car engine you are going to have a couple of divergent opinions. However, there are number of factors to consider when deciding on which placement is the best. It all depends on what kind of drive you have, whether it is a front or rear 2 wheel drive or an altogether 4 wheel drive.

Front Placement

By far the most common occurring engine placement is the front mounted. Front mounting is a little more practical as you work more easily with roomier cabins and more passenger space. While a front-mounted engine can be optimized for some truly inspired driving they come at such a disadvantage that automakers leave them to the reserve of their low end models or leave them out completely. Rear-mounted engines are preferred more as they give off more performance and are used in high end sport cars and race cars. One particular problem with front-mounted engines is that they have to send their power all the way down the car’s full length to the rear wheels, which is such a huge waste. Another disadvantage front-mounted cars are prone to experiencing is they don’t have as much braking stability. Finally, the front-engine cars are also prone to suffering from understeer. Read More

Suspension: What Makes You Have Smoother Rides


Whether you are going at blistering speeds on a dirt road or driving slow in your neighborhood you’ll need suspension. Your seat, wheels and suspension separate your car from the road. The wheels take away the friction of the road and make your car movable, while your seat holds your body in place. Now, the suspension absorbs all the tremors and shocks you experience in different terrain ensuring you have a smooth ride.

You may think to yourself that you drive mostly on smooth asphalt roads, thus you don’t need to worry too much about suspension. Ah wrong! There are slight tremors that your suspension system eliminates and if you have ever gone over a bump with a busted suspension, then probably you know the feeling like you’ve entered and emerged from a crater. Read More

Engine Tips: How to Keep Your Engine Roaring

Engine Tips

The heart of your car has got to be the engine. In fact I’ll even go a step further and say that the engine is basically your car. Most people think that an aesthetic chassis is what encompasses a good car. However, a car that is quite rugged but befitted with a powerful engine will be able to outperform a sleeker looking inferior engine opponent. The maxim “don’t judge a book by its cover,” applies here as well, where the chassis of a car is its cover, and the engine its contents. Before we go into any engine tips, we must first understand how the engine works. Read More

How To Buy a Used Car: Get the Horse Power You Paid For

Used Car Lot

When buying a used car it can be quite a tricky affair. You have your used car salesman promising you heaven in a colourful suit and a beaming face. Falling for his charm you buy the car, and you are on the road where less than a kilometer away you’ve got engine problems. This doesn’t have to be you. You can make a wise decision when buying cars and here is how:

Tip No. 1 Buy a Two Year Old Car

A car in accounting usually has a useful life of 5 years.

A new car depreciates by 25% when it is driven out of the showroom. A car in accounting usually has a useful life of 5 years. So buying it at 2 years old you will be able to use it for more than two years where it can give you reliable and uninterrupted service. Thus, the prudent used car buyer buys his car when it’s at 2 years and sells it off when it is 4 years old. When the car surpasses 5 years of age it starts to bring on a lot of mechanical problems. Another problem of buying a car that is past its useful life is you’ll find it difficult to purchase its parts, which may result in you getting expensive imports. Today it’s the engine tomorrow it’s the exhaust system etc. you never run out of problems. With such expenditure on fixing your car it will come at such a huge cost to you. Read More

Don’t Tire Your Tyres: Tips On How To Get The Best Out Of Your Tyres

Worn Out Tire

You may have seen a formula 1 pit stop where, the pit-crew is busy unscrewing and re-screwing in new tyres. The demands of this sport require quick adjustments. However, for the rest of us, we are afforded more time. However, with more time we are usually left wanting when it comes to the overall maintenance and health of our tires. Thus, here are a few tips on how to take care of your tires:

  1. Check If Your Tires Are Worn Out

Simply you have no excuse for not checking your tires to see if the tread still has a strong pattern or has started balding on the sides, or all over. Read More