How to Change a Flat Tire – The Easy Way

Changing a flat tire is a job most people don’t want to do, but it happens anyway…and someone has to do it. Better to know how yourself, in case no one else is around. It can be alot easier to do than you might think.  This short video and a minute of reading can get you half way there.


Yes, roadside assistance coming to the rescue can be an easy way out.  But sometimes they don’t come as fast as you’d like.  So we’ll help you learn how to change a flat tire in less time than you probably think.

Changing a flat in 10 steps

  1. Secure the car on a flat surface out of traffic; chock the wheel in the opposite corner.
  2. Loosen the lug nuts on the wheel with the car’s lug wrench.
  3. Place the car’s jack under the car where its label indicates.
  4. Jack up enough to get the wheel an inch or two off the ground.
  5. Finish loosening the lug nuts and remove the flat tire.
  6. Put the spare tire on.
  7. Thread the nuts on and tighten just enough to hold the wheel on without slop.
  8. Lower the jack so the car is back on the ground.
  9. Finish tightening the nuts with upper body strength on the lug wrench.
  10. Collect the flat, wrench, jack and anything you used to chock the car.

 

 

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Used Car Insights 2021

Here’s Why Used Car Prices are About to Plummet (Wait and Save Big) – Scotty Kilmer

Here’s Why Used Car Prices are About to Plummet (Wait and Save Big), DIY and car review with Scotty Kilmer. Best time to buy a car. Cheap cars to buy. Ford, Chrysler, Dodge, Chevy, and GM, do they still make good American cars and should you buy them now? Should I buy a car now? How to get a good deal when buying a car. Best new cars to buy this year. Car Advice. DIY car repair with Scotty Kilmer, an auto mechanic for the last 53 years.

 

Used Car Pricing Study Shows The Cars That Have Gained Value This Year – Jalopnik

by Tom McParland

You are probably sick of hearing about the steady rise in used car prices. It is very much a seller’s market right now so finding a value in a pre-owned car is a challenge. A recent study from iSeeCars.com reveals the models with the most dramatic price jump compared to last year.

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IIHS, Consumer Reports name safest used cars – The Car Connection

by Robert Duffer

Safety does not need to come at a steep price, according to the latest recommendations from Consumer Reports and the IIHS. The safest cars for teens, inexperienced drivers, or car shoppers keen on crash protection can still be affordable, despite sky-high used car prices, the organizations announced on Thursday.

“This list is intended to point buyers toward vehicles that excel in performance and reliability ratings from CR’s tests and survey data and earn high marks for crash protection and crash avoidance from IIHS while staying within a defined budget,” Jennifer Stockburger, director of operations at Consumer Reports Auto Test Center

Best Choices

SMALL CARS

Mazda 3 sedan or hatchback (2014 or newer; built after October 2013) $8,100
Toyota Prius (2014 or newer; built after November 2013) $8,600
Hyundai Elantra GT (2018 or newer) $15,200
Subaru Crosstrek (2017 or newer) $17,900
Honda Insight (2019 or newer) $18,200
Toyota Prius Prime (2017 or newer) $18,200
Toyota Corolla hatchback (2019 or newer) $18,300
Kia Niro (2019) $18,600
Subaru Impreza sedan or wagon (2019) $19,400

MID-SIZE CARS, LARGE CARS, SMALL CROSSOVER SUVS, MID-SIZE CROSSOVER SUVS…(more)

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Windshield Repair – How Technology is Complicating Glass

It used to be that you didn’t have to get a factory windshield (to replace an old one). That’s changing, because windshields now are coupled with high-tech driver assists and head-up displays…that often means a camera…Carefully calibrated to look out through this glass and get a very accurate image of the world outside or a head-up display projector down here on the dash.

 

That’s counting on a very carefully engineered region of the windshield to project an image that’s nice and crisp and not blurry or distorted.  And beyond that…Ford goes so far as to say this to repairers indicating that hud windshields any windshield equipped with a camera bracket or windshield glass equipped with adhesive moldings must be replaced any time the original glass is removed from the vehicle…NOT just when the original glass is actually damaged. This is a stark difference.

Aaron Schulenberg knows that well. He’s Executive Director of the Society of Collision Repair Specialists…the trade group for all those techs who put your cars back together after a collision…often involving replacement or repair of one of those high-tech windshields.

Today’s vehicles are very sophisticated and so you’re starting to see more consumer uh technologies in there…like advanced driver assistance systems which are often referred to as adas and they’re becoming really common on wide range of vehicles.

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Genesis X Electric Coupe – News, Reviews & Muse

Heard about the Genesis X Electric Coupe yet?  Here’s a good first dose:

To debut our all-electric Genesis X Concept coupe, we partnered with award-winning director Jason Bergh for a launch film like no other. One that imagines the future of California car culture. Dream along as our X Concept accelerates into the Los Angeles of tomorrow.


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Genesis X Concept | First Look – Kelley Blue Book

Genesis invited us to see a “Global Product Debut” called the Genesis X concept. While light on details here’s what we know. This is Genesis’s idea of a fully electric grand touring car.

For the latest Genesis pricing and information: https://www.kbb.com/Genesis

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Genesis X Concept: First Look (up-close details) – MOTOR!


We get our first look at the wild (and beautiful) Genesis X concept car. Built to show off future Genesis designs, the X shows where the brand’s cars are going. This car will likely never see public roads, but if it shows off what a future Genesis EV might entail, then sign us up…

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How to Buy Insurance for Your Classic Car

Buying insurance can be almost as exciting as going to the dentist.  But since many classic car owners tend to be a little more emotionally involved with their “baby” than with the commuter car that gets them to work…it might be a more passionate endeavor when it comes to insuring them.

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Here are the basic topics we’ll cover:

  • What is classic car insurance?
  • Top 5 classic car insurance companies
  • What qualifies as a classic car?
  • Coverage options available for classic cars
  • How to find the best classic car insurance

What is classic car insurance?

Classic auto insurance differs from a standard auto policy in a few ways. There are not only certain eligibility requirements for classic cars (which we’ll discuss below), but there are also key differences in how an insurance company pays out claims for these vehicles.

Unlike regular-use vehicles, classic cars appreciate in value over time rather than depreciate. To account for this, classic car insurance providers will often reimburse drivers with an agreed value in the event of an auto collision.

Usually, an agreed value takes into account the car’s value over time as well as interest and a professional appraisal of the vehicle. With regular car insurance, companies will only reimburse the vehicle’s replacement cost and deduct any depreciation.

Classic car insurance also has annual mileage restrictions. Since these specialty vehicles are only intended for occasional pleasure driving or auto shows, car insurers cap how many miles the vehicle can be driven per year. This also means that classic car owners are expected to have a separate vehicle for daily driving.

Top 5 classic car insurance companies

While a classic car insurance policy is often cheaper than standard auto insurance, choosing the right insurer is still an important decision. Whether you own a vintage Porsche 911, a hot rod or a muscle car, it’s a good idea to consider multiple insurance companies for your classic auto insurance coverage.

Below, we’ve outlined our top five picks for classic car insurance and collector car insurance. Most of these companies cover collector vehicles, antique cars and exotic cars as well.

CLASSIC CAR INSURANCE COMPANY                         ANNUAL MILEAGE LIMIT                CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE RATING

1. Grundy Insurance                                                                 Unlimited                                                               8.5
2. Hagerty Insurance (Progressive)                                         Unlimited                                                                8.5
3. American Collectors Insurance (USAA)                                7,500                                                                     9.0
4. American Modern Insurance (GEICO)                                Unlimited                                                                7.0
5. Heacock Classic Insurance                                                     6,000                                                                   9.0

 

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Higher-Speed Crash Tests Show Real Weaknesses & Improvements Needed

Increasing your driving speed from 50 mph to only 56 mph… can be far deadlier than you realize…says a new study from IIHS and AAA.

It’s been a real safety conflict for decades: Drivers wanting to save time…vs. local transportation agencies wanting to improve traffic flow.   Posted speed limits on highways nationwide have been increasing…but the average vehicle’s ability to protect drivers in crashes struggles to keep pace.

Still much safer than vehicles made even 15 years ago…recent crash tests show that modern cars still have significant room for improvment…. But just because automakers made massive strides in structural integrity and airbag technology doesn’t mean the average car is invincible. This is precisely what a new study, published Thursday, from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and AAA found.

The groups looked at rising speed limits across the country and what it means for the average, modern car, which is about 12 years old in 2021. With a handful of 2010 Honda CR-V crossovers at their disposal, they crash tested them at incremental speed increases. First, a CR-V crashed at 40 mph and it held up well with minimal intrusions in the cockpit. Jumping to 50 mph, the vehicle showed “noticeable deformation” of the driver side door opening, dashboard and foot area. It’s precisely what you don’t want in the event of a crash as parts and components push inward and threaten occupants. Think of the cockpit, ideally, as a cocoon while the exterior crumples around it.

 

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Get Excited…Top New Cars for 2021

2021 is gonna be a great year for new cars! Especially with the 797 HP Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Red Eye, the Audi E-Tron GT and the Lucid Air which has over 1,000 HP!

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Best New Cars for 2021-2022 | Latest Cars, SUVs & Trucks | Updates, Improvements, Pricing & More – Edmunds

The experts at Edmunds bring you the best new cars, SUVs and trucks for 2021 and 2022. The best new cars video is an annual tradition over at Edmunds HQ, and we are back again this year to show you the vehicles you should have in mind — and the ones you shouldn’t — for your next purchase. From Acura to Volvo, we cover all the new and important 2021 and 2022 vehicles you’ll be seeing at dealerships next year. If your favorite vehicle isn’t on this list, head over to Edmunds.com to find it.

Read more here: https://edmu.in/2V44toe

Ford Ranger vs. F-150 for 2021 – Head to Head – 3 Takes

2021 Ford F-150 vs. Ranger: The BEST truck for your BUCK – CNET Roadshow

 

We dig into power-to-weight ratios, price-per-horsepower and other geeky facts and figures to see which is the better buy.  Full or mid size truck that is the question often asked by buyers. In this video we’re going to breakdown the specs of the 2021 a Ford F150- and a Ford Ranger and find out which one gives you the best bang for your dollar.  The answers might actually surprise you.   More…

 

Ford Ranger Vs F150 | How Does The Ford Ranger Compare to The F150? – AmericanTrucksFord

Can Ford’s new Ranger compete with their best selling F150? We find out in Justin’s latest video.
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Ford F150 vs Ranger: Which is the Better Truck? #autonationdrive

With the new 2019 Ford Ranger you might be asking, “Why get this instead of an F-150?” AutoNation Drive Editor John Coyle breaks down the differences. Which would you get?

Gilroy Chamber of Commerce: Why Gilroy Wednesday – Johnny’s Custom Auto Body

We had the recent privilege of being interviewed by Gilroy Chamber of Commerce President, Mark Turner:


Good morning everybody…I’m Mark Turner…President of the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce and we’re doing our “Why Gilroy?” segment again today.

With us is Johnny Webster from Johnny’s Custom Auto Body…they’re located at 275 Wellburn Avenue, Suite F

Hey Johnny thanks for being with us this morning. Good morning Mark.

Johnny before we get started…can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Sure, my name is John Webster…I’ve lived in Gilroy pretty much all my life we we moved to Gilroy from Southern California at a very young age so pretty much i was raised in Gilroy all my life went to Gilroy schools…Gilroy High School…Gavilan College.

I started this business at a very young age…I was 19 years old when i started this business. So at a young age i decided that i wanted to be my own boss and do my own thing and pretty much 30 years later… here we are.

So I have evolved through the years from a one-man shop to uh we have uh we have nine employees now…plus me and Alyssa work here in the office… um and we have a bunch of great employees that work with us and do a great job for us…a great crew that’s been with us for many years.

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Key Car Specs to Understand…Before You Buy

When you watch car commercials on TV…you’re often presented with alot of car specss…many of which you think you should understand, but probably don’t.  Some car specs make total sense. Eight airbags means eight airbags. I’m gonna run down the top dozen or so specs make them real simple and most importantly, tell you the ones you can largely ignore starting with 0 to 60…

Zero (0) to 60 is the holy grail of performance benchmarks.

It is obviously how fast a car can go from a standing stop to 60 miles an hour. The quickest it can do that, either with a really good driver on a manual transmission, or relying on automatic transmission. The thing about zero to 60 is you never do that. How often in real life do you go from a standing stop to 60. Nonetheless, it’s a good benchmark because it encompasses a lot of acceleration phases of a car. You see cars don’t accelerate as quickly through all ranges of speed. They may be quicker 15 to 23, then slow down a little bit 24 to 46 and then speed up again 46 to 60. It’s kind of a wavy curve, 0 to 60 captures all that in totality and gives you kind of one big lump number… Horsepower, good grief.

They spent a lot of time screaming about this in car advertisements and specs don’t. Horsepower has this arcane definition from way back in the day. It’s the power you need to lift 550 pounds, one foot off the ground. In one second, there’s a time factor there because it expresses work, horsepower and even more peripheral number than 0 to 60 time. You care about things like acceleration field, fuel economy, towing capacity. Those things are all related to horsepower but they’re not expressed literally by the number.

There is another number I do want you to get more caught up in. Torque. This is how hard the car’s engine can twist something and twisting is the whole idea behind moving a car. The engine twist the guts of the transmission which twist the drive shaft which twist the wheels and off you go. Torque is measured in pound feet. A pound foot is when you have, let’s say, a one foot long lever. This wrench, for example, and I apply one pound of force at the end of it. The one foot mark that is one pound foot, okay? That might undo something that might not. For example, I’ve got a bolt sitting here inside this vise. Stick my socket on it. I’ve got my one foot wrench here. And maybe or maybe not, this one foot-wrench with a pound of force is gonna undo it. If it doesn’t, what am I gonna do? Gonna get a bigger hammer, or in this case, a bigger wrench. Here’s a two-foot wrench, more or less. As you know from experience, if I drop that guy in, and now apply the same one pound of force. I’m probably going to undo that bolt, right? Leverage makes a big difference, more torque. Imagine this wrench was actually 266 feet long, huge thing way out there. And I take a long walk I go to the end of it and I still apply my one pound of force.

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