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Monthly Archives: April 2018

Install a Cold Air Intake

1. Make sure your car is in park and the engine turned off before you start the installation. The emergency brake should also be engaged and the battery’s negative cable disconnected at the hood.

2. Use the flat-head screwdriver to remove clamps that are found around the hose intake on the engine’s throttle body. The screw driver will help make loose the screws that hold the clamp secure.

3. Use the Torx wrench to remove from the cold air tube, the mass air flow unit. The Philips screwdriver or the flat-head can also be used for this job. The sensor can be damaged when removing the mass air flow unit so caution should be taken.

4. Take the air box apart by unclasping the latches on it. The air box should then be removed completely from the engine bay. After this the stock air filter should be located and removed.

5. At the end of the intake tube connecting to the throttle body, insert a coupling. The other end should then be placed over the body of the throttle. The intake should be moved very close to the throttle body.

6. At the designated spot on the tube the mass air flow unit should be inserted. Use the torx wrench, the flat-head screw driver or the Philips to secure the screws on the mass air flow unit. The mass air flow unit should face the correct direction. An arrow on the mass air flow unit will direct you on the designated direction that it should be placed.

7. On the intake tube’s other end connect the air filter. A clamp should be used to tie down to the intake tube, the filter. To ensure the clamp is safely secured to the intake tube and air filters, use the flat head screw driver. You can use additional tie downs to make sure the intake tube and air filter is secured and in place. The intake tube and the air filters should be some distance from moving parts and the engine.

After this, the negative battery cable can be reconnected. To secure the air intake, you can use additional ties or clamps. To add on the cold air induction, the air filter can be attached in the fender well area. This also ensures that the intake tube and air filter are away from the engine. For easy access of the fender well area, route the air filter and intake tube through the engines vent hole at the side.

Water Storage Options

It’s a good idea to keep the water as low as possible. This reduces your centre of gravity, and decreases the chance of your vehicle falling over. This is something to bear in mind when considering adding any 4×4 Accessories – a high centre of gravity is never something that you want! It’s worth keeping your water in several different containers if possible. A popular option is to have one large tank on the underneath of your vehicle, but what happens if a stick or rock puts a hole in it? By having a backup when it comes to water storage you won’t run into any trouble.

It also pays to think about how you are going to measure the water left. Whats the point of a massive 100 litre tank if you can’t tell how much is left? A gauge is well worth getting, as well as a reliable pump. What happens if your electric one fails? Do you have a way of easily getting the water out? Some of the cheapest systems for water storage include several 20 litre water jerry cans plumbed together. You can do this for under a few hundred dollars, and you have a system that can be made to fit almost anywhere. Poly and stainless steel tanks are also favored, but they do tend to cost more!

One of the main issues when travelling is the lack of space. Being able to make use of every single location in your vehicle or trailer to carry what you need is extremely important. I have seen custom made tanks that sit in between the vehicles body and the rock sliders, or even in the rear quarter panels. Wherever there is room available, make use of it, as it is hard to come by when you are preparing for a big trip!

Ford Explorer Sport

Drivetrain and Suspension

The Explorer Sport is outfitted with a Terrain Management System, bringing four-wheel drive capabilities to this model. Drivers can choose from four settings: snow, sand, mud and hill descent.

Drivers benefit from electric power steering and a sport-tuned suspension. Front MacPherson strut suspension and a stabilizer bar is complemented by an independent multilink rear suspension with a stabilizer bar. Front and rear vented disc brakes and four-channel ABS are standard. Every model is outfitted with 20-inch all-season BSW tires.

The Explorer Sport weighs 4,921 pounds and a has 5,000-lb. towing capacity when properly equipped.

Model Dimensions

The Explorer sits on a 112.6-inch wheelbase and is 197.1 inches long. It measures 90.2 inches wide and 71.0 inches tall. Front and rear track both measure an identical 67.0 inches.

Seating capacity is for six or seven passengers. Total passenger volume measures 151.7 cubic feet. Cargo volume is 21 cubic feet behind the third row seat, 43.8 cubic feet with the rear seat folded down and 80.7 cubic feet behind the first row.

Interior Highlights

The Sport’s interior features ample passenger room and is generously appointed. Contrasting stitching can be found across the seats and on the steering wheel, with two-tone leather, brushed aluminum trim and Sport logos placed prominently.

Fuel Efficient Car

Selecting a fuel-efficient car

  • Here’s an example from fueleconomy.gov: A vehicle that gets 30 MPG will cost you $610 less to fuel each year than one that gets 20 MPG (assuming 15,000 miles of driving annually and a fuel cost of $2.44). Over a period of five years, the 30-MPG vehicle will save you $3,050. Now that’s a good chunk of change!
  • There are also fuel cost and savings calculators that can be used to help you make an informed decision when buying your new fuel-efficient vehicle.

A good place to start is online at fueleconomy.gov where you can review the mileage and emissions ratings of all the vehicles currently for sale.

Another good site is edmunds.com, which also carries the EPA mileage figures on the “Specs” page of each auto.

If you’re tired of emptying your wallet every time you fill up below is a list of cars that are rated the most fuel-efficient by Consumer Reports. These gas sippers listed below are also easy on the wallet.

  • Ford Fiesta SFE
  • Mitsubishi I-MIEV
  • Ford Focus Electric
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Chevrolet Volt
  • Chevrolet Cruze Eco
  • Toyota Prius
  • Honda Civic HF
  • Hyundai Accent
  • Hyundai Veloster
  • Mazda 3

Driving a fuel-efficient vehicle not only will save you money on gas, but such a decision has other, broader benefits, too. It reduces oil dependence costs, reduces climate change and increases energy sustainability. Clearly, it’s a decision you can feel good about!

If you are ready to purchase that new fuel-efficient car, your local credit union offers affordable and competitive financing options on both new and used automobiles. Some credit unions will even give a discount for fuel-efficient cars, for vehicles with a 40-highway mpg rating or higher. So you will save on interest while you’re saving on gas.