Category: SUV

Cosmopolitan SUV

The American Revolution wishes everyone to know that you belong because you are a proud owner of a Chevy Tracker. Fuel efficiency is now a demand all automobile users have been wishing, yet most Americans could not abandon their traditional preference for powerful engines. Dressing your key with a Chevy Tracker Keychain means you have not forgotten the American taste in your car preference, even if Japanese fuel-efficiency has become your primary concern.

The Tracker comes in many names. It was originally marketed under the Geo small cars and SUV product lines by General Motors as the Tracker, and then it was sold by Chevrolet under the same name. Suzuki calls it own version as the Escudo. Asüna and Pontiac sold it as the Sunrunner until 1997. Suzuki named the model as the Sidekick until 1999, when the second generation Tracker came out of the assembly lines. Suzuki called this generation of the Tracker as the Suzuki Grand Vitara, a popular Japanese SUV in the market today. In Mexico, the Tracker is still sold as the Chevrolet Grand Vitara until the last units rolled off in 2004.There are Tracker and Sidekick units manufactured at the Suzuki’s Kosai assembly plant in Japan and in General Motor’s Ingersoll, Ontario plant in Canada.

Compared to other mini-SUVs in the market, which are mostly based on a rugged light-truck chassis, the Tracker is designed with a sturdy four wheel-drive system. It has a strong front suspension equipped with a tough ‘re-circulating ball steering box’. The light truck engine is backed-up by a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission with high and low mode two-wheel/four-wheel drive transfer case. The underpinnings are like a conventional light truck with U-jointed drive shafts connecting the coil-spring front hubs to the differential case. This makes the model a little ‘harsh ride’ but the design’s inherent durability in tough off-road conditions is a great benefit that offsets experiencing a little bumpy ride sometimes.

Eventually, the Tracker’s legacy in terms of durability and performance will give rise to a new concept model in the mini-SUV category. Chevrolet’s brand engineers are loyal patriots of the American Revolution, and they will always remember something important learned from the Japanese. Eventually, the Tracker would trigger a new concept or design that would give rise to a future SUV.

Always keep with you a beautiful Tracker keychain that reminds us of a great Japanese-American affair that gave birth to the Tracker. Available in black round Chrome plate, stone-looking oval metal and genuine leather designs, these key ornaments illustrate the proud Chevy logo and the model name “Tracker” standing out of a shiny black crystallite dome. This is a perfect gift with a very affordable price of $6.99.

Power Given To Land Rover SUVs

One of the brands that offer sport utility vehicles in the auto market is the luxury brand Land Rover. And aside from being known as the manufacturer of SUVs, this vehicle brand is also much known for the type of SUVs that it offers the market. Sure, the products under the Land Rover brand are not just any kind of SUV. They are actually remarkable and very luxurious SUVs that their products become the first choice of people who are out to purchase such a type of vehicle. And for those who would like to journey to locations far and distant, most would rather use their Land Rover SUVs for these offer them great comfort – during on road travels or even through off road adventures.

And for this season of fall, the brand would soon be bestowing its range of exemplary SUVs with more power. And the power would be coming from the two new engine options for their customers. One of the new engines is a supercharged V8 engine that has the capacity to produce a high of 400 units of horsepower. In fact, it would also be even quite surprising if the whole vehicle does get new Land Rover electrical parts, mechanical parts, or even Land Rover mechanical engine parts at that. Sure, such would actually give the vehicle a further boost in power, performance, and handling.

Aside from this, the SUVs would also be receiving a complete interior change. Take a look and you would most certainly see that the dashboard has been changed with a combination of wood and metal trims. There are also new twin glove boxes and some cup holders. The center console has also been simplified so much so that you can use it without ever having to check the car owner’s manual.

Plus, the vehicles would also be having the Land Rover Terrain Response System as a standard feature which would surely make more faces smile. You see, this marvelous system would simply let the driver turn on a knob and then choose which of the five settings would be best so as to keep the vehicle’s power train, suspension, and electric systems at top. The system would also check which should be the best type of setting during the present driving condition.

Get Good SUV Deals At Auctions

These vehicles are usually SUV’s that have been repossessed by banks because the previous owners may have defaulted on their car payments. And as these repossessed vehicles pile up in storage facilities, the only way to get rid of them and possibly for the banks to get some return on such investments is by holding public repossessed SUV auctions.

If ever you hear of some repossessed SUV auctions being held in your area, it would be a good idea for you to go there. But as with most auctions, you will need to look hard for good quality deals even in repossessed SUV auctions.

To give you an idea, an auction is usually a public sale where items are being sold to the highest bidder. That’s right. Auction deals go to the highest bidder. That means that you always have to face stiff competition with other interested bidders present in order to get the best deals.

If you want to be a serious bidder in repossessed SUV auctions always looking for the serious deal, then you need to let some of these tips work for you.

  • The first practical tip when you try repossessed SUV auctions is make sure that you have enough money in the bank to back up your bid. This is also important because many auctions may require a bank draft as payment for a successful bid.

You can prepare yourself by having enough resources in your bank account if you are really looking to get a good deal that you don’t intend to get away from your grasp.

  • Another good tip is to try going to the auction early. This will allow you time to check out probable deals and look for quality vehicles before any of the crowds in the auction ever develop. This will provide you with the time to list some of the vehicles that you think will be worth your bid.
  • When you arrive at the auction site, be sure to bring with you a NADA Guide, a Kelley Blue Book or an Edmunds book. These books will be a very valuable resource for you at public auctions since you can get the fair market value price of used vehicles from them that will be able to guide you on your bidding strategy.

Water Powered SUV

When we talk about using water on vehicle, most will think using it as a coolant in the radiator or as a wind screen cleaner. We usually do not associate water as a car fuel source. The science of water as fuel does not literally use water to power a car, in fact it uses the hydrogen gas (H2) in water. Hydrogen gas is in a compressed state in water and can be extracted through an electrolysis process. H2 can be used to power a SUV because it is clean, efficient and is three times more potent than fossil fuel. The challenge is to generate enough H2 and divert it into the engine air intake system so it can be ignited to produce force to propel the SUV forward.

How much would it cost to convert a SUV to run on water fuel? You do not need to spend thousand of dollars to do the modification. In fact, you can build the water to fuel conversion kit yourself with components that you can purchase from a hardware store. What you will need is some hand tools and a good step by step conversion guide. You can purchase most of the conversion blue prints from the internet. Sport Utility Vehicles are know for its high fuel consumption and low mileage. If a water powered SUV can reduce its gasoline expense bill, the car owner should explore it further.

Passenger SUV For Family

Most of the car companies produce 7 passenger SUVs in different size ranges. SUVs’ such as Fords Flex and Explorer, Jeeps Grand Cherokee, and Toyota’s Highlander are some of the smaller options of 7 passengers. When wishing to utilize that option in those vehicles, a third row seat option will have to be purchased. Since these are the smaller of this type of SUVs, they give about 13-14 mpg in the city and 19-20 on the highway.

Much larger options are also available in vehicles like Chevrolet’s Tahoe series, GMC’s Yukon series, and Toyota’s Sequoia. These vehicles all have 7 passenger seating, sometimes more, while providing plenty more extra space for luggage and bags. These larger vehicles are not quite as efficient, they average 13 mpg in the city and 18 mpg on the highway.

Because of the impact of good gas mileage and emissions on the environment, as well as the higher cost of fuel, many companies are now making these vehicles available in hybrid models, significantly improving their gas mileage and making their purchase more practical for families

These vehicles come standard beginning at around $28,000 and just continue to go upwards from there depending on the model and the options purchased with the vehicle.

SUV Rollovers

SUV (Sport Utility Vehicles) sales have sky-rocketed in the United States over the past few years. SUV’s accounted for 25 percent of all new-vehicle sales with over 22 million on the road. Because SUV’s are larger, and heavier than other cars, buyers often times overlook the safety issues concerning them. Unfortunately, SUV’s have the leading cause of rollover death on our highways. New statistics show that more than 12,000 people died last year in rollover accidents with SUV’s accounting for 62 percent.

In the US, SUV sales are rising and so are the problems that come along with them. Because SUV’s have a higher center of gravity, they are the most unstable and rollover-prone vehicles on the road today. Many SUV’s are designed to be driven off-road, however very few are equipped with proper equipment such as roll bars. In addition, only a few meet the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration roof safety standards.

If you or someone that you know has been the victim of an SUV rollover you should seek help immediately. An experienced accident lawyer can help you understand the complex legal system to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. Don’t let legal time constraints impede or terminate your case before it happens. Contact a lawyer immediately!

Drive Manual vs Automatic Transmissions

Automatic Transmission Pros and Cons

In general, cars with automatic transmissions are easier to drive and preferred by some for this reason. Automatic’s still shift gears like a manual, but it is involuntary, so you do not have to focus on controlling several things yourself while driving. It can also be safer because you can keep both hands on the wheel. The automatic vehicle has a clutch, but the clutch pedal and torque converter separate the transmission from the engine automatically.

Some negative aspects to this kind of transmission is that it is not as fuel efficient. That torque converter and the hydraulic pump working together cause the car to lose power and lowers efficiency. These cars also take automatic transmission fluid, which has to be changed more often than a manual. This kind of fluid can deteriorate quicker over time. Another con to automatic’s is that the vehicle may require more repair costs because of the gear box and complexity of the transmissions used while driving.

Manual Transmission Pros and Cons

There are several reasons to drive a manual transmission car, as well as adverse things to consider.Manual vehicles are driven with a clutch pedal and stick shift to change gears yourself. These cars tend to be cheaper in general for repairs because problems are less likely and they are less complex making them easier for mechanics to work on. Manual vehicles also take gear or engine oil, which has to be changed less frequently than its automatic counterpart. Also, these cars are much more fuel efficient because they don’t use as much power while driving.

While manual cars are easier to control, some cons to consider are how much harder they can be to learn to drive at first. When you are driving, you shift gears based on the speed of the vehicle. This is done by depressing the clutch pedal, however, it is disengaging that pedal that can prove to be difficult. If not done correctly, it can make the car jump-start and may even cause it to stall out. It takes time to learn how to drive a manual so that you start out smooth and transition between gears smoothly. Since all of this is required while on the road, you have to take your hand off the wheel and concentrate more on shifting, sometimes proving to be distracting.

Manual vs. Automatic Driving in the Snow

While there are several pros and cons to consider when deciding between an automatic transmission or manual transmission vehicle, there are certain things to consider while driving on snow and ice. With both, you will always want to keep your distance to bring your vehicle to a complete stop avoiding sliding regardless if you are down shifting yourself or simply stepping on the brake. Driving a stick shift can be easier in the snow because you are controlling the gears yourself. With a manual, the car is in more control so ease up on the gas if you are slipping on ice so your wheels can gain traction.

If you are driving on a hill, there are several things to keep in mind. Make sure you are pushing on the brakes as little as possible whether you are going downhill or uphill. When you’re about to drive uphill, speed up so you do not have to hit the gas as much causing the wheels to spin. If going downhill, slow down before the hill so you can coast as much as possible. You want to do your best to drive as smoothly as possible with steering, accelerating, as well as using the brakes as little as you can. With an automatic transmission, an automatic gearbox can help with decelerating just as a manual would do;while declutching.

Alloy Wheel Repair

The staging area at the repair facility.To capitalize on this trend, manufacturers have begun to change their styling to appeal to consumer demand for larger and flashier wheels, equipping even everyday vehicles like SUVs, compact cars, vans and motorcycles with larger-diameter alloy wheels.

While they look great, alloy wheels present a problem. Wheels from European manufacturers like Volvo, as well as 2- and 3-piece wheels, like BBS, tend to be soft and are more easily damaged. When they are damaged – bent or curbed, among other potential issues – do you need to completely replace them?

Replacing your wheels – through a dealer or local performance wheel shop – can cost hundreds of dollars and take days, depending on the severity of the damage.

Repair vs. Replace

Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention. Because replacing a factory wheel can range from $350 to $2,000 per wheel (for some Porsche wheels), those who didn’t want to invest in wheel replacement from a dealer began asking about having them “bent” back out – and the wheel rim repair industry was born.

So long as safety isn’t an issue (that is, when a wheel can be repaired by a professional technician without jeopardizing the lives of the passengers relying on the wheel to do its job), then alloy wheel repair is an excellent choice for economy and cosmetic restoration. But when a wheel has been damaged severely, Metro Wheels will not compromise your safety: if there’s any question, we’ll err on the side of not repairing what could lead to serious injury.

Our Team of Experts

Metro Wheel’s repair facilityOne of the better-known alloy wheel repair businesses in the country is Metro Wheels, Inc. in Marietta, Georgia, just north of Atlanta. Metro has one of the largest wheel repair facilities and wheel networking capacity in the country, with the expert team to repair alloy wheels quickly and safely.

At Metro Wheels, we teamed up with the sharpest engineers to design a state-of-the-art wheel repair facility. Our repair processes assure 95-100% wheel accuracy at completion.

Wheel repair in many areas has been saturated with many companies claiming that they can fix any wheel. But the truth is that many of them are “fly by the night” companies with a sledgehammer and a torch. This is not the proper way to fix any wheel. Some can make the wheel unsafe by not properly applying consistent pressures in a specific way with an exact heat. They stress crack the wheel beyond safety standards and call it a repaired wheel. But you could be jeopardizing your safety and that of your family by using someone without proper experience.

Because we have been in business for over 15 years, our experience in alloy wheel repairs exceeds most shops’. Our aluminum wheel repair specialists can repair most wheels that have been curbed, scraped up, cracked or chemically damaged, providing excellence in both structural and cosmetic repairs; and our professional, certified welders are second to none.

Checking the wheelMetro Wheels uses its own engineered equipment and guaranteed processes to return damaged, scraped and, in most cases, cracked wheels back to their original factory specifications. Because your safety is our highest priority, we will not repair any alloy wheel that cannot be safely ridden on after repair.

Metro Wheels’ Repair Process

The repair process is straightforward. First, we mount the wheel accurately on a vehicle simulator. With the proper heat, consistent hydraulic pressure and light vibrations under pressure, the alloy wheel will move – without cracking – back to its original condition. If there is a crack that can’t be seen by the naked eye (under chrome or paint), it will instantly pop out; our certified welders will then fill and repair the crack. After the wheel has cooled, it will retain its original strength. Heat, consistent pressure and vibration are key to an excellent wheel repair.

detailing areaWhen a wheel is delivered to Metro Wheels, it is either dropped off by the owner, shipped in or picked up in the metro Atlanta area from our wholesale customers. We generate a work order for each individual wheel detailing the customer’s information and any special instructions. Each wheel is assigned a unique work order number that is engraved on the inside of the rim, so that Metro can track its history precisely. This number also makes it much easier to track the wheel throughout the repair process.

Once identified, each wheel is washed thoroughly to remove all brake dust, because the dust could be hiding additional scratches, gouges or cracks. Metro uses a pressure washer system with a diluted acid-based cleaning compound that will not damage a wheel’s existing finish.

wheel washerThis is particularly important because brake dust removal is essential to determining the level of damage to a wheel. But it must be done correctly, because wheels with a polished or anodized finish can be damaged if the wrong washing compound is used. For instance, a two-piece wheel with a bright lip that is not chromed is typically an anodized finish, a chemical treatment that is very hard to see. If the wrong cleaner or acid is used on such a finish, the wheel surface will be streaked; however, this anodized finish can be stripped off and any scratches buffed out.

Once thoroughly cleaned, one of our expert technicians performs a complete inspection of the wheel for radial and lateral runout.

Radial runout is vertical, and Metro measures to see just how much the wheel is out of round with a micrometer gauge that measures to 1/1,000 of an inch. If a wheel has 5/1,000 of an inch radial runout, you could put a dial indicator on the wheel and then spin the wheel. The distance the wheel traveled up and down while spinning would be 5/1,000 of an inch both in the high and low position – or swing.

Lateral runout, on the other hand, is how much the damaged wheel will wobble from side to side. On some larger diameter wheels subjected to a hard pothole hit or curb, the wheel will be bent and, if hit hard enough, it will bend and twist the spokes. Most lateral runout can be corrected with pressure on the back of the wheel. But when the lateral runout cannot be corrected, the wheel is not repairable.

Lateral runout is the hardest type of repair to accomplish. It also happens to be the most deceptive, because while a wheel may look like it has only minor rim damage, it can actually be fairly significant and not easily seen to the naked eye unless the wheel is spinning. This is especially common on newer front-wheel-drive cars, where much of the force is cantilevered to the back.

The next point of inspection is for alloy defects such as curb rashes and cracks. Metro recommends that the tires be removed for this inspection because most damage cannot be seen otherwise.

Shop SUV Accessories Online

The search engines offer a multitude of search choices. Just type your desired product name into the search box and watch the number of sites that appear. The search engines are set to find, what they believe is your best choice for the words you search.

For instance, if you type the words, SUV accessories, into the search box then the search engines will give you results back that are more generic. If you know that you are looking for floor protection then it is best to search for SUV floor protection rather than SUV accessories. The search results will be related to SUV floor protection. The landing pages that appear on the search engine results will very likely reference a multitude of SUV floor protection pages. These choices would include SUV mats, SUV liners, and SUV rubber mats.

Going a step further, if you know you want SUV mats then it is best to search for SUV mats, or SUV car mats. Your search results will reference SUV mats rather than the more generic SUV accessories or SUV floor protection. Doing a search this way will save a lot of time. Your shopping is more focused. Think of it as starting out in the right department, rather than walking through the whole store.

The most direct route for shopping a product online is to search the exact product. Let’s say you wanted a specific brand for your SUV mats. Simply type in, ford explorer lloyd mats, and the search engines will return pages that relate to that search.

The internet is a powerful research tool. The important thing is to understand that power when shopping for your SUV accessories online. If you are not sure what you want and just want to shop then go for a generic search. If you have an idea that you want something for the interior but not sure what then search SUV interior accessories. If you are in a hurry and want to get on and get off the internet as quickly as possible then search as specifically as you can.

Always make sure the site gives you a secure checkout environment. When on the check out page, before you give any credit card information, identify the security seal. Look for the green bar in the url area or the pad lock symbol. If your sense is that the site is not secure, get out of the store with a click.

Hydrogen Fuel System

Hydrogen fuel system for SUV is basically using hydrogen gas (H2) as a supplementary fuel to normal gasoline. H2 can be generated from water with electrolysis process. When electricity is passed through water, H2 is produce. The next step is to vent the hydrogen gas into the engine air filtration system. The concept is the same as shooting nitrous oxide into the engine to generate a higher engine power output. By introducing H2 into the combustion chambers, it will mix with gasoline fume and produce a bigger explosion in the engine. The end result is a smoother and stronger power from the engine.

When a SUV is consuming the same amount of gas but is achieving a higher engine output, the vehicle will cover more ground hence increasing its mileage and saving fuel. The only by product of hydrogen fuel system is pure water vapor released into the exhaust pipe.

It used to be very expensive to convert a SUV to run on water fuel. The modification process has to be done in a high tech workshop with specialist automotive engineers. Nowadays, the conversion process has been made easier and simpler. Anyone with some car maintenance skill can do it. You will need to get an instructional guide online to assist you. With the local gasoline prices hitting the roof, any ideas that can reduce the fuel cost of a SUV will be a blessing.