Is it time for a Wheel Alignment?
Bad roads can be your wheels’ worst enemy. If you drive down poorly maintained roads, drive through potholes, or even hit a curb, your alignment can be greatly affected. This can cause even the slightest, tiniest alignment issue, which can accelerate uneven tire wear. Make sure you have your alignment checked every 9,500 km or every other oil change. Your tires and your wallet will thank you later. Uneven tire wear is a symptom of bad wheel alignment. Ideally, tires should wear evenly across the tread. If you’re noticing excessive wear on the rear inside tires, you may have too much junk in the trunk or need an alignment adjustment.
Uneven tire wear can also result in less KPL’s and more pain at the gas pump. How will a wheel alignment help my vehicle? Repeat after us: A wheel alignment ensures optimal drivability. It will help your tires last longer, your vehicle drive smoother, ultimately keeping your wheels pointed in the right direction. And, when it drives more smoothly, it’s smooth sailing—or should we say cruising—ahead. Plus, your car will require less energy to keep going, potentially saving a ton of fuel depending on how much alignment was required. Tires are expensive. Keeping them aligned isn’t.
How will a wheel alignment help my vehicle?
Repeat after us: A wheel alignment ensures optimal drivability. It will help your tires last longer, your vehicle drive smoother, ultimately keeping your wheels pointed in the right direction. And, when it drives more smoothly, it’s smooth sailing—or should we say cruising—ahead. Plus, your car will require less energy to keep going, potentially saving a ton of fuel depending on how much alignment was required. Tires are expensive. Keeping them aligned isn’t.
How can I tell if my car’s alignment is off?
There are some noticeable signs that could indicate a misalignment. Just use your eyes, ears and hands. Your senses (and even the good old personal hunch) are good human capital for spotting poor alignment. Here are some common signs that you are dealing with wheels with poor alignment:
• Vehicle pulling to the left or right
• Uneven or rapid tire wear
• Your steering wheel is crooked when driving straight
• Squealing tires
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GM to stop making the Camaro but a successor may be in works
Justin Allgaier takes his Camaro through its paces as he drives in the NASCAR Xfinity Series auto race at Pocono Raceway, July 23, 2022, in Long Pond, Pa. The Chevrolet Camaro, for years the dream car of many teenage American males, is going out of production. General Motors, which sells the brawny muscle car, said Wednesday, March 22, 2023, that it will stop making the current generation early next year. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
DETROIT (AP) — The Chevrolet Camaro, for decades the dream car of many teenage American males, is going out of production.
General Motors, which sells the brawny muscle car, said Wednesday it will stop making the current generation early next year.
The future of the car, which is raced on NASCAR and other circuits, is a bit murky. GM says another generation may be in the works.
“While we are not announcing an immediate successor today, rest assured, this is not the end of Camaro’s story,” Scott Bell, vice president of Chevrolet, said in a statement.
The current sixth-generation Camaro, introduced in 2016, has done well on the racetrack, but sales have been tailing off in recent years. When the current generation Camaro came out in 2016, Chevrolet sold 72,705 of them. But by the end of 2021 that number fell almost 70% to 21,893. It rebounded a bit last year to 24,652.
GM said last of the 2024 model year of the cars will come off the assembly line in Lansing, Michigan, in January.
Spokesman Trevor Thompkins said he can’t say anything more about a future Camaro. “We’re not saying anything specific right now,” he said.
The company, he said, has an understanding with auto-racing sanctioning bodies that the sixth-generation car can continue racing. GM will have parts available and the Camaro body will stay on the race track, he said.
NASCAR said that because the Generation 6 Camaro was in production when GM originally got permission to race, it remains qualified to race in NASCAR Cup and NASCAR Xfinity Series races.
GM will offer a collector’s edition package of the 2024 Camaro RS and SS in North America, and a limited number of high-performance ZL-1 Camaros. The collector’s edition cars will have ties to the first-generation Camaro from the 1960s and its GM code name “Panther,” the company said without giving specifics.
GM’s move comes as traditional gas-powered muscle cars are starting to be phased out due to strict government fuel economy regulations, concerns about climate change and an accelerating shift toward electric vehicles.
Stellantis, will stop making gas versions of the Dodge Challenger and Charger and the Chrylser 300 big sedan by the end of this year. But the company has plans to roll out a battery-powered Charger performance car sometime in 2024.
Electric cars, with instant torque and a low center of gravity, often are faster and handle better than internal combustion vehicles.
Stellantis, formed in 2021 by combining Fiat Chrysler and France’s PSA Peugeot, earlier this week announced the last of its special edition muscle cars, the 1,025 horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170. The company says the car can go from zero to 60 mph (97 kilometers per hour) in 1.66 seconds, making it the fastest production car on the market.
Discover “Ultium” – the battery technology powering GM’s EV fleet
Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming more popular around the world as people seek environmentally friendly transportation options. However, one of the key challenges facing the EV industry is the development of efficient and reliable battery technology. General Motors (GM), one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers, is taking on this challenge through its Ultium battery technology.
The Ultium battery is a cutting-edge battery system that GM has developed to power its next generation of EVs. This battery system is designed to be flexible, efficient, and cost-effective, making it an ideal solution for EV manufacturers. The Ultium battery is based on a modular design that can be scaled up or down depending on the needs of the vehicle. This means that the same battery system can be used in a wide range of vehicles, from small cars to large trucks.
The Ultium battery system features advanced chemistry that allows for a longer driving range and faster charging times. According to GM, the Ultium battery will be capable of delivering up to 643 kilometers of range on a single charge. This is a significant improvement over the current range of most EVs on the market today. In addition, the Ultium battery system can be charged at rates of up to 200 kW, which means that drivers can add up to 160 kilometers of range in just 10 minutes of charging.
Another key advantage of the Ultium battery system is its cost-effectiveness. GM has designed the battery system to use a minimal amount of rare earth materials, which are often expensive and difficult to source. By reducing its reliance on these materials, GM can reduce the cost of its battery systems, making EVs more affordable for consumers.
In addition to its technological advancements, the Ultium battery system is also environmentally friendly. GM has committed to using 100% renewable energy to power its Ultium battery factories, which will significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the manufacturing process. The company also plans to recycle up to 95% of the battery materials, reducing waste and further reducing the environmental impact of the battery system.
Overall, the Ultium battery system is a significant step forward for the EV industry. With its advanced technology, cost-effectiveness, and environmental sustainability, the Ultium battery system has the potential to revolutionize the way we think about electric vehicles. As more EV manufacturers adopt this technology, we can expect to see a significant increase in the adoption of electric vehicles, leading to a cleaner and more sustainable transportation future.
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