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Do I Really Need Premium Gas?

May 21, 2015 - 9:48 AM - by AutoGuide.com

Cost is often the first thing that comes to mind when motorists think of gasoline. Many will drive halfway across town to save a couple cents per gallon. Additionally, purchasing regular-grade fuel to save money can be an exercise in false economy, especially if your vehicle is designed for premium gas.

Running fuel with insufficient octane can cause internal engine damage, which isn’t pretty. “The worst case scenario …. You could actually [melt] holes in the pistons and cause catastrophic damage to the [connecting] rods,” said Bill Studzinski, GM powertrain fuels group manager. Fortunately a disaster of this caliber is unlikely in today’s highly tuned, computer-controlled powerplants. Still he said, “You should follow the owner’s manual guidance.”

What’s more apt to happen when there isn’t enough octane is a phenomenon called spark knock. John Juriga, director of powertrain at the Hyundai America Technical Center described this abnormal combustion as “sort of a high-pitched pinging,” or perhaps even a rattling noise. This sound is caused by colliding flame fronts inside the
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Why Won’t My Car Start?

May 05, 2015 - 2:13 PM - by AutoGuide.com

Without a doubt, every owner dreads the moment when their car won’t start. What should you do? Who should you call? Can you fix it yourself? Here’s a list with ten common reasons why cars don’t start up and what you can do about it.

'The first step is to define the no start' said Joe Spadafora, certified instructor at Universal Technical Institute’s Exton, Pennsylvania campus. Spadafora spent the majority of his career in working in the service department of several dealerships and receiving factory training from GM. He’s certified as a Master Technician and certified by Chrysler as a Dodge Viper technician . He also holds certifications from Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, Lexus and Scion as well, so if there’s something wrong with your car, chances are he’s seen it before.

To diagnose the reason your car isn’t starting, you need to pay attention to happening when you turn the key. 'Does the engine crank but not actually start or, when you turn the key, does literally nothing happen?' he said. 'In a customer’s eyes, the following two options are the same because both create a scenario that results in
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2015 New York Auto Show

Mar 31, 2015 - 11:15 AM - by AutoGuide.com

It’s time to head to the big apple to get the juiciest new car news from the 2015 New York Auto Show.

Confirmed debuts include Cadillac’s new CT6 flagship sedan and a production version of the Scion iM compact hatchback as well as the Scion iA small sedan. Expect an updated Lexus RX, Lincoln Continental Concept, 2016 Kia Optima and a production version of the 2016 Jaguar XF, as well as the exciting new McLaren 570S.

Be sure to check in with AutoGuide for all the latest 2015 New York Auto Show news, and the best auto show video coverage on the net.
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