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Save Gas? Try The Left Lane.

Here’s a new one: yield to the left lane.

According to the National Motorists Association Foundation, drivers should do the right thing by moving over to the left lane so as to give way for faster vehicles. This is all part of their promotion for the Lane Courtesy Month which is this month of June.

Eric Skrum, the Communications Director for the NMA Foundation, says, “Media reports on saving fuel generally emphasize the basics. They urge motorists to check their tire pressure, replace their air filters, and use their cars’ air conditioners less. These are helpful but they ignore the role that traffic flow plays in gas consumption.”

Indeed, this tip could be another solution to the gas problem. On my end, I have been making sure that my car contains just the right kind of auto parts. At Auto Parts Corner, my friend even found the replace Toyota catalytic converters that she has been looking for.

As per this lane courtesy issue, the NMA even states that vehicles would be consuming less fuel if they maintain a constant speed. And when the lanes get congested with slow moving vehicles clogging up the fast lane, everybody suffers from a high usage of fuel.

Hot Rod Movie Star

I’ve been wanting to have a car that looks like those that I’ve seen in movies. You know, just like those that the hero would be using during his adventures and escapades. That is why I have been scouting Auto Parts Corner for parts that could make my car look like one.

While I’m at it, I also have been browsing through the web for popular cars in movies. That way, I could at least get a picture of that car. I would most certainly use this picture to create my own ‘movie car’. And that is when I met a whole lot of cars in movies.

One of the most famous ones is a 390 GT Mustang which has been used in the movie ‘Bullitt’. Of course, it has been mainly used by the hero in car chases. In ‘Back To The Future’, a 1981 DeLorean DMC 12 was used here as a time-traveling machine. Now, that is really a cool way to travel!

1967 Shelby GT500

Remember Eleanor in ‘Gone in 60 Seconds’? Well, this one has been one of my favorites. Eleanor is actually a 1967 Shelby GT500.

Watch what you eat – in your car

Here I was thinking that all I needed for a good, safe drive was a well-maintained car, an alert mind, and a trusted online auto parts store like Auto Parts Corner for my auto parts replacement needs. Turns out that there was still something left to consider: the smell of my car.

Different odors affect the way motorists drive, with fast food scents likely to increase road rage potential and other smells -- like peppermint -- deemed to improve concentration, said the RAC Foundation, a British automobile association.


1. Different odors affect the way motorists drive, shows British Automobile Association
2. Research conducted into impact of smells on driving after release of odor
3. Studies of astronauts found odorless environments created irritability and even olfactory hallucinations

Significant Points

1. Good odors: peppermint; cinnamon; lemon & coffee
2. Blast of salty sea air can also encourage deep breathing and help relieve stress
3. Bad odors: smell of fast food wrappers and bread make driver hungry and cause to speed to get food
4. Dangerous odors: chamomile, jasmine, lavender make drivers over relax or fall asleep

So the next time you have your favorite fast food in your car, remember that you have been warned.

Car buying habits change with surge of fuel prices

A recent CNW survey of changes in buying and driving habits at different fuel price points shows 48 percent of new-vehicle buyers say they will purchase a more fuel-efficient vehicle “immediately” if gas hits $3.75 per gallon. That’s a dramatic change, if you ask me.

An AutoVibes study from Harris Interactive and Kelley Blue Book confirms the findings that as fuel prices surge, buying habits turn sharply toward consideration of more fuel-efficient vehicles.

Here’s a list of today’s most fuel efficient vehicles, as compiled by

1. Honda Insight — 60/66
2. Toyota Prius — 60/51*
3. Honda Civic Hybrid — 49/51*
4. Volkswagen Golf TDI — 37/44
Volkswagen New Beetle TDI — 37/44
5. Volkswagen Jetta TDI — 36/41
6. Toyota Corolla — 32/41
7. Scion xA — 32/37
8. Hyundai Accent — 32/35
Kia Rio — 32/35
9. Honda Civic — 30/40*
10. Pontiac Vibe — 30/36
Toyota Matrix — 30/36

Rankings are based on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) miles-per-gallon ratings for city and highway travel. All ratings apply to base models equipped with a manual transmission, except where indicated otherwise with an asterisk. Each model was allowed only one appearance on the list. The sole exception is the Honda Civic, which appears twice as a result of being available in both gas-electric hybrid and regular gasoline versions.

And of course, along with purchasing a fuel efficient vehicle comes making sure that it is kept that way. With the right driving habits, proper maintenance, and quality auto parts like Honda wheels, Ford catalytic converters, Toyota lights, and GM engine parts from Auto Parts Corner, having a more fuel-efficient car is easier and more affordable.

Tire care

Five reasons why you should take five minutes every month to check your car’s tires:

• Protection against avoidable breakdowns and crashes
• Improved vehicle handling
• Better fuel economy
• Increased tire life
• Save money

Here’s a simple safety checklist you can follow when taking care of your car’s tires:

• Check tire pressure regularly (at least once a month), including the spare.
• Inspect tires for uneven wear patterns on the tread, cracks, foreign objects, or other signs of wear or trauma. Remove bits of glass and other foreign objects wedged in the tread.
• Make sure your tire valves have valve caps.
• Check tire pressure before going on a long trip.
• Do not overload your vehicle. Check the tire information placard or owner’s manual for the maximum recommended load for the vehicle.
• If you are towing a trailer, remember that some of the weight of the loaded trailer is transferred to the towing vehicle.

Should you need quality Honda, Toyota, GM, DMX, Ford or BMW tires, just check out the wide selection of auto parts at Auto Parts Corner.

Volvo “loosens up”


In the news: Volvo has released details and images of the 2007 S60 sport sedan, which it says will be sportier and more luxurious.

Well if you’ve always thought that Volvos were a little bit too stiff or boring…this might just change your mind.
Notable changes to the car’s suspension and steering were made, as well as to its appearance which the company calls "evolutionary."

According to Volvo, the S60 will be keeping its engine lineup for 2007, including four gasoline and two diesel engines and a bi-fuel CNG engine. The chassis will see the biggest change, with a 25 percent increase in torsional rigidity and spring stiffness and different setups for the regular and Sport models of the S60.

No pricing or on-sale information has been released.

And should you need quality Volvo auto parts like wheels, catalytic converter, radiator or bumper cover, you can just click on to trusted auto parts stores like Auto Parts Corner.

Diagnosing weird car smells and sights

Have you been smelling and seeing something weird in your car lately? Don't neglect that little weird smell or that weird stain in the garage floor just because your car still seems to be running just fine. A small problem, ignored, can and likely will turn into a big problem over time.

Here are some common weird smells and sights and what they mean:

• Sweet odor, usually accompanied by steam from under the hood - Antifreeze or coolant leak
• Thick, heavy odor, sometimes accompanied by smoke from under the hood or from the exhaust - Burning oil
• Acrid odor, like burned toast - Electrical short
• Continuous, heavy sulfur odor like rotten eggs - Emission
• Burning rubber odor - Overheated brakes or clutch
• Hot, metallic odor usually accompanied by antifreeze/coolant odor – Overheating

• Black stains with heavy, thick consistency - Axle leaks
• Yellow, green, pink, or orange stains that are lighter and thinner than oil - Coolant streaks
• Brownish stains - Crankcase, oil, power steering fluid leaks
• Reddish stains - Transmission oil leak

Should you need to replace your Toyota, BMW, Volvo, Mazda, or Honda’s auto parts – you know where to go, at Auto Parts Corner – your trusted source of quality wheels, catalytic converter, radiator, engine parts, and more.

Sold out this year: Saturn Sky, Pontiac Solstice and Chevrolet Corvette

2007 SaturnSky

Although General Motors have posted its sixth straight quarterly loss on Wednesday, many of its low-volume sports cars, including the yet-to-be-launched 2007 Saturn Sky, are already sold out for this year.

This was confirmed by GM Vice-Chairman Bob Lutz in a speech in New York, where he said in reference to the Sky, "All available production for 2006 is accounted for."

The Sky shares its platform with GM's other popular roadster, the Pontiac Solstice. According to Lutz, the Solstice has the best turn rate of any vehicle in its segment and it is also sold out for the 2006 model year. Pontiac launched the Solstice last year and by the fall had about 13,000 orders for only 7,000 units. Lutz said the Chevrolet Corvette is sold out as well for the 2006 model year.

So it’s not all bad news for the troubled automaker after all.

Meanwhile, quality GM auto parts such as Chevy wheels, Pontiac parts and Saturn parts are still available at Auto Parts Corner.

Introducing the Mazda CX-9

On April 13 at the New York International Auto Show, Americans will finally set their eyes on the seven-passenger Mazda CX-9 – Mazda’s second SUV designed exclusively for North America.

mazda cx-9

The Japanese automaker says it will also show off the new high-performance Mazdaspeed 3 with North American specifications, along with newly upgraded versions of the Mazda 3 range.
Sibling to the five-passenger Mazda CX-7 crossover (which made its debut in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit), the CX-9, which will hit showrooms in early 2007, is powered by a new 3.5-liter V6 mated to a standard six-speed automatic transmission. It comes in either front- or all-wheel drive.

Standard features on all trim levels include air conditioning, power windows, power door locks with remote keyless entry, cruise control and six airbags. Other standard equipment includes dynamic stability control, roll stability control, and antilock brakes. A power liftgate is optional.

Meanwhile, you can still find the best auto parts like Mazda Miata parts, Mazda MPV parts and Mazda RX8 parts at Auto Parts Corner.

Lesser “big boys” on the road by 2011

That is, if the President and his administration gets their way. According to a news report in the Wall Street Journal, the Bush administration plans to subject the biggest vans and sport-utility vehicles to fuel economy standards by 2011 for the first time. These plans include exempting pickup trucks, which constitute the vast majority of vehicles over 8,500 pounds.

The largest SUVs, vans and trucks — those weighing between 8,500 and 10,000 pounds — have been exempt from fuel economy rules since they were set in the 1970s.

It looks like GM will suffer a huge brunt of these new rules, with products like the Chevrolet Suburban, GMC Yukon XL and Hummer H2. Apparently, requiring these vehicles to improve their mileage would save a half-billion gallons of fuel in 2011 and would cost manufacturers $900 to $2,800 per vehicle. The new rules could force automakers to use lighter materials and use advanced-tech systems to save fuel.

Speaking of lowering your fuel expenses, the best way to do this is to drive a smaller, more fuel efficient car. And making sure that your vehicle is well-maintained and has excellent working auto parts. A minor problem like a leak or misaligned wheels can easily chip away at your pockets. For he best auto parts like Chevy wheels, Toyota lights, Volvo radiators or BMW starters, just trusted online auto parts store Auto Parts Corner.

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