The Truth About Cars » oil http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sat, 30 Apr 2016 15:15:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 TTAC News Round-up: CES Is an Auto Show Now, Volkswagen Apologizes (Again), and Do You Want to Be an Automotive Journalist? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/ttac-news-round-ces-auto-show-now-volkswagen-apologizes-want-automotive-journalist/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/ttac-news-round-ces-auto-show-now-volkswagen-apologizes-want-automotive-journalist/#comments Wed, 06 Jan 2016 19:00:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1258537 Started in New York City in 1967 as an offshoot of the Chicago Music Show, the Consumer Electronics Show has grown to capture the interest and intrigue of automakers. Las Vegas now has two auto shows. That, Volkswagen’s unending stream of German-accented apologies, why Ford might not be hitching itself to Google and how you […]

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Started in New York City in 1967 as an offshoot of the Chicago Music Show, the Consumer Electronics Show has grown to capture the interest and intrigue of automakers. Las Vegas now has two auto shows. That, Volkswagen’s unending stream of German-accented apologies, why Ford might not be hitching itself to Google and how you […]

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Happy (C)Hanukkah: What Car Parts Would You Use for a Menorah? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/happy-chanukkah-car-parts-use-menorah/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/happy-chanukkah-car-parts-use-menorah/#comments Tue, 08 Dec 2015 18:00:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1236889 The Jewish festival of Chanukah, pronounced Hanukkah by those who can’t handle guttural phonemes, starts on the 25th of Kislev in the Hebrew calendar, which corresponds this year to the evening of December 6th. Chanukah is an event that should resonate with car enthusiasts — after all, it celebrates a miracle involving oil (well, that and […]

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The Jewish festival of Chanukah, pronounced Hanukkah by those who can’t handle guttural phonemes, starts on the 25th of Kislev in the Hebrew calendar, which corresponds this year to the evening of December 6th. Chanukah is an event that should resonate with car enthusiasts — after all, it celebrates a miracle involving oil (well, that and […]

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Should Americans Fund Fracking? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/hammer-time-americans-fund-fracking/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/hammer-time-americans-fund-fracking/#comments Thu, 05 Nov 2015 13:00:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1202257 Imagine growing up in the modern day world and having no future. No education. No upward mobility. No right to pursue a better life beyond just a few crumbs of financial sustenance. This is the reality in most Arab countries and former Soviet republics. It’s a world where opportunities are almost non-existent and certain cliques […]

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Imagine growing up in the modern day world and having no future. No education. No upward mobility. No right to pursue a better life beyond just a few crumbs of financial sustenance. This is the reality in most Arab countries and former Soviet republics. It’s a world where opportunities are almost non-existent and certain cliques […]

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Piston Slap: Sam Hell’s Scion Grab Bag http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/piston-slap-sam-hells-scion-grab-bag/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/piston-slap-sam-hells-scion-grab-bag/#comments Tue, 29 Sep 2015 12:00:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1181914 TTAC Commentator Sam Hell Jr. writes: Hi, Sajeev! I read with deep concern your notice that the Piston Slap mailbag was empty. You kindly answered my previous query about putting more conservative tires on my ’11 automatic tC (now at 51,000 miles), despite the fact that I erroneously addressed the email to your parasitic e-twin […]

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TTAC Commentator Sam Hell Jr. writes: Hi, Sajeev! I read with deep concern your notice that the Piston Slap mailbag was empty. You kindly answered my previous query about putting more conservative tires on my ’11 automatic tC (now at 51,000 miles), despite the fact that I erroneously addressed the email to your parasitic e-twin […]

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Iran Calls for Emergency OPEC Meeting Amid Oil Slide http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/iran-calls-for-emergency-opec-meeting-amid-oil-slide/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/iran-calls-for-emergency-opec-meeting-amid-oil-slide/#comments Sun, 23 Aug 2015 16:00:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1150985 Iran’s oil minister has said that an emergency OPEC meeting may be necessary to stem the tide of slumping worldwide oil prices, Reuters is reporting. Algeria has also called for an emergency meeting. A barrel of crude oil slid to its lowest price last week of around $40, the lowest in more than six years. […]

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Iran’s oil minister has said that an emergency OPEC meeting may be necessary to stem the tide of slumping worldwide oil prices, Reuters is reporting. Algeria has also called for an emergency meeting. A barrel of crude oil slid to its lowest price last week of around $40, the lowest in more than six years. […]

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Who’s Ready to Party Like It’s 2008? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/whos-ready-party-like-2008/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/whos-ready-party-like-2008/#comments Fri, 21 Aug 2015 18:00:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1149793 Break out the champagne and 7-liter engines. Have one on us, alright? The Wall Street Journal and Reuters are reporting that despite a mild increase in crude, oil is hovering around $40 a barrel and it’s expected to further dip in coming months to a six-year low on a global glut of oil. The national average […]

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Break out the champagne and 7-liter engines. Have one on us, alright? The Wall Street Journal and Reuters are reporting that despite a mild increase in crude, oil is hovering around $40 a barrel and it’s expected to further dip in coming months to a six-year low on a global glut of oil. The national average […]

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Chevrolet To Z06 Owners: Change Your Oil, Stat! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/chevrolet-telling-corvette-z06-owners-change-oil-500-miles/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/chevrolet-telling-corvette-z06-owners-change-oil-500-miles/#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 19:00:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1142305 Last time we checked in on the reportedly fussy Corvette Z06 engine, it was leaking vital fluids after Fox News reporter Gary Gastelu took it to the track.  Now it appears that Chevrolet has a fix for at least one of the Z06’s reported engine problems: change the oil, stat. According to a General Motors […]

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Last time we checked in on the reportedly fussy Corvette Z06 engine, it was leaking vital fluids after Fox News reporter Gary Gastelu took it to the track.  Now it appears that Chevrolet has a fix for at least one of the Z06’s reported engine problems: change the oil, stat. According to a General Motors […]

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Piston Slap: Reporting on The Oil Report http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/piston-slap-reporting-oil-report/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/piston-slap-reporting-oil-report/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 11:00:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1123169   Greg writes: Sajeev, first let me thank you for your interesting article on Mazda rust last year. Ultimately I bought the Accord, which to me seemed to have the superior (and quite lovely) stick shift, even though the Mazda is reputed superior in that department. I decided for kicks and giggles to get my […]

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  Greg writes: Sajeev, first let me thank you for your interesting article on Mazda rust last year. Ultimately I bought the Accord, which to me seemed to have the superior (and quite lovely) stick shift, even though the Mazda is reputed superior in that department. I decided for kicks and giggles to get my […]

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Consumer Reports Reveals New Cars’ Dirty Secret http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/consumer-reports-reveals-new-cars-dirty-secret/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/consumer-reports-reveals-new-cars-dirty-secret/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 20:00:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1106329 Engines burn oil, but how much oil burn is normal is at the heart of a Consumer Reports study that examined nearly 500,000 new cars for how much oil they have to replace in their new car’s engine. It’s a dirty, dirty business. The report defined excessive oil consumption as adding more than one quart between recommended […]

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Engines burn oil, but how much oil burn is normal is at the heart of a Consumer Reports study that examined nearly 500,000 new cars for how much oil they have to replace in their new car’s engine. It’s a dirty, dirty business. The report defined excessive oil consumption as adding more than one quart between recommended […]

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While You Were Sleeping: Toyota Fortuner SUV for Oz, More Airbag Recalls and Stowaways Hide in Maseratis http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/while-you-were-sleeping-toyota-fortuner-suv-for-oz-more-airbag-recalls-and-stowaways-hide-in-maseratis/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/while-you-were-sleeping-toyota-fortuner-suv-for-oz-more-airbag-recalls-and-stowaways-hide-in-maseratis/#comments Fri, 22 May 2015 11:01:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1072562 In addition to the go-anywhere Toyota HiLux, it looks like Australia will get a Fortuner reprise. Here’s what happened overnight. Confirmed: Toyota Fortuner SUV is go for Australia (GoAuto) “We haven’t secured or announced anything, but it’s going to come.” Toyota Tundra subject of “enormous” Australian demand (CarAdvice) Aussies want bigger trucks. Mazda, Subaru, Mitsubishi […]

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In addition to the go-anywhere Toyota HiLux, it looks like Australia will get a Fortuner reprise. Here’s what happened overnight. Confirmed: Toyota Fortuner SUV is go for Australia (GoAuto) “We haven’t secured or announced anything, but it’s going to come.” Toyota Tundra subject of “enormous” Australian demand (CarAdvice) Aussies want bigger trucks. Mazda, Subaru, Mitsubishi […]

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While You Were Sleeping: The K-Car Alphabet, Oil Prices Falling and Belarus Has a New Parade Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/sleeping-k-car-alphabet-oil-prices-falling-belarus-new-parade-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/sleeping-k-car-alphabet-oil-prices-falling-belarus-new-parade-car/#comments Mon, 11 May 2015 10:53:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1065586 Chrysler has built a lot of cars atop the K platform. BangShift has put together a handy guide to figure them all out. Is danger lurking in junkyards? (Automotive News) “American Honda estimates that more than 24,000 recalled airbag modules made by Takata are scattered among thousands of salvage yards and auto recyclers across the country.” Oil […]

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Chrysler has built a lot of cars atop the K platform. BangShift has put together a handy guide to figure them all out. Is danger lurking in junkyards? (Automotive News) “American Honda estimates that more than 24,000 recalled airbag modules made by Takata are scattered among thousands of salvage yards and auto recyclers across the country.” Oil […]

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While You Were Sleeping: Jeep GC Pickup Render, Brilliance V3 Debut and Jobs, Jobs, Jobs (Or a Lack Thereof) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/sleeping-jeep-gc-pickup-render-brilliance-v3-debut-jobs-jobs-jobs-lack-thereof/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/sleeping-jeep-gc-pickup-render-brilliance-v3-debut-jobs-jobs-jobs-lack-thereof/#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 10:11:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1064017 As trucks ride a heat wave of interest from consumers, I look at this Grand Cherokee render and think, “That’ll do.” Jeep Trailhawk (Theophilus Chin) Self-titled Automotive Manipulator Theophilus Chin has put together a compelling image of a Jeep Grand Cherokee pickup. Exclusive: Honda Australia pensions off Civic diesel (GoAuto) As car enthusiasts scream for diesel […]

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As trucks ride a heat wave of interest from consumers, I look at this Grand Cherokee render and think, “That’ll do.” Jeep Trailhawk (Theophilus Chin) Self-titled Automotive Manipulator Theophilus Chin has put together a compelling image of a Jeep Grand Cherokee pickup. Exclusive: Honda Australia pensions off Civic diesel (GoAuto) As car enthusiasts scream for diesel […]

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Biggest Supplier of U.S. Foreign Oil Elects Democratic Socialist Government http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/biggest-supplier-u-s-foreign-oil-elects-democratic-socialist-government/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/biggest-supplier-u-s-foreign-oil-elects-democratic-socialist-government/#comments Wed, 06 May 2015 13:27:12 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1062762 Last night, it became official: Alberta, the largest producer of oil in Canada, ended the 40 year reign of the Progressive Conservatives in favor of the New Democratic Party (NDP), a democratic socialist party. This could mean big changes in the energy sector, from oil patch to gas pump. The Alberta NDP, under the leadership of […]

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Last night, it became official: Alberta, the largest producer of oil in Canada, ended the 40 year reign of the Progressive Conservatives in favor of the New Democratic Party (NDP), a democratic socialist party. This could mean big changes in the energy sector, from oil patch to gas pump. The Alberta NDP, under the leadership of […]

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US Once Again the Swing Oil Producer: Whither Gas Prices? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/us-swing-oil-producer-whither-gas-prices/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/us-swing-oil-producer-whither-gas-prices/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 23:00:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=989498 Despite a collapse in oil prices of 50 percent since summer’s end, Saudi Arabia, whose vast production capacity has enabled that country to modulate world oil prices by adjusting its output, “effectively resigned from that role,” Daniel Yergin wrote in this past Sunday’s New York Times Week in Review. “…OPEC handed over all responsibility for […]

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Despite a collapse in oil prices of 50 percent since summer’s end, Saudi Arabia, whose vast production capacity has enabled that country to modulate world oil prices by adjusting its output, “effectively resigned from that role,” Daniel Yergin wrote in this past Sunday’s New York Times Week in Review. “…OPEC handed over all responsibility for […]

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A Brief History Of The Oil Crash http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/brief-history-oil-crash/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/brief-history-oil-crash/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 14:30:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=984457 Reuters Energy analyst John Kemp has published a timeline of events that explain the latest crash in crude oil prices. As energy prices enter a new era, we’ll be focusing more and more on this sector, and how it relates to the automobile.

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Reuters Energy analyst John Kemp has published a timeline of events that explain the latest crash in crude oil prices. As energy prices enter a new era, we’ll be focusing more and more on this sector, and how it relates to the automobile.

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Ur-Turn: The Truth About Oil, Part Two – The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/ur-turn-truth-oil-part-two-good-bad-ugly/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/ur-turn-truth-oil-part-two-good-bad-ugly/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 21:25:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=983225 David Obelcz is back with Part Two of his series on oil prices. Part One can be viewed here. In the 1966 Spaghetti Western classic The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, the three principal characters come together in what is considered the most iconic standoff in cinematic history. Three parties hostile to each other […]

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David Obelcz is back with Part Two of his series on oil prices. Part One can be viewed here. In the 1966 Spaghetti Western classic The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, the three principal characters come together in what is considered the most iconic standoff in cinematic history. Three parties hostile to each other […]

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It’s Official: Oil Is Now Cheaper Than Whisky http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/official-oil-now-cheaper-whisky/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/official-oil-now-cheaper-whisky/#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 20:09:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=971586 As of 3:03 P.M., a barrel of West Texas Intermediate crude oil is sitting at $49.90 USD. For $42.48, you can get a fifth of Wiser’s Legacy Canadian Whisky – decent stuff, but nothing fancy. If you’ll excuse me, I’m off to buy myself a Hellcat.

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As of 3:03 P.M., a barrel of West Texas Intermediate crude oil is sitting at $49.90 USD. For $42.48, you can get a fifth of Wiser’s Legacy Canadian Whisky – decent stuff, but nothing fancy. If you’ll excuse me, I’m off to buy myself a Hellcat.

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Piston Slap: Improper Engine Warm Up Procedure? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/piston-slap-improper-engine-warm-procedure/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/piston-slap-improper-engine-warm-procedure/#comments Mon, 05 Jan 2015 13:40:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=970561   TTAC Commentator Arthur Dailey writes: Sajeev, Thanks very much for posting my question. Your answer and the comments from others were most informative. How about another? We now have only 2 licensed drivers in our home. We do however have 3 licensed cars in the driveway. Please do not ask about the project car […]

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  TTAC Commentator Arthur Dailey writes: Sajeev, Thanks very much for posting my question. Your answer and the comments from others were most informative. How about another? We now have only 2 licensed drivers in our home. We do however have 3 licensed cars in the driveway. Please do not ask about the project car […]

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Ur-Turn: The Truth About Oil http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/ur-turn-truth-oil/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/ur-turn-truth-oil/#comments Mon, 01 Dec 2014 16:00:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=954385 TTAC reader (and Pontiac G8/Holden conversion owner) David Obelcz gives us his thoughts on the current situation in the world of crude oil – and how that will affect car enthusiasts. Over the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, Saudi Arabia blocked a proposed production cut by OPEC, sending oil prices plummeting around the world. […]

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TTAC reader (and Pontiac G8/Holden conversion owner) David Obelcz gives us his thoughts on the current situation in the world of crude oil – and how that will affect car enthusiasts. Over the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, Saudi Arabia blocked a proposed production cut by OPEC, sending oil prices plummeting around the world. […]

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Piston Slap: Less Slap, More (oil) Control http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/piston-slap-less-slap-oil-control/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/08/piston-slap-less-slap-oil-control/#comments Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:57:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=898410 Pete writes: Hey Sajeev, I got one for you. Several engines nowadays are set up to operate on half their cylinders under light-load conditions. Would the design considerations for piston rings vary from those normally used for such cylinders that are only used part-time? The question arises in the context of a 2009 V6 Accord […]

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Pete writes: Hey Sajeev, I got one for you. Several engines nowadays are set up to operate on half their cylinders under light-load conditions. Would the design considerations for piston rings vary from those normally used for such cylinders that are only used part-time? The question arises in the context of a 2009 V6 Accord […]

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Keystone Vote Looms Amid Iraq Implosion http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/keystone-vote-looms-amid-iraq-implosion/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/06/keystone-vote-looms-amid-iraq-implosion/#comments Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:22:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=844745 Global oil prices are on the rise as the crisis in Iraq contributes to market instability. Large chunks of Iraq’s oil production infrastructure have fallen under militant control, leading to a sharp drop in output. Meanwhile, Canadian officials are upset with the Obama administration’s handling of the Keystone pipeline. They contend that the inaction on […]

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Global oil prices are on the rise as the crisis in Iraq contributes to market instability. Large chunks of Iraq’s oil production infrastructure have fallen under militant control, leading to a sharp drop in output. Meanwhile, Canadian officials are upset with the Obama administration’s handling of the Keystone pipeline. They contend that the inaction on […]

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Chrysler Vans Sitting Idle As Oil Boom Robs Rail Capacity http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/chrysler-vans-sitting-idle-as-oil-boom-robs-rail-capacity/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/chrysler-vans-sitting-idle-as-oil-boom-robs-rail-capacity/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:17:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=809450 Several hundred Chrysler minivans are stuck indefinitely on a piece of prime Detroit real estate, unable to be transported across America. The reason? The fossil fuel boom in Canada and the United States is hogging much of the available rail capacity needed to transport the vans. Citing a report by the Associated Press, the Windsor […]

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Several hundred Chrysler minivans are stuck indefinitely on a piece of prime Detroit real estate, unable to be transported across America. The reason? The fossil fuel boom in Canada and the United States is hogging much of the available rail capacity needed to transport the vans. Citing a report by the Associated Press, the Windsor […]

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Piston Slap: Inject Fuel Directly into…Oil? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/piston-slap-inject-fuel-directly-into-oil/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/piston-slap-inject-fuel-directly-into-oil/#comments Mon, 29 Jul 2013 12:49:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=497213 Evan writes: Sajeev, I have a piston slap question for a friend at work. She drives an ’11 Mazda CX-7 2.3. For over a year she has had an issue with fuel in the oil. Enough that the oil level has been as much as 1″ above the full mark on the dipstick as a […]

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Evan writes: Sajeev, I have a piston slap question for a friend at work. She drives an ’11 Mazda CX-7 2.3. For over a year she has had an issue with fuel in the oil. Enough that the oil level has been as much as 1″ above the full mark on the dipstick as a […]

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Piston Slap: A Fear of Falling? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/piston-slap-a-fear-of-falling/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/piston-slap-a-fear-of-falling/#comments Mon, 22 Apr 2013 11:00:20 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=485794 Michael writes: I am a longtime TTAC reader, but do not comment very often. However, I have a question that perhaps you and the B&B can help me with. I am the owner of a 2011 Kia Soul +, 14,XXX miles. Been a great vehicle so far. My issue is that my workplace happens to […]

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Michael writes: I am a longtime TTAC reader, but do not comment very often. However, I have a question that perhaps you and the B&B can help me with. I am the owner of a 2011 Kia Soul +, 14,XXX miles. Been a great vehicle so far. My issue is that my workplace happens to […]

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Peak Oil, Meet Plateauing Demand http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/peak-oil-meet-plateauing-demand/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/peak-oil-meet-plateauing-demand/#comments Mon, 08 Oct 2012 15:17:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=462998 TTAC is no stranger to the topic of Peak Oil, but the theory has fallen by the wayside with the recent explosion in unconventional oil and gas. A study by the British think tank Chatham House argues that the biggest issue facing oil and gas producers in the coming century isn’t Peak Oil, but Peak […]

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TTAC is no stranger to the topic of Peak Oil, but the theory has fallen by the wayside with the recent explosion in unconventional oil and gas. A study by the British think tank Chatham House argues that the biggest issue facing oil and gas producers in the coming century isn’t Peak Oil, but Peak […]

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