28th August 2015

How to Change a Flat Tire in 11 Easy Steps [Sponsored]

Sponsored: How to Change a Flat Tire in 11 Easy Steps
-Whether it’s the rattling that comes and goes with the moon phases, a timing belt that obeys only changes in barometric pressure, or the sudden flickering of that dreaded “check engine” light, certain car problems require the professional experience and honest technical knowledge only a mechanic can bring. This doesn’t mean you should be afraid to do maintenance on your own car, though. There are certain car fixes that every man should be capable of doing himself. Your mechanic might not thank you for learning them, but your wallet surely will.

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How to Change a Tire

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If you drive a car with any regularity, you’re going to get a flat. It’s not a question of if it’ll happen, but when.

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1. Make sure you’ve got a proper jack, wrench and spare in your vehicle. When the inevitable happens, throw on your hazard lights and find a safe place to pull off—avoid steep hills and curves.

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2. Pop off your hubcap if necessary. Now grab your lug wrench and get ready to flex your muscles. Start by loosening each lug nut (by turning counter clockwise) but not removing them altogether. Keep the car on the ground for this step as you might need some leverage—there’s no shame in using both hands and a foot if necessary.

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3. Now it’s time to raise the car. A jack always comes with your car’s spare kit, but it’s not a bad idea to upgrade. Every make and model has a different recommended spot to put the jack so be sure to consult your owner’s manual. Raise the car to about six inches—or the length of a one dollar bill.

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4. Finish removing the lug nuts. Keep each nut in a safe place (like your over-turned hubcap) because there’s no fun in a roadside lug nut scavenger hunt.

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5. Remove the flat by pulling straight out and away from the car. Swap the flat for your spare.

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6. Line up the holes in the spare with the lug nut posts on the car, then push the tire in toward the car as far as it will go.

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7. Start replacing the bolts. Stop once each bolt is snug but not tight.

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8. Using the jack, carefully lower the car back to the ground.

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9. Tighten the lug nuts incrementally in a top-to-bottom, side-to-side pattern until each bolt is as tight as you can safely turn it.

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10. Pop on the hubcap, place the jack, flat tire and all your tools back in your spare kit.

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11. Go about your way, but first make a note to pick up a new spare.

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28th August 2015

2017 Ford GT Ordering Process Requires Application, Will Be Special

2017 Ford GT

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Interested in the new Ford GT? Well, better start getting your affairs in order, because you won’t merely be able to walk into your neighborhood Ford dealership and pick one up the same way you would, say, grab a new Focus. As first brought to light by Road & Track via Reddit, Ford will set up a process by which prospective owners may apply to purchase a 2017 GT; when accepted, these buyers will then be led through a special ordering procedure to be completed at a Ford GT–certified dealership nearest them.
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The GT ordering process was confirmed to us by Ford. That means each customer, should their application be accepted (longtime Ford owners or those who bought the last GT will have an upper hand), will be paired with a specific car before being personally walked through a special ordering sequence. Details on that exact experience are forthcoming, but we imagine that it’ll be quite special, especially given how Ford plans to build just 250 GTs per year.

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The final MSRP for the car is still up in the air—as is the number of dealerships selected to sell the GT—but we know the new supercar could cost as much as $400,000. We asked Ford whether customer fitment to the car (the GT will have fixed seats) will be part of the ordering process, and were told no; the adjustable steering column and pedals will be sufficient. Even so, the ordering experience should live up to the expectations of those shelling out huge sums of cash for an incredible car. Of course, we remain fixated solely on driving the new, apparently 700-hp-plus GT ourselves, something that won’t happen until closer to (or perhaps after) customer ordering begins early next year.

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28th August 2015

2017 Smart Fortwo Cabriolet: Is Going Topless Enough to Get Noticed?

2017 Smart Fortwo cabriolet
-Whether you want it to happen or not, you’ll soon be inundated with coverage of Miley Cyrus’s performance as the host of the MTV Video Music Awards. No, we won’t be watching that particular spectacle either, but being among the vast population of Facebook users, we wholly expect to see that the event will be “trending,” likely because someone whose name rhymes with “smiley” will go topless or do something equally outrageous. Should you look? READ MORE ››

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28th August 2015

2017 Smart Fortwo Cabriolet Debuts: New-Gen Car, Four Percent More Roof – Official Photos and Info

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28th August 2015

Autoblog Minute: Weekly Recap for 8.28.15

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Ford may bring the Ranger back to the US, the UK goes nuts over the Mustang, and the battle of hybrids heats up with spy shots of the Prius and a new Hyundai. Autoblog's senior editor Greg Migliore reports on the weekly recap edition of Autoblog Minute.

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28th August 2015

2016 Smart Fortwo Fuel Economy Released, ED Model to Arrive for 2017

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The new 2016 Smart Fortwo is better in pretty much every way—except one: fuel economy, which is roughly the same as last year, at 33/39 for the automatic. (The newly available manual version checks in at 32/39 mpg city/highway.) Considering it has upgraded power and performance, this is somewhat of a win, although we’re sure that some folks—greenies in particular—might be disappointed that the Fortwo didn’t break the 40-mpg mark.

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For its part, Smart seems content with these numbers, and it isn’t even offering a diesel model in Europe anymore. It also says that a new Electric Drive model—which was the best version to drive in the car’s previous generation—is on the way for 2017, but won’t actually arrive until late next 2016 at the earliest. In the meantime, Smart will introduce the sunny new cabriolet model at the Frankfurt auto show next month; that one goes on sale early next summer.

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28th August 2015

Future Past: This Modern 1930s Grand Prix–Style Sports Car Needs to Happen

Kahn Designs Speed 7 profile

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British designer Afzal Kahn must hate sleep. Reigning over a mini-empire that includes namesake concerns Kahn Automobiles, Kahn Styling, and Kahn Clocks and Watches, he recently added the Chelsea Truck Co., to his portfolio, a London-based retail outlet where the well-heeled can browse off-road offerings such as the wonderfully bizarre Land Rover Defender–based Flying Huntsman 6×6. Now, in an attempt to squeeze every spare second out of 2015, Kahn has announced plans to begin producing a retro-style racing car called the Speed 7 before the calendar year is over.

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The third major vehicle project from Kahn, the Speed 7 takes its inspiration from the Grand Prix racers of the 1930s while offering improved performance. All the retro cues are in place: the side exhaust, copious louvers, and a vestigial windscreen. Slated to be designed and hand-built in Britain, Kahn says the Speed 7 will use “modern materials” and hints that they may include aluminum and composites. The car also is described as a retro thoroughbred that can be enjoyed on the track without reservation. Potential engines or transmission options have yet been announced.

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Kahn clearly knows his demographic well, and suggests the Speed 7 will be ideal for those “looking to set up their own race team; don their driving goggles, gloves, and helmet; and get out on the circuit to recreate the feel of 1930s racing.” To help facilitate the gentleman-racer vibe he envisions, Kahn is planning to produce a complementary range of period styled clothing and accessories under the Speed 7 brand.

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ahn Designs Speed 7 profile overhead

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As is to be expected, each car will come equipped with a plaque listing the names of the individuals involved in the build, as well as a unique owner’s book detailing each stage of the design and manufacturing process.

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While we’re intrigued by the design drawings and admire the unbridled passion the project embodies, the fact that no powertrain details have been revealed and that Kahn is, according to the website, looking for collaborators “in the areas of infrastructure, manufacturing, and associated services,” leads us to question if the Speed 7 will ever see the light of day, never mind by the end of 2015. Still, given Kahn’s track record of turning designs into in-the-metal realities, it could happen after all. And better late than never, right?

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28th August 2015

2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 / GT350R Driven: Ford Moves the Muscle Car to a Higher Order

2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R
-We’ve been here before. We’ve stared down the barrel of a twin-striped Mustang with more than 500 horsepower and the name of a Texas chicken farmer across its fanny. The last one, the 2013 Shelby GT500, had 662 horsepower, in fact, and was said to go over 200 mph. It didn’t, not for us, anyway. Even so, it was what a Shelby Mustang should be, what it has been for decades: a hot quarter-mile with a side of smoky burnout. It was a muscle car with more. Mustang lovers got sweaty, but as usual, the rest of the auto world just shrugged and moved on with evolution. READ MORE ››

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28th August 2015

2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 / GT350R – First Drive Review

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28th August 2015

The Refreshed Chrysler 300 SRT Is Hot—But It’s Officially Dead for North America

2016 Chrysler 300 SRT

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The mainstream Chrysler 300 lineup received a thorough update for 2015 with nary a peep about the nuclear-grade SRT version. While that was a clear message that the burliest 300 was truly buried in North America—our sources also said as much last year—multiple sightings of refreshed 300 SRTs testing in the U.S. sowed confusion and seemed to indicate otherwise. Well, the answer is now definitive: It’s gone, man.

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But not everywhere. Those cars we spotted testing? They were doing so for the benefit of 16 global markets where the SRT is still popular and which are just receiving the updated model, including Australia, New Zealand, Brunei, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Belarus, Angola, six Middle Eastern countries, Indonesia, Japan, and South Korea.

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While sales volumes and economics certainly played a role, a Chrysler spokesperson we spoke to cited FCA’s focus on SRT as a Dodge-based performance brand as chief among the reasons for axing the hot 300 from the U.S. (The Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT is a notable exception, but it sells well enough to justify its continued existence here.) The Canadian-built 300 SRT skews somewhat away from all-out performance, so it moves to export-only status—albeit now with an eight-speed automatic and updated styling to go along with its stonking, 470-hp 6.4-liter Hemi V-8. You can check out a batch of photos of the refreshed car in our gallery below.

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We always liked the 300 SRT’s blend of luxury and uniquely American brutality, and it came across as a sort of budget AMG. (Which, given the Mercedes roots of its platform, we suppose it is.) While it’s not like SRT isn’t churning out interesting stuff for us nowadays—witness the Hellcatting of all the things—it’s hard not to be bummed that the latest version won’t be roaming U.S. streets.

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2016 Chrysler 300 SRT

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