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Love Valley NC: Town That Banned All Cars?

Have You Heard of the American Town That Banned All Cars! With an impressive population of ~108 people, Love Valley of North Carolina has been able to pop up on many tourists’ radars for one reason – all cars are banned from entering the town.  Founded in 1954 by Andy Barker, Love Valley was built to serve as both a Christian community & a cowboy community.  Today, Love Valley exists to bring the feelings and culture of the ‘Wild West’ to the East Coast, where people can ride horses, light fires and celebrate Western styled festivals. Since its founding, cars have…

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How to deal With Road Rage

Let’s face it, everyone gets frustrated behind the wheel. And it’s understandable; between traffic, construction, aggressive drivers and bad weather, it’s easy to become annoyed while driving. However, for too many people, these slight annoyances can escalate to dangerous levels of anger. Defined as “aggressive or violent behavior stemming from a driver’s uncontrolled anger at the actions of another motorist,” road rage can range in seriousness and severity. Maybe you have been a victim of it yourself, maybe you been the instigator, or maybe you have been both, but hopefully you’ve never had to deal with the more extreme effects…

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Extended Auto Warranty

The Extended Auto Warranty Solution! An extended auto warranty also known as a vehicle service contract, will provide repair coverage for your vehicle after the manufacturer’s warranty has expired. All you do is pay a monthly premium. Not sure if you need one? Drive-Smart-Warranty–Solutions can be tailored to fit your specific budget and coverage needs! No matter which provider you purchase an extended auto warranty through, your plan can be tailored to fit your specific needs. For instance, if your car has a long powertrain warranty, but a short bumper-to-bumper coverage, you can extend only the shorter warranty. All smart drivers should…

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Powertrain Warranty

Drive Smart Powertrain Warranty A warranty is a formal guarantee that the manufacturer of a product makes, promising that their product will perform in a way for a specific period-of-time. A warranty is put into place if the product doesn’t perform precisely as specified within the warranty period. If this is the case, the manufacturer will cover all necessary repairs or replace it. When the original manufacturer warranty has expired, sometimes manufacturers will choose to offer additional protection, known as an extended warranty. However, if the original manufacturer does not offer an extended warranty, there are third-party options available in…

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Transmissions: The Most Valuable Part of the Vehicle

A vehicle’s transmission is the “powertrain” that converts the engine’s combustion force into a controlled source of power. It acts as a mediator between the engine and the wheels by converting the high power produced by engines into torque (rotational force) -which is then transferred to the axles which rotate the wheels. Without the transmission, vehicles have no way of transforming the energy from the engine to the drivetrains. Combustion energy to the crankshaft is too high and of a variable to produce a usable speed for the driver. The engine operates at a high rotational speed (500-to-7000 RPMs), while…

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How to Jump Start a Car

Walkthrough: Jump Starting a Car It’s happened to all of us at one point or another: you’re on your way to work or coming back from the grocery store and when you get into the car and start the engine, nothing happens. You’re frustrated, confused, and suddenly remembered that you don’t know how to jump start a car. But all hope doesn’t have to be lost if you follow these easy tips to spark your battery back to life. We will explain to you how to jump start a car! First, you must be sure that your car battery is…

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Punch Buggy Car & Everything to Know!

Punch Buggy Car & Everything to Know! If you’ve been in a car, you’ve played the “Punch Buggy Car” game. Although the game may have always seemed universally straight forward, there are multiple variations of “Punch Buggy” or “Slug Bug”. Therefore, the was a need to gather proper research and make collaborations to develop the proper rule set. This is everything you need to know about the Punch Buggy. This also contains everything to know about the origin of Slug Bug and its transition from old-school-to-modern. The Volkswagen Beetle has acquired many nicknames: punch bug, punch car, punch dub, piggy…

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The Automotive Engineering in an Engine Assembly

The Automotive Engineering in an Engine Assembly is truly remarkable: The Engine block is regarded as one of the most important pieces of the engine. Typically forged in molten iron or aluminum alloy into a mold that has up to twelve holes, to match the number of required piston cylinders. The diameter of these holes is called the bore of an engine. Additionally, there are holes along the length of engine cylinder, these define the water and oil flow paths required for cooling and lubrication of an engine. Oil paths or vents are rather narrower than water flow vents. The engine…

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Disclosure: DriveSmart offers Protection Plans or Vehicle Service Contracts (VSC) may be referred as “extended car warranty”, or “auto warranty”. A VSC is not a warranty but provides repair coverage for your vehicle after your manufacturer’s vehicle warranty has expired. The VSC contract is with you and the vehicles owner and the VSC provider or administrator that will state what is covered in each plan.