Written by Pierre Schexneider M. Ed.

Gasoline, one ofrepparttar main products refined from crude oil, accounts for just about 17 percent ofrepparttar 144737 energy consumed inrepparttar 144738 United States. The primary use for gasoline is in automobiles and light trucks. Gasoline also fuels boats, recreational vehicles, farm equipment and various type of other equipment. While gasoline is produced year-round, extra volumes are made in time forrepparttar 144739 summer driving season. Gasoline is delivered from oil refineries mainly through pipelines to a massive distribution chain serving 167,000 retail gasoline stations throughoutrepparttar 144740 United States. There are three main grades of gasoline: regular, mid-grade, and premium. Each grade has a different octane level. Price levels vary by grade, butrepparttar 144741 price differential between grades is generally constant. What arerepparttar 144742 components ofrepparttar 144743 retail price of gasoline? The cost to produce and deliver gasoline to consumers includesrepparttar 144744 cost of crude oil to refiners, refinery processing costs, marketing and distribution costs, and finallyrepparttar 144745 retail station costs and taxes. The prices paid by consumers atrepparttar 144746 pump reflect these costs, as well asrepparttar 144747 profits (and some- times losses) of refiners, marketers, distributors, and retail station owners.

In 2003,repparttar 144748 price of crude oil averaged $28.50 per barrel, and crude oil accounted for about 44% ofrepparttar 144749 cost of a gallon of regular grade gasoline. In comparison,repparttar 144750 average price for crude oil in 2002 was $24.09 per barrel, and it composed 43% ofrepparttar 144751 cost of a gallon of regular gasoline. The share ofrepparttar 144752 retail price of regular grade gasoline that crude oil costs represent varies somewhat over time and among regions.

2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer SS Plus the Chevrolet Performance and Aftermarket Parts

Written by Jenny McLane

Asrepparttar first truck developed by GM’s Performance Division, Trailblazer SS’ has a towing capacity up to 6,700 pounds withrepparttar 144536 two-wheel drive model and up to 6,500 pounds withrepparttar 144537 available all-wheel drive model. Cargo volume is 41 cubic feet (1161 liters) behindrepparttar 144538 rear seat and 80 cubic feet (2265 liters) withrepparttar 144539 rear seat folded.

GM's High Performance Vehicle Operations tunedrepparttar 144540 suspension and upgradedrepparttar 144541 brakes ofrepparttar 144542 SS. It features stiffer springs, an inch lower ride height, and thicker anti-roll bars, as well as standard StabiliTrak stability control. Larger, 12.8-inch diameter front brake discs are fitted, allied to new iron twin-piston calipers, whilerepparttar 144543 monster twenty-inch aluminum wheels have 255/50 V-rated tires. The TrailBlazer SS has unique exterior styling and specific interior appointments, including prominent 20-inch flangeless wheels. Power is delivered byrepparttar 144544 Corvette-derived LS2 6.0L V-8, enabling a 0-60 mph time of 5.7 seconds. A performance suspension with lowered ride height also is part ofrepparttar 144545 package and was tuned by GM’s Performance Division at several racetracks, including Germany’s legendary Nurburgring – a challenging road course that features more than 12.5 miles of turns and drastic elevation changes. The TrailBlazer SS is available in two-wheel drive and all-wheel drive configurations. The four-wheel disc braking system ofrepparttar 144546 TrailBlazer SS is enhanced with larger, 12.8-inch front disc brake rotors and new, iron twin-piston calipers. The heavy-duty iron calipers are stiff and retain their shape under high pressure/high heat braking conditions, providing a linear feel and reduced pedal travel in high-energy stops. The brake pads userepparttar 144547 same high-performance linings asrepparttar 144548 Corvette for strong fade resistance. ABS is standard. There also is an accessory front brake-cooling package available for optimized track performance. Chevrolet's engineers did extensive chassis tuning torepparttar 144549 Trailblazer SS where they loweredrepparttar 144550 suspension 1-inch and add 25% stiffer springs. The ride height has been lowered about an inch using 25 percent stiffer for a firmer ride and reducing body roll, and to giverepparttar 144551 TrailBlazer SS a lower, more aggressive demeanor.

The SS model remains distinct with black-diamond grille, decklid spoiler, and generally looking more likerepparttar 144552 NASCAR cars Gordon campaigns. It has 20-inch polished aluminum wheels and four-wheel disks (12.8-inch rotors atrepparttar 144553 front). StabiliTrak and a rear air-leveling suspension are also standard forrepparttar 144554 SS.

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