Is Your Vehicle Anorexic?

Written by Dee Scrip

Symptoms of vehicular anorexia:

·Loss of power (especially noticeable going up hills) ·Decreased mileage per gallon (whether diesel or gasoline) ·Increased environmentally toxic exhaust emissions ·Get up and go has got up and went

If your vehicle is experiencing one or more of these manifestations, then you need to immediately seek help. Your vehicle is starving to death !

But don’t point allrepparttar fingers at yourself ! I know you’ve been faithfully binge-feeding fuel to your vehicle, thinking each time you were pumping it back to health. Butrepparttar 142073 truth is, all automobiles, buses, trucks, boats, trains, etc., are doomed to succumb to vehicular anorexia.

There are several causes for this ravaging disease, one of which is engine combustion. Combustion occurs when fuel combines with oxygen and creates energy. Energy is needed for your vehicle to move.

According torepparttar 142074 Fuel Economy Guide,

“Only about 15% ofrepparttar 142075 energy inrepparttar 142076 fuel you put in your gas tank gets to move your car downrepparttar 142077 road or run useful accessories…”

The remaining 85% ofrepparttar 142078 energy inrepparttar 142079 fuel is lost. However, this is just one cause of vehicular anorexia.

The next biggest culprit is water and sulfur. Water is always present in both gasoline and diesel fuel. A portion comes fromrepparttar 142080 atmosphere, but fuel also attracts water. Sulfur is ever-present in both gasoline and diesel fuel. Sulfuric acid is created by combining water and sulfur. Carbon deposits are formed inside your engine whenrepparttar 142081 sulfuric acid it is not burned off during combustion.

The condition worsens, as unburned carbon in your engine also leaves behind lethal carbon deposits on your spark plugs, valves, etc., or can be forced into your oil. As carbon deposits increasingly obstruct your vehicle’s ability to properly function, anorexic symptoms begin surfacing.

When your vehicle does not function efficiently, it increases toxic exhaust emissions released intorepparttar 142082 environment, which inevitably leads to failed emission test inspections.

2005 Honda Insight: America's First Hybrid and Fuel Efficient Vehicle with Top quality Honda Parts from Parts Train

Written by Jenny McLane

Since it was introduced back in 2002, Honda Insight's 1.0-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine and Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) motor-generator have been modified, andrepparttar CVT model's final drive ratio is considerably lower, at 5.69:1 compared to 3.21 forrepparttar 142052 manual, to take advantage ofrepparttar 142053 CVT's wider-spread "gear'' ratios.

Powered by Honda's Integrated Motor Assist (IMA™) system that pairs a 3-cylinder VTEC™-E engine with an electric motor,repparttar 142054 Insight comes fully loaded with dual front airbags (SRS), power windows, mirrors and door locks, a remote entry system, AM/FM stereo cassette, alloy wheels and much more.

Like a turbocharger,repparttar 142055 IMA motor-generator is called to action when extra power is needed for acceleration and hill climbing, and feels like a low-pressure turbo. Unlike at turbo,repparttar 142056 motor becomes a generator when braking or coasting, which rechargesrepparttar 142057 nickel metal-hydride battery pack

The Honda Insight gains efficiency not only by its drivetrain but by light weight and clean aerodynamics. Curb weight is less than 2,000 lbs even withrepparttar 142058 CVT and air conditioning (standard onrepparttar 142059 CVT model, optional withrepparttar 142060 standard transmission).

Like other hybrids,repparttar 142061 Insight's engine stops whenrepparttar 142062 car is stopped at a light or in traffic, contributing greatly to fuel economy. The Insight achieves EPA city/highway fuel economy ratings of 60/66 (manual) and 57/56 (CVT) mpg, respectively.

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