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What is the redline of an engine?

The redline of an engine is the maximum rpm value it can handle. Learn about the redline of an engine in this article.


Here's What 'New Car Smell' Actually Is

Ever huffed a Honda? Inhaled an Infiniti? Sniffed a Saab? Here's what you're bringing into your body.

What Are Those Squiggles of Tar on the Road?

Those irregular black tar drizzles that seem to scar the surfaces of roads aren't the result of haphazard work by a paving crew.

Drivers Who Merge at the Last Minute May Be Annoying … But They're Right

The "zipper system" of merging lanes of traffic cuts back on congestion and car crashes, but it also seems a lot like cheating to American drivers.

Is 'new car smell' toxic?

Most people seem to enjoy the smell of a new automobile. But is it possible that the fresh-off-the-dealer's-lot odor could also make you sick?

How Lemon Laws Work

Nobody wants to be stuck with an automotive lemon. And truthfully, the odds are pretty slim that you'll ever need lemon law protection; but it never hurts to know the law -- just in case.

Diesel Fuel Storage Regulations

If you plan on keeping diesel fuel on your property for personal reasons (as opposed to commercial), you’d do well to brush up on both state and federal regulations before moving ahead.

The crew from Fast and Loud repaint a classic Ford truck they are restoring.

Should You Wash Your Car Naturally with Rain?

While some folks never think much about it, a clean vehicle is actually a happier vehicle. Learn more about washing your car naturally with rain.

Could your car get a computer virus?

Hackers attack our banks, PCs and even major credit card networks. So are cars the next things we need to worry about getting viruses?

The redline of an engine is the maximum rpm value it can handle. Learn about the redline of an engine in this article.