Things to Know About the Tesla Model 3

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Founded in 2003, Tesla Motors is the epitome of innovation. Rapidly growing in reputation around the world, Tesla cars come with sensational torque, power and zero emissions. Inspired by the genius Nikola Tesla, the company never stops aspiring to reach its goal of transitioning the world to sustainable, electric vehicles. On March 31st, 2016 the Tesla Model 3 was revealed as the company’s first affordable vehicle design.

 

Speculation on the Specs

These are still somewhat unverified. However, Tesla CEO and Founder Elon Musk confirmed that the Model 3 houses a single motor powertrain and the Supercharger hardware that makes Tesla cars so exceptional. Musk also stated that a single charge will last about 215 miles or better. Compare that to the average EPA of 90 miles per charge for current electric vehicles and already you can see the potential.

 

Kind-of Affordable

A Model S runs around $75,000.00; so it is no wonder why Tesla has been avidly working towards the fabrication of budget-friendly option. The Model 3 is projected to cost $35,000. Pre-orders are available at starting deposits of $1,000, beginning March 31st, 2016. On the Monday that followed this momentous unveiling, more than 325,000 people had already made their refundable deposits. For the curious, that is over $14 billion in future sales.

 

Mass Production

The company plans to produce more than 500,000 Model 3 cars by the year 2020. You might think that seems slightly outrageous, but Tesla is serious. In a Bloomberg report from March 14, 2016, the Tesla Factory in California has expanded and revamped their entire factory in preparation for production. For example, a new paint shop was installed that can handle up to 500,000 cars in a single year.

 

Superfast Ride

The Model 3 will leave scorch marks. Aaron Gold from Auto Express had the chance to take a test drive in a Tesla Model 3 prototype. The car he sampled had a dual-motor AWD system that was higher grade than what would come standard. Gold summarizes his adventure as, “The Model 3 leapt to an indicated 60mph in what felt like around four and half seconds, with the torquey, jet-like acceleration typical of electric cars.”

 

Minimalist Cabin

The inside is supposedly very stark. Though Musk hinted that after more testing, changes will be made to the interior design. That said, a similarity to the Model S and X is the dashboard’s touch screen. However, the Model 3’s screen is horizontally-oriented. The presence of the touchscreen means that the Model 3 will have auto-pilot capabilities—a purchasable customization. Safety features, such as the collision mitigation feature, will be enabled by default.

 

Incredible View

Tesla’s Model 3 has a roof that redefines “panoramic.” Unlike usual cars with a secondary sunroof, the Model 3’s rear window, rooftop, and windshield are a single unit. Not only does this eliminate visual hindrances, it creates tremendous headroom. However, since the rear window and roof blend together, there is no hatch for cargo access. Thus, the trunk lid is extremely small. Musk has not yet detailed how this might change in production.

Although many people are earnestly awaiting the release of the Tesla Model 3, production may not start until late 2017. Elon Musk stated that he is confident about the production’s commencement, but the true start might actually be 2018. While there will be changes made to the Model 3, the anticipation is well deserved. 2017 cannot come soon enough.

How to Change Your Car Breaks

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Learning how to care for your vehicle is an important step as a vehicle owner. Part of this involves learning how to change your own car brakes. Although many would believe the process to be very difficult, it you learn the proper steps to take it is not difficult at all to change brakes on your vehicle.

 

NECESSARY TOOLS

There are some necessary tools, that you will need to gather before you begin working. When you go to buy your car brakes and rotors, be sure to speak with someone to ensure you purchase the correct parts.

  • 3/8″ and 1/2″ Ratchet
  • 1/2″ Breaker Bar
  • 3/8″ Assorted Extensions
  • 3/8″ and 1/2″ Assorted Sockets
  • Assorted Open-Ended Wrenches
  • Assorted Torx Sockets
  • Assorted Hex Sockets
  • Assorted Reverse Torx Sockets
  • C-Clamp
  • Hydraulic Jack and Jack Stands
  • Pry Bar
  • Wire Brush
  • Gloves
  • WD-40
  • Brake Pads
  • Rotors

 

STEPS

  1. Ensure the emergency brake is set for your protection.
  2. Put your 1/2″ breaker bar (with the correct size) on the front lug nuts and turn counter-clockwise while the car is on the ground. Loosen all of the lug nuts.
  3. Put the hydraulic jacks underneath either the frame rail or the jacking points if available. Place jack stands under the car and rest the car securely on the jack stands.
  4. Remove all of the wheels.
  5. Check the caliper for the size of the bolts. Remove them and slide the caliper out. Rest on the suspension. Do not let it hang.
  6. Remove the bolts on the rear of the hub that hold the caliper carrier on.
  7. Remove the rotor after first checking that there is no locating screw to be removed first.
  8. Use the wire brush and clean the rust of off the hub. Use the WD-40 if it is needed.
  9. When you install the rotor, be sure it stays flush by using a lug nut and an open-ended wrench. Tighten down all of the components. Make sure to use a brake cleaner or degreaser to wipe off residue from the rotor.
  10. Replace all of the carrier bolts. Use a breaker bar to tighten them down.
  11. Use a c-clamp and an old brake pad, compress the caliper piston. Make sure it is flush with the housing. Have the cap off of the brake reservoir.
  12. Install the pads in the carrier. Use anti-squeal grease on the outside of the pad. Install the caliper bolts. Make sure the caliper can move smoothly. Tighten the bolts.
  13. Put the wheels back on and tighten the lugs.
  14. Lower the car to the ground and check the lug nuts.
  15. Pump the brakes until the pressure is released.

Now that you can change brakes on your vehicle, this is one part of the car maintenance that you no longer have to go to a garage for. Following these steps will allow you to safely change your brakes and teach you to be more self-sufficient.

The Progressive Changes to the U.S. Auto Industry

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For many years the auto industry in the United States has impacted millions of households in more ways than one. Anyone could look at the number of vehicles sold and assume that the economy was healthy. However, during the 2007 to 2008 recession, everything changed. Sales on cars saw a precipitous decline, which reflected the general reduction in consumer spending. Yes, Ford Motor always has a billion dollar cash reserve for economic disruptions. General Motors and Chrysler though were faced with bankruptcy decisions and so the U.S. government had to step in to bail out these auto industry manufacturers.

The Comeback

However, come February 2012, the auto industry started to recover and General Motors in addition to Chrysler had to pay back the bailout money given to them by the government during the recession. By that time, the auto industry was making big profits again. As the economy flourished, more people were buying vehicles. In fact, it is documented that the biggest profits in the auto industry was made in 2012.

Growth and Development

The economy in the United States has seen a transformation in the auto industry due to the techniques and methods initiated by Henry Ford, founder of Ford Motor. He has put a stamp on the auto industry and made it a key contributor to America’s prosperity. The auto industry has created thousands of jobs and it keeps getting better as the industry is developing. The assembly line requires workers and Henry Ford’s part by part model created more jobs with its mass vehicle production.

Beyond the Fundamentals

In addition, machine tool makers financially benefited from the industry because the auto industry needed more parts and supplies for metal fixtures such as the chassis and engines. Beyond these fundamentals, every vehicle needed to have a battery, upholstery, head lights and paint job. So, new businesses were started to create these needed products and existing businesses also supplied what was needed. The auto industry continues to grow in increments each year.

More Business

As the auto industry transformed itself, insurance coverage is needed and so this created more new business for auto insurance companies as it did for auto dealers. Thousands of Americans were able to get jobs and start careers. Advertising agencies secured contracts with auto dealers and other industries to run their national ad campaigns for new car sales. Gasoline is necessary to run a vehicle so, yes, the petroleum industry also benefited from the comeback of the auto industry. Toll fees increased as a result of more cars on the road, whether the driver is going to work or just driving the highways to go elsewhere.

Suburban Living

As the middle class moved to the suburbs, there was a need for reliable transportation. For that reason, the more people purchasing homes in the suburbs, the more vehicle purchases are being made. No one wants to be stuck in ‘la la land’ without transportation.

The Bottom Line

It is safe to say, then, that even though, the auto industry lost during the economy times, there is certainly a transformation, which seems to be progressive as America moves forward. People will always be buying vehicles in safer economic periods.