Summer driving season is upon us and many of us and our loved ones will be on the road. Accidents should not occur under ideal driving conditions, but unfortunately they are a disheartening reality.

Roadtrip America has published the 70 Rules of Defensive Driving by Robert Schaller. Please check out this article and pass it along to friends and loved ones this summer. He states that nearly all collisions are preventable, so let’s do our best to load up on defensive driving knowledge and spread the word.

Your car’s cabin filter (sometimes called “pollen filter’) needs to be replaced on a regular basis. In seasons of heavy air conditioning or heater use, this is especially pertinent.  You may not notice an overt difference in your heating/cooling system performance, but as the filter fills with contaminants, a gradual drop in fan blower force can occur. If your cooling system is not doing its job in summer or if your windows are remaining foggy in winter, this can be the issue.

The good news is that this is an inexpensive maintenance task that you can more than likely perform yourself. The filters themselves only retail for around $20 to $30. Dealerships can charge upwards of $70 to $90 for this procedure. One that can take mere minutes in many vehicles.

The first of of business is to determine if your vehicle has a cabin filter. Most vehicles manufactured in the last 10 years are equipped with one, but your manual will verify this. What some manuals will not tell you is where the filter is located and how to change it (this was the case for our vehicle). Some are located under the hood and others are located behind the glove compartment. Thanks to YouTube, you probably can find the location and video direction on how to change it. Below is the (43 second!) video procedure for changing the filter in our Honda Ridgeline. In just minutes, one can save $50 or $60.

We can offer the excellent WIX or Mann cabin air filters shipped to your door. See our application look-up guide for more details on the filter that fits your car.

Here is our filter after 3 years in service. Note that the inner pleat areas are completely plugged with debris. We should be changing this filter on an annual basis.

Cabin Air Filter

The leaves were not added for dramatic effect!

 

The title of this post accurately sums up the content of Marcel Irnie’s latest video. Unfortunately the “epic crash” portion of the video is sustained by Irnie himself and it does a nasty number on his brand new BMW S1000RR. The Kelowna, BC racer recently competed at Thunder Hill Raceway Park in California and Miller Motorsports Park near Salt Lake City, Utah. He stuck around Salt Lake City for an extra week to watch the lone North American stop of the FIM World Superbike Championships which was also hosted by Miller Motorsports Park.

Irnie has had a very hectic spring as he prepares for the Canadian Superbike Championships which kicks off later this month at Shannonville, Ontario.

As we are starting to run low on subject matter and as many people are periodically disconnected during the summer, we will run this feature on a monthly basis for the next while. If we get an influx of vehicle submissions over the summer, we may increase frequency in the fall. For now the next feature will be in early July.

If you or someone you know has a vehicle that you think others would find interesting, we would love to feature it here. We would be happy to see your cars, trucks, motorcycles, snowmobiles, boats or other motorized vehicles of interest.

There is an ingenious new product on the horizon that can transform your pick-up truck into a “go anywhere” snow machine. The “Track N Go” system from AD Boivin Design Inc. looks to be simple and functional and it leaves us wondering why no one thought of this sooner. Read more

These days, every auto maker has a multitude of 4-wheel-drive SUV’s in their stable. While they all hint at having off-road capabilities, the reality is that very few actually do. Many are simply SUV-type bodies dropped on family sedan platforms. These are definitely not intended for actual off-road situations. Read more

Our Ride of the Week for June 1, 2012 is Darcy P’s 2002 Honda VTX 1800 Retro. When researching this motorcycle, a certain theme immediately became apparent. Certain adjectives were used repeatedly to describe the VTX 1800. Words like “big”, brawny”, “muscular” and “massive” evoked very clear imagery. As one reviewer put it, “This is a kick a$$ and take names motorcycle.”

Once we look a little closer, it becomes quite obvious that when Honda decided to introduce a big-bore, V-twin cruiser, they weren’t messing around. The centre piece of the VTX is its hulking 1795cc engine which sports massive 4″ pistons and 3 valves per cylinder. The pistons, cylinders and connecting rods were largest that Honda had ever produced. At the time, this was the largest V-twin motorcycle engine on the planet. This unit delivers 106 horsepower and 120 feet-pounds of torque. Counter-balanced cranks keep vibration to a reasonable level. Electronic fuel injection makes for smooth, consistent throttle response.

The large engine wasn’t the only justification for the VTX’s edgy persona. This chrome laden cruiser is truly larger than life. The large frame, forks, gas tank, wheels and exhaust all contribute to this being a real head-turner. The low-slung riding position looks to be practical and is reportedly very comfortable on long rides.

As you can see below, it looks like Darcy has taken remarkable care of this beauty. He uses AMSOIL Advanced Synthetic 10W-40 Motorcycle Oil in the engine/transmission. He tells us that this oil offers cool engine operation and very smooth shifting.

Darcy's Honda VTX1800 Retro

 

Would you would like to submit an offering as our Ride of the Week? Just send us a photo and short blurb on any type of vehicle that you enjoy and that others may find interesting. Cars, trucks, motorcycles, boats, snowmobiles, etc. are applicable. Your full name and location will be omitted. Feel free contact us at “info-at-oildepot.ca”.