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Monthly Archives: March 2011

CAR COUNSELOR: THE AUTO INDUSTRY – PART 1 – WHERE WE’VE BEEN

I can hardly believe the time that has passed since I first picked up a wrench but "time flies" as they say, and here we are in 2011. I've wanted to write about our industry for quite a while - not just service tips and repair advice (my usual fare), but about our "car culture" and where it may be going. This will be the first installment in a three part series, and I hope you enjoy it. Transportation has been vital to commerce ever since man invented the wheel. We got along for many centuries with horses, mules and wagons until the late 19th century when the industrial age gave us steam engines and inventors who saw a new opportunity for more modern modes of getting around. In the early days of the automotive age, there were many ideas and designs - some of which stuck around and are still with us. Names like Rudolf Diesel (the diesel engine), Charles Kettering (the electric starter, Freon for air conditioning, and other inventions) and Henry Ford all contributed to the vehicles that ... read more

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