Archive for June, 2007

How to Keep Your Car Safe from Thefts

June 20, 2007

Auto theft is a crime and a big business rolled into one. If you were able to watch those movies namely “Gone in 60 seconds” and “Downtown”, you will realize how big the auto theft industry is.

There are several articles that were published already talking on how you will be able to get rid of those carjackers and part of those tips suggest the use of anti-theft devices to safety and at the same time stop the amateur thief and slow down the professional.

Well then the following theft prevention equipment aside from helping out to discourage criminals is also very effective in providing protection for your vehicle from vandalism. Some are quiet costly but compared to losing your car purchasing such security devices may prove to be cheaper at the end.

(Source: watchyourcar.org )

1. VIN Etch

Etching the vehicle identification number onto the window as well as other parts of a car effectively discourages and makes your vehicle less attractive to thieves from taking your vehicle at the same time it also aids in recovering a vehicle in the event that it’s stolen.

2. Kill Switch

Kill switches can be set up to prevent the flow of electricity or fuel to the engine until the switch is activated. Keypads, pressure pads and more expensive “Immobilizers” and “Passkeys” can also be used. Check your warranty before installing a kill switch.

3. Visible Steering Wheel Lock

A long metal bar with a lock that fits on the steering wheel and is designed to prevent the steering wheel from being turned. And also acts as a visual deterrent for thieves looking in car windows. Some steering wheel locks also come equipped with steel shields that protect air bags from thieves – a common problem.

4. Tire/Wheel Locks

These are similar to the circular steel “boots” used by many police departments, and make the car nearly impossible to move. Strong visual deterrent, and greatly hamper thieves looking to make a quick getaway.

5. Steering Column Armored Collars

A metal shield that prevents thieves from breaking into the steering column to hot-wire the vehicle

6. Alarms

Make loud warning sounds when a car’s doors, hood, or trunk are opened. The typical car alarm is equipped with motion sensors, impact sensors and a loud siren or series of tones in the 120-decibel range. Panic buttons, back-up batteries, flashing parking lights or headlights, and automatic engine-disable features are also popular options.

7. Electronic Keys

Pre-installed electronic anti-theft systems that allow the vehicle to operate only with a correctly coded key, the systems are virtually invisible to thieves, easy to use, reliable, and come standard in some models.

8. Electronic Tracking Devices

An electronic transmitter hidden in the vehicle which emits a signal that is picked up by the police or a monitoring station

9. Floorboard/Crook Locks

Locking metal device that disables the gas or brake pedal

10. Gearshift Locks

Disables shifting of the transmission

11. Theft-Deterrent Decals

Way to fool a car thief, the typical decal identifies the vehicle as being protected by either an alarm system or national theft prevention company.

12. Hood Locks

Prevents the thief from gaining access to the engine compartment
Aside from those aforementioned devices you can add up some other security devices if you want provided of course that you know how to use them and your car warranty allows the installation of such devices to avoid future warranty problems.

It would also be best if you can get theft insurance just in case they bypass all of your car’s security devices.

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2008 Dodge Avenger is on the Way

June 15, 2007

Dream, believe and survive!

We dream of this, we believe that 2008 Dodge Avenger SE can give something that is distinguishable from others but will it be able to topple down the rest of its competition?

Here’s what the new Dodge Avenger have to offer and you be the whether it has potentials:

Adaptive Automatic Transmission
4-Speed Electronically Controlled Adaptive Automatic Transmission With Overdrive and Floor Mounted Shifter
Power Rack and Pinion Steering
Tilt Steering Column
Telescopic Steering Column
Independent McPherson Strut Front Suspension With Springs and Shock Absorbers
Independent Multi-Link Rear Suspension With Springs and Shock Absorbers
525 Cold Cranking Amp Battery
Delayed Power Retention Operates Audio and Windows
2 Front Power Outlet
120-Amp Alternator
Front Power 294-mm X 26-mm Vented Disc and Rear Power 229-mm X 35-mm Drum Brakes
Driver Airbag With Multi-Stage Deployment
Passenger Airbag With Multi-Stage Deployment
Crumple Zones
Front Seatbelt Height Adjusters
Rear 3-Point Center Seatbelt
Front Pretension With Force Limiters
Trunk Anti-Trap Device
Seat Mounted Front Side Airbags
Front and Rear Side Head Curtain Airbags
Front and Rear 3-Point Seatbelts
Side Guard Door Beams
Child Safety Door Locks Located On Rear Doors
Vehicle Anti-Theft Via Alarm and Sentry Key(R) Engine Immobilizer
Power Door Locks Operated Via Key, Remote and Internal Switch
Multi-Function Remote Operates Anti-Theft, Door Lock/Unlock, Power Windows and Trunk
Remote Trunk Release
Keyless Entry Operated Via Key Fob
Cloth Seats
Front Dual Reclining Bucket Seats, Driver Side Manually Adjusts 6-Ways Total With Adjustable Seat Height, Passenger Side Manually Adjusts 4-Ways Total
Rear 60/40 Split Folding Bench Seat With Armrest
Front and Rear Door Mounted Storage
Driver Seatback Storage Pockets
Front Covered Lower Console Storage Located On Floor
Chill Zone(TM) Temperature Controlled Storage Bin
Warning Lights Include Deck lid Open
Electroluminescent Instrumentation
Cruise Control
Exterior Temperature Gauge
Tachometer
Tire Pressure Monitor
Illuminated Entry
Quad Halogen Headlights
AM/FM Radio With 4 Speakers Total; CD Player; MP3 Player
Removable Radio Antenna
Manual Air Conditioning
Silver Accent Bezel Located On Instrument Panel
Compact Spare Tire
Steel Wheels, 16-In. X 6.5-In.
SBRP215/65R16 BSW, Firestone(R) FR690 All-Season Tires
Dual Black Power Adjustable Exterior Rearview Mirrors
Rear Window Defroster
Front Dual Vanity Mirrors
Power Windows With Driver One-Touch Up and One-Touch Down
Tinted Glass
Front Dual Sun visors
Variable Intermittent Windshield Wipers
Front and Rear Body Color Bumpers
Metallic Paint (If Selected)

Here are the other specifications-
Standard Engine: 2.4L I4;
Standard Transmission:4 Speed Automatic;
Cylinders:4;
Horsepower @ RPM:173@6000;
Fuel Economy Cty/Hwy:21 / 30; EPA
Class: Mid-Size;
Number of Valves:16;
Torque @ RPM:166@4400 (foot-lbs);
Fuel Type/System: Gas Engine / Sequential Electronic Fuel Injected Compression:10.5;
Displacement:2360 / 144;
Bore X Stroke:3.46×3.82;
Power To Weight Ratio:19.5;
Final Drive Ratio:3.9Valves Configuration: Dual Overhead Cam/Twin Overhead Cam; Cargo Volume (MFR):13.4;
Fuel Capacity:16.9;
Passenger Volume (MFR):100.9;
Brakes (Front):Disc;
Brakes (Rear):Drum;
Driveline: Front Wheel Drive;
Steering: Rack & Pinion;
Steering Diameter Left:36.5;
Steering Diameter Right:36.5;
Tire Type: Passenger;
Tire Width: 215Tire Aspect Ratio:65;
Tire Wheel Diameter:16;
Seating (Standard):5;
Tow Capacity Standard):1000;
Tow Capacity Maximum):1000;
Headroom (Front):40.0;
Headroom (Row 2):38.3;
Hip room (Front):53.2;
Hip room (Row 2):53.2Legroom (Front):42.4;
Legroom (Row 2):36.5;
Shoulder Room (Front):56.4;
Shoulder Room (Row 2):56.3;
Seating (Maximum):5;
Curb Weight AT:3355;
Height:58.9;
Length:190.9;
Top Type (Standard):Hard Fixed;
Track (Front):61.8;
Track (Rear):61.8;
Wheelbase:108.9;
Width:71.8;
Doors (Standard):4;
Doors (Maximum) 4.

Now what do you think does it have potentials or what?!

The 2008 Super Duty, Heavy Duty Ford’s F-250

June 6, 2007

Another sure bestseller from Ford has come our way as 2008 F-250 adds to the Ford’s line up.

This design has been created by a team headed by Ford North American Design Director Peter Horbury. Name all the features and F-250 has it, massive, powerful, elegant and distinctively American design. Add to that is a revamped interior, a new diesel engine, and big-truck capacity.

This model is accessible in three cab styles: Regular Cab, Super Cab and Crew Cab.

Ford change a bit of its exterior and more of its interior and mechanical, safety, lighting, etc.

Innovated features include the following:

  • A new 6.4-liter Power Stroke diesel
  • Twin sequential turbos for linear boost
  • A particulate filter that brings emissions down to a level similar to that of an equivalent gasoline engine
  • Power output has been improved to 350 horsepower
  • With 650 lb-ft of torque available at 2000 rpm
  • 6.7-liter Cummins engine
  • New-designed five-speed Torque shift transmission
  • less aggressive 3.73 rear gears
  • A six-speed manual
  • Fuel tank capacity ranges from 30 gallons to 38 gallons (depending on model)
  • An integrated, factory-installed Tow Command trailer brake controller
  • Power telescoping trailer-tow side mirrors with memory
  • Adjustable pedals
  • Foldable/storable bed extender
  • Handy tailgate step (with a telescoping pole/grab handle, too)
  • Redone interior
  • Main cluster is anchored by a tach to the left Speedo to the right, with four smaller secondary gauges in between (including a transmission temperature and boost gauge with the beefy diesel engine)
  • Rugged-looking chrome trim rings surround the vent outlets
  • Baseball-style leather
  • Wood grain appliqués
  • Contrast color on main dash pad
  • Contrast color on glove box
  • Contrast color on door panels

According to Ford those features put in momentous functionality as well as convenience to the Big F-250.