Even though the engine is the biggest concern with regard to breaking in a new car, drivers should also be mindful of the brakes and tires. Their surfaces aren't yet optimized for performance because they may have a film left over from the manufacturing process. Since tires and brakes both work by creating friction, they're less efficient if they're too smooth. So give yourself extra stopping distance for the first couple hundred miles in a new car, or whenever you get new brakes or tires. … [Read more...] about Do You Have to ‘Break In’ a New Car?
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Answer the door on Halloween and every fifth kid will be dressed as a ninja. There's just something about the legend of the ninja — secretive assassins who move silently in black robes and covered faces, leaping from rooftops and killing with throwing stars (shuriken) — that captures our popular imagination, like pirates or Robin Hood. But just like those other legendary figures, our image of the stealthy Japanese warriors is based largely on nuggets of historical truth buried under mountains of myth. … [Read more...] about Research Center Seeks to Separate Ninja Fact From Fiction