Avoid pushing the engine up to redline.Be particularly careful if it's a high-performance car.Don't floor the gas pedal.If it's a manual transmission, shift gears before it redlines.Don't use cruise control. It's important for the engine to go through different RPMs.If possible, avoid short trips that don't allow the car's engine to warm up to normal operating temperature.Avoid towing as it can put a heavy load on the engine, and because the car's brakes and tires require increased stopping distance (see Now That's Interesting). … [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