Click & Clack Talk Cars
By Tom & Ray Magliozzi
Dear Tom and Ray:
I am an 18-year-old guy, so
naturally I am trying to get as much performance
out of my car as possible. I recently developed
the bright idea of bypassing the air
conditioners compressor with a shorter belt
- just for the winter (I couldnt do without
AC in the summer.) I thought it would give me a
little more power. Now, my old man says that if
the compressor isnt turning, it might cause
some problems when I hook it back up again. Is
this true, or is he just afraid that more power
means more speeding tickets? - Ryan
RAY: Both, Ryan. If its
an old compressor and you let it sit idle all
winter, you take several risks. First, the seals
and gaskets can dry out and crack because they
wont get lubricated.
TOM: And worse, the whole unit
could simply seize up due to lack of use. So we
dont advise this route.
RAY: Plus, you wont
increase your power. On every modern car, the
engine-management computer automatically shuts
off the air conditioner when you call for maximum
power from the engine. If you were to step on the
gas to accelerate onto a highway, for example,
the air conditioner would automatically be cut
off during that acceleration anyway.
TOM: And you DO need the air
conditioner in the winter. Its not there
just to cool the cabin. It also removes moisture
from the cabin air, and its crucial in
defogging your windshield. So in addition to not
gaining any power, you wont be able to see,
RAY: Its not speeding
tickets your father is worried about, Ryan,
its hospital bills. Listen to the man.
By Greg Zyla
Sponsored by Curry Automotive
The Daytona 500
Here are my
thoughts on the Daytona 500:
Daytona 500 resulted in a 10.1 TV Nielsen rating,
comparable to the most recent averages of college
footballs Bowl Championship Series and
baseballs World Series, and better than the
most recent ratings of the NFL regular-season on
CBS (9.7), the NCAA Mens Final Four (8.6),
the NBA Finals (8.5), the final round of the
Masters (8.4) and the Kentucky Derby (8.4).
Waltrip Racing did by getting caught spiking the
fuel in the NAPA Toyota caused more front-page
publicity for what was going on at Daytona than
anything else prior to the green flag for the
500. It gave Toyota a black eye it didnt
Clarksons pre-race show was excellent, as
was the rest of the pre-race festivities that
included Grand Marshall Nicolas Cage, baseball
legend Cal Ripken Jr. and national anthem singers
Big and Rich.
receives major kudos for its unprecedented live
coverage of the events leading up to the 500 and
covering Speedweeks the way it should be covered,
day and night.
--The fines handed
out by NASCAR at Daytona give an indication that
in 2007, there will no favorites and all will be
punished. That is, up to and not including Jeff
Gordons car being found an inch low at the
rear because of a broken shock apparatus, which
NASCAR deemed non-intentional.
--NASCAR needs to
print a rule infraction Bible so it doesnt
get itself into situations like the above. Also,
when they send those who cheat home and allow
teams that struggle to make the show in a legal
car, cheating will be greatly reduced.
--NASCAR made the
correct call by not throwing the yellow flag with
Mark Martin and Kevin Harvick racing to the
finish. Had they thrown the yellow when Kyle
Busch started to spin, Harvick was ahead of
Martin. Also, nothing would have changed by
throwing the yellow except a big argument as to
why they threw the yellow when cars were crashing
behind the two running side-by-side toward a
waving checkered flag.
--Roush Racing is
now Roush/Fenway Racing, the "Fenway"
indeed connected to the Boston Red Sox
organization. Could this be a pre-empting of
FRANCHISING coming to NASCAR? The Red Sox
organization, putting serious money into
Roushs camp, and Jack himself may be
planting the seeds now for a franchising
re-structure of Cup racing that could show up
before the year 2010.
bad for Mark Martin. Harvicks Shell-backed
Childress team won $1,510,469 for winning the
500, while Martins Ginn Racing/US Army team
took home a cool $1,120,416 for second place. The
lowest amount paid to a driver went to Kyle
Petty, who finished 42nd in his Wells Fargo Dodge
and took home $248,050.