Twenty-six years after the world watched a tyrannosaurus rex bite into the tire of a Ford Explorer, the automaker has finally decided to equip the more expensive trims of the new 2020 Ford Explorer with “self-sealing” rubber. The 20-inch Michelin self-healing tires will be standard on the Explorer Limited hybrid and Platinum trim models. Advertisement It’s not actually designed for something major, like a dinosaur biting your tire, but instead for the small stuff, like getting a nail puncture. In that case, a specialized rubber coating inside the wheel seals the air leak around whatever is stabbing the tire and helps keep the tire pressure up. Here’s an explanation of how the tire works from The Detroit Free Press: The inside of the tires is coated with viscous goop that flows into punctures to seal them. “When the sealant works as designed, most drivers never know it’s working. There is no pressure loss, and odds are the driver doesn’t … [Read more...] about You Can Get ‘Self-Sealing’ Tires Standard on Some 2020 Ford Explorers
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Japan’s Hayabusa2 project experienced a (hopefully) minor setback yesterday when the spacecraft failed to complete a practice session during preparations for its much-anticipated touchdown on the Ryugu asteroid. Launched by JAXA in December 2014, the Hayabusa2 spacecraft will attempt to extract material from the surface of Ryugu, a 3,000-foot-wide (900 meters) asteroid located approximately 180 million Advertisement Hayabusa2 arrived at Ryugu in June, and everything has gone absolutely swimmingly since then, with the probe snapping some super cool pictures of this weirdly shaped asteroid. Yesterday, however, mission planners experienced the first glitch in the mission, when the probe balked during its first touchdown rehearsal. In preparation for the touchdown, which is set for late October, mission planners have scheduled a number of rehearsals, the first of which transpired between September 10 and 12. The goal of the first rehearsal, dubbed TD1-R1, was to have Hayabusa2 … [Read more...] about Hayabusa2’s First Practice Attempt to Land on Ryugu Asteroid Didn’t Go So Well
Do you find today’s crop of crossovers to be a little too frou-frou for your tastes? Well, step right up and into today’s Nice Price or Crack Pipe Cherokee Sport because it’s not a crossover, it’s an old school all-roader. The only thing standing in its way, might be its price. Whoa, yesterday’s 1982 Pontiac Trans Am MSE proved to be pretty polarizing. On the one hand it was a rare and seemingly well thought out dealer special edition. On the other was the seller’s warning of the need for some new paint, and a driver’s seat that looked like it had been used as a prop in a porno shoot. Retch-carros, amiright? Advertisement What resulted was a tug of war the likes of which hasn’t been seen around here in nigh on a month, and an end result that was the car earning a narrow 52% Nice Price win. Yep, Pontiac still has it. Contrastingly, there’s another brand that’s perhaps not feeling the love it should. That brand is Jeep and … [Read more...] about For $9,950, Could This 1996 Jeep Cherokee Have You Crossing Over?
For decades, diehard Jeep CJ and Wrangler fans in the U.S. have prayed for the low-end torque and high(er) fuel economy of a diesel engine, and for decades they have been denied. That is, until now; the 2020 Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel ends the drought by bringing absurd off-road capability and the best fuel efficiency ever seen in a Wrangler. But it comes at a dear cost. (Full Disclosure: Jeep flew me to Zion National Park in Utah, fed me lots of food that I shouldn’t have eaten since I’m on a diet, and put me up in a hotel with two large beds and a kitchen. Also, I should say that I formerly worked for Fiat Chrysler on the JL program , though almost entirely on the gas variants). Say the word “diesel” to a crowd of Jeep enthusiasts, and a pool of saliva will form as they daydream about a Wrangler with enough low-RPM torque to idle up a mountain, and enough fuel economy to travel literally tens of miles on a single fill-up. Yes, the diesel engine has been … [Read more...] about America’s First-Ever Diesel Jeep Wrangler Is The Torquey Off-Road Beast You Prayed It Would Be
You ever wake up and realize that the past 11 years of your life have been treading water, and you’ve been in stasis the whole time? You’re not alone! Nissan will share a beer with you, and talk resolutions, too. All that and more in The Morning Shift for Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. 1st Gear: Nissan Profits Down 70 Percent Hot on the heels of Honda announcing sales down, Nissan laid out a historically bad report of profits being down an amazing 70 percent, the company’s worst outlook in 11 years, as the Japan Times reports: Nissan, whose financial performance has been in the doldrums for nearly two years, cut its forecast for operating profit to ¥150 billion in the year through March 2020, from a previous forecast of ¥230 billion. The new forecast means earnings for the full year will be at their worst in 11 years. Years of heavy discounting and fleet sales, particularly in the United States, has left Nissan with a cheapened brand image and low vehicle resale … [Read more...] about Nissan Is Absolute Shambles