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      link hidden, please login to view” contest challenges our readers to solve an automotive riddle, for a chance to win $100. And each month, we receive hundreds of responses from aftermarket professionals trying to guess the model of the vehicle depicted. The correct answer for the August/September contest is the Honda Clarity. The winner is Don Maloney, store manager at Carquest in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
      Now, let’s get to know the “Guess the Car” champion.
      CM: How long have you been working in the auto parts business?
      DM: About 15 years or so.
      CM: What do you like most about your job?
      DM: Talking to people about vehicles and helping them solve their problems – that’s usually the most fun. And you get to meet some very interesting people and hear some interesting analysis.
      CM: What’s the strangest question a customer has asked you?
      DM: What I like is the customer who comes in and buys oil and an oil filter and says, “OK, where do I pull the car around to get this done?” That’s probably the best question we get asked. We even get that question with belts and alternators and starters.
      CM: What’s the coolest car you’ve ever owned or worked on?
      DM: The coolest car I ever owned was a 1986 Mercedes 190E Cosworth. It was a four-door sedan with a Cosworth-built engine. It came standard with Recaro seats and a dogleg five-speed transmission. It was what they call a homologation car, which means that Mercedes had to build a certain number of these cars [for street use] and put them on the market for sale to qualify for a race series.
      CM: Do you have any interesting hobbies? What do you do for fun?
      DM:  When you have seven grandkids, you pretty much have your days off occupied. That is my hobby, pretty much.
      CM: What’s your dream car?
      DM: My dream car would be a Mercedes 190E Evolution. There may be a few floating around the United States, but way beyond anything I could ever afford.
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    • By Counterman
      AMSOIL is launching two new synthetic lubricants for ATV/UTV applications, “providing riders with high-performance upgrades from OEM-branded oils,” the company announced.  
      AMSOIL synthetic ATV/UTV motor oil now is available in 10W-30 and 5W-40 viscosities, joining existing 10W-40 and 5W-50 viscosities to round out the product line.
      AMSOIL synthetic ATV/UTV motor oil is designed to withstand the severe operating conditions found in modern ATV/UTV applications. It provides outstanding protection while racing, hauling, plowing or navigating tough terrain,” according to the company.
      “Thanks to its robust all-season synthetic formula, AMSOIL ATV/UTV oil remains fluid in sub-zero temperatures for exceptional protection during cold starts, and resists thinning and mechanical shear in extreme heat to protect ATV/UTV engines in hard-working or desert conditions,” AMSOIL added.
      AMSOIL synthetic ATV/UTV motor oil helps fight rust and corrosion to prolong equipment life. The wet-clutch-compatible oil is formulated without friction modifiers to promote smooth shifting and positive clutch engagement, allowing riders to confidently and safely push their machines to the limit.
      “We designed the ATV/UTV family of lubricants from the ground up to address the unique demands of these off-road machines,” said Len Groom, AMSOIL senior market manager – powersports. “Whether they’re used for work or play, ATVs and UTVs are frequently pushed to the limit, generating high heat that can challenge lubricants’ ability to maintain adequate protection. AMSOIL Synthetic ATV/UTV Motor Oil is designed to protect against the damaging effects of extreme heat, and we’re excited to expand the line to offer upgraded AMSOIL protection to more ATV/UTV makes and models.”
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      Well this is a first.
      Apparently, after months of easy puzzles, the August/September “Guess the Car” contest has stumped our readers.
      So far, Counterman hasn’t received any correct answers. However, we’ve seen some excellent guesses, and we can tell you this: Some of you are on the right track.
      The woman in the picture is having an “aha moment.” That much is obvious. But how does that translate into the name of a vehicle model?
      Here are a few answers that are close but not correct:
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      The growing line now delivers direct-replacement fans for Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, KIA and Toyota hybrid models from 2003 to 2021.
      “As the average age of hybrid vehicles on the road continues to climb, it is very important that the ‘air-cooled’ technology used to keep the battery and battery cells properly cooled continues to operate to OE specifications,” said Christina Bergstrom, Continental senior product manager. “That is why we have continued to expand our hybrid-battery cooling fan coverage to popular model years of the Buick LaCrosse, Chevrolet Impala and Volt, Ford C-Max and Fusion, Honda Civic, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Toyota Camry and Prius, and more. The battery packs on these vehicles can begin to weaken after only five years of service and the cooling fans may need to be replaced in the seventh and eighth year in order to maintain required cooling performance.”
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