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GM ditches the 3,000 mile oil change…

May 27, 2009

… something that IntelliStick did two years ago. This American car maker may be in trouble, but GM does have at least one thing right. As part of their corporate responsibility “environmental commitment” GM posted this story on their web site about how 3,000 miles isn’t always the best time to change your oil. GM […]

condition-based maintenance at UPS

May 19, 2009

UPS Freight has joined the growing list of companies that are focusing on condition-based maintenance. According to a recent Transportation Topics article, UPS Freight’s telematics systems “will be upgraded with proprietary firmware and an internally developed algorithm” that will help them better manage their trucks and analyze potential problems. UPS made the move to cut […]

squeezing every last drop

May 5, 2009

We’re excited by all developments in hybrid/electric/alternative fuel vehicles. What’s good for the planet is good for all of us. Hopefully the time will soon come when these cars are a viable, economic alternative. We got one step closer this week as the Ford Fusion was driven 1,445 miles on a single tank! We were […]

Is that a typo?

May 4, 2009

Our faithful blog readers know that IntelliStick is on the 3,000 Mile myth bandwagon. With the data we get back from our IntelliStick we can see that it isn’t necessary to change your oil every 3,000 miles. We know it, the state of California knows it, and more and more drivers are catching on, too. […]

the $10 million oil change

April 29, 2009

When we first saw this Wall Street Journal article about a Nascar team spending $10 million to develop a new oil for it’s cars, our first thought was “whoa, that’s a lot of money.” Then we saw that they’re claiming it gives them an extra 10 horsepower (which might not sound like much, but these […]

under pressure

April 1, 2009

We are being extra cautious and taking everything we read this morning with a grain of salt (see the date — yes, we have been fooled in the past). But this one is legitimate: California passed legislation that will require auto shops to check the tire pressure of every car that comes in. This seems […]

An Intelligent Dipstick?

March 24, 2009

That sounds like something Click and Clack would take as a compliment. For those who don’t know them, Click and Clack — Tom and Ray Magliozzi — are the humorous hosts of NPR’s Saturday morning program Car Talk. It’s a great program to have on while you’re out running errands or doing chores around the […]

Beautiful automotive pub goes out of print

December 12, 2008

Velocity magazine, a true work of art targeted at Orange County, Calif. high-income auto enthusiasts, has stopped printing. IntelliStick was fortunate enough to receive the publication and it was gorgeous. From the photography to the layout to the paper it was printed on – this was a thing of beauty. Velocity, which launched in October 2007, is […]

vegetable oil fuel systems

November 25, 2008

While several of the IntelliStick crew know people who are running vegetable oil in lieu of diesel oil, there is a company out there that sells a system that converts diesel fuel systems to straight vegetable oil (SVO). This goes far beyond E85. You can check it out at frybrid.com. Be sure to review the FAQs […]

ACFTD, GPM, PNA – Bingo!

November 18, 2008

From Noria, a list of lubrication and oil analysis terms and their definitions: Lubrication and Oil Analysis Dictionary. Just about any term you can think of is defined here.