Are We Headed “Back to the Future”?

photo of DeLorean the Back to the Future car witha flux capacitor

Cars have been trying to go Green for years and it seems that the closer we get to energy efficiency – the further back we roll with manufacturers bringing out everything from hybrids to solar powered wagons. Sometimes it seems that the only way to get a truly green vehicle is . . . with a can of paint! This …


The History of New Year Celebrations

new year auld lang syne

The end of one year and the beginning of the next holds special meaning for each of us. I hope you will enjoy the thoughtful ramblings of guest blogger, John Miller with Freedom Automotive in Stafford, as he explores the history of New Year’s Celebrations. Happy Reading, Lynn Beckwith, That Car Lady Happy New Year! By John Miller The New …


Super Tiny Ball Bearings Could Lighten The Load For Our Troops

detailed drawing of a ball bearing cut out

The easiest way to ruin a machine is to neglect its lubrication. When you take mechanical parts and rub them together, eventually they will fail. It doesn’t matter what type of equipment it is, your car engine, oven door hinges, or the wheels on your garage door, parts fail and fail fast without something to minimize friction. There is some …


How does my check engine light work?

picture of check engine light

Computer modules and sensors monitor almost every aspect of your vehicle and driving experience. When something on your car reads out of its normal operating range it can trigger the check engine light to come on. The computer system tries its best to adjust things and compensate for the problem. Sometimes it does this so well that you can’t tell …


Thrilling Single Person Coaster Ride In Australia

Thought it might be time to share one of my secret loves – fast rides. Ok, ok . . . so its not so secret. Ran across this video of a very long, one person coaster in Australia. Adding it to my list of places to visit!  It might be kind of a long road trip, but looks like it …


Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems

Humble TX Tire Pressure Monitoring System

Have you seen that annoying new light on your dash? It almost looks like a tire and has an exclamation mark inside it. That would be your tire pressure indicator light. Gone are the days of full service gas stations and the smiling young men who checked your tire’s air pressure at every fill up. The need to keep the …


How can I drive my car for over 200,000 miles? #1

A lot of people in Texas have older vehicles. They’re good commuters, grocery-getters or toy-haulers. They enjoy that fact that they’re paid off, or soon will be. They would gladly like to keep their vehicles for 200,000 miles or more – as long as it’s economical to do so. There are plenty of people in Humble whose vehicles are running …


The Silver Statesmen Barber Shop Quartet

Thought you might find it interesting to hear this amazing barber shop quartet The Silver Statesmen. They are an all male a cappella 4-part harmony chorus with an extensive repertoire, including contemporary, Broadway, gospel, folk, and light jazz music. My droid video just does not do them justice! They entertained at the Atascocita Hi-Neighbor Luncheon and have two Christmas concerts coming …


Cabin Air Filter From Beckwith’s Car Care

Example of a cabin air filter

What is a cabin air filter? Is it: A filter for a house in the middle of the woods? A fresh, piney scent? A filter for the passenger compartment of your car? Clever you, it’s 3. Most of us think of the engine’s air filter, but this is entirely different. A cabin air filter cleans the outside air before it …