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Kids and cars: Today’s teens in no rush to start driving

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This August 2020 photo shows Cole Kleis standing next to a 1932 Ford Coup in front of a garage of old cars he’s been restoring with his family in Napa, Calif. Automakers are facing a challenge with the newest generation of drivers — teens of today aren’t in a hurry to get their first car let alone a drivers license. There are exceptions to the theory that teens don’t care about cars, including 20-year-old Cole Kleis of Napa, California. Kleis attends Colorado State University at Pueblo, majoring in automotive industry management. He took his first job in a dealership at age 12 cleaning cars, sweeping floors and helping in the parts department. (AP Photo/Jenna Fryer)

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Michael Andretti has a 21-year-old son with zero interest in obtaining a driver’s license. Rideshare apps get him where he wants to go.

In New Jersey, the 16-year-old daughter of a

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California Will Start Testing for ECU Tunes During Smog Checks Starting Next Week

Photo credit: Ford - YouTube

Photo credit: Ford – YouTube

If you live in California and run an aftermarket tune on your car, you might want to think about flashing your ECU back to stock before heading out for your biennial Smog Check. Starting July 19, 2021, testing stations will begin to check whether cars are running OEM or California Air Resources Board (CARB)-approved tunes. If your car isn’t, it’ll fail the test.

The new policy, first highlighted by Car Bibles on Tuesday, is outlined in the California Bureau of Automotive Repair’s Frequently Asked Questions section. From the webpage:

Beginning July 19, 2021, vehicles with software not provided by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) or approved through a California Air Resources Board (CARB) Executive Order (EO) will fail Smog Check.

Before your vehicle will pass a Smog Check, you must have the vehicle’s software restored to the OEM software version. Once the software

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In cold weather, how often should I start my car?

Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of this story misstated what happens when liquids are frozen. Water expands when frozen, while most other liquids do not.  

An intense cold snap is threatening to smash record lows across much of the nation through Thursday. 

With temperatures sliding and winter fast approaching, many car owners are asking: How often should I start my car to warm it up?

Turns out, the answer doesn’t lie in frequency.

Experts at AAA, a federation of motor clubs, say it’s not a good idea to warm your car up to keep it from freezing. 

“Ninety-five percent of the cars on the road today don’t use carburetors, so you no longer need to warm them up on cold days,” said Mike Calkins, manager of technical services at AAA.

Instead of repeatedly starting up your car to keep it warm, drivers who are concerned about their engines

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How often should I start my car and let it idle in cold weather? Answer: Don’t.

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Can These 3 Semiconductor Stocks Keep Up Their Strong Growth Momentum?

Silicon chips are absolutely essential to our modern digital world. You’ll find them in everything from your PC to your smartphone to your car to your coffee maker – even the pedestrian light at the crosswalk is controlled by semiconductor chips, giving the chip makers the benefit of a captive customer base. 5-star analyst C.J. Muse, of Evercore ISI, builds his view of the chip stocks’ prospects on that base, writing: “With every industry vertical increasingly focused on digitalization combined with product cycles including 5G, AI/ML, a broad-based recovery in Auto/Industrial as well as expected continued strength in PCs and a recovery in Networking … our base case calls for Semi revenues to grow 14% in CY21 to $500B.” This isn’t the only positive point, as Muse goes on to say, “Add in potential for stimulus combined with

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