Free Tutorials in the Automotive Industry for JC Youth

Free Tutorials in the Automotive Industry for JC Youth

In April 2016, Latino Automotive Business Services (LABS619) and The 2QTS Project will proudly present a series of free automotive business seminars and hands-on tutorials, which will take place on-site at local automotive businesses in Jersey City, NJ.

Participants will have the opportunity to get familiar with the inner workings of the industry, meet local business owners, and participate in Q&A sessions. Topics covered will include auto repair, auto bodywork, tire repair, sound systems, and alarms.

Limited space is available. Candidates should be between the ages of 16 to 21 and have a true vocational interest in the automotive industry. For more information or to register, please call contact us. Businesses or individuals interested in supporting the 2QTS mission are also welcome to contact LABS619 for more information.

The 2QTS (Two Quarts) Project aims to connect youth with their vocational passions and make a positive impact on their journey to a fulfilling career in the automotive industry and beyond. 2QTS is a privately funded program that receives no government subsidies and is solely supported by the generosity of our sponsors and donors.


Fact or Fiction: Should You Warm Up Your Car in Winter?

Fact or Fiction: Should You Warm Up Your Car in Winter?

Last week on the Today Show, a fun fact was presented regarding winter driving: When cold winter weather hits, despite popular belief, you do not need to warm up your car. And rather, warming up your car may actually do more damage than good because it can dry out the pistons and cylinders.

So, is this myth-busting bold statement true? In short, yes. In the 1970’s and prior, carbureted engines were made out of cast iron with cast iron heads. Warming up your car to get the oil flowing and the carburetor warm was not only a novel idea, it was necessary – a cold carburetor could easily cause the car to run smoky, or worse, stall out.

What exactly does this newly-ancient piece of car technology called the carburetor do and why does it need to be warmed up? This article can give you a little more insight into the process, but basically the carburetor twists open a small plate to suck air and fuel through a tube into the engine. The ratio of the gas and air that are sucked through needs to be precise in order for the movement of the pistons to work properly. The temperature, however, has a drastic effect on this process because it can change that ratio.

Once fuel injected vehicles (what most of us are driving around today – yes, even you in the 1990 Ford Escort) came on the scene, that process changed.

The new electronic fuel-injection systems use sensors to monitor the ratio of gas to air, making the warming up process an unnecessary habit.

But it’s one that’s been passed down through generations – many of the drivers warming up their cars today have probably never even seen (or heard of) a carburetor.

Now, in addition to drying out the pistons and cylinder heads on your fuel injected vehicle, there are other issues that arise from all that early morning “warming up.” Idling your car for even 5 minutes in the morning can have a devastating – and unnecessary – effect on the environment.

For fuel efficiency, the EPA and DOE say a mere 30 seconds is all that is needed for most cars. And driving your vehicle, instead of idling it, will actually get the engine warmed up quicker.

That being said and understood, most people will admit that the primary reason they’re warming up their car or clicking on their remote starter these isn’t because they don’t care about their pistons or greenhouse gases… they simply want a warm and cozy (defrosted) car to get into on these cold winter mornings. And on especially bone chilling days, that may very well be reason enough.