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CAR TALK - Arkansas Online

DEAR CAR TALK: I bought my Toyota iM in February 2017 as a second car to our family RAV4. As of this morning, it has only 10,800 miles on it, with an average speed over that time of about 30 mph.

Essentially, I drive it to Kroger's (one stoplight), CVS (two stoplights) and the golf course (5 miles on the highway).

At my dealer's suggestion, I have them change the oil every six months, which means I average about 1,600 miles between oil changes. Under my circumstances, should I really change the oil every six months? Or should I do it every 5,000 miles?

The dealer says that in six months the oil gets stale, i.e. some moisture gets in there, blah, blah, blah. Is he spot on, or is he just blah, blah, blahing me? Thanks.

— Terry

DEAR READER: Hey, blah, blah, blahing people is my job. Tell this guy to butt out.

I think I'd land somewhere in between, Terry. Lots of modern cars now use their computer to calculate when it's time for an oil change. It factors in not only how many miles you drive but how hard you drive and under what temperatures and engine operating conditions.

If your car had that capacity, Terry, I'd advise you to simply abide by that. Those algorithms are pretty good. Unfortunately, your little iM doesn't have anything that sophisticated. It just has a "Maintenance Required" light that comes on, mechanically, every time the odometer racks up 5,000 miles.

So you'll have to do your own estimating. And it's not an exact science. Like those modern oil-change algorithms, I believe the degradation of your oil is based less on the calendar and more on how much work, and what kind of work, you're asking the engine oil to do.

If you were driving a cab or towing a team of Clydesdales, you'd want to change your oil more frequently. But by any measure, you're putting very-light-duty use on this car. Even if you're carrying a set of golf clubs and a gross of extra balls to hide in your pockets, you're babying this thing.

If I were you, once I got outside of the warranty period, I'd change the oil and filter once a year. That seems like a reasonable compromise. That'd be every 3,000 miles or so, which is more than good enough. Especially if you're using synthetic oil, which I'd recommend.

You're not doing any harm by changing the oil too frequently. But you're wasting oil, oil filters, your time and your money. And you're putting more waste oil into the world, and nobody needs that.

DEAR CAR TALK: Ever since I bought my Chevrolet Traverse LT, I've noticed that the transmission temperature gauge regularly reads around 212 degrees at highway speeds. The engine temperature gauge reads normal or even a little cooler than normal — even when it's hot outside.

I checked with the dealership and was told that this is normal operating temperature for this transmission. I worry that as soon as my warranty runs out, the transmission will expire.

Does this sound normal to you? I am constantly worried, while on long trips, that the transmission will give out in the middle of nowhere.

— Ramiro

DEAR READER: Don't worry. It's much more likely that something other than the transmission will give out in the middle of nowhere.

Actually, your dealer is right. This sounds perfectly normal. Here's how your transmission stays cool: Whenever your engine is running, the transmission fluid gets pumped into the transmission cooler, which lives inside your car's radiator. As the transmission fluid passes through the radiator (inside those transmission cooler lines), it essentially gets bathed in coolant. Once it's cooled down, the fluid is sent back to the transmission to keep doing its job.

And do you know the temperature of that coolant that cools the transmission fluid? It's about 220 degrees. It's the same as your normal engine operating temperature, which is in the range of 210-230 degrees. Since the stuff that's cooling the transmission fluid is 220 degrees, there's no way the transmission fluid can end up cooler than that.

Think about it this way: If you had the air conditioner in your house set to 68 degrees, and you left a pitcher of beer out on your kitchen table all day, there's no way it's going to ever get any cooler than 68 degrees, right? Though I'm sure you'd drink it anyway.

If your transmission fluid wasn't running through that 220-degree coolant in the radiator, it could heat up to 350 or 400 degrees or more. And then it would cook itself and your transmission.

But it sounds like your transmission cooling system is doing exactly what it's supposed to do, Ramiro. Hope that knowledge helps you cool off a bit, too.

Ray Magliozzi dispenses advice about cars in Car Talk every Saturday. Email him by visiting

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Hope race car owner going full steam ahead for 2021 - The Republic

Craig Sims of Hope, owner of PCC Motorsports, has announced that North Carolina racer Kyle Strickler will pilot his race car in 2021 full-time with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series.

The team made its debut on Sunday at the Blue-Gray 100 at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney, South Carolina. Strickler finished third in his first race with the team behind winner Brandon Overton and Benji Hicks.

Sims, the owner of Professional Concrete, Cutting and Drilling, has had an interest in racing for several years. His father Greg raced in the street stock division at Brownstown Speedway and his brother Brian currently holds the pure stock track record at Brownstown.

Earlier this year, Sims’ helped sponsor Hudson O’Neal, who is dating Sims’ youngest daughter Tessa.

Sims sponsorship on the MasterSbilt House Car team that O’Neal drove for until mid-July moved to race car ownership at the end of that month when O’Neal and MasterSbilt parted ways. The PCC Team was then formed and debuted at the North/South 100 at Florence Speedway in Union, Kentucky, in August.

The team was able to capture a Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series victory Labor Day Weekend in Portsmouth, Ohio, on O’Neal’s 20th birthday.

Sims knew when his own team was formed that if O’Neal were offered another ride he would support him 100%. O’Neal did secure a full-time ride on the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series and will be driving for Roger Sellars of Double Down Motorsports based in Morristown, Tennessee. But by then, Sims had caught the racing bug and decided he wanted to go full-time in 2021 as well.

Strickler will maintain Sims’ equipment in North Carolina most of the time. However, when the team is in Sims’ area, it will work out of a shop that Sims will be erecting east of Hope said he and Sims “hit it off” when they spoke at the Dirt Track World Championship Race in Portsmouth last month.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for both of us,” Sims said. “Obviously, Kyle is more than capable and has proven that, and I’m more than dedicated and willing to do whatever it takes to give him the tools to help him be successful. I have high expectations, and he has the same.”

“I think with his experience, and especially with his crew chief, Vinny Giuliani, (Strickler) can be as good as anyone in the pit area and on the race track. We are going to give him everything he needs to be successful. Our focus is to run the full Lucas schedule and compete for Rookie of the Year,” said the 41-year-old Sims.

Strickler, 37, a Pennsylvania native who moved to Mooresville, North Carolina, to pursue a racing career, won his first career Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series event in September at I-80 Speedway in Nebraska.

The win came one week after a heart-breaking final lap at Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, where a cut tire took away a $50,000 victory in the Intercontinental Classic.

Strickler, who had enjoyed a successful open wheel modified career, is in his second full year of dirt late model racing and looks forward to 2021.

“This is what I’ve wanted to do ever since I moved to North Carolina. It’s taken a lot longer that I thought it would, but right now I’m very, very happy about the opportunities are coming my way,” he said. “I just can’t thank Craig enough for being the guy who steps up and believed in me and is giving me the opportunity to finally go out and do it.”

Eldora holding Kings

Royal races in 2021

Officials of Tony Stewart’s Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, following up on the declaration they were doubling-down in 2021, have announced the legendary high-banked .500-mile clay oval will host two Kings Royals in July.

The events are a part of a blockbuster four-day event offering the superstars of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series two opportunities at a winner’s purse of $175,000-to-win, the first coming on July 15 and the second on July 17.

As a result of the loss of Eldora’s complete 2020 spectator event season, speedway officials reshuffled the hand they were dealt to create the formidable 2021 Kings Royal Week.

It all begins July 14 with the rescheduled ‘Jokers Wild,’ paying $10,000-to-win.

The 38th running of the Kings Royal, the only event of the week that was scheduled to be part of the 2021 event, will be held July 15 and offer the first epic $175,000-to-win bounty.

The traditional Friday “Knight Before the Kings Royal” preliminary event has been rescheduled from 2020 to July 16, 2021, and the night’s winner will take home the $10,000 prize.

The 37th Kings Royal has been rescheduled to July 17 and will be the second marquee event of the week to pay $175,000 to the winner.

The announcement also marks the beginning of a new multi-year sanction agreement for the Kings Royal between Eldora Speedway and World Racing Group, the parent company of the World of Outlaws, DIRTcar Racing, and DIRTVision.

In addition to July’s Kings Royal Week, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars and the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car Series will again share the spotlight on Friday and Saturday, May 7 and 8 at the #LetsRaceTwo Doubleheader Weekend.

The Outlaws will make their final Eldora appearance of 2021 on Sept. 24 at the opening night of the 4-Crown Nationals Weekend. The BeFour The Crowns Showdown will feature full programs for the World of Outlaws, the USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Championship, and qualifying for the USAC Silver Crown Champ Cars.

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The customer service team from the Eldora Speedway box office will be reaching out directly to those patron accounts making the original purchase of tickets, campsites and/or pit passes for the 2020 Kings Royal with details on the 2021 Kings Royal Week prior to tickets and campsites resuming public sale.

Renowned car

owner passes away

Jerry Shields of Bloomington, one of the most successful sprint car owners for over four, decades passed away on Nov. 23.

Shields owned a construction company in Bloomington, and his business helped construct several homes, condominiums and commercial buildings around Bloomington and Monroe County.

Shields began racing in the 1960s in the then-called super modifieds division (which later evolved to sprint cars). In the early 1970s, Bob Kinser started driving for Shields, and the duo won hundreds of feature events and track championships over the next several years. In 1971, Shields and Kinser were nearly unbeatable in the area, scoring 28 feature wins that season and winning track championships at both Paragon Speedway and Columbus’ 25th Street Fairgrounds Raceway.

Other drivers who wheeled the Shields 56 and 65 numbered cars were Butch Wilkerson; Orval Yeadon; Danny Bowlen; Sheldon, Randy, Steve and Kelly Kinser; Chuck Amati and Shields’ sons Todd and Troy.

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Driver Killed, Passenger Critically Injured After Car Plummets Off 210 Freeway in Pasadena - Pasadena Now

Firefighters work at the scene of a crash in which a car went off the 210 Freeway and landed in a front yard along Lincoln Avenue in Pasadena on Nov. 27, 2020. (Credit: Pasadena Fire Department)

A driver died and his passenger was hospitalized in critical condition after their car flew off the 210 Freeway in Pasadena, rolled over numerous times and came to a stop in the front yard of a home along Lincoln Avenue on Friday night, officials said.

The crash took place about 8 p.m. along the westbound 210 Freeway, California Highway Patrol Officer Patrick Kimball said.

The vehicle careened off the freeway and rolled over numerous times after landing along Lincoln Avenue, according to Pasadena city spokeswoman Lisa Derderian.

It came to rest in the front yard of a home in the 1700 block of Lincoln Avenue, about 100 yards north of the freeway, officials said.

Paramedics pronounced the driver of the unrecognizable vehicle, initially described as a man in his 30s, dead at the scene, Kimball said.

A passenger of the car was taken to a hospital in critical condition, Derderian said. No further description of the badly injured passenger was available.

No further details were available as the investigation continued Friday night.

Any witnesses, or anyone with information, can reach the CHP’s Altadena-area office at (626) 296-8100.

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RPD: Police Car Hit on Avenue D After Chase, None Injured - Spectrum News

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Rochester Police say no one is injured after they say a man hit a police car on Avenue D Friday night.

Spectrum News is told officers chased a vehicle with two people in it around 9:30 p.m. after they say they believed someone in the vehicle had a weapon. They say they chased the vehicle for nearly two miles before it pulled over.

When the driver pulled over, police say the driver then reversed the car, hitting the front of a police car.

No one was hurt, and police are still investigating.

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