Whether you’re planning a short weekend trip to your local national park—or an extended cross-country road trip—you can help avoid unexpected roadside headaches by performing thorough pre-trip maintenance on your RV. Taking good care of your home-away-from-home will help you enjoy your vacations for many years to come!
Ensuring your brakes are in good condition is critically important
CHECK YOUR BRAKES
Check for any brake fluid leaks, and make sure the reservoir is filled to the recommended level. If you’re towing a heavy load, your brakes have to work even harder, particularly on steep inclines. When looking between your wheel’s spokes, you should be able to see at least one-fourth of an inch of pad—any thinner than that, and you should have them inspected and possibly replaced.
EXAMINE YOUR TIRES
Your tire treads should be in good condition before any trip—generally speaking, less than 6/32” of tread depth indicates that your tires should be replaced, as well as any cracks that are deeper than 1/16”. To extend the life of your tires, check to make sure your tire pressure is always at the manufacturer-recommended level, and rotate your tires regularly according to their recommended service schedule. Long periods of storage and long-term exposure to sunlight can accelerate tire damage.
Planning ahead helps you have peace of mind on your travels
Keep an eye out for weather cracking, which will appear in the flex area of the sidewall. Now is also a good time to tighten your lug nuts, and make sure you have what you need to change a tire in case of a flat.
INSPECT YOUR COOLING SYSTEM
Overheating on the open road in the middle of summer isn’t just a temporary headache—it can cause permanent engine damage. While your engine is cool, take a close look in your engine bay. Cracks or leaks in hoses and belts indicate a need for immediate repair, and make sure all connections are snugly fitted.
Fill your coolant reservoir to the recommended level (a 50/50 mixture of coolant and distilled water is standard). If it’s been more than two years since your last full coolant flush, you should consider completely replacing the fluids.
CONSIDER A BACKUP CAMERA
A backup camera helps take the guess-work out of navigating tight spaces and hitching up trailers—and also increases safety. Even the most seasoned drivers can benefit from an extra pair of eyes in their blind spots.
K&N performance air intake systems provide a guaranteed increase in horsepower
INSTALL AN AIR INTAKE SYSTEM
If you’re nervous about getting up steep inclines—or need a little extra pep for towing—installing a K&N performance air intake system will provide you with a guaranteed increase in horsepower and torque. The 77-2570KTK intake system—designed for 2015-2016 Ford E450 6.8L V10 motorhomes—provides an estimated increase of 17.46-horsepower at 4,101 RPMs*. Find yours at knfilters.com!
Some extra horsepower can come in handy when climbing steep inclines
“I installed this intake on my 2011 E350 Super Duty van one week before a 10,000-mile road trip around the US. Can’t say enough good things about this system. Great power right out of the box. Sounds amazing and helped with fuel mileage. Was a must have for the mountains out West.” – Brandon from Florida
REFRESH YOUR TOOL KIT
Make sure your tool kit is properly stocked, and that all of your tools are in working order.
It’s a good idea to carry:
• Cordless drill and spare battery
• Small drill bit set
• Screws and an assortment of small hardware
• Small bolts/washers of various sizes and lengths
• Flashlight and/or headlamp
• Folding shovel
• Caulking gun/caulk
• Road flares
• Distilled water
• Jumper cables
• Socket wrench set
• Phillips head and flat-blade screwdrivers
• Pliers (standard and channel-lock)
• Pocket knife
• Wire cutters
• Tape measure
• Super glue
• Insulated wire
• Electrical tape
• Fuses of various amperages
• Replacement bulbs
• Duct tape
TEST ALL EXTERIOR AND INTERIOR LIGHTS
Make sure all of your lights are in proper working order before heading out on any trip, and keep a package of replacement bulbs as part of your kit.
K&N washable cabin air filters help protect your interior from contaminants
CHANGE YOUR ENGINE/CABIN AIR FILTERS
A clogged filter decreases airflow to your engine and can reduce performance when you need it most. Check out K&N’s High-Flow™ Air Filters—they’re washable, reusable, and designed to last for the entire lifespan of your RV. If you have a cabin air filter, check out K&N’s washable line, which helps protect your cabin and passengers from airborne dust and contaminants. To search for filters for your specific vehicle, check out knfilters.com.
CHECK YOUR FULL ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
Examine the electrical cord that connects your RV to a park power source, and check for any signs of damage. Also, take a look at your circuit breakers and fuse boxes, and make sure they’re labeled. If you’re towing, make sure the electrical connection is set up properly.
ANALYZE YOUR BATTERIES
Batteries can lose a considerable amount of charge while in storage, so make sure your batteries are fully charged before any trip—and watch out for any corrosion. Always refer to the manual when adjusting water levels, and be sure to wear eye protection.
FLUSH YOUR WATER SYSTEM + CHECK FOR LEAKS
It’s a good idea to sanitize your water system every time you take your RV out of storage. Can you imagine what grows in a moist water system that’s left to sit in storage for months? You probably don’t want to. Bacteria, mildew, and mold can proliferate in a water system that’s left to sit—and you want the water you bathe in, cook with, and drink to be clean.
Steps to sanitize your water system:
• Drain the water heater (never drain while hot or under pressure)
• Locate and drain the water from the low point water line drains—one for hot and one for cold water lines
• Drain the fresh water holding tank
• Close all of the drains
• Use ¼ cup of bleach for every 15 gallons of water your tank holds—mix the bleach with water in a 1-gallon container and pour into the water holding tank (do not pour straight bleach into your tank!)
• Fill the fresh water holding tank almost full of potable water
• Turn the water pump on, and open all faucets
• Run all of the faucets until you smell bleach at each faucet
• Close the faucets
• Let sit for around 4 hours
• Drain the entire system again—re-fill fresh water tank with potable water
• Run all faucets until you no longer smell bleach (you may have to drain the system multiple times to remove all bleach from the system)
• Once you no longer smell bleach at each faucet, your water system is now clean!
You can check for leaks by grabbing a flashlight or headlamp and turning on your water pump. Wait until the sound of the pump stops and the water is pressurized. Turn off the pump, and begin looking for leaks—around the toilet and under the sink are good places to start.
Check each interior appliance to make sure it is in good working order. Test your water pump, furnace, air conditioner, and all lights and outlets. If you use propane (LP gas), check your tanks (these can expire), all connections, the valve, and the firing operation. If something seems off, have a professional examine the system.
SERVICE YOUR GENERATOR
When pulling your RV out of storage for the season, follow the directions for servicing in your generator’s manual. Before starting it up, make sure the oil is at the appropriate level, and check for any problems around the exhaust. Run the generator for at least two to three hours every month to keep it primed and ready, as fuel that sits too long can cause damage.
Follow your manufacturer’s recommended service schedule for oil changes
CHECK ALL FLUIDS
Check the levels of your transmission fluid, power steering fluid, engine coolant, engine oil, windshield washer fluid, brake fluid, and generator oil. If any fluids are suspiciously low, make sure to check for leaks. Regular oil changes help prevent unnecessary wear-and-tear on your engine.
At some point in your RV’s lifespan, it will probably experience a leak or two in its roof seals and/or seams. It’s important to know the type of material that your RV’s roof features, and bring along compatible repair sealants on every trip just in case. Sealants will vary based on the RV’s material—silicone, for example, won’t bond with a rubber roof. Regular household caulking may or may not hold up long-term, but can work to plug a leak in a pinch. Water damage can be seriously expensive, so plan ahead for on-the-go repairs.
With a bit of forethought and careful maintenance, you can help avoid mid-trip repair fiascos, increase your RV’s performance, and enjoy well-planned vacations for years to come!
*Estimated horsepower and torque gains based on specific or similar vehicle dynamometer tests. Results will vary. For more information, look up vehicle and/or testing protocols at knfilters.com.
This post is for informational purposes only, and we do not warrant that the information provided will produce any specific results or achieve any intended purposes. Every vehicle is different and subject to different road conditions and wear and tear. You should always follow your manufacturer’s recommended service schedule, consult the vehicle owner’s manual, and/or have your vehicle evaluated by a properly trained mechanic.
Make sure you perform a thorough pre-trip check before every excursion
Steve Williams, K&N’s Chief Engineering Officer, claimed victory in the Super Comp category of the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series Division 7 final on July 22. His racing protégé, twenty-one-year-old Madison Whitten, was the runner-up—after a dramatic racing weekend that pitted the two against each other for the first time ever.
Steve Williams, Madison Whitten, and their supporters
As the head of research and development, Williams has been instrumental in the development of K&N racing products for over two decades—and has amassed many notable wins in his personal racing career, including four NHRA Division 7 championship titles and over 40 “Wally” trophies. In 2014, he claimed the NHRA Division 7 Super Gas Championship, followed by a third-place finish in the Super Comp national rankings in 2016.
Madison is the daughter of Doug Whitten, a Product Development Technician in the race shop at K&N and a long-time friend of Williams. With her father has her crew chief—a position he continues to hold—Madison began racing in the junior category in 2010 under the mentorship of Steve. In 2011, following her first full season of racing, she won the 2011 Fontana Dragway Track Championship for the 13-to-14 age group. In 2012, she was the Barona Track Division 7 Champion, followed by a WHP Track Championship and Jr. Finals Championship in 2014. With support from her father and Williams, she began racing Super Comp in 2015.
Both racers’ dragsters feature K&N products including scoops, oil filters, and air filters
When asked about the most important lessons Williams has imparted to her, Whitten said, “I’ve learned never to take anybody lightly, and to always keep my head in the game. Steve’s been with me every step of the way. I couldn’t ask for a better mentor.”
After years of mentorship, the weekend of July 22 offered the first opportunity for Williams and Whitten to go head-to-head. “I knew he wouldn’t take me lightly,” Whitten commented, “And I wanted to give it my all.”
“I was excited to face him the finals,” Madison mused, when asked if it was difficult to go up against her long-time racing guide. “After the race, he got out and gave me a hug.”
"K&N has been the biggest support of my life since I started racing in 2010," says Madison.
“I’ve known Doug for over forty years,” Williams commented following the race, “And watching Madison grow up and become a great racecar driver is pretty special. And now racing her in the final at a NHRA race...that’s really special. She’s been in two finals already, and will win her first race very soon.”
The final stats were as follows:
SUPER COMP: DIVISION 7
1. Steve Williams, Beaumont, Calif., '10 TNT, 8.920, 183.99 def.
2. Madison Whitten, Corona, Calif., '14 American, 8.865, 160.86.
“I couldn’t race without the help of K&N, and some great people helping me,” commented Williams. “I want to thank Travis Hodges, the race shop manager—and the engines John Reedy builds are the best out there.”
Both racers’ dragsters feature K&N products including scoops, oil filters, air filters, and fuel filters—many of which Williams has been influential in developing over the years. K&N is proud to have the knowledge and experience of Chief Engineering Officer Steve Williams, who has applied decades of first-hand racing knowledge to the development of K&N products for automobile enthusiasts worldwide.
There’s nothing quite like the joy of a child’s very first NASCAR race—the overwhelming speed, the thundering sound of the track, and the excitement of the crowd. Beginning this weekend at Iowa Speedway (for the K&N Pro Series East and West) and Pocono Raceway, NASCAR is bringing back Kids Drive NASCAR—a program allowing young race-loving fans to participate as honorary pit crew members, media reporters, national anthem singers, and more.
NASCAR will also be sponsoring Kids vs. Driver Challenges—allowing children to compete in various challenges against NASCAR’s top drivers. At a recent event, a young fan named Drew went head-to-head with Ty Dillon in a memory challenge, and also had the opportunity to receive some signed memorabilia.
Watkins Glen International and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will also be participating in the event. Children 12 and under can take advantage of free tickets for all NASCAR Xfinity Series™ and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™ race events. Discounted tickets for children to Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ events are also available. For ticket information, please visit NASCAR.com/kidstix.
Kids Drive NASCAR is one element of NASCAR’s efforts to provide engagement, entertainment, and education for children—both on and off the track. The NASCAR Acceleration Nation app offers racing-themed games and activities for kids, and can be downloaded for free in the App Store and Google Play. NASCAR has also developed the industry’s first in-school Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education program—offering a variety of resources for students and teachers, sponsored competitions, and opportunities for funding.
Andrew Carlson of Carlson Motorsports earned three podium spots at the ERX Off-Road National in Elk River, Minn., on July 13-14—stacking up a second-place finish in PRO 2, a third-place finish in PRO 4, and a second-place finish in Saturday’s PRO 4 final. After suffering two flat tires in the PRO 2 final, Carlson gave a master class in race driving—charging from the back of the pack to cross the finish line second, albeit a lap behind. With no possibility of a podium, he could have easily coasted through the rest of the race, but instead chose to demonstrate true determination and competitive spirit by forging ahead in spite of his one-lap disadvantage.
Andrew Carlson proved his tenacity and determination in the PRO 2 final
“We came in as the top qualifier,” Carlson commented, “but I got two flat tires almost immediately. I had to hot pit twice and that put me a lap down and at the back of the 12-truck field.” Despite the devastating setback, Carlson chose to take the opportunity to hone his skills—and received great enthusiasm from fans, who were delighted to see their local racer give a truly impressive lesson in passing technique.
K&N is proud to sponsor Andrew Carlson’s racing endeavors. “Between races, in the shop and behind the scenes—it’s a fine line between win and lose,” Carlson stated. “Our alignment with some of the products that we use, and the amount of trust we have in them is key.”
Andrew greets local fans after his PRO 2 podium finish
Carlson Motorsports is a family-operated racing team based out of Elk River, Minn., owned by Chris and Deb Carlson—parents of Andrew Carlson and Taylor Carlson. “We've all been using K&N for many years,” noted Taylor Carlson. “We've grown to trust the quality and reliability of the products, and as gearheads we just love the performance gains. We're honored to represent the company.”
An avid outdoorsman, Andrew Carlson has also been assisting K&N in launching the new K&N Outdoor program, designed to help dedicated outdoorsmen get the most from the vehicles that carry them on their adventures. Whether you’re a fisherman, hiker, camper, or explorer, K&N offers performance products to help keep your recreational and utility vehicles performing at their peak.
Andrew Carlson battled with Kevin Hanegraaf in the PRO 2 class
You can look for Andrew Carlson at the Bark River International Raceway in Bark River, Michigan, August 10-12. Follow the Carlson Moto Team throughout the season on their website www.carlsonmoto.com.
Coming into the 2018 Formula Drift season with a brand-new chassis—a C6 Corvette, rebuilt from scratch—Matt Field and his team are determined to catapult Field to the top of the Formula Drift Pro Series leaderboard.
Matt Field's C6 Corvette
Field, a San Jose native, earned his Formula Drift license in 2009. In 2013, he opened a motorsports and fabrication shop—Drift Cave—in Morgan Hill, California, which offers mechanical services, trackside support, and coaching. In 2016, he came in 5th in the Formula Drift Pro Championship, topping the podium in Round 7 and Round 8.
Field has been a consistent, solid competitor, frequently appearing in the top ten across his career. While the 2017 season ended with Field in 17th position, the 2018 season looks particularly bright. The past few events have been promising for Field—at Round 4 in New Jersey, he defeated Jeff Jones in the Top 32, Ryan Tuerck in the Top 16, Forrest Wang in the Great 8, and Justin Pawlak in the Top 4, before coming in 2nd to James Deane in the Black Magic Final.
In 2013, Field opened a motorsports and fabrication shop called Drift Cave
After qualifying third, Field would face Deane again at Round 5 in Monroe—defeating Dean Kearney and Fredric Aasbo before falling to Deane in the Top 4. He continues to be one of the top competitors to watch as he fine-tunes the performance of his C6 Corvette.
Since the first organized drifting event in 1988, competitive drifting has continued to advance through the decades—and the current field of racers is perhaps the most competitive in the sport’s history. Field made the decision before the 2018 season to upgrade from his 1000-horsepower Nissan 240SX S14—and thus far, it appears to have been a wise choice. The new 1050-horsepower C6 Corvette chassis is a well of still-to-be-discovered potential—totally rebuilt at Drift Cave from a flood-damaged 2013 model. The masterfully executed build demonstrates the extensive knowledge of Field and his team, who rely on exceptional engineering and high-quality performance parts to keep them running strong on race day.
The C6 Corvette features a custom K&N® performance filter
The C6 Corvette features a custom K&N® performance filter—which utilizes the same technology as K&N® High-Flow Air Filters™, available online for thousands of makes and models at www.knfilters.com.
Field is currently in 7th place in the Pro Series standings. James Deane, Frederic Aasbo, and Piotr Wiecek currently top the leaderboard.
You can see Matt Field compete in Round 6 of Formula Drift in St. Louis, MO., on August 10-11.
Field is currently in 7th place in the Pro Series standings
Engineered for 2016-2017 Chevrolet Camaro 2.0L models, the K&N® 63-3105 air intake system offers a guaranteed increase in horsepower and torque for your Chevy Camaro—giving you a boost in power and protection, with typical installation in 90 minutes or less.
The standard 2017 Camaro with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine offers 275 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, and is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The new generation of Camaros—from 2016 onward—is praised by reviewers for responsive steering, exceptional handling, and competitive fuel economy.
The 63-3105 features a High-Flow Air Filter and steel heat shield
Naturally, you want as much horsepower as possible for your Camaro—which is where K&N’s dedication to exceptional engineering and outstanding performance comes in to play. The 63-3105 air intake system helps decrease air turbulence through the removal of the stock intake components that may slow the volume of air reaching your engine. Many factory intake systems have baffles and other airflow-obstructing elements, and by replacing the full stock system with a more aerodynamic design, the engine receives a greater volume of airflow—giving you an increase in performance.
The K&N® 63-3105 is a free-flowing, high-density polyethylene cold air intake system designed to replace the factory air filter and air intake components. A high-density polyethylene (HDPE) rotationally molded tube accelerates airflow to your engine and reduces turbulence—offering a guaranteed increase in horsepower and torque. Paired with a state-of-the-art washable, reusable High-Flow Air Filter™ designed to capture contaminants and provide exceptional engine protection, you can bid farewell to wasteful disposable filters—this intake system is designed to last for the life of your vehicle!
HIGH-FLOW AIR FILTER™ PROVIDES OUTSTANDING PROTECTION
K&N air intake systems come with a 10-Year/Million Mile Limited Warranty
The oversized, conical filter shape allows for up to 100,000 miles between cleanings (under normal highway driving conditions). When it does need to be cleaned, you can use the K&N Recharger® Kit (99-5000 or 99-5050) to quickly and easily restore your filter’s performance. A state-of-the-art design of oiled, layered cotton media provides outstanding contaminant capture—and up to 50% more airflow over a disposable filter. Each intake and filter is designed to last for the life of your vehicle.
POWDER-COATED STEEL HEAT SHIELD HELPS PROTECT INTAKE AIR FROM HIGH TEMPERATURES
The 63-3105 air intake system after installation
The 63-3105 system also features a custom powder-coated steel heat shield which protects the air filter and intake air from high engine temperatures. The heat shield installs onto the lower factory air box and retains the fresh air inlet. The air intake tube funnels airflow directly into the engine’s throttle body, offering a guaranteed increase in horsepower and torque.
Since the kit utilizes existing factory mounting points, requires only basic hand tools, and incorporates the factory mass air sensor, installation can typically be completed in 90 minutes or less.
This intake system comes with a 10-Year/Million Mile Limited Warranty. Furthermore, using a K&N replacement air intake system will not void your factory warranty; in the U.S., manufacturers must provide evidence that an aftermarket part is the cause of a necessary repair in order to void or deny warranty coverage. The Consumer Products Warranty Act of 1975 (also known as the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act) protects consumers’ rights to their warranty coverage.
You are guaranteed to experience an increase in horsepower and torque with your new K&N air intake system. On a chassis dynamometer, a 2016 Chevrolet Camaro 2.0L with the stock air intake was recorded at 229.04-hp at 4,903rpm, and after installation of the 63-3105 the same vehicle was recorded at 235.61-hp at 4,903rpm—an estimated increase of 6.57-hp. The torque was also improved from 250.53 lb-ft on the stock air intake to 255.63 lb-ft with the 63-3105 —a total estimated increase in torque of 5.1 lb-ft at 3,991rpm. You can buy with confidence under the 10-Year/Million Mile Limited Warranty, and the assurance that you’re receiving a top-quality, extensively tested product.
The 63-3105 is designed for use in the following vehicles:
• 2017 Chevrolet Camaro 2.0L L4 Fuel Injection—All Models
• 2016 Chevrolet Camaro 2.0L L4 Fuel Injection—All Models
Will using a K&N® replacement air intake system void my factory warranty?
No. In the United States, in order for the manufacturer of a warranted product to void or deny warranty coverage of a repair due to the use of an aftermarket part, the manufacturer must provide proof that the aftermarket part is the cause of the necessary repair. These rights are protected under the Consumer Products Warranty Act of 1975 (also referred to as the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act).
Are K&N® performance air intake systems or RK-series custom air cleaner assemblies emissions legal in the U.S.?
Performance intake systems are legal for street use in most areas of the United States.
In California, and in specific regions which have adopted California air quality regulations, only CARB-exempt performance intakes are legal for street use.
Check the K&N catalog or website for vehicle applications and specific CARB status for each vehicle and air intake.
Can a K&N® product cause my Check Engine Light or Service Light to come on?
It is possible that the Check Engine Light may come on after installing a K&N air filter or performance intake system. This does not necessarily mean that there is something wrong with your air filter or intake; sometimes, the higher air flow and lower restriction provided by the K&N product will uncover an existing mechanical or electronic issue with your vehicle. In rare cases, you may have a K&N product which was manufactured outside of its design tolerances, causing sensors in your vehicle to read data outside of their normal expected values. In either case, the K&N Warranty Department can work with you to narrow down the cause of the Check Engine Light and correct the issue.
How much horsepower does a K&N® cold air intake add?
Dynamometer tests indicating horsepower and torque increases over the OEM intake system will appear on the "Product Details" page for each of our performance intake systems.
What does a cold air intake do for a car?
Cold air intakes allow for increased airflow to your engine, which results in an increase in torque and acceleration for your vehicle.
Can cold air intakes improve gas mileage?
In theory, a cold air intake could increase the gas mileage of your vehicle due to improved airflow which allows the engine to run more efficiently and require less fuel. However, K&N does not make any guarantees in terms of increased gas mileage with the use of our filters or intakes.
*Some intake systems are not legal for sale or use on any pollution controlled motor vehicle in California or states adopting California emission procedures. See knfilters.com for CARB status on each part for a specific vehicle.
Matt Coffman has one of the most distinctive vehicles currently in the Formula Drift Pro Series circuit—a Nissan S13 featuring one of the oldest, most developed chassis currently on the FD track.
Matt Coffman's Nissan S13 in action
Coffman grew up in Oregon, and developed his love for drifting on the lush forest roads of his home state. “I lived in a very small town,” he commented. “For about a hundred miles outside of town are the most gorgeous, lush, spectacular rally forest roads and mountains that you can imagine. Having my frustrations in my youth, I ended up driving into the forest and started drifting around on the dirt roads. That’s where I started to learn. There was a little drift series that started in my hometown, and I thought—that looks like a lot of fun.”
The S13 was completely rebuilt in the off-season
Coffman purchased the Nissan S13 back in 2011, and began competing in a regional drifting series that same year. In 2012, he began competing in Northern California at the ThunderDrift ProAm, and started competing up and down the west coast in 2013. After placing in the Golden Gate Drift Series, he earned his Formula Drift Pro license. He had a rough rookie year—struggling to make it out of the Top 32—but tenacity and hard work resulted in a break into the Top 16 in 2015. Coffman and his team, ever persistent, continued practicing and competing regularly—knowing that success would follow experience and a strong work ethic.
Coffman enjoys engaging with his fans at events
Coffman earned his first Top 8 appearance in 2016 in Montreal, followed by a Top 4 in Washington a few weeks later, eventually qualifying 15th for the 2017 season. The new year brought continued successes, with Coffman finishing the season strong in 10th place.
In the off-season, Coffman and his team fully rebuilt the S13, which debuted at the opening round of the 2018 season in Long Beach, California. Though Coffman has earned strong qualifying scores this season—qualifying 16th for Long Beach, and 20th for Orlando—the first four rounds have proven challenging, with multiple One More Time showdowns and a clutch issue in the most recent round in Wall, New Jersey.
The S13 features a distinctive purple design
“What brought me from four years ago to today is not giving up on myself,” he mused. “There were so many times when I could have, and I wanted to, and it would have made sense to just give up. But thinking of a life without drifting—it felt like I was going to lose a massive piece of myself if I didn’t continue. It’s passion that’s kept me going all these years.”
Coffman continues to show resolve and persistence, battling the top Formula Drift contenders. K&N continues to support Coffman in his quest for the podium. “I run individual throttle bodies on my motor,” Coffman explained, “And something that’s interesting about ITBs is that when you run individual filters—or if it has an internal screen or something like that—they will create different atmospheres and will lose power at the top end or gain power at the low end depending on which filter you use. The K&N sprint car air box filter was the only filter that didn’t create an atmosphere that would distract from the motor, and is the only one that performs absolutely top-notch from the low end to the top end.”
Coffman is currently in 18th place in the Pro Series standings. James Deane, Frederic Aasbo, and Chris Forsberg currently top the leaderboard.
You can see Matt Coffman on July 20-21 at Round 5 of the Formula Drift Pro Series in Monroe, Washington.
Many modern vehicles are designed to be capable of operating for 200,000 miles or more—but how can you give your car the best chance of getting there? Whether you’re looking to drive your car for the next few years—or for the rest of its natural life—following a few basic tips can help reduce maintenance issues, maintain re-sale value, and even add years of operating life.
CLEAN YOUR ENGINE
Clean the exterior of your engine annually to prevent overheating
Keeping the exterior of your engine clean can help you spot leaks before they become serious. Layers of dirt and engine bay grime can hide drips, and can even create an unintentional coating of insulation that can result in your engine running hot—leading to engine damage. Excess crud can also cause corrosion, dramatically shortening your engine’s working lifespan. If you feel like giving it a go yourself, there are plenty of options for engine cleaning/degreasing products on the market, or you can hire a professional. Try to schedule a thorough cleaning at least once yearly.
KEEP YOUR KEYS LIGHT
To avoid damaging your ignition, limit the number of items on your keyring
A heavy keychain can wear out the tumblers in your ignition over time, and can sometimes cause enough damage to prevent your key from engaging the ignition—resulting in an expensive call to a locksmith. Decorative keychains, flashlights, and bottle openers can all add weight to your keyring—so either keep your ignition key separate, or downsize your keyring as much as possible.
TRACK YOUR SERVICE SCHEDULE
Familiarize yourself with your owner’s manual, and take note of the manufacturer’s recommended service schedule. Keep a small notebook in your glove box to take note of any services or repairs—including oil changes, fluid checks, tire rotations, and gas mileage. Sticking to the recommended service schedule will help keep your vehicle running smoothly, and if you decide to sell, buyers will appreciate evidence that you’ve performed consistent maintenance.
CHECK YOUR TIRES FOR INFLATION AND WEAR
Tires should typically be rotated every five to ten thousand miles
Your owner’s manual will likely include the recommended interval for tire rotations—typically every 5,000 to 10,000 miles. Regular rotations help the tires wear evenly over their lifespan, particularly if you have a front-wheel drive vehicle, and can prevent front-end misalignment. You also want to ensure that your tires are inflated to the recommended levels; underinflated tires can cause tread wear and reduce gas mileage, while overinflated tires can result in a loss of traction while also causing premature wear.
REPLACE YOUR AIR FILTER
K&N High-Flow Air Filters are specially designed to provide your engine with increased performance
Your engine air filter protects your engine from contaminants that can cause damage—and is a sometimes-overlooked aspect of necessary regular maintenance. If you choose a disposable filter, it typically needs to be replaced every 15,000 miles or so. K&N High-Flow Air Filters are washable and reusable, and are designed to last for the entire life of your vehicle—so you can enjoy the convenience of only servicing your filter every 50,000 miles under normal highway driving conditions, while also providing up to 50% more airflow to your engine over a disposable filter.
BUY GOOD GAS
Make sure you’re filling up with high-quality gasoline
Fuel companies add EPA-approved additives and detergents to their fuel in order to prevent the build-up of carbon deposits that can degrade your engine’s performance. To ensure you’re providing your engine with clean gas, look for Top Tier™ gasoline—a designation that ensures companies are exceeding the minimum additive standard. Preventing fuel build-up can extend the life of your engine dramatically!
CHANGE YOUR OIL AND OIL FILTER REGULARLY
Your oil filter should typically be swapped out at least every other oil change, though changing it every time is ideal. Oil filters contain almost a quart of oil, which—if dirty—can contaminate your freshly changed, clean oil. Many late model car manufacturers recommend long service intervals of 5,000-10,000 miles, so be sure you are using a high-quality oil filter that can go the distance. K&N Performance Gold® oil filters are made with a heavy-duty canister and premium filter media to hold up to the demands of extended use. Always use the oil viscosity grade that your vehicle’s manufacturer recommends—which may vary according to the season.
DON’T NEGLECT FLUID LEVELS
Don’t neglect other fluids—your transmission fluid, radiator coolant, brake fluid, and power steering fluid all require periodic servicing and replacement according to your manufacturer’s recommended service schedule. It’s a good idea to check all your fluids regularly to help catch any leaks or problems early.
Following your vehicle’s recommended service schedule will help keep you on the road longer
KEEP YOUR CAR CLEAN
Keeping your car clean is an important aspect of maintaining your car’s paint job and body. Salt, in particular, can cause serious rust damage and corrosion—which can eventually creep into the structural components of your vehicle, resulting in thousands of dollars of damage. Wash your car regularly, and if you live in an area where it's frequently exposed to salt—near the beach, or where roads are salted in winter—make sure to give your vehicle’s undercarriage a thorough cleaning with each wash.
Be aware of new sounds and vibrations. Every couple of weeks, take a minute to roll down your windows as you’re driving around town, and listen for anything out of the ordinary. Squeaks, rattles, and knocks should be investigated and diagnosed. Sound can be one of the first indicators of a problem, and if you catch issues early, you can avoid more serious repairs in the future.
BE PATIENT WITH COLD STARTS
If you let your car sit for more than five hours, you can consider the engine cold—with most of the oil drained into the oil pan. It takes a few seconds after start-up for oil to start circulating through the engine again—meaning you shouldn’t immediately start up and drive off, particularly in cold weather when the oil is more viscous (and moves slower!). Give the engine around 30 seconds to warm up before putting it in gear.
BUDGET FOR REPAIRS
Unexpected car repairs can cause your budget to take a serious hit—which is why it’s important to plan ahead for unforeseen problems in addition to your regular service costs. Setting aside a vehicle-specific emergency fund can help you deal with costly repairs and prevent unnecessary financial stress. If possible, estimate your yearly vehicle costs—including services like oil changes, fluid checks, filter replacements, and tire rotations—and set aside a bit extra for any unwelcome surprises.
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Sammy Hagar will be hosting the first annual “High Tide Beach Party & Car Show” in Huntington Beach, California on Saturday, October 6, 2018.
Enter the giveaway before June 28 at 11:59PM PST
Hagar—who gained international stardom as the lead singer of Van Halen from 1985 to 1996—will be performing with his band The Circle, featuring Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham, and Vic Johnson, along with special guests. REO Speedwagon, Reel Big Fish, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Tijuana Dogs, and Tre Cool’s Dead Mermaids will also be performing. “This will be like my annual birthday bash on steroids,” commented Hagar. “Surf’s up is an understatement.”
A vast collection of luxury, exotic, and muscle cars will also be featured at the event, and if you’re local, you can submit photos of your vehicle to potentially be included in the car show! Guests can also look forward to food, beer, wine, and specialty cocktails. Food options will include selections from Sammy Hagar’s cookbook, “Are We Having Any Fun Yet?” with tastings from his restaurants Cabo Wabo Cantina and Sammy’s Beach Bar & Grill.
Fans will have the opportunity to win two round-trip flights to the beach bash, a two-night hotel stay, VIP tickets to the bash, a Limited-Edition Hogue knife, a vehicle battery from Optima Batteries, a set of Center Line wheels, and a $300 K&N gift card. The giveaway starts on Monday, June 25 at 7:00am Pacific Standard Time, and ends on June 28 at 11:59pm. You can enter the giveaway here: www.hightidebeachparty.com/flyaway.
Early bird general admission tickets start at $45 and are available online. Reserved seating, VIP packages, and VIP cabanas are also available.
Ticket pre-sales begin on June 28, and the public sale begins June 29 at 7am Pacific Standard Time/10am Eastern Standard Time at www.hightidebeachparty.com.
Sara Price just completed her first-ever SCORE International BAJA 500—achieving a commendable 5th place finish in the Trophy Truck Spec class with navigator Erica Sacks. The duo completed all 542 miles together, on a course that many are calling the toughest in Baja 500 history. In preparation, Price and her RPM Offroad teammates logged over 1000 practice miles before the official race even began.
Sara Price and Erica Sacks
Price and Sacks battled fuel pump issues during the race, but the RPM Offroad team was able to execute quick repairs that kept the truck on the course without further issues—allowing them to finish in 14 hours and 47 minutes.
“It was amazing to be able to perform like we did at the 500,” Price commented. “It’s a lifelong dream to be able to complete that race—and to not only drive the whole thing, but also to finish in the top five. Erica and I pre-ran the course and made sure our notes were as detailed as possible. We were focused on being smart and consistent, and along with our incredible team, RPM Offroad and Geiser Brothers, we kept the truck together until the finish line.”
Price's trophy truck
Price will continue to compete in the SCORE International series in the Trophy Truck Spec class under Team RPM Offroad. The SCORE International series includes many desert races on the Baja California Peninsula, including the San Felipe 250, the Baja 500, and the Baja 1000.
Price began racing at the age of eight, and collected nineteen amateur titles in motocross—the most wins of any female amateur to date—going on to medal in the Women’s Super X at the 2010 X Games. She was also the first factory-supported female racer to join Kawasaki. “I believe in actions,” Price noted, “And with that comes respect for your hard work, dedication, and results. Female or male—when that helmet goes on, we are racers.”
Price is a veteran racer in both motocross and off-road
She earned second-place overall in the side-by-side championship of the 2015 Lucas Oil Regional Series, and won the Terracross Championship that same year. In 2016, Price was the first woman to lead laps in the Robby Gordon Stadium SUPER Truck Series, and was named the 2016 Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame Rising Star—a prestigious honor intended to recognize remarkable talent. She has also worked as a professional stuntwoman and precision driver for television and film.
K&N has been a supporter of Price since early in her career. “K&N’s been amazing," she noted. "They’ve been with me from the very beginning. I use the products on every vehicle I have—even on my daily driver, I have a K&N intake installed. You get the most horsepower, and you can trust it—you’re protected.”
Look for Sara Price in the SCORE Tijuana Desert Challenge, taking place from September 19-23 in Tijuana, Mexico.