Best Vacation For You is Pollution Free Mackinac Island

Situated in Lake Superior, about equidistant between the Lower Peninsula and the Upper Peninsula is a small island in use since the late 17th century. With a circumfrence of about eight miles, it is the jewel in the tourism crown of Michigan. For those that have never been, Mackinac Island truly is another world…in a manner of speaking. Mackinac Island has long been a favorite stop of visitors traveling north into the Upper Peninsula, and also of Michiganians wanting to show their out of state relatives a good time. Its fudge is considered by many to be the best in the state, and the Grand Hotel is possibly the largest hotel in all of Michigan. But what makes this small island unique is its automotive appeal. No cars are permitted on the island, and residents could not be happier.

Tradition is of great importance to the residents of this small island. Even more important however are their beautiful draft horses that are used to cart people all around the island. According to its website, in 1896 a petition was signed that banned “horseless carriages” because they startled the horses (www.mackinacisland.org/history). Due to concern for public safety, and the safety of the horses of course, this ban on automobiles (with the exception of ambulances, police cars and other emergency vehicles) has continued to this day. So, there are almost no cars on the island.

Thus, there are almost no emissions or pollutants that come from Mackinac Island. There are no factories (that I know of anyway) located on that island, probably because there are not enough year round residents to run them. There are however snowmobiles that the few residents use to travel around in the winter months. But I would imagine that since there are more trees up there that those emissions are negligible. The point is, with all the factories and automobile plants that cover the Lower Peninsula, it is quite refreshing to see that there is at least one place in Michigan where there are nearly zero carbon emissions.

Even the Upper Peninsula has issues claiming it has low emissions. Michigan Tech has been mining iron ore for decades, and I am sure it works to refine the iron ore as well. There are two other universities that probably produce their fair share of Carbon Dioxide, as all universities must. This is certainly no knock against LSSU or Northern, but I am merely making a brief comparison.

Mackinac Island belongs to the horses (and the Ojibwe who believed it was sacred land) and it always will. The fact that autmobiles aren’t allowed is for the safety of the animals and people. But there is another reason as well. Time seems to slow down up there. People are there to enjoy themselves and appreciate all the natural beauty of the island. It is a rare sight indeed when a bald eagle will land on the road a stone’s throw away, and people will stare in awe. It is a peaceful island, made all the better without automobiles. Is this strategy realistic in most parts of the Lower Peninsula? Of course not; but does it work wonderfully everyday in Mackinac Island? The answer is most definitely yes.

Transfer Case Troubleshooting Guide

Whether you know it or not, a single automotive component is responsible for turning a two-wheel drive vehicle into an all-wheel drive one. Attached to the transmission, as well as the front and rear axles, the transfer case lets you engage power to all four wheels when you need it, then switch back to only two wheels for normal driving conditions. Like most transmission system components, the transfer case must withstand an incredible amount of stress as it transmits the engine’s power to the drive shaft. As such, there’s always a chance something could go wrong. Here are the most common problems drivers experience.

Low Transmission Fluid

Because it is separate from the transmission case, the transfer case needs its own transmission fluid. In addition to cooling the moving metal parts, the fluid also lubricates the chains or gears that transmit power from the engine to the drive shaft on the front or rear axles. If the fluid level is too low, the box can easily overheat, causing parts and components to seize up. In extreme instances, it may not be possible to shift between the two drive modes at all. Although adding fluid should solve the problem, it will not undo any wear and tear that was caused by inadequate lubrication.

Bad Vacuum Line

The component that actually changes the linkages from two to four-wheel drive and back again is called the vacuum line. Because it relies on pneumatics, the line may not have the power it needs to operate the mechanism and change the gears if it has a fluid leak. To check for a leak, simply listen to the engine as it runs. If you hear a hissing sound, it probably means the line is leaking.

Worn Transfer Chain

Most four-wheel drive vehicles rely on a chain to transmit power from the motor to either or both drive shafts. Just as with a bicycle, this chain has gears and sprockets that allow it to switch between gears. Because they must endure an enormous almost of stress and strain while moving power, these chains can stretch or break. When this occurs, the component will no longer fit on the sprockets and gears it uses to transmit power. In extreme cases, the problem may lead to total transmission failure. More often than not, however, drivers will experience surefire signs of transmission issues such as stalling and gear changing delays. The only repair option for a worn or broken chain is replacement.

Transfer Case Damage

As tough and durable as they may be, transfer cases were not designed to withstand direct damage from road materials. Rocks and other road hazards can easily smash the vulnerable box, causing it to leak transmission fluid. When this happen, the components inside may seize up and prevent shifting between the two modes. If the chain, sprockets, and other components are undamaged, simply replacing the case and adding fluid should solve the problem. However, when the mechanism itself is harmed, repair costs could be considerable.

If you are experiencing any of the aforementioned problems, take your vehicle to a professional mechanic as soon as possible.

Top 3 Luxury Cars and Sporting Events Across Malaysia

One of the country’s top luxury carmakers — Mercedes-Benz Malaysia – supports important sporting events around Malaysia including golf tournaments and sports car races.

The world class MercedesTrophy was held for the 19th straight year beginning in April, 2009 at the Nexus Gold Resort Karambunai in Sabah, and ending at the Saujana Golf Country Club in Selangor on June 18. In between, the event stopped at the Bukit Jambul Country Club in Penang and the Horizon Hills Golf & Country Club in Johor. The tournament is open only to owners of Mercedes -Benz cars from authorized Mercedes dealers across Malaysia.

Winners in the Men’s and Women’s categories go on to represent Malaysia in the Asian final in Melbourne, Australia courtesy of Mercedes-Benz. Winners in each handicap category then qualify for the World Final in Stuttgart, Germany. Players that hit a hole-in-one can win a free Mercedes-Benz car.

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia also supports the Formula One World Championship. In 2009, this event began in March, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia. The Kuala Lumpur leg was held in April, and the season finale takes place in November at the Yas Island Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi. The race also travels to Istanbul, Budapest, Valencia and Sau Paulo. Singapore hosts the only night race of the competition.

The eleventh Formula One PETRONAS Malaysian Grand Prix, held in April 2009, was organised by Malaysian Formula One promoter, Sepang International Circuit. In 2008, a Mercedes Benz SL 63 AMG was chosen as the official safety car of the Formula One World Championships.

In March, 2009, Cycle & Carriage Bintang Mercedes-Benz held their members exclusive Saujana Golf Club Carnival as part of its 110th Anniversary celebration, where they offered members four special discount packages to purchase a new Mercedes-Benz E 200K vehicle. The event also featured two sets of prizes – two free Mercedes-Benz B170 cars, and a free year-long subscription to the Saujana Golf & Country Club.

CCB Mercedes-Benz dealers offer a range of Mercedes-Benz models across Malaysia, including the S-Class Saloon known for its special safety technology. The S-Class features the Electronic Stability Program ESPĀ® and PRE-SAFEĀ® positioning function. For off-road adventures, there is the GL-Class with powerful V6 or V8 engines and AirMATIC air suspension to help make rough terrain travel more comfortable. This cross-country vehicle can accommodate up to seven passengers. Sports car lovers might want to inspect the SLK-Class Roadster and its 224 kW (305 hp) SLK 350 engine. This sleek convertible revs up to 7200 rpm and is aerodynamically designed for speed and handling. The SLK is the world’s most popular roadster in its class.

The luxury car manufacturer also participates in other events throughout the year. For example, to help celebrate its 110th Anniversary, a Mini Sales Carnival was held at Lot 19, PJ Autohaus. Past events include the Merdeka Carnival to help commemorate Malaysia’s 50th Anniversary, in which participants were allowed to test-drive Mercedes-Benz models. In 2008, they featured a series of road shows with promotional deals and new vehicle displays.

We’re yet to see what next in store with Mercedes-Benz Malaysia…