Six Things You'd Never Think Were Made Out Of Oil

While others are fretting about our coming electric future, Elon Musk reminded us that gasoline, a petroleum product, is highly flammable. Then again, we shouldn't be afraid of all petroleum products (I hope, maybe). Plenty of stuff we use every day is made out of petroleum, even where you'd least expect it. » 10/05/13 12:48pm 10/05/13 12:48pm

The Super Hacky Oil Pan Emergency Repair Fix

Out of the four cars I own, there's only really one that can be considered "modern," and next year it'll be old enough to get Bar Mitzvah'd. Still, I have a kid now, and that means I really should have at least one car with some airbags and actual room to haul him and his stuff around. That car is a 2000 VW Passat wagon, … » 8/23/12 4:00pm 8/23/12 4:00pm

Toyota Relaunches Motor Oil With Aid Of Spokesmodels

The super best number one awesome automaker from the land of the rising sun has relaunched its ingenious solution to engine friction: Toyota Genuine Motor Oil lubricates engine internals, cleans deposits, inhibits corrosion, improves sealing and cools the engine by carrying heat away from moving parts. Fascinating!… » 8/26/08 1:40pm 8/26/08 1:40pm