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[Product Review] Continental Elite Poly-V Drive Belts

[Product Review] Continental Elite Poly-V Drive Belts

Continental Elite Poly-V Drive Belts by Hib Halverson Back in the ’90s, Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company introduced a new type of serpentine or “Poly-V” drive belt. It was named “Gatorbackt” for the distinctive helical-cogged, or “helicog,” pattern on the belt’s backside and to associate the product with Goodyear’s “Gatorback” high performance radial tires of the late-’80s and early-’90s. The ...

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[Product Review] Garmin DriveSmart 61 LMT-S GPS Receiver

Garmin DriveSmart 61 LMT-S GPS Receiver by Hib Halverson It might surprise some of the V-Net’s members, but there are ATS-Vs without navigation systems. Admittedly, few cars were built that way, but the fact remains that a nav system was an option not part of the base equipment package. One of the V-Net’s product evaluation cars is a ’16 ATS-V ...

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[Product Review] Better Bulbs for the Cadillac ATS

Better Bulbs for ATSes. Our Review of Headlamp Bulb Upgrades for Compact Cadillacs by Hib Halverson, Editor, V-Net Product Evaluation Pages All Cadillac ATS headlamps have only one bulb. If the car was ordered with the “Luxury Package” they have D3S HID bulbs. Cars without Luxury Packages have conventional, 9012 quartz-halogen bulbs. In either case, the change from low- to ...

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[Product Review] Odyssey Battery Charger

Odyssey Battery Charger

Odyssey Battery Charger by Hib Halverson I have Odyssey Batteries in most of my cars including one which the V-Net uses to evaluate products, the 2016 ATS-V Coupe we call the “Blue BMW Buster.” Click here to read an evaluation of the Odyssey Performance Series Battery we use in that car. Odysseys are premium, absorbent glass mat (AGM) batteries known ...

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[Product Review] AutoMeter Battery Extender

Autometer Batter Extender

AutoMeter Battery Extender by Hib Halverson You may own Cadillac Vs which are parked or stored for long periods. If you do, it’s possible you’ve had a dead battery. Even the best battery, when not connected to anything, slowly discharges because of the chemical processes at work inside it. Once hooked to your car’s electrical system, besides that tiny, self-discharge ...

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