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Top Tips for Driving an Automatic Car

Just about every car sold to modern markets is fitted with an automatic transmission system. Stats have it that nine of ten vehicles on our roads could be automated. Automatic transmissions cars have come a long way in the past few decades. If you drive an automatic car, just like with their manual counterparts, incorrect use of the vehicle can take a toll on the life of the car. To save your car from common transmission issues, here are some top tips to help you drive a vehicle fitted with an automatic transmission system.reversing

Only Select Park After Coming to a Complete Stop

Most drivers today are tempted to arrest the momentum of a moving car using the park feature. Doing this takes a toll on a car’s transmission system. Ideally, the park pawl keeps shearing, thus resulting in hidden damage in your transmission system. What is the brake meant for anyway? The best way to go about parking is to use the brakes fist, then choose the park pawl when the vehicle has come to a complete stop.

Stop Before Changing the Opposite Ratio

Whenever you are shifting from drive to reverse or vice versa, always make sure that you come to a complete stop before choose the opposite ratio. Unfortunately, it can be tempting to choose the opposite gear ratio before the automobile stops. Doing this can damage the clutch and other components of the transmission system. These parts take time to replace and are quite expensive.

Do Not Coast in Neutral

Most people driving automatic vehicles today are usually tempted to coast in neutral to save some fuel. In reality, this practice is ill-informed, as it does more harm than good to the car. As far as fuel-savings goes, auto transmission cars’ coast’ you when your foot is off the throttle. Moreover, not coasting in neutral makes it easy for you to accelerate or brake.

Feeding the Throttle on Drive

When moving from a stationary position, it is always advisable to get the car rolling with minimal throttle pressure before you increase your power. Applying high pressure to static engine parts can be damaging. Although this damage might not be apparent at first, continued misuse of the throttle drive will eventually make the transmission system yield. To save yourself from making this mistake, you should consider buying a car with launch control.…


Common Indications Of Engine Failure

Like a truck or a car owner, you are supposed to know the condition of your engine. There are a few observations which can be done to determine the engine’s condition. The process of determining the signs associated with engine tear and wear is helpful in extending the lifespan of any truck or car. This article will help you in learning the common signs which suggest engine service and repair is in order.

Minor and major engine failure

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Any driver who is driving a car can easily tell if the car is functioning as usual, or if it is doing anything which is not normal. You should always pay attention when driving. This will greatly help you in determining if your truck or the car needs any repair or service including engine repair. The following are some of the common indications which indicate that a truck or a car may need some repair or service changes in drivability, stalling, unusual vibrations, unusual gasoline smells or odours, strange noises and shaking.

Engine stalling

Any stalling on the engine could be an indication of many problems. It might be a serious problem such as engine failure or just a small issue affecting your car’s battery. A one-time stall can be caused by a fuel or a battery issue. Frequent stalling should be addressed by replacing the entire engine or repairing it.

Clinking or banging noises in the engine’s carriage

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These are loud and strange noises. Most of the loud noises coming from the vehicle’s engine could be a clear indication or sign or tear and wear. This problem can be rectified by diagnosing the various parts of the engine ranging from engine oil to spark plugs. Strange noises can result from the cylinders, valves, connector rod, sump, crank shaft and piston rings. The car’s engine should be inspected on a regular basis to ensure that the various components are in good condition and functional.


There are several reasons which lead to overheating of a truck or a car engine. A truck or car engine should be supplied with antifreeze to prevent the engine from overheating. This is a fluid which travels through the various components of the engine thereby keeping them cool when then the engine is running. You are supposed to identify when truck or car is overheating to establish what could be causing this problem. A broken thermostat can lead to overheating when someone is driving at high speeds. Other problems which can lead to overheating include radiator problems and faulty radiator hoses.…


Factors Considered When Buying A Used Motorcycle

The process of inspecting a pre-owned motorcycle is not easy. An average size motorcycle has so many components which are visible, but most buyers have no ideas of what they should look for when buying a motorbike. This is the main reason why you will find many buyers regretting after their first purchase. The following tips will guide you when choosing a used motorbike. You should follow these tips to avoid any regret in future. Many people have lost their money by making their decision blindly or in a hurry.

Examining the frame


It is important to inspect the frame whenever you are buying a used motorcycle. The frame is one of the major components of a motorbike. It is responsible for supporting the entire weight of a motorbike. This is also the part which allows the ride to steer his or her bike. Frames are made using durable materials, but they can still be damaged especially when the bike is involved in a serious accident. Serious damage is very difficult to repair.

This is the main reason why you find many motorcycles being taken to the junkyard. However, there are some unscrupulous owners who have a tendency of selling the damaged bikes to the new buyers. This is very common when the bike’s frame has a minor injury such as a hairline fracture or a crack. The owners of such bikes will try to convenience the buyer that minor damages are not problematic. You are advised to avoid purchasing a bike which has a damaged frame. Such bikes are considered to be potentially dangerous. You should only buy a bike with a bent or cracked frame when you are interested in using the other parts.

Checking the chain

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The condition of a bike’s chain should be inspected. Riding a bike with a bad chain can endanger your safety or even cripple your bike. A vision inspection will help you in determining if the chain is well maintained. Any signs or corrosion is a clear indication that the sprockets and the chain were neglected. The chain’s flexibility should also be tested by pulling and pushing it gently on a small section. This is best done while the motorbike is moving forward. A properly maintained, well-oiled chain is supposed to move about uniformly when tested.

Looking at the tires

Failure to examine the tires is one of the common mistakes made by new buyers. Most people will assume that the motorcycle’s tires are not expensive as compared to the truck tires. Any tire which is worn on the side should be replaced. The tread of the tires should also be examined. They should not be very shallow.




The Gather Rounders | Portland Maine Bluegrass and Folk Music

About Us
The Gather Rounders is a string band that tastefully blends traditional and progressive bluegrass and folk into a lush mix of clean harmonies, inventive pickin’ and solid grooves.

We are…
Lincoln Meyers (guitar)
Ron Cody (banjo)
Zach Ovington (fiddle, mandolin, vocals)
Wendy Cody (upright bass)
The Gather Rounders features both talented bluegrass veterans and exciting fresh faces.

Lincoln Meyers (guitar, vocals) an award-winning guitarist who has been playing professionally for 30 years, 18 of them in New England, has toured for years with national bands Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen and The April Verch Band.

Ron Cody (banjo) is a genre-defying banjoist with recordings that have been featured on All Things Considered, The Thistle and the Shamrock and Sirius Radio Bluegrass. Renowned banjoist Tony Trischka adds about his playing- “Ron can hit from all sides.” Visit him online at

Zach Ovington (fiddle, mandolin, vocals) has been a singer and multi-instrumentalist on the New England folk, bluegrass and jazz scene for over 10 years. His music is based in southern folk music learned during childhood with Irish and traditional jazz influences from time spent in the north.

Wendy Cody (upright bass) has performed throughout the northeast as part of the venerable New England Bluegrass Band and has recorded with musical luminaries such as Darol Anger, Rushad Eggleston and Mike Block.

Together, The Gather Rounders make a unique brand of modern bluegrass and folk music, rooted in tradition yet infused with inventive verve.


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Upcoming Events
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Every Sunday, 11am-1pm

Bluegrass Brunch @ Gather [info]
Thu, May 7, 2015, 9-11pm

Port City Blue [info]
Fri, May 8, 2015, 7:30pm

Mole Hill Theatre [info]
Tue, May 12, 2015, 7-9pm

Private event [info]
Fri-Sun, May 15-17, 2015

Banjo Camp North [info]
Sat, May 23, 2015, 1-4pm

Private event
Thu, Jun 4, 2015, 9-11pm

Port City Blue [info]
Sun, Jun 14, 2015, 6-8pm

Mallet Barn Farm-to-Table Dinner [info]
Fri, Jun 19, 2015, 6-8pm

Congress Square Park [info]
Sat, Jun 20, 2015, 5:30-8:30pm

Funky Bow Brewery & Beer Company [info]
Thu, Jun 25, 2015, 1pm

Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival [info]
Thu, Jul 2, 2015, 9-11pm

Port City Blue [info]
Sat, Jul 11, 2015, 9-10pm

Ossipee Valley Fair [info]
Sun, Jul 19, 2015, 3:30-4:30pm

Yarmouth Clam Festival [info]
Wed, Jul 22, 2015, 8:30-11:30pm

Nick-A-Nees [info]
Sat, Jul 25, 2015, 7-9pm

The Reach [info]
Sat, Aug 1, 2015

Private event
Thu, Aug 6, 2015, 9-11pm

Port City Blue [info]
Sun, Aug 9, 2015, 4:30-6pm

Fort Gorges, Portland Harbor, Portland, ME [info]
Thu, Aug 13, 2015, 7-10pm

Andy’s Old Port Pub [info]
Sat, Aug 15, 2015

Freeport, ME, Private event
Sun, Aug 16, 2015, 1-4pm

Private event, Portsmouth, NH
Sat, Aug 22, 2015, 4:45-5:15pm

Royal River Music Festival [info]
Wed, Aug 26, 2015, 6-9pm

Graze at Pineland Farms [info]
Fri, Aug 28, 2015, 8:30-10:30pm

Paradise Cafe [info]
Thu, Sep 3, 2015, 9-11pm

Port City Blue [info]
Sat, Sep 5, 2015, 1-4pm

Private event, Gorham, ME
Sun, Sep 6, 2015, 6-9pm

Private event
Wed, Sep 9, 2015, 6-9pm

Graze at Pineland Farms [info]
Sat, Sep 12, 2015, 7-9pm

b.good [info]
Thu, Sep 17, 2015, 7-10pm

Andy’s Old Port Pub [info]
Sat, Sep 19, 2015, 9pm-12am

Blue Mermaid [info]
Sat, Sep 26, 2015, 7:30pm-9:30pm

The Back Room at the Mill [info]
Thu, Oct 15, 2015, 8-11pm

Riverwalk Cafe & Music Bar [info]
Sat, Oct 17, 2015, 4-6pm

Private event, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
Thu, Oct 22, 2015, 7-10pm

Andy’s Old Port Pub [info]
Sat, Oct 24, 2015, 8pm

The One Village Music Project Concert
Acoustic Artisans, Portland, ME [info]
Thu, Nov 12, 2015, 7-10pm

Andy’s Old Port Pub [info]
Sat, Nov 21, 2015, 7-9pm

FPFC Concert Series
South Berwick, ME [info]
Thu, Dec 10, 2015, 7-10pm

Andy’s Old Port Pub [info]
Fri, Jan 15, 2016, 8-11pm

Andy’s Old Port Pub [info]
Fri, Feb 12, 2016, 8-11pm

Andy’s Old Port Pub [info]
Fri, Mar 18, 2016, 8-11pm

Andy’s Old Port Pub [info]
Fri, Apr 29, 2016, 8-11pm

Andy’s Old Port Pub [info]
Past Events

Sat, Mar 31, 2014, 7pm

Munjoy Hill, opening for Darol Anger/Emy Phelps
Thu, Oct 9, 2014, 7:30-10:30pm

Andy’s Old Port Pub [info]
Fri, Oct 10, 2014, 7:30-10:30pm

Sarah’s Wine Bar [info]

Sat, Oct 11, 2014, 7:30pm

The Barn at Rocky Top, w/Ryan Cavanaugh & Rushad Eggleston [info]
Sat/Sun, Oct 11/12, 2014, 11am-3pm

Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm [info]
Fri, Oct 17, 2014, 6-7:30pm

Port City Blue [info]
Sat, Oct 18, 2014, 3-6pm

Private event
Fri, Nov 28, 2014, 9pm-12am

Martingale Wharf [info]
Thu, Dec 4, 2014, 5:30-7:00pm

One Longfellow Square [info]
Thu, Dec 4, 2014, 7:30-10:30pm

Andy’s Old Port Pub [info]
Sun, Dec 14, 2014, 6-8pm

Nippo Lake Restaurant [info]
Wed, Dec 31, 2014, 6:30-9pm

New Year’s Eve @ Gather [info]
Fri, Jan 9, 2015, 6-7:30pm

Port City Blue [info]
Thu, Jan 15, 2015, 7:30-10:30pm

Andy’s Old Port Pub [info]
Thu, Feb 5, 2015, 9-11pm

Port City Blue [info]
Thu, Feb 13-15, 2015

Joe Val Bluegrass Festival [info]
Our showcase set is on Saturday, Feb 14th, 6:45pm
Fri, Feb 20, 2015, 7-9pm

Cooperative Design Lab Benefit Show [info]
Sat, Feb 21, 2015, 8:30-11pm

Newcastle Publick House [info]
Thu, Feb 26, 2015, 7:30-10:30pm

Andy’s Old Port Pub [info]
Thu, Mar 5, 2015, 9-11pm

Port City Blue [info]
Sat, Mar 7, 2015, 9pm-12:30am

Blue Mermaid [info]
Sat, Mar 14, 2015, 3-4pm

Jenny Brook Bluegrass [info]
Sat, Mar 14, 2015, 6:30-9pm

The Pizza Stone VT [info] / [info]
Thu, Mar 19, 2015, 7:30-10:30pm

Andy’s Old Port Pub [info]
Thu, Apr 2, 2015, 9-11pm

Port City Blue [info]
Thu, Apr 23, 2015, 7-10pm

Andy’s Old Port Pub [info]
Sat, Apr 25, 2015, 8:00pm

Somerset Abbey [info]
I Picture You
By The Gather Rounders

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“The Gather Rounders came rolling into Providence like thunder last Wednesday at Nick-a- Nee’s. Great vocals, tight harmonies, solid Bluegrass rhythm, and scorching breaks conspired to keep the crowd there until the very end … And no one wanted the show to end!”
Sal Sauco,…