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email: auto@mpbonline.org Auto Correct, hosted by Allison Walker, the Lady Auto Mechanic, airs at 10am Central on MPB Think Radio and on mpbonline.orgAuto Correct is a route to correct your problem with your automobile.
Latest Episode8/6/2020

Auto Correct: Car Shows

You know Allison Walker as The Lady Auto Mechanic, but did you know she also is a Car Show Judge? Listen while she tells us what judges look for and what we can look for while strolling among gorgeous vehicles.Here are the recalls for the week: 2020 Kia Stinger: Dealers will replace motor-driven power steering assembly for free.324,200 2018-2020 Honda Odysseys: Dealers will replace the power sliding door outer handle cables for free.2019-2021 Honda Odysseys, Passports, Pilots: Honda will notify owners that updated software for the rear camera is available. dealers will replace the rear view camera for free if needed607,800 2018-2021 Honda Odysseys, Passports, Pilots: Dealers will reprogram the instrument panel control module software for free.2020 Kia Telluride: Dealers will install an additional wire harness to the main fuse box to signal the trailer brake lights for free.You can find out if your car has a past recall by going to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website: https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls and inputting your VIN number.Consumer Reports rounded up the poorest used models of the past decade. Today, we’re going to caution you about:Heavy-duty Chevy Silverado models for 2015 and 2016. Trouble with the vehicle’s suspension, body integrity (including cabin noises and leaks), and power equipment rated among common complaints. Consumer Reports also pointed to 2011 and 2012 models as troubled vehicles — featuring problems with their fuel and brake systems — when it comes to reliability. Please consider reading up on the reliability of this car before purchasing it as a used car, suggests Consumer Reports. https://www.consumerreports.org/used-cars/used-cars-to-avoid-buying/ https://www.carcomplaints.com/ is another resource for unreliable car lists.If you’re interested in reviews of new cars Casey Williams is the automotive correspondent for WFYI, a public radio station in Indianapolis. He has reviewed cars and covered the auto industry for 25 years. His review this week is on the 2020 Lexus LC500 https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williamsIn the News:25 Best-Selling Cars of 2020…So Far https://www.kbb.com/best-cars/top-10-25-best-selling-cars-trucks-suvs/Modern driver-assistance technology 'far from reliable': AAA study https://www.reuters.com/article/us-autos-selfdriving-safety/modern-driver-assistance-technology-far-from-reliable-aaa-study-idUSKCN2521DMCalls: brakes cutting off on F-150changing seat beltblower motor updatebuying a truck318 motor
7/30/2020

Auto Correct: Do It Yourself Oil Changes

Here are Allison's suggestions for changing your own oil:Check the type and amount of oil needed, get together your filter, wrenches, and other supplies such as socket set or screwdriver.Prepare your vehicle – ramps or jacks if needed (probably will need)Locate the oil filter and drain plug and drain panDrain the oil in to pan with locking lidTighten the drain plug gentlyChange the oil filter with wrench and pan – hand tighten after smearing a dab of new oil on O-ringAdd the new oilCheck the oil levelDispose of oil at an auto parts storeYou can also read about it from Edmunds.com https://www.edmunds.com/how-to/how-to-change-your-oil-the-real-down-and-dirty.htmlCalls:O-ring stuckcarburetorcleaning radiatorcar won't startsunroof leakingwant something done right . . . tips for oil changesfan engine problemair filtersengine lightfan motor suggestioncarburetor suggestionsmoke or vapor from ventYou can find out if your car has a past recall by going to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website: https://www.nhtsa.gov/recallsand inputting your VIN numberConsumer Reports rounded up the poorest used models of the past decade. Today, we’re going to caution you about: Tesla’s Model X electric SUV.For all the love and praise lavished upon Model S, Consumer Reports took an almost instant dislike to the Model X electric SUV. Calling the 2016 edition “fast and flawed” in a headline, testers called out weaknesses in the falcon-wing door design and general reliability. As it has with so many all-new models, Consumer Reports suggested avoiding the ’16 Model X on the used market and waiting for the automaker to work out the kinks.Please consider reading up on the reliability of this car before purchasing it as a used car, suggests Consumer Reports.https://www.consumerreports.org/used-cars/used-cars-to-avoid-buying/https://www.carcomplaints.com/ is another resource for unreliable car lists.If you’re interested in reviews of new cars Casey Williams is the automotive correspondent for WFYI, a public radio station in Indianapolis. He has reviewed cars and covered the auto industry for 25 years. His review this week is on the 2020 Hyundai Venue, Ford Escape Hybrid https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williamsWhat’s in the news: there’s a video out of a train hitting a car. In Mississippi: The driver of a vehicle shall stop and remain standing and not traverse a railroad crossing when a crossing gate is lowered or when a human flagman gives or continues to give a signal of the approach or passage of a train or on-track equipment.The driver of any motor vehicle for hire carrying passengers or any school bus carrying any school child must stop within 50 feet but not less than 15 feet from the nearest rail of a crossing to listen and look in both directions for any approaching train or signals indicating the approach of a train and shall not proceed until he can do so safely. https://drivinglaws.aaa.com/tag/railroad-crossing/#:~:text=A%20person%20may%20not%20drive,approach%20of%20a%20railroad%20train.
7/23/2020

Auto Correct: Code Readers

Calls this week dealt with:code readerticking and growling Fordextended warranty offerengine strapscode readerbalanced tire?pricing a car for saleALB lightHere are the recalls for the week: 183,000 2018-2020 Toyota Tundras: wire harness connected to the front turn signal bulbs2014-2019 Mitsubishi Outlander, Outlander PHEV: second-row center seat belt buckle2020 Nissan Leaf: backup camera2016-2020 Lincoln MKX, Nautilus: front passenger seat wiring harness2020 Ford Escape, Transit: curtain airbag may not inflate properly during deploymentYou can find out if your car has a past recall by going to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website: https://www.nhtsa.gov/recallsand inputting your VIN number.Consumer Reports rounded up the poorest used models of the past decade. Today, we’re going to caution you about: Fiat 500Fiat-Chryslerhas 19 models listed as far below average in reliability by Consumer Reports in the last decade, so any used car shopper considering one shouldread up on thembefore buying, new or used.Fiat’s worst performerwas the 500, which should be avoided for model years 2012, 2013, and 2015. The 2012 model, in particular, proved to be a disaster in body finish, brakes, suspension, and power equipmentPlease consider reading up on the reliability of this car before purchasing it as a used car, suggests Consumer Reports. https://www.consumerreports.org/used-cars/used-cars-to-avoid-buying/ https://www.carcomplaints.com/ is another resource for unreliable car lists.If you’re interested in reviews of new cars Casey Williams is the automotive correspondent for WFYI, a public radio station in Indianapolis. He has reviewed cars and covered the auto industry for 25 years. His review this week is on the 2020 Toyota Prius Prime and Yaris; 2020 Mazda CX-30 and the 2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV – that’s the one where Casey is wearing the MPB Shirt we sent him. https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williamsWhat’s in the news: The Honda Fit is getting discontinued in the U.S., alongside the Civic coupe and the manual Accord. https://jalopnik.com/dead-honda-fit-1844418117?utm_source=jalopnik_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2020-07-18
7/16/2020

Auto Correct: What's Up With You

This was an open topic day.Discussed:tail of the dragonAuto Crossfixing brakesnot driving car on the interstateheadlinerCalls concerned:vibrating wheeltork connector - flex platetruck bed with rust holeswheel trembletruck struck by lighteninggear stuck in Parkfuel additivesvibrationHere are the recalls for the week:2013-2016 Land Rover Range Rover, Range Rover Sport: keyless vehicle latching system925,200 Chrysler and Dodge SUVs and Minivans: airbag cover clips2015-2016 Kia Soul EV: The parking mechanism2019-2020 Mercedes-AMG Sedans and SUVs: electronic stability software2013-2018 Audi A8, S8: engine compartment seal2011-2012 Hyundai Elantra, Sonata Hybrid and 2012 Accent, Veloster: The 12-volt accessory socket outletYou can find out if your car has a past recall by going to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website: https://www.nhtsa.gov/recallsand inputting your VIN number.Consumer Reports rounded up the poorest used models of the past decade. Today, we’re going to caution you about:The 2015 Audi Q7, the last year of that model design. Consumer Reports surveys showed problems in the brake system, audio components, and general body integrity. New models (2017 and later) showed remarkable improvements in these areas and won the Q7 top scores among midsize luxury SUVs. Please consider reading up on the reliability of this car before purchasing it as a used car, suggests Consumer Reports. https://www.consumerreports.org/used-cars/used-cars-to-avoid-buyinghttps://www.carcomplaints.com/ is another resource for unreliable car lists.What’s in the news: The video game Wrench could make practical mechanical training much more accessible. Super-detailed mechanic simulator focused on preparing and maintaining endurance race cars.https://jalopnik.com/this-wrench-game-might-help-you-learn-auto-mechanics-wi-1844314067?utm_source=jalopnik_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2020-07-10
7/9/2020

Auto Correct: Trucks

Guest for the show: Ivan Drury. Ivan is a Senior Manager of the Insights Division at Edmunds.com where he examines trends in the automotive industry and provides insights for Edmunds’ monthly sales forecasts. https://www.facebook.com/edmunds/ https://twitter.com/edmundsIvan also was a guest on MPB’s Money Talks show on April 28th – talking about buying a new vehicle during our pandemic.http://moneytalks.mpbonline.org/episodes/money-talks-edmundscomAllison Walker, The Lady Auto Mechanic, was also on hand to take vehicle repair questions. https://twitter.com/TheLadyAutoMech https://www.facebook.com/theladyautomechanic78/Calls concerned:changing the oilfuture trucksGI Joe truckemail - nice ride that can towcomment about GI Joe truckF250water damagetire pressure indicatorspark plugcurrent electrics trucksHere are the recalls for the week:307,900 2008-2020 Volvo Sedans, SUVs and Wagons: Dealers will replace the seat belt anchor cable for both front seats for free.You can find out if your car has a past recall by going to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website: https://www.nhtsa.gov/recallsand inputting your VIN number.Harbor Freight Recalls Replacement Pittsburgh Jack Standshttps://www.facebook.com/harborfreight/photos/a.371506512568/10157770290752569/?type=1&theaterConsumer Reports rounded up the poorest used models of the past decade.Today, we’re going to caution you about: the VW Jetta.Volkswagen’s most popular U.S. model has featured many reliability issues since 2010. In the 2014 through 2016 model years, issues with the audio system, interior finish, and power equipment like windows and cruise control - hurt its rating in Consumer Reports surveys. The 2010 Jetta featured many of the same problems along with a problematic climate system and other electrical components.Please consider reading up on the reliability of this car before purchasing it as a used car, suggests Consumer Reports. https://www.consumerreports.org/used-cars/used-cars-to-avoid-buying/https://www.carcomplaints.com/ is another resource for unreliable car lists.If you’re interested in reviews of new cars Casey Williams is the automotive correspondent for WFYI, a public radio station in Indianapolis. He has reviewed cars and covered the auto industry for 25 years. On You Tube, his channel is @Auto Casey, he’s just posted a review of the Bolt and he’s wearing his MPB T-shirt and gives a shout out to Auto Correct. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3ow_5v-a9YFCA confirmed this week that Dodge will end production of both the Grand Caravan and the Journey after the 2020 model year, leaving the brand without a front-wheel drive crossover for the first time since 2008, and without a minivan for the first time in nearly four decades. Dodge, which helped usher in the minivan era, is now fully dedicated to muscle.https://jalopnik.com/dead-dodge-grand-caravan-1844253178?utm_source=jalopnik_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2020-07-03
7/2/2020

Auto Correct: Race Car Rebuild

Allison Walker, The Lady Auto Mechanic, shares tales from rebuilding her race car. https://www.facebook.com/theladyautomechanic78/Here are the recalls for the week:Approximately 267,000 model-year 2013-15 Toyota Prius hybrids and model-year 2014-17 Prius v hybrids: Dealers will update the hybrid system software. For customer satisfaction, if the car has experienced an inverter failure with certain hybrid system faults related to this condition, the inverter will be repaired or replaced. All repairs will be done for free.2020 Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator: Dealers will inspect and replace the attachment bracket for the second-row driver-side head restraint, as necessary, for free.You can find out if your car has a past recall by going to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website: https://www.nhtsa.gov/recallsand inputting your VIN number.Consumer Reports rounded up the poorest used models of the past decade. Today, we’re going to caution you about:Ram 1500 Detroit’s 1500 pickup trucks scored well for the decade’s worth of results (2007-16) in Consumer Reports testing, but Ram showed a few weak spots. The 2014 and 2016 models got the “never buy” rating due to poor reliability scores. Heavy-duty models (2500) from 2012, 2014, and 2015 also rated poorly in the reliability department. Brake systems and power components were trouble areas in these trucksPlease consider reading up on the reliability of this car before purchasing it as a used car, suggests Consumer Reports. https://www.consumerreports.org/used-cars/used-cars-to-avoid-buying/https://www.carcomplaints.com/ is another resource for unreliable car lists.If you’re interested in reviews of new cars Casey Williams is the automotive correspondent for WFYI, a public radio station in Indianapolis. He has reviewed cars and covered the auto industry for 25 years. His review this week is on the 2020 Cadillac XT5 Sport, Mercedes-AMG GLC43 https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williamsWhat’s in the news: Tesla driver blames Autopilot for crash, faces negligent driving charge. The driver reportedly told police he “must not have been paying attention.” When he plowed into the back of a parked police car on the side of the road.this isn't uncommon behavior for adaptive cruise control systems. Often these systems use radar to match the speed of moving vehicles ahead. This is fairly easy to do with radar, which can directly measure another vehicle's velocity. However, such systems may completely ignore stationary vehicles since radar has poor angular resolution and can't distinguish stationary objects near the road (like a concrete lane divider) from an obstacle in the vehicle's travel lane. Adaptive cruise control works well enough most of the time, but it can lead to the rare case where, if a car is parked in the travel lane and a car with adaptive cruise control is being driven by a driver who isn't paying attention, the two can crash.https://arstechnica.com/cars/2020/06/tesla-driver-blames-autopilot-for-crash-into-police-car/
6/25/2020

Auto Correct: What's Up with Allison

Allison Walker, The Lady Auto Mechanic, is fixing up at '89 Nissan SX for Auto Cross racing. https://www.facebook.com/theladyautomechanic78/We had calls about:trading in a Ford Fusiongetting better MPG on a '05 GMCracing!comment about testing injectorsgas & electric vehiclesneutral safety switchvacuum linesHere are the recalls for the week:2014-2017 Jeep Cherokee: Dealers will perform a software update by engaging rear-wheel drive and prevent rolling in Park by activating the electronic parking brake if a failed input spline occurs. The repairs will be done for free.2020 Mazda CX-30, Mazda3: Dealers will inspect the front brake caliper bolts, tightening them as necessary and replacing calipers with missing bolts, for free. ALSODealers will inspect the evaporative vent hose in the fuel tank. If the hose is disconnected, it will be reconnected and the charcoal canister with some related parts will be replaced. All repairs will be done for free.2019-2020 BMW Cars and SUVs and Toyota Supras: Dealers will replace the steering gear tie rods for free.You can find out if your car has a past recall by going to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website: https://www.nhtsa.gov/recallsand inputting your VIN number.Consumer Reports rounded up the poorest used models of the past decade. Today, we’re going to caution you about:Ford Fiesta from model years 2011 to 2014 stood out in particular. Its primary issues centered on the transmission, body integrity, and audio system. Please consider reading up on the reliability of this car before purchasing it as a used car, suggests Consumer Reports.https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/index.htmhttps://www.carcomplaints.com/ is another resource for unreliable car lists.If you’re interested in reviews of new cars Casey Williams is the automotive correspondent for WFYI, a public radio station in Indianapolis. He has reviewed cars and covered the auto industry for 25 years. His review this week is on the 2020 Toyota RAV4 TRD https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williamsMPB Foundation for ContributionsThe 2021 Ford F-150 will make its online debut 7 p.m. central Thursday via YouTube. https://youtu.be/eg3_4JAKlmw