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Email: auto@mpbonline.org Auto Correct, hosted by Coach Charlie — Charles Melton, ASE Master Mechanic, airs at 10 a.m. Central Thursday and 11 a.m. Central Saturday on MPB Think Radio and MPBOnline.org/radioAuto Correct
Latest Episode12/2/2021

Auto Correct: Brakes and buses

After getting your vehicle to “go” getting it to “stop” is pretty important. Rotors, pads, calipers – oh, my. Today is about brakes. Some say the repairs are ones you could do yourself. If you’re a better driver maybe you don’t need repairs as often?Recalls for the week: VW Atlas, Atlas Cross Sport SUVs for Airbag Issue - To fix the problem, dealers will repair the drain tube and replace the airbag control module for free. Owners will receive an interim notification of the safety risk starting Jan. 14, 2022, and they’ll receive a second notice when remedy parts become available. For further information, owners can call VW at 800-893-5298You 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. Or find their SaferCar app.In the news:https://jalopnik.com/school-canceled-due-to-bus-driver-shortage-1848126601?utm_source=jalopnik_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2021-11-27In addition to truck driver shortage, there’s a school bus driver shortage. One school in Massachusetts had to cancel classes before Thanksgiving because there weren’t enough school bus drivers.Auto Casey: Ford Maverick Short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9A51d9wVhQk&t=0sLong version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBH8Qy9mnW4Calls and emails:Email from DavidDiesel brakesChatterBompOld partsTap brakesHybrid brakes http://autocorrect.mpbonline.org/episodes/auto-correct-hybridsRun flat tires
12/2/2021

Auto Correct: Brakes and buses

After getting your vehicle to “go” getting it to “stop” is pretty important. Rotors, pads, calipers – oh, my. Today is about brakes. Some say the repairs are ones you could do yourself. If you’re a better driver maybe you don’t need repairs as often?Recalls for the week: VW Atlas, Atlas Cross Sport SUVs for Airbag Issue - To fix the problem, dealers will repair the drain tube and replace the airbag control module for free. Owners will receive an interim notification of the safety risk starting Jan. 14, 2022, and they’ll receive a second notice when remedy parts become available. For further information, owners can call VW at 800-893-5298You 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. Or find their SaferCar app.In the news:https://jalopnik.com/school-canceled-due-to-bus-driver-shortage-1848126601?utm_source=jalopnik_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2021-11-27In addition to truck driver shortage, there’s a school bus driver shortage. One school in Massachusetts had to cancel classes before Thanksgiving because there weren’t enough school bus drivers.Auto Casey: Ford Maverick Short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9A51d9wVhQk&t=0sLong version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBH8Qy9mnW4Calls and emails:Email from DavidDiesel brakesChatterBompOld partsTap brakesHybrid brakes http://autocorrect.mpbonline.org/episodes/auto-correct-hybridsRun flat tires
11/25/2021

Auto Correct: Encore Highway Patrol

Guest: Major John Poulos from the Mississippi Highway Patrol gave us great information to keep us and our loved ones safe!Listener questions:thanksgiving enforcementgravel trucks10 codesseat beltsfemale patrol officersimpaired drivingdash camstop speedpulled over at nightdefensive drivingRecalls for the week: GM to Recall 5.9 Million SUV and Pickups for Takata Airbag Inflators: What Owners Should KnowGM installed the affected inflators into millions of Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC vehicles from the automaker’s GMT900 platform, a group of full-size pickup trucks and related SUVs. (GM’s U.S. brands are Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC.) Specifically at issue are these vehicles — again, from the 2007-14 model years:Cadillac Escalade, Escalade ESV, Escalade EXTChevrolet AvalancheChevrolet Silverado 1500/2500/3500Chevrolet Tahoe, SuburbanGMC Sierra 1500/2500/3500GMC Yukon, Yukon XLThere should be a proposed schedule of owner notification available by late December. NHTSA said GM has 30 days to propose the schedule, as well as the launch of a remedy, with the agency.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. Or find their SaferCar app.Consumer Reports gave the label “Never Buy” to 30 used cars. Today, we’re going to caution you about:The Ford Focus was the world’s best-selling car as recently as 2013, when it posted back-to-back wins. Following that era, the popular compact hit a wall in terms of reliability ratings. Consumer Reports recommends you pass on this car in model years 2012 through 2016 if you’re buying used. Transmission issues weighed heavily throughout that period.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 in Indianapolis, he’s also on You Tube: AutoCasey. His review this week is on the Toyota Sienna mini-vanhttps://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williamsIn the news: These are the 10 most and least reliable 2021 cars, trucks and SUVs, Consumer Reports says.Most reliable Top 3: 1. Toyota Prius, 2. Lexus NX, 3. Buick EncoreLeast reliable top 3: 1. Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra 1500, 2. Subaru Ascent, 3. Volkswagen Atlashttps://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2020/11/19/consumer-reports-auto-reliability-survey-2021-cars-trucks-suvs/6337648002/
11/18/2021

Auto Correct: Hybrids

If you like Sharknado or combination KFC / Taco Bell you might like hybrid vehicles. Let’s learn about them today between your other vehicle repair questions.Recalls:Mazda has issued a recall for various cars and SUVs related to a fuel pump failure that could cause engine stalling. To fix the problem, dealers will replace the fuel pumps for free. Mazda will begin notifying owners Jan. 11, 2022, but if you have further questions, you can call the automaker at 800-222-5500, option No. 4, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236Audi recalled various vehicles from 2017 through 2020. A cable might disable the passenger airbag.Jeep’s recall involves various 2021 and 2022 models for incorrect software that can disable the driver, passenger, and knee airbags without warning. Audi manufacturer Volkswagen will begin notifying owners Jan. 7, 2022, while Jeep parent Stellantis will begin notifying owners Dec. 30. If you have further questions, you can call Audi at 800-253-2834, Stellantis at 800-853-1403, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236Ram Recalls 2019-20 HDs, Chassis Cabs for Failing Fuel PumpOwners will be notified starting Jan. 1, 2022. Those with questions can call Ram parent automaker Stellantis at 800-853-1403You 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. Or find their SaferCar app.In the news: Under the new infrastructure legislation, monitoring systems to stop intoxicated drivers would roll out in all new vehicles as early as 2026, after the Transportation Department assesses the best form of technology to install in millions of vehicles and automakers are given time to comply. https://www.autoblog.com/2021/11/10/drunk-driving-car-technology-infrastructure-bill/Auto Casey: 2022 Hyundai Tucson HybridLong video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCgDzXWVrbgShort video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqatxhGaKIACalls:leakradio on Sierraoil lifetransmission fluidduallyshudderinghigh mileagenoisecomputerelectric wirebattery warrantyplug insAcurabrakes
11/11/2021

Auto Correct: Easy Repairs Encore

From 02/06/2020Guest expert Charlie Melton from Clinton High School's Career Complex: What can you do to save money and repair your car yourself? What can you learn to to?We have a list of tasks to try.Questions answered:oxygen sensorjump starting a carreplacing a driver's side mirrorchanging an oil filterevaluating a used carsmoke coming from carHere are the recalls for the last 2 weeks:139,000 Toyota Cars, SUVs and EVs:2.9 Million Toyota Cars and Hybrids:2020 Hyundai Kona:2003-2004 Pontiac Vibe:2014-2015 Cadillac CTS:2020 Jeep Wrangler:You can find out if your car has a past recall by going to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s website: https://www.nhtsa.gov/recallsand inputting your VIN number.https://www.carcomplaints.com/ is a resource for unreliable car information.Today, we’re going to caution you about:The 2013 Nisson Altimait has reported engine problemsConsumer Reports has a list of vehicles that have a record of much-worse-than-average overall reliability based on subscriber responses to their Annual Auto Survey.Please consider reading up on the reliability of any used car before purchasing it.https://www.consumerreports.org/used-cars/used-cars-to-avoid-buying/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 Subaru Outback Touring 2021 EV Hummer https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williamsAuto Casey: Land Rover 90Short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QokcB4jhcsM&t=0sLong version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbzCenSVdMsWe learned on our show about car acronyms EV = electric vehicleVermont to allow emoji on licence plates? ! https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2020/01/27/bill-would-allow-car-owners-put-emoji-license-plates/4589415002/
11/4/2021

Auto Correct: Learn about Tires

You’ve got a lot riding on your tires. When do you need new ones? How often do you need to rotate them? How do you rotate them? Can you rotate them? These are my questions – what are yours?Recalls: Every recall is serious, so it’s important that you contact an authorized service center or your local dealer as soon as possible. Automakers issue recalls to fix defects, or sometimes just to check for them. Every owner of a recalled model will be contacted by mail to bring their car to an authorized service center or dealer for evaluation. Any defective parts will be replaced at no cost to the car owner.Every recall is registered with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. NHTSA is also often responsible for requesting a recall after investigating common safety problems or receiving complaints from owners, however, these don’t always lead to car recalls.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. Or find their SaferCar app.In the news: Last week Hertz announce that they had ordered 100 thousand Teslas by the end of 2022. This week CEO Elon Musk tweeted that they hadn’t signed a contract for the vehicles. Will there be enough charging stations?! https://www.npr.org/2021/11/02/1051543077/tesla-elon-musk-deal-hertz-stock-falls-tweet-not-signedAuto Casey: Subaru Forester WildernessShort video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfFjWRC3vMY&t=0sLong version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yF5zectcvtkDiscussion:When to get new tiresbalance and alignmentinflateSpeed ratingpairsrotatetrunkTPMStypes Calls:donatingtrailer psinitrogenrotatealignmentspeed ratingceramic brakesPennzoilcylinder headscontrol modulebalance tipfuel lineemailbad tiresclankingwarranty
10/28/2021

Auto Correct: Warranties

From MPB Think Radio, this Auto Correct, helping you correct your auto problems. Our host is Coach Charlie, Charles Melton.I’m Liz Gill. We’re here to help steer you in the right direction. Do you need a vehicle warranty? How is a bumper to bumper different from a powertrain warranty? Who has needs extended warranty? We’ll find out today!https://www.kbb.com/car-advice/car-warranty-guide/According to the Federal Communications Commission, auto warranty robocalls are the most common telephone scam in America. The agency receives more complaints about extended car warranty scams than about any other subject.Simply put, never respond to a phone call about a car warranty unless you placed the call. Scammers may even know what type of vehicle you drive. In some states, that information is public and easy to obtain. But no reputable car warranty company will ever call you to offer you a plan.Recalls for the week: Volvo 2001-07 V70s and XC70s Wagons: Faulty Airbag Inflators To resolve this potentially deadly issue, dealers will replace the driver-side airbag for free. Volvo will begin notifying owners Dec. 14, but those with additional questions can call the automaker at 800-458-1552Ram 2021-22 2500 and 3500 HD pickups, as well as 3500, 4500 and 5500 chassis cabs, and all are equipped with the Cummins 6.7-liter turbo-diesel engine are being recalled for Fire Risk.Ram advises that owners whose trucks are equipped with the affected engine and produced between Aug. 2, 2020, and Oct. 9, 2021, should not park indoors. No remedy has yet been announced, but owners will be notified starting Dec. 3. Those with questions can call Ram parent automaker Stellantis at 800-853-1403You 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. Or find their SaferCar app.In the news: RV industry sets a new all-time high for the number of RVs shipped in any previous month and any previous quarter. https://jalopnik.com/september-was-the-biggest-month-for-rv-sales-on-record-1847929395?utm_source=jalopnik_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2021-10-25Auto Casey: Toyota Supra Short video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6by7Se4wryo&t=0sLong version:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BMDPmna5coCalls:stabbing a starterarbitrationpowertrain warrantiesstill have a warrantyhow to get an estimatewarranty emailBuick Enclaveoil change emailChevy Volt
10/21/2021

Auto Correct: Winterize Your Vehicle

From MPB Think Radio, this Auto Correct, helping you correct your auto problems. Our host is Coach Charlie – Charles Melton master technician I’m Liz Gill.We’re here to help steer you in the right direction. I bet you put on a sweater or jacket this week. Let’s learn how to winterize our vehicles. Email us your questions auto@mpb.online.org. We’d love for you to call in to contribute to Auto Correct and MPB with your financial support. That number is 1-888-372-GIVE1-888-372-4483 or go to https://donate.mpbfoundation.org/mspb/podcastHere is a money saving tip – recall repairs are done for free at a dealership.You can find out if your vehicle 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. Or download their SaferCar app.Auto Casey: Mazda CX-30 Short video:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-f_a_6SaOI&t=0sLonger version:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glHWsNVqwWIIn the news:Numbers released by the National Insurance Crime Bureau show there was an 11 percent increase in the number of vehicles stolen in the U.S. last year, with the two most popular targets being Ford and Chevrolet half-ton pickups.The Honda Civic and Accord were the next most popular cars to steal, in part because late-1990s versions of these vehicles still on the road are unlikely to have anti-theft devices built in. https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a37983327/2020-stolen-cars-chevrolet-ford-trucks/Vehicle check up: BatteryCooling systemBrakesBelts, hoses, spark plugs, wires and cableChange your oilTire Pressure checkWasher Fluid NOT WATER fillChange windshield wipersSafety kit: First aidFlashlight and batteriesIce scraperNon-perishable food and beverageWarm clothing – jacket, hat, socks, bootsJumper cables – where can you read how to hook up your jumper cables properly?Sand and shovelCar tool kitCell phone