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Latest Episode11/26/2020

Auto Correct: 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 drivingHere are the recalls 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/Follow Allison Walker, The Lady Auto Mechanic on social media!https://www.facebook.com/theladyautomechanic78/https://www.instagram.com/the_lady_auto_mechanic/https://twitter.com/TheLadyAutoMechhttps://www.automotivegroup.biz/contactus.htm
11/26/2020

Auto Correct: 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 drivingHere are the recalls 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/Follow Allison Walker, The Lady Auto Mechanic on social media!https://www.facebook.com/theladyautomechanic78/https://www.instagram.com/the_lady_auto_mechanic/https://twitter.com/TheLadyAutoMechhttps://www.automotivegroup.biz/contactus.htm
11/19/2020

Auto Correct: New Cars in Pandemic

Our guest: Ivan Drury from Edmunds.comDiscussed: 2020 and 2021 vehicle manufacturing and car sales, end of year car buying, Honda 2022 CivicCalls and emails:buying a 2019 new carbuying fleet vehiclesGMC transmissionsnew SUV without 3rd rownew fun to drivewants little truckthanksaudi troublecommuner car suggetionsHere are the recalls for the week:Nearly 51,000 2017-19 Chevrolet Bolt EVs Recalled for Fire Risk – Until the cars have been repaired, NHTSA advises parking them outside and away from homes to avoid the potential spread of a fire. Owners looking to keep track of the investigation’s progress can visit Chevrolet’s dedicated site, call 833-382-4389You can find out if your car has a past recall by going to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website: 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: Mini Coopers. Used car shoppers should basically write off Mini Coopers from the past decade. Consumers Reports named every model between 2007 and 2011 (plus 2015) as way below average in reliability. You can take your pick when it comes to this car’s problems. The laundry list of recalls from the era includes turbocharger failure (2010), slipping clutch (2006 through 2013), exhaust rattle (2011-13), and a defective tailgate (2012). 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 Chevy Blazer RS, Toyota Camry TRD https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williamsWhat’s in the news: Mississippi now has highway signs pointing to the site of a 1977 plane crash that killed some members of the rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. The state Department of Transportation unveiled exit signs not far from the crash site in a wooded area near Gillsburg, Mississippi from Interstate 55 near McComb and state Highway 568.They help visitors find a remote monument commemorating the crash.The monument was dedicated in 2019, but people have had trouble finding the site.Of the 26 people on the plane, 20 survived.Those killed included singer Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Steve Gaines.Lynyrd Skynrd is famous for the songs “Free Bird” and “Sweet Home Alabama.”https://apnews.com/article/alabama-transportation-mississippi-e98ba0cd861dfd10e377936747798cd9
11/12/2020

Auto Correct: Shopping Guide

Have you started your holiday gift shopping? 2020 may be the year to shop online to steer clear of others.How about:Motor Agate https://www.etsy.com/market/motor_agateCar branded fragrences https://www.fashionbeans.com/2016/mens-car-brand-fragrances/ or https://www.autoevolution.com/news/you-can-buy-car-branded-cologne-and-perfume-but-should-you-138254.htmljewerly, gloves, sunglasses, socks, key rings, cellphone accessories for the car, postershttps://www.caranddriver.com/shopping-advice/a34213007/gift-ideas-car-lovers/https://www.bestproducts.com/cars/g2115/gifts-for-car-lovers/?slide=27jump starters https://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Automotive-Jump-Starters/zgbs/automotive/318336011Calls:cleaning fabric202'68 oldsmobile car and points'72 F100 idle controlmercedespoints suggestionSilverado fuse boxNo recalls this week!? 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 GMC Acadia. Every GMC vehicle in existence turned up on the list of unreliable cars of the past decade. GMC Acadia SUVs from model years 2007 to 2014 took the dishonor of being worst of the bunch. Consumer Reports said to avoid all eight editions of this truck on the used car market. Major transmission problems, drivetrain issues, and climate system malfunctions plagued Acadia for most of the decade in question.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 2020 BMW X5 M https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williamsWhat’s in the news: A recent survey found nearly half of Americans (47%) plan to travel for Thanksgiving this year, which is down 21 percentage points from 2019. Of those not traveling, more than half (59%) said COVID-19 impacted their plans. The majority of Thanksgiving travelers (72%) will travel by car to their destination, with most trips happening close to home.https://www.cars.com/articles/nearly-half-of-americans-plan-to-travel-for-thanksgiving-72-by-car-429833/https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html
11/5/2020

Auto Correct: Snake Under The Hood

What’s in the news: an auto shop in Dania Beach, Florida lifted the hood of a mustang to investigate a check engine light. They found a 10-foot-long Burmese python in the engine compartment. Florida Fish and Wildlife were called in to remove the animal.https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2020/10/30/us/florida-mustang-snake-trnd/index.htmlDiscussions:Right to Repair https://massrighttorepair.org/"Car Shield" https://carshield.com/protection-plans/Driving in the left lane: The new law specifies drivers should only use the left lane for passing, unless the right lane is closed, is in disrepair or is otherwise impassable. Drivers could also use the left lane for a left-hand turn or left exit.spark plugs'97 JeepLincoln Crown Victoriaexpensive mode actuatortransmission fluid in the oilhow to service your vehiclecan't get recall fixedtransmission fluid in the gasblack smokewhat's the best truck http://autocorrect.mpbonline.org/episodes/auto-correct-trucksHere are the recalls for the week: Toyota Expands Fuel Pump Recall to 3.3 Million Vehicles: Dealers will replace the fuel pump for free. We’ll have the list of all these vehicles on the info page for this show. 94,000 Audi Q7s from 2018-20 are Recalled for Roof Pillar Padding- Dealers will replace the deformation element on the C-pillars for free350,000 2013-2017 Ford Explorers from 2013-2017 are Recalled for Possible Suspension Fracture194,000 2018-2020 Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC Vehicles from 2018-2020 are Recalled for Transmission IssueYou 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.Consumer Reports gave the label “Never Buy” to 30 used cars. Today, we’re going to caution you about:VW Tiguan: Volkswagen had a tough run early in the decade when it came to making reliable cars. In the case of the VW Tiguan, the SUV flunked the test in 2011 and 2013. For those four model years, Tiguan was far below average for reliability due to engine problems, electrical work, and power equipment. The 2012 model was only marginally better.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 2020 Cadillac CT4-V, Subaru WRX STihttps://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williams
10/29/2020

Auto Correct: Scary Car Features

Recalls this week:3,1002020 Toyota Highlanders Recalled for Side Airbag Interference:Dealers will resolve the issue by inspecting the front seats and replacing the seat trim covers, as necessary, for free. The recall is expected to begin Dec. 13. Owners with further questions can call the automaker at 888-270-9371, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 orvisit its websiteto check theirvehicle identification numberand learn more.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/recalls and inputting your VIN number.Consumer Reports gave the label “Never Buy” to 30 used cars. Today, we’re going to caution you about: The Dodge ChallengerIf you’re looking for a cool car, today’s Challenger is almost as appealing as cars from the classic era. However, you will have to sacrifice big on reliability if you choose a model from earlier this decade. According to Consumer Reports, Challengers from 2015 are among the least reliable cars around due to problems with body finish and power equipment. An earlier study pointed to the 2013 and 2014 model years as well.Please consider reading up on the reliability of this car before purchasing it as a used car, suggests Consumer Reports. https://www.motorbiscuit.com/used-cars-consumer-reports-gave-the-never-buy-label/https://www.carcomplaints.com/ Car Complaints dot 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 the2020 Corvette Convertible and the new Electric Hummer.Our general election is Tuesday, Nov 3rd. Next Tuesday. Curbside voting is available for those that cannot leave their vehicle; have trouble entering a polling location; or have symptoms of COVID-19. Please keep in mind this process may take longer and requires two election workers. If you can vote by absentee or in-person at your polling place, the Secretary of State’s Office encourages you to do so. https://www.sos.ms.gov/content/documents/elections/COVID%20Elections%20FAQs.pdf
10/22/2020

Auto Correct: Let's Chat

Allison Walker, The Lady Auto Mechanic, talks about judging a car show and answers listeners' questions. .https://www.facebook.com/theladyautomechanic78/https://www.instagram.com/the_lady_auto_mechanic/https://twitter.com/TheLadyAutoMechCalls:headlinercar that isn't driven muchcheck engine lightfuel pumpbrake rotorsmanual suspensionmixing oilsengine lightHere are the recalls for the week:2020-2021 Buick, Cadillac and Chevrolet Cars and SUVs: Dealers will replace the electronic brake boost module 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. 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 2014 Audi A4 After 2011, the Audi A4 showed steady improvement in reliability ratings, especially in the engine and electrical system. Prior to these upgrades, A4 was a troubled car. Consumer Reports called out the 2009 and 2010 editions as used cars to avoid, but ’07 and ’08 are right there with them. In the current decade, steer clear of the 2014 model. 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, he’s also on You Tube: AutoCasey. His review this week is on the 2021 Kia Seltos https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williamsGMC Hummer Edition 1 Will Be Ultra-Loaded and Cost $112,595https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a34428107/2022-gmc-hummer-edition-1-priced/#:~:text=Production%20of%20the%202022%20GMC,will%20also%20arrive%20in%202023.
10/15/2020

Auto Correct: Important Maintenance

SUPPORT Mississippi Public Broadcasting, please. Here's the link: GIVINGWhat do you need to check:GasThe OilThe Tire PressureThe BrakesBrake FluidThe Power Steering FluidWheel AlignmentThe Antifreeze or CoolantThe Tire TreadsThe Air FilterThe Transmission FluidThe Lights – All of ThemOur expert is: ASE Certified Mechanic - Allison Walker, The Lady Auto Mechanic on Facebook and Instagram and TwitterAllison will be a judge at the upcoming EuroFest Car Show Oct 16th and 17th, 2020Here are the recalls for the week: 2019-2020 Jeep Wrangler, Gladiator and Ram 1500, 2500: Dealers will replace the front seat belt retractors 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. Or find their SaferCar app.Consumer Reports gave the label “Never Buy” to 30 used cars. Today, we’re going to caution you about: Any Chevy Traverse from model years 2009 to 2011 and 2013 is suspect. Climate systems and suspension came up continually in the list of malfunctions. Please consider reading up on the reliability of this car before purchasing it as a used car, suggests Consumer Reports. Car Complaints.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 is on YouTube: AutoCasey His review this week is on the 2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE63 S