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Auto Correct, hosted by Allison Walker, the Lady Auto Mechanic

Auto Correct is a route to correct your problem with your automobile. Our mechanic on duty will listen to the issue then determine the best way to go about solving your concern. In Mississippi, having your transportation... More
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2019-12-5

Auto Correct: Windshields

Guest Mike Harbin from The Righteous Windshield talks auto glass with us.


https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Glass-Service/The-Righteous-Windshield-1499878863621382/


Here are the recalls for the week: 2011-2013 Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee: The fuel pump relay inside the totally integrated power module may fail, causing the vehicle to stall without warning and increasing the risk of a crash.A remedy is still under development. 2019 Ford Ranger: Dealers will inspect the underbody inline connector and, if a terminal is loose, it will be re-pinned to a replacement connector for free. 2019-2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, HDs and GMC Sierra 1500, HDs: Dealers will close off the opening in the pretensioner bracket of the front seat belts for free. 2014-2016 Chevrolet SS: Dealers will replace the steering gear assembly for free. 2012-2013 Fiat 500: Dealers will replace the shifter cable adjuster for free. 2012-2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV: Dealers will replace the brake vacuum pump for free. 2019 Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG G-Class: Dealers will inspect, modify or replace the front door wiring harness in the event damage has occurred for free.

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 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. Today, we’re going to caution you about:  Ford Explorer           2002, 2004, 2006, 2012, 2016 This vehicle had various complaints

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 over 25 years. His reviews this week are on the 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country, the Kia Telluride, and VW Atlas

https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williams


Allison will be participating in Auto Cross this month: Sunday, December 15, 2019: SCCA - Central Louisiana Region, JESTC, Zachary, La

https://www.motorsportreg.com/events/cenla-december-autocross-jestc-scca-central-louisiana-923263

2019-12-5

Auto Correct: Windshields

Guest Mike Harbin from The Righteous Windshield talks auto glass with us.


https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Glass-Service/The-Righteous-Windshield-1499878863621382/


Here are the recalls for the week: 2011-2013 Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee: The fuel pump relay inside the totally integrated power module may fail, causing the vehicle to stall without warning and increasing the risk of a crash.A remedy is still under development. 2019 Ford Ranger: Dealers will inspect the underbody inline connector and, if a terminal is loose, it will be re-pinned to a replacement connector for free. 2019-2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, HDs and GMC Sierra 1500, HDs: Dealers will close off the opening in the pretensioner bracket of the front seat belts for free. 2014-2016 Chevrolet SS: Dealers will replace the steering gear assembly for free. 2012-2013 Fiat 500: Dealers will replace the shifter cable adjuster for free. 2012-2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV: Dealers will replace the brake vacuum pump for free. 2019 Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG G-Class: Dealers will inspect, modify or replace the front door wiring harness in the event damage has occurred for free.

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 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. Today, we’re going to caution you about:  Ford Explorer           2002, 2004, 2006, 2012, 2016 This vehicle had various complaints

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 over 25 years. His reviews this week are on the 2020 Volvo V60 Cross Country, the Kia Telluride, and VW Atlas

https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williams


Allison will be participating in Auto Cross this month: Sunday, December 15, 2019: SCCA - Central Louisiana Region, JESTC, Zachary, La

https://www.motorsportreg.com/events/cenla-december-autocross-jestc-scca-central-louisiana-923263

2019-11-28

Auto Correct: Mail Bag Podcast

Time to reach into the "email" bag. Hear about recalls and what not to buy vehicles also.


  • CV joints
  • Auto Off on new vehicles
  • headlight restoration kits
  • nitrogen vs. air in tires
  • spark plugs


We’ll catch you up with some recent recalls:

1. 928,000 Toyota, Scion and Lexus Cars, Minivans, SUVs and Pickup Trucks:         for replacement airbag inflators that were intended as short-term solutions for the dangerous originals involved in the Takata airbag crisis. Dealers will replace either the driver or front passenger airbag inflator or the airbag assembly using an alternate inflator.

2. 638,000 Chevrolet and GMC SUVs and Pickup Trucks:    all equipped with 5.3-liter V-8 engines, a 3.08-ratio rear axle and four-wheel drive. This one is a long sequence of problems. Dealer will reprogram the electronic brake control module.


3. 466,200 2017-19 Subaru Crosstreks and Imprezas:                      the engine control module may continue to power the ignition coil after the engine is shut off, which could result in a short circuit and blown fuse. Dealers will have to update the ECM software and investigate the status of the ignition coil.


4. 366,200 2015-18 Subaru Foresters:               Involves a loosened electrical connection in the front passenger seat for the occupant detection system. Owners will get a notice and a second notice once a remedy becomes available.


5. 336,500 2019 Honda CR-Vs:                The owner’s manual incorrectly describes how the CR-V’s “Passenger Airbag Off” light works. The automaker will provide a sticker with the correct info to throw in the owner’s manual.                

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.

 


What’s an unreliable car to NOT buy?   

Consumer 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. Today, we’re going to caution you about:

 Dodge Durango     2004 catching on fire.  2011-2013, 2016

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 link is in the podcast information.

       https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williams

2019-11-21

Auto Correct: Getting Ready to Ride Podcast

Are you traveling to Grandma's house for Thanksgiving? Taking a trip to the beach or the mountains? Is your car ready?


Allison Walker, The Lady Auto Mechanic, ACE Certified, gives suggestions for prepping your car for a trip.

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Before you drive:

·      Check oil and filter; Check fluids; Check hoses for any swelling, cracks, for softness.

·      High and low beam headlights.

·      Air up the regular tires and the spare tire. Do you have a spare? If not, get a can of fix flat or a tire plug kit with a portable compressor. Check tires tread and look for signs of strain, bulges, or other damage. Tire pressure, don’t over inflate.

·      Wipers and wiper fluid.

What to have in the car with you:

·      Maybe a portable jump machine.

·      Sunglasses

·      Bring towels for cleaning dirty windshields, spills, etc.

·      Make sure your owner’s manual is handy.

·      Spare fluids.


 While you drive:

·      Get a spare key for the car and keep it in your wallet or elsewhere on your person in case you lock your keys in the car.

·      Always fill your gas tank when it is half full. Don’t wait too long.

·      When traveling always look at the weather ahead of you. If you're from the south and heading north, you don’t want to run into ice while running summer tires that we can run year round

·      Try to avoid peak hours of Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon before Thanksgiving. Drive in the morning.


Recall for the week: 2020 BMW 3 Series: Dealers will inspect the trunk release cable and properly install the cable, as necessary, for free;        2016-2017 Lincoln MKX: Dealers will remove the four battery harness clips at the battery tray and one elbow guide, then install a wire channel shield to the transmission shifter cable bracket. and protective sleeve to the harness. All repairs will be done for free.           2019-2020 Buick Regal: Dealers will inspect the crossbar welds of the driver or front passenger seat frames; if the crossbar is improperly welded the seat will be replaced for free.                   2019 Dodge Grand Caravan: Dealers will weld in a striker reinforcement bracket on the second- and third-row outboard seat strikers for free.                     Nissan Maxima, Murano, Pathfinder and Infiniti QX60: Dealers will replace the ABS (anti-lock brakes) actuator for free.                      2019-2020 Ford F-150: Dealers will inspect the positive battery cable/BMS/PDB joint for excess sealant adhesive and remove any excessive adhesive, reassemble the joint and re-torque the fastener for free.

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 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. Today, we’re going to caution you about:

 2001, 2006, 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser     One of the problems is a cracked dashboard.

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 BMW 740i

https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williams


Northwest Point Reservoir Library (Brandon) Allison Walker AKA the Lady Auto Mechanic host of Auto Correct on MPB will be returning to the Northwest Point Reservoir Library to educate us on how to get our cars ready for the South Mississippi Winter. *This is the November 12th program that has been rescheduled. Event Type(s): Speaker Age Group(s): All Ages Presenter: Allison Walker

Nicholas Parker (601) 992-2539 reservoi@cmrls.lib.ms.us

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2019-11-14

Auto Correct: EVs

Electric vehicles? Are they for you?


We speak to some owners and hear from Allison Walker, The Lady Auto Mechanic about this growing market of vehicles.


Northwest Point Reservoir Library (Brandon) Allison Walker AKA the Lady Auto Mechanic host of Auto Correct on MPB will be returning to the Northwest Point Reservoir Library to educate us on how to get our cars ready for the South Mississippi Winter.  *This is the November 12th program that has been rescheduled. Event Type(s): Speaker Age Group(s): All Ages Presenter: Allison Walker

Nicholas Parker (601) 992-2539 reservoi@cmrls.lib.ms.us

http://cmrls.evanced.info/signup


Here are the recalls for the week: 2019 Mazda CX-9: Rubber compound used for prototype production was accidentally mixed into rubber compound for standard production, leading to diminished tire tread strength, tread separation and instability, increasing the risk of a crash. A remedy is not yet available.

2019 Dodge Challenger, Charger: Dealers will replace the front wheels and inspect and replace the front tires as necessary. Additionally, dealers will inspect the wheel alignment and adjust as necessary. Both repairs will be done for free.

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 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. Today, we’re going to caution you about: Chevrolet Malibu 2002, 2013 engine problems  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 Jeep, Gladiator XMT; the Volvo XC40, and VW Jetta GLI , and the 2020 Hyundai Palisade         https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williams



2019-11-7

Auto Correct: Car Feature Acronyms

SUV? AWD? CVT? Do you know what these letter mean? Our show will tell you.


We're talking about Car Feature Acronyms with Allison Walker, The Lady Auto Mechanic https://www.instagram.com/the_lady_auto_mechanic/


Here are the latest recalls: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE, GLS; 928,000 Toyota, Scion and Lexus Cars, Minivans, SUVs and Pickup Trucks;  2020 Hyundai Elantra;  2017-2019 Subaru Crosstrek, Impreza: 2017-2019 Subaru Crosstrek, Impreza;   2019 Tesla Model 3; 2014-2019 Ram 1500; 2019 Ford Edge; 2017-2020 Porsche Panamera, Panamera Hybrid, Cayenne; 638,000 Chevrolet and GMC SUVs and Pickup Trucks; 2019-2020 BMW 3 Series, Z4.

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 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. Today, we’re going to caution you about:

·          Buick LaCrosse    2006,2010, 2011, 2017:  headlights (low beams) go off intermittently.

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. He has new reviews of:  Kia Niro EV and the EV start-up, Rivian is which is funded by Ford Motor Company, Cox Automotive, and Amazon.    https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williams


Coming up: Ladies Under the Hood 11/12/2019  11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Northwest Point Reservoir Library (Brandon)

Join us Tuesday November 12th at 11:00 am for a special visit from Allison Walker AKA the Lady Auto Mechanic host of Auto Correct on MPB. Allison will be returning to the Northwest Point Reservoir Library to educate us on how to get our cars ready for the South Mississippi Winter. 

Event Type(s): Branch Information, Speaker

Age Group(s): All Ages

Presenter: Allison Walker

Nicholas Parker

(601) 992-2539

reservoi@cmrls.lib.ms.us

http://cmrls.evanced.info/signup


2019-10-24

Auto Correct: Parallel Parking

Do you dread parallel parking? Are you proud of your skill? Are you thrilled you have parking assist on your new car? 


There are lots of tips and tricks to parallel parking.

1.    Make sure you have 1 and a half car lengths space to park.

2.    When you’re alongside the front car – look over your shoulder to see the front parked car’s bumper in your back side window – or your back bumpers are even or your side mirrors are even -  if you and the front parked car are the same size vehicles

3.    Turn the wheel to the right and angle back looking into your left side mirror until you see the front/road side bumper of the rear parked car

4.    Turn the wheel to the left to straighten out, and back straight in until your right side mirror covers your view of the front parked car’s left tail light.

5.    Turn the wheel to the left to get your car parallel to the curb using your right side mirror to site down the curb or edge of road.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4LcfZeS4qw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mpo6fcaWfC4


Do you have parking assist? Or Active Park Assist?

The car has sensors to scan for available parking spots.

1.    You push the button as you cruise for a spot.

2.    The message center lets you know and chimes when it finds one.

3.    You then put the car in reverse, lift hands off the stirring wheel WHILE operating the brake and gas

4.    You’re parked in 15 to 30 seconds.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xW-MhoLImqg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtomEyPQhtM


Here are the recalls for the week: Approximately 7,200 model-year 2019-20 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500 pickup trucks equipped with Advantage trifold soft tonneau covers (to KNOW): Dealers will provide a cover tether kit, improved instructions and additional labeling.

2018-20 Audi Q5, SQ5: Dealers will replace the four clips securing the forward part of the rear wheel arch trim for free.

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 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. Today, we’re going to caution you about: 

Cadillac SRX 2008 and 2010 The most-reported problem with this is water in lights.

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 2019 BMW M2

https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williams


Autocross Oct. 26/27 2019 Columbus AFB http://www.msscca.org/

2019-10-17

Auto Correct: Auto Body Repair

Guest: Jason Marascalco, I-CAR certified Auto Body Technician


You can pop out a dent with a hair dryer!

Check the air pressure in your tires when the weather changes.


Free Car Care Clinic by The Lady Auto Mechanic, Allison Walker Hosted by Cole's Service Center

This family friendly event will include:

-visual demonstrations on how to change a tire, check the oil, and much more

-What to do in case of a breakdown

-Basic car care necessities

-FOOD!

-Door prizes and raffles

  • -Car washes from the students at Jackson County Technology Center

https://colesservice.com/


Recalls for the week: 2019 Ford Ranger: Dealers will inspect the climate control blower motor and replace it, free of charge, if it is within the suspect part production dates.

2017-2019 Lamborghini Aventador S: Dealers will update the engine software for free.

2015-2018 Subaru Forester: Dealers will inspect and, as necessary, replace the ODS sensor mat harness for free once parts become available.

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 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. Today, we’re going to caution you about: 

Lincoln MKX 2016-2017 engine problems. The most-reported problem is the 2016 Lincoln MKX for engine shut down while driving. 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 Honda Pilot, VW Tiguan       https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williams