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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 Episode7/2/2020

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
6/18/2020

Auto Correct: Kids & Cars

Joining Allison Walker, The Lady Auto Mechanic: https://www.facebook.com/theladyautomechanic78/is Dr. Morgan McLeod from MPB's Southern Remedy: Kids &Teens which is live following Auto Correct on MPB Think Radio http://southernremedy.mpbonline.org/TRUNK SAFETYA combination of poor ventilation and high temperatures make trunk space a dangerous place for children.From 2005 to 2009, trunk entrapment resulted in the death of 16 children in the US.Make sure to lock your vehicle, including doors and trunk, when you’re not using it.Keep keys and remote entry fobs out of children’s sight and reach.Teach kids that trunks are for transporting cargo and are not safe places to play.Show older kids how to locate and use the emergency trunk release found in cars manufactured after Sep 1, 2001.Very young children may not have the strength or ability to open the release bar.Keep rear fold down seats closed to help prevent kids from climbing into the trunk from inside your car.If your child is missing, get help and always look in pool or vehicles first.DRIVEWAY SAFETYMany preventable injuries and deaths occur in driveways or parking lots when drivers are unaware that children are near vehicles.Tragically, these drivers are often family members or friends of the injured child.Each year, more than 9,000 children are treated in emergency rooms for injuries that occurred while they were unattended in or around motor vehicles.Check your car and driveway for kidsTake a few seconds to walk all the way around your parked car to check for childrenMake sure too there are no toys or pets near there that may attract children to areaLimit play in the drivewayIdentify and use safe play areas for children, away from parked or moving vehicles.Teach kids to play in these areas instead of in, around, or behind a car.Consider making your driveway a toy-free zone.Lend a hand to younger kidsAccompany little kids when they get in and out of a vehicle.Hold their hands while walking near moving vehicles or in driveways and parking lots or on sidewalks.2011-2015 Ford and Lincoln Cars, SUVs and Vans: previously recalled door latches may break. Dealers will inspect and replace the side door latches, if necessary, for free.2020 Chevrolet Silverado HDs, GMC Sierra HDs: Dealers will replace the hood assembly for free.2014-2017 Ford F-150: Dealers will replace the brake master cylinder and inspect the brake booster, replacing it, 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:BMW X5 -. Consumer Reports recommends avoiding the 2011 and 2012 models completely due to reliability issues, there are also issues with ’13 and ’14 model years.Please consider reading up on the reliability of this car before purchasing it as a used car, suggests Consumer Reports. consumerreports.org/used-cars/used-cars-to-avoid-buying/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 LS500hwfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williamsIn the News:There a new iOS 12 app : “Pulled over by the police”https://www.alabamanews.net/2020/06/16/what-the-tech-app-helps-you-record-traffic-stops/#:~:text=An%20iPhone%20app%20is%20helping,being%20pulled%20over%20by%20police%E2%80%9D.&text=If%20it%20isn't%20on,Apple%20from%20the%20App%20Store.https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2018/10/04/siri-shortcut-can-discreetly-record-cops-during-traffic-stops/1509065002/
6/11/2020

Auto Correct: Memorable Drives

Suggested drivesRussia, Caucasus Mountains in Chechenia up to “Jew of the Caucasus”From Oxford to Yankee Stadium in NYCMillion Dollar Highway: Silverton to Ouray, Colorado US 550Blue Ridge ParkwayCades Cove in Great Smoky MountainsNatchez Trace ParkwayHwy 1 south from San FranciscoBeach Hwy, 90 along MS’s coastSeeing the flooded area around Memphis from interstate bridgeTaos, New MexicoItaly Stelvio pass driveKit Carson ForestWolf Creek PassToledo to Lansing MichiganPort Gibson to RodneyAnd we had a call about brake pads and strutsHere are the recalls for the week2013-2018 Nissan Altima: Dealers will replace the hood latch with a new one for free.2016 Land Rover Range Rover, Range Rover Sport: Dealers will update the software and inspect the KV latches, replacing them if necessary, for free.2019 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, Electric and Plug-In Hybrid: Dealers will inspect the rear seat belt assembly production dates and replace the assemblies, as necessary, for free.2019-2020 Bentley Bentayga: Dealers will replace the fuel line and quick connector for free.2020 Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG Cars and SUVs: Dealers will replace the left rear seatback 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 aboutChrysler Town & Country - reliability has been very bad with Chrysler minivans in the past. Models from 2008 through 2012 rated much worse than average.Please consider reading up on the reliability of this car before purchasing it as a used car, suggests Consumer Reports. https://www.carcomplaints.com/ is another resource for unreliable car lists.Friend of the show, Casey Williams, doesn’t have any new reviews this week but you can watch his video reviews at Auto Casey on You Tubehttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMmlfIR8Yx9VyqRery5yPHQWhat’s in the news: National Automotive Service Professional Week - June 7-13, 2020 (Week with June 12th in it)
6/4/2020

Auto Correct: Casey Williams

This abbreviated podcast features our discussion with new car reviewer Casey Williams - you know him! Auto Correct talks about his reviews for WFYI each week. https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williamsHere are the recalls for the week: 2020 Ford Mustang: Dealers will reconfigure the forward-looking camera by aligning the lane departure warning system camera for free.2016-2019 Dodge Grand Caravan: vans modified by Vantage Mobility International be will provided parts and reimburse their owners for repairs to replace the fuel tank gasket for free.2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class: Dealers will replace the front passenger airbag module for free.136,000 Acura and Honda Cars and SUVs: Dealers will replace the fuel pump assembly 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/recallsand 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:2013 Tesla Model S: exterior accessories problemsPlease 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 Nissan Armada, Toyota Highlanderhttps://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williamsTo ensure social distancing protocols, people will be allowed to visit the stations on the day of the week that corresponds with the first letter of their last name. Walk-ins are welcome to visit on "Walk-In Wednesdays." The daily schedule for visits per last names is: Monday: A-ETuesday: F-LWednesday: "Walk-in Wednesday"Thursday: M-SFriday: T-ZServices available are also limited to reduce the number of people visiting the stations to help limit transmission. The following services will be available at permanent driver license stations:CDL TransactionsOut of State TransfersNew CredentialsNew Identification Card CredentialsSecurity Guard Permits (Wednesdays only)Sex Offender RegistrationPermit tests for studentsReinstatementsNon-U.S. CitizensIgnition-Interlock Restricted LicensesMississippians can accessservices online, including renewal and duplicate driver licenses, ID cards, and address changes.All road tests for non-commercial drivers are waived until further notice to help reduce the risk of transmission. Minors must submit an affidavit completed by parent or guardian certifying 50 hours of supervised driving time, which are available on theDPS website.
5/28/2020

Auto Correct: Filters

Allison Walker, The Lady Auto Mechanic, told us about 5 types of filters giving us details about the first 2:transmissioncabinengineoilfuelHere are the recalls for the week: 2019-2020 Porsche Cayenne: Dealers will replace the fuel line and quick connector for free. 2020 Audi Q8: Dealers will inspect the transmission oil pipe and replace it, if necessary, for free.2019-2020 Toyota RAV4, RAV4 Hybrid: Dealers will replace both front lower suspension arms with new ones for free.2019-2020 Audi A6, A6 Allroad, Q3, Q7: Dealers will replace the instrument panels for free.2019-2020 Mitsubishi Outlander, Outlander PHEV Recall Alert: Dealers will inspect the right-side second-row seat belt and replace it, as necessary, for free.141,000 Mitsubishi Sedans, Hatchbacks and SUVs: Dealers will inspect the front cross-members and, depending on the level of corrosion, either apply a sealing/anti-corrosion agent or replace the front cross-member with a new one that has a sealing/anti-corrosion agent applied to it. 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/recallsand 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 350 2006 and 2008 engine problemsPlease 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 840i and “Is this A Good Time To Buy A New Car”https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williamsThe AAA is predicting: the resurgence of the American road trip. CDC still recommends Americans do not travel at all except for necessary reasons and lockdown severity varies from state to state. Some states still require visitors to self quarantine for 14 days before going out in public. Be sure to look up rules for travel in the states you’re visiting.https://newsroom.aaa.com/2020/05/aaa-travel-pandemic-will-suppress-memorial-day-travel-but-travelers-already-planning-future-trips/Calls:electric vehicles batteriesstrutsemail - caravannaAccord's battery et altransmissionsabout that Accordbring your own struts
5/21/2020

Auto Correct: That's Just Wrong

Allison Walker, The Lady Auto Mechanic, has a list of things she wished drivers would do. We heard what our listeners thought other drivers should do and took their car questions.1. Look out for motorcycles.2. Need brake lights3. Use turn signals.4. No tailgating.5. No distractions.Here are the recalls for the week:2015-2016 Chevrolet Caprice PPV, SS: Corrosion of the connector between the electric power steering module and the torque sensor connector may cause a loss of electric power steering assist, increasing the steering effort needed to control the car if power steering is lost and increasing the risk of a crash. The Fix: Dealers will replace the steering gear assembly for free.2020 Porsche Cayenne: An insufficient weld on a transmission oil pipe may cause the vehicle to leak automatic transmission fluid, which while driving could cause the road surface to be made slippery, increasing the risk of a crash. The Fix: Dealers will inspect the transmission oil pipe and replace it, if necessary, 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/recallsand inputting your VIN number.Harbor Freight is recalling 454,000 jack stands because they pose a safety risk and advises consumers to stop using them immediately.Some Pittsburgh Automotive 3 Ton and 6 Ton Heavy Duty Steel Jack Stands. The recall is only for stands with item numbers 61196, 61197 and 56371. https://images.harborfreight.com/hftweb/recalls/Jack-Stand-Recall-56371_61196_61197.pdfConsumer 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:Mini Cooper2005,2008-2013, 2015engine problemsPlease 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 for WFYI, in Indianapolis has reviewed the 2020 Subaru Outback XT Onyx this week.https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williamsCyber security experts recommend doing a factory reset of a vehicle’s infotainment system when selling it, or when returning a rental car that you paired your phone with.Or take the vehicle to a dealer and ask them to wipe it clean of data when you sell it as the factory reset may not sufficiently remove all data present. https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/18/tech/car-data-safety/index.htmlCalls concerned:honkinginspectionsintersection behaviortailgatingmore tailgating opinionstailgate doesn't shutemail about choosing a carwatch for motorcycleslift gatedashboard lightsbrake lights