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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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2019-8-22

Auto Correct: Manual Transmission

What's your manual transmission driving story?

Hear some of our listeners' stories and Allison Walker, The Lady Auto Mechanic's advice for callers and their problems on this broadcast.

Want to learn to drive a manual vehicle? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEJahoaR5Rc


Here are the recalls for the week: 2015 Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ: a problem with the driver or front passenger seat belt anchor; 2019 Toyota Camry: they need to recalibrate the occupant classification system for the front passenger area; 2018-2019 Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG SL-Class – passenger airbag needs to be replaced; 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class: the fuel tank needs to be replaced.

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.


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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: Audi A4 from 2009-2011 because of engine problems, such as excessive oil consumption. 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 VW GLI ________

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


'Your phone is key to drive this SUV' at http://ee.usatoday.com/Olive/ODN/USATSample/shared/ShowArticle.aspx?doc=USA%2F2019%2F08%2F21&entity=Ar00901&sk=107A41E4&mode=text


Check for Coffee and Cars in your area to meet up with car enthusiasts.

2019-8-22

Auto Correct: Manual Transmission

What's your manual transmission driving story?

Hear some of our listeners' stories and Allison Walker, The Lady Auto Mechanic's advice for callers and their problems on this broadcast.

Want to learn to drive a manual vehicle? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEJahoaR5Rc


Here are the recalls for the week: 2015 Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ: a problem with the driver or front passenger seat belt anchor; 2019 Toyota Camry: they need to recalibrate the occupant classification system for the front passenger area; 2018-2019 Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG SL-Class – passenger airbag needs to be replaced; 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class: the fuel tank needs to be replaced.

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.


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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: Audi A4 from 2009-2011 because of engine problems, such as excessive oil consumption. 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 VW GLI ________

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


'Your phone is key to drive this SUV' at http://ee.usatoday.com/Olive/ODN/USATSample/shared/ShowArticle.aspx?doc=USA%2F2019%2F08%2F21&entity=Ar00901&sk=107A41E4&mode=text


Check for Coffee and Cars in your area to meet up with car enthusiasts.

2019-8-15

Auto Correct: Learning to Drive

Do to station electrical maintenance, this is a shortened audio recording of this broadcast.


Here are the recalls for the week: 2019 Mazda3: the interior rear view mirror assembly might fall off; 2019 Honda CR-V: the dealer needs to replace the fuel tank


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 vehicle models 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: 2008, 2013, 2014,2015 Subaru Outback       Overall the worst problem category is Subaru Outback engine problems, including hesitating when accelerating

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


If you want to exhibit your car at Cruisin the Coast in October, today is the last day to register.


Mississippi Sports Car Club of America - Auto Cross information: http://www.msscca.org/

2019-8-8

Auto Correct: Prevention of Car Theft

Tips to protect your car from being stolen:


  • Keep custody of your keys: don't leave them in a running car, don't leave them in a sitting car, don't hide a key on the car, don't give a key to someone who doesn't need it


  • Secure your vehicle: lock your car, close your windows all the way


  • Choose the best parking place: park inside your garage or carport, park near a building entrance, park in a well lit area, park near an attendant


  • Don't leave valuables in the car


  • Anti-theft devices: alarms, steering wheel immobilizers, kill switch, live video feed


  • GPS recovery: On Star, LoJack, or a tracker


  • maybe a manual transmission car (kidding, not kidding)


  • Don't let a stranger follow your car to your destination. Make the block if you think someone is tailing you (this happened to a neighbor)


Recalls for the week: 2019 Toyota RAV4, RAV4 Hybrid: damaged connector in the audio display unit may cause the backup camera;  2020 Ford Explorer, Lincoln Aviator:  manual park release cover may be missing and instrument cluster may be in factory mode, which disables warning alerts and chimes, and does not display the PRNDL gear positions and which gear is selected;           2018-2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio: instrument panel may indicate a fuel level that’s higher than the actual level

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 vehicle models 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: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze   The most-reported problem is anti freeze smell in the car. 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 Range Rover and the 2020 Subaru Outback https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williams

2019-8-1

Auto Correct: 2020 Vehicle Models

Guest Roddy Merritt, host of The Smart Car Buyer podcast, talks about the 2020 models that have arrived and are coming to a showroom near you.


Recent recalls: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, 2019 Subaru Legacy, Outback, 2019 Ford Ranger, 2019 Ram HDs and Chassis Cabs, 2017-2019 Nissan Titan, 2017-2019 Toyota Camry, Corolla, RAV4, Sienna, Yaris iA, 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, 2019-2020 Lexus, Toyota Cars and SUVs, 2019-2020 BMW Coupes, Sedans and SUVs, 2019 Mazda3, 2019 Maserati Levante, 2019 Subaru Ascent, 2016-2017 Porsche Sports Cars and Hatchbacks, 2015-2016 Volkswagen Tiguan, CC, 2019 Kia Optima, 2017-2018 Genesis G80, G90

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: Hyundai Tucson 2016 overall the worst problem category is transmission problems, also reports of no acceleration from stop.

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 X2 M35i, 2019 Chevy Silverado  https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williams


What’s coming up for Roddy Merritt: 15th Annual Scarecrow Cruise & Car Show https://msclassiccruisers.com/events/15th-annual-scarecrow-cruise-car-show Renaissance Euro Fest 2019 http://www.euro-fest.net/ridgeland/


What’s coming up for Allison Walker? Auto Cross in Grenada http://www.msscca.org/







2019-7-26

Auto Correct: More MPG

UPDATE: We've had some discussion concerning the tip on "Refuel in the morning". With underground storage of gas, maybe the outside temperature fluctuations don't change the volume of gas enough to make a difference.

https://www.carbibles.com/improve-gas-mileage/


Useful Tips to Improve Your Gas Mileage

1.   Stick to the motor oil recommended by your vehicle manufacturer. ... those are the oils your manufacturer has tested with your car for its peak performance.

2.   Keep your gas cap fully sealed. ... be mindful when replacing the cap so that oxygen doesn’t get in or the seal of the cap doesn’t degrade.

3.   Drive in the highest possible gear but without putting undue stress on your engine. . . for a manual. Automatics – keep it on overdrive

4.   Forget aftermarket solutions . . performance enhancing gizmos or technology make promises but don’t deliver or the effect is negligible.

5.   Utilize online resources to find the best deals on gas. Something like Gas Buddy or AAA; use Kroger fuel discounts, Wal-Mart giftcard discounts; T-Mobile and Shell have partnership.

6.   Refuel in the morning, not towards the end of the day . . . you can save a dollar of two because the gas is cooler and denser. When it expands, less gas makes up the same volume

7.   Plan your trip . . . combine errands. UPS plans their routes to only make right turns to be the most fuel efficient

8.   Choose your wheels carefully . . alloy wheels are lighter. If you upsize your wheels you can get better mileage but the wheels may weigh more.

9.   Use your car’s cruise control . . it helps to maintain constant speed and reduce your need to accelerate and brake

10.                   Drive 55 when practical. It saves gas over higher speeds – you have to stop for gas going faster so you lose what time you tried to save going faster.


You can find out if your car has a past recall by going to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s website: nhtsa.gov/recalls           and inputting your VIN number.


Consumer Reports has a list of 108          2007-16 models 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: 2005-2015 Mini Cooper        on several factors such as repair cost, average mileage when problems occur, and for loss of power steering.

Please consider reading up on the reliability of this car before purchasing it as a used car, suggests Consumer Reports.     carcomplaints.com/ is another resource for unreliable car lists.      

2019-7-11

Auto Correct: Reliable Car List

Allison Walker, The Lady Auto Mechanic, suggests reliable cars and trucks from different classes.


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Here are the recalls for the week: 2008-2012 BMW 3 Series, 2018-2019 Mazda CX-5, Mazda3, Mazda6, 2012, 2017 Ford Focus, 2013-2014 Focus ST, 2019 Ram 1500, 2019 Jeep Renegade, 2014 Jeep Cherokee2016-2019 Acura ILX2012-2020 Volkswagen Passat, Atlas, 2019 Mazda3, 2018-2019 Audi Q5, SQ5Audi A3, A3 e-tron, S3, RS3

Honda has already started replacing some of the replacement air bags that are will be under federal recall later this year. Check to see if your Honda is part of this massive Takata airbag recall.

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 108          2007-16 models 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 Enclave           2008-2011. Overall the worst problem category is transmission problems. 2008 is the worst. https://www.consumerreports.org/used-cars/used-cars-to-avoid-buying/        

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.    

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 Infiniti 3.0t Red Sport - A Rhapsody In Red     2019 Ford F-150 Raptor, Diesel: Serious Trucks For All      https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williams


In the news: Last VW Beetle manufactured: https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/09/business/volkswagen-beetle-final-production-trnd/index.html

2019-6-27

Auto Correct: What's In The News

Listener questions and articles from June about car news with Allison Walker, The Lady Car Mechanic https://twitter.com/TheLadyAutoMech


'Some car tech comes with increased risks' at http://ee.usatoday.com/Olive/ODN/USATSample/shared/ShowArticle.aspx?doc=USA%2F2019%2F06%2F24&entity=Ar01002&sk=33536395&mode=text


Please see '2018 road deaths high despite dip' at http://ee.usatoday.com/Olive/ODN/USATSample/shared/ShowArticle.aspx?doc=USA%2F2019%2F06%2F18&entity=Ar00800&sk=BC2856FE&mode=text


'His car killed him even as he slept' at http://ee.usatoday.com/Olive/ODN/USATSample/shared/ShowArticle.aspx?doc=USA%2F2019%2F06%2F18&entity=Ar00701&sk=6F15CCEB&mode=text


National Higway Transportation Safety Administration keyless cars with fobs video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kk5WOVGT1PM


https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a28073922/florida-autonomous-cars-driverless/


https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a28137480/general-motors-dominos-pizza-in-car-ordering/


Recalls for the week: 99,700 Porsche Cayenne, Panamera – problem: the shift lever could be moved to Park and the ignition key removed, while the transmission may not be in Park. 2016-2018 Audi Q3: if your turn signal goes bad you might not know it. 2018 Mazda CX-9, wiring harness may disrupt and disable the passenger frontal airbag, turn signals and engine starting system. Ferrari 458, 488, F12 and California T, airbag. 2020 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, fuse for the front and rear windshield washer system may fail

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 108          2007-16 models 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 Suburban     2007-9, 2014-2016. Overall the worst problem category is Chevrolet Suburban engine problems such as excessive oil consumption

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 Nissan Maxima

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