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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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2019-7-11

Auto Correct: Reliable Car List

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


https://www.facebook.com/theladyautomechanic78/



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

2019-7-11

Auto Correct: Reliable Car List

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


https://www.facebook.com/theladyautomechanic78/



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

2019-6-20

Auto Correct: Fuel Economy

We've got some tips for getting the most miles per gallon of gas.


Useful Tips to Improve Your Gas Mileage

1.    Take it easy on the pedal. ... the faster you go the greater the drag that your car will have to work against. The same is true when coming to a stop. Imagine there is an egg between your foot and the gas pedal to remind yourself to accelerate slowly and gently. When breaking allow time to just slow by not having your foot on the gas peddle.

2.    Adhere to your vehicle's recommended fuel type. ... if you’re suppose to put regular fuel in the car do it. If you’re suppose to put premium fuel in – do that.

3.    Watch the weight. ... unless you’re driving a cargo van, don’t carry cargo regularly, for no reason.

4.    Reduce drag. ... roof racks, bike racks, and storage accessories on your car add weight and increase aerodynamic drag. They aren’t for everyday use.

5.    Inflate those tires to the correct pressure. ... flatter tires have more contact with the road and take more fuel to propel. Also watch the tread pattern of the tires.

6.    Avoid prolonged idling. Your engine consumes half a gallon to a gallon of fuel every hour. Don’t rev your engine while starting in the morning. Let it run for 20 seconds and you’re good to go.

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

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

9.    Utilize online resources to find the best deals on gas. Something like Gas Buddy or AAA, Kroger fuel discounts, Wal-Mart giftcard discounts

10. 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

11. Do not ever forget to replacing your air filter

12. Be sensible when using the air conditioning – is city traffic better to roll down the windows

13. Keep your car tuned up

14. Every year use something like CRC Intake Cleaner GDI – throttle body cleaner


And here’s what’s in the news this week:  Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Returns to Netflix July 19             Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, the show in which he picks up a comedian and takes them to coffee in a sometimes perfect/sometimes combustible car, usually framed around his interpretation of their personality, will return with new episodes to its relatively new home at Netflix next month.


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:             2008-2011, 2013-2014, 2017 GMC Acadia:  Overall the worst problem category is GMC Acadia transmission 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 _ 2019 Buick Envision, Jeep Cherokee  https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williams


Here are the recalls for the week: 2016-2017 Land Rover Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, driver’s seat belt emergency locking retractor may not lock at the correct G-force level as designed; 2019 Subaru Crosstrek - drivers side rear door window; 2018 Karma Revero - upper intrusion bar in the door maybe split.

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.

2019-6-13

Auto Correct: Allison the mechanic

We learn what inspired Allison Walker, The Lady Auto Mechanic, and her love of cars.


Calls covered:

Air conditioners, fuel economy, spark plugs, timing bets, maintenance, and oil changes.


Recalls for the week: 2011 – 2017 Ford Explorer, rear suspension problems; 2013 Ford F-150 another recall concerning a software update; 2019-2020 Jaguar I-Pace, regenerative brake system fails; 2019-2020 Ram 1500, occupant restraint controller may become corrupted, disabling the vehicle’s airbags; 2019 BMW X7, driver and passenger head airbags may not have been properly aligned with the trim during installation; 2019-2020 BMW 2 Series, 4 Series, 2019 3 Series Wagon, driver and passenger knee airbag assemblies may have been improperly folded and assembled

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: Infinity Q50           2014, 2015, and 2016 had complaints about tire wear.

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 GM, Michelin’s plan for airless tires and the Jaguar I-Pace https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williams



2019-6-6

Auto Correct: Driving Tips

We heard great calls about driving near motorcycles, trucks with trailers, and semi trucks.


Defensive Driving tips:


1.Look Far Ahead

2.Getting The Big Picture

3.Have An Excape Plan

4.Maintain Proper Following Distance

5.Reduce Driving Distractions


Recalls for the week: 2017-2018 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, The electric water pump;   2019 Nissan Altima, The fuel pump lock ring may not be fully engaged;  2019 Chevrolet Silverado, Sierra 1500, 2020 HDs equipped with Rugger Liner hard tri-fold tonneau covers may not properly secure the cover to the bed;  2018-2019 Ram 1500, the rear driveshaft 


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: Volvo XC90           2016-2017 electrical 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 2019 Nissan Armada          https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williams

2019-5-30

Auto Correct: Open Topic

The Tupelo Auto Museum sold off its vehicles for $8.6 million dollars!


https://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2019/04/29/tupelo-auto-museum-collection-auction/3615036002/


Here are the recalls for the week: 2019 Honda CR-V, steering wheel 2006-2015 Honda and Acura Vehicles, airbag 2010-2016 Porsche Panamera, air-conditioner 2011-2013 Mazda6, sold north and east of us - exposure to road salt 2014-2015 Jaguar F-Type The seat belt

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: 2012 or the 2013 Kia Sportage for engine stopped working while driving.

 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 _about off roading with _Jeep Gladiator, Ram Rebel, Ram Power Wagon, and Jeep Renegade  

https://www.consumerreports.org/used-cars/used-cars-to-avoid-buying/       https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williams

2019-5-23

Auto Correct: Changing a Flat

How do you change a flat tire? What if you have roadside assistance?


Roadside assistance is great if you have time to wait for them or if you can't change your own flat tire. This broadcast gives you tips on changing a tire and what you need to have to do it. Allison Walker, The Lady Auto Mechanic https://www.facebook.com/theladyautomechanic78/ talked about lug wrenches, tire rotation, and tire air pressure.


Recalls for the week: 2016-2019 BMW X1; 2017-2019 Chrysler Pacifica; 2015-2018 Ram 1500, 2500, 3500; 2019 Toyota Sienna; 2015-17 Toyota Yaris; 2016 Volvo XC90; 2019 Hyundai Veloster

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: the 2012 and 13 models of the Ford Edge: electrical 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 2019 Cadillac XT4 and the Chevy Equinox https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williams


These items should always be in your vehicle:

o  Jack

o  Lug wrench

o  Fully inflated spare tire  Remember to check pressure every month and before long trips or carrying extra load.

o  Vehicle owner’s manual

·      Additional items:

o  Flashlight with working batteries

o  Rain poncho

o  Small cut of 2"x6” wood to secure the jack

o  Gloves

o  Wheel wedges


HOW TO CHANGE TIRES

1. FIND A SAFE LOCATION

As soon as you realize you have a flat tire, do not abruptly brake or turn. Slowly reduce speed and scan your surroundings for a level, straight stretch of road with a wide shoulder. An empty parking lot would be an ideal place. Level ground is good because it will prevent your vehicle from rolling. Also, straight stretches of road are better than curves because oncoming traffic is more likely to see you.

Never attempt to change your tire on a narrow shoulder near oncoming traffic. Keep moving (slowly) until you find a safer spot. While driving on a flat risks ruining your rim, replacing a rim is better than being hit by an inattentive driver.

Make sure to consult your owner’s manual and review their specific steps on how to change a flat tire for your vehicle

2. TURN ON YOUR HAZARD LIGHTS

Your hazard lights or “flashers” will help other drivers see you on the side of the road. To avoid an accident, turn them on as soon as you realize you need to pull over.

3. APPLY THE PARKING BRAKE

Once stopped, always use the parking brake when preparing to replace a flat tire. This will minimize the possibility of your vehicle rolling.

4. APPLY WHEEL WEDGES

Wheel wedges go in front of or behind the tires to further ensure the vehicle doesn’t roll while you fix the flat tire. If you’re changing a rear tire, place these in front of the front tires. If your flat tire is at the front, put the wheel wedges behind the rear tires.

Bricks or large stones will work just as well as “real” wheel wedges. Just be sure they’re large enough to stop the car from rolling.

5. REMOVE THE HUBCAP OR WHEEL COVER

If your vehicle has a hubcap covering the lug nuts, it’s easier to remove the hubcap before lifting the vehicle with the jack. If your lug nuts are exposed, you can skip ahead to Step 6.

Use the flat end of your lug wrench to remove the hubcap. This will work for most vehicles, but some hubcaps need a different tool to come off. Consult your owner’s manual for proper hubcap or wheel cover removal procedures.

6. LOOSEN THE LUG NUTS

Using the lug wrench, turn the lug nuts counterclockwise until you break their resistance. You may have to use force, and that’s ok. Use your foot or all of your body weight if necessary.

Loosen the lug nuts about ¼ to ½ of a turn, but don’t remove them completely yet. Save that for when it’s time to remove your tire/wheel from the vehicle.

7. PLACE THE JACK UNDER THE VEHICLE

The right place for the jack is usually beneath the vehicle frame alongside the tire that’s flat. Many vehicle frames have molded plastic on the bottom with a cleared area of exposed metal specifically for the jack. To safely lift and avoid damage to the vehicle, follow the instructions for jack placement in your vehicle owner’s manual.

8. RAISE THE VEHICLE WITH THE JACK

To prevent the jack from settling under the weight of your vehicle and coming off balance, place a small cut of 2x6” wood beneath it before attempting to raise your vehicle. This tactic is especially helpful on asphalt.

With the jack properly positioned, raise the vehicle until the flat tire is about six inches above the ground.

Never put any part of your body under the vehicle during or after raising the vehicle with the jack.

9. UNSCREW THE LUG NUTS

Now it’s time to remove the lug nuts all the way. Since you've already loosened them, you should be able to unscrew them mostly by hand.

10. REMOVE THE FLAT TIRE

Gripping the tire by the treads, pull it gently toward you until it’s completely free from the hub behind it. Set it on its side so that it doesn’t roll away.

11. MOUNT THE SPARE TIRE ON THE LUG BOLTS

Now place the spare on the hub by lining up the rim with the lug bolts. Push gently until the lug bolts show through the rim.

12. TIGHTEN THE LUG NUTS BY HAND

Put the lug nuts back on the lug bolts and tighten them all the way by hand. Once they are all on, check each one again, tightening as much as possible. You will tighten them with the wrench after lowering the vehicle to the ground.

13. LOWER THE VEHICLE AND TIGHTEN THE LUG NUTS AGAIN

Use the jack to lower the vehicle so that the spare tire is resting on the ground but the full weight of the vehicle isn’t fully on the tire. At this point, you should tighten the lug nuts with the wrench, turning clockwise, as much as you can. Push down on the lug wrench with the full weight of your body.

14. LOWER THE VEHICLE COMPLETELY

Bring the vehicle all the way to the ground and remove the jack. Give the lug nuts another pull with the wrench to ensure they’re as tight as possible.

15. REPLACE THE HUBCAP

If the hubcap you took from the flat tire will fit your spare, put it in place the same way you removed it initially. If it doesn’t fit, stow it away with the tire when you stow your equipment.

16. STOW ALL EQUIPMENT

You have before you a jack, a lug wrench, wheel wedges, your flat tire, and possibly a hubcap. Don’t forget to put all of them in your vehicle before driving away.

17. CHECK THE PRESSURE IN THE SPARE TIRE

You should check the tire pressure of the spare tire to make sure that it is safe to drive on. “T-Type” temporary spares, also called “mini-spares,” require 60 psi (420 kPa). If the tire needs pressure, drive (slowly) to a service station immediately.

18. TAKE YOUR FLAT TIRE TO A TECHNICIAN

Temporary spare tires aren’t made to drive long distances or at high speeds, so drive cautiously until you’re able to visit a tire technician. A professional should be able to determine whether your tire needs a repair or if it’s time to replace it.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO FIX A FLAT TIRE?

Aside from taking your tire to a professional, the above procedure shouldn’t take more than 15 to 30 minutes to change a tire. Just be sure you don’t leave out any steps.

It’s beneficial practice changing a tire in your garage or driveway to ensure you’re ready to handle this situation if it ever happens to you.



A FEW MORE TIPS ON CHANGING TIRES

Knowing how to fix a flat tire is great, but regular tire maintenance is even more important. In addition to reviewing this guide regularly, remember to do the following:

·      Keep your tires properly inflated

·      Rotate your tires according to the manufacturer’s guidelines

·      Monitor for tread wear

All of these precautions will extend the life of your tires and reduce the likelihood of a flat. While there’s no way to prevent flat tires completely, proper care can improve performance and ensure your tires last as long as possible.

https://www.bridgestonetire.com/tread-and-trend/drivers-ed/how-to-change-a-flat-tire