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