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We’re happy to have Auto Correct contributor Auto Casey – Casey Williams as our guest. Last year he drove over 50 different new vehicles and reviewed them on YouTube. Coach Charlie is here to answer your personal vehicle questions.


Recent recalls:

  • Audi Q5 and SQ5 have troubles if you spill a liquid in the back seat! Dealers will install a protective cover on the gateway control module and seal an underbody seam, as necessary, for free. Audi will begin notifying owners Feb. 24, 2022; those with further questions can call the brand at 800-253-2834.
  • Subaru Ascents, Legacys, Outbacks have a Drive Chain Issue. Dealers will reprogram the transmission control unit, inspect the data for chain slip and visually inspect the chain guide. If evidence of chain slippage or damage is found, the transmission will be replaced. All repairs will be performed for free. Interim letters will be mailed to owners by Feb. 7, 2022, but those with further questions can call the automaker at 844-373-6614.
  • 2021-22 Ford F-150s Recalled for Driveshaft Issue. Dealers will inspect and repair the driveshaft, as necessary. They will also properly attach the underbody insulators. Both repairs will be done for free, and owners will be notified starting Jan. 31, 2022. Those with further questions can call the automaker at 866-436-7332.
  • Tesla Model 3 Sedans Recalled for Rearview Camera Connection Tesla will install a guide protector and inspect the harness, replacing it as necessary. The repair is free of charge, and owners will be notified by mail in mid-February 2022. For further information, call Tesla at 877-798-3752
  • Tesla Model S Sedans Recalled for Hood Latch. Tesla will inspect and reposition the latch assembly, as necessary, for free. Owners will be notified by mail starting Feb. 18, 2022. For more information, owners can call the automaker at 877-798-3752, call NHTSA’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236

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. Or find their SaferCar app.


In the news: Ford Motor Co., concerned about its reputation and customer complaints related to the upcoming launch of the F-150 Lightning, is warning dealers not to upsell reservations for the popular EV truck and also wants customers to sign a contract preventing them from reselling it within a year, according to a letter from the automaker to its dealers. https://amp.freep.com/amp/9129717002


Auto Casey: Subaru Ascent Onyx

Short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IaOjLG78g9U&t=0s

Long version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDpZpTLGn_o


Casey's suggestions for new rides under $25,000


Calls:

  • Vibrating
  • Tires
  • Electrical
  • Oil change
  • Stolen car
  • Lights out
  • Battery
  • 4wd
  • Valve cover
  • Fire
  • Motor mount
  • Accelerator
  • Computer
  • Interior light flicker
  • Email – car locks up
  • Email - brakes


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6/23/2022

Auto Correct: Fuel System

I know I want to make sure I’m getting the best fuel performance from my vehicle that I can right now. Coach is going to tell us about the fuel system. He’ll be taking your questions too. Just ask him!Recalls: https://www.cars.com/news/recalls/2021-22 four-door Ford Broncos - child safety3 Million Fords of various models: The bushing that attaches the shifter cable to the transmission may degrade or detachSome Grand Cherokees and Ram 1500s equipped with turbo-diesel 3.0-liter engines are affected by a potential high-pressure fuel pump failureSome 2022 Ram trucks: Software for the radio may prevent the rearview camera image from displaying2018-19 Durango and Grand Cherokee. A malfunction in the ABS module may illuminate the brake lights and allow the vehicle to start and shift out of Park without the brake pedal being appliedYou 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. Or find their SaferCar app.News: President Biden wants Congress to suspend the gas tax until the end of September in a bid to give consumers some relief.https://www.npr.org/2022/06/22/1106658327/president-biden-wants-a-gas-tax-holiday-some-economists-say-thats-a-bad-ideaAuto Casey: 2022 BMW M240iShort take: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opnQkVIbvb4Long take: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JRnXAKXJbY&t=56sCoach's Tip of the Week: don't let your fuel tank get lowQuestions:Type of fuelBlack smokeCar diesBatter in remoteAlternatorAir ConditionerEthanol gasAir Conditioner leakFuel pumpBushingAir Conditioner2 batteriesCheap gas
6/16/2022

Auto Correct: Air Conditioning 2022

Is it the best invention in the world – air conditioning? It certainly makes car trips better – until it doesn’t. We’re going to talk air conditioning between your vehicle repair questions.Recalls:Battery Issue Prompts Recall of Ford Mustang Mach-E - An over-the-air software update related to the on-board diagnostic control module and the battery energy control module should resolve the issue, and Ford is anticipating deployment of that update in July.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. Or find their SaferCar app.In the News: Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) and General Motors did a controlled study comparing the fuel efficiency of driving with the car air conditioner on to driving with the windows down. After comparing cars at speeds of 31, 50 and 68 mph in 86-degree F weather, they concluded driving with the windows down is more fuel efficient than running the A/C. The test also measured the fuel efficiency of closed windows and no A/C, which was significantly better on fuel than the other two.Now I don’t want anyone to bake, but if are trying every single way to improve your gas mileage give a thought to not running the A/C.https://www.familyhandyman.com/article/heres-why-you-shouldnt-use-your-cars-air-conditioner/Auto Casey: Mercedes GLS 450Short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xcTf9OiiXA&t=0sLong version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr69uGu9vpcCoach Charlie’s Tip of the Week: make sure you remove all debris from the front grill is cleaned offQuestions:Brake fluid test stripsTakes a while to blow coldCar that has satGas stabilizer?Fan clutchAir conditionerRadioNeeds hose http://www.msrubber.com/ or https://southernhose.com/Delay relayActivatorSpeakersElectric steeringBrake lightDelay relay or starter system
6/2/2022

Auto Correct: Oil Leak

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