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Auto Correct: Code Readers

Calls this week dealt with:

  • code reader
  • ticking and growling Ford
  • extended warranty offer
  • engine straps
  • code reader
  • balanced tire?
  • pricing a car for sale
  • ALB light


Here are the recalls for the week:

183,000 2018-2020 Toyota Tundras: wire harness connected to the front turn signal bulbs

2014-2019 Mitsubishi Outlander, Outlander PHEV: second-row center seat belt buckle

2020 Nissan Leaf: backup camera

2016-2020 Lincoln MKX, Nautilus: front passenger seat wiring harness

2020 Ford Escape, Transit: curtain airbag may not inflate properly during deployment

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 about: Fiat 500

Fiat-Chrysler has 19 models listed as far below average in reliability by Consumer Reports in the last decade, so any used car shopper considering one should read up on them before buying, new or used. Fiat’s worst performer was the 500, which should be avoided for model years 2012, 2013, and 2015. The 2012 model, in particular, proved to be a disaster in body finish, brakes, suspension, and power equipment

 

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 Toyota Prius Prime and Yaris; 2020 Mazda CX-30 and the  2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV – that’s the one where Casey is wearing the MPB Shirt we sent him.

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


What’s in the news: The Honda Fit is getting discontinued in the U.S., alongside the Civic coupe and the manual Accord.

https://jalopnik.com/dead-honda-fit-1844418117?utm_source=jalopnik_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2020-07-18

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7/30/2020

Auto Correct: Do It Yourself Oil Changes

Here are Allison's suggestions for changing your own oil:Check the type and amount of oil needed, get together your filter, wrenches, and other supplies such as socket set or screwdriver.Prepare your vehicle – ramps or jacks if needed (probably will need)Locate the oil filter and drain plug and drain panDrain the oil in to pan with locking lidTighten the drain plug gentlyChange the oil filter with wrench and pan – hand tighten after smearing a dab of new oil on O-ringAdd the new oilCheck the oil levelDispose of oil at an auto parts storeYou can also read about it from Edmunds.com https://www.edmunds.com/how-to/how-to-change-your-oil-the-real-down-and-dirty.htmlCalls:O-ring stuckcarburetorcleaning radiatorcar won't startsunroof leakingwant something done right . . . tips for oil changesfan engine problemair filtersengine lightfan motor suggestioncarburetor suggestionsmoke or vapor from ventYou 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 numberConsumer Reports rounded up the poorest used models of the past decade. Today, we’re going to caution you about: Tesla’s Model X electric SUV.For all the love and praise lavished upon Model S, Consumer Reports took an almost instant dislike to the Model X electric SUV. Calling the 2016 edition “fast and flawed” in a headline, testers called out weaknesses in the falcon-wing door design and general reliability. As it has with so many all-new models, Consumer Reports suggested avoiding the ’16 Model X on the used market and waiting for the automaker to work out the kinks.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 Hyundai Venue, Ford Escape Hybrid https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williamsWhat’s in the news: there’s a video out of a train hitting a car. In Mississippi: The driver of a vehicle shall stop and remain standing and not traverse a railroad crossing when a crossing gate is lowered or when a human flagman gives or continues to give a signal of the approach or passage of a train or on-track equipment.The driver of any motor vehicle for hire carrying passengers or any school bus carrying any school child must stop within 50 feet but not less than 15 feet from the nearest rail of a crossing to listen and look in both directions for any approaching train or signals indicating the approach of a train and shall not proceed until he can do so safely. https://drivinglaws.aaa.com/tag/railroad-crossing/#:~:text=A%20person%20may%20not%20drive,approach%20of%20a%20railroad%20train.
7/16/2020

Auto Correct: What's Up With You

This was an open topic day.Discussed:tail of the dragonAuto Crossfixing brakesnot driving car on the interstateheadlinerCalls concerned:vibrating wheeltork connector - flex platetruck bed with rust holeswheel trembletruck struck by lighteninggear stuck in Parkfuel additivesvibrationHere are the recalls for the week:2013-2016 Land Rover Range Rover, Range Rover Sport: keyless vehicle latching system925,200 Chrysler and Dodge SUVs and Minivans: airbag cover clips2015-2016 Kia Soul EV: The parking mechanism2019-2020 Mercedes-AMG Sedans and SUVs: electronic stability software2013-2018 Audi A8, S8: engine compartment seal2011-2012 Hyundai Elantra, Sonata Hybrid and 2012 Accent, Veloster: The 12-volt accessory socket outletYou 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:The 2015 Audi Q7, the last year of that model design. Consumer Reports surveys showed problems in the brake system, audio components, and general body integrity. New models (2017 and later) showed remarkable improvements in these areas and won the Q7 top scores among midsize luxury SUVs. 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-buyinghttps://www.carcomplaints.com/ is another resource for unreliable car lists.What’s in the news: The video game Wrench could make practical mechanical training much more accessible. Super-detailed mechanic simulator focused on preparing and maintaining endurance race cars.https://jalopnik.com/this-wrench-game-might-help-you-learn-auto-mechanics-wi-1844314067?utm_source=jalopnik_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2020-07-10
7/9/2020

Auto Correct: Trucks

Guest for the show: Ivan Drury. Ivan is a Senior Manager of the Insights Division at Edmunds.com where he examines trends in the automotive industry and provides insights for Edmunds’ monthly sales forecasts. https://www.facebook.com/edmunds/ https://twitter.com/edmundsIvan also was a guest on MPB’s Money Talks show on April 28th – talking about buying a new vehicle during our pandemic.http://moneytalks.mpbonline.org/episodes/money-talks-edmundscomAllison Walker, The Lady Auto Mechanic, was also on hand to take vehicle repair questions. https://twitter.com/TheLadyAutoMech https://www.facebook.com/theladyautomechanic78/Calls concerned:changing the oilfuture trucksGI Joe truckemail - nice ride that can towcomment about GI Joe truckF250water damagetire pressure indicatorspark plugcurrent electrics trucksHere are the recalls for the week:307,900 2008-2020 Volvo Sedans, SUVs and Wagons: Dealers will replace the seat belt anchor cable for both front seats 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.Harbor Freight Recalls Replacement Pittsburgh Jack Standshttps://www.facebook.com/harborfreight/photos/a.371506512568/10157770290752569/?type=1&theaterConsumer Reports rounded up the poorest used models of the past decade.Today, we’re going to caution you about: the VW Jetta.Volkswagen’s most popular U.S. model has featured many reliability issues since 2010. In the 2014 through 2016 model years, issues with the audio system, interior finish, and power equipment like windows and cruise control - hurt its rating in Consumer Reports surveys. The 2010 Jetta featured many of the same problems along with a problematic climate system and other electrical components.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. On You Tube, his channel is @Auto Casey, he’s just posted a review of the Bolt and he’s wearing his MPB T-shirt and gives a shout out to Auto Correct. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3ow_5v-a9YFCA confirmed this week that Dodge will end production of both the Grand Caravan and the Journey after the 2020 model year, leaving the brand without a front-wheel drive crossover for the first time since 2008, and without a minivan for the first time in nearly four decades. Dodge, which helped usher in the minivan era, is now fully dedicated to muscle.https://jalopnik.com/dead-dodge-grand-caravan-1844253178?utm_source=jalopnik_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2020-07-03