Auto Correct: Getting Ready to Ride Podcast
Are you traveling to Grandma's house for Thanksgiving? Taking a trip to the beach or the mountains? Is your car ready?
Allison Walker, The Lady Auto Mechanic, ACE Certified, gives suggestions for prepping your car for a trip.
Before you drive:
· Check oil and filter; Check fluids; Check hoses for any swelling, cracks, for softness.
· High and low beam headlights.
· Air up the regular tires and the spare tire. Do you have a spare? If not, get a can of fix flat or a tire plug kit with a portable compressor. Check tires tread and look for signs of strain, bulges, or other damage. Tire pressure, don’t over inflate.
· Wipers and wiper fluid.
What to have in the car with you:
· Maybe a portable jump machine.
· Bring towels for cleaning dirty windshields, spills, etc.
· Make sure your owner’s manual is handy.
· Spare fluids.
While you drive:
· Get a spare key for the car and keep it in your wallet or elsewhere on your person in case you lock your keys in the car.
· Always fill your gas tank when it is half full. Don’t wait too long.
· When traveling always look at the weather ahead of you. If you're from the south and heading north, you don’t want to run into ice while running summer tires that we can run year round
· Try to avoid peak hours of Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon before Thanksgiving. Drive in the morning.
Recall for the week: 2020 BMW 3 Series: Dealers will inspect the trunk release cable and properly install the cable, as necessary, for free; 2016-2017 Lincoln MKX: Dealers will remove the four battery harness clips at the battery tray and one elbow guide, then install a wire channel shield to the transmission shifter cable bracket. and protective sleeve to the harness. All repairs will be done for free. 2019-2020 Buick Regal: Dealers will inspect the crossbar welds of the driver or front passenger seat frames; if the crossbar is improperly welded the seat will be replaced for free. 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan: Dealers will weld in a striker reinforcement bracket on the second- and third-row outboard seat strikers for free. Nissan Maxima, Murano, Pathfinder and Infiniti QX60: Dealers will replace the ABS (anti-lock brakes) actuator for free. 2019-2020 Ford F-150: Dealers will inspect the positive battery cable/BMS/PDB joint for excess sealant adhesive and remove any excessive adhesive, reassemble the joint and re-torque the fastener for free.
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:
2001, 2006, 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser One of the problems is a cracked dashboard.
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 BMW 740i
Northwest Point Reservoir Library (Brandon) Allison Walker AKA the Lady Auto Mechanic host of Auto Correct on MPB will be returning to the Northwest Point Reservoir Library to educate us on how to get our cars ready for the South Mississippi Winter. *This is the November 12th program that has been rescheduled. Event Type(s): Speaker Age Group(s): All Ages Presenter: Allison Walker
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