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Allison Walker, The Lady Auto Mechanic, answers your questions. Learn more about Allison on social media:

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Calls:

  • Explorer knocking - locked up?
  • Ford troubles
  • Home Link issue
  • Jeep long lasting battery
  • battery died
  • travel with flashlight and water
  • help for Exlporer locking up
  • suggestions for travel items
  • buy a Cavalier?
  • headlights out
  • what to keep in car
  • stumpted?


Here are the recalls for the week:

737,000 Honda Accord, Accord Hybrid, Insight Sedans Recalled for Software - Dealers will resolve the issue by updating the body control module software. All repairs will be done for free, and the recall is expected to begin Jan. 18. Owners with questions can call the automaker at 888-234-2138 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236.

430,000 Acura and Honda Vehicles Recalled for Drive Shafts - The action affects owners of the following models:

2007-08 Fit with manual transmission

2009-14 Fit (all transmissions)

2012 Civic Hybrid

2013-15 Accord sedan with four-cylinder engine and continuously variable automatic transmission

2013-15 Acura ILX (Acura is Honda’s luxury division)

2013 ILX HybridTo resolve the issue, dealers will inspect the drive shafts, replacing either the left or right drive shaft if necessary. Repairs will be done for free, and the recall is expected to begin Feb. 1. Owners with questions can call the automaker at 888-234-2138 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236.

Powering Down: 268,000 Honda CR-Vs Recalled for Window Switch Fire Hazard - To resolve the issue, dealers will replace the power window master switch and inspect the wiring harness for damage, replacing it if necessary. All repairs will be done for free, and the recall is expected to begin Jan. 18. Owners with questions can call the automaker at 888-234-2138 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’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.


Consumer Reports gave the label “Never Buy” to 30 used cars. Today, we’re going to caution you about:

The Dodge Journey. Model years 2009 and 2012 through 2015, got the lowest scores of all. Problems with the engine, suspension, and audio components turn up later.

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 on You Tube: AutoCasey. https://www.youtube.com/c/AutoCasey/videos


What’s in the news:  The Ford F-150 is and has been for 38 consecutive years the single best-selling vehicle in America, and it doesn't sound like its winning streak will be broken anytime soon with the all-new 2021 truck. Despite it just arriving at dealerships this week and 2020 being 2020, early sales of the Blue Oval's ever-popular pickup are already, pardon the pun, picking up. Customer sold orders are up over 210 percent from a year ago November, and dealer orders for stock are more than double the current production schedule.

https://www.thedrive.com/news/38047/2021-ford-f-150-is-now-on-dealer-lots-and-production-cant-keep-up-with-demand


Suggestions for what to keep in your car!

https://www.jdpower.com/cars/shopping-guides/what-to-keep-in-your-car-20-things-that-will-come-in-handy


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4/29/2021

Auto Correct: Features

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4/22/2021

Auto Correct: Spark Plugs

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Auto Correct: Air Conditioning

The weather this week is kind of cold and yucky. You probably don’t want to think about air conditioning. BUT you WILL want it working correctly when it’s 80, 90, 100 degrees. We’ll learn the parts of the ac system – that could fail! Between your repair questions.Air Conditioner System:CompressorcondenserReceiver / Dryer or AccumulatorThermal Expansion Valve or Orifice TubeEvaporatorCalls this week:change your windshieldselecting tiresEurofest - moved to Sunday April 18th, 2021 Broadway Natchezcontrol board switchescruise controlcar defectair conditioning on space crafta.c.bad mechanical repairsRecalls for the week:2021 Alfa Romeo Stelvios Recalled for Side Curtain Airbags - dealers will replace the side airbag inflatable curtain assembly for free. Alfa Romeo automaker Stellantis will begin notifying owners May 19, but those with further questions can call the automaker at 800-853-1403, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or visit its website to check their vehicle identification number and learn moreYou 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:According to Cars Direct, a vehicle purchasing website, Nissan is paying the best incentives to dealers who steer their buyers to 7-year financing. While 7-year loans can promise lower monthly payments, they could increase a consumer's chances of ending up owing more money than their car is worth, a term known as being underwater on a loan. https://www.carsdirect.com/deals-articles/nissan-dealers-are-being-paid-big-money-when-buyers-take-out-bigger-longer-loansLinks toCasey William's videos about the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT are on Auto Casey's YouTube Channel.Short take: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7-Gyj-qtzALong version:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53e95Cbw3NQ&t=2s