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Auto Correct: More MPG

UPDATE: We've had some discussion concerning the tip on "Refuel in the morning". With underground storage of gas, maybe the outside temperature fluctuations don't change the volume of gas enough to make a difference.

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Useful Tips to Improve Your Gas Mileage

1.   Stick to the motor oil recommended by your vehicle manufacturer. ... those are the oils your manufacturer has tested with your car for its peak performance.

2.   Keep your gas cap fully sealed. ... be mindful when replacing the cap so that oxygen doesn’t get in or the seal of the cap doesn’t degrade.

3.   Drive in the highest possible gear but without putting undue stress on your engine. . . for a manual. Automatics – keep it on overdrive

4.   Forget aftermarket solutions . . performance enhancing gizmos or technology make promises but don’t deliver or the effect is negligible.

5.   Utilize online resources to find the best deals on gas. Something like Gas Buddy or AAA; use Kroger fuel discounts, Wal-Mart giftcard discounts; T-Mobile and Shell have partnership.

6.   Refuel in the morning, not towards the end of the day . . . you can save a dollar of two because the gas is cooler and denser. When it expands, less gas makes up the same volume

7.   Plan your trip . . . combine errands. UPS plans their routes to only make right turns to be the most fuel efficient

8.   Choose your wheels carefully . . alloy wheels are lighter. If you upsize your wheels you can get better mileage but the wheels may weigh more.

9.   Use your car’s cruise control . . it helps to maintain constant speed and reduce your need to accelerate and brake

10.                   Drive 55 when practical. It saves gas over higher speeds – you have to stop for gas going faster so you lose what time you tried to save going faster.


You can find out if your car has a past recall by going to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s website: 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: 2005-2015 Mini Cooper        on several factors such as repair cost, average mileage when problems occur, and for loss of power steering.

Please consider reading up on the reliability of this car before purchasing it as a used car, suggests Consumer Reports.     carcomplaints.com/ is another resource for unreliable car lists.      

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6/25/2020

Auto Correct: What's Up with Allison

Allison Walker, The Lady Auto Mechanic, is fixing up at '89 Nissan SX for Auto Cross racing. https://www.facebook.com/theladyautomechanic78/We had calls about:trading in a Ford Fusiongetting better MPG on a '05 GMCracing!comment about testing injectorsgas & electric vehiclesneutral safety switchvacuum linesHere are the recalls for the week:2014-2017 Jeep Cherokee: Dealers will perform a software update by engaging rear-wheel drive and prevent rolling in Park by activating the electronic parking brake if a failed input spline occurs. The repairs will be done for free.2020 Mazda CX-30, Mazda3: Dealers will inspect the front brake caliper bolts, tightening them as necessary and replacing calipers with missing bolts, for free. ALSODealers will inspect the evaporative vent hose in the fuel tank. If the hose is disconnected, it will be reconnected and the charcoal canister with some related parts will be replaced. All repairs will be done for free.2019-2020 BMW Cars and SUVs and Toyota Supras: Dealers will replace the steering gear tie rods 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.Consumer Reports rounded up the poorest used models of the past decade. Today, we’re going to caution you about:Ford Fiesta from model years 2011 to 2014 stood out in particular. Its primary issues centered on the transmission, body integrity, and audio system. Please consider reading up on the reliability of this car before purchasing it as a used car, suggests Consumer Reports.https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/index.htmhttps://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 RAV4 TRD https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williamsMPB Foundation for ContributionsThe 2021 Ford F-150 will make its online debut 7 p.m. central Thursday via YouTube. https://youtu.be/eg3_4JAKlmw
6/18/2020

Auto Correct: Kids & Cars

Joining Allison Walker, The Lady Auto Mechanic: https://www.facebook.com/theladyautomechanic78/is Dr. Morgan McLeod from MPB's Southern Remedy: Kids &Teens which is live following Auto Correct on MPB Think Radio http://southernremedy.mpbonline.org/TRUNK SAFETYA combination of poor ventilation and high temperatures make trunk space a dangerous place for children.From 2005 to 2009, trunk entrapment resulted in the death of 16 children in the US.Make sure to lock your vehicle, including doors and trunk, when you’re not using it.Keep keys and remote entry fobs out of children’s sight and reach.Teach kids that trunks are for transporting cargo and are not safe places to play.Show older kids how to locate and use the emergency trunk release found in cars manufactured after Sep 1, 2001.Very young children may not have the strength or ability to open the release bar.Keep rear fold down seats closed to help prevent kids from climbing into the trunk from inside your car.If your child is missing, get help and always look in pool or vehicles first.DRIVEWAY SAFETYMany preventable injuries and deaths occur in driveways or parking lots when drivers are unaware that children are near vehicles.Tragically, these drivers are often family members or friends of the injured child.Each year, more than 9,000 children are treated in emergency rooms for injuries that occurred while they were unattended in or around motor vehicles.Check your car and driveway for kidsTake a few seconds to walk all the way around your parked car to check for childrenMake sure too there are no toys or pets near there that may attract children to areaLimit play in the drivewayIdentify and use safe play areas for children, away from parked or moving vehicles.Teach kids to play in these areas instead of in, around, or behind a car.Consider making your driveway a toy-free zone.Lend a hand to younger kidsAccompany little kids when they get in and out of a vehicle.Hold their hands while walking near moving vehicles or in driveways and parking lots or on sidewalks.2011-2015 Ford and Lincoln Cars, SUVs and Vans: previously recalled door latches may break. Dealers will inspect and replace the side door latches, if necessary, for free.2020 Chevrolet Silverado HDs, GMC Sierra HDs: Dealers will replace the hood assembly for free.2014-2017 Ford F-150: Dealers will replace the brake master cylinder and inspect the brake booster, replacing it, as necessary, 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.Consumer Reports rounded up the poorest used models of the past decade. Today, we’re going to caution you about:BMW X5 -. Consumer Reports recommends avoiding the 2011 and 2012 models completely due to reliability issues, there are also issues with ’13 and ’14 model years.Please consider reading up on the reliability of this car before purchasing it as a used car, suggests Consumer Reports. consumerreports.org/used-cars/used-cars-to-avoid-buying/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 Lexus LS500hwfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williamsIn the News:There a new iOS 12 app : “Pulled over by the police”https://www.alabamanews.net/2020/06/16/what-the-tech-app-helps-you-record-traffic-stops/#:~:text=An%20iPhone%20app%20is%20helping,being%20pulled%20over%20by%20police%E2%80%9D.&text=If%20it%20isn't%20on,Apple%20from%20the%20App%20Store.https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2018/10/04/siri-shortcut-can-discreetly-record-cops-during-traffic-stops/1509065002/
6/11/2020

Auto Correct: Memorable Drives

Suggested drivesRussia, Caucasus Mountains in Chechenia up to “Jew of the Caucasus”From Oxford to Yankee Stadium in NYCMillion Dollar Highway: Silverton to Ouray, Colorado US 550Blue Ridge ParkwayCades Cove in Great Smoky MountainsNatchez Trace ParkwayHwy 1 south from San FranciscoBeach Hwy, 90 along MS’s coastSeeing the flooded area around Memphis from interstate bridgeTaos, New MexicoItaly Stelvio pass driveKit Carson ForestWolf Creek PassToledo to Lansing MichiganPort Gibson to RodneyAnd we had a call about brake pads and strutsHere are the recalls for the week2013-2018 Nissan Altima: Dealers will replace the hood latch with a new one for free.2016 Land Rover Range Rover, Range Rover Sport: Dealers will update the software and inspect the KV latches, replacing them if necessary, for free.2019 Honda Clarity Fuel Cell, Electric and Plug-In Hybrid: Dealers will inspect the rear seat belt assembly production dates and replace the assemblies, as necessary, for free.2019-2020 Bentley Bentayga: Dealers will replace the fuel line and quick connector for free.2020 Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG Cars and SUVs: Dealers will replace the left rear seatback 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/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 aboutChrysler Town & Country - reliability has been very bad with Chrysler minivans in the past. Models from 2008 through 2012 rated much worse than average.Please consider reading up on the reliability of this car before purchasing it as a used car, suggests Consumer Reports. https://www.carcomplaints.com/ is another resource for unreliable car lists.Friend of the show, Casey Williams, doesn’t have any new reviews this week but you can watch his video reviews at Auto Casey on You Tubehttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMmlfIR8Yx9VyqRery5yPHQWhat’s in the news: National Automotive Service Professional Week - June 7-13, 2020 (Week with June 12th in it)