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Allison Walker, who you can follow on facebook, twitter, and Instagram as The Lady Auto Mechanic is our host.

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https://www.automotivegroup.biz/contactus.htm


Calls:

  • transmission knocking
  • battery trouble
  • motorcycle forums
  • antique cars
  • getting into a truck bed
  • how to find mechanic
  • fuse
  • Prius help
  • adding safety features to CRV
  • rodent - cayenne pepper
  • eliminating gas vehicle sales
  • tire rotation


Here are the recalls for the week:

129,000 2011-16 Hyundai Cars and SUVs Recalled for Engine Issue Affected vehicles include model-year 2012 Santa Fe SUVs, model-year 2011-13 and 2016 Sonata Hybrid sedans, and model-year 2015-16 Veloster coupes - To fix the issue, dealers will inspect the engine and, if bearing damage is found, the engine will be replaced.

All repairs will be done for free, and Hyundai will begin notifying owners Jan. 22. Owners can call the automaker at 855-371-9460, 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 Chevrolet Suburban. It had an especially bad run for reliability between 2014 and 2016. For all three years, the big SUV rated far below average compared to other vehicles in the class. Poor fit and finish issues plagued these models, as did problems with power windows and audio systems. At least three recalls hit the 2015 model. Earlier Suburbans to avoid include the 2007 and 2008 edition.

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 in Indianapolis, he’s also on You Tube: AutoCasey. His review this week is on the 2021 Mazda CX-5 and the 2021 Genesis G90 

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


What's in the news:

The only physical material about the vehicle that will be provided for free in the 2021 F-150 and Mach-E will be a booklet on how to perform certain critical activities, such as what to do if the vehicle has run out of power. It’s about a quarter of the size of the previous owners manual and will include information on how to jump-start the vehicle or how to change the tires, for example. Full copies of the physical manual will be available for purchase, though Ford said it hadn’t yet set a price. https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2020/11/23/2021-ford-f-150-owners-manual-mach-e/6262350002/

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4/29/2021

Auto Correct: Features

What’s your favorite vehicle accessory? I’m not talking about cruise control or air conditioning- most everyone’s got that. Does your van have a vacuum? Do you have a special cell phone holder? Between vehicle repair questions we'll learn what our listeners like!No recalls for the week. But some news: Faulty Takata Airbag Responsible for 19th U.S. Death – a 2002 Honda Accord had been under recall since 2011.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: WLOX on the coast reported Thieves are steeling catalytic converters because they contain precious metals. They can sell them to scrap yards for up to $200. They can get them off in a minute. The only thing to do is watch your car.https://www.wlox.com/2021/04/28/catalytic-converter-thefts-hitting-south-mississippi-hard/Auto Casey's review this week is on the Hyundai Elantra. Short segment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31eqRCBY0sw&t=0s Long version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DgDIrYf0A7MFavorite features:Stow N GoCell phone camera mountBluetoothSound systemDash camMirrors to see kidsSeat coversWeathertech floor matsBlind spot mirrorsWetsuit car coversHeadset for phoneOBD2 readertable in vehicleVan fridge and vacuumDog seatbeltRolls-Royce Starlight headliner with fiber opticsTrailer hitchRepairs:how to maintain a vehiclewaterpump and timing chaincheap carAI in carshow to clean plastic on outside of carbluetooth plug in for phoneWipeNew trim restorer suggestionInventor W. Edwards Deming
4/22/2021

Auto Correct: Spark Plugs

Would you love to learn just one additional thing you could do to save some money on your auto repair? How hard is changing a spark plug? Let’s find out from Allison. She takes YOUR vehicle repair questions too.Recalls for the week:Model-year 2021 Kia Seltos and model-year 2020-21 Soul vehicles specifically equipped with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine - dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the engine. Dealers also will install piston ring noise sensing software. All repairs will be done for free, and the recall will begin June 11. Owners with further questions can call Kia at 800-333-4542.Model-year 2017-19 Subaru Impreza sedans and hatchbacks and model-year 2018-19 Crosstrek SUVs: dealers will check and, as necessary, update the engine control module programming and replace all ignition coils. 2019 Subaru Forester wagons and Crosstrek SUVs - dealers will examine and re-torque the bolts on the rear stabilizer bracket. Subaru says incident rates are extremely low and no related accidents or injuries have been reported. Dealers will perform all repairs for free, and owners will be notified by June 14. Those with further questions can call the automaker at 844-373-6614.2009-15 Toyota Venza -has some airbag issues. dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the driver-side front door wire harness for free. As a fix, dealers will inspect and, if necessary, replace the driver-side front door wire harness for free. Toyota will begin notifying owners May 31, but if you have further questions, you can call the automaker at 800-331-4331. 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:It's Earth Day!Dispose of your engine oil and used tires responsibly, please. https://www.autozone.com/diy/motor-oil/how-to-recycle-motor-oil or https://www.mdeq.ms.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/WTC-and-WTP-Facilities.pdfAuto Casey's links' to the Lincoln Corsair reviewShort segment:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNgN1yBytik&t=0sLong version:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTMdsz3lsvs&t=2sDiscussion about Spark Plugs:how long do they lasthow much do they costcan I change them myself?can you disable them to disable a vehicleCalls:opinion about used hybridskeysused EVreplaced ingnition coil themselfpeeling paint and recallvalue of used car https://www.kbb.com/MPB contributions: 3825 Ridgewood Rd., Jackson MS 39211key fobbuying a used vehiclegood / bad years for Priustire low pressure lightAllison Walker: on facebook, twitter, and Instagram as The Lady Auto Mechanic. https://www.facebook.com/theladyautomechanic78/ https://twitter.com/TheLadyAutoMechhttps://www.instagram.com/the_lady_auto_mechanic/ https://www.automotivegroup.biz/contactus.htm
4/15/2021

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