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Auto Correct: Vehicle Decorations

Are you decorating your vehicle for Halloween? Are you going to a Trunk-Or Treat?

  • no blue lights while driving
  • no red lights while driving
  • no alternating flashing headlights while driving
  • attach decorations securely
  • wax or spot wax your car before applying "cling" decorations to paint

Discussed:

  • car won't accelerate
  • oil swapping
  • check engine light


Cruising The Coast 2020 https://cruisinthecoast.com/schedule/

Collinsville Drag Racing https://www.facebook.com/thebattlefielddragstrip/

EuroFest Ridgeland http://www.euro-fest.net/ridgeland/ October 16 - 17, 2020


Websites with car decorations:

https://www.aceable.com/blog/24-ways-to-deck-your-car-out-for-halloween/

https://www.delish.com/holiday-recipes/halloween/g3647/trunk-or-treat-ideas/


Here are the recalls for the week:

Mercedes-Benz USA and its parent automaker, Daimler AG, will pay more than $2 billion to settle allegations of emissions cheating on diesel-powered vehicles, including sedans, SUVs and vans.

  • Sprinter: 2010-16 Sprinter six-cylinder, 2014-16 Sprinter four-cylinder
  • E-Class: 2011-13 E350 Bluetec, 2014-16 E250 Bluetec
  • GL-Class: 2009 GL320 Bluetec, 2010-16 GL350 Bluetec
  • GLK-Class: 2013-15 GLK250 Bluetec
  • M/GLE Class: 2009 ML320 Bluetec, 2010-14 ML350 Bluetec, 2015 ML250 Bluetec, 2016 GLE300d
  • 3R-Class: 2009 R320 Bluetec, 2010-12 R350 Bluetec
  • S-Class: 2012-13 S350 Bluetec

If you own a passenger vehicle, call Mercedes-Benz USA’s customer assistance line at 800-367-6372. Sprinter owners, meanwhile, can call 877-762-8267.

A 17th death has been linked to faulty Takata airbag inflators. An Associated Press report published April 1 pegged Honda with the highest rate of Takata inflators repaired among 16 companies tracked, with 88.8% of recalled units fixed at the time. By contrast, last-place Mercedes-Benz had just 40.1% of recalled inflators fixed.

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: BMW 5 series vehicles manufactured for the 2008 and 2012 model years. In November 2016, 5 Series models from 2011 and 2012 were recalled for potential fuel leaks and stalling issues. Electrical systems and power equipment also figured prominently in low reliability scores.

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 check out Casey Williams with WFYI and on YouTube as @AutoCasey. His review this week is on the 2020 Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebody https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williams

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