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 Fusion
- getting better MPG on a '05 GMC
- comment about testing injectors
- gas & electric vehicles
- neutral safety switch
- vacuum lines
Here 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. ALSO Dealers 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/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 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.htm 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 Toyota RAV4 TRD https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williams
The 2021 Ford F-150 will make its online debut 7 p.m. central Thursday via YouTube. https://youtu.be/eg3_4JAKlmw