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2019-9-19

Auto Correct: Transmission Fluid

Allison Walker, The Lady Auto Mechanic, talks about transmission fluid - when to flush and when to drain and fill.

https://www.facebook.com/theladyautomechanic78/ https://www.instagram.com/the_lady_auto_mechanic/ https://twitter.com/TheLadyAutoMech


I found a website that shows you what the different colors of transmission fluid mean. https://cartreatments.com/transmission-fluid-color/


Recalls for the week: 2020 Jeep Gladiator: Dealers need to replace the driveshaft for free. 2020 Mini Hardtop, Cooper, Cooper S: Dealers need to install crash pads for free. 2017 Ford Explorer: Dealers need to install flocked tape to the exposed edge and tab on the inboard side of the power-seat frames for free. You can find out if your car has a past recall by going to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s website: https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls  and inputting your VIN number.


The first-ever Walmart Car Seat Recycling Event is taking place now until the end of the month, in celebration of National Baby Safety Month. Customers can trade in used car seats at the Service desk in any participating Walmart store and receive a $30 Walmart gift card* that can be used in store or online to buy items for their baby.   https://one.walmart.com/content/uswire/en_us/company/news/top-stories/car-seat-recycling-event.html

(Target had their Car Seat event the beginning of September.)


Consumer Reports has a list of vehicles 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: 

GMC Sierra 1500    2014,2015, & 2017 Overall the worst problem category are the lights.

 

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, 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  2019 Ram 2500 Limited         https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williams


http://www.euro-fest.net/ridgeland/index.php On Saturday, October 12th Auto Correct will have a tent at the 11th annual Euro Fest: Classic European Auto and Motorcycle Show at the Renaissance in Ridgeland. The event begins at 10am with cars parked around the shopping center. At 2pm Allison will conduct “Ladies Under The Hood” Car Clinic. 


https://www.facebook.com/ViewtheCruise On Sunday, October 6th Auto Correct will have a tent at the 10th annual View the Cruise. An event owned and operated by Gulfport Main Street Association.

There’s off-site parking with free shuttle service provided by CTA.

In addition to US there’ll be 5 stages of music, over 30 vendors, and cruisers in town showing off their cars. Saturday, October 5th There’s a Card Board Parade and Concert. 

2019-9-12

Auto Correct: 1st Birthday

The first Auto Correct broadcast 365 days before this episode - on September 13th, 2018


We take calls on quick disconnect oil pans, power steering, shifting a manual vehicle, off gas from dashboards, and fuel pumps. Plus some 'atta girls!


Recalls for the week: 2019 BMW i3, i8: the electric motor electronics module needs to be replaced; 2019 Rolls-Royce Cullinan: The brake lights may not be bright enough – there’s a software update available; 2018-2019 McLaren Senna: Dealers needs to reroute the engine harness; 2013-2014 Ram 1500, 2500 and 3500 Pickups: tailgate latch needs to be repaired; 3.5 Million 2014-2018 Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC SUVs and Pickup Trucks: the electronic brake control module needs to be reprogramed; 2018 Chevrolet Malibu: the engine control module software needs to be reprogramed; 2020 Buick Enclave, Chevrolet Traverse: The right-hand frame rail in the engine compartment may be cracked, reducing crash performance and increasing the risk of an injury. Dealers will inspect and, as necessary, replace the SUV for free.


You can find out if your car has a past recall by going to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s website: https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls  and inputting your VIN number.


Consumer Reports has a list of vehicles 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: Dodge Journey model years: 2009. The worst problem is the breaks.

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, a public radio station in Indianapolis. He has reviewed cars and covered the auto industry for 25 years. He recently reviewed  2019 Ford Ranger and 2019 Ford Shelby GT350.

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


Auto Correct Appearances Coming up:

The 10th Annual View the Cruise in downtown Gulfport MS

o  Off-site parking

o  Free-shuttle service provided by CTA

Saturday, October 5

o  Cardboard Cruiser Parade on Saturday

o  Live music in Fishbone Alley

The Big Saturday Night Concert

Sunday, October 6 (Auto Correct will have a tent)

o  Cruisers descend into downtown Gulfport for the View the Cruise

o  5 stages of local music


RENAISSANCE EURO FEST: CLASSIC EUROPEAN AUTO AND MOTORCYCLE SHOW October 11th and 12th, 2019 in Ridgeland MS.

Friday: Exhibitor parade to Renaissance.

Saturday (Auto Correct will have a tent): 9am judging begins, Allison's "Ladies Under The Hood" car clinic, 5pm show concludes.


2019-8-29

Auto Correct: Fuel Additives

Fuel system cleaners, fuel injection cleaners, fuel stabilizers, and cooling system additives. Oh my!


It was recently reported: Amid concerns over the dual-clutch automatic transmission in its Fiesta and Focus sedans and hatchbacks, Ford announced plans to extend warranty coverage on key hardware for a wide swath of owners. The so-called DPS6 transmission, offered on the Fiesta since the 2011 model year and Focus since the 2012 model year, has spawned widespread complaints of rough shifts and, sometimes, loss of power. The automaker will extend warranty coverage for specific transmission hardware on certain Focus and Fiesta vehicles by two years — now to seven years or 100,000 miles, versus the prior five years or 60,000 miles (for both, whichever comes first).

https://www.cars.com/articles/ford-extends-warranty-on-more-focus-fiesta-transmissions-407553/


You can find out if your car has a past recall by going to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s website: https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls  and inputting your VIN number.


Consumer Reports has a list of vehicles 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: Jeep Grand Cherokee model years 2011-2015. Overall the worst problem category is electrical problems.

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/

    is another resource for unreliable car lists.       https://www.carcomplaints.com/

If you’re interested in a podcast about purchasing a car consider The Smart Car Buyer by former guest Roddy Merritt. Roddy has worked in the automotive world in sales, car views, financing, and insurance. https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/anchor-podcasts/the-smart-car-buyer

2019-8-22

Auto Correct: Manual Transmission

What's your manual transmission driving story?

Hear some of our listeners' stories and Allison Walker, The Lady Auto Mechanic's advice for callers and their problems on this broadcast.

Want to learn to drive a manual vehicle? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEJahoaR5Rc


Here are the recalls for the week: 2015 Ford Fusion, Lincoln MKZ: a problem with the driver or front passenger seat belt anchor; 2019 Toyota Camry: they need to recalibrate the occupant classification system for the front passenger area; 2018-2019 Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG SL-Class – passenger airbag needs to be replaced; 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class: the fuel tank needs to be replaced.

You can find out if your car has a past recall by going to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s website: https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls  and inputting your VIN number.


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Consumer Reports has a list of vehicles 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: Audi A4 from 2009-2011 because of engine problems, such as excessive oil consumption. 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, 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 _ 2019 VW GLI ________

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


'Your phone is key to drive this SUV' at http://ee.usatoday.com/Olive/ODN/USATSample/shared/ShowArticle.aspx?doc=USA%2F2019%2F08%2F21&entity=Ar00901&sk=107A41E4&mode=text


Check for Coffee and Cars in your area to meet up with car enthusiasts.

2019-8-15

Auto Correct: Learning to Drive

Do to station electrical maintenance, this is a shortened audio recording of this broadcast.


Here are the recalls for the week: 2019 Mazda3: the interior rear view mirror assembly might fall off; 2019 Honda CR-V: the dealer needs to replace the fuel tank


You can find out if your car has a past recall by going to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s website: https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls  and inputting your VIN number.


Consumer Reports has a list of vehicle 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: 2008, 2013, 2014,2015 Subaru Outback       Overall the worst problem category is Subaru Outback engine problems, including hesitating when accelerating

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, 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 2019 VW Golfs Range https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williams


If you want to exhibit your car at Cruisin the Coast in October, today is the last day to register.


Mississippi Sports Car Club of America - Auto Cross information: http://www.msscca.org/

2019-8-8

Auto Correct: Prevention of Car Theft

Tips to protect your car from being stolen:


  • Keep custody of your keys: don't leave them in a running car, don't leave them in a sitting car, don't hide a key on the car, don't give a key to someone who doesn't need it


  • Secure your vehicle: lock your car, close your windows all the way


  • Choose the best parking place: park inside your garage or carport, park near a building entrance, park in a well lit area, park near an attendant


  • Don't leave valuables in the car


  • Anti-theft devices: alarms, steering wheel immobilizers, kill switch, live video feed


  • GPS recovery: On Star, LoJack, or a tracker


  • maybe a manual transmission car (kidding, not kidding)


  • Don't let a stranger follow your car to your destination. Make the block if you think someone is tailing you (this happened to a neighbor)


Recalls for the week: 2019 Toyota RAV4, RAV4 Hybrid: damaged connector in the audio display unit may cause the backup camera;  2020 Ford Explorer, Lincoln Aviator:  manual park release cover may be missing and instrument cluster may be in factory mode, which disables warning alerts and chimes, and does not display the PRNDL gear positions and which gear is selected;           2018-2019 Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio: instrument panel may indicate a fuel level that’s higher than the actual level

You can find out if your car has a past recall by going to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s website: https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls  and inputting your VIN number.


Consumer Reports has a list of vehicle 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: 2011 Chevrolet Cruze   The most-reported problem is anti freeze smell in the car. 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, 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 Range Rover and the 2020 Subaru Outback https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williams

2019-8-1

Auto Correct: 2020 Vehicle Models

Guest Roddy Merritt, host of The Smart Car Buyer podcast, talks about the 2020 models that have arrived and are coming to a showroom near you.


Recent recalls: 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, 2019 Subaru Legacy, Outback, 2019 Ford Ranger, 2019 Ram HDs and Chassis Cabs, 2017-2019 Nissan Titan, 2017-2019 Toyota Camry, Corolla, RAV4, Sienna, Yaris iA, 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata, 2019-2020 Lexus, Toyota Cars and SUVs, 2019-2020 BMW Coupes, Sedans and SUVs, 2019 Mazda3, 2019 Maserati Levante, 2019 Subaru Ascent, 2016-2017 Porsche Sports Cars and Hatchbacks, 2015-2016 Volkswagen Tiguan, CC, 2019 Kia Optima, 2017-2018 Genesis G80, G90

You can find out if your car has a past recall by going to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration’s website: https://www.nhtsa.gov/recalls  and inputting your VIN number.



Consumer Reports has a list of vehicles 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: Hyundai Tucson 2016 overall the worst problem category is transmission problems, also reports of no acceleration from stop.

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, 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 2019 BMW X2 M35i, 2019 Chevy Silverado  https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williams


What’s coming up for Roddy Merritt: 15th Annual Scarecrow Cruise & Car Show https://msclassiccruisers.com/events/15th-annual-scarecrow-cruise-car-show Renaissance Euro Fest 2019 http://www.euro-fest.net/ridgeland/


What’s coming up for Allison Walker? Auto Cross in Grenada http://www.msscca.org/







2019-7-26

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.

https://www.carbibles.com/improve-gas-mileage/


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.