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5/28/2020

Auto Correct: Filters

Allison Walker, The Lady Auto Mechanic, told us about 5 types of filters giving us details about the first 2:transmissioncabinengineoilfuelHere are the recalls for the week: 2019-2020 Porsche Cayenne: Dealers will replace the fuel line and quick connector for free. 2020 Audi Q8: Dealers will inspect the transmission oil pipe and replace it, if necessary, for free.2019-2020 Toyota RAV4, RAV4 Hybrid: Dealers will replace both front lower suspension arms with new ones for free.2019-2020 Audi A6, A6 Allroad, Q3, Q7: Dealers will replace the instrument panels for free.2019-2020 Mitsubishi Outlander, Outlander PHEV Recall Alert: Dealers will inspect the right-side second-row seat belt and replace it, as necessary, for free.141,000 Mitsubishi Sedans, Hatchbacks and SUVs: Dealers will inspect the front cross-members and, depending on the level of corrosion, either apply a sealing/anti-corrosion agent or replace the front cross-member with a new one that has a sealing/anti-corrosion agent applied to it. Both repairs will be done 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/recallsand 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:Ford 350 2006 and 2008 engine problemsPlease 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 BMW 840i and “Is this A Good Time To Buy A New Car”https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williamsThe AAA is predicting: the resurgence of the American road trip. CDC still recommends Americans do not travel at all except for necessary reasons and lockdown severity varies from state to state. Some states still require visitors to self quarantine for 14 days before going out in public. Be sure to look up rules for travel in the states you’re visiting.https://newsroom.aaa.com/2020/05/aaa-travel-pandemic-will-suppress-memorial-day-travel-but-travelers-already-planning-future-trips/Calls:electric vehicles batteriesstrutsemail - caravannaAccord's battery et altransmissionsabout that Accordbring your own struts
5/21/2020

Auto Correct: That's Just Wrong

Allison Walker, The Lady Auto Mechanic, has a list of things she wished drivers would do. We heard what our listeners thought other drivers should do and took their car questions.1. Look out for motorcycles.2. Need brake lights3. Use turn signals.4. No tailgating.5. No distractions.Here are the recalls for the week:2015-2016 Chevrolet Caprice PPV, SS: Corrosion of the connector between the electric power steering module and the torque sensor connector may cause a loss of electric power steering assist, increasing the steering effort needed to control the car if power steering is lost and increasing the risk of a crash. The Fix: Dealers will replace the steering gear assembly for free.2020 Porsche Cayenne: An insufficient weld on a transmission oil pipe may cause the vehicle to leak automatic transmission fluid, which while driving could cause the road surface to be made slippery, increasing the risk of a crash. The Fix: Dealers will inspect the transmission oil pipe and replace it, if necessary, 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/recallsand inputting your VIN number.Harbor Freight is recalling 454,000 jack stands because they pose a safety risk and advises consumers to stop using them immediately.Some Pittsburgh Automotive 3 Ton and 6 Ton Heavy Duty Steel Jack Stands. The recall is only for stands with item numbers 61196, 61197 and 56371. https://images.harborfreight.com/hftweb/recalls/Jack-Stand-Recall-56371_61196_61197.pdfConsumer 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:Mini Cooper2005,2008-2013, 2015engine problemsPlease 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 for WFYI, in Indianapolis has reviewed the 2020 Subaru Outback XT Onyx this week.https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williamsCyber security experts recommend doing a factory reset of a vehicle’s infotainment system when selling it, or when returning a rental car that you paired your phone with.Or take the vehicle to a dealer and ask them to wipe it clean of data when you sell it as the factory reset may not sufficiently remove all data present. https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/18/tech/car-data-safety/index.htmlCalls concerned:honkinginspectionsintersection behaviortailgatingmore tailgating opinionstailgate doesn't shutemail about choosing a carwatch for motorcycleslift gatedashboard lightsbrake lights
5/14/2020

Auto Correct: MS Blues Trail

Guest for the show: Scott Barretta host of MPB's Highway 61 heard on MPB Think Radio Saturdays at 10pm and Sundays at 6pm https://www.mpbonline.org/radio/highway-61/ Listen live to the one hour award winning blues program at these times: https://radiobookmark.com/listener-interactive/webplayer/#/station/8aTbf39WqRpkJ7cXMississippi Blues Trail http://msbluestrail.org/ Welcome to the Mississippi Blues Trail, your unforgettable journey into the land that spawned the single most important root source of modern popular music. Whether you're a die-hard blues fan or a casual traveler in search of an interesting trip, you'll find facts you didn't know, places you've never seen, and you'll gain a new appreciation for the area that gave birth to the blues. There's not an actual "trail". It's over two hundred markers noting people, places, and events in Mississippi and around the world.When we're free to travel the state for leisure, Auto Correct hopes to take a road trip to visit some of the Blues Markers while listening to the Spotify Mississippi Blues Trail 200 Playlist https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3pZLrXyy7I84sZ587hnSYC. The Blues Trail app https://apps.apple.com/us/app/blues-trail/id453159138 will help you create an itinerary, provide information, music, videos, and photos. The web-page list marker sites by name, by region, and on a map. During our show we discussed:servicing hybrid vehiclesengine air filterscabin air filterstune upsthe difference between crank and startheard a fond memory about the Blues TrailHere are the recalls for the week: 2019-2020 Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-AMG G-Class,2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe, 2020 Ford Expedition, Lincoln Navigator, 2019 Ford Expedition, 2019-2020 MustangYou 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/recallsand 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: 2010 Dodge ChallengerPlease 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 Chevy Traverse; The 2020 BMW X6 M50i https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williamsCoronavirus Car Deals Are Getting Dialed Backhttps://jalopnik.com/coronavirus-car-deals-are-getting-dialed-back-1843390332?utm_source=jalopnik_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2020-05-13According to a report from Automotive News, brands are starting to adjust these deals based on the market.Deals with 0 percent financing for 84 months is being pulled back to 72 months on most-attractive financing offers. Other offers remain, but with first-payment deferrals cut to 90 days from 120 days.Factory rebates should be strong through the summer while the country manages its economic recovery. In normal circumstances, manufacturers want to clear out previous model-year inventory in the summer to make room for the newer cars that typically land in the fall.But many factories have been shut down, may tip the supply-and-demand balance back in favor of the dealerships because there won’t be dramatic amount of new inventory arriving on the lots for some time.Consumers waiting too long may actually miss out on a deal.
5/7/2020

Auto Correct: Shopping for Stuff

Where do you buy "stuff" for you vehicle? Let's hear what Allison has to suggest.At a convenience store? Check out little tool sets or wire brushesWhile at Auto Parts stores look for: rags - buy in bulk on sale; windshield washer fluid - get type that doesn't freeze above zero - buy on saleAt Dealerships: buy original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts; buy transmission and differential fluidLook for name brand engine oil wherever you shop for higher qualityCall covered:rockauto.com and the MPB Public Media App also Yeikcar Appbad gasheadlightsevac system cleanercluster in dash of vehiclespremium care packagesHere are the recalls for the week: None – so here are the biggest ones from last year.3.5 Million 2014-18 Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC SUVs and Pickup Trucks; 1.3 Million Subaru Cars and SUVs; 1.2 Million Nissan and Infiniti Cars, Trucks, SUVs and Vans; 1.2 Million Ford ExplorersYou 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/recallsand 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: Cadillac Escalade2015-2016 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 BMW X6 M50ihttps://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williams
4/30/2020

Auto Correct: Spring Cleaning of COVID-19

It's Spring Cleaning time! Keep the inside COVID-19 free. Keep the dirt and pollen off the outside. Another MPB local show, Money Talks, recently had a guest from the vehicle information website Edmunds.com http://moneytalks.mpbonline.org/episodes/money-talks-edmundscom Edmunds.com has an article: https://www.edmunds.com/car-safety/car-maintenance-and-repair-during-covid-19.html that comments about cleaning the inside of your car.Allison Walker, The Lady Auto Mechanic, gives some additional information about cleaning the outside of your vehicle. A broadcast last year also dealt with cleaning your car. Listen to that episode here: http://autocorrect.mpbonline.org/episodes/auto-correct-cleaning-your-carHere are the recalls for the week: 2016-2020 McLaren GT, Senna, 570GT, 720S: there’s a foam pad underneath the fuel tank causing trouble2020 Mercedes-AMG GT: The emergency call system communication module may be missing the wiring harness ground line – the dealer will repair2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class: The wiring harness under the seat – the dealer will inspect and replace as neededYou 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/recallsand 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:Volkswagen Passat 2002, 2003 and 2013-2014 for engine problemsPlease 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 Nissan Sentrahttps://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williamsWhat’s in the news: The California Highway Patrol claims its ticketing almost twice as many motorists for speeding since the start of the stay-at-home order compared to the year prior, when there was no stay-at-home order. https://jalopnik.com/traffic-is-down-but-speeding-tickets-over-100-mph-are-w-1843048439?utm_source=jalopnik_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2020-04-26Calls concerned:engine whiningwheel bearingDodge not startingrace car brainscoolant leveldashboard
4/23/2020

Auto Correct: Inspecting A Used Car

Are you dreaming of a "new to you" car? Allison Walker,The Lady Auto Mechanic, give some tips on inspecting a used car before purchasing it.Look at:framebumpersrustflood damageoil capvehicle historyThat's all we could get to!Calls concerned:Buddy's fuel pump relay, buying cars at auction, and a joketips when buying a used caroil change problem; check engine lightadvice for Buddymore advice for Buddytire pressure sensorsdiagnosing problemstires of different sizeseven more advice for Buddyair conditionerHere are the recalls for the week: 2020 Hyundai Nexo, Sonata; 2020 Ford Expedition; 2019-2020 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500; 2019 Subaru Ascent, Impreza, Legacy, OutbackYou 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/recallsand 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 Wrangler2012Overall the worst problem category is Jeep Wrangler 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/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 Hyundai Sonatahttps://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williamsWhat’s in the news: Hyundai Didn't Stop Making Cars And Now U.S. Ports Are Full Of Themhttps://jalopnik.com/hyundai-didnt-stop-making-cars-and-now-u-s-ports-are-f-1842998994?utm_source=jalopnik_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2020-04-23Is this the time to buy a new car? https://www.freep.com/story/money/cars/2020/04/23/buying-car-next-few-months/2997012001/Price of oil goes negative http://moneytalks.mpbonline.org/episodes/money-talks-free-oil
4/16/2020

Auto Correct: Engine oil

Allison Walker, The Lady Auto Mechanic, gives her opinion about car engine oil.Viscosity and temperature, use what your manufacturer recommends - look in owner's manual or on oil cap lid.Callers asked:when to change the oil filerwhat to do with a car in the carportWallace's GMC using oilMichael's Chevy Silverado NOTE: Michael called in after the show and suggested Wallace call GMC to get a remedy. That's what Michael did.Transmission fluidconventional oilsealed transmissionHere are the recalls for the week: 318,500 2019-2020 Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram Vehicles; 2020 Ford Expedition, F-150, Ranger; 2013-2016 BMW 3 Series;2019-2020 Chevrolet Bolt EV; 2019 Subaru Crosstrek;2019 Dodge Durango, Jeep Grand Cherokee;2020 Toyota Corolla Hatchback;2019-2020 Ram 1500, 1500 Classic and Jeep CompassYou 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/recallsand inputting your VIN number.Starting 04/06/2020, owners of certain Ford Fiesta and Focus small cars equipped with the automaker’s PowerShift automatic transmission can begin filing settlement claims that could top $20,000 apiece, depending on the issues experienced. For owners, with questions, you should contact Capstone Lawfirm at fordlawsuit@capstonelawyers.com or (855) 310-9583. https://www.cars.com/articles/ford-focus-fiesta-transmission-settlement-what-owners-should-know-420135/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 Yukon 2009, 2015, 2017GMC Yukon XL2008, 2014-2016 Overall the worst problem category is GMC Yukon accessories - interior problems. The most-reported problem is also with the 2015 GMC Yukon for taillight not working properly. 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 Chevy Silverado Trail Boss and Ford Ranger FX4 https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williamshttps://www.nbcdfw.com/news/coronavirus/top-auto-insurers-offering-consumers-refunds-during-covid-19-crisis/2351283/
4/2/2020

Auto Correct: AWD

Allison discusses All Wheel Drive Cars (in Mississippi)Calls about:SubaruDodge DakotaCruise ControlIgnition problemsHere are the recalls for the week: 2018-2020 Bentley Bentayga: Dealers will replace the upper seat belt attachment bolt for free.3,300 BMW X3, X4, 3 Series, 8 Series: Dealers will inspect and replace the front seat belt buckles, as necessary, for free.2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class, GLS-Class:Dealers will replace the rear crossmember for free. 2018-2019 Mercedes-Benz, Mercedes-Maybach S-Class:Dealers will replace the engine oil plugs 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/recallsand 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: Ford Focus2012-2016Ford Focus accessories - interior 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/ https://www.carcomplaints.com/ is another resource for unreliable car lists.What’s in the news: The Trump administration proposes a modest increase in fuel-efficiency standards for new cars and light trucks.The Safer Affordable Fuel Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles rule applies to most passenger vehicles for model years 2021 through 2026. Administration officials who unveiled the rule Tuesday said it will save hundreds of lives each year by encouraging families to buy newer cars that have the latest safety features because they'll be more affordable when freed from meeting tougher standards.https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/03/31/trump-eases-up-obama-era-fuel-efficiencies-rules-cars-trucks/5093923002/
3/26/2020

Auto Correct: Cars at Home

Are you stuck at home?We’re going to talk about maintaining your car if you can’t go anywhere between your vehicle repair question calls.Drive your car every week or two. Or idle until the temperature gauge is in the middle of this range.If you're worried about your battery, use a trickle charger.Make sure your tires are properly inflated.GET THE POLLEN OFF YOUR CAR: rinse or wash using a "car washing" product.How can you learn about your car?Read your owner's manualJoin an online forum about your make and modelWatch YouTube videos from knowledgeable creatorsRead Chilton or Haynes repair manualsCalls concerned:changing a batteryLamborghiniDodge Dakotachanging transmission fluidECU computerbattery maintenanceshopping for a Mazdafuel injected car troubleLink to the Mille Miglia episode http://autocorrect.mpbonline.org/episodes/auto-correct-mille-miglia-and-eurofestHere are the recalls since we last met: 2019 Volkswagen Arteon;2020 Chevrolet Silverado HDs, GMC Sierra HDs ; 2019-2020 Volvo Cars, SUVs and Wagons; 2017-2018 Land Rover Discovery2020 Toyota Highlander2020 Infiniti Q602017-2019 Audi Q7, Q82020 Lamborghini Aventador SVJ2019-2020 Audi A62014-2016 Ford Fiesta and Fusion, Lincoln MKZYou 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/recallsand 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 Grand Caravan2008-2011, 2005Please 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 Subaru Legacy, 2020 Lincoln Corsair. And a review of Consumer Reports suggestions for Standard Terms For Auto Safety Gear. https://www.wfyi.org/news/authors/casey-williamsWhat’s in the news:America’s highway safety regulators last Friday suspended daily driving limits for truck drivers hauling medical supplies, personal and other items necessary for battling the current outbreak. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration put the regulation in place to protect fatigued truckers from making a potentially fatal error in their multi-ton vehicles. https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/newsroom/us-department-transportation-issues-national-emergency-declaration-commercial-vehicles