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179 posts categorized "Maintenance and Repair"

January 16, 2015

Cold Car Facts: Your Fuel Mileage Will Drop With Winter Weather

1__discovery_sport__001Oil prices continue to fall and analysts say gasoline will be cheap for the rest of 2015. Low gas prices are a gift to consumers who find themselves with a little more cash to spend on items more rewarding than feeding their gas tank.

Winter is here, so it helps to know that your actual fuel economy is going to go down in cold weather conditions. There really isn't any way around this, but it helps to understand why you are getting lower gas economy mileage and what measures you can take to look after your car and its engine.

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November 25, 2014

Tips for Winterizing your Car

Snow_winter_weather-thinkstock-183439602Some might still be wearing shorts and flip flops in sunny Los Angeles, but as snow begins to fall across the Northern United States, it’s time for others to prepare for colder temperatures.

Taking preventative measures now is the best defense against cold-weather worries later.

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October 03, 2014

Women Auto Know: October is Car Care Month

Stockfresh_1122941_woman_repairing_engine-sNot only is October Breast Cancer Awareness Month, October is also Car Care Month. As a woman having worked in the automotive industry for more than 25 years I'm aware of the importance of regular maintenance to my car's longevity, as well as my own routine health exams.

Planning ahead for October Car Care Month, I'd like to remind you of the importance of regular maintenance on your vehicle. If you want to get the most mileage out of your car, along with the best fuel-efficiency, and avoid costly repairs down the line, then you should schedule regular inspections and maintenance.

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September 22, 2014

“The Light Shift” Ad Campaign To Illuminate Night Workers Launches At Sylvania 300 Race Event

Sylvania-The-light-shiftYou may call it the graveyard shift, third shift, or night shift, but the folks at Sylvania Automotive Lighting call it “The Light Shift.” Because people with different professions and hobbies share the road every night, expecting to arrive safely at their destination, Sylvania Automotive Lighting has created a new advertising campaign to 'shine a light' on those travelers and the important role headlights play in their travel.

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August 18, 2014

Good Practices for Today's Drivers

ASE_Womens_Consumer_Confidence__woman_With_Technician-077Driving is a daily task for most of us, and staying safe on the road is important. Your car is also likely one of your largest investments, so taking care of it should just be common sense.

However, when you spend so much time in your car, it can be easy to overlook even the most basic safety and maintenance issues. These are great habits to get into so that your car will serve you well for years to come, and yet overlooking these simple tasks are some of the most common mistakes drivers make.

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August 08, 2014

Dealing with an Oil Drip

Fresh_oil_leak-20140801_161542I discovered a messy puddle of oil under my car last week.

This is where I confess that -- even though I’ve spent nearly 30 years in the automotive industry -- I didn’t know what to do next.

It’s okay: You can laugh and point at the “car girl” who doesn’t know how to repair her own car. I know about these things in theory. I know how to check my oil level and tire pressure and could jump a battery or change a tire if I had to, but when it comes to real life, I rely on mechanics (and Auto Club) for the practical application of most of my car’s care.

So, when I saw the brown splashes beneath my beloved 2011 Ford Fiesta -- which has just passed its fourth birthday and has barely 45,000 miles on the odometer -- I kinda panicked. I’m a writer, not a mechanic, and I’m okay with that.

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July 07, 2014

Do You Know What These Dashboard Safety Icons Mean?

Dashboard_light_collectionAsk a driver how to control the air conditioning in their vehicle and it’s a safe bet you'll get an answer. Ask that same driver to identify life-saving dashboard warning signals and the chance of a clear answer drops significantly.

According to a recent survey conducted by Schrader International, a manufacturer of sensing and valve solutions, only four out of every ten drivers were unable to identify key dashboard warning icons.

Now that summer is here and our road trip vacations are underway, it is more important than ever for drivers to be familiar with their vehicle and the systems put in place to warn them of potential danger. When viewing dashboard icons -- and depending on the car you drive, you can see a lot of them -- here are a few things to keep in mind.

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June 03, 2014

This Dashboard Light Could Save Your Life!

TPMS_dashboard_indicatorDo you know what this dashboard light means? It is your tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) telling you that one (or more) of your tires is dangerously under-inflated.

Under-inflated tires are estimated to cause thousands of car crashes and hundreds of deaths each year, yet 42 percent of drivers still can’t identify the TPMS vehicle dashboard icon, and 1 in 10 surveyed admit to having intentionally ignored a TPMS warning and continued to drive, according to survey results from Schrader International.

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May 20, 2014

Autos 101: What puts the "Cool" in Coolant?

Web2carz_auto101_coolantUnderstanding why radiator fluid is crucial to your vehicle's health.

Having some basic auto knowledge is important for everyone, not just gearheads. Knowing a thing or two about what’s under the hood and how your car functions will make you a safer, more confident driver. This article examines the brightly colored liquid that keeps your vehicle running at homeostasis: coolant.

As an online resource to learn about basic auto maintenance, along with common problems and how to fix them, the kind folks at Web2Carz are sharing the following article with AskPatty readers. Please feel free to read the original Autos 101 at

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May 02, 2014

Do you Understand "Auto"? How to Translate What Your Car is Telling You

77_percent_of_cars_need_serviceIgnoring the warnings your car sends out could leave you stranded on the side of the road or with a costly repair bill. According to information released by State Farm Insurance, 77 % of the cars on the road currently need service. And ignoring a small service can lead to a more expensive fix later. 

"The closer attention you pay to your vehicle, the more likely you are to detect small problems before they become bigger, more expensive problems," says Tony Molla, vice president of communications for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). 

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