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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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April 25, 2014

It’s That Time Of Year: Are You Ready For Pothole Season?

Potholes_thinkstock-145903783Ugh! The snow is finally clearing off the roads and what are we finding underneath?

Ugly, dangerous potholes! Ever wonder what causes these massive craters that ruin our commutes -- and cars -- each spring?

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April 21, 2014

Reminder: April is National Car Care Month

ASE-car-care-repair-016Because basic maintenance can go a long way toward improving the safety and dependability of your vehicle, every April is designated as National Car Care Month to encourage owners to give their cars some extra attention.

Results of community car care events held throughout the country in 2013 show that most consumers neglect simple maintenance of their cars, with seven out of 10 vehicles failing at least one component of the vehicle inspection process.

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April 17, 2014

Simple Tips to Maintain the Resale Value of Your Car

Used-car-thinkstock-176672337x800Every automobile owner should have their vehicle's resale value in mind even before they attempt to sell it. Drivers can take several proactive steps to ensure that their vehicle maintains an acceptable resale value. Let's take a look at some ways to accomplish this without breaking the bank.

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March 24, 2014

Ladies: Do You Know What Your Car Needs? Discussing The Importance Of Following A Regular Maintenance Schedule

ASE_Womens_Consumer_Confidence__woman_With_Technician-077This month, AskPatty spent some time with Tony Molla, the Vice President of Communications for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence to discuss the topic of general car maintenance and helping women drivers to better know what your car needs.

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March 03, 2014

Does Your Car Smell Funny? Here's What It Can Mean

Car_Care_Council-6_Warning_Smells-Infographic_small-lead2When it comes down to finding trouble in your car, sometimes it's best to trust your nose. While most of us enjoy that “new car smell,” there are other specific odors that motorists should never ignore.

Use this easy-to-understand infographic from the Car Care Council to identify six car smells that could mean trouble for your vehicle. Identifying these suspect smells early on can help car owners be car care aware and avoid the hassle and expense of an unexpected breakdown, says the Car Care Council.

“Unusual smells can be the sign of serious, and potentially costly, trouble for your vehicle. By acting quickly and making necessary repairs, you’ll be able to breathe easy knowing there is no harmful damage to your car,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council.

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February 19, 2014

AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Carnival for February 2014

AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Partners Offer These Special Offers For February:

Harris_GarageHarris Garage of Hayes, Virginia
Get your oil changed at Harris Garage and $5 will be donated to the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society! This full-service auto repair center in Hayes, Virginia, has been operating since the 1940s, providing customers with superior service and quality repairs to ensure their vehicle is always running smoothly. Find out more here. Offer good during the month of February.

Ricks_performance_cff_logoRick's Performance of Pleasonton, California
Get your car in shape this winter at Rick's Performance! Check out their winter special: Even though it feels like Springtime, come take advantage of our Winter Special! Offer includes an oil change, 40-point vehicle inspection, tire rotation, top off fluids, and a free tire gauge! Offer good until March 15, 2014

Schoen_place_auto-CFF_logoSchoen Place Auto of East Rochester, New York
Visit Schoen Place Auto to take advantage of their Fuel Saver Special today to get the best MPG you can! #Rochester #NewYork (expires 3/15) We've bundled these services to give you some GREAT SAVINGS and to help you get MORE MILES for your DOLLARS! Tire rotation, Motor Vac service (the ultimate air & fuel system cleaning), and replace Air Filter. Only $169.99! (Normally $240) Cannot be combined with any other offer. One coupon per person per visit, please. Offer expires 3/15/2014.


AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Partners In The News:

Valvoline_Instant_Oil_Change-Pink_Out_Day-BurbankValvoline_Instant_Oil_Change-Pink_Out_Day-middle_riverAutoTex PINK and Valvoline Instant Oil Change are still supporting Breast Cancer Awareness
Breast Cancer Awareness month is October, but breast cancer doesn't go away the other 11 months of the year, so why should we pretend otherwise?  AutoTex PINK understands this, and some of our AskPatty clients sell these high-end blades – available in pink or black, metal, frameless, or uni-blade variants – that benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation year-round.

Valvoline_Instant_Oil_Change-Pink_Out_Day-MidlandValvoline Instant Oil Change Centers sponsored a nationwide "Pink-Out Day" in October, with retail shops across the country going pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness. And, at the end of the month Henley Enterprises (makers of AutoTex PINK wiper blades) and Valvoline Instant Oil Change made an additional 5% donation from sales of AutoTex PINK wiper blades to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Valvoline_Instant_Oil_Change-Pink_Out_Day-Toledo CrewFor a list of all participating Valvoline Instant Oil Change locations with AutoTex PINK wiper blades, visit

Judith_Schumaker-Ally_Hero_AdAutomobile Dealer Judith Schumacher-Tilton, Owner of Gearhart Chevrolet and Schumacher Chevrolet, Featured in Ally Dealer Hero Campaign
Judith was recognized for her community outreach through Give the Kids Hope Foundation, a charitable foundation that supports Camp Hope to provide arts and recreation programs to disadvantaged children in northern New Jersey. Find out more about the award here at PRWEB.

Community_Tire_GardenCommunity Tire Garden of Phoenix and Glendale, Arizona
Community Tire Garden is focused on providing a neighborhood salsa garden and educating about the love of Mother nature and all she has to offer in the "Joy of Gardening!"  We will do everything we can to meet your expectations, with education, on-site cooking Chefs, seasonal events, creative recycled Tire art, fun kid projects & to create a learning experience of planting & harvesting to benefit the community & its volunteers.... With a variety of offerings to choose from in the garden, we're sure you'll be happy working with us and watching us GROW!

Ricks_Performance-Girl_Scouts_Car_Care_Badge-Tire_Jack1Girl Scouts Car Care Badge Clinic at Rick's Performance of Pleasonton, California
Rick’s Performance hosted a free car care clinic for the local teenage Girl Scout troop on February 9. Throughout the clinic the Girl Scouts acquired an understanding for proper car maintenance and car safety through hands on demonstrations. The hands-on demonstrations included how to use a car jack in conjunction with replacing a flat tire, as well as assessing tire wear and Ricks_Performance-Girl_Scouts_Car_Care_Badge-Tire_pressure2checking for proper tire pressure.  More hands-on work included identifying the vital under hood fluids and checking the car’s oil level. Lastly, the Girl Scouts participated in changing worn wiper blades.
The Girl Scouts demonstrated their strength as they manually jacked up the car in need of a tire replacement. Cheers and a sense of accomplishment followed after the girls individually completed the process of changing a flat tire.  
Ricks_Performance-Girl_Scouts_Car_Care_Badge-checking_oil3The Girl Scouts then learned what is underneath the hood of the car as each of them hunched under the hood to check the oil on the dipstick. They examined the unfamiliarity of the car’s different parts, while getting their hands dirty with a little grease and oil. Near the end of the event the Rick’s Performance team enlightened the Girl Scouts of women’s influence in the automotive industry. And the dynamic career options available in the industry. Furthermore, the current Green Car movement was discussed along with gas mileage tips and alternative energy cars.
The participating Girl Scouts earned a Car Care Badge after attending the clinic. Along with this tangible badge the girls obtained a new sense of empowerment and confidence about car maintenance and safety.  


Introducing AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Hybrid Repair Shops!

Your hybrid is a special car, but that doesn't mean that it should be difficult or expensive to maintain and repair your hybrid. We guarantee that your car will receive the care it needs to stay reliable and safe as the day you purchased it. These companys’ certified technicians will ensure your hybrid vehicle receives the best maintenance. They have the most current training and are also specialized in hybrid diagnostic and service tools.

Lloyds_Tire_Service-CFF_logoLloyd's Tire and Service of Santa Cruz, California
Lloyd’s Tire Service is now a complete and fully certified Hybrid Service Center, featuring everything from routine maintenance to diagnostics and repairs for hybrid and electric vehicles. Hybrid Care at Lloyd's is good for both your car and our planet. We proudly provide hybrid repairs to Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Los Gatos, and other surrounding Central California communities.

Wilhelm_automotive-CFF_LogoWilhelm Automotive Service Centers of Peoria, Arizona
In 1928, Joe Wilhelm and his father purchased Wilhelm Automotive Repair and made it the success that it is today. They have become the local Hybrid Shop and are now able to effectively and efficiently service hybrid vehicles and refurbish hybrid batteries. Wilhelm Automotive Repair's certified technicians will ensure your specific vehicle receives the best maintenance. They have the most current training and are also specialized in hybrid diagnostic and service tools.


Welcome These Businesses to the AskPatty Certified Female Friendly Family:

Sayville_ford-CFF_logoSayville Ford of Sayville, New York
Sayville Ford has been family owned and operated for three generations — over 50 years! Not only are we the largest independent Ford dealership in the New York region but Sayville Ford’s focus on complete customer satisfaction has earned us the reputation as a leader in the automotive industry.

Auto_seekers_VA_CFF-logoAuto Seekers VA of Locust Grove, Virginia
Let Auto Seekers VA treat you to a friction free buying experience for your next quality auto, truck, or motorcycle. Our advisors do not work on commission and you won't be passed around to a group of managers. Our vehicles are Certified Pre-owned and we offer Guaranteed FINANCING. Each vehicle is test driven personally by Eddie Daniel, the owner, to meet his high standards. Asset protection products are available.

Yellowstone_Country-CFF_logoYellowstone Country Motors of Livingston, Montana
We've been selling vehicles for 17 years and we can truly say that Chrysler Dodge Ram Jeep have the best vehicles on the market. -ith the all new Ram truck you can get the best ride, the best features, AND the best diesel in the market! They also get the best mileage, have the best towing, and are best priced!! Come see for yourself and drive one today!

Wigder_Chevrolet-CFF_logoWigder Chevrolet of Livingston, New Jersey
Our lease and financing professionals can help get you into the new or used car you need! The Chevrolet service center at Wigder Chevrolet is operated by the most trusted and experienced technicians in Livingston.

Meineke_Car_Care_of_Burnsville-cff_logoMeineke Car Care of Burnsville, Minnesota
Since our first Houston, Texas, location got up and running in 1972, we’ve worked to create a network of friendly, locally-owned shops led by true car care pros. Today, we’ve got a line-up of over 900 shops from coast-to-coast all working hard to accomplish the same goal: helping you drive a little smarter.

Hillside_Auto_repair-CFF_logoHillside Auto Repair of Torrance, California
At Hillside Auto Repair, we provide quality auto maintenance and repair in a clean and friendly environment. We respect our customers and treat them as if they are our friends or family. We employ state-of-the-art equipment and methods, have highly trained ASE certified technicians, and use top quality parts.

Tuffy_Tire_and_service_Center-CFF_LogoTuffy Auto Service Center of Yorkville, Illinois
We offer complete car care service from routine dealer recommended maintenance to complete diagnostics and full service auto repair. We know that our reputation is built "one customer at a time" and we appreciate your business.