When 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.
Continue reading "Does Your Car Smell Funny? Here's What It Can Mean" »
Is your car ready for winter? Get prepared for safe winter driving and you could win $50 gas money for the holidays, courtesy of our pals at CarCare.org!
If you're a Twitter fanatic, all you have to do to win is log in and share winter car care tips:
To be eligible to win:
- Tweet or Re-tweet one of our winter car care tips or winter car care images
- Make sure to tag @CarCareCouncil and use #CarCare in your tweet!
The contest is open to individuals (not businesses) following the Car Care Council on Twitter and living in the United States. You do not have to be a new follower to participate. One eligible tweet is one entry and one entry per day will be accepted. Tweets will be accepted until 12:00am PST on December 19th, 2013 and the winner will be selected and announced on Friday, December 20th, 2013. The winner will be messaged directly for their mailing address.
For more details, visit http://www.carcare.org/2013/12/winter-twitter-contest/
The nose knows when something isn’t quite right: the Car
Care Council shared this educational infographic which easily outlines six car
smells that could mean trouble for your vehicle to help drivers sniff out when
something may be wrong with their car.
We all love basking in that “new car smell,” but there are
other odors we should never ignore. Identifying these suspicious smells early
on can help car owners avoid the hassle and expense of an unexpected breakdown,
says the Car Care Council.
The Car Care Council provides tips like these as
part of its free “Be Car Care Aware” education campaign to consumers to help reinforce
the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance, and repair.
“When you smell any peculiar odor, you should not ignore it.
Instead bring your vehicle to a professional service technician that you trust
to get an informed opinion on the nature of the odor,” says Rich White, executive
director, Car Care Council.
Continue reading "Does Your Car Smell Funny? Here’s What Those Odors Could Mean " »
Ask Patty is so excited to share the news that Amy Mattinat
has been elected the
new president the Car Care Council Women’s Board. Her appointment becomes
effective following the Women's Board reception on Tuesday, November 5, at AAPEX in Las Vegas.
Amy has been a long-time contributor to AskPatty, and is a
member of the AskPatty
Women’s Automotive Speaker’s Bureau. Amy is president of Auto Craftsmen, an
independent auto repair sales and service center in Montpelier, Vermont. In
addition to managing the business, Amy writes a monthly car care newsletter and
a magazine column called “Under the Hood.” She also is the author of “How to
Buy a Great Used Car” and teaches women car care clinics on a regular basis.
She has been a part of the auto care industry for more than 18 years.
Continue reading "AskPatty’s Amy Mattinat New President Of Car Care Council Women's Board" »
According to The
Weather Channel, above-average
temperatures are expected this summer for the majority of the lower 48 states,
and especially the western states. These might seem like no-brainers, but
following are some urgent automotive tips to keep in mind when temperatures
start to climb.
Continue reading "Urgent Hot Weather Automotive Safety Tips " »
Multi-million-miler Irv Gordon says patience, awareness, and proper
maintenance are keys to safe driving. And he should know: The first three things Irv did 47 years
ago after purchasing a shiny red 1966 Volvo P1800 were to adjust his seat,
check the mirrors, and buckle up. After driving that very car more than 2.99
million miles, the Long Island native still abides by these rules.
Continue reading "Top Ten Driving Tips from America's Most Undistracted Driver" »
With the Memorial Day Holiday weekend upon us and the summer vacation
season fast approaching, we at AskPatty know there is no better time to “Be Car Care Aware”
about your vehicle.
According to the National Highway Transportation
Safety Administration (NHTSA),
an average of 13,000 Americans are killed during the summer travel season between Memorial Day weekend
and Labor Day. A portion of these deaths can be directly attributed to
unperformed vehicle maintenance as each year neglected maintenance leads
to over 2,600 deaths, nearly 100,000 disabling injuries, and more than
$2 billion in lost wages, medical expenses, and property damage.
Continue reading "Is Your Vehicle Safe for Memorial Day Travel? " »
Hello again, AskPatty Nation! Today we're going to give you some honest, blunt relationship advice, because it's come to our attention that some of you are users. Now, we don't mean to judge, you probably didn't realize you were doing it, but you're smothering your significant other. He really needs to breathe... so change that air filter already! Of course, we're talking about taking care of your car's engine. You didn't think we meant your boyfriend, did you?
Continue reading "Ladies: Just Let Him Breathe – Your Engine, That Is" »
Without proper maintenance, your car won’t perform properly, and there’s the distinct chance it will leave you stranded somewhere. While oil changes and tire rotations are part of basic maintenance, there’s also the need for tune-ups. However, things have changed from what they once were. Do you need a tune-up? What’s included in that type of service? When do you need to schedule them? Keep reading to learn the answers to these questions.
Continue reading "Does Your Vehicle Need a Tune-Up?" »
It's a bonus! Earth
Day and Car Care Awareness Month, all rolled into
one multimedia post.
In this video, Jody DeVere, CEO of AskPatty.com, joins Easy
Does It host Ereka Vetrini to shine some light on what's really going on
under your hood. When it comes to car care, DeVere says
that the biggest mistake people make is "really not
understanding what your car needs." To combat this, she says, "Crack
open that dusty manual that's usually in the glove box of your car and
understand the basic needs of your car and the intervals that those should be done.
And then do it to the letter of the law. That's going to prevent a lot of
costly, long-term, expensive problems." Click here to watch the Easy
Does It Segment on Yahoo!Shine.
Continue reading "Go Green on Earth Day with Car Care and Fuel-Saving Tips from AskPatty" »