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Jessica Howe

Automotive Expert & Coach,

Member since: Sep 2017
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Jessica Howe is an insightful Automotive coach with an exceptional track record in helping clients become confident and self-reliant when it come to their vehicles. Using the skills acquired through personal and professional training, Jessica understands the processes of learning, and strives to help even the most technically-challenged to succeed with basic automotive maintenance. With over 10 years of experience, Jessica is dedicated to teaching others how to take control of their automotive needs.

With a strong mechanical background, and a degree in Transportation Technology specializing in Automotive Technologies, Jessica has a reflective understanding of how women relate with the automotive world. She is committed to adapting the way women in particular interact with the industry, and wants to empower every person, male or female, to succeed when dealing with all automotive matters.  

Jessica Howe lent her expertise to these automotive questions from our members:

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! November 30, 2018, I bought a 2005 Honda CR-V LE with 192,000 km (Canada) for $5300. It came with a "3 month bumper to bumper warranty". Ha ha ha ha ha... Since then, I have had to replace the battery, a blown crank seal, the drivers side seat belt buckle (SRS warning light), battery terminal ends (held in place with a wood screw) and MORE. I was also advised to: replace ALL FLUIDS, rear brake pads and rotors, spark plugs, engine and cabin air filters, have the valve clearance adjusted and replace the serpentine belt. Ha ha ha ha... I did have the automatic transmission fluid flushed as well as the differential fluid. Replaced the air filters, the serpentine belt and spark plugs. Then I found out that I had a clanging timing chain, the catalytic converter needs replacing and I had seized rear bushings (can't align rear wheels). Ha ha ha ha.... funny, eh? I had taken the CR-V to TWO mechanics before buying... one of them a CAA mechanic (Canadian version of AAA). Both cleared the vehicle. One advised me the battery would need replacing. I am more than disappointed in the dealer with the "3 month bumper to bumper warranty" and by both mechanics who I paid to check the vehicle out before I bought it. The dealer refused to answer my phone calls, acknowledge my texts, or respond to written letters that I dropped off during the 3 month period. Now he has offered me $200 for warranty repairs. I am going to take him to small claims court, but I am not sure what exactly to sue for. The mechanics who detected NONE of these problems? I am speechless. I don't even want the vehicle anymore. It is my nightmare, but I have already put about $3000 into it in the last 4 months and will never recoup my costs. What do I really need to fix on this thing to keep it going safely and soundly? I have had so many contradictory recommendations that my head is spinning. What is the tipping point, in terms of repairs, (if I have not already passed it) where I can morally sell the vehicle to some unsuspecting slug like me? Any advice on my myriad of concerns is appreciated! Ha ha ha ha ha....

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