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GM Scholarships Help AYES Students

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 22nd, 2006 6:02pm

GM Goodwrench's Expertise Challenge contest during this year's NASCAR season had a unique provision that created a $200,000 scholarship fund for qualifying Automotive Youth Educational System (AYES) students to pursue post-secondary college degrees in automotive service technology. The national GM campaign required race driver Kevin Harvick to win two of twelve designated races during the season to trigger ...


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Car Care Tops List of Thanksgiving Preparations

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 22nd, 2006 4:58pm

As Americans get ready for Thanksgiving, car care tops the list of pre-holiday preparations, according to a survey conducted by the Car Care Council. Both men and women say they are more likely to make sure the car taking them to Thanksgiving dinner is prepared for the trip (66 percent) than they are to iron tablecloths (18 percent) or polish silver (12 percent) in advance of the holiday meal. "Proper car ...


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Ask Patty - Automotive Advice for Women Blog Carnival: Week Around the Auto World November 21st

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 21st, 2006 4:09pm

We have a short week this week with the holiday upon us, but that doesn’t mean we’re slacking off here at Ask Patty! We have another great Carnival for you! Thank you to everyone who submit week after week! We have a theme for this week, focusing on car tips for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Get out a pen and paper and jot down these great ideas and create your own holiday travel checklist. With the ...


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Ask Patty’s Gift Garage: Week Two

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 20th, 2006 6:11pm

Last week we mentioned some cool gifts to get that car-loving mom, sister, girlfriend or co-worker. Now we have even more cute ideas. Get your wallets ready ladies! Girls Love Wheels has a large assortment of car accessories and decor. We really like their collection of license plate covers. Sure, you see them all over, but enough with the “My daughter is an Honor Student” examples (not that you ...


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Driving Nightmare on Thanksgiving - Be Sure to Buckle Up!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 20th, 2006 6:10pm

It was Thanksgiving Day 1992, I was feeling nervous about taking the long drive with my two boys young boys out to the desert from Los Angeles to visit my in-laws for the annual Thanksgiving family get together. My daughter, the youngest was spending the weekend with her best friends up in Solvang for the holidays, which later would turn into a blessing. I called my Mom in the morning to wish her and my Dad a ...


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Child Seat Choices for Your Ride

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 20th, 2006 6:09pm

With the holidays around the corner and likely a lot of driving ahead of you, child safety should be in the forefront of your mind. But what, with all the holiday preparations and crazy shopping to do, it might be the last thing you are thinking about. We’ve put together some great tips – with the help of The Car Seat Lady - for you to keep in mind this season when you are buckling in your kids. There are ...


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Selecting The Right Tire: As Simple As Selecting The Right Shoe

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 17th, 2006 10:41pm

Wearing sandals in the snow is not appropriate.  Running shoes for a formal occasion would be very out of place.  Just as proper footwear is important to your comfort and correct body alignment, appropriate tires are vital to affecting the overall performance and handling of your vehicle.  An inappropriate tire provides little benefit to the vehicle it supports.  A sporty sedan offers little ...


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Sounds Like Trouble?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 17th, 2006 4:44pm

Squeaks, squeals, rattles, rumbles, and other sounds provide valuable clues about problems and maintenance needs. Here are some common noises and what they mean: Squeal - A shrill, sharp noise: •    Loose or worn power steering, fan or air conditioning belt. If this happens every morning it isn’t the neighbor’s cat, but is usually a loose or worn accessory drive belt will cause this kind ...


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Cars, Women and Passion

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 16th, 2006 5:04pm

With all the many questions, stories and conversations with women I enjoy as president of Ask Patty, I wanted to share with you how very PASSIONATE I have found women to be about their cars. It may seem remarkable to some just how much women love cars and enjoy talking about them, worrying about them and taking care of them! Yes, woman give cars pet names, decorate them, personalize them and fuss over them, baby them and ...


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Keeping Your Tires Inflated Saves Lives - And Gas!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 16th, 2006 5:02pm

by Amy Mattinat, Author of How To Buy A Great Used Car Vehicles today, with all their technical enhancements, still need four healthy hunks of round rubber on the wheels to compliment the fuel injected, computer controlled engine under the hood. Whether you have a slow leak or blowout, it is very inconvenient when a tire flattens your day. Luckily, it is easy to monitor your tires and identify potential problems before ...


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