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Goodyear Sponsors 'Just for Women' Car Care Clinics Sept. 11, 17th

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 11th, 2008 8:00am

According to recent statistics from the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association, women influence 80 percent of all automotive related purchase decisions; Statistics from The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence say women make up more than 65 percent of customers who take their vehicle to a repair shop. Yet many women find that same automotive-related retail experience to be a high-anxiety, confusing, and unclear ...


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How much do I love my Honda Accord? Let me count the repairs...

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 8th, 2008 11:55am

My dear old 1998 Honda Accord needed its registration tags renewed in July. I had been avoiding it, because before it can get registered, it needed to be smogged, and before it could be smogged, there was this pesky "check engine" light on the dash that needed to be put out of its misery. It's been shining at me for several months.... maybe six months. Last time I had one of those dreaded lights (about two years ago), ...


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How much for that sticker in the window?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 5th, 2008 6:25am

There's one of them in the window of every car on the lot. It's the law! They're the tools of both car buyers and automotive journalists, and even if you might take those lowly window stickers for granted when you're out shopping for a new car , did you know they have a name? It has been 50 years since our government passed legislation requiring all American dealers to attach these labels to every new car listing ...


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Hyperthermia Is Still a Real Threat For Our Children

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 2nd, 2008 1:52pm

In the Houston area, a grand jury is considering whether or not it will charge the grandmother of a 3-year-old boy who died from being left in a car all day. Actually, 10 hours. The grandmother was supposed to take the boy to day care, but forgot and left him in the car. When she was leaving work, she realized she had left him in the car and dialed 911. Temperatures in the area reached a high of 94 degrees that day. I cannot ...


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Rebekah Mercadel Heating up Junior Dragsters

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 25th, 2008 3:36pm

Rebekah Mercadel, or Beka to her friends, is a New Orleans native who now hangs her hat in Texas thanks to Hurricane Katrina. She is also a junior drag racer and pilots a Top Alcohol Jr. Dragster for Mercadel Motorsports. She is one of about 8,500 National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) junior drag racers and one of a very few licensed minority top alcohol junior drivers in the country. With her dad and crew chief -- ...


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Caring for Your Car During Summer Heat

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 25th, 2008 2:49pm

Summer can be tough on cars, especially during high temperatures when heat can destroy batteries and stress the cooling system and tires. As a precaution, these vehicle components should be checked periodically during summer to help avoid breakdowns and car problems, according to the Car Care Council. Check hoses and drive belts cracks, bulges, or frayed edges. When the engine is cold, visually check for cracks or small leaks. ...


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E85 Primer: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Ethanol-Based Fuels, But Were Afraid to Ask.

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 21st, 2008 2:33pm

Here is some fabulous news! I read recently on gasmilage.wordpress.com , that Los Angeles County has approved a ground-breaking facility that will revolutionize the Biofuel industry. They are going to be making their E85 out of grass clippings, wood chips, paper products, and cardboard... and not corn. I have been pained watching the "powers that be" push corn down our throats as the best source of making ethanol. ...


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Cross-Country Hydrogen Road Tour Ends in Los Angeles on Saturday, August 23

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 19th, 2008 4:17pm

A collection of vehicles powered by hydrogen are traveling in an unprecedented trip across the country, scheduled to end in Los Angeles on August 23rd. As part of The Hydrogen Road Tour , presented by the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFP), U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Energy, and National Hydrogen Association, these vehicles will cross the United States, from Maine to Los Angeles, visiting 31 cities in 18 ...


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Life's a drive for Kelly Williams

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 18th, 2008 8:00am

For race car driver Kelly Williams, “nothing can replace the exhilaration of driving a race car.” Kelly first noticed cars when she was six-years-old and had a neighbor that worked on cars. She drove her neighbor crazy, having him explain the ins-and-outs of race cars as she learned how to work on them. "I grew up at the track," she says. "My parents have taken me since I was ...


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AskPatty.com on Real Biz on SLCN.TV Monday 2pm August 18, 2008

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 18th, 2008 6:24am

Every Monday at 2pm SLT/PST, Second Life personality Cybergrrl Oh interviews a company or organization representative and takes a tour of their build or sim. The guest this week will be AskPatty.com, Patty Streeter. Tune in to SLCN.tv to watch the show live on the Web or visit Athena Isle to watch it inworld on the big screen by going to http://slurl.com/secondlife/Athena%20Isle/44/43/23. Cybergrrl Oh will be taking a ...


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