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10 Basic Car Care Tips to Improve Safety and Reliability

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 29th, 2008 10:25pm

Something as basic as checking the oil can go a long way toward improving the safety and reliability of your vehicle, plus it helps avoid costly repairs down the road. The Car Care Council recommends 10 basic maintenance procedures to keep your car operating at its best: * Check the oil, filters and fluids. Oil should be checked at every fill-up, and for maximum engine life, it should be changed per the owner's ...


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Ford Extends Warranty Coverage

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 29th, 2008 10:21pm

Ford has improved its warranty coverage on both new and remanufactured gasoline engine and transmission assemblies, increasing the mileage by 25,000 miles from 3-years/75,000 miles to 3-years/100,000 miles, effective April 1, 2008. According to their press release: "This warranty enhancement not only matches the terms of competitive automakers in the aftermarket industry, but it exceeds their coverage in a ...


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Kristen Bumbera looking good after NASCAR Grand National debut

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 28th, 2008 10:21pm

Kristen Bumbera piloting the No. 40 TXI Chevrolet garnered a successful 11th place finish in her NASCAR Grand National Division debut in the Allstate Texas Thunder 150. Bumbera was the only female driver in the race. Against the field of men, Bumbera qualified 13th out of 24 cars; including current point leader Mike David. “Our plan was to keep it simple - qualify and finish the race, which I thought we ...


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Top 12 Car Care Myths Debunked

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 28th, 2008 10:19pm

An old adage says: "April showers bring May flowers." I'd like to add: "and dirty cars!" With gloomy weather and poor driving conditions in the rear-view mirror and sunny days ahead, now is the perfect time to give your vehicle a thorough spring cleaning. To help maintain that new-car shine through spring and into summer, Meguiar's, the century-old leader in vehicle appearance care, has sent us ...


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What Not to Haul in your Car

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 25th, 2008 10:17pm

File this under “things not to do.” A man in Texas was stopped after he made a couple of U-Turns and almost hit someone. And when the Texas Highway Patrol approached William Eric Johnson’s car, the officer couldn’t believe what he saw. There was a 6-foot alligator in Johnson’s back car window. Not only was the alligator just hanging around in the back window, it wasn’t restrained in ...


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Larry's Auto Works: a Certified Green Business

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 25th, 2008 10:16pm

At the recent Santa Clara County Green Business conference, I heard Larry Moore of Larry's Autoworks in Mountain View share his thoughts about being a green business. They have been in business for 30 years and became green certified by Santa Clara county in November 2006, the first certified green business in Mountain View, the town famous for being Google's headquarters. Their environmental motto is, ...


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Top Tips to Get Road Ready for Summer's Family Road Trips

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 24th, 2008 5:00am

Memorial Day is here, and that means it's officially opening weekend for summer travel. So, do you want to cruise the Florida Coast, meander the mountains of North Carolina, or check out the culture in cowboy land? Families planning their next road trip should look no further than getroadready.com. The all-inclusive online resource from Prestone Products, featuring content licensed from Rand McNally, includes handy ...


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California Wireless Laws - What Happens After July 1st

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 22nd, 2008 10:14pm

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has written a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to field questions about the new wireless telephone laws that go into effect on July 1, 2008. Let's take a look at some of the information they have provided. There are two laws going into effect on July 1. The first addresses drivers over the age of 18. These drivers can use a hands-free device to operate their phone while ...


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Five Things This Mom Wants in a Car

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 21st, 2008 10:15pm

We recently paid off my car. It was used when I got it, and it's getting close to ten years old. It still runs great and has decent mileage for its age. But we're outgrowing it. The car has always been on the small side for my husband, who's six-foot-two. And to be honest, it gets tiresome to bend over into the back seat and struggle with the car seat. I need something slightly taller, and definitely with ...


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Carbon Offset: A Primer

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 20th, 2008 10:13pm

If you are planning to go green, whether individually or as a business, the financial instrument called "carbon offset" can be a good friend. Buying carbon offsets is a good approach to negate the greenhouse gas emissions from your business or daily lifestyle that cannot be easily reduced in the short-term. You can think of it as a way to assuage guilt. At the most basic, you pay some financial ...


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