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How Hybrid Vehicles Work

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jun 2nd, 2008 10:28pm

I've run several stories lately on hybrid vehicles -- comparing their costs against traditional gasoline engines and giving tips on how get the best fuel economy when driving them - and it occurred to me that it might be helpful to explain what makes these powertrains so different. An article I found at the Toyota press site helped quite a bit to explain how their hybrid vehicles combine gas engines and electric motors ...


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Traveling in the Family Way: 2008 Cadillac CTS

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 30th, 2008 10:26pm

Beauty Beyond the Eye of the Beholder There are no two ways about it: The 2008 Cadillac CTS is a gorgeous car and you will feel gorgeous when you drive it. It doesn't matter if your blouse is spotted with spitup and you have dark circles under your eyes from late-night feedings, when you sit behind the wheel of this incredible sedan, you will feel beautiful. Surrounded by sumptuous leather, and soothed by its ...


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Lisa Lynch brings together love of wine and racing

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 30th, 2008 9:27pm

Bennett Lane Winery owners, Randy and Lisa Lynch, have a passion for wine and auto racing. They are the first winery to own and sponsor a NASCAR racing team. The Bennett Lane race team, operated by Lynch racing, won the 2007 Grand National NASCAR division, and is the primary sponsor of the Bennett Lane 200 race weekend at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma , CA on June 20th-22nd. Bennett Lane has two cars entered in the ...


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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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