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Proper Spring Tire Maintenance a Must

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 19th, 2007 3:37pm

According to GM info, their tire and wheel engineers develop GM-exclusive Tire Performance Criteria (TPC) specifications for each vehicle engineered in North America to ensure tire performance, handling, and durability under a variety of driving conditions. Additionally, major tire manufacturer engineers work together with GM's tire and wheel engineers during the validation process. GM uses this research partnership ...


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With Common Sense And The Right Products, You Can Keep Your Family’s Car Safe From Thieves

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 19th, 2007 12:51am

Ask Patty is always trying to get you the most up-to-date information on safety and any automotive news possible. We found this great article from LoJack that talks about the best ways to prevent your car from getting stolen or vandalized. There are three important steps to keep your vehicle safe from theft. Once you know them, you have a chance to help teach your parents what they should do to keep your ...


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Underneath is Often Overlooked: Check the Vehicle Chassis

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 18th, 2007 1:58pm

Courtesy of AC Delco Preventive maintenance typically implies looking under the vehicle's hood; often, though, it's the chassis underneath the vehicle that's overlooked. According to the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), underperformed vehicle maintenance in the American automotive aftermarket industry is more than $50 billion annually. Brakes, shocks and struts, and chassis ...


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Ask Patty Blog Carnival Week Around the Auto World: April 17

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 17th, 2007 7:49pm

Due to some unusual holiday on the East Coast, the deadline for your Income Taxes has been extended until today, April 17. If you're not done with them yet, don't stop now! Finish your taxes, then come back to read the AskPatty carnival. Otherwise, step right up to enjoy our collection of female friendly automotive links. The five senses - hearing, sight, smell, taste and touch - are important for learning about ...


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Women: Use Your Five Senses for Vehicle Maintenance

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 17th, 2007 7:19pm

Courtesy AC Delco Mothers teach their children that the five senses - hearing, sight, smell, taste and touch - are important for learning about the world around them. These same senses can also help moms - and women in general - with vehicle maintenance According to the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), women now represent 65 percent of the customers who take their vehicles in for ...


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How to Shop For A Battery

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 17th, 2007 6:45pm

Reprinted from CarCare.org If your car battery is dead or even weak, you're not going anywhere. It is the leading cause of starting trouble, whether because of lights left on, a charging system problem or other cause. Sometimes it is just that the battery has outlived its usefulness. But even at best, a healthy battery in 80-degree weather has only half of its output when the thermometer dips to zero. When ...


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Fox is Driving me crazy, Episode 2

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 17th, 2007 3:29am

Does Fox cross the gender lines with its new action-adventure driving drama? I'm not sure. Last night after watching the premiere of DRIVE on Fox, I was unable to say whether I liked or disliked the show. I chalked it up to too many distractions and watching the show too late at night. But since then, I've been discussing it with a male friend of mine. He had a much different opinion. He said he ...


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DRIVE along with the new FOX action driving TV show

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 16th, 2007 7:43pm

"The next time you're cut off by crazed drivers on your way to work, give them a little slack. They could be racing for their lives." (Or so says the official DRIVE text on the www.fox.com/drive/ microsite. I spent four hours watching the season premiere of DRIVE tonight... once live, and then again on video tape because I suffered so many interruptions the first time, it was impossible to follow ...


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10 Rules for New Drivers

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 15th, 2007 8:37pm

by Jenny Trostel, Owner, Saab of Baltimore In 19 months and 5 days, my son will begin driving. I know this because he reminds me everyday. Since I own an automotive dealership, he repeatedly asks me what kind of car he will get when he turns 16 years old. As I cringe, I tell him whatever he can afford. But I know that is not the truth. I know that I will break down and give him a very safe car and I will make sure ...


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Hybrid Cars And The Vanishing Tax Credit

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 14th, 2007 12:14am

Because of some obscure holiday onthe East Coast, Tax day has been extended from April 15 to April 17 this year. That gives me time to post this item I keep managing to overlook -- not because it's not a valid topic, but I guess I have such a mental block against taxes that I don't want to think about them, and I can't seem to write about them either. Consumer Reports posted a very informative item ...


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