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Put the brakes on costly car maintenance - Daily Herald

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jun 6th, 2011 7:24pm

How much have you spent on car maintenance in the last year?  The average household is in for about $700 a year after all is said and done, according to Consumer Reports. ... Read More!


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9 Pre-Road Trip Car Maintenance Checks

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jun 28th, 2010 5:16pm

Drivers who neglect to do a quick mechanical once-over (even on newer cars) before taking to the highway are just begging to be stranded—most likely in the middle of nowhere, just out of range of the nearest cell tower, with hungry, tired kids in the back saying over and over, “Are we there yet?” ... Read More!


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Summer is now upon us and I don't want my readers to end up stuck on the side of the road...

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jun 9th, 2010 3:52pm

When it comes to caring for my car, it isn't high on my priority list...thankfully we have AAA to get us out of the temporary problems such as a flat tire. ... Read More!


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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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Mobile A/C Service Facts and Fiction

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 19th, 2008 10:06pm

Spring is here and a new season of mobile air conditioning repair is ready to begin. The Mobile Air Conditioning Society (MACS) Worldwide sent us this release to remind both service professionals and consumers about the facts and fictions of A/C service. Some of these tips are highly technical, as they are aimed at service professionals, but it's important that even consumers read the bulletin, and it will help them ...


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Ease Gas Pump Pains by Replacing Old Habits with New Ones

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 15th, 2008 6:01pm

Gas pump prices remain on their roller-coaster ride, with more ups than downs. They’re hard on the budget and beyond consumers’ control. With some changes in our daily habits, however, we can compensate, at least partially, for rising fuel costs. Adhering to your errand list, thereby eliminating an extra trip to the store for a forgotten item, saves miles and dollars. (U.S. Department of ...


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Emergency Car Repairs – How To Be Prepared During the Holidays

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 28th, 2007 3:47pm

We’ve all been there. Stranded on the side of the road, alone or with a car full of kids (not sure which is more hazardous), and unsure of what this little vehicular setback is going to cost you. Aside from anticipating the steep tow truck fees, you start to see repair receipts fall in front of your eyes. Yikes! I remember the first time I truly broke down in a car. I was driving home from work in ...


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Car Maintenance: Can You Really Do It Yourself Anymore?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 25th, 2007 6:07pm

For most of you, when you open your hood, all you see is a big plastic cover that keeps you from seeing anything pertinent related to your engine. Remember the days when you could see the spark plug wires, there was enough space to see around under the hood, and you thought you recognized a few things whether you knew how to fix them or not? Today, it’s not so easy. Opening the hood, you’re met with ...


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Car Care Guide Takes Mystery Out of Vehicle Maintenance and Repair

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 25th, 2007 6:02am

Motorists Can Order Free Guide Online A new Car Care Guide for motorists turns technical automotive jargon into easy-to-understand everyday language, taking the mystery out of vehicle maintenance and repair. The free guide, published by the Car Care Council, can be ordered on the council’s Web site at www.carcare.org. The guide, which fits easily in a glove box, explains the nine most ...


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