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Hot Weather: The True Culprit Behind Car-Battery Trouble

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 29th, 2008 3:30pm

According to the Car Care Council, excessive heat and overcharging are two of the main reasons for shortened battery life. Heat causes battery fluid to evaporate, this damaging the internal structure of the battery. A malfunctioning component in the charging system, usually the voltage regulator, allows too high a charging rate. That's slow death for a battery. True, there are more road service calls in cold ...


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Geico Educates Teen Drivers in Dallas

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 29th, 2008 3:22pm

Geico is working to change the fate of teen drivers in Dallas, Texas. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), auto accidents are the #1 killer of teens age 16-19. Geico associates in Dallas want to change that by talking to teens through Geico’s national teen safe driving speakers bureau. They plan to take their show on the road and meet with high school classes. Why? To give ...


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Our Women's Perspectives: Fighting Sexual Harassment and Changing Sexual Stereotypes in the Automotive World

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 28th, 2008 12:15pm

AskPatty's President and CEO Jody DeVere recently sent me a link to an article she had found at Newsweek magazine. Titled "More Than A Tune-Up," the 1997 article described occurrences of sexual harassment at a Mitsubishi plant which helped launch detailed training programs and management reforms that ultimately made this company's policies on sexual harassment far more stringent than those of most Fortune ...


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BMW's 'Shameful' Greek Used Car Ad

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 24th, 2008 5:04am

Everybody on the women's blogging network is talking about the BMW ad pictured at the left. And all of them are offended by it. Our friend Yvonne DeVita at Lipsticking.com is fuming, saying "This ad isn't just visually disturbing. The text is also poorly thought-out. It's for USED cars...and it says, "You know you're not the first." Clearly a sexual connotation meant to depict the young ...


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Saturn Invites Fans to 'Kiss My Astra'

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 24th, 2008 5:02am

Saturn just launched the "Kiss My Astra" national photo contest, offering Saturn fans an opportunity to show just how much they would love to win a new Saturn Astra. Contestants can kiss their own Astra, a friend's Astra, or drop by any Saturn retailer and kiss one of the dealer's Astras, and then upload a photo of the kiss at www.ImSaturn.com. The contestant with the funniest, most creative photo ...


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BlogHers go Racing in Second Life!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 24th, 2008 4:59am

While thousands of women Bloggers assembled in San Francisco for the BlogHer '08 Convention this weekend, Second Life BlogHers had plenty of chances to hang out inworld at the BlogHer conference in Second Life! Hundreds of attendees enjoyed socializing at Callie Cline's Beach Resort (http://slurl.com/secondlife/Ride/134/167/26) (which sponsored several social events with dancing and music), and the BlogHer Vendor ...


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2010 Chevrolet Camaro Photos Revealed at AskPatty.com

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 22nd, 2008 6:19am

AskPatty was present at Chevrolet's introduction of the production 2010 Camaro in Los Angeles today and is happy to share some of the first photos available of this anxiously awaited sports coupe. Camaro fans have been waiting for this heritage-inspired sports car since the concept was revealed at the Detroit Auto Show more than two years ago: We've seen teasers of the vehicle at autoshows since then, AskPatty President Jody ...


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How Far Would You Go for Free Gas?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 21st, 2008 8:18am

With gas prices continuing to rise, everyone’s looking for ways to save a little cash. People are selling their bigger vehicles for anything more fuel efficient. More city dwellers are taking advantage of public transportation when they can. And here’s an even more creative solution: selling advertising on your car in exchange for free gas. Freegashelp is a site that matches advertisers to drivers. In exchange for a ...


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AskPatty at the Wall Street Journal: Selling a Car? Speak to the Missus

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 8th, 2008 10:04pm

A sign of things to come? (Photo: Associated Press) For many women, the thought of buying or fixing a car comes with the anticipation of an inevitable rip-off. But the automotive industry is changing, thanks in part to a handful of women working on the inside. Car dealerships can now choose to be "certified female friendly." The designation is given to dealers who complete a training ...


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Ford Escape Hybrids Join Los Angeles County Ocean Lifeguard Rescue Patrols

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 8th, 2008 2:31pm

Ford Motor Company is teaming up with the Los Angeles County Lifeguards, a division of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, to help save lives while protecting the environment. Ford recently presented the squad with the first 10 of a fleet of 45 eco-friendly Escape Hybrids specially equipped for use on rescue patrol along 72 miles of Southern California coastline. "We are the largest lifeguard organization in ...


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