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What's That Spot? Get Prepared for Fall Car Care Month with Car Fluid Facts

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 13th, 2021 5:00pm

What's That Spot? Get Prepared for Fall Car Care Month with Car Fluid Facts Fall Car Care Month is coming up this October, and it's a great time for us all to brush up on some simple car maintenance knowledge - and one of the best things you can know about your car is how to identify when you're leaking an important fluid!  This Fall, familiarize yourself with some of the most common fluids that can drip and drop onto your parking space, so you can stop wondering "What's that spot?" ...


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How to Slay Car Monsters with Preventative Care

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 31st, 2020 12:00am

How to Slay Car Monsters with Preventative Care Your hands are shaking, you’re hyperventilating, and you’re terrified. Halloween may be over, but there are still ghouls and ghosts out there, and your tremors are related to another type of monster – vehicle maintenance and repair – and that can seem way scarier! Car problems are frightening and can be dangerous, but vehicle owners don’t need to be spooked. Here are some tips to help you arm yourself with ...


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This year marks the 10th anniversary of the CarMD Vehicle Health Index

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 3rd, 2020 12:00am

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the CarMD Vehicle Health Index CarMD has spent a decade reporting on check engine light-related problems, repairs and associated costs. Having built the most comprehensive and dynamic database of failures and repairs related to vehicle on-board diagnostic systems, CarMD is uniquely qualified to provide unbiased data on repair costs and trends. CarMD distributes this Index each April during Car Care Awareness Month to remind vehicle owners about the importance of ...


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How to fix leaky vehicles without breaking the bank

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 13th, 2018 8:00am

How to fix leaky vehicles without breaking the bank Drivers expect to experience a few bumps in the road as their vehicles age. While certain issues, such as worn shocks or engine troubles, are best left to the professionals, drivers can address many other issues that commonly affect aging vehicles on their own. Fluid leaks are one of the more routine problems that plague older vehicles. While leaks are not necessarily a sign of doom and gloom, they tend to distress vehicle owners and ...


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6 Reasons Why Diesel Engines Are Better for the Environment

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 1st, 2018 8:00am

6 Reasons Why Diesel Engines Are Better for the Environment When discussing the automotive industry, diesel has long had a negative image. Many people hear the words "diesel engine" and automatically have visions of loud clattering noises and belching clouds of blueish-black smoke depositing a layer of soot on everything nearby. Most of this is based on a consumer's limited knowledge of the transport trucks chugging along the highways and interstates. Even among those who are not ...


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Get These "Roadside Survival" Skills and Don't Fear a Breakdown!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 16th, 2018 5:00am

Get These So you're driving along the highway, going about your business, and suddenly, your check engine light comes on.  The engine is running choppy.  Something isn't right.  Maybe there's a billow of smoke, or the engine stops entirely, or your check engine light start flashing - a sure warning sign of a serious problem.  You pull over, and quietly panic.  What are you going to do? If you've read ...


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Valvoline Makes DIY Car Care a Little Easier with Easy Pour Packaging

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 2nd, 2017 8:00am

Valvoline Makes DIY Car Care a Little Easier with Easy Pour Packaging Valvoline has long been synonymous with innovation in motor oil, lubricants, and other automotive products and services, and this week it made DIY car care a little less messy thanks to its easy-pour packaging. Stop us if you've been here before: you need to add some of oil to your car, so you pick up a bottle of Valvoline engine oil according to your vehicle's specifications (if you're not sure, check the ...


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Infographic: Noises Your Car Makes - What Do They Mean?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 20th, 2017 8:00am

Infographic: Noises Your Car Makes - What Do They Mean? Screech!  Rattle!  Bang!  We hope your car isn't making these noises, but that doesn't mean we love this infographic by Ira Toyota of Tewksbury any less!  They put together a great overview of some of the most common noises reported by service and repair customers, and judging by the questions we get to our panel of expert women, they seem pretty universal.  Check out the infographic below, connect ...


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How Long Should you Really Warm Up Your Car?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 24th, 2017 8:00am

How Long Should you Really Warm Up Your Car? Do you warm up your car?  Do you just twist the key and go?  Have you been told that it's best to let your car warm up for a few minutes before you start driving?  How long do you really need to let your car warm up? Are you ready for the answer?  All you need to do is let your car run for about 30 seconds and then you are good to go!  Having said that, don’t start driving accelerating hard or ...


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Chicago Tribune: Female engineers make inroads in automotive industry

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 23rd, 2015 8:38am

Yet women influence 80 percent of car buying decisions, according to "Women in Cars," a 2014 analysis by consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. The oft-cited industry number is supported by a more concrete number: As of 2012, women now hold more driver's licenses than men for the first time in the U.S.   "What's most interesting about this statistic is that more than half the women around the world are unhappy with the ...


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