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It's National Informed Women Month and National Car Care Month

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 15th, 2010 1:41am

"After a long hard winter like we've just had, several car care considerations can protect the performance and longevity of your vehicle, beginning with motor oil -  your vehicle's life blood, says Jody DeVere, automotive expert and CEO of www.AskPatty.com.High-quality motor oils are designed to fulfill higher-spec demands that apply to millions of cars. Pennzoil and Quaker State, for example, invest heavily in comprehensive ...


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Thousand Oaks Drivers Severe Service Maintenance Schedules

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 31st, 2010 7:10pm

Your vehicle manufacturer publishes two auto maintenance schedules. The regular schedule and the severe service schedule. It’d be wrong for us to tell you that everyone in Los Angeles always needs to follow the severe service schedule – but its wishful thinking to say that the regular schedule is always good enough for your car. Contact AskPatty.com, Inc to learn more about Severe Service Requirements for your ...


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Severe Service Requirements

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 1st, 2010 8:29pm

A lot of our viewers have asked whether or not they should use their severe service maintenance schedule, which is listed in their car owners' manual. It can be confusing. Let's clear the air on this subject. Cricket Killingsworth is from QMI/Heartland, a manufacturer of automotive products and fluids. She's been in the automotive business for 20 years and is a speaker, a trainer, and a writer. Cricket says there's so much ...


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Recycling Your Used Motor Oil

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 6th, 2010 7:00pm

Are you a wannabe do-it-yourselfer who has been afraid to try to change your own oil? While this task can seem daunting, if done carefully, it doesn't have to be messy or complicated. This is the third of three simple and eco-friendly steps, so be sure to read the entire series: Changing Your Own Motor Oil  (Wednesday, December 30); Changing and Recycling Your Own Used Oil Filter  (Tuesday, January 5), and Recycling Your ...


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Is Your Car Ready for a Holiday Road Trip?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Dec 29th, 2009 5:30am

Deep down, you know your car should be checked out before hitting the road for the holidays, but with so many other things left to do, some folks put it off.


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Why Synthetic Motor Oils Are Recommended for Today's Advanced Automotive Engines

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 8th, 2009 5:22am

From changing consumer demands, to regulatory requirements calling for greater fuel efficiency and lower emissions, the global automotive market is constantly evolving.


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Lori Johnson, AskPatty Expert Woman featured in Forbes!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 11th, 2009 12:33am

How To Make Your Old Car Seem New Read the complete article by Hannah Elliott at Forbes Magazine. Trying to eke out a couple more years from your vehicle? Here are 10 ways to avoid having to buy a new one. Lori Johnson drives the same vehicle she bought 21 years ago--a black 1988 Toyota pickup. Her friends can't believe its pristine condition, she says. And in this economy, they are more than a little jealous that she finished ...


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Goodyear Sponsors 'Just for Women' Car Care Clinics Sept. 11, 17th

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 11th, 2008 8:00am

According to recent statistics from the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association, women influence 80 percent of all automotive related purchase decisions; Statistics from The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence say women make up more than 65 percent of customers who take their vehicle to a repair shop. Yet many women find that same automotive-related retail experience to be a high-anxiety, confusing, and unclear ...


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How much do I love my Honda Accord? Let me count the repairs...

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 8th, 2008 11:55am

My dear old 1998 Honda Accord needed its registration tags renewed in July. I had been avoiding it, because before it can get registered, it needed to be smogged, and before it could be smogged, there was this pesky "check engine" light on the dash that needed to be put out of its misery. It's been shining at me for several months.... maybe six months. Last time I had one of those dreaded lights (about two years ago), ...


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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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