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653,000 Nissan Altima and Sentras Recalled

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Dec 6th, 2007 5:08am

On certain Nissan passenger vehicles, the crankshaft position sensor can overheat causing a brief interruption in the signal output from the sensor. This recall affects approximately 653,000 Altimas and Sentras from model year 2002, 2005, and 2006, equipped with a 2.5-liter engine. If the interruption in the signal from the crankshaft position sensor is so brief that the electronic control module (ECM) logic does ...


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Holiday Gift Giving Guide: Top 10 Ultimate Garage Accessories

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Dec 4th, 2007 5:56am

Whether he's out there tuning his car for racing, or just bench racing with his buddies, our car guys spend more time in your garage than the average Joe. We've gathered up a collection of products to enhance the garage, so your carguy's favorite space will be more comfortable and entertaining. It doesn't matter whether the garage holds more tools or toys, we've scoured the latest catalog from California ...


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Meditation on Driving in Los Angeles Rain

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Dec 4th, 2007 5:03am

The first rains of winter arrived last week to the Los Angeles area. While many of you might laugh at this announcement because you may have been living with seasonal rain and snow for several weeks already, this is actually a monumental day for So-Cal drivers. And for me, especially; it is practically a spiritual experience. For many years, I enjoyed an 45-minute commute from my home in the San Fernando Valley to ...


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Be Prepared for an Accident with the Buttoned Up Collision Kit

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Dec 3rd, 2007 10:09am

Accidents. No one wants to be in one, but it always happens when you are least prepared and on the day you cleaned out your car and left your pens and proof of insurance on your kitchen table. So what if you just had a little accident kit that stowed away nicely in your glove compartment and was at arm's reach when you needed it? Let us introduce you to Get Buttoned Up, the hottest little organization site on the ...


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Ford to Underwrite Unprecedented Exhibition Honoring African American Women

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Dec 3rd, 2007 9:09am

Ford Motor Company has announced that it will underwrite the National "Freedom's Sisters" Traveling Exhibition honoring extraordinary African American women. The traveling exhibition to be created by the Cincinnati Museum Center and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) celebrates 20 African American women, from key 19th century historical figures to contemporary leaders who ...


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How Good is Ethanol for the Environment?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Dec 3rd, 2007 5:39am

Ethanol is all the rage in some circles now as an alternative fuel for our cars. Midwest America is especially enthusiastic about it because the agricultural economy can benefit from it. Brazil has successfully built a national industry based on sugarcane ethanol and biofuel cars. How good is ethanol really, for the environment? The hope is that ethanol can potentially produce many more benefits compared to ...


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What You Should Look For On A Test Drive

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 29th, 2007 2:23am

So you've done all the research and you know what type of car you want or maybe even the exact model, but you haven't tried it out. Don't you dare pluck down that cash before you take a test drive! Ask Patty has put together some tips for you to take with you to the car lot. Jot down these questions or print them out and make sure you skim through them before driving off into the sunset. Make sure to check ...


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Mazda CX-9 Named SEAMO 2008 Family Car of the Year

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 27th, 2007 2:29pm

The South East Automotive Media Organization (SEAMO) recently honored the 2008 Mazda CX-9 with the inaugural “Family Car of the Year Award” during the group’s sixth annual media ride and drive event, held at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia. “We are honored to receive this inaugural award from journalists in the southeast,” says Dave Sweet, group manager, Product Strategies, Mazda ...


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Crossing over to the auto world. It can be a girl thing!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 27th, 2007 9:20am

Our culture is littered with phrases such as "Boys will be boys" and "It's a girl thing," but what do those sayings actually mean? It's not uncommon to encounter hostility when attempting to disprove the innateness of gender, since gender has become so entwined in the social fabric of our society. When someone oversteps the boundaries of "acceptable" gendered behavior, the response ...


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November is National Alzheimer's Awareness Month -- Dealing with Drivers with Dementia

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Nov 25th, 2007 6:04pm

Life is filled with difficult decisions. That is especially true when dealing with a devastating illness like Alzheimer's disease or dementia. T.K. Anderson has more on how family members can find help in knowing when to transition their loved one from driver to passenger. People suffering from Alzheimer's disease or dementia are driving an average of ten months longer than their caregivers think is safe. ...


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