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Highway Hero Helps Thousands of Stranded Motorists

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 26th, 2008 5:18am

Thomas Weller -- a kind-faced, gray-haired gentleman -- is the local hero of San Diego area highways. A mechanic by trade, he cruises the roadways playing good Samaritan in a Ghostbusters-inspired rescue vehicle, fully equipped with power tools and even an air compressor to handle practically any roadside mechanical emergency. This three-minute CBS video we found at darynkagan.com shares his inspired story of kindness. Weller ...


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Alternative Energy? How About Human-Powered Railcars?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 26th, 2008 4:38am

AskPatty came across something, er, unusual for train fanatics as well as those who seek out-of-the-ordinary entertainment. Each year, Erasmus P. Kitty's Hand-Car Regatta blends art and science into one gigantic experience of moving parts, sounds, and people. The Hand-Car Regatta supports art as an experience by taking art out of the gallery, into a public space, and incorporating science, math, and human ingenuity. The Hand-Car ...


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Chrysler Joins the Electric Vehicle Party

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 25th, 2008 4:26am

With so much talk of electric vehicles approaching the marketplace,  it appears that Chrysler was not about to be left out of the party and has announce that it will also be supplying a couple of entries to green-minded alternative-fuel seeking consumers.Best known for its manly heavy-duty trucks and gas guzzling super-high-performance vehicles, the company has just announced the advent of three electric-drive vehicles, one of ...


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Fuel Efficient Couple En Route Across United States To Break Guinness World Record For Lowest Fuel Consumption

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 15th, 2008 2:27pm

Two of the world's most fuel-efficient drivers, John and Helen Taylor, are a third of the way through their attempt to break the current world record for lowest fuel consumption across the 48 contiguous United States. A dozen days into their trip, they've passed through the northern states of the Great Plains, including South Dakota, North Dakota, and Montana. Their chariot for this record-breaking trip is the all-new, ...


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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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How much for that sticker in the window?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Sep 5th, 2008 6:25am

There's one of them in the window of every car on the lot. It's the law! They're the tools of both car buyers and automotive journalists, and even if you might take those lowly window stickers for granted when you're out shopping for a new car , did you know they have a name? It has been 50 years since our government passed legislation requiring all American dealers to attach these labels to every new car listing ...


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Rebekah Mercadel Heating up Junior Dragsters

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 25th, 2008 3:36pm

Rebekah Mercadel, or Beka to her friends, is a New Orleans native who now hangs her hat in Texas thanks to Hurricane Katrina. She is also a junior drag racer and pilots a Top Alcohol Jr. Dragster for Mercadel Motorsports. She is one of about 8,500 National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) junior drag racers and one of a very few licensed minority top alcohol junior drivers in the country. With her dad and crew chief -- ...


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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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E85 Primer: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Ethanol-Based Fuels, But Were Afraid to Ask.

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 21st, 2008 2:33pm

Here is some fabulous news! I read recently on gasmilage.wordpress.com , that Los Angeles County has approved a ground-breaking facility that will revolutionize the Biofuel industry. They are going to be making their E85 out of grass clippings, wood chips, paper products, and cardboard... and not corn. I have been pained watching the "powers that be" push corn down our throats as the best source of making ethanol. ...


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