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Tips To Get Better Mileage From Your Hybrid Car

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 20th, 2008 10:12pm

Now that fuel prices have breached $4 per gallon, we know you want to stretch your fuel to get the most out of every purchase. We found a fun collection of money-saving tips and advice at Shell.com and thought to share a few of them with our AskPatty readers. The powertrain of a hybrid car combines an efficient gasoline engine with an electric motor as well as as well as a special system to capture braking energy to store ...


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Chrissy Wallace wants to be NASCAR's 'Danica'

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 12th, 2008 5:50pm

Chrissy Wallace’s NASCAR debut a few weeks ago at Martinsville Speedway went quite smashingly. The 19-year-old daughter of driver Mike Wallace climbed behind the wheel in the Kroger 250, and looked like she’d been driving in the Craftsman Truck Series for seasons. She avoided the pitfalls many drivers face in their NASCAR debuts, and earned an 18th-place finish for Germain Racing. Wallace raced all 253 laps, ...


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Eco-friendly School Makeovers by Ford and 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at May 7th, 2008 5:43pm

We would all like our schools to be more environmentally friendly. But budget cuts and old facilities don’t help in going green. Ford Motor Company would like to help. Ford joined with ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” on Educate to Escape — a green school makeover campaign. They’re sponsoring a contest and one lucky school will get $250,000 for a makeover. Anyone can nominate a ...


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Ford Extends Warranty Coverage

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 30th, 2008 5:31pm

Ford has improved its warranty coverage on both new and remanufactured gasoline engine and transmission assemblies, increasing the mileage by 25,000 miles from 3-years/75,000 miles to 3-years/100,000 miles, effective April 1, 2008. According to their press release: "This warranty enhancement not only matches the terms of competitive automakers in the aftermarket industry, but it exceeds their coverage in a ...


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Biomimicry - Integrating Nature into Car Design

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 16th, 2008 7:31pm

If you are a vehicle designer, vehicle engineer, or product designer of any stripe, the please please check out the field called "biomimicry." In my opinion, it is one of the coolest, most intuitive aspects of sustainability. I follow biomimicry for fun, because it is replete with cool stories about how nature has inspired various innovations. Imagine an exterior paint that cleans itself -- ...


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Volvo Recalls 82,000 cars

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 11th, 2008 9:41pm

Volvo, a part of the Ford Motor Company, recalled 82,000 cars worldwide due to a fuel pump electronic module problem. These modules, which monitor the fuel pump, could corrode from water or salt due to rain and (trying to melt) snow. The problem could occur in the S40 and V50 models from 2004-2006. Volvo representatives stated that the recall was only for corrosive markets where there’s a lot of rain or salt ...


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Green Tires Reduce Rolling Resistance

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 3rd, 2008 9:26pm

Car tires can play a role in improving our gas mileage – and regulators are starting to realize that. Tire makers are finding their industry being subjected to increasing regulations in reducing the rolling resistance of tires. One approach to achieve this is by reducing tire thread thickness to reduce rolling resistance. This regulatory approach will take some pressure off car manufacturers to shoulder ...


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America’s Wackiest Signs

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Feb 12th, 2008 5:16pm

Hagerty Insurance, a collector car and boat insurer, conducted a nationwide contest for America’s funniest, craziest and most outrageous road signs. Hagerty customers across the U.S. submitted nearly 250 photos of road signs, local business signs and homemade signs. “Our national contest was launched during the peak travel season so we could garner the best signs from across the country in a variety ...


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Road & Travel Announces 2008 International Car of the Year and Earth Angel Award Winners

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 18th, 2008 1:26pm

Road & Travel Magazine (RTM) announced the 12th Annual International Car of the Year Awards (ICOTY) winners at a black-tie ceremony on Saturday, January 12. Held at the all-new MGM Grand Detroit, more than 700 industry leaders and media gathered on the eve of press week of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) to watch a jury of nationally renowned automotive journalists award the award-winning vehicles ...


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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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