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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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Baby, It's Cold Inside... Your Tires

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 21st, 2015 10:07am

The polar plunge that has chilled much of the nation does more than bring out ice scrapers and antifreeze. It can trigger vehicles’ tire pressure monitoring systems overnight, sending nervous drivers to dealers and service centers. If you live in an area where you encounter snow during the winter months, your TPMS light has probably already signaled a change in tire pressure, but you may not be expecting it if you live in ...


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Sub-Zero Wake-Up Call: Winterize Your Vehicle Now

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 28th, 2014 1:56pm

The recent record cold weather in most of the country should be a wake-up call to motorists who have not yet winterized their vehicles, says the Car Care Council. “Sub-zero temperatures can stress out a vehicle, as well as its driver,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “The recent record low temperatures are a harsh reminder to be car care aware. During this break from the cold and snow, ...


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Pollen and Mold Spores and Dust - Oh My! Filtration Education with FRAM®

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 5th, 2013 1:18am

When you think about your car's air filter, you probably think of something that's under your hood. Something that gets changed along with your regular scheduled service visits, and otherwise doesn't require much thought. Well, today we want to talk a little about the other air filter found in many of today’s newer cars, the cabin air filter. Ask the average driver on the road and they may not know that such a thing exists. Not ...


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Odometer Rollback On Your Thousand Oaks CA Auto

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jan 27th, 2011 6:02pm

How do you know if an odometer is telling the truth? Well, back in '86, Congress passed the Truth-in-Mileage Act to protect CA consumers against mileage fraud. It says a CA seller must certify the mileage reported is the Actual Mileage. To have your odometer checked in Thousand Oaks CA, stop by AskPatty.com, Inc: AskPatty.com, Inc P.O. Box 6601 Thousand Oaks, CA 91359 888-745-1928 If it isn't, the seller must say why; ...


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Female Friendly Maintenance for Motor Oil Matters

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 7th, 2010 9:00pm

Motor Oil Matters Video SMT with Jody DeVere - Female Friendly Maintenance - CBC KOLD News 13 Tucson AZ and More  http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/6021111


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What To Do After You Buy a Used Vehicle in Thousand Oaks

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Mar 1st, 2010 8:37pm

So you’ve bought a used car in the Thousand Oaks area. How do you know what you’re getting? It is hard to know what you’re getting because people in the Thousand Oaks area sell cars for different reasons. Think about why you’ve sold cars. Did you just want something new or were there problems that you wanted to run away from. Maybe it was a little of both. Used cars with 25,000 to 35,000 miles on ...


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What Does it Take to Be Green In the Auto Industry? Ask the LaFontaine family.

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Oct 9th, 2009 11:15pm

LaFontaine Automotive Group recently received a Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification for its brand-new Buick-GMC-Cadillac dealership, becoming the only "Green" dealership in Michigan, one of only two Gold-certified sites in the country, and the premiere auto dealership facility in the United States. The LaFontaine collection of dealerships are a family business, owned and operated for more than 25 ...


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Caution: Hands-Free Cell-Phone Laws Ahead!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jun 27th, 2008 2:36pm

On July 1, 2008, California and Washington will be the fourth and fifth states to enact a law that bans the use of any hand-held mobile device while driving your car. Other states prohibiting handheld mobile phone use are Connecticut, the District of Columbia, New Jersey, and New York. When it goes into effect on July 1, 2008, the California law will also prohibit ALL cell-phone use -- including hands-free devices ...


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New AAA Information Assists Aging Drivers

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 16th, 2008 7:32pm

The Automobile Association of America (AAA), in partnership with the University of Florida's National Older Driver Research and Training Center (NODRTC), recently released its "Smart Features for Mature Drivers" program. The program identifies vehicle features that can assist drivers with visual, physical, and mental changes that are frequently encountered as they age. The announcement addresses ...


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