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Car Care Tips to Help Stay Cool in Hot Weather Driving

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 5th, 2008 3:26pm

Summer temps have been over a hundred degrees Fahrenheit in the San Fernando Valley. It's miserable to be outside in the heat, but it's even worse when the inside of your car is full of hot air and the culprit is a malfunctioning air conditioning (A/C) system. According to the Car Care Council, an annual checkup of your vehicle's A/C system can help prevent it from breaking down when you most need ...


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CarMD Helps Women Live Their Balancing Act

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 4th, 2008 10:40pm

"The Balancing Act" is an informative, half-hour, magazine-formatted television series on the Lifetime Network, hosted by Dr. Wendy Walsh, Kim Alexis, and Kathy Peterson. If you’re a woman who is juggling career and home, you want to get it right when it comes to health, family, finances and lifestyle. This is the show that informs, enlightens, and shares solutions on how to be a success on both ...


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Motorability Island, UnitedSpinal.org & AskPatty to Appear on 'Tonight Live' In Second Life

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 3rd, 2008 8:11pm

AskPatty's Jody DeVere will co-star with her son Joe DeVere in their Second Life roles as Patty Streeter and Stoked Skytower on Second Life's highest-rated television show, "Tonight Live with Paisley Beebe." Scheduled to appear on Monday, August 4th at 6pm SLT, the duo will discuss AskPatty.com Automotive Advice for Women, Wonderland Cardin an AskPatty.com female friendly certified car dealership in ...


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Perspective: Being a Mother in the Working World

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Aug 1st, 2008 3:25pm

I never really thought a lot about what my life would be like if I became a mom. I assumed that I’d get pregnant, have the baby, and eventually go back to work. It’s what most women do. I didn’t think I’d have to choose between my career and my child. After I got pregnant, I worked right up until the designated time for my leave and then took time off, just like every other mom at my office. ...


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Perspective: A Woman's opinion of life in Motorsports

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 31st, 2008 11:41pm

When given the assignment to talk about how hard it is for a woman to be taken seriously in sports – I immediately felt lucky. The worst offense I have ever suffered had nothing to do with my job, but more my inability to know what was going on in my car. You see, an underhanded mechanic told me I needed a new transmission, and – well – as you can imagine, it’s a very long, tragic story that ...


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California EPA, General Motors, and 3000milemyth.org Team up to Help Drivers Reduce Oil Consumption

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 29th, 2008 4:25pm

General Motors, the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA), and the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) are joining forces to encourage drivers to follow their vehicle manufacturer's recommendations on oil changes, which for many vehicles could be much longer than the decades-old standard of every 3000 miles. This summer, General Motors will support public outreach efforts by ...


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Hot Weather: The True Culprit Behind Car-Battery Trouble

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 29th, 2008 3:30pm

According to the Car Care Council, excessive heat and overcharging are two of the main reasons for shortened battery life. Heat causes battery fluid to evaporate, this damaging the internal structure of the battery. A malfunctioning component in the charging system, usually the voltage regulator, allows too high a charging rate. That's slow death for a battery. True, there are more road service calls in cold ...


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Volkswagen Debuts Zero-Emission Hydrogen Tiguan HyMotion

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 29th, 2008 3:22pm

Volkswagen of America, Inc. has recently announced North American debut of the Tiguan HyMotion Fuel Cell Concept. Originally shown at the Shanghai Motor Show and the 2007 Michelin Challenge Bibendum, the Tiguan HyMotion highlights the current state of Volkswagen's hydrogen fuel cell research and development. The HyMotion is built on Volkswagen's Tiguan sport-utility vehicle, but utilizes a hydrogen fuel cell ...


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Our Women's Perspectives: Fighting Sexual Harassment and Changing Sexual Stereotypes in the Automotive World

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 28th, 2008 12:15pm

AskPatty's President and CEO Jody DeVere recently sent me a link to an article she had found at Newsweek magazine. Titled "More Than A Tune-Up," the 1997 article described occurrences of sexual harassment at a Mitsubishi plant which helped launch detailed training programs and management reforms that ultimately made this company's policies on sexual harassment far more stringent than those of most Fortune ...


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Have you experienced the joy of live traffic updates?

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Jul 26th, 2008 3:20pm

I'm not sure what it's like for drivers in other cities, but as a resident of Los Angeles, I know I can't go anywhere without checking SigAlert.com before hitting the freeway. Unfortunately, the minute I turn off my computer, I'm out of touch with the constantly changing traffic landscape, and the radio traffic updates don't help much when stuck in a snarl and it's nine minutes away from the next ...


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