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Check Engine Light - Don't Ignore me!

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 24th, 2008 7:40pm

What is Your Car's "Check Engine" Light Telling You? One of the most vital components to a properly functioning vehicle is the 'Check Engine' light. It alerts the driver to a variety of potential problems based on the vehicle's onboard diagnostic system, and can seem like one of the most mysterious lights on your dashboard. When the 'Check Engine' light comes on, it means that some ...


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Driving in the Family Way: 2008 Hummer H2

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 22nd, 2008 7:38pm

Is it possible to have too much of a good thing? From the moment the Hummer's roof banged against the height-restriction bar stretched across the exit of my parking structure I knew my initial concerns about the size of the H2 were just the tip of the iceberg. It didn't bump the pole on the way up the ramp! That scrape, and the sign on the gate that said "No vehicles over 5000 pounds," set a heavy ...


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Karen Salvaggio and Factory Five Racing

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 21st, 2008 7:37pm

Thunder Valley Racing’s Karen Salvaggio joined up with the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) for the season-opener at Thunderhill Raceway in Northern California, held on March 9-10. Salvaggio is driving for Factory Five Racing, and competed again 40 other racers. She drove in Race Group B, which was one of the larger groups of the weekend, and the division for Camaro-Mustang Challenge Cars, American Iron and ...


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Consumer Concerns about Climate Change

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 21st, 2008 7:36pm

In the recent McKinsey Quarterly, there is an interesting report on a global survey that shows corporations need to account for consumer concerns about climate change. In it, consumers say that a corporation’s performance in addressing the problems of the environment and climate change affects not only how much they trust the company but also whether they would buy its products. Consumers also expect companies to ...


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Love For A Bug -- My First Car

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 21st, 2008 7:35pm

I love Bugs. Beetles. V-Dubs. My dad had a 1967 green VW Bug when I was growing up and I remember going to all our doctor’s appointments and sports practices in the little back seat of that car. It had that waffle pattern on the vinyl seats so on hot days with short shorts you we would get the impressions all up our thighs. And it was super hot to the touch when we got in. My dad would tell us it had 2-40 ...


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Hermes Joins with Bugatti to Create Le Plus Ultra-Luxurious Veyron

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 17th, 2008 7:34pm

Bugatti and Hermes joined at the recent Geneva Motor Show to demonstrate the "Bugatti Veyron Fbg par Hermes," an ultra-luxurious ultra-pricey vehicle that combines the technical performance of the legendary Bugatti Veyron 16.4 with the expertise of Hermes designer Gabriele Pezzini and his craftsmen. The super-exotic vehicle made its North American Debut in New York at the beginning of April. This remarkable ...


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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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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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Ford Syncs Up With California Laws

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 15th, 2008 7:30pm

As California prepares to go "hands-free" this summer, Ford is ready to help the 29.7 million cell phone subscribers in California with its state-of-the-art Sync in-car communications and entertainment system, developed with Microsoft. California drivers don't have to buy a new bluetooth handsfree headset to comply with the law if they already own a Sync-equipped Ford vehicle. Ford Sync provides ...


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The Ins and Outs of Accessible Van Rentals, Part Two: Accessibility Specialists

Posted by AskPatty - Automotive Advice for Women at Apr 15th, 2008 6:42am

According to Tom Scott, United Spinal Staff editor, accessible vans are the key for many people with disabilities to unlocking their independence on the road. UnitedSpinal.org offers a broad variety of information to assist your special mobility needs. With so many people with disabilities traveling these days it's surprising that there aren't many companies that cater to this growing market. But the few ...


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