Maintenance

CR: Mini, Hyundai Dealerships Offer Best Repair Cost
CR: Mini, Hyundai Dealerships Offer Best Repair Cost

If you have a Mini or an Acura, you're nearly as likely to find satisfaction with repairs at the dealership as if you were to go to an independent shop. But if you own a Kia, Chrysler, Jeep, or Volkswagen vehicle, you're considerably more likely to find satisfaction with an independent. For...Read More»

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Check Engine Light On? Keep Driving, And It Could Cost Much More

Some people, who are otherwise paragons of fiscal responsibility, can live in a state of denial about one thing in particular: that bright orange check-engine dashboard light that's been illuminated—for weeks, or months. Yes, the vehicle might still drive pretty much the same, and there might...Read More»

Volvo on pothole - flickr user comedy_nose
Tip: As Snow Melts And Potholes Emerge, Look Out For Vehicle Damage

This has been a particularly harsh winter—not just for people, but for vehicles. Even if you and your vehicle made it through the black ice, snow squalls, and white-outs mostly unscathed, don't forget to schedule a vehicle checkup with your mechanic—especially if your car has been...Read More»

2011 Toyota Prius
Frugal Shopper: No, Hybrids Don't Cost More To Repair And Maintain

Hybrids like the 2011 Toyota Prius cost more to repair and maintain, right? It would seem, given all the additional technical complexity and computational wizardry in hybrids, that they would. And it's a myth that's certainly made the rounds among backyard mechanics. But it hasn't proven true. With...Read More»

winter driving  -  by flickr user Hey Paul
Five Winter-Holiday Driving Tips From A Million-Miler

Stay alert, be patient, and be prepared. It's sage advice to keep in mind at every step as we head toward another busy holiday season. And as many of us soon hurriedly pack the family into the car and hit the crowded roads for Thanksgiving, it might take a lot of reminders to . Irv Gordon, a...Read More»

Lamborghini Winter Driving Academy
Great Car Advice: Winter Car Maintenance

You may have to gird yourself mentally for the long, cold slog, but getting your car ready for winter is no big deal. All you have to do is pay attention to the most weather-sensitive components of your car, so they can survive the elements for three or four months. Here are the four key areas to...Read More»

2011 Lincoln MKX
Free Maintenance Added To All 2011 Lincoln Models

If you buy a new Lincoln, you'll probably feel a little less nickled-and-dimed at the dealership: Lincoln has added a Complimentary Maintenance Program to its entire lineup of vehicles for the 2011 model year. The program was first offered last summer on some 2010-model-year vehicles, Lincoln says...Read More»

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee
Today at High Gear Media: Drowsy Driving, Alfa-Jeep, and Putin

Before you hit the road, check yourself: are you sleepy? Try a nap, or risk becoming part of the 17 percent of drivers who cause accidents through drowsy driving. [TheCarConnection] Can you see a Maserati SUV--or maybe an Alfa ute? Now imagine them running on the excellent new Jeep Grand Cherokee...Read More»

2009 Chevrolet Malibu
Do You Tip Your Mechanic?

A review of a book about tipping offered at North Jersey included some guidelines about how to treat your mechanic. This brought up the subject of auto repair facility etiquette, and a question: do you tip your mechanic? I’m not going to try to be Miss Manners of the service bay, but there...Read More»

2011 BMW 135i Coupe
Today at High Gear Media: Big BMW Recall, Wallace and Gromit

Daylight savings time ends soon--do you know how to drive more safely in the dark? [TheCarConnection] BMW is recalling more than 150,000 vehicles with its in-line six engines for emissions and safety fixes. [MotorAuthority] On the turbo roll, how can forced-induction engines make better power? We...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Camaro
Will GM's New Oil Standard Mean 10,000-Mile Changes?

The 2011 model year brings with it GM’s introduction of dexos oil. This is more than a type of oil; it's actually a standard for motor oil. Previously the gold standard for rating oil has always been the API (American Petroleum Institute) ratings, but with dexos, General Motors is following a...Read More»

2010 Cadillac CTS-V
2011 Model Year Brings New Oils, Longer Change Intervals

The first time you take your new car in for an oil change, beware: Many 2011 models don't use the same oil as the equivalent 2010 models--even if they look virtually identical otherwise. And accidentally refilling with another oil that costs less could end up costing you big; using a different oil...Read More»

CGS Motorsports Explorer
Today at High Gear Media

Teenagers text more than any other social group. So what happens when they take to the road en masse? Brace yourselves. [TheCarConnection] As much as we hate to admit it, winter is coming. You need to remember these five things before you head into it--oh, and your keys. Keys will help...Read More»

2011 Chevrolet Camaro 2-door Coupe 2SS Engine
AutoMD Survey Sheds Light On DIY Market

The results of an AutoMD survey of 2800 car owners supports financial information reported here in September. The idea is that more people are repairing their own cars as a way to cope with economic stress and the need to retain their vehicles longer than ever before. This contradicts the popular...Read More»

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Getting Ready For Winter Driving: Five Things To Remember

Leaves are falling, nights are cooler, and, in some parts of the country, it could be just a couple weeks until that first frost or surprise snowfall. It's time to get yourself and your vehicle ready. Cold snaps not only expose the weaknesses of dying batteries and balding tires; it's also when you...Read More»

Continental ContiSportContact tire on Cadillac CTS
CR: Plenty Of Good High-Performance Tire Choices On A Budget

Many affordable new models today, like the MazdaSpeed3, Mini Cooper S, or Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart, offer handling and roadholding that's remarkably close to that of much more expensive sports cars. The catch is that they accomplish this with high-performance 'summer' tires that wear faster...Read More»

2012 Tesla Model S prototype
Today at High Gear Media: Tesla, SLK, Audi Quattro and RatCar

Tesla strutted its stuff for our jaded green-car reporters earlier this week. Do you think it's a startup, or not? [GreenCarReports] What's your best bet on a new-car deal this week? Could you believe...a MINI Cooper? [TheCarConnection] Sure, you're interested in alternative-fuel vehicles. But do...Read More»

2011 Ford Fusion 4-door Sedan SPORT FWD Engine
Where To Repair When Your Dealership Is Gone

By my math, there are or soon will be nearly 2100 less auto dealers among the General Motors, Chrysler and Lincoln-Mercury brands. That's a lot of suede-shoed salesmen on the street, but that’s not what this is about. This is about you: what do you do if the dealership from which you bought...Read More»

2011 Toyota Avalon
Complimentary Maintenance For All New Toyota, Scion Models

Toyota has announced that all new 2010 and 2011 Toyota and Scion models will come with complimentary scheduled maintenance and 24-hour roadside assistance for two years or 25,000 miles. That makes Toyota the first mainstream, full-line brand to offer complimentary maintenance, a perk that's been...Read More»

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