Today's cars, light trucks, and sport-utility vehicles are high-tech marvels with digital dashboards, oxygen sensors, electronic computers, unibody construction, and more. They run better, longer, and more efficiently than models of years past.
But when it comes to repairs, some things stay the same. Whatever type of repair facility you patronize--dealership, service station, independent garage, specialty shop, or a national franchise--good communication between the customer and the shop is vital.
The following tips should help you along the way:
Do your homework before taking your vehicle in for repairs or service.
According to the nonprofit National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), motorists can help the environment and their own finances by incorporating a few good practices. Regular vehicle maintenance and better driving habits are two simple ways any car owner can go ?green? ? both for the environment and one?s own wallet.
Here are a few specific, easy-to-implement tips from ASE:
- Keep the engine running at its peak performance. A misfiring spark plug can reduce fuel efficiency as much as 30 percent. Replace filters and fluids as recommended in the manual. A well-tuned engine pollutes less and uses less. Moreover…
For the past decade, the Nissan Maxima has been having an identity crisis. Originally it was Nissan's family sedan, then it became its so-called "four-door sports car." Today it shares most of its running gear with the less expensive Altima.
So how does the Maxima move forward? It's all about style.
Nissan says the new Maxima looks like nothing else on the road today, and we have to agree. It's dramatically styled along the lines of the Murano crossover. The distinctive profile looks edgy and exciting, and the floating-roof design is about as far from the Altima…
Spring is one of the prime times for auto maintenance. That first wash-n-wax on a warm Saturday afternoon is liberating. Winter's gloom (to say nothing of grit and road salt) is literally washed away. Take out the snow shovel, the gloves, and heavy boots and store them 'til next season. Surely summer can't be far away.
Some preparation now will help ensure that your summer driving plans go as smoothly as you envision then now. ASE offer the following tips on getting your vehicle ready for summer.
- Read the owner's manual and follow the recommended service schedules…
While Fiat Chrysler will not be showing any new vehicles at the New York Auto Show, whose press days start tomorrow, the company will bring a wide range of cars and trucks for those who don?t travel the country to see unveilings as they happen.
The most controversial entry is the 2015 Ram Laramie Limited, first shown in Chicago, which Ram called "the benchmark in truck opulence." From Detroit, Ram is showing the 2015 Ram Rebel, which includes a suspension lift, 33-inch tires, a custom interior, and the first non-crosshair grille in some time.
Six Gas Saving Car Care TipsSpring is here and so are rising gas prices.
Not to worry, says the Car Care Council. A few simple and inexpensive
vehicle maintenance steps can stretch your dollar at the pump and go a
long way toward protecting the environment.
motorists don't realize that fuel consumption is directly related to
auto care and has a significant impact on how much gas you use," said
Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "Gas prices can climb
quickly, but the good news is that you can fight back. By properly
maintaining your vehicle, you…
Spring is here and it is time to give your car some extra attention, says the non-profit Car Care Council. Results of vehicle inspections held at community car care events across the country during Car Care Months in April and October 2014 reveal that 84 percent of vehicles need service or parts, up 5 percent from the previous year.
?Neglected vehicle care almost always means much higher costs down the line in the form of…
If you've ever wondered what it takes to be an ASE-certified automotive technician, consider this: In the span of one career, automotive engine technology alone has advanced from purely mechanical devices that need periodic adjustments to sophisticated, computer-controlled systems that can actually compensate for normal wear.
The same can be said for virtually every major system on today?s vehicles, from brakes to transmissions. And the technicians who service and maintain our vehicle fleet…
If you decide that you want a stylish, roomy mid-size utility
vehicle--one that drives like a car--and you don't need a third row, or
any rugged pretense, then the Ford Edge and Nissan Murano are two of the
better picks on the market. And if you narrow your priorities to
vehicles that look conceived for adults--not just as rolling cribs and
diaper bins--then the Murano and Edge stand atop an even smaller
Both models are indeed stylish, mature, and
sophisticated, but in very different ways. The Murano wears an
especially bold face, with the new corporate 'V-motion' grille…