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Attention, Toyota Camry Hybrid owners! The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) has opened a preliminary evaluation of 2007-2008 Camry Hybrids due to a possible defect of the braking system. Owners have reported that they are experiencing “delayed braking actuation or increased brake pedal effort” meaning the brakes either don’t work or the pedal must be pushed harder to get the car to stop. So far there have been 59 complaints, 40% of which said the issue occurred at speeds of 40mph or more. It seems the problem is more likely as the car ages because 55% of the complaints have occurred in the last eight months.
Tags: toyota, camry hybrid, recall
Today marked the first day that 2014’s flotilla of title contenders were allowed to run on track, and I’m pleased to say that it fit my expectations and predictions to a T. The first of the three pre-season tests began today at Circuito de Jerez, and will be followed by two further tests at Sakhir International Circuit in Bahrain.
Posted In: Racing, Reports
Tags: formula, 1, one, F1, mclaren, mercedes, ferrari, lotus, williams, renault, force, india, caterham, marussia, red, bull, racing, infiniti, lewis, hamilton, kimi, raikkonen, sebastian, vettel, jenson, button, jerez, test, preseason, pre, season, ERS, V6, turbo, reliability
General Motors has issued a recall of a whopping number of Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup trucks. The affected models have been cited as only 2014 models, specifically those with 4.3L V6 or 5.3L V8 engines. It seems these engines have a very bad habit of having their exhaust manifolds overheat when idling in cold temperatures. Obviously if the exhaust manifolds begin climbing to extremely high temperatures, it can damage, melt, or destroy surrounding engine components in the engine bay, and render a very new engine, very obsolete, very quickly.
GM has already begun contacting customers, and will fix the problem by reprogramming the ECU to moderate exhaust temperatures within normal ranges free of charge. Chevy owners many contact GM at 1-800-222-1020 and GMC owners can contact GM at 1-800-462-8782 with questions or to schedule their fix. Read on for the full report ...
Posted In: Recalls, Reports, Safety
Tags: safety, recalls, GM, General Motors, Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, 5.3 liter engine
If this winter has proven anything, it’s that severe weather can pop up where it’s least expected. Just ask the residents of Atlanta, GA or San Antonio, TX. With spring still a few months away, now is a great time to review the following tips for driving in icy and snowy conditions.
Almost every merchant establishment has sales. Car dealerships are no different, but it’s rare in the auto industry to get something for nothing. Cadillac is breaking away from the standard with the 2014 Cadillac ELR, its new Luxury plug-in hybrid coupe.
Extended vehicle warranties have become almost as common as life insurance and retirement funds. On the surface they seem to make good sense. After all, why pay through the nose for car repairs when you don’t have to? But, before signing your name to an agreement that may or may not be worth the paper it’s printed on, ask yourself the following questions first:
Posted In: Aftermarket, Car News, Reports
Tags: auto warranties
With all the research being done on materials to lighten the weight of vehicles in order to make them fuel efficient, a little research needs to go into figuring the other costs associated with these products. Just because you save money on gas doesn’t mean that the savings apply to other areas of the cost of a vehicle. Take the new trend in using aluminum for car and truck bodies, for example.
They say everything old becomes new again. Fashions go out of style only to come back a few years later. The same happens with hairstyles, although I’m hoping we never get nostalgic for the afro. Cars are no different from any other trend. Shapes and colors come and go in cycles. Style and the coolness factor are not the only things that can bring back something from the past. Necessity plays its part too, and car manufacturers are digging into the history of the automobile to find ways to make modern vehicles lighter and more fuel efficient.
Tags: wood, aluminum, carbon fiber, steel
There are plenty of scenic highways that offer spectacular beauty and closeness to nature. Most of them, however, never stray too far from civilization. These routes are fine, but for those who wish to really get away from it all, there’s the Dalton Highway in Alaska. This stretch of road comes as close as modern people can get to seeing America as it once was, before the days of sidewalks and shopping malls.
Posted In: Miscellaneous
Tags: Scenic drives, road trips, Alaska
The next time you set out on a winter’s drive, you might want to give some thought to the tiny town of Baudette, MN, population 1100. Why? Because chances are that many of the cold weather features in your vehicle were tested in this icy little hamlet just below the Canadian border.
Posted In: Miscellaneous, Reports, Safety, Technology
Tags: car safety, test track, winter driving
If you happen to be in the desert racing around in your dune buggy and it gets stuck, there’s a solution. If you drove out there in your Nissan Frontier, you can use it to push the dune buggy up the hill. Or can you?