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CARMD releases: five most common check engine light-related repairs in 2020

CARMD releases: five most common check engine light-related repairs in 2020

On April 21, 2021 CarMD released it's 2021 Vehicle Health Index. CarMD is a leading provider of automotive diagnostic data who collects and analyzes data to determine the most common repair needs in the country. In fact, CarMD has collected data on more than 500 million vehicles, including more than 120 million fixes since 1996. With this data they , have built a database of failures and repairs related to a vehicle’s on-board diagnostic system. This years report shares what was the cause and cost of the most common check engine light-related repairs.  The following is a breakdown of the top 5 check engine light - related repairs:  1) Replace catalytic converter(s) with new OE catalytic converter(s), $1,383 2) Replace oxygen sensor(s), $243 3) Replace ignition coil(s) and spark plug(s), $389 4) Replace mass air flo ... read more

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Honda Announces Timeline for Full EV fleet

Honda Announces Timeline for Full EV fleet

Automotive giant, Honda, has announced its timeline to reach a fully electric fleet of vehicles. Reuters recently reported the Honda CEO, Toshihiro Mibe, saying that the company aims to increase its ratio of EVs and fuel cell vehicles to 100% of ALL sales by 2040. They also project that EV and FCV sales to account for 40% of sales by the year 2030 and 80% of sales by 2035 in their major markets (including North America and China). During a press conference, when asked why the company chose to release this news, Mibe said, "I believe it is the responsibility of an automaker to achieve our carbon-free goal on a 'tank-to-wheel' basis."  Such research and development initiatives will account for a total of 46.3 billion dollars. The plan is to commit to such research and development over the next ... read more

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US to slash automotive emissions this decade

US to slash automotive emissions this decade

Recent news and analysis out of Washington, states that The US needs to set a target of slashing its greenhouse gas emissions between 57% and 63% below 2005 levels by 2030 if we hope to achieve the Biden administration's longer-term goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.     The Climate Action Tracker (CAT) analyzed President Joe Biden's plans to decarbonize the electricity sector, commercial buildings, and new vehicle fleet and found that in order for the United States to do its part to reach the goal of the Paris Agreement in limiting the rise of global temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius — it needs to cut at least 57% of its emissions by the end of the decade.   European Union officials and environmental groups are calling on Washington to reduce emissions at least 50% this decade below 2005 levels. This is no small order, but by most accounts,  President Biden's climate team is working with all US government agencies and holding meetings wi ... read more

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Hyundai Replacing battery System in EVs

Hyundai has announced that they will be replacing battery systems in over 80,000 electric vehicles due to fire risks. This move will cost the automaker an estimated 900 million dollars and is the start of a growing issue between automakers and battery makers in the world of electric vehicles regarding who should foot the bill when trouble arises.    The recent recall focuses mostly on the Kona EV which is Hyundai's biggest-selling electric car with 76,000 models built between 2018 and 2020. There have been 15 reported cases of fires involving the Kona EV - 11 of which occurred in South Korea, 2 in Canada, 1 in Austria, and 1 in Finland. To learn more visit: https://www.autonews.com/regulation-safety/hyundai-will-replace-battery-systems-900m-global-ev-recall

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Motorists Should Be Aware of the "Rules" if They are Playing the Car Game

Motorists Should Be Aware of the "Rules" if They are Playing the Car Game

Motorists Should Be Aware of the "Rules" if They are Playing the Car Game   According to the University of Michigan, 65% of a vehicle's depreciation occurs in the first 4.5 years. That study is dated, but time has not affected the concept, other than the fact that the average price of a vehicle is now $30,000 instead of $20,000.   It is not a coincidence that vehicle manufacturers have trained the consumer to trade, on average, every 4.5 years. The dealers make their maximum profit by giving the current owner the trade in value, aka the depreciated value and reselling the used vehicle at retail. So Rule #1 is if you like to get a new car every few years, do not buy, stick with leasing - it lowers your depreciation cost. Another place where consumers hurt themselves is not understanding that the new car manufacturer and dealer ... read more

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Is your car on the list for the massive Takata airbag recall? | Glenview

Important safety notice for CARS customers Please do not delay taking your vehicle in for this recall!  The recalls are widespread and there are a limited number of replacement parts. Q: Why are vehicles with airbags made by Takata being recalled?A: To date, 7.8 million cars are being recalled because their airbags could explode with too much force when they inflate. In the faulty airbags, the metal airbag inflater can burn more aggressively than it should, causing the inflater to burst and sending pieces of metal flying through the airbag fabric. This could potentially maim or kill the car’s occupant. Q: How big of a risk is the defect?A: These defective airbags pose a high safety risk to you and your passengers. There have been a ... read more

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'To sound horn, push the horn pad' and other advice from modern car owner's manuals

Have you ever joked about some consumer warnings that seem blatantly obvious? We’re thinking of the very cautious, “Don’t use the hairdryer in the bathtub,” or the reminder for those who didn’t excel in Home Ec, “Remove cardboard from pizza before placing in oven.” It seems carmakers have jumped on the bandwagon and are dumbing down their vehicle owner’s manuals. “If the windshield is covered with snow, remove the snow,” advises the manual for a 2014 Subaru Outback. A bit later in the whopping 254-page manual, you’ll find these helpful instructions: “To sound the horn, push the horn pad.” Jim Mateja, who’s been writing about cars for years, put together a highly entertaining piece in the Chicago Tribune that we wanted to share with you: “Owner’s Manuals for Dummies?” ... read more

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