Motormouth: Pulsing brake lights: There ought to be a law … wait, there is 11-25-2019
Q: Last week, I was behind two different cars that looked like they were tapping their brakes, but after following them for a while, I realized that the brake lights had a pattern of four blinks each time. Is this something new built into the cars? Very annoying!
Under the Hood: Ridgeline experiencing mysterious surges 11-25-2019
Q: My wife has a 2017 Honda Ridgeline with a 3.5 liter engine. I’ve noticed that the truck surges, or seems to be searching at various low speeds, during light throttle.
Larry Printz: Ford’s most powerful gas-powered Mustang throws down the gauntlet against its electric sibling 11-25-2019
HAWTHORNE, Calif. — By now, you’ve heard all about the forthcoming 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, Ford’s forthcoming battery-powered SUV.
2019 Honda Passport aims for a bit of ruggedness 11-25-2019
What’s new: The whole thing. Honda has pitched the Passport as a more rugged five-seater SUV than its other offerings.
Auto review: Maserati Quattroporte GranSport brings style, luxury, performance in a large sedan 11-25-2019
The Maserati Quattroporte (four door), introduced in 1963, is a true execution of the finest Italian design in a sporty full-size luxury sedan, with a finely contoured exterior and distinctive sound.
Auto review: Two motors are better than one for Tesla Model 3 Performance 11-25-2019
DETROIT — What’s more fun than a Tesla Model 3 with an electric motor? A Tesla Model 3 with two electric motors.
Motormouth: Don’t worry about tires that have sat in a warehouse 11-18-2019
Q: The local car dealer was advertising “buy three get one free” tires. While researching the information on the tires, one listed brand and model had a recall notice posted on their website and another said the model has been discontinued over a year ago.
Under the Hood: Stalling, hesitating has no clear cause in Forester 11-18-2019
Q: Over the past year, my 2010 Subaru Forester intermittently stalls and hesitates while I’m driving. By hesitating, I mean the car loses power and the check-engine light comes on and flashes.
2019 Toyota Sequoia? An SUV so solid and unchanging, it’s almost petrified 11-18-2019
Up to snuff? When you’re planning a family trip to Nebraska and Iowa, it’s important to remember that a bevy of fleet vehicles will not await your arrival. Someone offers something, and you grab it.
Auto review: Jeep Wrangler finally has a diesel engine: Here’s what’s great about it 11-18-2019
There’s never been a diesel-powered Jeep Wrangler before, but after 20 minutes behind the wheel of the new 2020 Wrangler EcoDiesel, it’s hard not to ask yourself, “What took ’em so long?”
Auto review: Audi A7 a study in advanced (mind-blowing) technology 11-18-2019
Do you live for the what’s next in automotive technology? Or is the high-tech world in high gear while you seem to be stuck in park?
Under the Hood: Indicator-based maintenance recommendation systems are not ideal 11-11-2019
Q: Honda doesn’t offer maintenance schedules in their manuals. You’re supposed to use the letter codes as they pop up.
Motormouth: Wash your undercarriage regularly this winter 11-11-2019
Q: With winter fast approaching accompanied with salt-covered streets, do I need to check or redo the factory supplied undercoating that comes with my 2017 Nissan Versa?
2019 Ford Expedition pulls like a beast, drives like a Winnebago 11-11-2019
2019 Ford Expedition Limited Stealth 4x4: When you need some space. Price: $77,045 as tested. $7,540 for a Stealth Edition package (turning the chrome black, mostly) including panoramic roof, 360-degree camera, Driver Assistance Package, and voice-activated infotainment.
Hyundai Palisade and Kia Telluride twins battle for best 3-row SUV 11-11-2019
The year’s most anticipated bargain is the 2020 Corvette C8, a $60,000 mid-engine supercar offering the same performance thrills of European sports cars costing four times as much.
Auto review: With the Levante GTS, Maserati proves its mastery of Ferrari-powered SUVs 11-11-2019
When high-end sports car manufacturers started producing SUVs, purists were outraged — and understandably so. Ideally, sports cars should be small, lightweight and nimble, effortlessly able to reach high speeds, something that doesn’t fit the description of a vehicle engineered for going off-road.
Motormouth: If drain plug is shot, no need to replace entire oil pan 11-04-2019
Q: A chain oil change place stripped the screw that lets oil out from my oil pan, which causes small amounts of oil to leak out.
Under the Hood: Upgrading headlamps to LED bulbs sounds great but can pose problems 11-04-2019
Q: My left headlight is dim on my 2013 Ford F-150. I’m wondering if a new bulb might fix it? I was also thinking about installing new lenses, as they are cloudy and have been polished once without much success.
Auto review: Mazda6 sedan gets updates for 2019, including advanced safety technology 11-04-2019
The first Mazda6 rolled out in 2003, continuing the previous Mazda 626 midsize-sedan line. For 2019, it’s been thoroughly reworked under the sheet metal, offering a refined experience befitting of a more-expensive car, even though prices begin under $24,000.
Auto review: 760-horsepower 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 strikes like lightning 11-04-2019
DETROIT — The menacing image of a king cobra poised to strike has been synonymous with Shelby Cobra Mustangs since 1965, but the badge for Ford’s new 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 — at 760 horsepower, the most powerful street-legal Ford ever — could equally easily be a winged pillow.
Auto review: A stunning new compact SUV from Lincoln: the 2020 Lincoln Corsair 11-04-2019
Americans have always been obsessed with Europe, be it fashion, furniture or automobiles. Certainly, Cadillac has fallen under the spell of German luxury automakers, ignoring its own product legacy in the hopes that, by copying European automakers, it can compete with them.
Motormouth: Winter tires make a difference in snowy climes 10-28-2019
Q: I purchased a 2019 Golf R, and everyone is telling me I’ll need another set of wheels and tires for the winter. They are telling me that my specific tire is designed to be a “summer” tire.
Under the Hood: Take your ‘check engine’ light seriously 10-28-2019
Q: When a “check engine” light comes on, how serious can this be? Should I stop driving, get it fixed the next day, or when it’s good for me? Everyone tells me something different!
Auto review: 2020 Corvette isn’t just super-fast; it’s luxury-car quiet and smooth 10-28-2019
The law of unintended consequences doesn’t usually apply to pleasant surprises, but the radically new 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray comes with a beauty.
Auto review: 2019 Arteon: For VW, a new look with a handy hatchback 10-28-2019
Volkswagen’s new flagship, the 2019 Arteon, is being called the “spiritual successor” to the CC, which last appeared in 2017. Those are VW’s words.
Motormouth: The proper way to jump a car, revisited 10-21-2019
Q: I appreciated your caution on connecting the negative to a grounding point when using jumper cables. A self-proclaimed family “expert” stated it is safe to connect it to the battery as long as you do the negative first.
Under the Hood: Too much oil in crankcase not a good thing 10-21-2019
Q: I recently had my oil changed. After looking around under the hood occasionally as you have recommended, I discovered the oil level is about 3/4 inch above the full mark on the dipstick.
Larry Printz: Rust in peace: These cars that are not long for this world 10-21-2019
The 2020 model year has begun, and along with it come the obituaries of cars and trucks that have reached the end of the assembly line, just in time for Halloween.
2019 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth makes drivers want to stretch summer 10-21-2019
2019 Fiat 124 Spider Abarth: And you thought summer was over. Price: $37,020 as tested. The trim level starts at $29,090. The racing stripe was $2,195 and Brembo brakes, $1,495. More options mentioned below.
Toyota Corolla Hatchback is wallflower no more 10-21-2019
Waiting at the Pittsburgh airport arrivals curb to pick up my son for a race weekend at Pittsburgh International Raceway, I was approached by one of the fiercest cops I have ever seen.
Auto review: Buick Enclave crossover returns for 2020 with new features; prices start at $40,000 10-21-2019
Buick’s Enclave full-size crossover utility vehicle, which entered its second generation two years ago, returns for 2020 with no major changes, but a few style and technology updates.
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