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Under the Hood: Watch your transmission temperature when hauling a trailer 08-07-2017
Q: My wife and I took the plunge and bought a fifth-wheel trailer and a truck to tow it. Everything was supposedly chosen to work seamlessly together and, so far, it tows great.
 
Motormouth: High octane recommendation causes confusion 08-07-2017
Q: I drive a 2001 Lexus LS430 with 58,567 miles. The car manual says I should use gasoline with an octane of 96 or higher. I cannot find an octane that high. Any suggestions?
 
Under the Hood: Watch your transmission temperature when hauling a trailer 08-07-2017
Q: My wife and I took the plunge and bought a fifth-wheel trailer and a truck to tow it. Everything was supposedly chosen to work seamlessly together and, so far, it tows great.
 
Auto review: 2017 Ford Focus RS: A hooligan car for the rest of us 08-07-2017
Southern California is home to some of the automobile industryís most creative car customizers. Itís not unusual to see tuners, hooligan cars or even Hoonigan copies, like the ones custom built by YouTube star Ken Block, carving up the LA concrete.
 
Auto review: Tomorrowís car today: 2017 Chevrolet Bolt 08-07-2017
BABCOCK RANCH, Fla. ó I was standing in front of the ME Miami hotel in downtown Miami, just across the bay from Miami Beach, and was about to drive the new 2017 Chevrolet Bolt, an all-electric compact crossover, to Babcock Ranch on Floridaís Gulf Coast.
 
Auto review: 2017 BMW 530i xDrive is all very good and nice 08-07-2017
The refreshed BMW 530i is stylish, capable and nice. In a week of driving, it neither made my pulse jump nor made me wish for the end of the drive. Itís all very good and nice. Itís what youíd expect from the seventh generation 5-Series.
 
Auto review: 2018 Subaru WRX is too loud and Iím too old 07-31-2017
There was a poster in the bedroom of my youth that said if itís too loud, youíre too old. The Subaru WRX is too loud, and Iím too old.
At its best, the tamer wingless sibling of the STI with the shameless hood scoop does exactly what itís intended to do: give enthusiasts a tactile visceral ride inspired by Subaruís off-road racing success.
 
Auto review: Porsche 911 GTS is the quickest, fastest and most popular Carrera 07-31-2017
Most people know what a 911 is even if they mispronounce "Porsche" as one syllable. Since 1963, the rear-engined sports coupe with a wide butt and bulbous eyes has enchanted drivers and oglers alike with peerless handling and adrenaline-pumping responsiveness.
 
Motormouth: Old car with low miles might suffer from old gas 07-31-2017
Q: Iím a senior with a 2001 Buick LeSabre with 73,000 miles. It has a habit of hard starting when the engine is warm. It went through two independent shops and one dealer. 
 
Mark Phelan: Ford Trucks celebrate 100 years as Americaís workhorse icon 07-31-2017
A century ago, the first Ford Model TT truck rolled out of the assembly plant on Woodward Avenue in Highland Park, Mich., beginning an American love affair with pickups that still burns hot.
 
Under the Hood: Whatís necessary when it comes to tire alignment? 07-31-2017
Q: Help! I took my car in to get new tires, and the salesman said I needed to have an alignment done before I could get the tires.
 
Auto review: Driving fun comes standard with 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia 07-31-2017
Have you ever heard of Alfa Romeo? If youíre a car maven, you probably have. And even if youíre not, you just might know of its legendary racing history and intoxicatingly desirable sports cars.
 
Motormouth: Burning smell is most likely from oil leak 07-24-2017
Q: My 1999 Honda Civic, Kermit, is spinning on to 123,000 miles and still going strong. When I pull into my garage, I pick up a very light scent of something burning. Iím thinking maybe itís my catalytic converter? Iíve never replaced it.
 
Auto review: 2017 Mazda CX-5: Boring is beautiful 07-24-2017
Please donít hate me for saying so, but the Mazda CX-5 is one of the dullest cars on the road.
In terms of styling, performance and technology, itís just Ö plain. No fireworks. No fanfare. No drama.
 
Mark Phelan: New Accord, Camry struggle for relevance as sedan sales plummet 07-24-2017
Honda unveiled its all-new 2018 Accord sedan in midtown Detroit earlier this month, perfectly timed to challenge the new 2018 Toyota Camry for supremacy in midsize sedan sales.
 
Auto review: The devil drives the 2018 Jaguar F-Type SVR 07-24-2017
Most people who saw the red convertible with the big wheels said, "Nice car." But when I fired up the Jaguar F-Type SVR and the engine snapped, crackled and popped, their expressions changed. 
 
Auto review: Infiniti challenges the pack with Q60 Red Sport 400 07-24-2017
Infiniti is noted for high-quality vehicles but often seems just off the pace when compared to Lexus and German leaders BMW, Audi and Mercedes. 
 
Under the Hood: How to perform voltage drop testing 07-24-2017
Q: The left taillight on my pickup is somewhat dimmer than the one on the right side. Itís not bad enough to go through the trouble and expense of having fixed it. 
 
Auto review: 2017 Audi Q7 is simply fast; just ask the constable 07-24-2017
Trying to lose weight? Youíre not alone.
At any given time, approximately 45 million Americans are dieting, according to the Boston Medical Center. And theyíre not alone. 
 
Auto review: 2017 VW Golf SportWagen an antidote to automotive anonymity 07-17-2017
We live in an age of self service. Store clerks no longer provide much in the way of assistance. Increasingly, they donít even ring up our orders; we do. 
 
Mark Phelan: New SUVs, not cars, key to future of US automaking 07-17-2017
If youíre worried about U.S. manufacturing jobs, pay no attention to Fordís recent decision to move production of the Focus compact car to China.
 
Under the Hood: Leaking sunroof just the start of Acadiaís problems 07-17-2017
Q: Brad, each corner of my 2008 Acadiaís sunroof has a very small drain hole. When these get clogged, water leaks into the interior of the vehicle. 
 
Larry Printz: What does your Toyotaís name mean? The answer may surprise you 07-10-2017
Toyota has become one of the worldís biggest automakers largely on the strength of its exceptional engineering and manufacturing acumen. 
 
Mark Phelan: Volvo goes all-electric? Not so much 07-10-2017
Volvo won the press conference this week, but thereís both more and less than meets the eye to the self-congratulatory headline the automaker wrote for itself: "Volvo Cars to go all electric."
 
Auto review: 2017 Continental redefines American extravagance 07-10-2017
Itís easy to loathe business travel after spending too many hours squeezed into tiny, untidy seats.
Fortunately, once your flight lands, thereís usually a Lincoln Town Car waiting to whisk you to a hotel.
 
Under the Hood: Keeping devices charged on a long trip 07-10-2017
Q: In late August, my wife and I are leaving for our annual camping trip. Weíre going to a remote site in the High Sierra.
 
Auto review: Chevroletís bestselling car adds a door, and noticeable practicality 07-10-2017
Ford vs. Chevrolet has long been an epic American battle, with one automaker matching the other model for model. So why is it that even though Ford has offered its economy cars as hatchbacks, Chevrolet has long demurred?
 
Auto review: 2018 Audi A5 Coupe is a good getaway car 07-10-2017
Crossovers are the anti-coupe. Theyíre everything a coupe is not: tall, wide, ungainly, roomy and really, really popular. The four-seat, sedan-based coupe is an endangered species and yet, like the wagon, it attracts a small but loyal following.
Motormouth: Do drivers not use their blinkers anymore or are they low on blinker fluid? 07-03-2017
Q: Regarding the need for routine light bulb checks, you can eliminate turn signal indicator lights. Nobody uses them anymore.
 
Mark Phelan: Taking sides over where gas caps are placed 07-03-2017
For a component thatís not much different from the lid of a jam jar, gasoline caps inspire lots of passion.
 
Auto review: Nissan GT-R: Godzilla comes of age 07-03-2017
A white blur in the rearview mirror zigzagged up to us in the midst of Memorial Day traffic. It was a Volkswagen wagon, filled with five teenage boys baiting me to race. 
 
Under the Hood: Low-mileage driver should change his antifreeze 07-03-2017
Q: I have a 2010 Dodge Caliber with 28,000 miles on it. Since retiring, I only drive it about 1,000 miles every six months, at which point I change the oil and filter and do the other routine checks. Should I also be changing the antifreeze?
 
Auto review: Ferrari horse gets turbo kick 07-03-2017
Seems like everyoneís turbocharging these days. Even Ferrari, who hasnít used a turbo on its midengine cars since the late í80s, has decided to turbocharge its 488 GTB supercar. Why is it a big deal in the rarefied supercar world?
 
Under the Hood: Reviewing some battery basics  06-26-2017
Q: I took my 3-year-old Subaru Forester to the dealer for routine service. When I returned at the designated time, I was informed they had to replace the battery because it was dead. There were no prior warnings or indications of a battery problem. Is it normal for a battery to suddenly die like this?
 
Mark Phelan first drive: 2018 Toyota Camry boasts fuel economy, safety features, style  06-26-2017
PORTLAND, Ore. ó The all-new 2018 Toyota Camry will hit the road with class-leading fuel economy, a long list of safety features and prices starting at $23,495 when it goes on sale in July.
 
Auto review: 2017 Mini John Cooper Works Clubman ALL4: The quaint Mini gets souped up  06-26-2017
My first drive in a Mini was in Paris in the late 1970s.
It was about 5 in the morning and the empty streets were damp with dew. The little car skittered and slid over the cobblestones in a way that was possibly illegal and probably unsafe ó but so much fun.























 







 
        

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