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Motoring Q&A: Whatís the deal with batteries, anyway? 08-08-2016
Q: You recently wrote how infrequent driving will not do your battery any good. Are car batteries being made to last more than three years today?
 
Mark Phelan: Does Chevrolet have a super Corvette up its sleeve? 08-08-2016
Thereís mounting suspicion Chevrolet is developing a mid-engine Corvette super car. The as-yet-unconfirmed car has become a hot topic of conversation among engineers, car lovers, auto writers and automakersí strategists in the wake of the Ford GTís triumph at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race and news that GM is investing $290 million in major upgrades to the factory that makes Corvettes.
 
Auto review: 2016 Mazda CX-9 crossover balances style with value, power with economy 08-08-2016
The police officer circled back to us saying, "I gotta stop you, man."
My kids stopped putting their baseball gloves in the liftgate, where we were having ice-cold sodas from the cooler.
 
Under the Hood: How to change your spark plugs 08-08-2016
Q: I want to change out the spark plugs that I recently purchased for my 2005 Honda Accord EX, which has a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. They are NGK brand plugs with a model name of 1ZFRK11. What should I do?
 
Auto review: 2017 Cadillac XT5 Platinum crossover provides luxury for a price 08-08-2016
Some things bear repeating. In Cadillacís case, it is the shield shape of its crest tattooed all over the new XT5 crossover.
 
Auto review: Expert design, handling define 2016 Audi TT Roadster 08-08-2016
I could have nicknamed the metallic Tango Red-painted Audi TT Roadster that recently appeared in my driveway "Ma petite cerise," or, "My little cherry."
 
Motoring Q&A: Loss of fuel pressure or evaporative emissions problem could be causing engine issue 08-01-2016
Q: I am having an odd problem with my 2001 Saab 9-3. After the car is fueled, it is hard to start. I have to crank the engine, then stop, crank again, stop cranking, et cetera. This problem started after I had a valve job done on the vehicle.
 
Mark Phelan: Historians record every bolt, every curve on classic cars 08-01-2016
ALLENTOWN, Pa. ó The first Camaro Chevrolet ever built sits on a turntable in a photographically perfect white room devoid of right angles and shadows.
 
Auto review: Jaguar F-Pace is this yearís must-have SUV 08-01-2016
With the launch of the 2017 F-Pace two-row crossover, Jaguar, although a bit late to the party, has entered one of the luxury marketís most competitive segments.
 
Under the Hood: How to fix beloved Mustangís stubborn window? 08-01-2016
Q: Last year I bought a 2007 Mustang convertible with 18,500 miles on it. It is beautiful and I love driving it. Itís my fun car. It now has 22,350 miles on it.
 
Auto review: Ford Fusion Energi is a platinum-grade plug-in 08-01-2016
Ford Motor Co. has added another plug-in hybrid passenger car to its growing fleet of alternative fuel vehicles. Itís a Fusion Platinum Energi, which joins Fordís Fusion, C-Max and Focus family of fully or partly electrified vehicles. 
 
Motoring Q&A: Loss of fuel pressure or evaporative emissions problem could be causing engine issue 07-25-2016
Q: I am having an odd problem with my 2001 Saab 9-3. After the car is fueled, it is hard to start. I have to crank the engine, then stop, crank again, stop cranking, et cetera. 
 
Under the Hood: How to fix beloved Mustangís stubborn window? 07-25-2016
Q: Last year I bought a 2007 Mustang convertible with 18,500 miles on it. It is beautiful and I love driving it. Itís my fun car. It now has 22,350 miles on it.
 
Auto review: 2017 Honda Ridgeline is a midsize pickup in a crossover body 07-25-2016
When Honda pulled the Ridgeline midsize pickup from the market in 2014, it appeared the segment would go with it. Gone were the Ford Ranger, Dodge Dakota, Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. Only the low-selling Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma remained.
 
Auto review: 2017 Chrysler Pacifica minivan is king of the family vehicle hill 07-25-2016
Moving from the city to the suburbs resulted in losing a bet dating to my college days. Not for swapping town for country, so to speak, but for something far more offensive to the know-it-all collegian: buying a minivan.
 
Auto review: New Acura NSX every bit as impressive as the first 07-25-2016
What separates Acuraís NSX sports car from its rivals is heritage.
Acura built the first NSX to challenge the best speedsters of Europe even though the Honda luxury brand lacked a racing pedigree.
 
Motoring Q&A: Save some money and fix scratch yourself 07-18-2016
Q: I recently put an 18-inch scratch on the rear passenger side door of my 2015 Subaru Outback. It is a fairly narrow scratch, but down to the metal in a few spots. 
 
Mark Phelan: 300 classic cars cap weekend of auto events 07-18-2016
More than 300 vehicles ranging from one-of-a-kind classics to four of the Ford GTs that competed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race a month ago will fill the grounds at the Inn at St. Johnís in Plymouth, Mich., July 31 for the 38th annual Concours díElegance of America car show.
 
Under the Hood: Whatís the deal with electric steering? 07-18-2016
Q: Iím getting ready to buy a new car and am trying to sort out a few things that are new to me. One of them is electric steering. Can you explain what it is and if itís something Iíd want?
 
Auto review: Americaís best-selling vehicle still delivers 07-18-2016
For 34 consecutive years, the Ford F-150 has been the best-selling vehicle in the United States and the best-selling truck for even longer.
 
Auto review: 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport relentlessly average 07-18-2016
When I hear the name Mitsubishi, I think of in-wall air conditioners. I also think about the Zero airplanes that kamikaze pilots used to deadly effect against the U.S. and its allies during World War II.
 
Auto review: Toyotaís Mirai heralds new era of fuel-cell cars 07-11-2016
SAN JOSE, Calif. ó At first or even second glance, itís hard to tell thereís anything special about Toyotaís new Mirai sedan.
 
Mark Phelan: Proper tire pressure vital for safe trips 07-11-2016
As the summer driving season begins, five minutes at the air pump could save you time and money. Keeping your tires inflated to the right pressure improves fuel economy and reduces the likelihood of breakdowns and even accidents.
 
Motoring Q&A: Would bug deflector affect gas mileage? 07-11-2016
Q: My son lives in an area of New York where the roads drop down through much swampland. The insects tend to really coat the windshield quite badly.
 
Under the Hood: How to test your vehicleís idling speeds 07-11-2016
Q: I have an excellent 1993 Ford Exploder with a 4.0-liter engine and electronic fuel injection. Itís a daily driver and everything works.
 
Auto review: Cadillacís newest crossover preaches to the choir 07-11-2016
Seventeen years ago, Cadillac, following Range Roverís lead, popularized the luxury sport utility vehicle with the 1999 Escalade. Five years later, it followed up with the three-row SRX crossover. 
 
Motoring Q&A: Check your hub nuts 07-04-2016
Q: I have a 2008 Chevrolet Corvette C6 with 44,000 miles. Aside from one issue, it continues to be a trouble-free delight to drive. My only concern is that when I sharply turn at slow speeds, I hear a clunk, clunk, clunk coming from the lower rear of the car. Any comments or concerns?
 
Auto review: Once you drive the new E-Class, youíll understand its name 07-04-2016
Most of our lives are shaped by others telling us what to do, be they a parent, sibling, spouse, boss, teacher, police officer, condominium board or personal trainer.

Mark Phelan: What you should know about Fiat Chrysler shifters 07-04-2016
Fiat Chrysler has recalled 1.1 million vehicles because of a problem with their transmission shifter. Hereís the problem and what you need to know about it.
 























 







 
        

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