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On the Fritz: Battery and Electrical Failures

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There can be no doubt that modern cars have become vastly more fuel efficient, safer, and more comfortable over the past decade. Emission controls have made cars environmentally friendlier, and electronics assist the driver with everything from braking safely to parking in narrow spaces. While all of these improvements and innovations are great to have, […]

The Engine Cooling System: How Does it Work?

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The purpose of the engine cooling system is to regulate the temperature of the engine rather than just cool it down. It does this by circulating the coolant through the engine by means of an integral, belt-driven centrifugal pump; on the way, it passes through the radiator. Attached to the radiator is a high-capacity, electrically […]

Engine Overheating: Beware of the Repair

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If your new vehicle had an episode of overheating, there’s a good chance that the root cause can be traced back to defective parts or workmanship. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the dealer will drop in a replacement engine without batting an eye. Having your new car’s engine overheat may have been nerve-wracking, but […]

The Nightmare of an Overheating Engine

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It’s hard to make a decent living nowadays – and arguably getting harder by the day – so the last thing you need or want is car trouble. This is especially true when it comes to your new car. Although new cars are supposed to be, and are indeed warranted to be, free of defects […]

Automakers Trying to Sidestep Lemon Laws

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An alarming report in the New York Times highlights the ways in which automakers are trying to sidestep or dilute consumer protections when it comes to defective cars. According to the article, car manufacturers are trying to make consumers waive their lemon law and class action rights and instead agree to undergo binding arbitration. When […]

GM Under Fire for Inadequate Recall

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According to a report in the New York Times, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is probing General Motors’ recall of 8,000 vehicles for faulty brake lights. The agency is investigating whether GM should have recalled considerably more vehicles (551,000). According to the investigation resume, “The brake lights may malfunction, resulting in reversed operation. […]

GM Recalls More SUVs

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In mid-June, General Motors expanded last August’s recall of 250,000 SUVs due to the safety risks posed by the driver’s door window shorting out and catching fire. According to a USA Today report, GM expanded the recall to 200,000 additional vehicles: The 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer EXT and GMC Envoy XL; and the 2006-2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer, […]

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