The Truth About Cars » Maintenance http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sun, 01 May 2016 16:00:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Cars and Cocaine are a Helluva Mix at This Audi Dealership http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/cars-cocaine-helluva-mix-dealership/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/cars-cocaine-helluva-mix-dealership/#comments Fri, 15 Apr 2016 17:30:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1325146 A pissed-off motorist wants the world to know that a service technician working at a dealership that might take rolled-up bills as a downpayment took his car on an alleged powder-fueled joyride. And he has dashcam video of the whole thing. A revealing video posted to Youtube yesterday by user “Carrera Chris” documents the April […]

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A pissed-off motorist wants the world to know that a service technician working at a dealership that might take rolled-up bills as a downpayment took his car on an alleged powder-fueled joyride. And he has dashcam video of the whole thing. A revealing video posted to Youtube yesterday by user “Carrera Chris” documents the April […]

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DOT Goes Wikileaks on Dealers, Puts Your Car’s Secrets Online http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/dot-goes-wikileaks-dealers-puts-cars-secrets-online/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/dot-goes-wikileaks-dealers-puts-cars-secrets-online/#comments Thu, 31 Mar 2016 17:00:11 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1315682 Your vehicle’s hidden flaws and most shocking (mechanical) secrets will soon be just a click away. The Department of Transportation is ending the clandestine relationship between your car’s dealer and the manufacturer by posting all Technical Service Bulletins (TSB) online, according to Consumer Reports. TSBs, which outline the recommended procedure for repairing vehicles, will be […]

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Your vehicle’s hidden flaws and most shocking (mechanical) secrets will soon be just a click away. The Department of Transportation is ending the clandestine relationship between your car’s dealer and the manufacturer by posting all Technical Service Bulletins (TSB) online, according to Consumer Reports. TSBs, which outline the recommended procedure for repairing vehicles, will be […]

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Finally, a Respectable Use For a Smart Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/finally-respectable-use-smart-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/finally-respectable-use-smart-car/#comments Wed, 09 Mar 2016 21:15:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1300745 Let’s face it: when it comes to modern cars, no model is as maligned as the diminutive two-seat Smart Fortwo. Well, maybe the Mitsubishi Mirage. Measuring just 8-feet-10-inches in length, the rear-engined Smart looks less like a car than a rolling phone booth, or perhaps the bubble that would take Patrick McGoohan back to The […]

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Let’s face it: when it comes to modern cars, no model is as maligned as the diminutive two-seat Smart Fortwo. Well, maybe the Mitsubishi Mirage. Measuring just 8-feet-10-inches in length, the rear-engined Smart looks less like a car than a rolling phone booth, or perhaps the bubble that would take Patrick McGoohan back to The […]

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Winter Tires: Business Up Front or Party in the Back? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/winter-tires-business-front-party-back/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/winter-tires-business-front-party-back/#comments Fri, 08 Jan 2016 19:15:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1260073 Suppose you have a front-wheel-drive vehicle and you’re looking to fit a set of winter tires. Also, let’s assume that two of those tires have much more tread depth than the other two. On which end of the car do you install the better rubber? According to the CBC, a woman in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada (that’s […]

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Suppose you have a front-wheel-drive vehicle and you’re looking to fit a set of winter tires. Also, let’s assume that two of those tires have much more tread depth than the other two. On which end of the car do you install the better rubber? According to the CBC, a woman in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada (that’s […]

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Tesla Quietly Killed Its $100 Flat-fee Home Service Program http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/tesla-quietly-killed-100-flat-fee-home-service-program/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/tesla-quietly-killed-100-flat-fee-home-service-program/#comments Mon, 02 Nov 2015 18:00:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1209921 Sometime this year, Tesla Motors quietly ended its Ranger program that would dispatch service technicians to fix or send for service Tesla cars for a flat rate, Automotive News reported. The program, which was touted by the company in 2012 as “transforming automotive service” said the service would cost $100 “regardless of how far away […]

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Sometime this year, Tesla Motors quietly ended its Ranger program that would dispatch service technicians to fix or send for service Tesla cars for a flat rate, Automotive News reported. The program, which was touted by the company in 2012 as “transforming automotive service” said the service would cost $100 “regardless of how far away […]

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Volvo Offers Lifetime Warranty on Replacement Parts http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/volvo-offers-lifetime-warranty-replacement-parts/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/volvo-offers-lifetime-warranty-replacement-parts/#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2015 20:00:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1112225 Volvo announced today it will warranty any replaced part and labor, not including wear-and-tear items and accessories, for the life of the car. The coverage extends only to service at dealerships. Volvo owners will pay for the initial replacement parts and labor on vehicles with expired warranties, but Volvo will pay for any additional service on that part for as long as […]

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Volvo announced today it will warranty any replaced part and labor, not including wear-and-tear items and accessories, for the life of the car. The coverage extends only to service at dealerships. Volvo owners will pay for the initial replacement parts and labor on vehicles with expired warranties, but Volvo will pay for any additional service on that part for as long as […]

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Repair Estimates For Tesla Model S Higher At Certified Shops http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/repair-estimates-tesla-model-s-higher-certified-shops/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/repair-estimates-tesla-model-s-higher-certified-shops/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 14:00:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=985162 No matter how minor or major an accident, Tesla Model S owners and their insurers will feel the financial pain from Tesla’s certified shops. According to Green Car Reports, the EV’s nearly all-aluminum frame and body panels make repair work on even a minor fender-bender difficult, though that is only half of the story. Reported […]

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No matter how minor or major an accident, Tesla Model S owners and their insurers will feel the financial pain from Tesla’s certified shops. According to Green Car Reports, the EV’s nearly all-aluminum frame and body panels make repair work on even a minor fender-bender difficult, though that is only half of the story. Reported […]

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Total Recall: Ignore At Your Own Peril http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/total-recall-ignore-at-your-own-peril/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/total-recall-ignore-at-your-own-peril/#comments Sat, 20 Jul 2013 19:43:23 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=496152 In March Ford announced another recall for their Ford Freestar minivans. The last time this happened I took my Freestar to my local dealership for transmission work and a few weeks later ended up replacing the entire transmission at my own cost when the part suffered an “unrelated problem.” This time Ford tells me that […]

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In March Ford announced another recall for their Ford Freestar minivans. The last time this happened I took my Freestar to my local dealership for transmission work and a few weeks later ended up replacing the entire transmission at my own cost when the part suffered an “unrelated problem.” This time Ford tells me that […]

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Got Any Good Car Maintenance Recipes To Share? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/got-any-good-car-maintenance-recipes/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/got-any-good-car-maintenance-recipes/#comments Mon, 15 Apr 2013 13:35:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=484840 For years, Bruce Lubin and his wife Jenny collected tips to save time and money, published  on their whoknewtips.com website and their  Who Knew? book. Here are some good ones for your car:    After washing your car, give it a rinse with hair conditioner. According to the Lubins, “applying conditioner, leaving for five minutes, […]

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For years, Bruce Lubin and his wife Jenny collected tips to save time and money, published  on their whoknewtips.com website and their  Who Knew? book. Here are some good ones for your car:    After washing your car, give it a rinse with hair conditioner. According to the Lubins, “applying conditioner, leaving for five minutes, […]

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Collision Collusion: How Insurance Companies Junk Your Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/collision-collusion-how-insurance-companies-junk-your-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/collision-collusion-how-insurance-companies-junk-your-car/#comments Fri, 15 Feb 2013 15:53:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=477663 Drivers who were in a collision often follow the recommendation of their insurance company when it comes to fixing the car. By doing so, they hope for a more accommodating insurance company. They also are likely to end up with a car that has lost a lot of value. In collusion with insurance companies, low-cost […]

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Drivers who were in a collision often follow the recommendation of their insurance company when it comes to fixing the car. By doing so, they hope for a more accommodating insurance company. They also are likely to end up with a car that has lost a lot of value. In collusion with insurance companies, low-cost […]

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Five Simple Technologies For The Long Haul http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/five-simple-technologies-for-the-long-haul/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/five-simple-technologies-for-the-long-haul/#comments Sat, 21 Jul 2012 19:10:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=453706 Everybody wants a deal. But precious few people are willing to change their habits to make their deal last longer. The casualties of the rough and reckless are expensive and almost always preventable. For every person who complains about an automatic transmission giving out, there are ten people who still insist on shifting from reverse […]

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Everybody wants a deal. But precious few people are willing to change their habits to make their deal last longer. The casualties of the rough and reckless are expensive and almost always preventable. For every person who complains about an automatic transmission giving out, there are ten people who still insist on shifting from reverse […]

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Watch Out: Your Dealer Is In Trouble, And He Needs Your Money http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/watch-out-your-dealers-is-in-trouble-and-he-needs-your-money/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/watch-out-your-dealers-is-in-trouble-and-he-needs-your-money/#comments Mon, 21 May 2012 15:41:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=445380 Five years ago, car dealers throughout the country were hit hard by carmageddon. Now, they are about to get hit again where it really hurts: In the workshop, where the real money is being made. The auto sales collapse of 2008 winds its way through the years like a diet through an anaconda. While showrooms […]

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Five years ago, car dealers throughout the country were hit hard by carmageddon. Now, they are about to get hit again where it really hurts: In the workshop, where the real money is being made. The auto sales collapse of 2008 winds its way through the years like a diet through an anaconda. While showrooms […]

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Massachusetts Right to Repair Law Left Senate http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/massachusetts-right-to-repair-law-left-senate/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/massachusetts-right-to-repair-law-left-senate/#comments Sat, 19 May 2012 16:27:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=445201 The Right to Repair law winds its way through the Massachusetts legislature. The law was approved in the Senate last week, says the AP via Businessweek The law now heads to the House of Representatives. If that sounds like deja vu to you, then your memory is excellent. The bill previously passed the Senate in […]

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The Right to Repair law winds its way through the Massachusetts legislature. The law was approved in the Senate last week, says the AP via Businessweek The law now heads to the House of Representatives. If that sounds like deja vu to you, then your memory is excellent. The bill previously passed the Senate in […]

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The Tesla Roadster “Bricking” Story Deconstructed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/the-tesla-roadster-bricking-story-details-deconstructed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/02/the-tesla-roadster-bricking-story-details-deconstructed/#comments Thu, 23 Feb 2012 17:47:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=432441 I was originally hesitant to jump on the Tesla Roadster “bricked batteries” bandwagon, and my initial story was written with a sort of cautious neutrality. Further context will be provided by the details that have surfaced in the 24 hours since the story broke. Hope you’re ready to dive in to it all. Original story […]

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I was originally hesitant to jump on the Tesla Roadster “bricked batteries” bandwagon, and my initial story was written with a sort of cautious neutrality. Further context will be provided by the details that have surfaced in the 24 hours since the story broke. Hope you’re ready to dive in to it all. Original story […]

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Hammer Time: Longevity http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/hammer-time-longevity/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/hammer-time-longevity/#comments Fri, 07 Oct 2011 19:07:09 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=414043 How many of you have ever eaten horse chow? What? You don’t know what it is? Well it’s made out of four key ingredients. Oats, olive oil, honey and a bit of peanut butter added if you want extra richness. It’s the basic original granola and for the last fifteen years it has encompassed most […]

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How many of you have ever eaten horse chow? What? You don’t know what it is? Well it’s made out of four key ingredients. Oats, olive oil, honey and a bit of peanut butter added if you want extra richness. It’s the basic original granola and for the last fifteen years it has encompassed most […]

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TrueDelta Updates August Reliability Stats http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/truedelta-updates-august-reliability-stats/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/truedelta-updates-august-reliability-stats/#comments Mon, 29 Aug 2011 18:23:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=409154 Thanks in part to the help of people from TTAC, TrueDelta received a record number of responses to July’s Car Reliability Survey—over 22,300. Updated car reliability stats have been posted to the site for 570 model / model year / powertrain (where warranted) combinations. With partial results for another 464 cars, the total is now […]

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Thanks in part to the help of people from TTAC, TrueDelta received a record number of responses to July’s Car Reliability Survey—over 22,300. Updated car reliability stats have been posted to the site for 570 model / model year / powertrain (where warranted) combinations. With partial results for another 464 cars, the total is now […]

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Ask The Best And Brightest: Covering Your Rear (Engine Sportscar) With An Extended Warranty? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/ask-the-best-and-brightest-covering-your-rear-engine-sportscar-with-an-extended-warranty/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/ask-the-best-and-brightest-covering-your-rear-engine-sportscar-with-an-extended-warranty/#comments Tue, 23 Aug 2011 17:01:47 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=408419 TTAC commentator stephada writes: Hello I drive a 2010 C4S, bought new, now with 42k miles and I am considering an Extended Warranty through a company called Protected Life, sold through the Porsche dealership. My service manager said they used to not offer this because they had trouble finding one that could cover things well […]

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TTAC commentator stephada writes: Hello I drive a 2010 C4S, bought new, now with 42k miles and I am considering an Extended Warranty through a company called Protected Life, sold through the Porsche dealership. My service manager said they used to not offer this because they had trouble finding one that could cover things well […]

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Are You Ready For: The Self-Inflating Tire? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/are-you-ready-for-the-self-inflating-tire/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/are-you-ready-for-the-self-inflating-tire/#comments Fri, 12 Aug 2011 15:48:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=406908 You know those things that you never thought you needed, but once you had them you realized you never wanted to live without them again? According to Jean-Claude Kihn, Goodyear’s senior vice president and chief technical officer, it’s time to get ready for another such technology: “A tire that can maintain its own inflation is […]

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You know those things that you never thought you needed, but once you had them you realized you never wanted to live without them again? According to Jean-Claude Kihn, Goodyear’s senior vice president and chief technical officer, it’s time to get ready for another such technology: “A tire that can maintain its own inflation is […]

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How Much Do You Pay To Park? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/how-much-do-you-pay-to-park/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/how-much-do-you-pay-to-park/#comments Thu, 14 Jul 2011 19:02:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=402729 Colliers International has come out with its 2011 parking survey results for North America [PDF] and the world [PDF], and you might be surprised by what people pay on average to let their car sit somewhere. The global expensive parking crown (on a monthly basis) goes to London’s West End, which runs a cool $1,014 […]

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Colliers International has come out with its 2011 parking survey results for North America [PDF] and the world [PDF], and you might be surprised by what people pay on average to let their car sit somewhere. The global expensive parking crown (on a monthly basis) goes to London’s West End, which runs a cool $1,014 […]

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Steve Lang’s Ultimate Auto Maintenance Regimen http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/steve-langs-ultimate-auto-maintenance-regimen/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/12/steve-langs-ultimate-auto-maintenance-regimen/#comments Sat, 04 Dec 2010 16:01:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=375744 Certain things keep me up at night. Stock market? Nope. Business issues? Every once in a blue moon. Family? Not unless the little ones begin drinking my coffee. Weird questions that no one in their right mind should ever ponder? Bingo! Car maintenance seems to be an inescapable recurring thought these days. So I may […]

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Certain things keep me up at night. Stock market? Nope. Business issues? Every once in a blue moon. Family? Not unless the little ones begin drinking my coffee. Weird questions that no one in their right mind should ever ponder? Bingo! Car maintenance seems to be an inescapable recurring thought these days. So I may […]

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