US DOT NHTSA Safety Recalls

3/3/2015 Safety Recalls

The one that really got my attention, no power steering!  What a surprise that would be.  
I really like the summary, it is a nice way to say,,  “The vehicle can become a handful when you can’t steer it!”

This safety recall affects nearly a quarter million Hyundai vehicles…..

 Below is NHTSA’s summary of the problem: [Read more…]

Tire Pressure Monitor, more than you realize

Charles’s Law….Expansion of Gases

TPMS Sensor

Attached to your tire valve stem is the pressure sensor, which contains the following and possibly more; a pressure sensor, analog-digital converter, micro controller, frequency transmitter, low frequency receiver, battery, voltage regulator for battery management, temperature sensor and a few other goodies depending on the vehicle manufacturer.

Under equal pressure all gases expand at the same rate. A gas expands by the same proportion as the temperature rises, provided external pressure remains the same.
How does this relate to tire pressure warning lights? Simply put, as a tire warms up, the air pressure in the tire increases. As the tire cools, the air pressure in the tire decreases. See below for examples.

This little tid-bit of information explains why, on cold mornings, your tire pressure warning light may turn on. Yes, it is that simple; as the temperature of a tire changes so does tire pressure. [Read more…]

Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee Safety Recall


Chrysler Group LLC (Chrysler) is recalling certain model year 2011 Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee vehicles manufactured January 5, 2010, to July 20, 2011, and equipped with either a 3.6L or 5.7L engine. In the affected vehicles, the fuel pump relay inside the Totally Integrated Power Module (TIPM-7) may fail, causing the vehicle to stall without warning.

CONSEQUENCE: A vehicle stall increases the risk of a crash. REMEDY: Chrysler will notify owners, and dealers will replace the fuel pump relay with one external to the TIPM, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on October 24, 2014. Owners may contact Chrysler customer service at 1-800-853-1403. Chrysler’s number for this recall is P54. NOTES: Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to [Read more…]

Hyundai & Kia 1 Million car recall

Hyundai & Kia 1 Million car recall

Brake lights are a early warning system the the vehicle's behind you. Don't wait! Contact your closest dealer for repairs

The brake lights are an early warning system to the vehicles behind you. Don’t wait for contact in your rear.  Contact your closest dealer for repairs first!


Here’s the list of affected Hyundai vehicles

*2006-2009 Accent
*2007-2011 Azera, Sonata and Santa Fe
*2006-2007 & 2009-2011 Tucson & Elantra Touring
*2007-2010 Elantra
*2008-2011 Veracruz
*2009-2010 Genesis
*2010-2011 Genesis Coupe
*2007-2008 Entourage
*2006-2008 Tiburon

Here’s is the list of affected Kia vehicles [Read more…]

Why Flush Brake Fluid?

Why Flush Brake Fluid?

25ml of brake fluid getting ready to meet 5ml of water. Click on image for a better veiw

25ml of brake fluid getting ready to meet 5ml of water.
Click on image for a better view

Brake fluid is a special oil. It is designed to withstand cold temperatures without thickening as well as very high temperatures without boiling.  It is a recommended service for many vehicles and should be flushed about every 30,000 miles.

Brake fluid is an odd duck, it’s like an oil, but it likes water.  Yes, brake fluid likes water.  That is one of several reasons your vehicle’s brake fluid should be flushed. [Read more…]

Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure Beats out Michelin

Goodyear Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure Beats out Michelin

James and His truck

James is like his Mom. He is not picky as long as it’s perfect. Can you imagine living with these two? Thankfully I’m not that way.;))

It started with my son’s Chevy Silverado needing a set of tires.  It’s not like he’s one of those picky engineer type people.  His list was simple. I need a tire that…

*Resists damage that can be caused by construction site debris
*Smooth and quiet at highway speed while I’m driving north
*Provides good off road traction for my trips north
*I want good tread life
*Don’t forget, I am on a budget [Read more…]

When the Devil comes a Knockin’

Devel Horns-1When the Devil comes a Knockin’

It started with a phone call. “I have a bad water pump on my ‘04 Acura MDX.  Can you email me an estimate?”  Acura’s MDX is their top tier crossover vehicle.  With the confidence of all-wheel drive, a strong 3.5 liter V-6 and well appointed accessories, the MDX is a great ride. An estimate was emailed to the owner, Chris, for a replacement water pump along with the recommendation to replace the timing belt as well.  In this vehicle, like many others, the water pump is driven by the timing belt.  [Read more…]

Michelin Tire Security Breach

Michelin Security ProblemsData System Compromised at Michelin Tire

Michelin Tire’s data system has been compromised, meaning somebody got a hold of a good amount of customer information.   Knowing this, you should use care in opening any e-mails or providing personal information.  Below is a copy [Read more…]

Tame the Wolf, Tire Pressure Monitors

Pressure sensor

Tire Pressure Monitors Don’t Cry Wolf


Don’t you just love it when the the tire pressure warning light comes on?  I hear customers say,  ” When colder weather hits it seems “that light” is on most every morning”.

The tire pressure warning light is a blessing that is “cursed at!”  I often hear from the customer, “I just ignore that light”

There is a simple fix that even the manufacture’s are now doing.  In cold weather rise the tire pressure.  I’m glad they’re doing this, because we’ve been for sometime.

So why does cold weather cause the tire pressure warning light to come on? [Read more…]

General Tire Rebate $50

Arm Yourself with the Right General Tires and receive a $50 Rebate

March 15 – April 10, 2013

Here are the details on great savings

Here’s the rebate form:

Call us at 942-8882 for current pricing and availability or use our Quick Contact Form ….

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Qualifications: [Read more…]

Mail-In Rebate for a Goodyear Visa® Prepaid Card

Mail-In Rebate for a Goodyear Visa® Prepaid Card valid on purchases between March 1 through May 31, 2013.

One Mail-In Rebate for a Prepaid Card per qualifying purchase. Offers available only at participating U.S. Retailers. Offer valid only for U.S. residents who are individual consumers. Commercial fleets are not eligible for these rebates.  Purchases made on the Goodyear Credit Card are subject to credit approval.  [Read more…]

Subaru Head Gasket Woes

Subaru Head Gasket Failures

Subaru’s are great year round cars for New England. On any giving day you drive by our shop it can look like a used car lot for Subaru’s. We do service that many.

As I said they are great cars, but like all things good they’re not perfect.

There are three repairs that strike fear in the hearts of Subaru owners. If you own a Subaru, the odds are not in your favor of avoiding one of the following repairs:

The top three most expensive problems with a Subaru

1. Timing belt replacement.  (Necessary maintenance)

2. Converter replacement. Short trip driving, ignoring a check engine light or poor maintenance are a factor.  Other times it’s just dumb luck.

3. Cylinder head gasket replacement.  The “luck” thing plays into this in a couple of ways.  But, it is helpful to follow the recommended service/maintenance schedule provided by Subaru.

 Costly Repairs

All of these items can be costly repairs, but today we’re going to talk about cylinder head gaskets. The other day a Subaru wagon came in for a basic service. The customer also complained of a burning smell coming from the vehicle. With the vehicle on the lift, inspection found that engine oil was leaking onto the exhaust system.
Where was the oil leaking from?
The head gaskets, in fact, oil was leaking from both sides of the motor. [Read more…]

Plastic Engine Parts


The Mystery of Neil’s Truck


The image to the left is the under-hood of a Chevy pick-up.  The customer’s concern was for a slow loss of coolant and this coolant loss was a bit of a mystery.  Neil, the owner of the truck, reported that he would have to add a couple quarts of coolant every two or three weeks. His truck was always parked inside a garage and there was never any evidence of a coolant leak.

This problem is seen primarily on GM’s cars and light trucks.  Here’s how it starts. [Read more…]

Cold Weather Tire Pressure Warnings

Cold Weather Tire Pressure Warnings


The tire pressure warning light has recently started to come on most every morning.  The display shows 2 to sometimes 3 tires being low in pressure.  None of them look flat or low.  After I drive the car for 15 minutes the warning light goes out and I don’t have the problem again until the next morning.  The dealer checked and set the tire pressure to specification and told me it was a temperature related problem.  I heard that when they break they’re expensive to replace.  So, why should I even have these sensors on my car?  When they break why should they be replaced?  They seem to be over priced, unreliable and an unnecessary add-on that drives up the cost of owning a car….. [Read more…]

Isuzu Rusted Frame Recall

Isuzu Rusted Frame Recall, Time Running Out

Isuzu Corporation has announced the recall  on 1998-2002 Rodeo and certain  2002 Axiom.  This safety recall is so late that it’s a joke!… [Read more…]

Traction Control Goes Bad

Traction Control Goes Bad

Love it or hate it, today’s cars have great technology, making you a safer driver.  This technology can handle adverse weather conditions better than most any driver!  Growing up in New Hampshire before this technology reared its ugly face,  meant great driving fun in the winter.

Ripping across an ice covered lake or burning sideways into the driveway, ice and snow were always a great reason to get a car sidewards.  The configuration of the road in front of my house and the driveway allowed for some great, get it out of shape driving.

Yet, even in the winter, you can come into my driveway hot enough to lose control, go over the snow bank [Read more…]

Chrysler Wheel Bearing Problems

Chrysler Wheel Bearing Problems

Chrysler Corporation has extended the warranty on their  Town & Country and Dodge Grand Caravan for wheel bearing problems.   The wheel bearing/hub assemblies are now warrantied for 5 years or 90,000 miles, whichever comes first. Below you’ll find a [Read more…]

Honda Hybrid Ravaged by Rodents

Rodent Damage on the Rise

Rodent damage to cars has been on the rise.  In New Hampshire we can thank the mighty Oak tree for the amazing abundance of acorns that have fallen over the past 2 years.  With such a splendor of winter food the rodent population has exploded.  Though you may not know it the automobile is the storehouse of choice! [Read more…]

Nissan Leaf Review Bad Choice for New Hampshire?

Nissan Leaf, not made for New Hampshire

If you live in New Hampshire or any northern state, you may not want to own a Nissan Leaf.  The Leaf electric car does have major short comings that could leave you stranded on the side of the road.

The Leaf has an estimated driving range of 70 to 100 miles under ideal driving conditions. For many of us, this range would work just fine. gas to buy just drive home and plug it in and you’re ready to go the next morning!

The Great White North has a way of bringing out the best in us, but how can a car with a 70 mile range  become a 20 miler in the winter?  Not a great roadside thing in February during a cold snap; wind chills that make 17 degrees feel like a heat wave after the wind stops.

The cause for this mileage short fall? [Read more…]

Cold Weather Starting Tips

Good Morning, 9 below New Hampshire?

We got the warning but were you ready for below zero temperatures?  More importantly is your car ready?

Cold weather starting requires a good foundation

This starts with the battery. When you turn that key
the battery is what makes it all happen.
Summer, winter or fall, without a healthy battery you’re going no where!

Starting Tips

Warming the Battery..When you first go to start your car in these  temperatures, just turn the key to the on position.
This allows the fuel pump to operate for 2 to 3 seconds. The result is the correct fuel pressure at the engine.  Then turn the key off for a few seconds and turn it on again.  This will assure the fuel system is fully primed.  This step also gets the electrons moving in the battery.  Have you heard the old story of turning your head lights on briefly on cold mornings?  It’s not a story it does help… [Read more…]