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  • Squealing steering indicates drive belt problem

    Squealing steering indicates drive belt problem

    Q: I have a 2009 Ford Focus. For about the past 18 months there is a squeal when I turn the steering wheel when starting out in the morning. It usually stops after a few minutes. Sometimes it will persist for a while. I have had it back to the dealer several times, and have even left it overnight...

  • Porsche, Land Rover, BMW and Honda launch world debuts

    Porsche, Land Rover, BMW and Honda launch world debuts

    A hot hatch racing to American shores for the first time, a family-friendly three-row SUV with seats that can be rearranged via smart phone, and an electric vehicle that promises to keep going for over 300 miles on a single charge — these are some of the highlights from the ongoing Paris auto show,...

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Rugged Toyota Tacoma midsize pickup returns with new design, new power

The midsize truck segment has been kicking up some serious gravel the past couple of years, so it's no surprise the class-leading Toyota Tacoma has revved its engine to keep stride. After General Motors caused some excitement by reintroducing the Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon, Toyota, being careful...

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  • Fiat Chrysler recalling 1.9 million vehicles for air bag defect

    Fiat Chrysler recalling 1.9 million vehicles for air bag defect

    Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is recalling more than 1.9 million vehicles worldwide because their air bags might not deploy in a crash. The recall affects certain Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Lancia vehicles from the 2010-2014 model years. Most are in the U.S., but 224,860 were sold in Canada and Mexico...

  • Truckers warn speed caps will cause crashes, jam highways

    Truckers warn speed caps will cause crashes, jam highways

    Truckers are warning that a government plan to electronically limit the speed of tractor-trailers will lead to highway traffic jams and possibly an increase in deadly run-ins with cars. More than 150 people, most identifying themselves as independent truckers, have filed comments recently with...

  • 'Live Another Day' documentary about auto bailout raises big questions

    'Live Another Day' documentary about auto bailout raises big questions

    A new documentary revisits the grisly days of 2008 and 2009 leading to the bankruptcies of Chrysler and General Motors with some harsh takes on the UAW and on past management. And it is not kind to Steve Rattner, the man who led President Barack Obama's auto task force. The film, "Live Another...

  • Tesla upgrades radars to improve Autopilot safety

    Tesla upgrades radars to improve Autopilot safety

    Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the electric car company is making major improvements to the Autopilot system used by its vehicles, which will dramatically reduce the number and severity of crashes in which they are involved. Sunday's news comes in the wake of a May crash involving a Tesla Model S that...

  • Squealing stick shift clutch causes concern

    Squealing stick shift clutch causes concern

    Q: I've driven my 1996 stick shift Saturn SL-1 for 120,000 reliable miles, mostly in the city. After 15 minutes in hot summer traffic jams, the clutch (replaced at 80,000 miles) will squeal loudly when it's depressed and again when it's released; however, the gears still change. Should I worry...

  • GM recalls 4 million vehicles for air bag defect linked to death

    GM recalls 4 million vehicles for air bag defect linked to death

    General Motors Co. is recalling more than 4 million vehicles, most of them in the U.S., to fix an air bag software defect that has been linked to one death. The vehicles involved in the recall are all from the 2014-2017 model years and include models from Buick, Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac. The...

  • Solo, a 3-wheeled electric vehicle, set to hit market

    Solo, a 3-wheeled electric vehicle, set to hit market

    DETROIT (AP) — A three-wheeled electric vehicle could be on the road later this year in the U.S. and Canada. Electra Meccanica Vehicles Corp. of Vancouver, British Columbia, officially unveiled the one-seat Solo on September 9. The Solo could go on sale as early as November pending approval by...

  • Drive Mazda MX-5 Miata or view vintage cars at Chrome & Coffee

    Drive Mazda MX-5 Miata or view vintage cars at Chrome & Coffee

    Two cool Chicagoland car events this weekend either put drivers behind the wheel of a new Mazda MX-5 Miata at Arlington Park or on the sidelines checking out some vintage metal at the Iron Gate Motor Condos monthly Chrome & Coffee meet-up. Both events are free. MX-5 Experience at Arlington Park...

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