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  • Forget the maintenance schedule, follow the automated reminders
    Forget the maintenance schedule, follow the automated reminders

    Q: I have a 2007 Ford Escape XLS with 60,000 miles. For the past six months, I have been listening to a loud annoying rattle that seems to come from the left front end. This can happen on rough or sometimes smooth roads. It may happen at any time but is usually constant. A garage I deal with had...

  • New models roll out fun factor for 2015 convertibles
    New models roll out fun factor for 2015 convertibles

    Convertibles have dipped to only 1 percent of the new car market, down from 5 percent a decade ago. Yet drop-tops occupy a far greater place in our hearts. Automakers know this, and are trying to reverse the retreat with a handful of new models for 2015. The new crop will tug at our tops and add...

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  • Ford's aluminum F-150 earns 5-star safety rating
    Ford's aluminum F-150 earns 5-star safety rating

    The new all-aluminum 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck has been an early hit, building on what was already a perennial best-seller for decades.

  • Transmission flush may not clear sludge in pan
    Transmission flush may not clear sludge in pan

    Q: I have a 2002 Dodge Dakota 4.7-liter V-8 with 105,000 on the clock. It has been about 80,000 miles since my last transmission fluid/filter change. I was going to do this job myself. But then I heard about a service that does the job by pumping out the old fluid and pumping in the new and does...

  • 4 helpful apps for your vehicle
    4 helpful apps for your vehicle

    If you don't have a new car, there are still plenty of ways to get the latest in-car info to make driving life more convenient and informed. The following four apps help save money and time while enhancing the in-car experience. But please don't app and drive.

  • VW's Piech isolated after CEO slight
    VW's Piech isolated after CEO slight

    FRANKFURT, Germany — Ferdinand Piech, a grandson of the creator of the VW Beetle and patriarch of the German automaker for more than two decades, is losing his grip on Volkswagen two years before his last term as chairman ends.

  • Innovative lighting illuminates the future of cars
    Innovative lighting illuminates the future of cars

    Cars and trucks are lighting up like billboards in an effort to improve safety, increase efficiency and offer things never before seen on new cars and never before seen from behind the wheel.

  • Wash and wax 101: Spring car care tips
    Wash and wax 101: Spring car care tips

    Everyone knows how to wash and wax a car. Or, do they? We tend to get rusty in the off-season, so here are some spring training tips.

  • Motion sickness more likely in driverless cars
    Motion sickness more likely in driverless cars

    Hitching a ride in a robotic car may cause motion sickness, according to a study from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

  • BMW, Mercedes-Benz have best in-car technology of German makes
    BMW, Mercedes-Benz have best in-car technology of German makes

    Buyers of luxury cars such as those from Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi tend to be hyperconnected smartphone users. These automakers say that buyers rank the ease of connecting their digital life to their car as second or third most important factor in choosing their rides.

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