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  • Problems flaring up in older direct injection engines

    Problems flaring up in older direct injection engines

    Q: Numerous articles were published (including yours) in the past suggesting that direct injection gas engines might experience drivability problems at higher mileage due to deposits building up on intake valves, and that expensive maintenance would be required to correct the issue once it occurred....

  • 3 cool car shows in Chicagoland this weekend

    3 cool car shows in Chicagoland this weekend

    Chicagoland is ripe with car shows and cruises this weekend. Enthusiasts can stay somewhat local or take a long cruise in what looks to be nice early fall weather. Gateway Classic Cars will hold a cars and coffee gathering for enthusiasts to show off their cool classic, exotic and unique rides...

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  • 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...

  • Chicago leads nation in catalytic converter theft

    Chicago leads nation in catalytic converter theft

    Chicago leads the nation in catalytic converters stolen from vehicles. Thefts of the pollution control devices, which are constructed of precious metals such as platinum, palladium or rhodium, have increased 23 percent nationwide between 2008 and 2015, according to a new report by the Des Plaines-based...

  • Nissan recalls 120K vehicles; fluid leaks can cause fires

    Nissan recalls 120K vehicles; fluid leaks can cause fires

    Nissan is recalling over 120,000 cars and SUVs in the U.S. because brake fluid could leak and cause fires. In some cases owners should park their vehicles outside until they are fixed. The recall covers certain 2015 to 2017 Murano SUVs and 2016 to 2017 Maxima large cars that are equipped with intelligent...

  • Door latch recall to cost Ford, cut into full-year profits

    Door latch recall to cost Ford, cut into full-year profits

    A pesky and growing recall of vehicles with door latches that can pop open while being driven will be so costly that Ford Motor Co. is reducing its estimate of pretax profits for the full year. The automaker, under pressure from the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, announced...

  • Mazda recalls 2.2M vehicles worldwide; rear hatches can fall

    Mazda recalls 2.2M vehicles worldwide; rear hatches can fall

    Mazda is recalling 2.2 million cars and SUVs worldwide because the rear hatches can fall on people and injure them. The recall covers certain 2010 through 2013 Mazda 3 compact cars, as well as 2012 through 2015 Mazda 5 vans. Also included are certain 2013 to 2016 CX-5 and 2016 CX-3 SUVs. More than...

  • Inside the story of how Uber launched its self-driving cars in Pittsburgh

    Inside the story of how Uber launched its self-driving cars in Pittsburgh

    Last month, Uber made a surprise announcement: The company would let Uber customers hail self-driving cars on the streets of Pittsburgh. Mayor William Peduto shares his thoughts on what this test means for the citizens of Pittsburgh - and for the long-struggling Rust Belt city's role in the future...

  • New tire inflaters won't mess up tire pressure sensors

    New tire inflaters won't mess up tire pressure sensors

    Q: My 2009 Prius has tire pressure sensors inside all four wheels. Will using Fix-A-Flat ruin the sensors if used in the event of a flat tire? My local tire shop always reminds me to never use it. — J. B., Eagleville, Pa. A: If you have an old can of tire inflater, throw it away unless it states...

  • Millionth Mazda Miata stops in Chicago, where it all began in 1989

    Millionth Mazda Miata stops in Chicago, where it all began in 1989

    The 1989 Chicago Auto Show featured the world debut of a little roadster that would’ve been easy to overlook. Small two-seat convertibles were big on fun, but light on sales. MGs, Spiders, the Fiat 124 had all come and gone, leaving only luxury players in the tiny market. Until Chicago, when Mazda...

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