Category Archives: vehicle repairs

Talking tire safety

Dear Street Smarts, Q: Good points [in Monday’s column on wet weather driving tips]. One of the most critical points was missed — tires. Tires without sufficient tread or tires that are too old and have become hard will easily … Continue reading

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Chrysler recalls 644K Jeeps due to ignition switch problem

Chrysler Group LLC is recalling 643,618 Jeep models due to faulty ignition switches. In certain model year 2005-07 Jeep Grand Cherokee and 2006-07 Jeep Commander vehicles, the ignition switch may be knocked out of the run position and into the “off” or Accessory” positions, knocking … Continue reading

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Ignition key issue behind Chrsyler recall of 525K vehicles

Chrysler Group LLC is recalling 525,206 certain model year 2009-10 Dodge Journey 2008-10 Dodge Grand Caravan and Chrysler Town and Country vehicles because road conditions or other jarring event may cause the ignition switch to jump out of the run … Continue reading

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GM recalls more than 3.6 million vehicles for ignition, air bag problems

General Motors, LLC is recalling more than 3.6 million vehicles due to safety concerns regarding ignition systems and air bags. Here’s the rundown: 2005-09 Buick LaCrosse, 2006-11 Buick Lucerne, 2000-05 Cadillac DeVille, 2006-11 Cadillac DTS, 2006-14 Chevrolet Impala & 2006-07 … Continue reading

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When life’s changes mean buying a new car

On Tuesday, I traded in my old compact car for a bigger car with better gas mileage. That sounds weird to say. Typically, people trade in big, gas guzzling vehicles for zippy little cars that are more friendly to the wallet … Continue reading

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Volvo recalls 30K due to low oil warning system malfunction

Volvo Cars of North America is recalling certain model year 2011-12 S60 vehicles because they may not alert the driver to low oil pressure. Without that warning, the driver may continue to drive the vehicle until it stalls, increasing the … Continue reading

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Fire concerns behind two Ford recalls of 150K Escape vehicles

Ford Motor Company is recalling about 150,000 model year 2013 Escape vehicles in two separate recalls due to safety concerns that the SUVs may burst into flames. First, the automaker is calling back 139,917 Escape vehicles equipped with 1.6 liter engines … Continue reading

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Hot weather negatively impacts cars, AAA says

Long exposure to heat isn’t good for people or cars. AAA of Northern California is spreading the word about being kind do your ride when the weather heats up. “Prolonged exposure to high temperatures is not only a threat to … Continue reading

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Private road resources for rural homeowners

People who live in rural areas of the county do not have to put up with potholes and other malformation on their private roads. The Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County will host two workshops next month that will … Continue reading

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Bad weather driving, walking

Tuesday’s storm was brutal for anyone who ventured outside. Did you go out in the wind and rain? How did you survive? I braved Mother Nature. I drove down to Watsonville, where the rain had been falling non-stop since around … Continue reading

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