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  • New cars ditch lower frequency radio station

    New cars ditch lower frequency radio station

    Q: My wife bought a 2016 Ford Escape. We noticed that the AM band of the car radio starts at 87.9. She used to listen to a station at 87.7 on her 2009 Escape. She emailed Ford for an explanation, but has not gotten an answer. Can you advise us if not getting 87.7 is normal? — W.S., Morton Grove...

  • What it takes to build the Chicago Auto Show

    What it takes to build the Chicago Auto Show

    The technology and workmanship that happen behind the scenes of the 108th Chicago Auto Show rival any Broadway production. North America's largest consumer auto show covers a million square feet of exhibit space in McCormick Place packed with well over 800,000 people, nearly 1,000 vehicles, and...

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Honda lurches ahead with pesky 9-speed transmission

Nine-speed transmissions are here to stay. They're being touted as a fuel-efficient selling point in vehicles such as the 2016 Honda Pilot, in top-of-the-line Touring and Elite trim levels. But these transmissions are also something that might take some getting used to. One aspect of these "teething"...

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  • Takata air bag death toll climbs to 10

    Takata air bag death toll climbs to 10

    Feds order recall of up to 5 million more vehicles

  • Pickup truck owners face uphill climb in Chicago

    Pickup truck owners face uphill climb in Chicago

    American-made pickup trucks were the three best-selling vehicles of 2015, accounting for nearly 15 percent of all new vehicles sold in the record-breaking sales year. In Chicago, however, the road to owning a pickup truck is filled with potholes. Pickup trucks are not allowed on boulevards, including...

  • Auto recalls last year break annual record set in 2014

    Auto recalls last year break annual record set in 2014

    Automobile recalls hit another record last year as stronger government enforcement and widening recalls of exploding air bags pushed the total above 51 million vehicles. The 2015 number barely beat the old record set in 2014, after that total was adjusted downward from nearly 64 million to eliminate...

  • Ford Focus door issue investigated by NHTSA

    Ford Focus door issue investigated by NHTSA

    U.S. auto safety regulators have opened an investigation into complaints that doors won't latch properly on about 400,000 Ford Focus compact cars, including some reports that the doors have opened while the cars are moving. The probe by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration covers...

  • Topping off tank can lead to costly repair

    Topping off tank can lead to costly repair

    Q: My wife called my attention to a squib on Page 66 of the January issue of Good Housekeeping that says one should not pump more gasoline after the first automatic shut-off because that action may damage the emissions system. I am asking about this because I apparently did just that two months...

  • Tips for cold, cold car care

    Tips for cold, cold car care

    Cars, like people, don’t function as well in cold weather. Your car doesn’t like it anymore than you. Because most employers frown on hibernating, we’ve compiled a list of precautions to increase the odds of your car functioning in extreme or unseasonable cold.  Preventative: If you don’t have...

  • Chevrolet debuts hatchback version of 2017 Cruze

    Chevrolet debuts hatchback version of 2017 Cruze

    General Motors launched the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze hatchback at the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.   A hatchback version of the Chevy Cruze puts GM on equal footing with the Ford Focus and other compacts that come in hatch and sedan versions. The hatch increases cargo capacity...

  • 2016 Honda Civic, Volvo XC90 win North American Car and Truck of the Year award

    2016 Honda Civic, Volvo XC90 win North American Car and Truck of the Year award

    After a few years of Detroit domination, two foreign automakers nabbed 2016 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year honors. A panel of about 55 independent automotive journalists selected the Honda Civic and Volvo XC90 on Monday. The winners were unveiled at the start of press previews...

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