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  • Do drivers not use their blinkers anymore or are they low on blinker fluid?

    Do drivers not use their blinkers anymore or are they low on blinker fluid?

    Q: Regarding the need for routine light bulb checks, you can eliminate turn signal indicator lights. Nobody uses them anymore. — L.K., Chicago A: We still see a few old-timers using turn signals, but have you ever stopped to consider that some motorists may have simply forgotten to refill their...

  • 5 fast facts about the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

    5 fast facts about the 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio

    The 2018 Alfa Romeo Stelvio performance crossover follows the 4C and 4C Spider two-seat sports kart and the Giulia midsize sedan in the Italian brand’s return to the U.S. after a nearly 25-year absence. Based on the overwhelming popularity of crossovers, the Stelvio is crucial to the brand’s success....

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Honda brings Civic hatch back in style

Good things don't necessarily come in small packages. It's more like good things make great use of space. The 2017 Honda Civic hatchback is one of the roomiest compact hatches, which makes it competitive not just with other hatches but with America's darling, the compact crossover. The Civic hatch...

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  • Chevy Bolt becomes the prototype for mass produced self-driving cars

    Chevy Bolt becomes the prototype for mass produced self-driving cars

    General Motors Co. says it has built 130 self-driving Chevrolet Bolt electric cars at a factory in suburban Detroit, making it among the first automakers to mass produce self-driving vehicles. The automaker has been building self-driving Bolts at its Orion Assembly Plant in Orion Township, Michigan,...

  • Mechanics can't find source of stalling engine, but Motormouth has diagnosis

    Mechanics can't find source of stalling engine, but Motormouth has diagnosis

    Q: My granddaughter's 1999 Buick Century started stalling when she slows down or comes to a stop. It is worse when warmed up and when fuel is less than half-full. The car restarts and it runs fine otherwise. We have had it to three different mechanics. No error shows up as a computer code. We have...

  • Honda moves to turbos instead of V-6 engine in 2018 Accord

    Honda moves to turbos instead of V-6 engine in 2018 Accord

    The 2018 Honda Accord is getting turbocharged instead of being offered with a V-6 engine. When the redesigned midsize sedan comes out later this year, it will be offered only with four-cylinder or gas-electric hybrid engines. Honda announced last week the smaller engines are sufficient for what...

  • Review: 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid is a smooth three-row marvel

    Review: 2017 Acura MDX Sport Hybrid is a smooth three-row marvel

    The last time I remember being impressed with Acura was my dad's Acura Legend in the late '80s. Recently, the ILX felt like a gussied up Honda Civic and the RDX drifted into that great homogenous pool known as the compact crossover. But the 2017 MDX Sport Hybrid earns the esteem — and premium —...

  • Kia Niro hybrid falters on transmission

    Kia Niro hybrid falters on transmission

    First times usually aren't the best times. You get better with more attempts, though the impression of that first attempt can linger the longest. This is the predicament Kia is in with the Niro hybrid. Kia's first hybrid-only vehicle has its own dedicated platform expected to help triple its "global...

  • Synthetic oil outperforms conventional oil: AAA

    Synthetic oil outperforms conventional oil: AAA

    Synthetic oil may lighten your wallet during an oil change, but a new study by AAA finds significant benefits under the hood. In an independent evaluation, synthetic oil outperformed its conventional counterpart by almost 50 percent, the agency announced June 6. AAA's 59-page report documents a...

  • Best affordable sports cars of 2017

    Best affordable sports cars of 2017

    Cars are too expensive. The average transaction price of a new vehicle is hovering in the $34,000 range, which is actually down from the all-time record of $35,309 set in December 2016 according to Kelley Blue Book. You'll probably get more out of a new car than a year or two of college, but still,...

  • What stinks? Source of moldy smell eludes driver

    What stinks? Source of moldy smell eludes driver

    Q: My 2008 Toyota Camry Hybrid has been giving off an odor of mildew or mold since last November. The dealership couldn't find what was causing this issue, nor could an independent auto repair shop. I did find dampness on the mat behind the driver's seat. I cleaned and dried it and put it back...

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