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Car Care: Sensing Trouble

by Community Manager on ‎08-28-2014 05:47 PM - last edited on ‎09-16-2014 04:28 PM by Community Manager (953 Views)

auto_teaser.jpgYour car usually tells you when something is wrong—if you pay attention. Steer clear of costly repair bills by acting on these warning signs.

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AAAPete

Farewell to the Best Members in the World!

by on ‎07-22-2014 10:27 AM (3,547 Views)

Pete car.jpgSince June 2009, I have been posting blogs and answering questions for AAA Members, addressing their automotive concerns. During that time I have received countless emails and letters from members expressing their appreciation for the advice I have given or the topics I have addressed. To me, this is what my job is all about—helping people!

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AAAPete

Don’t Ignore that Early Morning Chirping

by on ‎07-08-2014 10:46 AM (7,396 Views)

drive belt.jpgFor many automotive replacement parts, the degree of improvement over the years has increased in leaps and bounds. Years ago, when a car came into the shop for a squeaking fan belt it was pretty routine to replace the belt and the noise was gone. With the advances in overall design and the formulation of the products that make up today’s drive belts, those belts are lasting longer and squeaking less.

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AAAPete

Why Did They Ask That?

by on ‎06-24-2014 01:54 PM - last edited on ‎06-30-2014 04:16 PM by Community Manager (1,678 Views)

testing electrical system.jpgMarket research tells us that the majority of people who join AAA do so for our flagship product: Emergency Road Service. This segment of AAA’s business is designed to help stranded motorists in their hour of need, whether towing them to a place of repair or fixing the problem and getting them “On the Go.”

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AAAPete

Is the Spare There?

by on ‎06-10-2014 11:15 AM (2,959 Views)

flat tire.jpgWith Emergency Road Service as our flagship automotive product, we have the privilege of helping hundreds of thousands of stranded members every year. Many of those members call AAA because of a flat tire, and of those calls, it is staggering to see the number of members’ vehicles that either have a spare that is unusable or, in many cases, not there at all.

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AAAPete

Nothing Lasts Forever

by on ‎05-27-2014 11:02 AM (6,155 Views)

loves car.jpgWhile this may be a true enough statement, if you replace enough parts on your car, you may be able to keep it running forever. According to industry resource R.L. Polk, the average age of vehicles on the road today is up to 11.4 years. This extended vehicle ownership can be brought on by a variety of reasons ranging from cautious consumer spending to sentimentality.

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AAAPete

‘Expect Something More’

by on ‎05-14-2014 01:46 PM (2,015 Views)

AAR shop customer.jpgThose aren’t just words on a page or a fancy marketing slogan. They represent the core principle that drives many of the products and services available through AAA. We want members to use our services and expect something more than what they would typically receive.

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AAAPete

The High Cost of Procrastination

by on ‎04-29-2014 01:41 PM (4,694 Views)

car repair bill.jpgIf a repair shop is truly looking out for their customers’ best interests, not only should they make sure the work they were contracted to perform is of the highest quality, but they should also look the vehicle over for any pending issues or failures and inform the customer accordingly.

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AAAPete

Good to Know

by ‎04-15-2014 11:03 AM - edited ‎04-16-2014 03:18 PM (2,761 Views)

hugging car.jpgMaybe you been in this position before—you see a used car you just have to have! It’s the right color, the perfect year, make and model, and it has all the creature comforts you could ever want. The price is so-so…but hey, it’s the right color!

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AAAPete

Good, Cheap or Fast?

by on ‎04-01-2014 11:00 AM (4,175 Views)

Good Cheap Fast sign.jpgYou may have heard the old joke about “good, cheap or fast,” where you can have two of the three, but never all three. This certainly can be true with automotive repair. I have seen many cases where a quality repair can take time and be expensive, but I have also seen quality repairs done at reasonable prices.

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AAAPete

Don’t “Leaf” It Alone!

by ‎03-18-2014 11:00 AM - edited ‎03-17-2014 03:47 PM (5,287 Views)

car leak.jpgHave you ever wondered why, during warmer months, you often see a small puddle of water under the right front area of the vehicle after you park? If you were driving with the air conditioning on, the water on the ground is a good thing. It’s only water, and yes, it’s actually supposed to be there!

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AAAPete

Nicely Inconsiderate

by on ‎03-04-2014 12:13 PM (1,553 Views)

smiling driver.jpgAlmost seems to be an oxymoron, doesn’t it? How can you be nice and inconsiderate at the same time? Here are a few examples from the road:

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AAAPete

Your Car May Be Ready…But Are You?

by ‎02-18-2014 12:02 PM - edited ‎02-18-2014 12:03 PM (585 Views)

snow traffic.jpgBy now, I’m sure most folks up north have had just about as much of winter as they can take. I’m also sure that if there was any preparation needed for your car, it has probably been done; either proactively or reactively.

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AAAPete

What Should a Good Repair Shop Look Like?

by on ‎02-04-2014 10:55 AM (2,539 Views)

good repair shop.jpgShould it have a clean parking lot, clean waiting area and clean bathrooms? Should the shop itself be clean and organized? Should it have qualified technicians dedicated to the industry and a shop owner who invests in the tools and technology to keep current with the vehicles on the road today? 

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AAAPete

Low Voltage Can Be the Root of All Evil

by on ‎01-22-2014 10:56 AM (4,624 Views)

car battery.jpgMy personal vehicle is just five years old and has always started like a champ. Then suddenly, about a month ago, I noticed a longer than normal engine crank time the first time I started it each morning. 

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AAAPete

Start the New Year Right

by on ‎01-07-2014 10:48 AM (556 Views)

driver on phone.jpgAs we ring in 2014, many resolutions are being made in relation to exercising more, losing weight, spending more time with loved ones, and so on. While many are made with the best of intentions, it is not uncommon to fall off the intended path and slip back into our old ways. 

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AAAPete

Holiday Cheer

by on ‎12-23-2013 10:00 AM (432 Views)

Santa car.jpgAs we cruise through the Holiday Season and bring the year to a close, make sure you take time with friends and family to reflect on the many blessings 2013 had to offer. 

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AAAPete

When Is a Good Time to Buy?

by on ‎12-10-2013 02:13 PM (915 Views)

worried car salesman.jpgOver the years, there have been many opinions on when is a good time to buy a new car. The short answer could be when you can afford the deal and you feel good about your purchase. Keeping in mind that, in most cases, buying a new car is your second largest investment, the goal should always be to keep as much of YOUR money in your pocket as possible.

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AAAPete

The Modern Things in Life

by ‎11-26-2013 01:17 PM - edited ‎11-26-2013 01:17 PM (539 Views)

muscle car.jpgBeing an avid fan of the 60’s muscle cars, I am often reminded of how far technology has taken us, and how these advancements make our lives not just easier, but certainly more comfortable. 

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AAAPete

Safety, Efficiency and Functionality

by on ‎11-13-2013 08:53 AM (1,123 Views)

HondaVac.jpgThese are just three of several categories car manufacturers focus on when designing vehicles to appeal to their prospective customer base.

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AAAPete

Where Did the Dipstick Go?

by on ‎10-30-2013 02:10 PM (5,330 Views)

dipstick.jpgChecking the transmission fluid on many of today’s cars and trucks can be different from what you remember. It’s not always as simple as just pulling the dipstick—because many newer models don’t even have one!

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AAAPete

Slower Traffic Keep Right

by on ‎10-15-2013 02:02 PM (928 Views)

traffic illustration.jpgBear with me as I climb aboard my soapbox! We’ve all seen them, and in some cases we’ve even been them. I’m referring to drivers that cruise down the interstate in the far left lane a comfortable 10-15 mph lower than the posted speed limit. 

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AAAPete

I Remember When…

by on ‎10-01-2013 11:16 AM (1,096 Views)

classic car.jpgI know it sounds like the intro to a reminiscent walk down memory lane—and coming from me, you are thinking it probably has something to do with automotive repairs, right? Well, you’re close! Here are some of the automobile components I’ve seen change the most over the last few decades. 

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AAAPete

October Is AAA Car Care Month

by on ‎09-17-2013 11:12 AM (4,710 Views)

October calendar.jpgWhile many folks typically associate October with Halloween, in the automotive division of AAA we associate it with Car Care Month. Even though we encourage motorists to care for their car every month of the year, October has been designated as the month we try to heighten awareness of proper vehicle maintenance and preparing your car for winter. 

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AAAPete

Are You Out of Balance?

by ‎09-03-2013 02:01 PM - edited ‎09-06-2013 08:48 AM (1,190 Views)

pothole.jpgI wish I had a nickel for every time I heard, “My car has a vibration. I would like a wheel alignment.” With very few (and almost no) exceptions, a vehicle that has a front end that is out of alignment will almost never cause a vibration. The majority of the time, vibrations felt while driving usually come from a tire/rim combination that is out of balance. 

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AAAPete

Surviving the Summer

by on ‎08-20-2013 01:30 PM (958 Views)

overheated car.jpgEven though we are still in the pattern of the routine 3 o’clock thunderstorm, it’s just a matter of time before we’ll be able to turn off the air conditioner, open the windows in the house, and look forward to fall activities. But what about your car?

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AAAPete

Water Ingestion Woes

by on ‎08-06-2013 03:40 PM (2,148 Views)

road flooded.jpgWe’ve all seen the news clips of the flooded streets after a monsoon-style rain event, and usually there is a car sitting in the middle of the street with its flashers on. My guess is the driver didn’t heed the warnings of driving in flooded conditions, thought they could make it through and got stuck along the way. This is SO DANGEROUS!

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AAAPete

When Modules Stop Talking

by on ‎07-23-2013 11:00 AM (949 Views)

malfunctioning car.jpgTechnology has brought us to the point to where the cars we drive are so electronically advanced, they can apply the brakes if a hazard is present without the driver touching the brake pedal, slow the vehicle down if the car in front slows down, and even parallel park themselves. This technology is great and brings us one step closer to self-driving vehicles, but what happens when something goes wrong with the system?

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AAAPete

Hard-to-Find Parts

by ‎07-09-2013 11:00 AM - edited ‎07-15-2013 09:07 AM (1,381 Views)

car parts.jpgA friend of mine recently called upon me to help to locate the correct MAP sensor for a late-model SUV. I thought to myself, “How hard could it be?” Well, after five different parts stores, two dealers and about three hours of internet searches with no success, I decided to reverse engineer the search and began researching the part number stamped on the old part. 

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AAAPete

The Dangers of Flooded Roads

by on ‎06-25-2013 10:55 AM (484 Views)

flooded road.jpgWhen storms barreled through Central Florida recently, many roads became flooded and impassible, stranding some motorists and their vehicles. In many situations, these breakdowns could have been avoided if the motorists had followed these basic rules for wet weather driving:

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