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Under the Hood: The strange case of the possessed Bonneville

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Q. What is the weirdest problem you've ever encountered, and fixed?

-- Zach K.

A: There have certainly been many odd situations through the years that can make one realize there is so much more to learn, and symptoms and failures can occur under the most odd circumstances.

It was 1988, I was the technical foreman at a Pontiac dealership. I ...Read more

Larry Printz: Bargain boxes: 2020's most affordable new CUVs

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It probably hasn't crossed your mind, but if you're wondering why crossover utility vehicles, or CUVs, are more popular than sedans, keep in mind they aren't much different in length, height, width or ground clearance from cars built 80 years ago, although their packaging and style vary greatly from their ancestors. Still, it demonstrates that ...Read more

Auto review: Porsche 911 is still the performance standard

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DETROIT -- Everything has its baseline for greatness. In golf, it's Tiger Woods. In tennis, Roger Federer. In basketball, Michael Jordan.

For sports cars, it's the Porsche 911.

The 21st century has seen a resurgence in supercars with new entries like the McLaren 570 and Audi R8 joining mainstays Ferrari and Lamborghini. Yet the 911 has ...Read more

After COVID-19 delay, Rivian plans hiring surge for June launch of electric truck. But legal battle with Tesla looms

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Set back nearly a year by the pandemic, electric truck startup Rivian is busy building out its plant in Normal, with a belated production launch now planned for next summer.

But the plan to bring thousands of jobs to the rural college town about 130 miles south of Chicago has hit some bumps in the road, including a lawsuit from Tesla alleging ...Read more

Staffing woes put US car industry's remarkable rebound at risk

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On the surface, carmakers have staged a remarkable recovery toward pre-pandemic production. But within the walls of U.S. auto plants, it was incredibly challenging to pull off -- and is proving difficult to sustain.

Manufacturers rushed to restart assembly lines months ago because sales stayed surprisingly buoyant in the midst of the pandemic. ...Read more

Motormouth: How to get spattered paint off car

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Q: I hit a new traffic paint line and got a boatload of paint under my wheel wells, not just spatter but a lot caked on about 1/8 inch thick, besides some spatter. I tried Goof Off paint remover and regular paint and varnish remover for wood and plastics. Neither one did anything. Any ideas?

M.J., Chicago

A: You didn't just hit it, you drove a...Read more

Roadshow: You can subscribe to an electric Volkswagen Golf for just $11 a day

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Although car subscriptions haven't quickly become a new normal the way companies likely wanted, we continue to see some creative ways to provide transportation. The latest effort comes from AAA's car subscription program with help from Electrify America.

The two companies said earlier this month that a fleet of electric Volkswagen e-Golfs ...Read more

Elon Musk says Tesla headquarters could still move out of California

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Despite winning a standoff with local health officials over reopening his factory, Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk is sticking with his threat to move company headquarters to another state.

"There's no question that our headquarters will remain in California for the short term," he said in a recent interview with Automotive News. "Long term, we...Read more

Roadshow: COVID-19 is causing more old cars to stay on the road

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Even before the coronavirus pandemic hit the U.S., researchers had already concluded that Americans are holding onto their cars for a longer period of time: nearly 12 years. That's the highest figure in almost 20 years.

The auto industry information gurus at IHS Markit have just released their latest study analyzing the age of vehicles on U....Read more

An electric SUV, inspired by California's environment. Is it more than a dream?

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In 2015, Henrik Fisker rested alone on a Malibu beach, contemplating the sunset. His start-up electric car company, Fisker Automotive, had gone bust, but he was determined to try again. The new company would be called, simply, Fisker.

Inspired by the sun, the sky, the ocean waves, he opened his sketchpad. The Denmark native, long in love with ...Read more

Under the Hood: Troubleshooting 'multiple misfires' in motorhome

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Q: I have a 2002 21-foot motorhome on a 3500 Chevrolet frame with a 5.7 engine. It now has 95,000 miles. At about 85,000 miles, the engine started losing power at driving speed. At first the engine would keep running but only at about 10 mph. After it sat overnight it would run fine. Now the engine will just lose power and quit. It will ...Read more

Putting focus on the ever-receding hood ornament

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Many of us grew up watching hood ornaments bob somewhere near the horizon on the fronts of our parents' cars. The winged motometer on my dad's Model T and chrome star on my grandma's Mercedes were two of my favorites. For decades, hood ornaments identified the beginning of a car and the height of an automaker's branding. They've receded ...Read more

Motormouth: What's up with fuel filter?

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Q: I have a 2011 Mazda Tribute and wanted to change the fuel filter. The manual states that it is in the gas tank and does not need to be changed. I find this strange, so I asked my local mechanic if he knew about this. He looked up gas filters for that model at his supply store and it shows one. I told him what the manual stated, but he said he...Read more

Roadshow: Coronavirus lockdown can make return to driving overwhelming, study says

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It's like riding a bicycle. You never forget how to drive a car once you put in the practice and gain experience. But, like anything in life, removing something from a daily routine can cause skills or familiarity to rust. Driving, according to a new study, isn't immune. sampled just over 1,200 drivers with varying ages and a ...Read more

Motormouth: Cars left unused during quarantine

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Q: I have two vehicles in Arizona that I had to leave there on March 18. I have not been able to get them due to the virus. When I am able to get them, what type of maintenance should I have done to them? They have been garaged with trickle chargers. Should I have the oil changed and all fluids? How about the tires? One is a 2014 Grand Cherokee ...Read more

Michigan governor warned auto industry on coronavirus: How they're reacting

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DETROIT -- General Motors' Flint, Mich., assembly plant is running full-on as its 5,000 hourly workers push to meet pent-up demand for the heavy-duty Silverado and Sierra pickups GM builds there.

The plant, along with all of the Detroit Three's U.S. factories, sat idle for about eight weeks this spring as the coronavirus pandemic surged, ...Read more

Roadshow: 2021 Ford Bronco has five clever features that trump Jeep's Wrangler

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No doubt about it, the new Ford 2021 Bronco has its sights squarely aimed at the Jeep Wrangler. Yes, the two SUVs compare nicely in terms of off-road specs, but there are a lot of really smart features that could the Bronco easier to live with both on- and off-road. Game on.

1. Side mirror placement

With Jeep's Wrangler, its side mirrors ...Read more

Under the Hood: Troubleshooting an ABS problem

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Q: I own a 2010 Chevy Express 2500. Last year I began having issues with the ABS on my front brakes. They would kick in at about 8 mph, down to dead stop.

I had a bad bearing, so I purchased a pair of bearings online (RockAuto). The bearings came with new ABS sensors. Installing the first bearing, I mucked up the ABS sensor, so I robbed the one...Read more

GM offers up revealing new details of future electric cars

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DETROIT -- In its 2019 Sustainability Report released Thursday, General Motors is providing new details of its upcoming flood of electric vehicles.

The report also outlined advances across the company GM made last year as well as where it can improve, such as in diversity hiring.

"In some cases we feel good about the progress we've made, but ...Read more

Fiat Chrysler to change name to Stellantis after merger with PSA in 2021

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DETROIT -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will change its name to "Stellantis" after the merger with Peugeot S.A. is complete next year, the companies announced Wednesday.

This is a "major step" as the automakers move toward completing their 50:50 marriage outlined in a December 18, 2019 agreement, according to a news release from FCA. Everything is...Read more