Category: Articles & Commentaries

Discussions on topics of interest to drivers concerning things they may not understand about their vehicles as well as articles on the future of the auto industry.

Automotive Warning Lights – Scrap a Useless System

Recent discussions in the automotive press have railed on the uselessness of the check engine light or called for an outright ban of the light. They’re on to something. Lets face it. The check engine light without the associated fault code or codes says nothing. However, in point of fact, the entire warning and indicator …

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The Trouble with Trifles: Keyless Ignition Headaches

The development of hybrid vehicles all but required a change in the way a car is started. A hybrid deems itself “Ready” (or not) with the ignition on, and the gasoline engine is started with a press of the gas pedal. Thus were born keyless ignition, or push button start, systems. Well what are perceived …

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Distracted Driving from Outside the Lines

The recent U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) release of its guidelines on the topic of driver distraction has spurred a good deal of discussion in the media. The guidelines call for automakers to disable applications in the vehicles center stack or infotainment system that allow drivers to manually access social media, surf the Web or …

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Automotive Warning Lights: Multiple Light Syndrome

This has been a difficult topic to write about. My goal is always to explain an automotive issue so that an average driver can follow along and understand. But I have been over and over and over this article, and I’m still not sure if I’m conveying the message properly. We devoted an entire page …

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The Automotive Knowledge Gap

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According to the National Automobile Dealers Association, there are over 17,000 new car dealers in the U.S. and Canada. There is no data available on this next point, but dealers I’ve worked for currently average some 1,700 calls per year to the service department related to electronics issues. If the average holds across the industry, …

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