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#Infotainment systems have become the No. 1 reason for complaints about new vehicles, according to J.D. Power and Associates and Consumer Reports, which #survey #vehicle #owners about what works and what doesn't. In recent years, vehicle owners have complained loudly about the difficulty of using #navigationsystems, #musicinterfaces, phone connections and other infotainment functions.
Common problems include:
#Touch-screens that are slow to respond or have indistinct touch points
Screens that freeze or go blank
Voice commands that fall on deaf ears
Poor sound quality using Bluetooth streaming
Cracked screens
Balky performance in cold weather
An inability to sync with smartphones or other devices
Incorrect destinations on navigation systems
Unintuitive controls that flummox even tech-savvy users
In addition, #music, #phone, #navigation and #internet functions often share the same real estate with climate controls and the old-fashioned "entertainment" system: the AM/FM radio. They're all stacked on top of each other, so you may have to touch the screen several times to exit one and get to another — provided the screen responds without lag.
Many readers who have in-car #entertainment and #communications can probably add their own problems to this list.
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What is your favorite pie?
#nationalpieday #pies #apple #pumpkin #cherry #pecan
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What is your favorite Martin Luther King Jr. quote?
#martinlutherkingjrday #mlk
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Uh-oh! Did you just notice a bubble has formed on your tire? This indicates damage to the inner liner and means the thin sidewall plies are the ONLY thing keeping you from a blowout. Don’t risk driving with this damage – get it checked out ASAP!
#tire #wheelreplacement #bubble #blowout #dontdrive #damage
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A misfiring engine (when spark plugs ignite at the wrong time) could be caused by worn or fouled spark plugs. Bad spark plugs can also cause low fuel economy, hard starting and sluggish acceleration. Most plugs, though, should last 100,000 miles or more, and engine computers do a remarkable job of compensating for worn plugs, so that might not be the main or only culprit.

#engine #carwontturnon #autorepair #autoshop #tuneup #carcare
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The proper way to change your tire.
#tires #flattire #howto

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If it's cosmetic or superficial damage, such as from scraping a curb, the wheel is probably still round and has no bent sections or chunks of metal missing. On the other hand, if the wheel is bent, cracked or structurally weakened from hitting a massive pothole, running over a steep curb or some other mishap, it may need to be replaced, though it could possibly be repaired.
A dented wheel may not be able to maintain a seal with the tire bead, resulting in consistent slow leaks or blowouts, and will be difficult if not impossible to balance so that it doesn't vibrate at speed. A wheel with structural damage could eventually break apart. When in doubt about the severity of damage, a mechanic experienced in assessing wheel damage should inspect the entire wheel with the tire removed.
Whether to repair or replace a damaged wheel is often a judgment call, but because it involves safety issues as well as cosmetic concerns, the best course is to err on the side of safety.
Repair services that promise to restore badly damaged wheels to like-new condition might be able to remove dents and bends and make a rim look great again. However, there are no federal safety standards that apply to refurbished wheels, so you'll be taking your chances as to whether they'll still have their original strength and integrity.
#tire #damage #autorepair #replace #carcare
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If your car is making a squealing or squeaking sound when you turn the steering wheel, there could be any of several culprits at play.
One common cause is low power-steering fluid. When the fluid that powers and lubricates conventional power-steering systems gets low, it can lead to a squealing noise that may sustain for as long as the steering wheel remains off-center. Checking the fluid and replacing if necessary might be enough to solve the problem. Contamination of the fluid by dirt and debris also could be at the root of the problem. A failing power-steering pump could likewise be the cause. If adding fluid doesn't solve the problem, a technician should be able to identify the cause and recommend a repair.
A suspension or steering component that's lost lubrication also could cause a squeak or squeal when the steering wheel is in motion. Tie-rod ends, seals, ball joints and universal joints all need lubrication, and if they dry out, that could lead to noise. Again, a technician should be able to identify the problem and recommend a repair.

#steering #autorepair #carcare #autoshop #sqeakwheniturnwheel #carproblems
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Shock absorbers: They really should be called “dampers,” and when they wear out you should notice more bouncing after a bump and a whole lot of shaking going on over rough roads because they can’t keep the tires planted on the pavement. Shocks contain fluid that dampens the bouncing, and once they start to leak, performance will deteriorate.
#shocks #struts #repair #carcare #autorepair #autoshop #maintenance
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