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Monthly Archives: April 2014

The Good, The Bad, And The Very Bad

The Good, The Bad, And The Very Bad

Today I read that “Microsoft Joins The Connected Car Battle, Introduce Windows In The Car” and followed that up by reading “Tesla Electric Cars Vulnerable to Remote Unlocking Hack, Researchers Say.” I’ve already mentioned that many are concerned about privacy invasions with connected vehicles. We are all vulnerable with our smartphones, laptops and other devices so it stands to reason when you make a vehicle connected, it too will be subject to hackers. Nitesh Dhanjani told a cybersecurity conference recently that Tesla electric cars are vulnerable to simple, traditional hacking techniques. All a hacker has to do is crack one password and they can remotely unlock and then lock the vehicle. A key fob, using a wireless signal via the Internet is used to unlock the vehicle whenever the owner is ready. If the six-digit password is hacked using traditional methods the hacker can break into the car! The good news is they can’t drive off in the car without furt ... read more

The Cost Of Neglect Is High!

The Cost Of Neglect Is High!

Drivers today are trying to save money by cutting corners in many ways…including car care. They figure putting off routine maintenance won’t hurt but it does hurt in two ways! First, a poorly maintained vehicle can be an unsafe vehicle. Thousands of wrecks each year are attributed to unperformed services and repairs. According to the Car Care Council there are roughly $2 billion dollars a year in unperformed auto service and repairs. Think of that the next time you are driving…how safe are the cars driving alongside you? Secondly, a poorly maintained vehicle costs consumers more money. When a driver continually puts off much needed routine services those lack of services turn into expensive car repairs. One example is putting off oil changes often leads to needing a new engine…a very high-ticket repair! To keep your vehicle well maintained a driver needs to do the following: • Make sure the oil is changed on a regular basis. If you aren’t su ... read more

Poor Road Conditions!

Poor Road Conditions!

What does driving on poor road conditions mean to drivers? Poor road conditions wreak havoc on tires and alignment. The accuracy of your car’s steering and suspension is nearly as important to your safety as a well-maintained brake system. The result of driving on bad roads significantly reduces steering control, causes steering wheel vibrations and unusual noises. Weak shocks or struts permit excessive rebound of your wheels, allowing them to become airborne. A vehicle with worn shock absorbers is more susceptible to undercarriage damage. When you notice this happening the car should be checked out immediately. A loose tie rod end can break causing you to lose steering control. If your vehicle sways on turns, doesn’t feel balanced when you accelerate or brake, bounces or bottoms out, you may need to replace your vehicle’s shocks or struts. Worn shocks or struts increase the wear of tires, ball joints, steering linkage, springs and C.V. joints. For best control and handli ... read more