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These days, it seems like Do It Yourself (DIY) is everywhere, mostly because people are trying to save money any way they can. But while doing some things on your own makes sense (like painting your hallway), attempting to repair a car problem yourself can often end up costing more instead of less.

On the heels of last week's recall of 2013 Escape models, Ford has announced the recall of over 400,000 2001 to 2004 Escapes equipped with a V6 engine. The throttle may stick open when the accelerator is depressed to the floor, or nearly all the way to the floor.

 

Ford has announced the recall of nearly 10,000 2013 Escape models because of a potential engine compartment fuel leak. Only certain vehicles equipped with a 1.6L engine are involved. One of the fuel lines, which may split, is the culprit.

A couple of months ago, I was riding in a friend’s car as we drove across the Bay Bridge from San Francisco to Oakland. She had a navigation system that was pretty neat and had already helped us navigate around some road construction and one-way streets. Though I didn’t like the tone of the lady bossing us around, I had to admit the navigation system was pretty cool.

We at RepairPal take cars and car repair very seriously, but even we like to have fun. So, we gathered up some hilarious road signs from the Internet to tickle your funny bone. Enjoy!

Are you one of those people who doesn't put gas into your tank until it beeps a warning? I’ve known a few people who do this on a regular basis and I’ve seen the damage first hand.

The other day, a recall was released concerning Toyota floor mats and unintended acceleration. While Toyota received a lot of bad press a year or so ago for this same issue, this new recall was mostly ignored by the news media.

I just read a report listing the top reasons for car breakdowns in Arizona, which happen to be the same exact problems we see when cars are towed to our Phoenix shop.

Each year, Consumer Reports publishes its Top Picks of cars. To qualify, a car must be assessed as follows. First, it must rank at or near the top of its category in its overall test scores. Also, according to the latest Annual Auto Survey given to Consumer Reports subscribers, the car must be average or better when it comes to reliability. Finally, if tested, all top picks must perform well in government or industry crash and rollover tests.

In 1995, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced minimum standards for all gasoline sold in the U.S. These standards included a detergent package that must be added to gasoline to help prevent the accumulation of carbon deposits, mostly on the intake valves, which can impact engine performance and emissions.