RepairPal Blog

I have teenage children and my shop is very close to Grand Canyon University so keeping teens safe on the road is a subject dear to my heart. I’m often asked what parents should look for in a car for their teen driver. Of course, all teens dream of the fancy souped up sports car, but that certainly isn’t the safe choice for young, inexperienced drivers.

The other night, I saw a TV commercial from the new Jiffy Lube “Leave Worry Behind” campaign. In the commercial, a car on the roadway happens to drive by a repair shop. Once the technicians see this car, they get on a piece of equipment that has wheels (a rolling tool chest, a creeper, and an engine hoist) and launch themselves after the vehicle, tools in hand, trying to catch up with the car so they can repair it. 

Many people think that your car manufacturer specifies regular maintenance schedules just to get you back into their shop and make more money off of you.

There are some people who like to push things to the limit—I am not one of those people. I pay my bills as soon as I get them. I do my taxes the first week of February. I do my Christmas shopping in November. Even as a kid, I usually finished my homework before I even left school. I hate to feel anxious, and putting things off to the last second is just too uncomfortable for me. That said, sometimes mistakes happen. Life gets too busy. Something gets lost in the mail. Maybe you lose your job and barely have enough money to cover rent. You never know when the universe is going to throw you a curveball. So, even if you are a hyper-prepared worrywart like me, you might find yourself facing a situation you never thought you would—a lapse in your auto insurance.

Toyota has announced the recall of nearly 800,000 vehicles. 760,000 2006 to early 2011 RAV4 and 18,000 Lexus HS 250h models.

The state of Massachusetts has just thrown the latest salvo in the ongoing battle between the manufacturers and the aftermarket automotive repair industry over what is become known as “Right to Repair.” They have passed the first comprehensive Right to Repair legislation in the nation.

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.