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Is it Safe to Drive With a Tire That Has a Slow Leak?
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Is it Safe to Drive With a Slipping Transmission?
The transmission converts the power from the engine into motion so the vehicle can move. Vehicles...
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Horn
If the horn doesn't sound right or makes no sound, or if even just one horn stops working, you should get the horn replaced.
How to Buy a Good Quality Window Sunshade
While your car came from the automaker with a sun visor that protects your eyes from the glare of the sun when you’re behind the wheel or sitting in the front passenger seat, rear passengers, unless you are...
Car Seat Ratings Systems: What the Numbers Really Mean
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Understanding NHTSA’s Car Seat Recommendations For Children
“We’re having a baby” - four words that will forever change the lives of expectant couples. Once the joy (or, perhaps, shock) of the news wears off, many soon-to-be parents find themselves...
Buyers' Safety Checklist for Used Car Seats
Car seats, like every other aspect of parenthood, can be a costly necessity, especially for something that is guaranteed to be used for only a few years at best. Much like...
When Is My Child Ready to Use a Seat Belt?
In all major life events, we often consider age as the prime factor in determining readiness – from when a child is ready to start school to when they can obtain...
Understanding the Differences in Car Seats
If you spend enough time studying crash test data, or walking up and down store aisles looking for the perfect car seat, you’ll discover that after a while they all look...
Is It Safe to Drive During Lightning?
You have almost certainly heard that the best place for you to be in a lightning storm is in your car, but is that really true? Not necessarily. Of course there are worse...
Is It Safe to Drive With the Reduced Power Light On?
When your Reduced Power Light comes on, that is your vehicle’s way of telling you that there is a problem, either within the charging system, or within the battery itself. It...
How to Buy Good Quality Sun Visors
Your car’s sun visors provide you with protection from the sun’s glare while you’re driving. Unless the sun is above the edge of the roof, it’s possible that the glare...
Top 10 Car Seat Models According to the NHTSA
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The 5 Safest Used Cars You Can Buy For Under $20,000
The Subaru Legacy, Honda Accord, Ford Fusion, Chevy Volt, and the Volvo XC60 are five of the overall safest used cars you can buy for under $20,000.
Symptoms of a Bad or Failing Neutral Safety Switch
Common signs of a faulty neutral safety switch include the engine not cranking in park or neutral, not cranking at all, or cranking in any gear.
A Guide to Tire Safety
When sitting behind the wheel of a car, there are two things that most drivers want: to reach their destination, and to do so as safely as possible. This...
How to Choose a Safe Car
When in the market to buy a new or used car, the vast array of brands and models from which to choose can make the process confusing. Of course,...
10 Most Annoying Car Features
Every car has its own quirks or drawbacks, whether it’s a sun visor that squeaks or an errant rattle. Most of such idiosyncrasies are either not that intrusive or are features that you’ve...
Car Features for Parents-To-Be
Congratulations, you have a baby on the way! It’s an exciting time in your life -- once you’ve gotten over the panic of being responsible for a little life,...
A Mechanic's Guide to the Parts of a Car
Modern cars have many different parts and features, including catalytic converters, anti-lock brakes, four-wheel drive, and keyless ignition.

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Q: How do I use the emergency trunk release?
The emergency trunk release is a system that allows a person to escape from the vehicle if they are trapped in the trunk. The trunk release is a plastic handle that hangs down from the inside of the trunk. To...
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How do I arm and disarm the immobilizer?
The immobilizer is a key safety feature that helps keep your vehicle from being stolen. The immobilizer makes it so that your vehicle cannot be started unless a key is in the ignition. You cannot manually arm or disarm the...
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How do I attach the rear seat belt comfort guide?
The shoulder straps on the rear seats are not adjustable. However, the rear seat belts come with comfort guides that can increase comfort (especially for kids who have outgrown their car seats), and can also increase safety. Here’s how to...
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How do I detach the rear seat belt comfort guide?
The rear seat belt comfort guide is easy to detach. All you need to do is pinch the seat belt, and slide it out of the guide. Then return the guide to the storage compartment on the side of the...
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How do I extend the seat belt length?
If your seat belt is not large enough for you, then you can extend it. The seat belt does not come with an extender, so you will need to order one. To do this, go to your dealer, and bring...
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Q: How do I inspect the seat belt?
It’s a smart safety precaution to inspect your seat belts every few months. It’s important to notice any potential damage to a seat belt early on, so that you can get it replaced. Even if a seat belt appears to...
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How do I end a call?
To end a call, press the end call button, which is an icon of a phone with a line through it.
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2003 Toyota Rav4 drivers sun visor arm broke.
Hello there, I will answer this question to the best of my abilities without being able to see the particular part. In general replacement parts should look exactly like the part that was removed. If they look different it may...
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Interior lights don't come on when opening door
Hello. There should be a switch located on the interior light of your car that has a switch to operate the lights when the door is opened or closed. The symbol that is most commonly used to indicate the location...
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Startup difficulty
Hello there, a few different things can cause an intermittent no start condition. The most likely causes are the battery, fuel pump, starter, ignition switch, battery cable or a wiring fault. You have replaced a few of these components, but...
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Error code SRS system
Hello. The multitude of codes that the engine has leads me to believe that it was subject to flooding or submersion. The connectors and circuits of jeeps usually dry out because submersion is kind of what Jeeps are meant for, but...
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Antitheft system stays off
Hello there, when the anti-theft system engages it can prevent the vehicle from running properly or starting at all. This can be from a variety of issues but the most common would be a security module failure or a wiring...
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How do you disable the passenger side airbag?
Hi there. Airbags are safety features for every vehicle, however, when having a child of 12 years of age and under including infants are required to have the airbag disabled to prevent injury. Check to see if there is a...
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after accident in passenger rear door car won't start
Hi there. In the event that there is a car crash, the inertia switch will activate and cut the fuel system off to keep the fuel system from pumping fuel to prevent any fires. Check the switch, either under the...
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What does it mean if my reverse lights are not working?
Reverse lights are an important safety feature that alert pedestrians, and other drivers, that your vehicle is about to move or is moving. If there is power at the reverse light bulb terminals when the vehicle ignition switch is on,...
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I need to know where the fuel cut off switch is at
An auto fuel cutoff switch is a safety feature that is only supposed to activate in a collision. If you merely ran out of gas, or ran low on gas, the status of this switch is probably irrelevant. Nevertheless, if...
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Is it dangerous to drive while reduce engine power light is on?
The engine control module (ECM) has a safety feature built into it when the ECM detects a major fault in the sensors or actuators that can cause the throttle opening to be limited. With the reduced engine power and throttle...
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Is it mechanically safe to coast in neutral?
Technically, least cost operation is attained if engine idling (at stops) does not exceed 60 seconds and, indeed, some studies put the threshold as low as 10 seconds. Certainly 60 seconds is a conservative estimate. This is why "start-stop" features...
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Air bags
Sorry to hear of your misfortune involving your car. In almost all "newer" cars, there are sensors in the passenger seat that are designed to de-activate the passenger side air bag system in case a small child is seated in...
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Air bag right is on
Some of the 2007 Suburban's are included in the Takata air bag recall campaign. You can find out if your car is affected by the Takata recall by inputting your VIN number at the NHTSA website. If the air bag...

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