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April 17, 2015

AskPatty's Car Care Tips to Improve Safety and Reliability, Tip #5


Inspect The Exhaust System

Check the exhaust system for leaks, damage, and broken supports or hangers if there is an unusual noise. Exhaust leaks can be dangerous and must be corrected without delay.

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April 16, 2015

Are you an infrequent driver? How should you maintain your car?

IStock_000024409355_MediumA friend who doesn't drive her car much recently asked us if her car needs any different maintenance than one that is driven regularly.

We reached to Tony Molla, the Vice President of Communications for the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, for advice.

According to Tony, "there's actually not a lot different about maintenance on a vehicle that is only driven occasionally. Even a few hundred miles a month is enough driving to keep things like the battery charged and avoid any problems with parasitic energy drains from the accessories."

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April 15, 2015

AskPatty's Car Care Tips to Improve Safety and Reliability, Tip #4


Check The Battery Connections

The battery connections should be clean, tight, and corrosion-free. The battery should be securely mounted. If it is three years old or more, the battery should be tested and replaced if necessary.

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April 14, 2015

Women Power: The 2015 Rallye Aicha des Gazelles


When the dust settled, this all-women’s rally drew the greatest number of teams—and wins—ever from the U.S.


By Sue Mead

It’s the only rally for “women-only” and the toughest all-women’s sporting event in the world. I learned about it first from my dear friend Emily Miller, a true entrepreneur with talents that range the gamut from being an accomplished off-road racer to running a PR firm that provides sports marketing and helps build brands. Miller placed 21st that year and returned for two more rallies, placing 11th and 2nd consecutively.

Since, she has been the U.S. team trainer for the legendary Rallye Aicha des Gazelles, known as the Gazelle Rally in the United States. Miller is mentor and an ardent cheerleader for the off-road rally, encouraging other women from all walks of life to participate in this “life-changing” event that takes place in southern Morocco’s majestic and challenging landscape.

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April 13, 2015

AskPatty's Car Care Tips to Improve Safety and Reliability, Tip #3


Check The Brake System

Check the brake system every year and have the brake linings, rotors, and drums inspected at each oil change.

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April 12, 2015

Patty Parties with the Stars and Cars at Coachella

Shad_Balch_JustDrive_Coachella_2015I was delighted again to receive a very exclusive invitation from Shad Balch, his arm picture with his #JustDrive Tattoo, to the #LoveDriveVibe Chevrolet Performance Cars Pool Party during the Coachella Music Festival. This Chevrolet_MacDonals_BootsyBellows_Coachella_2015haute party was held at the Bootsy Bellows Estate, also sponsored by McDonalds again, the first weekend of the 2015 Coachella Valley Music Festival in Indio. This year’s festival features AC/DC, Drake, Jack White and more than 160 other acts.

This star studded party featuring Chevrolet's Corvette and Camaro Paris_Hilton_Coachella_2015performance vehicles, included selfie photo op booths and selfie sticks and was entirely too fun! The music, food and pool antics created quite a celebrity buzz with stars in attendance like Paris Hilton, Chris Brown,Justin Bieber and Kendall Jenner, the 19-year-old "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" star.

Chris_Brown_Coachella_2015What did I think of the Chevrolet performance vehicles at the #LoveDriveVibe party? Gorgeous and playful in this very hip rockin' setting. There was a booth with a Camaro in a racing "winner's circle", champagne and all, to shake and spray all over! Kudos to Chevrolet for showing how youthful, cool and fun the Chevrolet brand can be!

This #Carchella party fare included libations from McDonald’s and Absolute Fergie_BlackEyePeas_Coachella_2015Vodka and ended on a very high note with Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas making a special stage appearance with rapper 2 ChainZ.

From Wikipedia: The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival (commonly referred to as Coachella or the Coachella Festival) is an annual music and arts festival held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, located in the Inland Empire's Coachella Valley in the Colorado Desert. It was founded by Corvette_Coachella_2015Paul Tollett in 1999 and is organized by Goldenvoice, a subsidiary of AEG Live. The event features many genres of music, including rock, indie, hip hop, and electronic dance music, as well as art installations and sculptures. Across the grounds, several stages continuously host live music. The main stages are: Coachella Stage, Outdoor Theatre, Gobi Tent, Mojave Tent, and the Sahara Tent; a smaller Oasis Dome was used in 2006 and 2011, while a new Yuma stage was introduced in 2013.


And who was this guy with the blue hair and a beard?


Jody DeVere aka Patty, CEO, at Coachella!


April 10, 2015

AskPatty's Car Care Tips to Improve Safety and Reliability, Tip #2


Inspect Hoses At Each Oil Change

Have them replaced when leaking, brittle, cracked, rusted, swollen, or restricted. Check V-belts and serpentine belts for looseness and condition, and have them replaced when cracked, frayed, glazed or showing signs of excessive wear. Typically replace the timing belt between 60,000 and 90,000 miles or at the interval specified in the owner's manual to avoid a breakdown or serious engine damage.

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April 09, 2015

NHTSA Issues Corrosion Safety Advisory

NHTSA-Issues-Corrosion-Safety-Advisory-stay-calmJust last week, we published a story about spring cleaning your car after winter weather, with specific notes on how to remove road salt. NHTSA today issued a Safety Advisory and consumer video encouraging owners of model-year-2007 and older trucks, SUVs, and passenger cars to inspect brake lines and thoroughly wash the underside of their vehicles to remove corrosive salt after the long winter in order to prevent brake-line failures that increase the risk of a crash.

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