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  • Cheap brake pads may be causing squeal Aug 24, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. We purchased a 2009 Volkswagen Eos and we just love the car. However, the brakes squeal loudly when I first start driving.

  • Cars talking to cars could cut crashes Aug 23, 2014 7:39 AM
    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has unveiled a plan to require vehicle-to-vehicle communications technologies in all new passenger cars. Adopting these technologies, the agency says, could prevent nearly 600,000 car crashes every year once the rollout is complete.

  • Car club calendar Sep 11, 2014 11:52 AM
    The Chicago suburbs are home to many car lovers and clubs devoted to models ranging from the Alfa Romeo to Volkswagen. The Daily Herald has compiled a list of monthly meetings for area car clubs, as well as several local motorcycling groups.

  • Final classic car show tonight at Randhurst Aug 20, 2014 10:29 AM
    Tonight is the last Cruise Night of the summer at Randhurst Village in Mount Prospect. The free show features classic cars and their owners, plus a Q&A with Daily Herald auto columnist Matt Avery and special exhibits. To correct earlier reporters, there is no free concert tonight.

  • Geneva Concours d’Elegance celebrates ‘the art of the car’ Aug 20, 2014 8:01 AM
    This Sunday, the streets of downtown Geneva will be filled with cars and car lovers, when the 10th annual Concours d’Elegance rolls into town. The event will showcase 175 invitational cars from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and admission is free. Car clubs are expected to display about 100 more cars in the Kane County Courthouse parking area as well.

  • Loose wire remains elusive for a decade Aug 17, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. I purchased a new 2000 Lincoln Cartier Town Car. Within a few years, the whole system just stopped; no air, no heat, no blower.

  • Kane sheriff wants final charity car show to finish strong Aug 12, 2014 5:37 PM
    Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez will host his eighth and final car show Aug. 30 in Elburn. This year, he's chosen the Make A Wish Foundation as the charity to benefit and also enlisted support from sheriffs in Kendall and DeKalb counties.

  • Rebuilt 1970 Cadillac ambulance revives memories Aug 11, 2014 6:15 AM
    Wailing sirens, flashing lights and cool vintage iron could be seen and heard in North Aurora at the annual Chicagoland Emergency Vehicle Show. One vehicle on display was a 1970 cadillac ambulance once owned by the Romeoville Fire Department.

  • Brakes ‘thump’ when backing out of garage Aug 10, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. I recently had my rear brakes changed on 2002 Toyota Camry XLE. When I back up every morning, they make “stump, thump, thump” sound.

  • GM issues third recall on SUVs that can catch fire Aug 8, 2014 11:18 AM
    General Motors’ troubles with safety recalls has surfaced in another case, this time with the company recalling a group of SUVs for a third time to fix power window switches that can catch fire. The problem, revealed in documents posted by federal safety regulators this week, is so serious that GM is telling customers to park the SUVs outdoors until they are repaired because they could catch fire when left unattended.

  • Chrysler 2Q profit up 22 pct. on rising US sales Aug 7, 2014 5:45 AM
    Chrysler Group’s second-quarter net profit rose 22 percent, fueled by rising sales in the U.S. The company on Wednesday reported that it made $619 million in the April-through-June quarter, compared with $507 million a year ago.

  • Batavia Green Fair aims to inspire eco-friendly lifestyles Aug 6, 2014 2:27 PM
    The Batavia Green Fair on the Fox, formerly known as the Batavia Green Walk, is returning for its seventh annual event with more than just a new name. Fair co-chairman Keith Line said this year, the fair will be more interactive and will reach a wider audience with various new activities, events and entertainment.

  • Car club calendar Aug 7, 2014 11:40 AM
    The Chicago suburbs are home to many car lovers and clubs devoted to models ranging from the Alfa Romeo to Volkswagen. The Daily Herald has compiled a list of monthly meetings for area car clubs, as well as several local motorcycling groups.

  • Arlington Toyota/Scion takes a different approach Aug 4, 2014 9:46 AM
    As president of Arlington Automotive Group Inc., Gary Vicari is responsible for the 15-acre campus that is home to Arlington Toyota/Scion in Palatine. Vicari attributes his way of running the company to the long route he took getting to this point. He wants to reach out to the community through ancillary services, all with an eye toward having customers come in and check out the vehicles for themselves.

  • What is the deal with fuzzy dice? Aug 4, 2014 5:01 PM
    A walk around any suburban cruise night or local car show will reveal a common auto accessory: fuzzy dice. These fun, retro throwbacks have been swinging from rearview mirrors for decades.

  • 'Tame' pony still pleasing to original owner Aug 4, 2014 10:25 AM
    By his own admittance, Lou Vassos of Mount Prospect is a “practical guy.” He sees no reason to upgrade his beige Ford Mustang. After all, it drives just as well as the day he bought it in 1967.

  • Car owner frustrated with string of alternators Aug 3, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. I have a 1992 Toyota Corolla with 105,000 miles on it. The concern I have is that I have replaced the alternator three times with an aftermarket alternator in the last 5 years.

  • Harley recalls bikes for ignition switch problem Aug 1, 2014 9:52 AM
    Ignition switch problems that have plagued General Motors and Chrysler have now turned up in the motorcycle business. Harley-Davidson is recalling more than 3,300 FXDL Dyna Low Rider bikes because engine vibration can turn the switches from “on” to “accessory.” The recall covers motorcycles from the 2014 ½ model year. If the motorcycles have been modified to rev higher than 5,600 RPMs, an engine mount bracket can vibrate excessively, causing the problem.

  • Hyundai recalls more than 419K vehicles Aug 1, 2014 10:16 AM
    Hyundai is recalling more than 419,000 cars and SUVs to fix suspension, brake and oil leak problems. The biggest of three recalls posted Friday by U.S. safety regulators is of 225,000 Santa Fe SUVs from 2001-2006 to replace front coil springs that can rust and crack in cold-weather states. The springs can fracture and make contact with a tire, potentially causing a crash. The recall covers Santa Fes originally sold in 20 states and Washington, D.C., where salt is used to clear snow and ice from roadways. States affected are Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Hyundai said in documents posted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that dealers will replace the springs for free. Owners will be notified by the end of September. The company received 1,200 warranty claims for the problem, including 90 in which the springs came in contact with a tire. No crashes or injuries were reported. The Korean automaker also is recalling 133,075 Sonata midsize cars from 2011 because brake fluid can leak and cause increased stopping distances. The leaks are caused by an inadequate seal between brake hoses and calipers. Dealers will replace the hoses free of charge starting by the end of September. No crashes or injuries have been reported. And Hyundai recalling 61,122 Veracruz SUVs from 2007 through 2012 because oil can leak from a valve cover gasket onto the alternator, causing it to fail. That could cause the engine to stall, and the driver wouldn’t be able to restart it. No crashes or injuries were reported. Dealers will inspect and replace or repair the alternator and front valve cover gasket starting by the end of September, at no cost to owners. So far this year automakers have recalled more than 40 million vehicles in the U.S., passing the old full-year record of 30.8 million set in 2004. General Motors leads all companies with recalls of nearly 30 million vehicles. The company’s recall crisis was touched off by the bungled recall of 2.6 million small cars for faulty ignition switches. GM has admitted knowing about the problem for more than a decade, yet it didn’t start any recalls until this year. The company blames the defective switches for at least 13 deaths.

  • Fiat shareholders vote in favor of Chrysler merger Aug 1, 2014 10:09 AM
    TURIN, Italy — Fiat shareholders have voted in favor of a merger with Chrysler that has been five years in the works and will shift the 115-year-old carmaker’s center of gravity abroad. The shareholder approval Friday paves the way for a U.S. listing of the new company, to be called Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, expected by mid-October. It will be legally based in the Netherlands with its fiscal home in Britain. A caveat to the merger remains. Dissenting shareholders have 15 days to opt out, cashing in their shares at 7.727 euros ($10.35), about 7-percent above current share price. If the request exceeds 500 million euros, CEO Sergio Marchionne says the merger would be off — for now.

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