Pat Goss, MotorWeek's resident master technician, helps consumers understand car problems and how to speak the same language as their technician. As cars becoming increasingly complex, fewer repairs can be accomplished at home. Effective communication with a repair shop is vital to keeping consumer and operating costs under control. From rattles and squeaks to leaks and drips, Pat covers a myriad of issues designed to keep cars on the road and out of the repair shop.
We see it all the time, people driving around on temporary spares, going for too many miles, going too fast, and really sometimes creating a lot of problems for their car. Why don’t they read and heed the warnings on the tire itself?
See, these are temporary spares.… Read More
Motorcycles have certainly seen a tremendous resurgence in popularity over the last few years. So, what we’ve done is we’ve collected some of the bikes that belong to the MotorWeek staff to show you some of the more popular things that are going on.
Well, just… Read More
PAT GOSS: Lots of folks like to upgrade the sound systems in their car, and it may not be as difficult or as costly as you might think. And to explain that, we have Peter Logan from Crutchfield.
PETER: Pat, how’s it going?
PAT: Good. Now, where do they start?
PETER:… Read More
Pat Goss: There are some amazing things that you can retrofit into your automobile that deal with modern electronics. And to explain that, we have Peter Logan from Crutchfield. Now, Peter, you have a Clarion Auto PC. What in the world is an Auto PC?
Peter Logan: The Clarion… Read More
There’s a big new problem out there that affects a lot of drivers, and that’s where the car doesn’t roll as smoothly as it should. You get a little shake or vibration either in the steering wheel or through the car. You’ve done all of the normal things.… Read More
There are very few things that you can do to a car that will have as much impact on its appearance as changing tires and wheels. You see, a lot of vehicle manufacturers just don’t get it when it comes to tires and wheels. The wheels look much too small, they don’t fill… Read More
This time I have an interesting letter from Deanna from Las Vegas, Nevada. It says, “Dear, Pat. I found a great deal on a 1956 Buick and would like to know if it makes sense to restore it. Thanks.”
Oh, does it make sense to restore that old car? That is a real… Read More
We’re seeing an absolute explosion in popularity of four-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive systems. They’re available these days on sedans, on station wagons, on sport- utilities, you name it…it’s probably available with all-wheel or… Read More
One of the problems with trying to sell your own used car is the competition that you have with dealers. See, most dealers these days are going to have the availability of certified used cars. Now, what is a certified used car or pre-owned car?
It’s one that has… Read More
You would not believe the number of questions that I get regarding more horsepower from the car. And the most common question that I get is: What should I do with the fuel injection system or the intake manifold or the mass airflow sensor? Well, the reality is that’s not where… Read More