Automobiles blog postings
|Earliest: June 16, 2003||Latest: August 20, 2017||Total: 15|
|August 20, 2017|
This past weekend I had a hard lesson about what happens when the car hits 50,000 miles.
For the past week my car, Subaru Legacy, has been making some noise but I didn't think much of it. I thought it was because I was a bit late for an oil change. The noise continues after the oil change.
Then on Friday my brake light went on. That's when reality hit. My brakes were the cause of the noise.
I took it to a local repair shop and they gave me the bad news. My brakes were in bad shape and the rear caliper reman had to be replaced. It was going to be an expensive visit.
If your car has hit 50,000 miles, I encourage you to take it to your local shop and have the brake pads inspected.
At least know that brake pads typically last about 50,000 miles. Chances are that they will need to be replaced soon.
Most national chain auto repair shops will inspect the brake pads for free. It's certainly worth having them looked at.
|October 16, 2016|
Subaru Key Fod Battery Type
If you have a 2010 Subaru Legacy, right about now you may encounter issues unlocking the door with the key remote. This is because the battery in the key fob is dead. Looks like the life of the battery is 6 years.
There's no need to go to the dealer to get it fixed. You can find instructions on replacing the battery on iFixit. It very easy to open the Fob and replace the battery.
This is what the Key Fod looks like when taken apart.
Amazon Purchase Update - October 21, 2016
I purchased the Energizer CD1620 Lithium Battery from Amazon. It as a five pack and it worked perfectly. There's no "freshness" date on the pack, so I don't know how long they will last, but for $6.83 it was a good a good deal for 5 batteries. I need the batteries for both my key fods.
|January 31, 2016|
Generation Z Driving Abilities
We pass many new Generation Z drivers everyday on the roads while making our commute to work, school, or leisurely activities. Many are found in driver's education cars, learning how to operate automobiles so they have the ability to pass their driver's test. Other, who might believe they are better drivers than they really are, are already found cruising the streets in their first cars.
Growing up as a person in the generation Z category creates a completely different environment than the Baby boomer generation. As older siblings and parents, many of us who have been driving for much longer than a few years learned our driving skills by learning distractions caused by roadway signs, pedestrians, speed limits, and maybe even the radio if you were lucky.
As our children grow into new drivers on the road, they are faced with more obstacles than we have been in the past. Being bombarded with the use of technology and prevalence in their society, Generation Z?s are often glued to their phones and rely on technology as a lifeline for their survival. It's nearly impossible for this age group to wake up in the morning without checking their phones or computers.
With this, it's nearly impossible for our youth to put their phones down while operating a car. It's something that we should consider- being raised around advanced technology only ingrains the generation to heavily rely on phones and laptops for daily functioning. It's no wonder we have a rise in cell phone use while operating an automobile.
Now, generation Z?s are faced with two types of distractions on the roadways: typical roadway distractions such as signs and other automobiles on the roads, as well as notifications from technology like cell phones and iPads. Though past generations are prone to these distractions as well, Generation Z is in more serious trouble because of the over-dependence on these devices.
Overcoming the problem
It's important that older generations take action against this problem, and help to protect all drivers on the roadway. We must communicate the seriousness of double distractions that are faced by Generation Z, and future drivers.
Regular communication with new teenage drivers will ensure safety for all of us on the road. Additionally, there are plenty of resources, such as this distracted driving game that can help to safely communicate the dangers of texting and driving to our youth. We should all work together to eliminate the double distractions that are faced by new drivers- and reduce the risk so that roadway signs and pedestrians remain the only notifications encountered when behind the wheel.
|August 3, 2015|
Watch it when you drive
On the way home from Cape Cod this past weekend, we had a near accident that certainly would have changed what we would be doing this morning.
We were cruising on the fast lane on Interstate 495, somewhere near Middleboro, when I notice that the traffic in front of us was coming to a slow down. I slowed down leaving plenty of room between the cars. I didn't come to a stop, just went from 65 to about 35 in a fairly short distance.
As I was slowing down we suddenly heard behind us a loud breaking streaking sound. A sound that catches anyone attention, much like a police siren would. In my rear view mirror, I could see a red convertible coming up right behind me very fast.
The car veered off to the left side of the road partly hitting the guard rail and then coming onto the road in front of me. The car came to a stop in the dirt area between the guard rail and the fast lane. I am guessing that they were going about 70 mph and didn't notice the car in front of them was slowing down.
Luckily for everyone else the car didn't hit any other car. It looked like the car did get some scrap damage on the drivers side and it looked like the driver side mirror was hit. Had the driver not veered off our car would have gotten some serious body damage.
We didn't stop. None of the cars around us stopped or even pull over to see if they were alright. We were all happy that no other car was involved.
At first, I thought maybe to break lights weren't working on our car and that's why they didn't slow down, but they were checked only a couple of days ago. Also, no other car around us stopped suddenly. So this clearly wasn't our fault.
I was then concern that perhaps the driver would go after me in a road rage for causing damage done to his car. Perhaps in his worldview I did something wrong. So for the next ten miles or so I kept looking back to see if the red convertible was behind us. I kept looking. After a while, I figured that the driver must have pulled off the exit to get a better look at his car. After ten miles, he wouldn't have the ability to catch up. In addition, it went so fast that they wouldn't have had time to remember what car they almost hit.
So the moral of this incident is to always be watching what your doing when your driving. Don't always assume that the traffic in front of you is going the same speed as you are.
|March 10, 2015|
This is pretty cool thought of ways that the Apple iWatch may integrate with home automation systems:
As for home automation, the watch can detect your body temp and adjust the house temp to be warmer or cooler. So if your too hot from a workout, the house will be cool when you get home.
|April 10, 2014|
Parking Lot Availability
Just a quick update on the limited availability of parking spaces at the Framingham MBTA parking lot. In short, there isn't much parking spaces for commuters that take the commuter rail after 8am.
This morning, I noticed there was only one available parking space in the public commuter rail parking lot. This public parking lot is available for both monthly and daily commuters. This basically means that if your taking the 8:18 (P512) train out of Framingham, your fresh out of luck finding a space at the commuter rail parking lot.
If you are planning on taking the Commuter Rail out of Framingham on a regular bases, you should considered some of the alternative parking areas near the commuter rail. You are not guaranteed a parking spot if you sign up for the Monthly parking program. There is a two hour parking limit around many streets in downtown, this applies to meter and non-meter parking.
If you find a broken or missing meter you will get a ticket or your car could get towed if you park for more than 2 hours. Warning: The town is looking for additional reveue, and they will give you a ticket! There are 12 broken meter spots around the train station, and they are happy to write up tickets every day!
Here are some alternative parking areas around downtown. You will need to contact the owners before you park in the lots:
|December 22, 2010|
Stop and Shop Gasoline
This morning I saved $12.21 by filling up my car at a gas station that accepted the Stop and Shop Reward card. Simply by using the Stop and Shop card and buying things that we needed every day, I was able to save a lot of money at the pump.
I was very impressed with the saving $.80 a gallon and when I saw the price drop to $2.49 a gallon I was very surprised.
If you shop at Stop and Shop, check out the nearest Gasoline station in your area and see how much you save just buy purchasing groceries that you need anyways.
|June 9, 2010|
2010 Subaru Legacy / Outback Recall
Just got this notice for my 2010 Subaru Legacy:
During a quality review, we discovered that the plastic cover on your vehicle's ABS (anti-lock brake system) electronic control unit may have been cracked during the manufacturing process."
We suggest that you schedule an appointment with your Subaru Dealer as soon as possible to have your vehicle?s ABS electronic control unit cover inspected.
|October 24, 2009|
2010 Legacy 2.5i Premium
On October 7th, I purchased a 2010 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium. The car is really nice and I am having fun driving it. I was lucky to get a great trade-in for my 2000 Subaru Impreza.
When the car hits about 1,000 miles I'll be going in for an early oil change. I suspect that it will happen later this week.
|October 7, 2009|
I tried to call the Bernardi Toyota in Framingham to let them know that I won't be getting the Rav4 that we looked at over the weekend. However, I don't remember the sales guy name.
He left me two voice messages in the past 24 hours on my cell phone but spoke his name too fast for me to understand it. I guess I'll have to wait till he calls me back.
If you are going to the Toyota dealer can you tell them that the guy that came in wanting to buy a car decided to go to a dealer that wanted to sell him a car.