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Diagnosing a recurring problem with an emergency brake

In January, one of my customers brought in his 2011 Subaru Outback. He claimed that his electric emergency brake took an hour to release, and when he was driving with the emergency brake released, the emergency brake light would continue to flash. Of course, when we test-drove the car, we could not reproduce or confirm the problem.

Two transportation options for less than $30,000

The Kia Optima LX, left, and the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport offer quality vehicles at an affordable price point.

We never cease to be amazed these days at how much automobile a family can buy for a very reasonable amount of money. Cases in point: the completely redesigned 2016 Kia Optima LX medium sedan for $27,415 and the updated 2016 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport midsized crossover SUV for $28,845.

Dogs and distracted driving How to ensure safe travels for you and your pet

With the busy travel season in full swing, many people are hitting the road with their families – which often include their pets.

To ensure safe travels for everyone, Tripswithpets.com reminds families that traveling with an unsecured pet is a real and dangerous distraction to those behind the wheel.

Turning over a new Leaf

Courtesy of Nissan
The Leaf has a 107-mile range.

In Silicon Valley, electric vehicles may not be big news anymore, but we still enjoyed our week with the 2016 Nissan Leaf SL. The car is actually in its second generation of design and development after six years on the road.

The news is that a practical vehicle capable of carrying four adults and a week’s worth of groceries, which can be leased for a price starting at $199 per month, can now provide more than 100 miles of validated cruising range on an overnight charge. That’s more than enough for a commute in and out of the city and a few errands at the end of the day.

Mechanic comes through in the clutch, solves Miata problem

In the auto repair business, it is common to see repetitive vehicle failures, but it’s extremely rare to see a problem for the first time.

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