Why The 'Check Engine' Light Is Stupid And Should Be Banned

Why The 'Check Engine' Light Is Stupid And Should Be Banned

In my seven years of car ownership, the only time I’ve ever seen the “check engine” light was when I neglected to screw in the gas cap tightly enough on my Accord. That wasn’t very useful. But our ex-sibling site, Jalopnik, made the case earlier this week that there’s no good reason why car makers can’t just do away with the “check engine” light altogether, and have our cars actually tell us what’s wrong with them. [More]

Change Your Own Tire And Save A Call To Roadside Assistance

Change Your Own Tire And Save A Call To Roadside Assistance

While everyone who owns a car should know how to change a tire, the extent of some drivers’ knowledge on the subject is to pull out a phone and dial up roadside assistance. Learning how to do it yourself can save you from hours-long waits and unnecessary deductibles. [More]

How I Stopped A Jeep Dealership From Ripping Me Off

How I Stopped A Jeep Dealership From Ripping Me Off

We can’t name the specific Jeep dealership where Andy recently brought his car, but can offer his story as a cautionary tale. His experience confirms what we all secretly fear while speaking to service representatives: anyone who doesn’t source their own parts and have their own copy of the service manual is pretty much screwed. [More]

Does The Pep Boys 29-Minute Oil Change Guarantee Actually Apply?

Does The Pep Boys 29-Minute Oil Change Guarantee Actually Apply?

Troy is a rational person, which is why he took Pep Boys’ advertisement of a guaranteed 29-minute oil change literally. A sign at his local outlet claims that if your oil change takes more than 29 minutes, you’ll receive a $10 voucher for your next oil change. Except that’s not actually how the program works, and Troy found that there’s apparently always a way to weasel out of giving customers the $10. [More]

Firestone Complete Auto Care Hopes You Don't Notice Your Car's Broken Front Axle

Firestone Complete Auto Care Hopes You Don't Notice Your Car's Broken Front Axle

Greg tells Consumerist that he was a loyal customer of Firestone Complete Auto Care, and brought his car in for some diagnostic tests to figure out some non-urgent problems. The shop called him to tell him that his car had a fuel filter problem and he would need to take it to the dealer: fine, that happens. When Greg started up his car to leave, it was hard not to notice the loud knocking sound in front. Either he happened to break the front axle when starting the car, or something went horribly awry during his repair. [More]

To Save On Car Repairs, Ask Dealership For Referrals

To Save On Car Repairs, Ask Dealership For Referrals

Peter has stumbled on a way to save big money on car repairs: ask the dealer to refer you to their go-to mechanics, schedule an appointment with the source and tell ‘em who sentcha. He says the technique has slashed his car repair bills: [More]

My Hyundai Accent Is Haunted By Ghostly Ignition

My Hyundai Accent Is Haunted By Ghostly Ignition

Cristelle has a vehicular ghost story to rival that of the Toyota lady whose car refused to go into neutral. [More]

Pep Boys Loses Your Keys, Doesn't Fix Your Car

Pep Boys Loses Your Keys, Doesn't Fix Your Car

Mike took his car to his local Pep Boys for some simple service. In the end, he might have been better off leaving the car in his driveway. He claims that the shop’s employees lost his only car key, then made excuses to leave his car without being repaired for days on end. He’s asking Consumerist for help. [More]

Jiffy Lube Scam Revealed (Again)

We talked about this back in May, but now there’s an excellent YouTube compilation of all four of the NBC4 LA’s hidden camera investigation into Jiffy Lube.