Weekly auto rail, with info about men and car care, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more.
Tip of the Week
It's no secret that guys love their cars, but are they more likely to always change the oil on time than to visit the doctor for their annual checkup?
Almost 70 percent of men find it easier to care for their cars than for their personal health, according to findings from a new survey of 501 men ages 45 to 65 commissioned by Men's Health Network and Abbott. In addition, more than 40 percent reported they would be more likely to address issues with their car than their health. The survey is part of "T-Talk Tune-Up", a new national campaign to raise awareness of men's health issues.
Dr. Harry Fisch recommends five health tests every man should discuss with his doctor, including a testicular exam, prostate exam, cholesterol test, testosterone test and blood pressure screening. "It is important to schedule annual checkups because some men may not recognize the symptoms of many treatable conditions such as low testosterone when they are experiencing symptoms," says Fisch, board certified urologist and clinical professor of medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College and director of the Male Reproductive Center.
According to Consumer Reports, here are the best used car deals:
2007 Suzuki SX4
2007 Mitsubishi Outlander RWD
2007 Kia Sportage
2007 Ford Fusion FWD
2007 Mazda6 i sedan
Did You Know
According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, one of the most frequently stolen cars the past few years is the 1994 Honda Accord.
Q: I notice on late-model cars a start-up knock. Even on my own 2010 Ford Focus. It sounds like they could use .001 or even .002 U.S. bearings. The knock is very slight. It sounds like what I used to hear with engines having high mileage. Do you consider this normal? Also, ethanol in fuel: Do you recommend any additive to the fuel?
A: Today’s engines are built under very close tolerances and the bearing clearances are precise. If there was a bearing clearance problem, the engines would not last and the oil pressure would be low. As for gas additives check the owner’s manual or dealer for any approved gas additives recommended.
- Junior Damato, Talking Cars columnist
GateHouse News Service