Chances are good that if you end up having to call AAA, it’s going to be because of a dead battery. In 2014, AAA responded to 29 million calls. 17 million of those calls were due to a dead battery. Most of those calls could’ve been avoided by testing the battery ahead of time. Here’s […]
Ahead of our monthly appearance on WBZ-AM1030 tonight, we got a text from host Bradley Jay: “Are these tires ok?” he asked. The pictures revealed that all was definitely not ok, and it had nothing to do with tread depth. Age was the culprit.
The 2016 RAM Power Wagon was — hands down — our favorite truck last year. It packages a ton of equipment that would cost you thousands more if you bought it a la carte, and turns the heavy duty RAM 2500 into a serious off-road truck. But a lot of people balked at the the […]
A couple of years ago, we had a mechanic tell us: “I don’t work on cars older than I am.” This week, AAA’s Car Doctor John Paul sings the praises of decades of experience with an older car.
In a Facebook discussion the other day, a friend of a friend made the following comment: “I don’t really want an old car……I can’t imagine the upkeep.” Over the last year, I’ve been using my 1978 Chevrolet Blazer as regular transportation. This morning, for the first time, it had a mechanical issue. Here’s how it […]
Over the years, the “Craftsman” name has been synonymous with hand tool quality. Recent developments, though, have challenged that perception in a big way. If you’re looking to build a comprehensive starter set for the DIY’er in your life, is Craftsman still the way to go?
If fuel mileage ratings on vehicles you are shopping for seem a bit low, it is no accident.
This week, we spent some time evaluating the 2016 Ford Explorer, which we’ll be reviewing shortly. It’s a terrific vehicle, but on a rainy, cold commute from Portland, Maine, the tires — with just over 10,000 miles and loads of room before they hit the wear bars — simply would not grip the road surface. […]
Nothing fills a car owner with greater dread than a noisy valvetrain, and the dollar signs required to fix it. AAA’s John Paul provides some solutions.