Pacifica Recall: Who’s Affected

Hang-tight curve-peeling soccer moms and dads. Before you go on your next joy ride, make sure your vehicle is not part of the Fiat Chrysler recall. Fiat Chrysler engineers discovered a problem with Chrysler Pacifica minivans. Learn:
  • what is wrong with Pacificas and if your vehicle is affected
  • why the problem exists
  • what scenario you should avoid
  • Chrysler’s plan to fix the problem
  • what you can do to keep your family safe

What’s Wrong With the 2017 and 2018 Chrysler Pacifica

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The Fiat safety engineers discovered a safety issue with the 2017 and 2018 Chrysler Pacific with the optional 8-passenger seating. There are situations in which (more…)

Upcoming Autumn Events in Irving

Autumn is a wonderful time of year to get outside and take in the beauty of the season. Enjoy Irving’s extensive calendar of local events, festivals, and family-fun celebrations while you immerse yourself in regional interests. Explore the area and embrace the festival of fall when you visit Irving this season.

Ringo Starr & The All-Starr Band

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The Beatles’ Ringo Starr may have been the first rock drummer you ever listened to, and Ringo and his All Starr Band are performing Nov. 3 at The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory. (more…)

5 Shockingly Cheap Sports Cars

If you have always dreamed of driving a fun sports car, you can make your dreams come true without breaking the bank. Sports cars are not just for people who have a lot of money; even the average person can buy one if they want to splurge just a little. Whether you want to buy new or used, here are some shockingly cheap sports cars.

2017 Ford Mustang

Ford redesigned the Mustang in 2015, and the 2017 model brings both style and performance to the table. It comes in both a coupe and a convertible with a choice of engines that include a turbo inline-4 that gets 310 horsepower or a 3.7-liter V-6 for 300 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. The Mustang offers excellent handling and a comfortable ride, and it even has above-average fuel economy, so you can drive your fun sports car even on your everyday commute.

Porsche Boxter 986

Porsche produced the Boxter from 1997 through 2004. This was the first two-seater convertible from Porsche since the ’50s, and it was one of their biggest sellers. You can find these iconic cars without looking too hard, and you’ll see that the prices are equivalent to a mid-level economy car. This little sports car features a mid-engine design, and it offers an excellent handling experience. The first generation came with a 2.5-liter, flat-six engine that produced 201 (more…)

What Brings Down Your Dallas Car’s Fuel Economy?

Texas may be full of black gold, but that doesn’t mean you want to guzzle through all of it yourself. Why isn’t your car getting the fuel economy you expect? How can you drive more efficiently?

Tires

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Maintaining proper tire pressure can improve your fuel economy by up to 10 percent. It’s a very simple fix. Each time you fill your tank, walk around the car with a pressure gauge. If your PSI doesn’t match the manufacturer’s recommendation, hit the air compressor before you leave the gas station. This will also improve your handling and prolong the life of your tires. (more…)

Fix Falling Ceiling Upholstery

It used to be common to see the ceiling upholstery of older models of vehicles falling down over time. Part of this stems from gravity and wear, while the rest of it comes from how vehicles used to be manufactured. Today, this is less common, as different processes are used in automotive manufacturing. However, it is still possible. If your car’s ceiling upholstery starts to fall, you can use these tips to get it back into shape.

Clean Upholstery

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Before taking any other steps, make sure to clean your car’s upholstery really well using a cleaning agent specifically created for car interiors. This will help you get the best fabric color match if you plan to replace the upholstery or the lowest quote when it comes to repairing it. Plus, it makes a lot of sense to start with a clean surface if you use upholstery glue to re-adhere the fabric to the car’s ceiling. (more…)

Tires: The Ultimate Mod for Your Dallas Ride

Dallas, Texas, drivers understand the value of high-quality tires. Whether driving daily commutes within the city or outbound on the LBJ Freeway, they recognize worn, ill-fitted, or mismatched rubber falls short of expectations. Although each person’s driving routines are unique, the cure for poor tire performance is the same across the state of Texas. Low quality, poorly sized tires need to be replaced with correctly matched versions, capable of handling anything Texas roads have to offer. Switching to a better set of tires can be the ultimate mod for your Dallas ride.

Performance Perks

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If you are looking for better performance from your vehicle, (more…)

So What Really Is the Best Hand Position on Your Steering Wheel?

Hand positioning is a major point in driver’s education, but the lessons you may have learned years ago aren’t necessarily relevant with today’s modern vehicles. Air bag positioning and car capabilities have changed over the years, and modern steering wheel techniques have changed with them. If you’re not sure how to best place your hands for safe driving, read on to learn more about how you can stay safe on the road.

Adjusting for Airbags

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The traditional “10 and 2″ hand position is no longer the safest go-to for drivers due to the positioning of air bags in today’s smaller steering columns. Airbags inflate at speeds of up to 250 miles per hour. As the plastic cover pops off the airbag, nitrogen gas flashes super hot, (more…)

How Car Safety Has Changed Over the Years

Driving or riding in a car is the most dangerous thing you’ll probably do all day, but it’s much safer than it used to be. In 2015, for every 100 million miles driven, only 1.12 people died. Compare that to 2.08 in 1990, 3.18 in 1981, and 5.04 in 1969. 1921 saw 24.09 deaths per 100 million miles. How is safety improving? The major factors are a combination of high technology and brute mechanics.

Better Steel

The steel that makes up the skeletons of our cars has become much stronger over the last two decades. Around the turn of the millennium, automotive steel had a tensile strength of about 500 megapascals. Now, that number is around 1,500. To put that into perspective, you could hang 100 tons on an inch-wide strip of today’s steel without tearing it (more…)

How to Test a Used Vehicle’s Reliability

Used cars are a great way of getting a car at a reasonable cost. They are nearly always sold for a lower price than a comparable new vehicle. Because of this, you are more likely to buy a used car than a new one. However, there are special considerations that need to be made before buying a used car. You need to know if it is well maintained and reliable. There are several simple things that you can do to ensure that a used car is reliable before you buy it. If you are looking for a used vehicle, here is how to test a used vehicle’s reliability.

Check the Report

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The first thing that you should do when looking at a new vehicle is to check its history report. This report can tell you a lot of things about a car that you cannot see. For example, car accidents will show on the vehicle’s history report. While being in an accident may not result in a faulty car, it is often a deal breaker since most people assume that the repairs are not as good as the original manufacturing. History reports are pretty reliable since they are reported by the vehicles license and vin numbers. It is very difficult to hide important information on these reports. Plus, many dealers will get that report for you. You can also get them from companies like Carfax.

Inspect it Inside and Out

Before you spend any money on a used car or test drive it, inspect it thoroughly inside and out. Some dealers work hard to hide details in a car’s care and maintenance. The smallest details could tell you a variety of problems. Always check under the hood and under the body. Mechanical issues often leave clues such as a smell, rust, or stains. Also, look in all of the small, hard-to-see places to make sure that shoddy repairs weren’t covered up. Once you buy the car, it will be your responsibility to fix any of these issues. The extra effort upfront can save you a lot of money in the end.

Test Drive It

The most important thing that you can do is to test drive the vehicle. Nothing will tell you as much as actually driving it. Listen for noises and other clues that components are wearing out and will need to be replaced soon. A used car, regardless of its age, should drive reasonably well. If the owner won’t let you drive it before buying, it is not a car that you should own. Walk away from the deal immediately. Finding a used car that meets your standards can be hard if you are looking in the wrong places. Any reputable dealer will have used cars that of a respectable quality. Only work with car sellers that you can trust, but make sure that you back up their claims with your own research. Make sure that the car that you are purchasing has the right history, performance, price, and qualities that you need in a vehicle. Anything less than that is not worth the money that you would spend on it.  

Spring Has Sprung in Irving

If the harsh Texas heat tends to keep you indoors near an air conditioner in summer, spring is the best time to make the most of the outdoors in DFW. When the last winter chill is gone, Irving celebrates the arrival of spring with a few events and festivals to get you out and about.

Dallas Blooms

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