Some of you may have already seen this recent video of a one-year-old Russian baby girl being tossed out of a Mitsubishi during a collision.
I've mentioned this before: I don't get to drive cars that don't need fixing very often.
Driving the new Honda CR-V was an interesting experience for me. Our family cars are a Buick Rendezvous and a Toyota Corolla so the CR-V was something in between. Smaller than my Rendezvous, with the height advantage over the Corolla.
All trim levels have heated seats
Base models seats have a 6-way adjustment. EX-L & Touring models have a 10-way adjustment & power lumbar support. These adjustments make the seats comfortable no matter who drives—short little me or my taller husband. The lumbar support provides comfort for my back especially during longer drives.
I really appreciated the arm rests on the driver and front passenger seats. They provide shoulder support and I had less fatigue.
It's cold outside, your car is buried in snow. A quick way to get that snow off your windshield is to wipe them off with your wiper blades, right? Well, it may be quicker, but it's NOT a good idea.
Before I get too far into this post, let me assure you that before my days in the shop, I was totally guilty of doing exactly what I'm writing about!
To be brief, your wiper blades are attached to the wiper arm, which is then attached to the wiper motor through a series of linkages. These linkages are also known as a wiper transmission.
Imagine all that snow and slush sitting on your wiper blade. When you hit that button for the wiper blades, the motor comes on and tries to move the blades through a series of linkages. The weight of the snow can be heavy for the blade to lift, and something will have to give in the linkages. Sometimes the stud at the wiper arm (red circle in picture below) gets stripped, or there's damage to the linkages' pivot balls.
Either way, it could get costly and you may be looking at replacing the wiper transmission (where all the linkages are) if a repair isn't possible. Sometimes the wiper motor and transmission comes as one assembly, so the part is even more pricey.
While it's tempting to brush off that snow with the wiper blades, remember they weren't designed for that purpose! Do it the right way—manually, out in the cold. Don't forget to knock off the ice that may be built up on the wiper blade and windshield. Bundle up!
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