2017 Vehicle Recall Alert Update

Beware when purchasing your new car. Vehicle Recall Alert List of 2017 has been released.

Cars.com has recently published the 2017 Vehicle Recall Alert List and it is shocking! Here is a snippet of the list including the ones with a higher number of faulty vehicles. Is your car on the list?

2017 Buick LaCrosse:

Approximately 2,000 vehicles affected

Recall Alert- Electrical  connectors for the electronic power steering system improperly sealed. This may cause corrosion due to exposure to water. This may cause the vehicle to lose power steering and greatly increasing risk for an accident.

2016-2017 Chevrolet Cruze

Approximately 17,200 vehicles affected

Recall Alert- Possible welding issue on seatback recliner bracket. This may cause head restraints to malfunction and seatbacks to break during an accident increasing the risk of serious injury.

2015-2017 Mercedes-Benz Cars, Wagons and SUVs:

Approximately 354,000 vehicles affected

Recall Alert- In the event the engine or transmission can’t turn over, repeated attempts to start the vehicle could result in a fire from the starting current limiter overheating.

2016-2017 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX, 2017 Continental:

Approximately 27,500 vehicles affected

Recall Alert- Frontal airbags may be faulty and may not inflate or detach from the module during an accident, due to a misalignment of components within. This could increase the chances of fatality or serious injury.

2014-2017 Dodge Charger, Chrysler 300:

Approximately 69,000 vehicles affected

Recall Alert- Front driveshaft bolts have the potential to come loose possibly causing the driveshaft to disconnect. This could result in a loss of motive power and increasing the risk for an accident.

2014-2017 BMW i3:

Approximately 19,000 vehicles affected

Recall Alert- Fuel tank vent line could rub against the wire protection sleeve of the positive battery cable. This may cause a fuel vapor leak and pose a potential fire hazard.

2017 Hyundai Elantra

Approximately 34,000 vehicles affected

Recall Alert- Brake booster has the potential to fail and could result in a loss of power brake assist. This could result in a longer breaking distance and increases the risk of an accident.

The list continues on for over 160 pages. Be sure to check on manufacturer recalls regularly to ensure your vehicle is safe for the road.

Most Common Electrical Issues

Newer cars utilize computers and electricity to perform various operations. From the radio to the engine, electricity runs throughout most components of your vehicle. If electrical issues arise it could cause unsafe driving conditions or a non-functioning vehicle. There are usually several common electrical issues that are considered in a diagnosis.

Dead Battery

The battery is the most common cause of electrical failure. This is typically the easiest of issues to diagnose, because the vehicle completely shuts down and all electrical devices stop working. No lights, no radio, and no engine turn-over. Often times, it only takes a jump start to get the vehicle running again, but in some cases you may be due for a full battery replacement.

Battery Cables

If your vehicle won’t start, the first thing you should investigate is the battery. If you notice corrosion, try cleaning the cables and terminals. This could be a simple fix.

Bad or Failing Alternator

If your vehicle’s battery will not hold a charge after a jump start, then this is an indication that the alternator is faulty. The alternator acts as a generator for your battery. If it breaks, then there is no charge powering the battery, and the vehicle will not start.

Overworked Starter

It’s all about that “click.” If you’ve ever tried to start your vehicle and all you hear is a clicking noise, then your starter or solenoid has gone bad.

 

Blown Fuses

If a particular electrical system fails, but not another, you can attribute that to a blown electrical fuse. Your vehicle houses a fuse box and it is a simple task to replace fuses.

Spark Plugs

If your vehicle is running but the idling is rough or the car feels sluggish, then more than likely your experiencing the symptoms of failing spark plugs. A tune-up and plug change can be done easily and get your car running like new again.

If you think you’re experiencing any of these issues, contact Courthouse Automotive at 757-453-6399

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At Courthouse Automotive, we pride ourselves on being the most trusted auto repair shop Virginia Beach has to offer. The role of a mechanic gets a bad reputation. We understand. There are a lot of not so reputable mechanics in the world. You bring your car or truck in for a simple service. Say, replacing a tire. You are then confronted with thousands of dollars worth of repairs. Who’s to say if they’re exaggerating or even straight up lying if you’re not automotive savvy? This is a terrible situation to be in. Do you risk further damage by not getting the suggested repairs? Or do you fork out the cash now?

Courthouse Auto likes to be the repair shop that you bring your vehicle in for a “second opinion”. We don’t recommend more than the necessary repairs. We’re here to prolong the life of your engine and keep you safe on the road. That’s it. We don’t want to make an extra buck off of any of our customers. Because we know that if we treat you right, you’ll keep coming back. Fool me once shame on me. Fool me twice, shame on you, right? We don’t want to fool any of our customers. Here are a couple of warning signs for shops that may be trying to rip you off:

1. Recommending maintenance work that does not show up on your owner’s manual. We always tell our customers, for periodic maintenance check your owner’s manual. Every vehicle is different, so there are different “regular” intervals for routine maintenance. If your mechanic is recommending maintenance procedures that are no longer needed for you vehicle, be wary.

2. Are they selling you a tune-up? If your car or truck was built in the last 10 years, it does not need a tune up. Once again, reference your vehicle’s owner’s manual for when to change your spark plugs or air or fuel filters.

We want to be your new favorite auto mechanics. If you think another shop is cheating you, come on in to Courthouse Auto for a second opinion. We like to think that our shop is the most trusted auto repair Virginia Beach can offer.