Should Chip Shortage Stop Me From Buying a Car? Will Lifting Suspension Affect Safety?

This week we discuss a variety of topics, including why a car manufacturer would change the recommended motor oil specification on a vehicle; does modifying ride height and wheel size of a vehicle affect its performance and safety; should you rush to buy a new car because the semiconductor chip shortage could leave dealer lots empty; if there’s any truth to the theory that some vehicle colors are safer than others in inclement weather, and more!

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SHOW NOTES
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00:00 – Introduction
00:54 – Question #1: Why a car manufacturer would change the recommended motor oil specifications on a vehicle?
05:02 – Question #2: Does modifying ride hight and wheel size of a vehicle affect its performance and safety?
08:57 – Question #3: Is it possible to over tighten a child seat when installing it in a car?
12:47 – Question #4: Can overfilling motor oil in a vehicle damage the engine?
16:25 – Question #5: Should you rush to buy a new car because the semiconductor chip shortage could leave dealer lots empty?
21:28 – Question #6: Is there any truth to the theory that some vehicle colors are safer than other inclement weather?
24:19 – Question #7: Is it normal for a plug-in hybrid to be mostly driven in EV mode, and how service maintenance should be carried out in such situation?

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5 Things to Know About Oil Changes for Your Car
https://www.consumerreports.org/car-maintenance/things-to-know-about-oil-changes-for-your-car/

How to Avoid Common Car-Seat Installation Mistakes
https://www.consumerreports.org/car-seats/how-to-avoid-common-car-seat-installation-mistakes/

Here Are Automakers’ Plans for Adding More Electric Vehicles to Their Lineups
https://www.consumerreports.org/hybrids-evs/why-electric-cars-may-soon-flood-the-us-market/

New Cars on the Horizon
https://www.consumerreports.org/new-cars/new-cars-on-the-horizon/

Guide to Car Safety
https://www.consumerreports.org/cars-guide-to-car-safety/

Coronavirus Resource Hub
https://www.consumerreports.org/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-updates/

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