Realworldautomotive – a new resource for consumers

Posted by Sergei Lemberg, Esq. on November 26th, 2009

Just stumbled on a new resource for auto-related information and wanted to bring it to the attention of my readers. Alex Steele, a well-known writer on auto-related topics just launched  and now provides professional answers to auto repair questions. is a network of consumer-technical car and truck information.


The site has an archive of auto repair questions and answers by an ASE certified master technician/journalist, plus a variety of articles which are more than relevant to automotive consumers, plus access to important data and expert opinions on reliability, maintenance, fuel economy, and other significant topics to help car owners stay on top of their investment.


Included are forums by make, model and subcategories to discuss anything automotive with people like you, and qualified on-staff technicians.  The site aims to provide unbiased, real-world automotive information.  Visit for a quick bio of Alex, for an example of a recent Q&A post.



Approximately 161K 2007-08 Jeep Wranglers Recalled by Chrysler

Posted by Sergei Lemberg, Esq. on November 23rd, 2009

Chrysler informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”) that it is recalling about 161,000 Jeep Wranglers that were assembled without a transmission fluid temperature warning system. 2007-2008 Wranglers are affected by the recall. As reported in the New York Times, Chrysler expained the reason for the recall:

“Operating a vehicle under rigorous off-road conditions will cause the vehicle’s transmission fluid temperature to elevate…Continuous operation under such rigorous conditions may lead to a transmission failure.”

NHTSA’s press release, which can be found here, states that the remedy for affected owners is to bring their vehicle to dealers, who will

“…inspect and install a “hotoil” message in the instrument cluster and a chime indicating an elevated transmission fluid condition. The recall is expected to begin during December 2009.”

The lack of temperature warning system is potentially serious, and could even lead to an engine fire. Owners of recalled Jeeps should contact their dealers for more information.