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

published 1 month ago by Consumer Reports

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!     ----------------------------------- Have a question for our experts? Leave a comment on this episode, or reach out to us directly!   From your iOS device, iMessage us at TalkingCars@icloud.com to send a photo, video, or text directly to the Talking Cars team!   We love to feature our viewers on the show, so submit video questions at    Subscribe to Talking Cars on Spotify:      SHOW NOTES ----------------------------------- 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?     ----------------------------------   5 Things to Know About Oil Changes for Your Car   How to Avoid Common Car-Seat Installation Mistakes   Here Are Automakers’ Plans for Adding More Electric Vehicles to Their Lineups   New Cars on the Horizon   Guide to Car Safety   Coronavirus Resource Hub     ----------------------------------- Check out   for the latest reviews, tips, and recommendations and subscribe to our YouTube Channel: 

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