- The Washington Times - Friday, May 22, 2009

PONTIAC VIBE: All-new for 2009 with a base price of $15,985, the Vibe infuses the functionality of a compact crossover with a bolder attitude of athletic styling, increased performance and tight handling. The 2009 Vibe delivers responsive performance with a 132-horsepower 1.8L four-cylinder is standard on base models. Customers desiring higher performance can opt for the larger, 2.4L DOHC engine with 158 horsepower. EPA on the 1.8L is estimated at 26/32 mpg. (Source: General Motors)

AUTO REPAIR ADVICE: William asks: There’s a rattle in the engine on my 1998 Dodge Dakota when first started in the morning. Why does the rattle go away after the initial start, but come back the next morning? Answer: The hydraulic lifters are bleeding down. When this happens there is a small amount of play between the valve and rocker arm. As long as the sound is coming from the valve lifters and goes away after 30 seconds, there should be no harmful long-term effect. (Source: Ask the Auto Doctor, Motor Matters)

EASY RIDER: The iconic film “Easy Rider” featuring Harley-Davidson motorcycles spawned a culture of customizing bikes. The town of Taos, N.M. where much of the film was shot is celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the movie with the “Summer of Love 2009.” Events begin with the biggest rally in New Mexico on Memorial Day weekend, drawing an estimated 10,000 bikes. The weekend of July 10-12 is the Taos Mountain Motorcycle Rally and Music Festival, and on Labor Day weekend, there’s the annual Bavarian Weekend BMW Motorcycle Rally. Visit: www.taossummeroflove.com (Source: FreeWheeling, Motor Matters)

Copyright, Motor Matters, 2009

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