Weekly auto rail, with info about men and car care, Car Q&A with Junior Damato and more.

Tip of the Week

It's no secret that guys love their cars, but are they more likely to always change the oil on time than to visit the doctor for their annual checkup?

Almost 70 percent of men find it easier to care for their cars than for their personal health, according to findings from a new survey of 501 men ages 45 to 65 commissioned by Men's Health Network and Abbott. In addition, more than 40 percent reported they would be more likely to address issues with their car than their health. The survey is part of "T-Talk Tune-Up", a new national campaign to raise awareness of men's health issues.

Dr. Harry Fisch recommends five health tests every man should discuss with his doctor, including a testicular exam, prostate exam, cholesterol test, testosterone test and blood pressure screening. "It is important to schedule annual checkups because some men may not recognize the symptoms of many treatable conditions such as low testosterone when they are experiencing symptoms," says Fisch, board certified urologist and clinical professor of medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College and director of the Male Reproductive Center.

To learn more about the program, visit www.TTalkTuneUp.com.

- ARA

The List

According to Popular Mechanics, here are 10 cars worth waiting for:

- BMW i3 Electric City Car (Early 2013)
- Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 (January 2012)
- Chevrolet Corvette C7 (Late 2012)
- Ford Fiesta ST (Fall 2012)
- Hyundai Veloster (November 2011)
- Mini Paceman (April 2012)
- Mitsubishi Evo XI (February 2012)
- Toyota/Subaru FT-86 Sports Car (December 2011)
- Toyota Prius C (March 2012)
- Volkswagen Golf R (Early 2012)

Did You Know

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, the most frequently stolen car last year was the 1994 Honda Accord.

Car Q&A

Q: I notice on late-model cars a start-up knock. Even on my own 2010 Ford Focus. It sounds like they could use .001 or even .002 U.S. bearings. The knock is very slight. It sounds like what I used to hear with engines having high mileage. Do you consider this normal? Also, ethanol in fuel: Do you recommend any additive to the fuel?

A: Today’s engines are built under very close tolerances and the bearing clearances are precise. If there was a bearing clearance problem, the engines would not last and the oil pressure would be low. As for gas additives check the owner’s manual or dealer for any approved gas additives recommended.

- Junior Damato, Talking Cars columnist

GateHouse News Service