Football Focus 2014

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  • How to tell when shocks, struts need replacement Apr 6, 2014 12:01 AM
    Q. My Impala has about 88,000 miles on it and it is not riding as well as it used to. I have noticed this lately, especially with how bad all these roads are right now. I was told I might need new shocks and struts to correct this problem. It seems like I don’t have enough mileage to need such a major repair already. What do you think?

     
  • Side air bags deploy with bump in the road Mar 23, 2014 12:01 AM
    We had a client come in the other day explaining that they thought they hit a pothole, which deployed the side curtain air bags on their 2008 Buick Enclave. Upon inspection we found no evidence of damage under the vehicle that would have caused this.

     
  • Car guys can still drive minivans Mar 9, 2014 12:01 AM
    When our children were little and we were carting them and their friends all over the Northwest suburbs, the need for a minivan was apparent. I was not a minivan kind of guy, I reasoned.

     
  • Pothole season makes for busy repair shops Mar 13, 2014 11:15 AM
    If you haven’t noticed yet, pothole season is definitely upon us! If you haven’t hit one, you may before too long. We have had several folks come into the shop with tires and wheels damaged so badly they had to be replaced.

     
  • Clean brake fluid is essential Jul 11, 2014 11:34 AM
    Q. I own a 2013 Nissan Altima and the service guide says to change the braked fluid at 15,000 miles. Do you really need to replace the brake fluid at 15,000 miles? Does brake fluid break down that much now?

     
  • Vehicle stalls alarm owner May 7, 2014 4:00 PM
    Q. I’m the original owner of my 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee with 115,230 miles on it. Lately in the morning, the Jeep stalls when I back down the driveway and shift from reverse into drive.

     
  • Performance cars often need winter tires Jan 26, 2014 12:10 AM
    Q. My granddaughter’s 2011 Ford Focus SES has traction control and good tire tread. When trying to get out of her driveway, the car’s tires just spin on the ice we have had lately.

     
  • Vehicles break down in subzero weather Jan 11, 2014 12:10 AM
    This week actually felt like winters of old to me. All the repair shops are busy and the reason why is because any deferred maintenance was exposed — or any component on the car that was marginal failed — in these subzero temperatures we experienced.

     
  • Excessively foggy windows may be heat issue Dec 7, 2013 12:10 AM
    Q. I have an issue in which, more often than not, the windows fog up when I have the heat on low to medium, with vents set to recirculate air. This doesn’t happen right away, but usually after the fan has been on for awhile. I’m curious as to what causes this to happen and how do I stop it.

     
  • Intermittent overheating of engine is tough to diagnose Nov 23, 2013 12:10 AM
    Q. My engine keeps running in the hot part of my temperature gauge. I throw on the heater full blast, and pray. This happens within 10 minutes of my driving. The problem is this issue is intermittent.

     
  • Don’t let winter weather leave you stranded Nov 16, 2013 12:10 AM
    Q. What do I need to consider when getting my car ready for winter? Back in the day I would just bring it in and say please winterize my car. I sense things have changed a little.

     
  • Help pinpoint a heater problem by understanding the symptoms Nov 9, 2013 12:10 AM
    Most of us have probably turned the heater in our cars on at some point over the last couple of weeks. It’s very possible that heater did not work the way it should. Here are some of the various problems we have seen with heater systems on some of the cars brought in to see us.

     
  • Repair industry has seen many changes over the years Oct 27, 2013 12:10 AM
    I was thinking the other day about all the changes I have seen in automotive technology since I got into this business back in the early ’70s. For the most part all of these improvements have been good and the reliability and drivability of today’s automobile is very good. Yet it has come with a steep learning curve.

     
  • Weighing repairs versus replacement Oct 19, 2013 12:10 AM
    Q. I have a ’97 Mazda Protege with 156,000 miles on it. I keep up regular oil changes and the car has been good for the most part. With my recent oil change, they told me both the transmission and a valve gasket are leaking … nothing serious yet; just keep an eye on them.

     
  • Improve your fuel economy in minutes Sep 29, 2013 12:10 AM
    Some of the simplest maintenance items can save you the most amount of gas. For example, underinflated or bald tires can cause you to use a lot more fuel than you would with good, properly inflated tires.

     
  • Computer code is not full diagnosis Sep 22, 2013 12:10 AM
    Q. When the “check engine” light went on in my car, I took it to the parts store and they gave me the fail code for the evaporative system. When I took the car to the repair shop to get it fixed, they said they would need to charge for diagnostics to find out what needed repair.

     
  • Car that burns oil will damage parts Sep 8, 2013 12:10 AM
    Q. If your car burns oil and you fill it back up on a weekly basis, do you still need to get an oil change?

     
  • Get your brake repairs done before winter Aug 30, 2013 10:52 AM
    Under the Hood column

     
  • New shocks, struts will be noticed Aug 25, 2013 12:10 AM
    I was driving down Route 14 the other day and I was following a car that was bouncing up and down like a basketball. It was almost scary to be behind it because the car looked like it was on the verge of being out of control.

     
  • Problems with long oil change intervals Aug 18, 2013 12:10 AM
    I feel like a broken record on this but I feel like it bears bringing up again because we continue to see cars coming into the shop with little or no oil in the crankcase. The longer car manufacturers push out the oil change interval, the more drivers get a false sense that the oil is just another one of those maintenance-free parts of the car.

     
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