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Trailers need some maintenance, too
May 6, 2017 6:01 AM
As we start thinking about summertime, if it ever gets here, you might want to get your trailer inspected before the summer trailering season begins.
Aftermarket catalytic converters can fail specifications
Apr 8, 2017 6:01 AM
Q. I have a Toyota Camry and I recently had its catalytic converter replaced. The problem is my check engine light came back on two months later. The repair shop is telling me the new converter is bad and they want to put a factory one.
Heat vents no longer work properly
Mar 12, 2017 6:01 AM
Q. I have a 2006 Ford Explorer and all of the sudden the heat will only come out the defrost vents no matter what I do. It does not matter what position I put the (heater selection) knob in, there is still no change.
Engine almost stalls at stoplights
Feb 19, 2017 6:01 AM
Q. After starting out and driving several miles in my 2000 Type S Jaguar, there is an almost imperceptible miss of the engine.
Bad solenoid may be causing vehicle to stall
Jan 15, 2017 6:01 AM
Q. The problem I am having seems to be with the transmission. When the car is cold, everything works perfectly. As soon as the car warms up, the transmission will not downshift and when you come to a complete stop the engine dies.
Injector cleaners do help in the long run
Dec 11, 2016 6:01 AM
Q. Where do you stand, or do you wish to comment, on the many additives sold by auto supply stores (i.e. STP, injector cleaners, etc.)?
Winter tires best on performance cars
Oct 30, 2016 6:01 AM
Q. I have a BMW rear-wheel drive car and last year I really struggled to drive the car when the roads got snowy. The car seems fine on dry roads. Do I just need new tires?
Ongoing training important for technicians
By Doug McAllister
Sep 24, 2016 5:01 AM
Last weekend, if you couldn't get your car repaired, it's because all the best technicians, shop owners and managers were in Itasca at the annual ASA of Illinois CAN Conference.
Throttle body causes vehicle to lose power
Sep 3, 2016 5:01 AM
Q, Last winter and the winter before when it was below freezing, my 2006 Chevrolet HHR displayed a "reduced engine power" message, and I couldn't go over about 5 miles per hour.
Make sure lights are in working order
Aug 28, 2016 5:01 AM
It is amazing how many cars come into the shop with one or more lights on the vehicle that are burned out. As we head into the fall and winter, the days are shorter and we do more driving in the dark, so the lighting on our vehicle becomes more important.
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