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  • Leaking head gasket can spell doom for car Aug 11, 2013 12:10 AM
    Q. I have 2000 Eldorado with 82,000 miles. I bought it new and have always kept up the service. About a month ago it overheated.

     
  • Cheap headlight bulbs can be a hassle Jul 28, 2013 12:10 AM
    Q. We have a 2004 Buick Ranier on which I have had to replace the low beam headlamps a total of five times — three on right and two on left — over the past two years. A local repair shop did three, a dealer did one and I did one after researching the “ How To” of removing the front grill without breaking it.

     
  • Cooling fan problem causes overheating Jul 21, 2013 12:10 AM
    Q. Why is it that my car tends to overheat when I am stopped at a light but will begin to cool down as I am going down the road? I also don’t seem to have the problem when the air conditioning is on.

     
  • Extending life of antifreeze carries a financial risk Jun 30, 2013 1:10 AM
    Q. My comments and questions are about antifreeze. Some say it lasts two to three years when you buy a car new. Some say you can extend that to five years or 150,000 miles.

     
  • Vibration, differing opinions puzzle car owner Jun 23, 2013 12:10 AM
    In late 2012, I received a notification from Nissan that some Pathfinders, as well as other trucks, experienced radiator leaks into the transmission. The car now vibrates at 40 mph, but the dealer told me my transmission and radiator are fine. They say I need new timing chains.

     
  • Don’t over fill oil with newer car Jun 16, 2013 4:10 AM
    Q. I have a 2001 Buick Regal which, I understand, should take 4.5 quarts of oil on an oil change, NOT five quarts. Is the higher amount harmful to the engine? It does read considerably over the full mark on the dip stick when this happens.

     
  • Should CD player draw power when vehicle is off? Jun 9, 2013 3:10 AM
    In our May 26 column, we were trying to help a reader with a Mustang whose car battery often went dead. One of our readers has experienced the same problem and shared the following information with us about the CD player.

     
  • Battery draw could be from fuse, alternator May 26, 2013 5:10 AM
    Q. I own a 2006 Mustang convertible with 30,000 miles. I love the car but if I leave it for more than four days the battery goes dead. I have done my own investigation as trunk lights, doors left open, etc., with no luck. Now I just shut everything off. Any ideas?

     
  • A/C recharge is more complex than in the past May 19, 2013 4:32 AM
    Q. I have a 2008 Toyota Camry and my air conditioning stopped working. I noticed last year toward the end of the summer that it was not as cold as normal. Then this winter my windows did not seem to clear as easily as they have in the past. Is there any relation and where should I go to get it fixed?

     
  • Irksome dome light hard to diagnose May 12, 2013 5:10 AM
    Q. My overhead interior dome lights do not turn off after turning the car off. I have to manually turn them on and off. Also, my left rear passenger door does not open with the remote. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

     
  • Dashboard radio screen brightness on the blink Apr 28, 2013 4:05 AM
    Q. I own a 2007 Chevy Malibu LE 4 cylinder with 46,000 miles. I love the car except for one thing: the information located in the radio area cannot be read on a bright day. This displays the time, temp, radio station, etc.

     
  • Know the difference between red, yellow and flashing lights Apr 21, 2013 4:41 AM
    You should pay attention to dashboard lights. If one of your warning lights illuminates, do you know what to do? If it is one of the red lights that turns on, this generally means you need to find a place to safely pull over and stop the vehicle.

     
  • Traction control powers down the engine Apr 14, 2013 5:06 AM
    Occasionally when I make a left turn, just after starting my turn, there is a 100-percent loss of engine power. This is on dry pavement without any slipping of the tires occurring. I am 65 and don't do jack rabbit starts.

     
  • Early tire pressure sensors beginning to fail Apr 7, 2013 4:34 AM
    Q. What is the deal with this low tire pressure light that keeps coming on in my car? It is so annoying and I can't seem to get it to stay off. The tire pressure seems fine. Help!

     
  • Driver looks for more support from auto seats Mar 24, 2013 5:08 AM
    Q. We have a 1994 Cadillac Fleetwood Brougham in pristine condition with less than 70,000 miles. We've been in other cars (Lincoln van, Chrysler sedan) that fail to match the comfort of the Fleetwood's seating. Can you tell us which cars have super comfortable plush seating?

     
  • Synthetic oil needs less frequent changes Mar 9, 2013 3:00 AM
    Q. I have a follow-up question to your response about rarely driven cars still requiring regular oil changes. I only drive 2,000 to 4,000 miles a year.

     
  • Rarely driven cars still require regular oil changes Feb 24, 2013 4:13 AM
    Q. I have a 2006 Equinox with about 35,000 miles. I only drive about 4,000 to 5,000 miles a year and am wondering about oil changes. Should I still be changing the oil every three or four months -- even if I've only driven 1,200 to 1,500 miles? Or can I go longer like five or six months until I get closer to 3,000 miles?

     
  • Nearly all oil is replaced when changed Jan 27, 2013 5:05 AM
    Q. My question is about engine oil capacity. The owner's manual states when changing the oil and filter it takes 7.7 quarts. I had my first oil change done by my Ford dealer. They replaced the filter and six quarts of oil.

     
  • Buy correct fuel for optimal performance Jan 20, 2013 4:17 AM
    Q. The owner's manual for my Jaguar says to use a minimum of 91 octane gasoline. The top gasoline at most stations is 93 octane, and 89 octane is also available. Would it hurt anything if I filled up with 93 octane and top it off with the 89 octane when I got down to a half tank?

     
  • Cold weather freezes up cruise control Jan 13, 2013 5:43 AM
    Q. I have been using the cruise control on my 2006 Grand Marquis on a regular basis. It works just fine except when temperatures get below about 40 degrees. Then I need to wait until the car warms up before it can be made to activate.

     
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