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Auto Repair: 5 Things To Keep In Mind

Auto Repair: 5 Things To Keep In Mind

You drive sensibly. You keep up on your car’s maintenance. You’ll eventually need auto repair, too. It protects your investment and protects you. Here are five things to keep in mind when it comes to auto repair. Not if, but when. Explosions, heat, pressure and voltage sound like great...

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Self-healing polymers

More Idiots

Q--I wish you would write a column directed to the automakers about how incredibly stupid that “check engine” message is. You would think they could show some other... read more July 7, 2010 by 0


 
BS&F Auto Parts, Bronx, New York

Idiot Lights for Beginners

Q--If a faulty or missing gas cap can signal a “check engine” warning light, what else can? I suspect a low fuel quantity will as well, but how about a low oil pressure... read more July 7, 2010 by 0


 
Joe Ferrer, owner of BS&F Auto Parts in the Bronx, New York

The Letting Go

Q--I regularly check my tire pressure and adjust as needed. I notice when I go to my local Jiffy Lube they always seem to let air out of my tires. When I check the tires the... read more July 7, 2010 by 0


 
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Gas Brands

Q--Should you use the same brand of gasoline all the time? A--It is neither necessary nor feasible--especially if you are traveling and your favorite brand is not available... read more July 7, 2010 by 0


 
2017 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk 4x4 Trunk

Jeep Cherokee: Cherokee Plugs

Q--I have a Jeep Cherokee 4.0 liter-engine that's approaching its recommended spark plug replacement mileage (intervals of 30,000 miles per the owners manual). I'm interested... read more July 7, 2010 by 0


 
2017 Cadillac ATS

Cadillac: Caddy Changes

Q--According to the owner’s manual for my new Cadillac, oil is to be changed when indicated by the DIC program. However the dealer insists the oil be changed every 3 months... read more July 7, 2010 by 0


 
Audi Adaptive Headlights

Tanked

Q--You mention adding a can of fuel injector cleaner to your tank occasionally. A mechanic told me that on any vehicle over a couple of years old, adding an injector cleaner... read more July 7, 2010 by 0


 
Engine Maintenance Mode screen on 2011 Chevrolet Volt

Training Day

Q--I work 9-5 behind a desk, but would like to learn how to work on automobiles during the next few years as a hobby. Could you recommend a program or training facility that... read more July 7, 2010 by 0


 
2005 Pontiac Grand Prix 4-door Sedan GT Angular Rear Exterior View

Pontiac Grand Prix: Rude Seating

Q--I have a Pontiac Grand Prix GT Coupe. It has a cloth interior with a six-way power bucket seat. I like the car, but the seat is not comfortable. It doesn’t have enough... read more July 6, 2010 by 0


 
BS&F Auto Parts, Bronx, New York

Fluid Replacement

Q--I enjoy reading your column. I have been working in the automobile field in one form or another for over forty years and still manage to do most of the needed maintenance... read more July 6, 2010 by 0


 
1998 Ford F-250 XLT

Ford F-250: Bolten and Broken

Q--Two bolts broke off the exhaust manifold on my Ford F-250 pickup when I had a dual exhaust system installed on it. The Ford dealer wants $1000 to repair, and I cannot... read more July 6, 2010 by 0


 
Onsite service by Tesla Motor technicians on 2013 Tesla Model S, upstate NY [photo: David Noland]

Valve Check

Q--Many of the drivability problems I have read about in you column sound like a problem that developed in the mid ’80s on vehicles using port fuel injection. Hesitation... read more July 6, 2010 by 0


 
Joe Ferrer, owner of BS&F Auto Parts in the Bronx, New York

Clear Shine

Q--How durable is the clear coat finish? In the past, I used a very soft window washing brush made of natural real bristles to wash my car. Should I switch to a sponge? Also... read more July 6, 2010 by 0


 
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Remote Issues

Q--I have a neighbor that uses a remote control to start the engine in his car every morning. It warms up for about 30 minutes before he drives away. Is this practice a good... read more July 6, 2010 by 0


 
Onsite service by Tesla Motor technicians on 2013 Tesla Model S, upstate NY [photo: David Noland]

Marvelous Discovery

Q--Although I have not been a big believer in additives over the years, I have recently experimented with Marvel Mystery Oil. I have added some to my gas tank according to... read more July 6, 2010 by 0


 

 
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