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Twofer

Q--Are all gasolines created equal? That is, is Shell 89 octane the same as Citgo 89 octane, etc? My son says, “all gasolines draw from the same well and no additives are added.” If I’m able to get a two-for-one question request, is there any benefit to the lubricating system by engaging the...

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Overlooked Leaks

Overlooked Leaks

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Bookish Type

Bookish Type

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Independence Day

Independence Day

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Audi Adaptive Headlights

Mixing and Blending

Q--I do not think anyone has ever asked you these two crazy questions. First, can I mix 5W-30 with 10W-30 oil from the same manufacturer?  Second, can I switch from... read more June 27, 2010 by 


 
Broken down car

Same Old, Same Old

Q--You have said that all octane ratings are the same, and I agree. However, you imply that all gasolines are the same or at least very similar. Is that really true?  I've... read more June 27, 2010 by 


 
2006 Chrysler PT Cruiser 4-door Wagon Angular Front Exterior View

Chrysler PT Cruiser: Rotor Replacement

Q--Have you ever heard of replacing front brake rotors after only 23,000 miles? What about replacing rotors before the first set of pads wear out? This is what my local... read more June 27, 2010 by 


 
Audi Adaptive Headlights

Remote Starting

Q--I used to hear the advice that the best way to warm up your car in the morning was to start the engine and leave it idling for a few minutes before driving it. In the past... read more June 27, 2010 by 


 
2015 Subaru Outback

Subaru Outback: Studied Replacements

Q--A tire on my Subaru Outback was punctured and couldn’t be repaired. Our local independent tire dealer said the same tire is no longer available and recommended a... read more June 26, 2010 by 


 
Broken down car

Dead Tach Costing

Q--How important is a tachometer? I never watch it. Recently I noticed it did not move. I got an estimate for repairs for $300 and did not have it done. Will it cause any... read more June 26, 2010 by 


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

Grounding the Static

Q--I have a problem with static in my radio. This happens quite often under viaducts bridges or under overpasses. When I turn on my directional signals I can hear the... read more June 26, 2010 by 


 
tips from Subaru on being prepared for driving in a snowy climate

Accelerating Problems

Q—I’d like to offer one remote possibility for the individual with the Taurus with the cooling system problems. He/she stated that, on acceleration (such as an expressway... read more June 26, 2010 by 


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

Mr. Wizard Writes In

Q--I was under the impression that effective from 1995 all antifreeze was mandated by the EPA to be propylene glycol. It was found that it was easier for the liver to... read more June 26, 2010 by 


 
2014 Volkswagen Jetta Sedan 4-door Auto SE Trunk

Volkswagen Jetta: Drinking Problem

Q--I have approximately 24,000 miles on my 2000 VW Jetta and am going through 1.5 quarts of oil every 3000 miles. The dealer says that is normal. I have been driving domestic... read more June 26, 2010 by 


 
Audi Adaptive Headlights

Cheater Reader

Q--People whose cars use premium gas don’t realize that are being cheated. Most cars use regular so the hose is left with three gallons (my estimate) of regular fuel in it... read more June 26, 2010 by 


 
Broken down car

Going 'Round in Circles

Q--I want to know what is the purpose of rotating your tires? And how often should one rotate their tires? A--The general rule of thumb is to rotate your tires every 7500... read more June 26, 2010 by 


 
Car repair

Cat Killer

Q--What kills a cat (catalytic converter)? Does a failure reduce the effectiveness of the cat for its life? How does one know how the cat is performing? How long should a cat... read more June 26, 2010 by 


 
2011 Chevrolet HHR FWD 4-door LT w/1LT Trunk

1996 Chevrolet: Give it Away

Q--I have a ’96 Chevy half-ton truck with a 305-ci engine and 132,000 miles. About a month ago the check engine light came on, then it would start flashing and the truck... read more June 26, 2010 by 


 
2008 Nissan Pathfinder 2WD 4-door V6 SE Front Exterior View

1997 Nissan: Rolling Speed Trap

Q--I have a 1997 Nissan pickup, which came with P215/70R14 tires. The owner’s manual specifies P195/75R14 tires on trucks with alloy wheels (like mine) and P195/75R14 tires... read more June 24, 2010 by 


 
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