Today: dealer or Independent shop for routine service?

03.01.2009

My husband and I disagree on many things, but with this one, we both think you can help! We have a 2005 Nissan Sentra, and it's time for its scheduled 30,000-mile checkup. Because we still have the warranty, I prefer we...

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Can spiders cause your car's "check engine" light to come on?

03.01.2009

I was driving my 2007 Forester to work the other day when the check engine light came on (it has about 15,000 miles on it). I brought it in to the dealer, and they checked it out. The computer said it was...

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Is a timing belt a DIY job? Find out.

03.01.2009

I have a 2002 Hyundai Elantra with 97,000 miles. During the state inspection this week, the mechanic told me that I will soon need to replace my timing chain. He also said that the hose running from the pump housing to the...

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Is a valve adjustment a good idea for Jeri's Dodge Ram?

03.01.2009

I have a 2002 Dodge Ram diesel 2500 two-wheel-drive six-speed manual with 130,000 miles. It's primarily used as a commuter truck -- with a little bit of horse and hay hauling. I love this truck and plan to drive it for years. The...

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Does a slow leak signal the end for Faye's 432,686-mile Chevy?

03.01.2009

I have a 1992 Chevy Lumina with 432,686 miles on it. I'm losing coolant. The "low coolant" light goes on on cold mornings and stays on for about one to two minutes before it goes off. The cooling/heating system has been...

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Today: Do tires have a shelf life?

03.01.2009

I have a 1995 Buick Regal that I purchased new before I retired. I drive the car approximately once a month. The car has 55,000 miles and is always kept in the garage. My question is about tires. The tires are the...

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Could Laura's cascade of problems be related-- or is it just bad luck?

03.01.2009

Love the column, hate that I now have a reason to write to you myself! I have a 2001 BMW 325xi, which I have serviced regularly at a local independent BMW mechanic (and I do mean regularly -- that stupid car...

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Today: Tom and Ray diagnose Jackie's thorny horn dilemma.

03.01.2009

Boy, do we have an embarrassing problem. My husband's 1997 Nissan pickup's horn honks every time the steering wheel is turned. There is no telling how many arguments he has started between husbands and wives in cars in front of him...

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How long does a little "wind" stick around, inside a car?

03.01.2009

My problem began when I was driving down the road in our 2005 Dodge Caravan, packed full of our own kids and kids from the neighborhood. My elderly and ... let us call her "severe" mother was asleep in the front passenger...

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