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Silent Horn not a Big Honking Problem

I drive a supercharged 1994 Buick Park Avenue Ultra with 123,000 miles. The horn quit working, and I took it to a Buick dealer who ran a diagnostic te ...

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Is A $1,600 Extended Warranty on Lexus, Worth It?

I have a Lexus ES the cheap Lexus how I managed such a car is beside the point but I will own up to being good at saving money and being middle-aged I ...

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Own Extended Warranty, Say With Repair & Parts

In your experience do people who purchase extended warranties have to take what is offered when their vehicle is in need of repair or may we demand re ...

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Overheated Engine Covered Under Extended Warranty

I was driving to work recently and my car overheated which caused the engine to smoke and fail I received no warning The temperature gauge did not go ...

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Dealerships So Reluctant To Do Warranty Repairs

I've been reading your column for a long time and I've noticed an interesting pattern in the questions I see a lot of dealerships trying to wait out c ...

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When To Buy a "New" Used Car?

When should a person move on from a car? And what is the sweet spot between price and age of a car when buying a “new” used one?

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Divine Intervention and a 1966 Datsun 1600

What brought you and your car together? Fate? Divine intervention? Or just a really good sale?

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The Story Behind our Cars Characters

Is there a story behind the cars Tom and Ray were depicted as in the “Cars” movies?

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Saab Heat Problem

You might have a bad check valve or a cracked or leaky vacuum reservoir. Or you might have a small vacuum leak somewhere else in the engine that’s dra ...

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Did I Set the Van a Rockin’?

It’s so possible that a “rockin’ van” is a cliche. When we test shocks on a customer’s car, the way we do it is by simply pushing down on each corner ...

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Savings Pennies Isn’t Worth Risking Safety

My wife thinks I should use the turn signals on my 2018 Ford Explorer Platinum every time I come to an intersection, even if there is no one else at t ...

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RAV4 with Annoying Squeaking

My 2013 Toyota RAV4 has a very loud and annoying rotational squeak coming from the front passenger wheel. The noise stops when I apply the brakes.

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Oil Changes on European Cars

If your owner’s manual says to use 5W30 oil with a particular European specification, the ideal thing to do is follow that requirement. Especially whi ...

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No More Carburetor Concerns

The idea of “blowing out the carburetor” is an old-husband’s tale that’s been handed down from father to son over the years. It used to have some vali ...

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Rear Seat Safety Improving

I have never seen any data on a car’s safety in a rear-end collision. Are there standards? Are modern cars like this safe?

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Economics of Trade-ins

My husband and I have an ongoing disagreement about when to sell or trade in his 2016 Toyota Tacoma. I say with the reliability of these trucks, he w ...

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Time for a New Luxury Ride

I own a 1998 Cadillac Eldorado with a V8, 32-valve Northstar engine. It’s in pristine condition and has only 48,000 miles. While driving back home to ...

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Book Review: The Lotus Chronicles

Rob Siegel’s new book The Lotus Chronicles is the latest in his Hack Mechanic series, and takes the reader through a seven-year process of resurrectin ...

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Get Another Estimate

Should I repair or replace my 2004 BMW 325xi with less than 24,000 miles on it? It’s red and the body and exterior are in excellent condition.

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Mileage is Best Measure of Life

The best measure of a car's useful life? Mileage. It’s not perfect, because some people beat up their cars with stop and go traffic and potholes, and ...

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