Paul Brand

Columnist | Cars
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Paul Brand writes about autos for the Star Tribune.

Recent content from Paul Brand

Brand: Buick is squealing – how to silence it?

Q: I purchased a new 2013 Buick LaCrosse with the six-cylinder engine in January 2013. It currently has only 10,300...

Updated: December 19, 2014, - 11:00 PM

Brand: Pickup plays radio – whenever it wants to

Q: I have a 2004 Ford F-350 dualie diesel. One night at 2 a.m. I heard my radio blaring from...

Updated: December 12, 2014, - 11:02 PM

New radiator for Frontier a precaution worth taking

Q: I have a 2008 Nissan Frontier with the 4-liter engine, automatic transmission and 88,000 miles. In checking the Internet,...

Updated: December 09, 2014, - 04:37 PM

Brand: Defer some (but not all) of Kia's maintenance

Q: My 2006 Kia Optima has 50,000 miles and the dealer has recommended maintenance that is over $2,000. Do you...

Updated: November 28, 2014, - 10:24 PM

Brand: Clearing up confusion over transmission fluid

Q: I recently purchased a 2008 Chevy Equinox with 81,000 miles. It has the non-GM Aisin AF33 five-speed transmission. The...

Updated: November 21, 2014, - 10:56 PM

Brand: Avoid inflated repair costs

Q: I recently had my car repaired at a dealership. A service manager said it would take about an hour...

Updated: November 14, 2014, - 11:06 PM

Honda not likely to recall Civic's wiper motors now

Q: Our problem is with the windshield wipers on our 2007 Honda Civic. They’ve recently developed a problem — stopping...

Updated: November 08, 2014, - 04:26 PM

Brand: Malibu's rattle could be from cracked heat shield

Q: I have a 2008 Chevy Malibu with 72,000 miles. Last week I heard a rattle on the driver’s side,...

Updated: October 31, 2014, - 02:00 PM

Brand: Periodic flushing of brake fluid is a good idea

Q: Is it necessary to flush the brake fluid after 20,000 miles, as my Mercedes dealer recommends?A: I recommend this...

Updated: October 24, 2014, - 10:51 PM

Brand: Several options for Corvette brake module

Q: My C5 Corvette has the “Service ABS system” and “Service Traction Control” lights on in the DIC. It has...

Updated: October 21, 2014, - 03:23 PM

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