Paul Brand

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Paul Brand writes about autos for the Star Tribune.

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Brand: Humming noise on road: Is it the tires or the wheels?

A Have the tires rebalanced and rotated once again, making sure the front tires end up on the rear of the vehicle. If this has an effect on the humming noise, the problem is with the tires.

Updated: October 21, 2011, - 03:51 PM

Bad circuit can cause battery to keep leaking electrons

A I'd be looking for electrons. Somehow, while the vehicle is parked, electrons are escaping from the battery. When enough of 'em get away, well, the few remaining can't carry the load of starting the car.

Updated: October 14, 2011, - 03:56 PM

Brand: Van's slipping transmission could be more than old fluid

The transmission fluid is bright in color, has no unusual odor, and is up to the full level. The instrument panel does not indicate any failure codes. I suspect the problem existed before I bought the van at 68,000 miles. At the time of purchase an independent mechanic suggested the transmission fluid be changed, and I assume the dealer did so. What do you think?

Updated: October 07, 2011, - 04:34 PM

New tires 'scalloped': Live with them or replace them?

The call for new tires after 12,000: Is that necessary?

Updated: September 30, 2011, - 03:52 PM

In the end, decision on when to change oil is up to you

The dealer advises oil changes when we reach 20 percent of oil life remaining, but waiting 11,250 to 14,100 miles between oil changes raises some worries.

Updated: September 23, 2011, - 03:43 PM

Fluid changes after 'break-in' period can still be worthwhile

I am now getting ready to buy another new vehicle, and my question is this: Am I wasting my money having the dealer change all these fluids so soon, or is this still a good idea for the drivetrain?

Updated: September 16, 2011, - 03:45 PM

Yukon's sealed ball joints are nothing to worry about

Is he getting the runaround from the dealer on the warranty claim, because of a very subjective standard in evaluating ball joints?

Updated: September 09, 2011, - 04:08 PM

Electrical gremlins make for balky window, doors, ignition

What's causing problems with a door's power lock and window?

Updated: September 02, 2011, - 04:12 PM

Engine won't even crank? Start with a battery check

My '06 Malibu does not start. When I turn the key, the engine clicks -- nothing else. If I hold the key in the start position, it clicks once every second or so

Updated: August 26, 2011, - 04:01 PM

Before the big-ticket repair, try doing the simple fix first

An older vehicle with an expensive repair diagnosis is a good time to consider the more common causes first.

Updated: August 19, 2011, - 03:50 PM

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