Q My daughter shopped, purchased and financed her first vehicle on her own. It's a 2000 Nissan Pathfinder. She bought a warranty through the dealer. No complaints, except this rig goes through a quart of oil every 500 miles. The warranty folks don't want to spend any money because nothing is broken. Is there any way to resolve this short of just letting the engine run out of oil and seize up? I'm not sure they would honor the warranty in that case anyway, and it would be pretty irresponsible.
Updated: February 06, 2011, - 04:38 PM
Q Since it's been cold, I've had difficulty pushing in the button on the shift lever on my 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Jeep starts fine, but I have to sit for at least four minutes before I can get that button pushed in. I'm concerned that someday I won't be able to get it pushed in at all -- and I'll be stuck somewhere. Any thoughts?
Updated: January 23, 2011, - 03:57 PM
QI have a 2007 Dodge Grand Caravan with the "check engine" light on. I checked it with a code reader and got a P0404 code: "Exhaust Gas Recirculation Circuit Range/Performance." A new EGR valve costs $80. Is there any way to clean or fix it and turn off the light?
Updated: January 16, 2011, - 03:46 PM
Q I mistakenly followed the maintenance schedule on my 2006 Honda Pilot that extended oil change intervals upwards of 6,000 miles. I assume there's lots of sludge in the engine. Any suggestions on the best way to clean out the engine?
Updated: January 05, 2011, - 04:57 PM
Q I have a 2003 BMW Z4. The battery died twice without warning because of old age. I've been advised to check the battery regularly, especially after one year. I bought a $50 battery tester so I can check it myself every other week. Is this is a good plan in terms of battery reliability?
Updated: December 29, 2010, - 04:15 PM
QWe have a 2006 Pontiac Grand Prix with 38,500 miles. Out of the blue the service "ABS" and service "Traction" warning lights came on. I did check fuses and disconnected the battery for 30 minutes -- someone told me that would reset the computer -- but the problems are still there. Is it safe to drive? The brakes seem to work just fine.
Updated: December 22, 2010, - 05:27 PM
Q Two years ago, I bought a new set of Yokohama tires for my 2006 Kia Sedona van. After having the tires rotated and rebalanced last year, the vehicle developed a slight pull to the left. I took it in again and the shop rotated and balanced the tires again and tried an alignment. Now, the pull is a slightly more than it was. They rechecked the balance job and the alignment was all within their specs. I would like to see this fixed. Can you help?
Updated: December 15, 2010, - 05:05 PM
QI drive a 2009 Toyota and have a fear of a runaway vehicle. The dealer has test-driven the vehicle and told me it's OK. What advice do you have?
Updated: December 08, 2010, - 11:29 PM
Q My wife bought a used 2000 Subaru Legacy. All four tires keep losing pressure -- 15 psi or so from each tire every two weeks. The dealer blames it on the aluminum wheels, saying "aluminum wheels leak." Another shop noticed some small cracks on the tire sidewalls and says the tires may be leaking pressure through the sidewalls. Do you have an opinion here?
Updated: December 01, 2010, - 05:29 PM