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
QI recently brought my 2000 Nissan Maxima to the dealer for the 120k service. The list of suggested repairs included: broken engine mounts, broken lower control arm bushings, high pressure hose leak and engine timing cover leak. Should I have any of these fixed?
Updated: November 24, 2010, - 06:11 PM
Q I am a stickler for following owner's manuals and scheduled maintenance. My '98 Sable recommends 5W-30 oil. I just inherited a beautiful '96 Park Avenue, and it calls for 10W-30. Should I stick with the recommendations, or can I use 5W-30 in both cars?
Updated: November 17, 2010, - 04:16 PM
Q I have a '94 Lincoln Town Car with 111,000 miles on it. It runs real well, except I get a skidding sound from the front if I put my foot on the gas pedal too fast or climb a steep hill. Also, there's a small vibration in the front when going up a hill. The skid sound reminds me of those strips on the highway as you approach a stop sign. Could it be the transmission?
Updated: November 10, 2010, - 04:22 PM
Q I have a '99 Lincoln Town Car that is afflicted by an intermittent battery drain. Whenever the air bag light is on while I'm driving, I have a dead battery the next morning. The last time this happened the battery would not take a charge until after I disconnected it. However, when the battery was connected there was a hissing sound, but it didn't hinder the starting. Do you have any suggestions?
Updated: November 03, 2010, - 03:47 PM
QWhy did I need front and rear struts on my 2004 Lexus LS430 with only 22,219 miles on it? According to the shop, if a car sits not being driven for some time, adding weight such as groceries or suitcases causes pressure on the struts and they start leaking. Was I taken advantage of?
Updated: October 27, 2010, - 04:46 PM
Q The tachometer in my 1997 Dodge Stratus operates intermittently. Also, the odometer display goes out when the tachometer doesn't work, even thought the odometer still accumulates mileage. After driving a while, they both resume working -- but sometimes go out again. Any recommendations before taking the car to a mechanic?
Updated: October 20, 2010, - 11:17 PM