Paul Brand

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

Recent content from Paul Brand

Are the wheels ready for winter?

Today's cars are tough, but you'll still need to prepare yours for the worst of the weather.

Updated: November 15, 2011, - 11:07 AM

What to do when steering acquires a mind of its own

The first step in diagnosing any power steering problem would be GM's scan tool to check for fault codes relating to the electronic power steering.

Updated: November 11, 2011, - 03:32 PM

Cold-start engine clicking is a nuisance, not a disaster

Is it piston slap, valve train noise or some other problem?

Updated: November 04, 2011, - 04:14 PM

Losing your air conditioning? Find the leak and get it fixed

With a 2005 Dodge Grand Caravan that has lost its air-conditioning cooling capacity, can it wait until next summer to recharge and check it again? Or is leaving the system discharged for so long bad for the air conditioning?

Updated: October 28, 2011, - 04:03 PM

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

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