Paul Brand

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Paul Brand writes about autos for the Star Tribune.

Recent content from Paul Brand

Volvo needs 20 minutes of highway driving to warm up

Q: I have an issue with my car warming up slowly when the temperature gets down around 0 degrees F....

Updated: February 21, 2014, - 10:12 PM

Should owner fix sliding door or buy a new minivan?

Q: My 2007 Chrysler Town & Country minivan has 75,000 miles. The driver’s side passenger door has rusted through at...

Updated: February 14, 2014, - 10:43 PM

Saturn VUE owner is tired of its shake, rattle and roll

Q: I have a 2004 four-cylinder Saturn VUE with 65,000 miles. It feels like the car will tear apart when...

Updated: February 07, 2014, - 09:52 PM

Buying gas? Turn off your engine, don't smoke (duh)

Q: I was wondering if you could address a common occurrence — people fueling their vehicles with the engine running....

Updated: January 31, 2014, - 11:12 PM

Owner of RAV4 isn't raving about 'Check engine' light

Q: I have a 2007 Toyota RAV4 I bought from a large car dealer. After two months the “Check...

Updated: January 24, 2014, - 10:08 PM

Smoking out the rough idle and stalling of Expedition

Q: I have a 2001 Ford Expedition with the 5.4-liter V8 and 103,000 miles. At 98,000 miles it developed a...

Updated: January 18, 2014, - 05:26 PM

CVT transmissions perform as well as others in deep cold

Q: I live in Minnesota and am a first-time owner of a vehicle with a CVT — continuously variable transmission....

Updated: January 10, 2014, - 10:44 PM

Brand: VW teaches lessons about glowplugs

Q: I have a 2001 VW Golf TDI. It starts right up but after I drive a few feet, the...

Updated: January 03, 2014, - 10:38 PM

Malibu's loss of coolant turns into a torrent within

Q: My husband and I have a four-cylinder 2006 Chevy Malibu with 137,000 miles on it. Since the fall of...

Updated: December 31, 2013, - 03:35 PM

Is this older Cadillac a good candidate for synthetic oil?

Q: I recently purchased a 2001 Cadillac Deville with 52,000 original miles. The service advisor at the dealership recommended using...

Updated: December 20, 2013, - 10:49 PM

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