Paul Brand

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

Recent content from Paul Brand

Brand: F-250's check engine light keeps coming on

Q: My 2003 Ford F250 6-liter turbo diesel with 57,000 “babied” miles is a costly concern. For three years, the...

Updated: July 27, 2013, - 01:00 AM

Brands: Computers are helping cars last longer

Q: Your column on the five-year-old Ford about replacing the brake control module for $4,000 reminded me of a concern...

Updated: July 20, 2013, - 01:00 AM

Brand: Smell of burning oil? Look for a leak

Q: I have a 2005 Mazda 6 with the 3-liter V6 engine and 70,000 miles. I do my own oil...

Updated: July 13, 2013, - 01:00 AM

Brand: Cause of brake system failure requires sleuthing

Q: I was driving my 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid in rush-hour traffic when my brake system failed. The ABS warning...

Updated: July 05, 2013, - 01:27 PM

Brand: Honda Pilot calls for frequent change of rear differential fluid

Q: The owner’s manual of my 2004 Honda Pilot recommends regular changing of the “VTM-4” rear differential fluid, which costs...

Updated: June 28, 2013, - 05:11 PM

Brand: Additive took care of knocking lifter - or did it?

Q: I have a well-maintained 1998 Toyota 4Runner Limited with 239,000 miles. The truck has been awesome, no more than...

Updated: June 15, 2013, - 01:00 AM

Could 2003 Pontiac Vibe's knock be a piston slap?

Q: I have a 2003 Pontiac Vibe, which is basically a Toyota Matrix, with 135,000 miles on it. This past...

Updated: June 06, 2013, - 11:31 AM

Brand: 2010 Fusion had battery buildup

Q: When I left my car key in the “on” position by mistake overnight, the battery naturally went dead. When...

Updated: May 30, 2013, - 10:38 AM

Brand: Heavier oil can help high-mileage engines

Q: I own a 1994 GMC 3/4-ton van with a 350 engine. In the last year, the oil pressure has...

Updated: May 23, 2013, - 03:15 PM

Brand: Chevy Suburban emits smoke on startup

Q: I just had a new engine put into my 2005 Chevy Suburban. When I start my truck after it...

Updated: May 16, 2013, - 11:18 AM

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