Paul Brand

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

Recent content from Paul Brand

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

Truck owner unsure about block heater, synthetic oil

Q: I have a 2006 Ford F-150 with the 5.4 V8 engine. The truck has only 32,000 miles on it....

Updated: December 13, 2013, - 10:14 PM

RAV4's oil consumption not a portent of a short life

Q: I own three Toyotas and I change oil and filters every 4,000 miles. My 1998 Land Cruiser with 217,000...

Updated: December 06, 2013, - 10:24 PM

Camry keeps on humming along – and not in a good way

Q: My wife’s Camry is making a humming noise when in motion, not impacted by wheel turns or by brake...

Updated: November 29, 2013, - 10:55 PM

LeSabre shakes and rattles when it's not on the roll

Q: I own a 2005 Buick LeSabre with 65,000 miles on it. It has developed a vibration when stopped at...

Updated: November 22, 2013, - 11:10 PM

Pickup owner sludges his way to some costly repairs

An indication of low oil pressure turned out to be a clogged screen. Would more frequent oil changes help?

Updated: November 16, 2013, - 09:36 AM

Vibe on this Pontiac is a thing called piston slap

Q: I have a 2003 Pontiac Vibe with 135,000 miles on it. This past winter it would knock for a...

Updated: November 08, 2013, - 10:31 PM

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