Paul Brand

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

Recent content from Paul Brand

Requiring premium gas actually makes sense

Q: Why do some car manufacturers build cars requiring premium fuel? With the price difference between premium and regular, aren’t...

Updated: September 21, 2013, - 05:22 PM

'Check engine' light could be caused by several conditions

Q: We have a 2009 Chevy Cobalt with standard transmission. The “Check engine” light has been coming on and the...

Updated: September 13, 2013, - 05:04 PM

Balky restarts might not be attributable to the starterheader

Q: I have a 1999 Dodge ¾-ton diesel that’s going through starters ever month or so. The batteries and all...

Updated: September 13, 2013, - 05:02 PM

Brand: Turning ignition to 'off' can help with runaway car

Q: In one of your recent columns, someone wrote regarding a runaway Grand Marquis. Shifting into neutral works well, but...

Updated: August 24, 2013, - 01:00 AM

Brand: Buick LaCrosse gets stuck in park

Q: My car is a 2008 Buick LaCrosse with the automatic shift on the steering column. It has begun sticking...

Updated: August 17, 2013, - 01:00 AM

Brand: How good is recycled oil?

Q: What is your take on 50 percent recycled oil? Stores are offering more of this oil. Is it just...

Updated: August 10, 2013, - 01:00 AM

Brand: Mazda B4000 shifts hard in lower gears only

Q: I have a 1997 Mazda B4000 with the 4.0-liter V6 engine and 5R55E 5-speed electronic transmission. It shifts hard...

Updated: August 03, 2013, - 01:00 AM

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

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