Paul Brand

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Paul Brand writes about autos for the Star Tribune.

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Brand: Chevy Avalanche rattled by vibration at highway speeds

Q: My 2002 1500 four-wheel-drive Chevy Avalanche with 110,000 miles has a vibration problem that came on rather suddenly. At...

Updated: April 27, 2013, - 05:15 PM

Brand: Security system not audible after visit to shop

Q: I have a 2000 Lexus 300 ES which I recently put in the shop to have the timing belt...

Updated: April 12, 2013, - 04:53 PM

Brand: What kind of gas for 1967 Impala?

Q: I recently bought a one-owner ’67 Chevy Impala with only 73,000 miles that’s in very good shape. I’ve started...

Updated: March 29, 2013, - 01:06 PM

Paul Brand: Taurus is losing coolant, but where is it going?

Q: I have a 2001 Ford Taurus with the 3.0-liter V6. It seems to be losing engine coolant but I...

Updated: March 15, 2013, - 01:41 PM

Paul Brand: DeVille might not need new transmission

Q: I have a pristine 2001 Cadillac DeVille DHS with 96,000 miles. I took it to my Cadillac dealer because...

Updated: March 01, 2013, - 02:16 PM

Chevy Cobalt is stuck on high idle

Q: I have a 2006 Chevy Cobalt LS, 2.2-liter engine with a manual transmission. It has 186,000 miles and is...

Updated: February 22, 2013, - 01:56 PM

Fuel pressure drops on Chevy minivan after warmup

Q: Our ’93 Lumina minivan has the 3800 V6 engine. Fuel pressure is good when the key is turned on...

Updated: February 08, 2013, - 11:02 PM

BMW owner befuddled by battery that keeps draining

The fact that every battery that's been in the car has discharged to the "no-start" point in just a few days indicates the parasitic current draw must be significantly higher.

Updated: January 18, 2013, - 03:58 PM

Cleaning additive can't restore a failed catalytic converter

Q My '03 Mazda MPV with 125,000 miles has the Check Engine light going on and off the past few weeks. The parts store's scan tool found a code for catalytic converter issues. The manager suggested I try a couple cans of Sea Foam or a product called Cataclean, which I've never heard of. It's about $25 for a 16-ounce can. Do either of those products do anything to revive a tired catalytic converter? Hate to spend foolish money on a long shot. The vehicle runs perfectly and has no unusual sounds or smells.

Updated: January 11, 2013, - 03:58 PM

Need for rustproofing has fallen off, but it can be useful

The build quality, alloys and galvanized steel used in modern automobiles has reduced the need for additional rustproofing.

Updated: January 04, 2013, - 03:55 PM

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