Paul Brand

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

Recent content from Paul Brand

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

Brand: Ford Focus hesitates, stalls from cold start

Q: My daughter has a 2008 Ford Focus that hesitates and stalls when it is warming up from a cold...

Updated: May 02, 2013, - 03:20 PM

Brand: Chevy Silverado smells of antifreeze on outside

Q: I am the original owner of a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado pickup with the 5300 V8 gas engine. After driving...

Updated: May 02, 2013, - 03:20 PM

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

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