Paul Brand

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

Recent content from Paul Brand

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

Brand: A primer on continuously variable transmissions

Q: I read your column with interest each Saturday in a local newspaper and was wondering if you would be...

Updated: November 04, 2013, - 01:26 PM

Brand: Does high-mileage Hyundai need new battery?

Q: I have a 2005 Hyundai Tucson with 90,000 miles on it. I’ve never had a problem since I purchased...

Updated: October 11, 2013, - 05:47 PM

Get dealer to VIN-dicate problem with downshifting

Q: My 2009 Hyundai Sonata has an ongoing shifting problem. When I am slowing and the speedometer is crossing the...

Updated: September 28, 2013, - 05:08 PM

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

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