Paul Brand

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Paul Brand writes about autos for the Star Tribune.

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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

2001 Lexus transmission catches while in reverse

It is quite possible that the symptoms of delayed engagement and slippage are the result of using incorrect transmission fluid.

Updated: December 28, 2012, - 03:52 PM

Tire pressure warning light is constant annoyance

It comes on every time the car is started.

Updated: December 21, 2012, - 03:48 PM

Taurus' oil pump unlikely to 'fail without warning'

The only way an oil pump could "fail without warning" would be if the drive shaft or impeller suddenly broke or if the oil pump pickup tube fell out and dropped into the oil pan.

Updated: December 14, 2012, - 04:01 PM

A few jerking episodes with 2003 Murano's engine

Typically, the flashing "check engine/service engine soon" light points toward multiple misfires and a significant amount of excess unburned fuel reaching the catalytic converter.

Updated: December 07, 2012, - 03:49 PM

Front-seat floor of pickup gets soaked when it rains

If it's not the windshield, the most common source of water collecting on the front floors is a plugged drain for the HVAC evaporator housing.

Updated: November 30, 2012, - 03:53 PM

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