Q: I'm looking to get my Mustang repainted. Not sure whether to go for a regular paint job or a vinyl wrap for the car. It would be in a solid color. Don't know how the wrap would hold up as far as getting dings or scratches on it. Also, don't know if it would fade much from the sun. I would welcome your response as opposed to someone trying to sell me the vinyl wrap.
T.B., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
A: We think that vinyl wraps are way cool. At the 3M Innovation Center in St. Paul, we helped wrap a BMW with a carbon-fiber look and it was awesome. Wraps actually protect the original paint and make sense on new as well as used cars. When you get weary of it, the wrap is easily removed, reverting to your original paint. Wraps are durable and provide the graphics for many commercial vehicles.
Q: I have a 2015 Subaru Forester with continuously variable transmission. The owner's manual says to inspect the fluid every 30,000 miles. Various dealers have said either the transmission is sealed and needs no service for the life of the transmission or I can change the fluid if I want. Inspection of the fluid costs $200, as does the changing of the fluid. Past vehicles I have owned had regular automatic transmissions and I change the fluid every 30,000 miles. I have concerns about not changing the fluid in the CVT. What do you think I should do?
K.B., Elinda, Ohio
A: We suggest you follow the advice in your owner's manual. The CVT in your vehicle is expected to need no service for life unless you punish it by towing a yacht. It has a 10-year, 100,000-mile warranty that just might be voided if a shop does a bad job of changing the fluid. Actually, there is more risk of damage from contamination during a fluid change than there is from leaving things alone.
Q: I have a 2005 Honda Odyssey with 83,000 miles. The dealer recommended changing the timing belt, tensioner and water pump at a cost of around $925. My manual says to change it at 90,000 miles. What to do?
J.W., Warminster, Pa.
A: Changing the timing belt sooner rather than later could avoid expensive engine damage. Sure, you may be able to extend the service out to 100,000 miles, but it would be a false economy. Bite the bullet and have the job done.
Q: I have a 1997 4WD Suzuki Sidekick with 99,000 miles. Looks new and runs well. The owner's manual and door decal indicate tire pressure be set at 23 psi. Mechanics I have spoken to say the tire pressure should be 32 psi. I have compromised and set it at 28 psi. What is the correct pressure for the vehicle?
P.L., Northbrook, Ill.
A: The manufacturer would not waste money printing doorjamb stickers if it didn't want you to fill the tires to that pressure.
Bob Weber is a writer and mechanic who became an ASE-certified Master Automobile Technician in 1976. He maintains this status by seeking certification every five years. Weber's work appears in professional trade magazines and other consumer publications. His writing also appears in automotive trade publications, Consumer Guide and Consumers Digest Send automotive questions along with name and town to motormouth.tribverizon.net.