2004 Toyota Matrix

2005 Toyota Matrix Headlight Sockets Melted

This 2005 Toyota Matrix came to me with an inoperative headlamp. It was not just the bulb, the socket it plugs into melted as well. I noticed that Read more »

2002 Saab 9-3

Where Is The Cabin Filter In A 2002 Saab 9-3 ?

Out of site out of mind right? What you are looking at is one dirty cabin air filter from a 2002 Saab 9-3. The customer complained that they smelled an odor from their heater vents. Well it’s no wonder because

Cabin air filter located underneath windshield wiper cowl area.

Cabin air filter located underneath windshield wiper cowl area.

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Nissan Sentra.

2007 Nissan Sentra Horn & Cruise Control Don’t Work

I am posting this in case you own a 2007 Nissan Sentra and just noticed that your cruise control and horn stopped Read more »


Engine Oil Consumption Problems

From all the responses I have received about consumers complaining about their new Subaru’s consuming too much oil I thought that I would take a moment respond. Yes Subaru currently has an oil consumption issue with some of their vehicles and I am sure that Subaru will correct the problem eventually. I think that Read more »

Old brake rotor on left new brake rotor on right.

Older Cars With Low Mileage Problems

In October of 2013 6587 miles and 2 years ago I replaced the brake rotors and pads on a 2004 Cadillac Deville to pass state inspection. As you can see Read more »

Pointing at axle nut that needs to be hand torqued to specifications.

Chevy Silverado Front Wheel Bearing Failure

New wheel bearing hub assembly

New wheel bearing hub assembly

I have to first start off by saying that this post does not just pertain to Chevy Silverado trucks. This post is meant for any vehicle that has a hub style wheel bearing with an axle nut. Or for any vehicle with a rear wheel bearing hub assembly that has a spindle that goes through the the hub and is fastened by a spindle nut. I have Read more »

New U joint

My 2006 Ford F-250 steering pulls and wanders

If you are driving your Ford F-250 and it does not want to steer or try’s to steer for you this may be what your problem is. That’s right seized front axle U joints. This truck has seen little maintenance and now the customer is Read more »

Before disassembly



After disassembly

If you have ever wondered whats involved in replacing spark plugs in a 2005 Toyota Sienna well here you go.  As you can see you have to Read more »

Cabin filter& blower motor

Could A Dirty Cabin Air filter Ruin My Blower Motor?

Well I have never seen this before and I thought would share it with you.  In the picture for this post you see a blower motor from a Toyota. One day all of a sudden the blower motor for this vehicle stopped working on a cold New England winter day.  There is never a good time for Read more »

If That Car Could Talk for Christmas

Last Minute Christmas Gift Idea – If That Car Could Talk

At the end of the year people often think about replacing their cars or buying a first vehicle. If you need a last minute gift idea and know someone who is in the market for a used vehicle get them a copy of my book. It’s a great guide to buying a used car without falling into the most common pitfalls. From the first look at the car to the mechanic review and purchase, If That Car Could Talk will let you navigate the process with confidence.

It’s also a great book for parents of kids who are taking, or will take, a driver’s education course in anticipate of getting a driver’s license.

Click the links at the top right side of the page to buy a softcover or Kindle edition of the book, and as always, have a safe and happy holiday season.

Best wishes,

Joe Boulay

P.S. if you are in the process of reviewing a used car you can contact me at 603-358-6444 (the number for my garage in Keene, New Hampshire) with questions. If you’re in the area I can also examine a vehicle for you to spot any problems before you buy.