Archive for the ‘Q & A’ Category

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Doris R. Asks: Do I Really Need To Replace All 4 Tires On My AWD Car?

You might be asking yourself  “Why am I looking at two different shoes”? You are about to find out why. Doris had an unfortunate incident, she got a large nail in her tire. In most cases you can repair a tire with a patch,or plug but not in this case. The nail actually

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Deborah L. Asks: Why Does My Car Vibrate And Grind Horribly When I Apply The Brakes

Well Deborah the first question that I would have to ask you would be this. When was the last time you had your brakes checked out? I did have the opportunity to ask Deborah this question and she told me her car was just in for a service not to long ago for a “B” type service […]

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Sharon M. Ask’s : Should A Used Car For Sale Have A Valid Safety Inspection Sticker?

Sharon told me that she was shopping for a used car and went to a used car lot and noticed that some of the cars on the lot for sale there had expired inspection stickers on them. Some had no inspection stickers at all She also said that some of the used cars had expired inspection stickers from other […]

Donna M. Asks: “How do I know if my engine oil looks dirty or clean?

That is a good question, Donna told me that she just had her engine oil an filter changed last week and as of late she has decided to make a habit of checking her own oil level. I first have to say “good for you Donna”! most people do not take it upon themselves to

Judy R.Asks: I think I have a small exhaust leak in may car. How can I check it?

Judy asked me this question because she has owned her car for quite some time now, and knows what it usually sounds like. She told me that her car sounds louder than normal ,but her mechanic says that he is unable to find a leak  anywhere in her cars exhaust system. To start off with […]

Judy R. Says: I had my front brake’s replaced,now my car pulls right when I brake.Whats wrong?

Judy informed me that she just had her front rotors and pads replaced on her 2002 Toyota Corolla and now she has an issue that she is concerned about. She says that when she now applies her brake’s the car pulls sharply to the right and wants to know what might be going on. I […]

How do you know that used car has not been in a flood?

Some time has gone by now since hurricane Sandy has come and gone, and the numbers are staggering as to how many cars were lost due to flood damage. The numbers you see out there are around 23000  cars that were lost or considered totaled due to being completely submerged in water. With all the […]

Larry B. Says: I try to start my truck and it just goes “Click” “Click” Then starts.

Larry has a 2003 Toyota pickup that he has owned since new. He loves the truck and it has never let him down until recently . He says that he went to start it up one morning and all he heard was a loud “Click” Click” “Click”. He was told that his battery was probably […]

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Roy C. Asks: How Do I Get The Best Fuel Mileage Out Of My Car?

Well Roy there are quite a few things you can do to help you squeeze some extra miles per gallon from your vehicle. The first thing you should do is obvious,own a fuel efficient vehicle. The second thing to check regularly is your tire pressures. Keep your tire pressures up so there is less rolling resistance between […]

Carol S. Asks: Do I really need four snow tires for my front wheel drive car?

Well Carol to provide you with optimum traction and handling you need to have four matching tires all around on your car. Yes even if you have four wheel drive. You especially need to have four matching tires on a front wheel drive vehicle. If you only have snow tires on the front of your […]