Motoring Q&A: There's value in a nitrogen-filled tire, but not $10 worth 03-30-2015
Q: This has been bugging me too long. The first time I heard about nitrogen in tires I thought it was a joke. When I saw the $10 per tire I was charged WITHOUT my prior OK, that did it.
Auto review: 2015 Porsche Macan Turbo is worth a dip into the savings account 03-30-2015
Porsches should have their own separate Fun-O-Meter scale, because in the greater automotive landscape all Porsches would always rate a 10.
Under the Hood: Simple reconnection of battery can solve seemingly complex problems 03-30-2015
Q: I have enjoyed reading your column for many years. A recent question you answered about a carís warning lights coming on at random times hit home, though I experienced the issue with a different car.
Auto review: Sedan hasn't lost its strut 03-30-2015
Leave those sequined jeans and the tomato-red cowboy boots in the closet. Likewise, we probably wonít need the parrot or David Lee Rothís ankle-length black leather coat for our spin in the Chrysler 300.
Auto review: Value-packed sedan puts Acura back in the luxury game 03-30-2015
In addition to being the worst crossword answer ever, the three-star 2015 Acura TLX SH-AWD sport sedan is a major step back toward relevance for Acura.
Mark Phelan: US vehicle sales predicted to hit 16.9 million this year 03-23-2015
U.S. vehicle sales will rise 1.2 percent to 16.9 million this year, but very little of the growth is due to lower oil prices, forecasting firm IHS Automotive predicted Thursday.
Motoring Q&A: Pinpoint engine noise with mechanic's stethoscope 03-23-2015
Q: I have a 2005 3.8-liter Chrysler Town & Country with about 152,000 miles on it. It has a constant engine noise like a diesel pickup truck when parked and idling.
Auto review: Meet the RC coupe: Lexus' party-hopping, hot new girlfriend 03-23-2015
Flamboyant, strutting coupes with fat tires and evil exhausts never wear chrome "Lís" on their taut rears. Autobahn assault vehicles like that always come from BMW or Audi or Mercedes-Benz.
Auto review: 2015 Infiniti QX60 offers artful luxury 03-23-2015
The Infiniti QX60 3.5 looks like a big SUV (itís actually midsize), but it is surprisingly easy to drive and to live with, for a three-row crossover.
Under the Hood: Future is bright for youngsters interested in fixing cars 03-23-2015
Q: I noticed in the information below your column you teach auto mechanics. I was wondering how the job market in your industry is for young people and how they are adapting to all the changes in cars these days.
Mark Phelan: All-wheel drive goes mainstream as drivers seek security 03-16-2015
Four-wheel-drive, once restricted to trucks and niche brands like Subaru and Audi, has gone mainstream.
Motoring Q&A: Vehicle's two recommended PSI settings distinct, not a discrepancy 03-16-2015
Q: My mother has a 2011 Honda CR-V with 13,000 miles and original tires. She just got back home after two months away and her tire warning light came on. The tire says 44 pounds per square inch and the door jamb sticker says 30 psi.
Auto Review: 2015 Navigator has plenty to keep Lincoln fans happy 03-16-2015
While Fordís Lincoln luxury brand explores new market niches with the MKC compact SUV and strives to compete with BMW and Lexus with the sleek MKZ midsize sedan
Auto review: Infiniti shifts into a new world with the 2015 QX60 03-16-2015
The first time I rode in a continuously variable transmission, or CVT-driven car, it was with a Toyota engineer some 15 years ago.
Under the Hood: Mileage aside, aged timing belt warrants replacement 03-16-2015
Q: I have a 2007 Acura MDX. It was purchased new, is serviced regularly and is never abused. It now has 53,000 miles on it.
Mark Phelan: 10 new cars likely to become collector's classics 03-09-2015
The new cars most likely to become valued collectibles in the future include high-powered sports cars like the Chevrolet ZO6 and Dodge Challenger Hellcat and limited editions like the Mazda MX-5 Miata 25th Anniversary model, according to the experts at Hagerty Insurance, which specializes in collectible cars and boats.
Motoring Q&A: Guessing-game approach to car repair results in big bill 03-09-2015
Q: I have a 2006 Dodge Dakota that has a whirring nose that appears to be coming from the gas tank area. One mechanic diagnosed the problem as a bearing in the differential.
Auto review: 2015 Ford F-150 is one tough truck 03-09-2015
You can divide the vast number of new pickup truck buyers between two nameplates ó Ford F-150 and Chevrolet Silverado.
Auto review: Finally, a four-wheeled feline with all-wheel drive 03-09-2015
There was a time when all cars used rear-wheel drive. When winter hit, drivers put sand in the trunk for extra weight and placed studded snow tires on the wheels for extra grip.
Under the Hood: Pesky lights could cost $1,000 to repair 03-09-2015
Q: I own a 2002 Buick LeSabre with just over 50,000 miles on it. Several weeks ago, three warning lights (brake, anti-lock brake system and traction control) started showing. After I drove a few miles, these lights would go off.
Auto Review: 2015 Nissan GT-R: Still vicious but slightly sweeter 03-02-2015
Even sitting silent in a warm, dry garage, the boulevard barbarian glared hard, oozing maroon-colored menace.
Motoring Q&A: Why am I burning through so many headlamps? 03-02-2015
Q: I have a 2006 Honda CR-V which I purchased new. I have replaced the driverís side headlamp eight times and the passenger side six times since purchase.
Mark Phelan: The story behind making the DeLorean prototype 03-02-2015
Nobody knew the DeLorean sports car would become a cultural touchstone ó and a famous failure ó when Visioneering Inc. in Fraser, Mich., began building the production prototype of the gull-winged, stainless steel two-seater in November 1979.
Auto review: Lexus IS lineup offers choice of horsepower, rear or all-wheel drive 03-02-2015
For 2015, the third-generation Lexus IS models continue to present an aggressive elegance with flowing dynamic bodylines.
Auto review: Winter fun with the 2015 BMW 435i xDrive Coupe 03-02-2015
If you havenít experienced the why of BMW or become one of its legions of fanatics, driving one of its sports cars ó even one with all-wheel drive, like this one ó in the dead of winter might not seem to be the best way to figure it all out.
Under the Hood: Mysteriously sinking brake pedal easily fixed 03-02-2015
Q: I have a 2001 Chevrolet Suburban 1500 that all of a sudden lost brake power. I came to a stop sign, and the brake pedal went half way down.
Auto review: 2015 Chevrolet Trax is a funky, fun, affordable crossover 02-23-2015
When you head out to the dealership to test drive new cars, itís critical to drive only the level of car you can afford. Take the 2015 Chevrolet Trax, for instance.
Mark Phelan: Cheap gas no threat to high-mpg vehicles 02-23-2015
Despite the lowest gasoline prices in years, consumers still want vehicles with high fuel economy, executives from leading automakers said at the recent Chicago auto show.
Motoring Q&A: Time to replace struts, but worth the cost? 02-23-2015
Q: We have a 1999 Infiniti I30 with 122,000 miles that runs well but has one issue ó at highway speeds the car noticeably "jumps" or "skips" sideways slightly when going over big bumps. We have not replaced the struts or any other suspension components.
Under the Hood: What to do about squeaky brakes 02-23-2015
Q: My car has brakes that often squeal. My repair shop says they canít see any problems with the brakes and they canít duplicate the noise Iím hearing. Are the brakes sure to stop when needed? The noise is embarrassing and shouldnít be there.
Auto review: Redesigned and refined, Colorado now a handsome contender 02-23-2015
Itís unlikely many folks have missed the old Chevrolet midsize truck, the Colorado, since it was discontinued in the U.S. a couple years back. It was underpowered, inefficient and couldnít haul itself out of its own way.
Under the Hood: Ignition coil could be your culprit 02-16-2015
Q: About two years back my engine began to shudder and lose power at times. My trusted mechanic quickly determined the cause was a defective ignition coil and replaced it.
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