Under the Hood: What ought to get done in a brake job 01-07-2019
Q: What in your opinion should a brake job consist of? On my cars and truck, I’ve had just the pads replaced, and sometimes the rotors turned or replaced, but never a caliper replaced. I’ve tried a new repair place, and they want to replace my rotors and install “loaded calipers.” Is this overkill or necessary as a car ages?
Motormouth: Who thought it was a good idea to illuminate the dash without having the headlights on? 01-07-2019
Q: Hoping you can give me the logic behind lighted dash displays when headlights are off. When I learned to drive, I was taught to glance at the dash (looking for gas level was one cue) and, if it was too dark to see the instruments clearly, I knew to turn on the headlights, which turned on the dash lights.
Auto review: We got no kicks in the Nissan Kicks crossover 01-07-2019
The best thing about the Nissan Kicks is the price. For about $22,000, the subcompact crossover comes well-equipped with advanced driver assistance systems and convenient technology. The worst thing about the Nissan Kicks is it is not a very good car.
Auto review: 2019 Ram 1500 can move grown men to tears — and here’s why 01-07-2019
I loved owning a tiny little pickup truck. Mine was a Toyota. It didn’t have a fancy name. And when I drove the stick shift, I listened to the gritty sound of gears changing.
Auto review: Ignore marketing; the 2019 Ford Edge is best in class 01-07-2019
Why have new homes become so unaffordable? It might be due to their massive size. The average new single-family home measures 2,422 square feet, 146 percent larger than the 1950s 983 square-foot home, according to the U.S. Census.
Under the Hood: Your car’s evaporative emissions system explained 12-24-2018
Q: I just had my check engine light fixed at a cost of $273. The adviser said it was an “EVAP solenoid” that had gone bad.
Motormouth: Winter tires and tire inflation might not be so straightforward 12-24-2018
Q: I have a dedicated set of winter tires and rims that I use from November through April, then switch back to the set that came with my car.
Auto review: An impressive update for the redesigned 2019 Toyota RAV4 12-24-2018
Why are crossovers and SUVs so popular these days? You might think it’s because you sit up higher, or the widespread availability of front-wheel or all-wheel drive.
Auto review: Genesis is for real and BMW, Audi better take notice 12-24-2018
After the third drive in the excellent all-new 2019 Genesis G70 compact sedan, a memory from the 2016 Chicago Auto Show floor returned.
Motormouth: Can gas pumps be rigged to dispense less fuel than is shown? 12-17-2018
Q: I buy my gas at a Giant food store because I receive gas discount points. I suspect that Giant’s gas pumps dispense less gas than is shown on the pump.
Auto review: Range Rover Velar climbs, wades and looks pretty cool, too 12-17-2018
The new-for-2018 Range Rover Velar may not be anyone’s first choice to deliver dozens of packages for a holiday party. Where’s the minivan when you need it?
Auto review: Hyundai updates its Elantra sedan for 2019, adding technology, safety 12-17-2018
The compact Hyundai Elantra sedan, now in its sixth generation, gets a thorough redesign for 2019, inside and out, including more standard technology features, along with a new infotainment system and additional active safety features standard on more trims.
Auto review: With the Project 8, Jaguar unleashes its most powerful sedan 12-17-2018
You’d have to be a child to believe that Superman could change into a suit, throw on a pair of glasses and not be recognized.
Larry Printz: Lexus looks to be at the forefront of cutting-edge car design 12-10-2018
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — To walk the aisles of DesignMiami/, a global design forum for creators, curators, collectors and critics, is to be amazed.
Under the Hood: Fixing conductive stripes in defogger system 12-10-2018
Q: My rear window has a strip of glass that doesn’t defrost like the rest of the window. It bugs me because it’s right in my view behind the car.
Motormouth: Smacking the engine won’t fix that noise. For long, anyway 12-10-2018
Q: I have what you might call a classic vintage car, a 1988 Lincoln Town Car. When I was returning from the store about a month ago, I heard a loud screech from the engine.
Auto review: 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt: Better, faster, more 12-10-2018
Of the more than 100 new vehicles I’ve driven this year, the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt might be my favorite.
Auto review: GMC Sierra AT4 pickup is loaded with premium features 12-10-2018
MARSHALL, Mich. — Brawny, lifted and loaded with premium features, the 2019 GMC Sierra AT4 pickup is a 4WD specialist and a peek into the future of General Motors’ upscale truck brand.
Mark Phelan: 2020 Lincoln Aviator: 10 things customers will like about all-new SUV 12-03-2018
The all-new 2020 Lincoln Aviator midsize luxury SUV will feature an electric-only driving mode and the most power of any vehicle in the brand’s history when it goes on sale in summer 2019.
Motormouth: Car heater on the fritz? Could be thermostat 12-03-2018
Q: My 2011 Kia Sportage is trying to freeze me to death. When I first start out on a chilly day, the heater blows warm air as soon as the engine warms up, as expected.
Auto review: A good-looking hybrid? Thank you, Honda 12-03-2018
Doesn’t it seem as if you’re always being told what to do? When you’re growing up, your parents tell you what to do.
Auto review: 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS 450: Mild hybrid, excellent car 12-03-2018
To the uninitiated, the Mercedes CLS 450 four-door coupe can be confusing. Is it a C-Class? Is it a two-door? Is it ugly, like crossover coupes? No, to all of the above.
Auto review: On 100th anniversary of making trucks, Chevrolet rolls out the newest Silverado 12-03-2018
Chevrolet introduced its first trucks to customers in January 1918, then 80 years later introduced the Silverado pickup in 1998 as the successor to the long-running C/K line, taking the Silverado name from a previous trim level used from 1975 through 1998.
Under the Hood: Troubleshooting dead phone charger socket 11-26-2018
Q: I went to plug in my phone charger to my 2015 Civic and there were a bunch of sparks coming from the socket and then it went dead. Can you explain what happened? How I can get back to being able to charge my phone?
Motormouth: If high octane gas doesn’t fix spark knock, what will? 11-26-2018
Q: I have a 2015 Chevy Colorado 3.6-liter V-6 with 45,000 miles that is serviced regularly and uses strictly Top Tier regular gas.
2019 Alfa Romeo Stelvio SUV doesn't look or feel like any other 11-26-2018
There are a lot of SUVs out there. You may have noticed as you tried to pick yours out in the parking lot, wishing you’d left the window sticker on so you could tell Brand X from W, Y or Z without walking to the tailgate to read the badge.
Auto review: Jaguar’s Sportbrake XF wagon a sporty choice for active lifestyles 11-26-2018
OK, two questions may come to mind. First, who still wants a station wagon these days? And, what the heck is a Sportbrake?
Auto review: Refresh keeps the three-row Honda Pilot on pace with Subaru Ascent, Volkswagen Atlas 11-26-2018
The good news about the refreshed 2019 Honda Pilot Elite is the nine-speed transmission operates without a hitch. The bad news is the top trim level costs over $48,000.
Mark Phelan: Your seat belt is in the wrong place. This new device fixes that 11-26-2018
Your seat belt is in the wrong place. Everybody’s is, but supplier ZF says it can help.At issue: comfort vs. convenience.
Under the Hood: Replacing valve core in RV tires 11-19-2018
Q: I was changing the tire pressure sensor caps on my motor home and found that one of the rear tire valves had become bent and doesn’t interact with the sensor.
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