Q: I am
from the era when cars still had carburetors and was
told that to avoid problems with my parking brake I need
to use it — use it or lose it. I got into the habit. I
park my 2012 Chevy Malibu on a slight incline. A couple
of times, I forgot to release the brake before I started
down the driveway and my Malibu would make a warning
ding. At my next oil change I questioned the Chevy
dealer and they said they would check it. Lo and behold,
they tell me that I need to have both rear brake
calipers replaced for $718. My husband got mad at me for
using my parking brake every day. Help!
Parking brakes are just that. They hold the car in place
when parked. They are not strong enough to overtake the
engine. That’s why it’s called a parking brake not
an emergency brake. It is common to be able to back up
with the brake applied. You practice what we preach: Use
the parking brake every time to prevent the cables from
corroding. We suggest you get a second opinion about the
need for new calipers.
recently visited the gas station to fill my car. I
unscrewed the cap as usual and began to pump in the gas.
When I pulled the nozzle out, the metal flap that covers
the interior hole broke off and went into the neck of
the tank. Now it takes three to four times as long to
fill the tank because the pump continually cuts off.
Could the piece of metal be partially blocking the neck
of the gas tank? What should I do?
tab, which is there to prevent siphoning, is likely
stuck in the filler pipe. It may be impossible to fish
it out. You probably need to have the pipe replaced.
have a 2000 Toyota Camry with 123,000 miles on it. We
noticed a noise from the upper front end when we go over
speed bumps. The mechanic said it needs new struts for
$800. We plan to get another car in about a month. Is it
OK to drive the car until then?
Atlantic Beach, Fla.
was the first car recalled and why?
Crystal Lake, Ill.
didn’t know, so we turned to the internet and found a
citation from the Mashaw and Harfst book “The Struggle
for Auto Safety.” The car was a 1959 Cadillac. The
Pitman arm, which is part of the steering linkage, was
Q: I have
a 2008 Chevy Trailblazer. When I turn on the windshield
wiper and sprayer, the passenger side works, but the
driver’s side has no spray. Is this an easy fix for
me? My wife offered to help me.
likely, the rubber hose that carries the solvent has
detached. Operate the washers with the hood open and
observe where the water is coming from. You may need to
replace the hose if it is leaking. If there are no
leaks, see that the hose is not kinked. Employ your wife
to operate the switch as you investigate.
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