I have an í07 GMC Sierra 1500 with 80,000 miles. The other day my
radio went off for no reason and I also noticed that my seatbelt
warning light was not on as well (I donít wear my seatbelt).
Yesterday I shut off the truck and the radio and the door alarm ping
stayed on after I shut the door. Any suggestions here?
Absolutely ó wear your seatbelt! It is beyond my understanding how
any rational human being can choose not to utilize the fundamental
component of automotive safety ó the seatbelt. Failure to utilize
this critical safety system by not buckling up disables virtually
all of the extensive passive and active safety systems engineered
into a modern automobile.
There are only
four primary causes of injury or death in an automobile crash; the
human body impacting the interior of the cabin, the cabin being
crushed, an outside object penetrating the cabin, and fire. Car
makers spend millions of dollars engineering and building crash
management systems into todayís vehicles that absolutely minimize
these possibilities ó all predicated on use of the seatbelt. But
of course, if the driver or occupants donít buckle up, these
safety systems are severely compromised.
If you donít
care enough to protect yourself and others in case of a crash, I donít
care to answer your question.
Q: I purchased
a 2011 Subaru Forester last July. It got 22 to 23 mpg in driving,
half highway and half city. I drove from North Carolina to Minnesota
last September and got 27.5 to 28.9 mpg on the highway. Throughout
the very cold winter here, I have been getting 14.8 to 16.8 mpg. The
car is garaged, half my driving is highway, and the car is warmed up
frequently. Iím not happy about this and wonder if it is to be
expected and I should stop complaining.
A: Welcome to
the frozen north. You should probably stop complaining. Compare the
22-23 mpg mileage in warmer weather to the 15-17 mpg in this
extremely cold winter. When temperatures are low, more fuel is
burned in starting and bringing the engine and drivetrain up to
normal operating temperatures.
I would expect
your mileage to return to 22 to 23 mpg as warm weather returns.
Q: I have a
2001 Oldsmobile Aurora purchased in 1999. I replaced the battery for
the second time since new at a GM shop in January. I purchased a
Delco battery but four weeks later, after 88 miles, the battery was
dead again. After putting the charger on for a half-hour it started.
The shop said the alternator was good, no drainage of juice, battery
was good and that I wasnít driving it enough. In years past when a
battery was new it would start a car after months of sitting without
starting it every day. What gives?
A: I would be
more suspicious of the batteryís state-of-charge when you
purchased it. I donít know how long that battery sat on the dealerís
parts shelf or whether the dealership charged it before installing
it in your vehicle, but if it wasnít fully charged at the time of
installation and you only drove 88 miles over the next month, Iím
not surprised it needed to be recharged to start you vehicle. In
fact, I would have preferred you charge it with an automatic battery
charger for 24 hours to make sure it is fully charged.
this battery is still covered by its original warranty, so if thereís
any further issue with its performance, ask the dealer to replace it