I really appreciated your response to the non-seat belt
wearer. I wear my seat belt all the time, but a number
of months ago the driverís side seat belt
light/warning chime in my 2006 Pontiac G6 started going
off while the seat belt is buckled. The shop said it
would be $400 to repair because they would have to take
the seat out to get to the area to repair. The chime
comes on immediately after starting the car, then again
about five minutes later and always chimes five times.
The light illuminates several times while I am driving
and the chime does, too.
From the symptoms you describe, the problem could be as
simple as the seat belt switch located in the seat belt
buckle at your right hip or its harness connector under
the seat. Or it could be a more serious issue with the
sensing and diagnostic module or instrument panel
would suggest having the shop unplug and test the seat
belt switch to determine if itís the culprit. I think
this can be done without removing the seat. If the
switch is bad, have it replaced. If the switch is good
and a scan tool confirms the sensing and diagnostic
module is telling the instrument panel cluster the seat
belt is fastened ó yet the light/chime are still
indicating the seat belt is unfastened ó the problem
is in the instrument panel cluster. Youíll have to
decide if itís worth this level of repair.
of the somewhat intermittent nature of the light/chime
coming on, my best guess is the seat belt switch.
I have a 2014 Mitsubishi Lancer and was informed by the
dealer service department that I need to use synthetic
oil. I thought this was usually required for luxury or
high-performance cars and an option for the rest of us.
Do I really need to use synthetic oil in this car?
Without knowing which engine option is in your vehicle,
my answer will have to be a bit generic. The maintenance
recommendations from Mitsubishi call for API "SN"
0W-20 for their non-turbo engines and API "SN"
5W-30 for their turbocharged engines. Both
petroleum-based and synthetic motor oils can meet these
specifications, but why not use the best ó a premium
synthetic motor oil.
I am curious what your opinion is about using only
DexCool antifreeze in our two Buick vehicles as
recommended by GM. An auto mechanic and auto body
repairman with 30 yearsí experience advised me not to
use this product as he found it clogged up the
heaters/heating systems in vehicles.
DexCool coolant/antifreeze utilizes an organic acid
anti-corrosion technology and claims a much longer
service life than conventional antifreeze that utilizes
phosphate/borate/silicate anti-corrosion technology.
Both coolants are ethylene glycol-based for their
one type better than the other? That question has been
and continues to be heavily debated. The biggest issue
is oxidation of the coolant over time and mileage. As
long as the coolant level is properly maintained and the
coolant is flushed/replaced within recommended
intervals, both work well.
I have a 2000 Buick Park Avenue. The driverís door
refuses to open as easily as the others. It feels like
there is a vacuum between the weatherstripping and the
door frame. Please advise.
First, clean and lubricate the door seal/weatherstripping
and seal area on the body with an aerosol silicone
lubricant. If this does not help, perhaps the door has
"sagged" on its hinges over the years and
miles. A body shop may be able to realign the door for
the "old days" I used to do this by placing a
piece of 2x4 below the hinges between the door and door
frame and "push" the door toward close to
slightly "readjust" the hinges.
the hinge pins/bushings are worn, they can be replaced.