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Q: I read the item (about PDF owner’s manuals) with interest. I was in that situation when I bought my 2019 Honda Accord. I wrote to Honda that, when I am on the road and find I need to refer to the manual for example to understand a warning light, I do not want to have to squint at a PDF on…

Have you ever noticed that all apartment rentals are marketed as luxury apartments, even though they’re not? My grandmother lived in an apartment building with a doorman, and a large swimming pool with private cabanas. Its lobby contained a market, a florist, a beauty parlor, a restaurant an…

The Subaru Crosstrek didn’t leave a lot of room for improvement, but the 2021 model gets more power and better ride and handling. A new animal-free upholstery that delivers comfort and breathability also arrives to help the Crosstrek ward off a host of new competitors like the Chevrolet Trai…

Q: I recently purchased a 2020 Chevy Colorado pickup truck. This is the first vehicle I have owned that came with no gas filler cap. As I live on the east coast of Florida where we have hurricanes and rainy seasons, I am concerned about getting moisture in the fuel tank. The owner’s manual d…

Q: I have had two flat tires this summer. Both from nails. One was a roofing nail and the other was a 2 ¾-inch spike. In both cases only the head of the nail was showing on the tread. How does a nail lying horizontal on the pavement re-position itself, so the point drives itself into the tir…

Q: I have a 2013 Honda Accord Sport sedan. During my last car service it was recommended that I get a CV half shaft replacement. The repair cost $1,173.60. I am having no problems with my car. I am concerned that the dealer is trying to get me to do a repair that is not needed.

Q: You always say to read the book that spends most of its life in the glove compartment. I do my own basic maintenance on my vehicles and have always relied on the owner’s manual. I recently purchased a 2019 Chrysler 300 from a dealer. The only book in the glove box was a very limited manua…

It probably hasn’t crossed your mind, but if you’re wondering why crossover utility vehicles, or CUVs, are more popular than sedans, keep in mind they aren’t much different in length, height, width or ground clearance from cars built 80 years ago, although their packaging and style vary grea…

Q: I hit a new traffic paint line and got a boatload of paint under my wheel wells, not just spatter but a lot caked on about 1/8 inch thick, besides some spatter. I tried Goof Off paint remover and regular paint and varnish remover for wood and plastics. Neither one did anything. Any ideas?

DETROIT — Big vehicles don’t make me nervous. I grew up with them. My father, an engineer, drove a succession of pickups through fields and forests developing agricultural and construction equipment. My mother, 5 feet, 4 inches in heels, was decades ahead of auto industry trends, driving a S…

DETROIT — My comparison cars this week have much in common. They are muscle models from notable performance brands. They bear fresh, head-swiveling colors: one District Green, the other Sinamon Stick red. Both have elegant “T” shifters, sculpted 20-inch wheels, elevated sticker prices and mu…

Having spent nearly two decades and untold millions of dollars building up the Optima name for its midsize sedan in the American market, Kia’s 2021 midsize sedan will be known as the K5, a moniker used in its Korean home market, one with all of the appeal of a prison cell block. You can just…

Q: What is the proper method for storing a newer car for the winter, about six months? I have a 2019 Lincoln Nautilus. I’ve heard disconnecting the battery isn’t necessarily a good technique with newer cars because of the numerous car computers. Is it better to keep them on a trickle charger?

Q: I have a 2002 21-foot motorhome on a 3500 Chevrolet frame with a 5.7 engine. It now has 95,000 miles. At about 85,000 miles, the engine started losing power at driving speed. At first the engine would keep running but only at about 10 mph. After it sat overnight it would run fine. Now the…

Q: I have a 2011 Mazda Tribute and wanted to change the fuel filter. The manual states that it is in the gas tank and does not need to be changed. I find this strange, so I asked my local mechanic if he knew about this. He looked up gas filters for that model at his supply store and it shows…

Q: I have two vehicles in Arizona that I had to leave there on March 18. I have not been able to get them due to the virus. When I am able to get them, what type of maintenance should I have done to them? They have been garaged with trickle chargers. Should I have the oil changed and all flu…

Q: I have always been told that tires should be rotated every 5,000 to 8,000 miles. Now I just saw an article that said to rotate them “only if needed.” Is that correct? Is it OK to not rotate them if they appear to be wearing evenly?

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MUSKEGO — A Jiffy Lube service center has opened in Muskego on Commerce Center Parkway.The Muskego location marks the second for the company in the greater Milwaukee area. The four-bay service center offers a range of automotive services including tires, brakes, battery service and windshiel…

Q: My wife and I have a C300 Mercedes with 55,000 miles. Every time the car has been serviced, I’ll ask for a brake check even if it’s not part of the service code. They always check fine. My adviser has told me repeatedly that there will be an “idiot light” indicating time to replace but it…

Q: I’m hoping that you can help me on researching a truck to tow a travel trailer. My wife and I are interested in at most a 24-foot trailer of no more than 4,000 lbs. We have checked Consumer Reports, Edmunds, KBB and a few others for truck recommendations and find it almost impossible to f…