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How to winterize your vehicles before winter arrives

By Jessica on October 23, 2014

Winter is only a few weeks away and whether we like it or not we need to take certain steps to protect our cars and boats before the cold weather sets in. We asked an automotive service technician on JustAnswer the best way to protect our cars and boats in the winter months.

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Beige Buick Century in a residential intersection.

Why does my car tick after I turn it off?

Q: My 2002 Buick Century makes a steady ticking sound after I've been driving and stop the car. It seems to be coming from underneath the car, but also might be coming from the right side of the engine. What could be the problem?

A: If the ticking is metallic and from...

Blue Ford Escape speeding down the road, with greenery blurred in the background.

(Photo: Flickr/TinTin Yu)

How long does a battery last in a Ford Escape hybrid?

Q: I'm interested in buying a 2006 Ford Escape hybrid. It has 120K miles. What should I check more closely, since it's a hybrid? How often does the battery need to be replaced, and how much could it cost to replace the battery?

A: First, you should have someone hook up a...

Front half of a black Lexus car.

(Photo: Flickr/M 93)

What could trigger my car's 'check engine' light?

Q: I have a Lexus GS300, and the indicator light in the shape of an engine just came on. What does it mean?

A: The light you are referring to is commonly known as the "Check Engine Light." When the light comes on, this is the on-board computer's way of telling you it sees...

Rear view of light green Ford Escape hybrid.

(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

How to fix a rear door hatch on a Ford Escape hybrid

Q: I have a 2009 Ford Escape hybrid. The rear door hatch is not working. The glass opens fine on the button or from the key fob. The vehicle is unlocked and when I press the hatch release button I hear a slight click but nothing happens. The weird part for me is that if I have not used...

Sporty black car on a road in the middle of a desert full of dry, brown shrubs.

(Photo: Flickr/Rennett Stowe)

How to protect your car in a desert climate

Q: I'm moving from Florida to Las Vegas. Because of the heat and desert, what special care do cars require there?

A: Depending on where you lived in Florida, the desert air is very different and can be brutal on paint and interior surfaces. (I lived in Phoenix for 10...

Black Dodge Journey in a parking lot with vineyard in the background.

Dodge Journey (Photo: Flickr/Glen MacLarty)

Which brake pads should I buy for a Dodge Journey?

Q: I am having a friend change the brake pads on my 2009 Dodge Journey. I am unsure what type to purchase and if there is anything additional we should know about changing them.

A: On this vehicle, the best type of brake pad to use will be "Ceramic." The ceramic pads use...

Sporty red car parked next to San Francisco Bay with Golden Gate Bridge in the background.

The most affordable high-quality cars right now

Q: What do you think is the highest quality car on the market right now? Meaning reasonably priced, doesn't need a lot of maintenance, will last a long time, and has good gas mileage.

A: The below vehicles are high quality, under $25K in price, low in maintenance and good...

Woman smiling and standing between white car door and car's interior.

4 maintenance tips to make your car last longer

Simple car-care basics can keep your vehicle running in good shape for years and save you money. But many car owners don't even get the oil changes right.

Not to worry. Two car-repair specialists on JustAnswer shared tips that can help boost your car's performance and make it last longer...

Light blue sporty Dodge Charger 4-door sedan.

A version of the Charger 4-door sedan. (Photo: Flickr/Jason Lawrence)

Is the 2007 Dodge Charger a good used-car buy?

Q: My son is ready to buy his first car, and I'm wondering if it's a good idea for him to get a 2007 Dodge Charger SE/SXT sedan 4-door with 95K miles on it for $12,500. He's 24 and his hourly job pays almost double the minimum wage; I'm worried about breakdowns, mileage, and costs of...

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