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True or False: Low tire pressure impacts fuel efficiency

By Carolyn Hauck on August 18, 2015

Assuming you’re like most people, you have a laundry list of tasks and errands to do each week. Also, like most people, checking the pressure on your car’s tires probably isn’t on that list. But should it be?

It sounds a little crazy, but does low tire pressure affect...

True or False: Your car needs higher octane gas

By Carolyn Hauck on June 18, 2015

Ever wonder when you pull up to the pump if you should be paying for premium gasoline instead of your usual regular? Especially when gas prices are high, that extra 10-25 cents you could pay on higher octane fuel can start to add up, so is it really worth it or even necessary? To...

Road Trip

Summer Road Trip Checklist

By Carolyn Hauck on June 02, 2015

Few things represent the carefree days of summer better than the road trip.

And to make your travels truly carefree, take care to follow the below tune-up basics offered by Mr. Hamman, a top Technician on JustAnswer before you journey off.


What to consider when buying a car

By Carolyn Hauck on May 05, 2015

Buying a car—either new or used—can be an overwhelming task. But with a little research and preparation, you can make a decision and drive home with a car you and your family will love.

Most people start the process by first narrowing down a price range and deciding whether or not to buy...

Oil change

Photo Credit: Flickr/Jeff Wilcox

The 3,000-mile oil change myth

By Carolyn Hauck on April 28, 2015

Still changing your car’s oil every 3,000 miles? You might want to think again.

According to oil experts and car manufacturers less frequent oil changes have become the norm and it’s outdated information that keeps people returning to service stations for oil changes every 3,000 miles....

Car in Snow

Photo Credit: Flickr/Jasleen Kaura

How to avoid potential car issues in winter

By Jessica Klimczak on November 18, 2014

As winter approaches, you need to make sure your car is ready for the change in weather and temperature. If you live in a snow laden area, it is important to take extra precautions before the winter arrives by performing what mechanics call the “winter maintenance” service. The first...

Photo Credit: Chad Cooper

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.

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...