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According to oil experts and car manufacturers less frequent oil changes have become the norm and it’s outdated information that keeps people returning to service stations for oil changes every 3,000 miles....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

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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...

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...