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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...

Gray 2007 Chevy Avalanche truck.

(Photo: Flickr/David Guo)

Must I remove a manifold to repair oil pressure sensor?

Q: I am getting my oil pressure sensor changed for my 2007 Chevy Avalanche. The mechanic also says they need to remove the intake manifold. Is this the case?

A: This is true information. The older body-style trucks did not have to have the manifold removed, but on the...

Gray Suzuki Forenza (front angle view) in a parking lot.

Suzuki Forenza (Photo: Flickr/BrainThought)

Can I replace my car's struts with shock absorbers?

Q: Can I replace the struts on my vehicle with shock absorbers?  I have a 2006 Suzuki Forenza that needs new struts, but they are too expensive. Could I just buy shock absorbers instead and install them?

A: Struts and shock absorbers are not interchangeable. A strut is...

White Ford truck with a jet ski loaded in the back.

(Photo: Flickr/Scott Stilson)

My truck is losing engine coolant. What should I do?

January 21, 2013

Q: The engine on my Ford truck (F-350 Super Duty, 2006) loses engine coolant, and I observe excessive white smoke after starting and during driving for several minutes. Could I have a wet cylinder? I was told to try Stop Leak.

A: Probably the best piece of advice I can...

White Saturn SUV in a driveway.

(Photo: Flickr/Greg Gjerdingen)

How much to fix a faulty synchronizer?

Q: I am considering buying a used car, 2003 Saturn L200 manual shift. It makes noise when shifting from 2nd to 3rd gear, but otherwise works fine when in gear. Is it the synchro or something else? What is the approximate cost to repair?

A: If the noise is only present...

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