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Young man behind the wheel of burgundy Chevy Tahoe, his head out the window.

(Photo: Flickr/Matt Lemmon)

How far can a Chevy Tahoe go with 'check engine' lit?

Q: I am out of town driving my 2007 Chevy Tahoe. The "check engine" light comes on, and it loses full power. I also get a "reduced engine power" message. I shifted into two-wheel drive mode. Will I hurt it if I drive home, about 100 miles on the highway?

A: The problem is...

Red car partially covered in snow.

Can I disable the traction control system on my car?

Q: I own a 2010 Chevy Impala. On a slippery road, the engine is losing power, and the car stops after the warning light for ice and sliding appears on the dash. What can I do to avoid this kind of "protection"? I drive the car; it doesn't drive me.

A: This means the...

Light gray Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius V hybrid (Photo: Flickr/Robert Scoble)

Toyota and GM to recall cars over safety flaws

By Tom Musbach on November 14, 2012

Automakers Toyota and General Motors have announced recalls of several car models, according to news reports on Wednesday.

Toyota recall includes Prius

Toyota Motor Corp. said it will recall nearly 2.8 million cars worldwide, including some of the popular Prius...

Front-side view of black Lincoln MKS with forest in background.

Lincoln MKS (Photo: Flickr/Anthony Shropshire)

What is the safest sedan sold today?

Q: What is the safest car on the market? I'm a senior looking for a sedan or luxury sedan (2012 or 2013 model) that is safest in terms of air bags, crash protection, and fewer blind spots.

A: The highest rated vehicle in that class is the Lincoln MKS, both 2012 and 2013...

Gray Honda Accord parked in a driveway.

(Photo: Flickr/Jon Mick)

The common 'rattle' problem with Honda Accords

Q: My 2008 Honda Accord makes a rattling noise when I start the engine. The noise last for 2 or 3 seconds, and it only does it in the morning or after the car has been sitting a while.

A: This is a common problem acknowledged by Honda, and the noise you hear is a faulty...

New red Jaguar convertible with a woman posing in driver seat.

(Photo: Flickr/Jaguar Cars MENA)

How should I prepare my Jaguar for winter storage?

October 03, 2012

Q: I will be storing my Jaguar for the winter. Roads in my Canadian town have lots of salt on them, and I don't want my car exposed to it. What do you suggest I do before I store it?

A: I would recommend first adding a fuel stabilizer to the tank. Put about 60 psi of air...

Blue sedan partially buried in a snow drift.

Is your car prepared? (Photo: Flickr/Jason McDowell)

Checklist for winterizing your car

By Tom Musbach on September 25, 2012

As you plan to winterize your car, the first thing you should do is consult the maintenance schedule in the owner's manual for your vehicle. You can also consider this general set of guidelines and ideas (with a variation or two for cars like a Prius or a Chevy truck):

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Red Jeep Wrangler Rubicon parked on edge of a canyon.

A Jeep with a view. (Photo: Flickr/Adam Barhan)

What does the sway bar do on my Jeep?

September 05, 2012

Q: What is the sway bar used for on a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon? Is it used on regular road surfaces, or only off-road?

A: The sway bar runs from one wheel to the other on the same end of the vehicle with the center of the bar attached to the frame, so that when one wheel...

White Yukon SLT parked in driveway.

Yukon SLT: A fix for air conditioning that's too hot

August 20, 2012

Q: We recently bought a 2004 Yukon SLT and are having problems with the air conditioning. I could be driving along with a/c on, and then all of a sudden the a/c on the driver's side will turn extremely hot. If I stop the vehicle completely and turn it off and back on, this often corrects...

Car tire on garage floor next to car's wheel well. (Photo: Flickr/Robert Couse-B

(Photo: Flickr/Robert Couse-Baker)

If one strut leaks, must I replace all four?

August 08, 2012

Q: If I have one leaking strut, do I need to replace all four? (My car is a 2006 Subaru Outback wagon.)

A: Usually it's highly recommended to replace a pair of struts. For example, if the strut that's leaking is on the driver's side, then replacing both front struts is...

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