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Automotive Troubleshooting

It's the owner's call: Fixing truck is not a legal or ethical decision

Q: Recently my daughter's friend bumped into my 1996 Dodge Dakota and did $1,200 worth of damage. I promised my family and the body shop I would get it fixed. Some people say I should just keep the money. Is that legal? Or just unethical? Or neither?

May 04, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Maxima should be OK if diesel fuel was flushed

Q: I have a 2009 3.5-liter Nissan Maxima with 39,000 miles. Recently I filled the car with 16 gallons of premium fuel, drove about 50 miles and returned home. Later that day, my car wouldn't run. We discovered that the fuel tank at the gas station had been filled with diesel fuel. My car was…

November 03, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Compressor may not be the problem with malfunctioning AC

Q: Is it possible for an air-conditioning compressor to go bad so quickly? Our daughter bought a 2007 Nissan Altima with 72,000 miles last August from a dealership, and now the AC doesn't work. She was told the compressor is dead. She'll get a second opinion, but I'm also wondering what your…

July 07, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Don't replace struts at 70K miles unless they're clearly failing

Q: I purchased a 2008 Buick Lucerne new, and it now has 68,000 miles. For the past 10,000 miles or so, a rattle or clunk noise has been coming from the front when it's driven over any kind of bump. It sounds like something is loose in the front end.

June 02, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

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