The Car Talk Communities are a never-ending source of material for us, and this week is no exception. A member had a question about the length of time before washing and waxing a car with a brand new finish.
A dead battery in a Chevy pickup left for a considerable length of time can require reprogramming before the truck will start.
This week, AAA’s Car Doctor John Paul diagnoses a heating and air conditioning issue that only crops up after the car goes through the car wash.
A friend of ours once said “You can’t give a haircut over the phone,” commenting on how hard it is to provide good diagnostics remotely. But that’s what this dad did with his daughter, and they got their issue about 90 percent solved. Car Doc John Paul gets them the rest of the way home.
Car owners are mystified by Xenon headlamps, but anyone with rudimentary skills and a few tools can replace them for around $25 each.
In Latin, it’s called post hoc ergo propter hoc: a faulty assumption that because there is a correlation between two variables that one caused the other. Is our Lexus owner’s problem caused by swapping the battery, or are the two items completely unrelated?
If you’re driving a late Subaru Outback, you may be plagued with battery issues if you park your car for more than a day or so. John Paul looks into solutions.
My father-in-law once told me “You have no idea what you bought until you put some wax on it.” That was the case with the 1965 Chevrolet Corvair I bought over the weekend.
There are times when you stare at the engine and think “What kind of idiot designed that?” That’s the initial impression of the spark plug locations on the Chrysler PT Cruiser. Yet, our intrepid expert John Paul has some advice to make it easier.