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Owner’s Transmission Needs Factory Overhaul

2013 Ford Focus

Dear Doctor: My daughter has a 2013 Ford Focus with 33,000 miles. She was driving in traffic when an indicator message said the transmission was overheating and to pull over immediately, so she did and had it towed to the … Continue reading

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2003 Jetta oil drain plugs stripped

Dear Doctor: I have a 2003 Volkswagen Jetta wagon and was told the oil drain plug threads on the pan are stripped. Should I have an oversize plug inserted, or do I need to replace the pan? I think the … Continue reading

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1998 BMW emits black smoke

Dear Doctor: I own a used 1998 BMW 323ic with 130,000 miles. When I start it in the morning black smoke emits and the car runs rough. If I open the oil cap the rpms go up and the smoke … Continue reading

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2002 Chevy Monte Carlo transmission fluid

Dear Doctor: I have a 2002 Chevy Monte Carlo SS with 3.8L motor. I bought this car new and have just reached 50,000 miles. It runs great and gets about 28 mpg on the road. I’m planning to take a … Continue reading

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2006 Toyota Sienna spark plug replacement

Dear Doctor: I own a 2006 Toyota Sienna with 43,000 miles on it. The owner’s manual states to change the spark plugs at 90,000 miles. I called a couple of dealerships and they stand by the manufacturer’s timetable. I have … Continue reading

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2002 Hyundai Elantra bumpy ride

Dear Doctor: I’m the original owner of a 2002 Hyundai Elantra with 52,000 miles. I don’t feel like I’m getting a smooth ride. It seems the car is picking up every little blemish on the road. Even when I shift … Continue reading

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Driving on plugged tires safety

Dear Doctor: I have a 2008 BMW 5 Series with original tires and 26,500 miles. Over the past few months all four tires have been plugged because of large nail and screw punctures. How safe is it to continue driving … Continue reading

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