Deals on Wheels

Honda CR-V recall explained

Dear Doctor: I received a recall notice for my 2018 Honda CR-V. Apparently, there have been complaints about the oil mixing in with the gasoline in these turbocharged vehicles. The recall consisted of performing a software update and changing the oil. The owner’s manual calls for 87 octane or ...

Filters keep cabin clean

Dear Doctor: Whenever I lower the windows on my 2016 Toyota 4Runner, even slightly while driving, I get lots of dust and dirt in the vehicle. The dealer said put the vents on recirculate and stay off dusty roads. It’s really bad. Any suggestions? Michelle Dear Michelle: Yes, putting the ...

Reprogramming factory feature disables convenience

Dear Doctor: I love my 2013 Cadillac XTS sedan with all-wheel-drive. However, very often after locking the car and returning to it after shopping or working, I find all four windows open. Any ideas? Ira Dear Ira: This convenience feature on your Cadillac is designed to lower all windows to ...

Well-trained technician needed to correct car’s safety faults

Dear Doctor: I have a 2014 Ford Taurus. A light on the dashboard indicates faults with the blind spot and the cross traffic safety systems. The Ford dealer reset the system and said it was fixed. However it’s not. I have extended coverage until June 2019. What should I do? — Frank Dear ...

Ford replaces turbo because of pre-ignition detonation

DEAR DOCTOR: My 2015 Ford Fusion with the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine is at the local Ford dealership for a new engine, due to a piston breaking from a low speed pre-ignition incident. Luckily, the failure occurred at 59,000 miles, so the new engine is covered on the 5-year/60,000-mile ...

Push-button car has no-start issue

DEAR DOCTOR: We own a 2012 Dodge Charger with a V6, keyless entry and push-button start. There have been a few random instances of the car not starting -- no click, nothing. We had it towed to the dealership, who found no trouble codes and couldn't replicate to no-start condition. The battery ...

First Volvo built in US doesn’t disappoint

The 2019 Volvo S60 body lines are drawn to radiate this sport sedan’s muscularity, handling prowess and solidity. It’s an instantly identifiable as a Volvo, with the brand’s signature strong shoulder line. The S60’s appearance says, “I’m fast, sophisticated, and I will protect ...

Why the false mileage readings on the odometer?

Dear Doctor: My friend owns a 2017 Dodge Grand Caravan with 5,000 miles. She has seen the odometer “jump” by 100 miles (2,999 odometer miles turning to 3,100 instead of 3,000 miles). Her minivan was driven from Georgia to New York, along with a motorist in a second car — with both drivers ...

LED lights now available for all

DEAR DOCTOR: I have a 2018 Subaru Legacy with EyeSight. I dislike the look of the yellowish high / low beams against the white LED daytime running lights. I've been researching LED replacement bulbs and what I'm seeing mostly are conversion kits that are "plug-in play." Should I use a ...

Should I change transmission fluid?

Dear Doctor: The transmission fluid has never been changed on my 2006 Honda Odyssey with 145,000 miles. There are no problems with the transmission. Should I change the transmission fluid? Or, do a transmission flush? Bob Dear Bob: I suggest you drain the fluid (about 3 to 4 quarts will ...

Dealership needs time for ABS light diagnosis

DEAR DOCTOR: The ABS and the brake lights on my 2010 Honda Element came on and the vehicle has been at the dealership for over a week. Multiple checks have been done to figure out what is going on and so far they haven’t been able to fix it. Can you suggest other options? — ...

Clean oil keeps engine flowing, lowers gas mileage

DEAR DOCTOR: My wife drives a 2012 Toyota Highlander with 55,000 miles, and I drive a 2016 Highlander with 35,000 miles. Synthetic oil has been used in both vehicles since they were new, including changing the oil / filter every 10,000 miles. Neither car is subject to unusual climate or road ...

Driving an SUV in ECO Mode

Dear Doctor: I recently purchased a 2016 Jeep Grand Cherokee. It has an "economy fuel mode" option, but I'm not certain if it should be used or not. The manual states the following: When the Fuel Economy (ECO) Mode is engaged, the vehicle control systems will change the following: "The ...

Oil specified by carmaker a must

DEAR DOCTOR: I own a 2015 Infiniti Q50. The owner’s manual calls for an ester-based motor oil. This oil is very expensive. Is there any other oil I can use? I understand that Mobil 1 Synthetic has an ester-base. Can conventional motor be used and will it do the job? — ...

Foul exhaust troubling on new car

Dear Doctor: My 2018 Buick Encore with the turbocharged engine has an ugly odor, as if exhaust fumes are entering the cabin. The technician followed the trouble flow chart for P0420 and found a faulty catalytic converter and failed upstream oxygen sensor, and he replaced the cat and gaskets. ...

2018 Hyundai Accent: Better compact ride comfort

The all-new 2018 Hyundai Accent’s design displays sculpted body forms and smoothly contoured lines and edges resulting in a new interpretation of Hyundai’s signature design language. Hyundai enters into the fifth generation of the Accent available in a four-door model only, offered in ...

Loud engine in GMC pickup is normal

DEAR DOCTOR: I recently purchased a 2014 GMC Sierra pickup with approximately 30,000 miles. I really like the styling, ride, and the quietness of the cabin. All is good with the truck except the noise from the 5.3-liter motor: It has more than enough power and runs very well, but it ...

Packard purchased in Warren performs flawlessly

During the 1999 celebration at the birthplace of Packard automobiles in Warren, Hal Hermann carefully looked over more than a thousand Packards from around the world on display. What he found most impressive was the quiet 356-cubic-inch, L-head engine introduced in 1940. The powerful ...

2017 Jetta: Sport-tuned sedan

UIf you want basic transportation from point A to point B, then the Jetta isn't your car. There's nothing boring about this compact sedan. The 2017 Volkswagen Jetta, a sporty little number with three turbocharged four-cylinder engine choices, has long been Volkswagen's best-selling vehicle in ...

Different for Volvo: 2017 S60 Cross Country

AUTO DOCTOR Dear Doctor: Have you driven the new Volvo Cross Country? The appearance is sporty hot and I'm thinking of putting it on my list of vehicles to test. — Eric Dear Eric: I agree, the new raised appearance on the body is hot-looking. I drove the 2017 Volvo S60 Cross Country ...