Car clinic Q&A

Do I really need to wax my car?

Do I really need to wax my car? The simple answer: probably....

Correct steering wheel postion

If you started driving pre-1990, before airbags were common, it’s likely that the driving instructor’s “hands at 10 and 2” command still influences the way...

Rusty… driveway?

Rusty… driveway?

I drive a 2000 convertible that is frequently parked for seven to 10 days. It appears the front brakes rust in that time and then...

LED upgrade

LED upgrade

I just bought a cool Cadillac Fleetwood, and I’m upgrading it for day-to-day driving. One of the things I’m wondering about is if I can...

The lowdown on dash cams

The lowdown on dash cams

I keep seeing the insane videos from Russian dash cams. Considering how crazy drivers are getting, should I have a dash cam in my car...

Keep your car car free of dog-dirt

I have a dog, and although I love taking him with me on car rides, cleaning up the hair on the seats and slobber on...

Make your car theft-proof

Make your car theft-proof

I have a pickup I absolutely love, and would like to prevent it from being stolen. Any ideas to make it theft-proof?...

Turbos and octane

Turbos and octane

I’ve read that turbochargers on petrol cars are designed for high-octane fuel but can use regular, and the engine adjusts to the octane level. What’s...

Tracing boot leaks

Tracing boot leaks

I recently noticed my 1998 Camry’s boot floor is wet, and just today I started smelling mildew in the cabin. Any suggestions?...

Is that battery really dead?

My car’s been having trouble turning over in the morning. I replaced the battery, but the problem recurs aftera few days. What should I do?...

What’s the deal with resonators?

Ever notice the pointless nodules jutting off the intake tube running into a car’s throttle body? They do have a job...

Clunking noise while accelerating

When I’m at a stop and then floor the accelerator pedal, a big ka-THUNK sound comes from the engine bay. ...