Camaro — Important Adjustments for Summer PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 March 2012 13:04

Dear Barbara,

What do I need to do to get my Camaro ready for the summer as it is soon approaching?



Dear Linda,

There are certain items in preparing your car for summer; there are adjustments and inspections that will need to be made pertaining to the season change.

If you have been using snow tires, swap them out with your regular tires, this will give you a quieter, smoother ride.

Check your tire pressure to make sure it is at the correct level, you may want to adjust it for the hotter operating conditions that we deal with in the summer; also having the proper air pressure will assure that you get better gas mileage, and that your tires last longer.

Inspect the belts and hoses and have them replaced if need be.

Inspect the wiper blades; replace them if they are worn out, and always make sure you have plenty of windshield wiper fluid; bugs are an increasing nuisance in the summer, and for safety, keep your windshield clean and clear of them.

Because our engine’s cooling system works harder in warmer weather, have the radiator and radiator hoses checked, and maintain a proper level of engine coolant—a 50% water 50% antifreeze is a good mixture to maintain.

Of course check all of your fluids yourself or have them checked by a qualified mechanic, and remember to always have your oil changed every 3000 miles.

Please take time to make the inspections and adjustments that are necessary to assure a safer ride for you and others drivers on the road, and of course, keeping your cars mechanical health and condition as good as possible.

Thanks for writing in,

Cleaning Battery Posts PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 March 2012 13:01

Dear Barbara,

I have heard about ‘cleaning your battery’ posts. Can you please explain this process?



Dear Tom,

Okie dokie, I will explain the importance of keeping your battery posts clean and clear of acid corrosion in order to keep your battery as healthy as possible.

It is essential that your battery posts stay clear of corrosion in order to keep your vehicle running properly. There are some traditional ways and one trick of the trade that will amaze you.

You can use that old wire brush tool that our granddaddies used or you can grab a can of anti-corrosion spray; spray a little bit of it on the battery post; let it sit for a few seconds; then rinse it off with a bit of water.

You can also use my favorite way… pour a tad bit of cola onto the battery posts until it eats the corrosion away; then rinse the cola off with a bit of water. The carbonation within the cola literally eats the corrosion off of the posts.

Remember that if your car is having a hard time starting, it may just be that there’s some corrosion on the battery posts; if this is the case then clean them properly by using one of the 3 methods that we have talked about today; then try starting your car.

Thanks for writing in,

1995 Toyota 4-Runner with Ruined Head Gaskets PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 February 2012 08:53

Dear Barbara,

My name is Lee and I own a 1995 Toyota 4-runner with 183,000 miles and in less than four years, the head gaskets have been ruined twice and the problem has been fixed. This is the third time it ruined, so I took it to the mechanic and he said he couldn’t fix it because now it’s totally ruined; all he could do is put in another motor, but he couldn't give an exact quote because he said it depends on the mileage of the motor he was going to put in; all he said was that it could be between $1600.00 to $2500.00.

I was not so sure to use this mechanic again so I went to another one for another quote, and this one told me that he could do the job for $1700.00, but that he does not guarantee that the car won't work the same because of the overheating and the motor he was going to put in. He also has given me an alternative of buying the car from me for $600.00 and selling me a four door 1999 Chevy Blazer with 144,000 miles for $3000.00.

As a women, I'm so confused, I hardly know anything about cars, so I really don't know which mechanic to use; some of my co-workers tell be to buy a brand new car as that is the safe way to go, but I can't afford car payments at this time. Please help me with your expert advice. I always read your articles in the ‘Houston Chronicle’ and I always think that you really know what you are talking about.

Thank you for your time,


Dear Lee,

First of all I would say to pass on the Blazer with 144K on the clock; I am surprised this one has not been buried in the Ole Blazer cemetery by now. All you would be doing in this instance is buying a bucket full of nightmares… take my word on this one!

What I would suggest you do is to find a mechanic that will get to the root of the problem that is causing your head gaskets to crack and that will give you a guarantee on either getting an used/rebuilt or a new motor.

You should without any doubt be able to find a mechanic that will put in a replacement motor and give you a guarantee on it, and possibly fix the culprit that is repeatedly causing you to have your head gasket issues for under $2000.00.

4 Runners are excellent vehicles and yours more than likely has a few more years of life left to it. Fixing your 4 Runner seems to be a better financial choice for you by not having to choke on those high new car payments every month… year after year.

You should give your local Better Business Bureau a call and ask them to recommend a couple good trusted mechanics.

Thanks for writing in and let me know how it goes,

Dead Power Door/Trunk Locks in 1995 Camaro Z28 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 February 2012 08:58

Dear Barbara,

I have a 1995 Camaro Z28, V8 with 80,000 miles on it. It is fast becoming a much coveted classic, especially in this country. I drive it less than fifteen miles every morning and then let it sit till the next day. But when I start it the next morning, the power door and trunk locks are dead. They only come back to life after I do my daily drive and return home. However, the next morning they are dead again!

And so it has been for months now because no electrician in this country seems able to fix this problem.

Can you help, please!

Dr. A.

Dear A.

I personally think that your culprit is your master switch. All of your problem parts that you are describing to me are integrated together in that one switch. The master switch is located in the driver’s door and should cost about $50.00 US.

If you were here in the states, I would be more than happy to fix this myself for you!

Thanks for writing in,

Oil Change in 1997 Cadillac PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 February 2012 05:47

Dear Barbara,

You helped me on my 1977 Buick last week. Thanks for that.

My grandson come over today and mentioned he was going to have his car oil changed soon. His question to me was could he go back to regular oil once he had synthetic oil in his car, “only one oil change”. It is a 1997 Cadillac with close to 100,000 on it. What do you think?

Thanks for your help,


Dear Jim,

He can for sure use whatever oil he wants to. There will not be any problem at all if he wants to go back to regular oil after using synthetic for one oil change. If he does go back to regular oil, I would suggest going to something along the lines of Max Life by Valvolin—an oil that is specifically designed for cars with 75k over on the ODO.

Thanks for the great questions!

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