Jumper Cables Safe to Carry? PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 19 March 2012 20:08

Dear Barbara,

Is it safe to use jumper cables on my car to start another car? My husband says it will damage my car.

Thank you,

Dear Mary,

Your husband is right with his way of thinking.

This is the reason why a lot of the car manufacturers since around 1996 are hiding the battery and or making only the positive battery cable exposed. It is better to carry a jump box instead of a pair of ole jumper cables in your truck.

I am a huge supporter of the jump box and exploit it every time I have possible. You can pick up a jump box at most any auto parts stores for about 45.00, and it makes it possible to jump start your car without having that 2nd vehicle around.

Thanks for writing in and I tell your husband that he may be right about this but not everything!

Keeping Seatbelt Ding from Going Off PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 19 March 2012 20:00

Dear Barbara,

I just purchased a 2002 F150 Lariat. I'm a Builder in a gated community who spends the majority of my time inside the truck in the community. I literally get in and out of the truck 100 times a day in the neighborhood. Every time I don't snap the seatbelt, that annoying ding goes off. I'm afraid to keep the seat belt in the snapped position all the time because I'm afraid I'll forget to put on the belt when I leave the neighborhood. Is there any other way to keep the sound from going off?



Dear Bryan,

Oh my gosh do I so know what you are experiencing! I personally do not have that annoying beep that seems to just get louder and more piercing every time it goes off in my Jeep. However, it seems to be my luck that every time I travel and rent a car as soon as I get into it, that beep welcomes me with a greeting that just won’t quit! UGH!

Back in my brokering days, my buddies and myself would get creative with the wire cutters, but I do not suggest that now.

Heads-up, if you try and pop the fuse out that controls the beeping sound, you also disable the airbags which in turn will make the airbag light on the dash illuminate and put you and your family in jeopardy by disabling the airbag system. There is also a distribution center underneath your dash where the dinger/chime is located. If you are diligent enough to locate this, all you will have to do is pull the dinger out of the distribution box.

I want to make it very clear that I do not suggest or endorse that you do anything to disable that dinging. I am just trying to answer your question to the best of my knowledge and ability. I just want to make it clear again that I do not encourage or recommend that you do anything to disable it.

Thanks for writing!

Why the ‘Top Tank’ Notice? PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 19 March 2012 19:43

Dear Barbara,

Why do all the self-serve gasoline pumps have a notice "DO NOT TOP TANK"? When I am driving on a long trip, I want to get as much as possible as I can in my tank to avoid stopping along the way without hoping there will be a gas station at the next town/city.




Dear Elmore,

You cannot top off your fuel tank anymore unless you want to engage your check engine light and possibly wreak havoc on your evap system. Why do I say this? Well… it puts fuel in places where fuel is not supposed to be when you overfill your tank and this is bad for major components. So next time you are filling up your car's gas tank, and as soon as it pops off the first time, leave it be.

Thanks for writing in again!

Fuel Leak in Toyota Truck PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 19 March 2012 19:56

Dear Barbara,

I have replaced the fuel filter and now I have a fuel leak on the outlet side of the filter. I can feel the gas coming out from between the filter and the banjo fitting. I used the new copper washers on each side of the fittings and the bolt is tight; the threads look fine. I tried removing and re-tightening the bolt on that side, but it still leaks. So it seems obvious that it's a connection problem... bad filter or what? There's enough pressure to start the engine but after 2 seconds of it running, there's a puddle of gas.

Do you have any suggestions that don't involve towing it to the dealership?

Toyota truck owner

Dear Toyota truck owner,

If you have the original copper washers, you need to put these back on in order to stop your car's fuel leak. If you do not have your original ones, go to the parts store and buy new copper washers because the ones that came with your replacement fuel filter are useless.

Then you can go to your local Starbucks and put your feet up while enjoying your favorite hot beverage!

Thanks for writing in,

What to Do in Case of a Car Accident? PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 06 March 2012 13:05

Dear Barbara,

What advice do I need to tell my kids in case they are involved in an accident with their car?



Dear Cindy,

Every day, thousands of us are involved in an automobile accident. I want to talk about the few steps that need to be taken right after an accident.

First of all, remember to remain calm and always have an emergency road kit in your car at all times.

Next, make sure all drivers and passengers are safe; if not, call 911 before doing anything else.

If the cars are still operational, make sure to get them off of the road or freeway; then you will need to place road flares around the scene to insure the safety of all parties involved and the drivers of the cars that will be approaching the accident scene; there were over 3000 deaths on the road last year, caused by cars broken down on the side of the road.

Make sure you exchange all information, name, address, phone numbers, insurance information, and if there were witnesses, also get their information.

Take photos of the accident to document all damage of your vehicle and the other vehicles involved.

If the law enforcement in your area no longer takes accident reports unless there is an injury, make sure you file with your local DMV an accident report.

Having an auto accident can be extremely stressful and costly; chances are you will be involved in one or more at some point. Keep safety a priority and always drive safe.

Thanks for writing in,

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