Get Your Car Fixed — Ask the Auto Doctor

Use Quality Parts for Ford Super Duty Brakes

Dear Doctor: I’m 74 years old and have always done the brake jobs on all my vehicles. I have a 2005 Ford F-250 Super Duty gas engine truck with 50,000 miles. I replaced the brake calipers after they locked up. … Continue reading

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Ongoing Electrical Problems: Look for Parasitic Drain

Dear Doctor: I have a 2014 Jeep with the 5.7-liter Hemi engine that seems to have an ongoing electrical problem. When not driven for two or three days the battery goes dead. The dealer changed several electrical modules, but that … Continue reading

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Multiple Codes, Scraping Sounds: Get Technician Test

Dear Doctor: My 2011 Chevrolet Impala V-6 makes an intermittent scraping noise in the front passenger wheel. The scraping sound occurs sporadically when making a turn from a complete stop and the wheel is turned. When accelerating, the scraping sound … Continue reading

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Why are My Headlights Dim? Find out with Voltage Test

Dear Doctor: I have a 2009 Ram 1500 pickup truck with 79,000 miles. Recently, when I have the low beams on and put on the high beams, all the lights go out, even the fog lights. Is this a switch … Continue reading

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Additive May Help with Annoying Transmission Shifts

Dear Doctor: My 2017 Toyota Tacoma TRD 2WD has an annoying shift problem. Toyota has added a torque converter to its newer Tacoma models and this may be contributing to the problem, as my older Tacoma shifted well. The shift … Continue reading

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Some Transmissions are Designed for Spirited Driving

Dear Doctor: I’m the original owner of a 2016 Volkswagen Passat SEL with a V-6 engine and the DSG transmission. From day one, the car has shuddered when slowing down for a stop. The service manager test-drove the sedan with … Continue reading

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Methods for Clearing Out Engine Carbon Buildup

Dear Doctor: I have a 2009 Mini Cooper S with 72,000 miles. The check engine light says “engine malfunction.” Under a high load, a high engine load will result in damage to the catalytic converter. It sounds like I may … Continue reading

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