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KickingTiresWe've been surprised a few times when automakers have driven camouflaged cars undergoing testing by our offices in downtown Chicago. Generally, car companies go to great lengths to keep these secret cars as far away from automotive journalists as...
KickingTiresEver since Cars.com linked up with PickupTrucks.com, we've done only a little truck testing of our own, but we still take them out for a spin just to keep in step with the market. Such was the rationalization last week......
Tags: Heads of State, Oil Changes, Toyota, Navy Pier, Ferrari
Dining@LargeRetired in Elkridge is the second regular in the space of a couple of days to send me details of his trip at summer's end. (See also Hal Laurent's, posted yesterday.) I know some of you don't like me to......
KickingTiresUPDATE: More images of the set and new Autobots and Decepticons here. The crew of ???Transformers 3??? has begun its takeover of downtown Chicago. While most of the press has focused on the movie shutting down Michigan Avenue this coming......
Q: Rotating your tires is a scam by the auto manufacturers, tire companies and auto dealers. If tires cost $125 each, replace one. At the most, just replace the two front tires and later the two rear ones. If you rotate, they all wear out at once, costing...
Tags: Honda, Buick, Oil Changes, Passenger Cars, Chicago Tribune
Q: Quite simply, can I use Simple Green to clean the aluminum wheels on my '87 Mustang GT and my '03 Monte Carlo SS? If it gets on the brake rotors and brake pads will this be a problem? — J.W., Suffield, Conn. A: You have the green light to...
Tags: Honda, Buick, Oil Changes, BP Plc, SUVs and Crossovers
Q: My dashboard light went on indicating low air in one or more tires of my 2005 Subaru Outback Sedan according to the TPMS. The technician at the tire store said that the pressure was fine, but that the battery in the TPMS in one of the tires needed to...
Q: My wife and I owned a 2001 Mercury Marquis and a 2001 Lincoln Town Car. At 70,000 miles, the driver's side ball joint broke on the Mercury as my wife was parking the car. It had been making noise for some time, but the garage said it was OK. At a...
Q: I have a 2007 Ford 150 pickup. While accelerating to about 30 or 40 mph the third gear in the automatic transmission blew out. I have never plowed or towed with this truck. I went to a transmission shop, told them how it happened, allowed them to...
Tags: Renovation, New Britain, Chicago Tribune
Q: In case of a disaster such as Hurricane Sandy what is the best way to get gas out of one's car for use in a generator? — R.H., Hinsdale, Ill. A: You're not thinking of sneaking over to your neighbor's place, are you? Unless it's an older...
Q: I have had experiences with Volkswagen dealers where I was told that oil and filter changes are due every 5,000 miles, but according to the factory manual, the oil and filter should be changed every 10,000 miles. My daughter has a 2007 VW Rabbit and...
Q: I have a mint condition 1983 Lincoln Mark IV. The wipers will not shut off unless I shut off the engine. Then they will not start again unless I touch the wiper lever. Once again the wipers will not stop although the speeds are under control. The...
Tags: Oil Changes, Chicago Tribune
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