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How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Auto Q&A with Tom Torbjornsen

How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Auto Q&A with Tom Torbjornsen

Dear Tom,

My ’02 Oldsmobile Alero has had the ignition switch replaced four times in the past two years! Each time the switch fails everything seems normal. However, when I turn the key to start the vehicle nothing happens … no cranking, no clicking, it’s just dead. The battery has been replaced. Every time the problem occurs the Olds dealer says the problem is the magnet on the ignition switch, which is part of the security system. Do you know why this is happening?

Rich from Orchard Park, NY

Rich,

Local Nonprofits Can Drive Away in New Ford Van

Local Nonprofits Can Drive Away in New Ford Van

The Ford Dealers of Western New York recently announced that applications are now available for the annual Ford Friendship Express program. Local nonprofits looking to drive away in a brand new Ford van must apply by March 1, 2011. Van recipients will be announced in the spring of 2011. 

Now in its 16th year, the program has already awarded 62 vans valued at more than $1 million… driving area nonprofits 1.2 million miles and counting. Organizations within the following counties are eligible to apply: Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Wyoming, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, McKean and Potter counties.

How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Auto Q&A with Tom Torbjornsen

How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Auto Q&A with Tom Torbjornsen

Dear Tom,

When it rains my ’98 Hyundai Accent stutters and sometimes stalls. The check engine light comes on and, after some time, it seems to run fine. What’s going on?
Korinna from Ridgeway, CT

Korinna,

How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Auto Q&A with Tom Torbjornsen

How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Auto Q&A with Tom Torbjornsen

Dear Tom,

There is a low coolant warning on my ’99 Jeep Grand Cherokee that won't go away even though I had the coolant serviced. Also, the carpet is wet and slimy on the front passenger floor. Any help would be appreciated.

Theresa from Palo Alto, CA

Theresa,

How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Auto Q&A with Tom Torbjornsen

How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Auto Q&A with Tom Torbjornsen

Dear Tom,

I own a ’95 Ford Contour 6 cylinder. Whenever I drive the car there is a humming or roaring noise in the front that gets louder on acceleration. Also, whenever I make a turn there’s a popping or grinding sound more pronounced on one side. What’s wrong?

Jeffrey from Lancaster, PA

Jeffrey,

State Fire Safety Alert Issued to Municipal Highway Departments

State Fire Safety Alert Issued to Municipal Highway Departments

The New York State Office of Fire Prevention and Control (OFPC) today issued a Fire Service Safety Alert Bulletin to municipalities throughout the State who operate commercial snow plow vehicles advising them of fire prevention measures they should incorporate as part of their preventive maintenance program to avoid a recently identified equipment problem that has resulted in more than a million dollars’ worth of fire damage.

The OFPC Arson Bureau has investigated four incidents involving fires in large commercial vehicles outfitted as snow plow trucks, which resulted in damages to the vehicles and, in three cases, the municipal highway garage complex.

How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Auto Q&A with Tom Torbjornsen

How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Auto Q&A with Tom Torbjornsen

Dear Tom,

I own a 2001 Nissan Sentra, and there is a problem with the brake pedal. Occasionally, when I'm waiting at a traffic light, the brake pedal goes down about a half-inch or more, as if there is a loss of vacuum (doesn’t go all the way to the floor). Have you ever heard of this occurring?

Paul from Nashville, TN

Paul,