THE CAR DOCTOR
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John Paul is public affairs manager for AAA Southern New England and a columnist for Boston.com. A certified mechanic, Paul tests dozens of new cars each year and also hosts a radio show on AM 950 and 550.
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We've picked out some of John's most popular tips, as seen each week in The Boston Sunday Globe and Boston.com.
Driving our 2001 Honda Civic EX, when slowing down to a stop, the car nearly stalls out. Just before the car stalls, the engine speeds up and just in the nick of time, stays running.
Every couple weeks I get a puff of blue smoke out of the exhaust when I first start the car after it has sat overnight.
When I step on brake pedal, I get a shaking in the pedal and a noise that sounds like something is loose.
I am starting to shop to replace my 2002 Subaru Outback. We are not city commuters; most of its miles are highway.
I bought a used Nissan Pathfinder about two years ago. I have already had two starters replaced and now I find out my Nissan needs wheel bearings in the front.
I really like the look of the Dodge Charger, although living in New England Im concerned about winter driving especially after our latest blizzard.
My son is in a band and he needs to be able to transport his drum set in the car, so decent cargo space is mandatory.
I went into a few well-known tire shops that seemed to be pushing brake fluid replacement with their brake jobs. Is this necessary?
My 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee keeps stalling. I get a jump start and it will start up, then I can drive about a mile before it stalls.
Since this is a manual transmission, it is hard for me to check the fluid level and condition.
I have a 1999 Oldsmobile Silhouette van that has a rejection sticker on it. My van needs more work than its actual value in order for me to pass inspection here in Massachusetts.
The shop claims the ﬂashing will remove false engine codes, increase engine performance, improve gas mileage, etc.
I have a 2002 Ford Explorer Ltd. and for the past several years I have been having trouble getting gasoline to go into my vehicle.
No matter what time of year when I first start the car the engine revs very high. It starts at almost 2000 RPMs and then settle down to about 1000 RPMs.
This can even happen when I leave the keys in the car with the engine running and get out and pick up the newspaper. Is something wrong and can it be changed?
I have a 2003 Buick Century. Lately, whenever I park my car on an incline, its almost impossible to get the gear shift out of the park.
For the past few months, randomly (i.e. twice in one day then not at all for several weeks) I push in the clutch, turn the key-the starter turns over, but engine will not start.
Im thinking of buying a used 2001 Jaguar XK convertible. It wouldnt be my only car.
I recently had four new tires installed on my 2007 Camry Hybrid and ten days later the check tire light came on.
The car has been to the dealership five times because of the battery going dead and at this point they have no suggestions. I am now trying to contact Nissan to see if they can help with this.
I purchased a 2011 Honda CRV with 27,000, at 32,000 while driving when I slow down the air conditioner temperature raises a substantial amountthe car gets warm.
The last time my 2007 Ford Freestar went for normal maintenance, it was suggested I replace the power steering pump.
I have a 2006 Ford Escape Hybrid with 53,000 miles. As of 18 months ago I was getting 34.4 miles per gallon.
My wife's 2005 Ford Focus ZXW SES (station wagon) purchased new and has provided yeoman service with never a problem.
I have a 1992 Ford F150 with a 300 CID 6-cylinder engine. It has the long cargo bed and two gas tanks.
I have a fantasy question for you. If you had a choice, would you buy a Nissan GT-R or a Porsche 911?
I have a 2004 Kia Sorento with 100,000 miles. I'm hearing a poof or whoosh sound coming from the rear end area whenever I accelerate.
I have a 2008 Toyota Avalon, the high beam bulbs have shattered or blown twice. To me it is a manufacturing or design defective and the car should be recalled.
If the check engine light is on there is a problem. A good repair shop should read the codes, come up with a repair strategy and recommend the proper repair.
Peter DeMarco writes about the rules of the road we all should know but really don't. His column, "Who taught YOU to drive?" appears every other week on Boston.com and in the Boston Globe's regional editions.