Timing Belt Replacement

Posted on November 3, 2015 | Repair Issues

Recently, our Honda Pilot reached over 105,000 miles.  In the old Pilot, the maintenance schedule had the timing belt replaced at 105,000 miles or earlier if you drive it under certain stressful conditions.  So I was expecting the Honda Maintenance Minder (MM) to trigger some sort of maintenance code.  Yet, after another 2,000 miles, no […]

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Mobile Wash and Wax

Posted on August 4, 2015 | General Advice, Repair Issues

There is a recent proliferation of mobile companies that come to your home or office and do everything from simple car washes to full details.  Some are just one person units while others are part of a larger company or network.  In any case they can save you a lot of time without costing you […]

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CA Regulations: Garages Must Inflate Tires

Posted on July 21, 2015 | General Advice, Repair Issues

Did you know that there is a CA regulation that states garages must inflate tires to the recommended pressure every time they provide an automotive service on the car?   The California Air Resource’s Board, on September 1, 2010, issued the Tire Pressure Regulation in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.   The regulation […]

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Clay Bar

Posted on June 16, 2015 | General Advice, Repair Issues

Even after you wash your car, there are still particles stuck to the paint or, to be technically correct, to the clear coat of your car.  The contaminants can be anything from small metal particles like brake dust or tiny bits of paint from some guy spray painting his house down the street.  These particles […]

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Check Tire Pressure Regularly

Posted on June 2, 2015 | General Advice, Repair Issues

The other day I was driving a bit aggressively when I felt lateral instability in the car.   Easiest and therefore the first thing I checked is the tire air pressure.  Turns out all four tires were at 29psi when the recommendation was 35psi cold.  The recommendation is usually on a sticker on the inside of […]

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Dealer Service Costs

Posted on May 19, 2015 | General Advice, Repair Issues

First the no-brainer, if your car needs work and it is still under warranty then you might was well get it done at the dealer.  You have the choice of getting the work done with an independent mechanic under warranty but that is an extra step.  So, if there is no out of pocket expense […]

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When to Replace the Brakes

Posted on April 14, 2015 | General Advice, Repair Issues

Q: We’ve had our Honda Pilot for over 6 years and we are approaching 100,000 miles but we’ve never replaced the brakes!!  Brakes usually last between 25,000 and 75,000 miles depending on how aggressive you use them.  But 100,000 miles without replacement?!    Will the brakes fail suddenly one day?   A: No need to panic.  […]

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When the AC Won’t Stop!

Posted on February 3, 2015 | Repair Issues

One of the problems with the old BMW 3 series (E46) is their electronics. For example, I now have a problem with an electronic component of the air conditioner. My problem is that the air conditioner does not slow down when the car is cooled to the set temperature. The symptoms are obvious – the […]

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Car vs. Bird – Poop

Posted on January 20, 2015 | General Advice, Repair Issues

You’ve seen the cars, the ones with bird poop caked and baked on the hood.  While most car owners wouldn’t care a wink about such a mess, you are not one of them.  No, you love your car. You take care of it, on the outside, in the cabin, under the hood.  Your car is […]

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RaggTopp & 303 Convertible Top Protector

Posted on October 21, 2014 | General Advice, Repair Issues

Brand new convertible tops come with UV and water protection but they can wear out over time, especially if you park your car outside.  However, there are plenty of products you can use to add additional protection to your top.  RaggTopp and 303 Fabric Guard are two of the more popular products for this purpose.  […]

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