Q. I’ve a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Restricted Version that has achieved 249,000 miles. I just lately had the transmission serviced (drained the previous fluid, changed the filter and added new fluid) and changed a “dangerous” transmission mount. Since then, I’ve observed slippage and considerably harsh shifts in first and second gear that weren’t current earlier than the service. Any thought what occurred? I’ve maintained the automobile very properly all through its possession. Wouldn’t it assist so as to add a transmission fluid conditioner corresponding to Lucas?
A. Since this skid occurred after the transmission was serviced, the very first thing I’d do can be to test my very own work. If the filter gasket isn’t put in appropriately, the transmission could slip. The opposite risk and what the shop could say is “Nicely, the automobile has achieved 250,000 miles and the fluid change precipitated the issue”. There are occasions when the brand new fluid washes away the accrued varnish and might trigger shifting points. Lucas makes good merchandise, however I’d nonetheless wish to test the filter. If every little thing is put in appropriately, attempt Lucas transmission conditioner, it might assist.
Q. I’m shopping for a Tesla Mannequin Y and subsequently questioning if electrical autos are lined by AAA providers. Looking out the AAA web site and discovering no info, Tesla is not even listed within the “Automobile Information”. Is there roadside help for electrical autos? Does AAA present flatbed towing which is required for all Tesla fashions?
A. AAA tows Tesla and different electrical autos similar to we tow every other automobile. If based on the AAA tow handbook it requires a flatbed truck, that is what we’ll ship. We’re additionally testing cellular top-up at a number of areas.
Q. I used to be simply studying your article in regards to the Ford Edge engine failure. It does not say the place the automobile was bought from, but when it is a California emission automobile, purchased new in California or Massachusetts, should not it have an 8 12 months/80,000 guarantee miles on the powertrain?
A. Powertrain guarantee is customary in all 50 states. Automobile emissions guarantee varies. Ford and different corporations have a Federal Emissions Guarantee and a California Emissions Guarantee. At present, 14 states and the District of Columbia observe California tips, which enhance guarantee protection on sure elements to eight years or 80,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Q. I’ve a 2019 Hyundai Elantra Worth Version. For about six months, my telephone will not keep related to Android Auto, so I am unable to use navigation or stream my music. I’ve a Samsung Android, and it labored advantageous earlier than. Now I plug it into the USB port and it really works for a couple of minutes, the cardboard pops up, however then it begins flashing saying it isn’t related. I’ve been to the dealership 4 instances for an issue. They modified the drive however that did not assist. It really works advantageous after they attempt it within the retailer, however as quickly as I stroll away it stops. They declare they took a automobile experience and labored with their telephone, however I do not consider them. Eager about what you assume. It is not the telephone as a result of it is all the time
costs my telephone when plugged in. And it additionally stops working when my husband’s iPhone is plugged in. I am at my wit’s finish about this.
A. I looked for technical service bulletins and could not discover any particular to your automobile and Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. Some issues I’d attempt, be certain your Android telephone and husband’s iPhone working programs are updated. Additionally use phone-specific cables. I’ve had points with “common” comfort shops or division retailer cables that will not join, however nonetheless cost the telephone. The vendor also needs to confirm that the Hyundai software program is updated. Sadly telephone expertise is altering quickly and I’ve seen in some older vehicles that when an individual buys a brand new telephone it’s not appropriate with their present automobile.
Q. I just lately noticed two movies on-line which have me fearful. One is the benefit with which it’s doable to steal sure Kia and Hyundai fashions utilizing a USB key. The opposite video confirmed somebody utilizing a bit of paper on the lock and knocking on the door and the air stress between the paper and the door lock unlocks the door. I’ve a Kia Soul and I am afraid of theft.
A. The piece of paper above the door lock is pretend and might’t work, simply web nonsense. The Kia and Hyundai downside is actual. If these vehicles haven’t got an immobilizer and a thief breaks the steering column, the ignition might be manipulated. The USB key isn’t related to something, it’s used like a screwdriver to modify on the ignition. To forestall any automobile from being stolen, lock doorways, park in well-lit areas, and all the time take keys and take away all private and helpful gadgets.
Q. I’ve a really restricted funds and after I went to have my automobile inspected, even earlier than it began, I used to be instructed it could break down as a result of cloudy headlights. I actually cannot afford to spend the additional cash now. I attempted toothpaste to shine the lenses, however it solely did injury. Are there cheaper or higher choices to have the automobile inspected?
A. There are DIY kits you may try to with a little bit work and round $20 you will get lenses clear sufficient to cross inspection. I requested my radio viewers for strategies that labored for them. Strive Insect Repellent Off, spray liberally and wipe, rinse and repeat till lenses look higher. The second is Outdated English furnishings polish, I’ve been instructed this job is nice too. I would not count on this to final, however it might be sufficient to get the automobile inspected to purchase you adequate time to repair it correctly.
Reader’s Remark, Dick M. wrote to say that at his age, headlights are some of the essential security options when shopping for a brand new automobile. He additionally prompt checking the headlight rankings at www.iihs.org. Agree, in truth, if doable when shopping for a automobile, check the automobile at night time, you may consider each the headlights and the inside lighting.
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