Q, I’m pondering of buying and selling my Toyota Avalon for a Mercedes Benz GLB. One is a sedan, the opposite an SUV, however how would you evaluate the 2 understanding they’re apples and oranges?
A. I’ll begin with I haven’t pushed the GLB, however I’ve pushed the slight bigger and barely dearer Mercedes GLC. Like practically all Mercedes automobiles you’ll be able to all the time depend on a pleasant upscale inside, the newest expertise and even on this smaller model, respectable cargo space. On paper the turbo-charged engine must be peppy sufficient and like all Mercedes Benz automobiles will deal with nicely. Your Toyota Avalon is roomier, softer trip (Mercedes is European agency) and traditionally extra hassle free. Like all SUVs you’ll sit larger, have a greater view and it more than likely simpler to get out and in of. Additionally, if it issues while you go to a flowery restaurant, the valet will park a Mercedes out entrance, that isn’t typical of a Toyota.
Q. I’ve a 2016 Volvo XC70 wagon with simply over 40,000 miles. Final 12 months, the day after having the automotive serviced and software program upgraded by the supplier, the Low Battery Cost indicator mild intermittently got here on. I maintained that it was as a result of software program improve as a result of it began instantly after having it serviced. The supplier insists that the battery was unhealthy, despite the fact that it was lower than a 12 months previous. A 12 months has passed by with the identical battery and I can go weeks with out the indicator mild approaching however then it does for just a few days, even after a a number of hour drive. The automotive is now out of guarantee and the supplier needs over $200 to improve the software-again. Any ideas?
A. The battery could possibly be the wrongdoer if it was not charged. Even when the automotive begins okay, the electronics within the Volvo monitor battery voltage very fastidiously. Now, I’m undecided what one other software program improve would do, until Volvo has had an replace for the earlier replace. The Volvo charging system is overly sophisticated though as a rule, traditionally the voltage regulator is defective. Except Volvo can assure the software program repair would handle the issue and I might need particulars on what the software program patch is fixing. To say we’re reflashing the automotive’s pc in hopes it fixes the issue doesn’t sound like a very good reply.
Q. I’m contemplating shopping for a 2017 Nissan Altima 2.5 SL to interchange my Jeep that wants a transmission. The Altima is on the market at $17,000 and has solely 19,000 miles on it. It sounds too good to be true, is it?
A. Based mostly on a fast look on varied on-line automotive buying websites the value seems to be fairly typical. For the reason that automotive is 4 years previous I would definitely have it checked out by a mechanic before you purchase the automotive. Even with the low miles it may nonetheless wants some upkeep and even tires and brakes relying on how and the place it was pushed.
Q. I used to be questioning if I ought to get my SUV an undercoating spray to stop rust. I’ve heard unhealthy outcomes from sprays which have a rubber end as they lure moisture. What do you advocate for a protected and efficient undercoating after winter? Additionally, I simply acquired new spark plugs and I used to be questioning if Lucas gasoline remedy will have an effect on my plugs or does it don’t have any hurt on them? Additionally, when altering from park or impartial to reverse or drive the rpms drop a tiny bit. Is that standard and does it end result from gasoline or transmission stress? Thanks to your time.
A. There have been many undercoating sprays over time, the one which I’ve been essentially the most impressed with is Waxoyl. This product has been utilized in Europe for 50 years and is nicely considered by restoration retailers. Waxoyl will be professionally utilized or there’s a DIY system. Gasoline remedy shouldn’t don’t have any impact on spark plugs however it you employ TopTier (www.toptiergas.com) will not be vital. Relating to the idle change when altering gears-in an ideal world the pc ought to compensate for any change in engine load, in actuality that won’t all the time be the case. Some slight change in engine RPM must be anticipated, particularly because the car accumulates just a few miles.
Q. I used to be watching considered one of your AAA Fb occasions and also you talked about that brake fluid wants altering now and again. Why does this occur?
A. Brake fluid by nature absorbs water, it’s known as hygroscopic, which means that it absorbs water like a sponge. Water is the enemy of a brake system, particularly a contemporary ABS brake system. Observe the car proprietor’s handbook and alter the fluid as really useful.
Q. I simply bought a brand new Ford F-150 and it’s the nicest car I’ve ever owned. I’ve two query once I bought the truck the supplier had nitrogen put in within the tires and I keep in mind you had some ideas on this. The second factor is the engine shuts off at a stop-most of the time. What do you consider nitrogen crammed tires and may I shut off the engine cease characteristic?
A. Nitrogen won’t damage something, however I’m low-cost and I might by no means pay further for nitrogen when common air is free and accommodates 78 p.c nitrogen. Pure nitrogen doesn’t seep as a lot so tires ought to keep correctly inflated longer and carries much less moisture which is able to assist with coorsion points that some alloy wheels undergo. There’s a button on the sprint to close off the idle cease characteristic (it’s good to do it every journey) which many proprietor’s discover annoying. Some house owners have gone as far as shopping for a trailer mild take a look at plug and depart it put in, which defeats the idle cease characteristic.
— John Paul, Senior Supervisor, Public Affairs and Site visitors Security, AAA Northeast