Dave Redinger - The Neighborhood Mechanic

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Dave is a licensed auto mechanic with over 40 years in the trade. For the past 24 years h has operated Dr. H. Honda Specialists in Etobcoke(Toronto). Dave the neighborhood mechanic can be heard answering his neighbors car questions on AM740 radio each Saturday at 9 AM. Some of these conversations will also be published weekly here on The Auto Channel

July 22, 2005

Dear Dave,
Whenever it is raining or humid my '90 Toyota Camry STALLS at every stop for the first 15 minutes of driving. After those initial 15 minutes or so, the car drives normally. Can you offer me any suggestions as to what may be wrong with the car? Many thanks,


This is not an uncommon problem...
You are experiencing a failure in the high tension ignition system. When the system is damp the high voltage shorts out. Confer with a good mechanic. Have the vehicle scanned. Probably needs a major tune up, excuse me "under hood service" to be politically correct.

Dear Mr., Dave,
I have a questions that I want to buy a car. Most of my friends have Toyota corolla of 1996.1997,1998 and 1995 models and they says buy corolla only for easy and cheap maintenance, one of my friend want to sale his car which is Nissan Altima of 1993 model with 155000kms, it is in good condition with fully loaded I also like it , but my friend says if you buy that car then latter for parts and repairing will be very costly compare to Toyota. please advice me.

Nothing wrong with the Altima....
Nissan makes a good product. The cost of service is not out of line with the rest of the industry. Make sure that you obtain a UVIP (used vehicle information package) supplied by the MOT. UVIP will identify the vehicle's financial history and who the actual owner is. Beware if the seller is not actually the owner (could be a curbsider). Have the car inspected by a competent mechanic and make sure it passes an emission test BEFORE you had over your money. A wise man once said "buy in haste, repent at leisure".

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