Dave Redinger - The Neighbourhood Mechanic
Dave is a licensed auto mechanic with over 40 years in the trade. For the past 24 years he 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
August 19, 2005
First Daves Ditty:
High gas prices got you down? Don’t by more octane than you need. Check your cars fuel requirements before your next fill up. Most of today’s cars will run well on happily on regular…
I’m confused about when to change my oil? I have heard some manufactures recommend oil changes at 25,000 kms …that doesn’t sound right to me ….what gives
Regards, a loyal listener
Dear Loyal; Oil is not just made of oil (base stock) but is a blend of chemicals including anti foam and anti rust agents. The base stock never wears out, the oil becomes contaminated with use and the additives are used up. I have always recommended 8000kms or 4 months as a guideline. Oil not only lubricates the engine it cleans and cools. Oil changes are the best thing you can do for your car and still affordable. Check the oil level every second fill…….. it’s good thing.
I drive a 91 Cadillac Deville ..the traction control light will not go on .and the ABS LIGHT IS ON. Is this something I should worry about?
Hi Jenette: With the addition of Antilock Braking Systems (ABS) manufactures have been able to use the data generated by the system to operate other features. Traction control, Yaw control, Tire pressure monitoring etc.. If the basic information is compromised the systems will not function. Being safety related contact a competent shop with appropriate diagnostic equipment. Don’t put this off.
Dave Redinger will answer questions from viewers each week, to ask you can e-mail dave at stikky@ca,inter.net or go to www.am740.ca
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