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Dave Redinger - The Neighbourhood Mechanic

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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 24, 2005

First Dave’s Ditty:
Cabin filters have been available on most models since the mid 90’s. They filter the air the heater and A/C system use to control the temperature in your car. If it seems your ventilation system is lazy the filter may be plugged.

Hello Dave
My husband keeps reminding me to turn everything off before I shut of the engine when I park my car. Is this necessary? Everything stops when turn off the key…
Caller on show

Well even though he is a man, he’s actually right. Although; all accessories shut off with key in modern cars the do come on when you initially turn on the key. Not that important in the summer, but it’s a different story in the winter. Frozen wipers can literally tear themselves to pieces. A cold blast from a heater left on high is also thrilling. Battery power is at a premium when it 30 below. Batteries loose up to 50% cranking power at those temperatures. Vehicles need all the power available on cold morning startups. Shutting off the accessories? Not a bad idea.

Hi Dave.
I currently lease a 2004 Honda civic SI coupe. My job has currently changed and I no longer need a car and want to get out of my lease. What are my options?
JP .

This is a bigger problem than you think. Lease companies do not like to close off leases early. Leases are a closed contract. You maybe responsible for the entire value of the contract if the lease company does not play ball. You can offer to pay penalties that the lease company may levy or market your car through a lease marketing company. These can be found on the web : Contact these folks and check out your options.

Dave Redinger will answer questions from viewers each week, to ask you can e-mail dave at stikky@ca, or go to

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