John Paul, AAA Northeast’s Automotive Physician, solutions a query from a reader in search of help discovering an affordable Jeep Wrangler.

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File – Jeep Wranglers on a automobile lot in Chicago, Illinois in 2013. Picture by Scott Olson/Getty Photographs/File

Q. I used to be questioning if folks rent you to search out autos for them. If that’s the case, how does that course of work? I’m in search of a comparatively cheap Jeep Wrangler for the seaside. If not, do you’ve any leads? Favourite web sites?

A. There are automobile brokers who seek for autos – not me (maybe a second profession?) At this time new and used automobiles are nonetheless in brief provide and persons are holding on to their present autos longer than at any time in historical past. The Jeep Wrangler is a enjoyable summer time and winter automobile and in addition holds its worth longer than many SUVs. I like to recommend checking Jeep boards, Fb pages, and web sites equivalent to iSeeCars, CarGurus, and AutoTrader. Jeeps may be susceptible to rust points in addition to transmission and switch case failure, and any used Jeep ought to be checked by a great restore store prior to buy. 

Q. I’ve a 2019 Toyota Highlander. A few 12 months in the past, I began having an issue with the rear hatchback door. Generally after I press the button to open it, it begins to open however then stops. It may possibly take me a number of tries to get it open or closed. I introduced it to the supplier who stated they ran a diagnostic take a look at and informed me every part regarded okay.

A. I might begin by erasing the automobile’s laptop reminiscence (the equal of a pc reboot). This can clear any reminiscence features (together with radio presets and seat reminiscence). Now you will have to reprogram the raise gate. With the liftgate totally open, push and maintain the shut button till it beeps 4 instances, and the liftgate closes. This can reset the system. Additionally, you will have to reset the auto up and down characteristic of the home windows. That is additionally easy: Open the driving force’s window totally, now shut the window and maintain the up button for a number of seconds. This could reset the automated controls. 

Q. I’ve owned a 2010 Volkswagen Eos since 2012. It has about 57,000 miles and is in nice operating situation. Within the years that I’ve owned it, I’ve had the convertible high repaired quite a lot of instances as a result of failure to open or shut and/or water leakage. The dealership had lined the price of these repairs as a result of the Eos was nonetheless underneath guarantee. We’ve since moved and commenced utilizing one other VW dealership for repairs and common servicing. The highest has since wanted a number of extra (costly) repairs. I introduced the Eos in as a result of extra leakage points in addition to extra issues opening and shutting the highest. The dealership saved my automobile for a few week then informed me that the complete high had to get replaced to the tune of $15,000, which might not be lined.

A. There have been many technical service bulletins about that roof, which, when it really works appropriately, is a mechanical marvel. I’ve seen many issues with seal leaks and the roof’s means to go up or down in scorching climate. It is vitally sophisticated with servos motors and computer systems, however for the lifetime of me I don’t know why you’ll substitute the metal roof when there are such a lot of different elements to verify. I might ask the supplier if they may contact a Volkswagen discipline engineer and see if they will provide a greater answer than spending extra on the roof than the automobile is value. 

Q. My 2009 Chevy Silverado wants the passenger-side higher management arm changed based on an area storage mechanic. Ought to I substitute each the left and proper higher management arms and ball joints? The mechanic says with a view to save me cash, solely the one aspect higher wants alternative. Additionally, I believed that the decrease management arms and ball joints bear a lot of the weight of the automobile. Any ideas?

A. You might be right that within the suspension type utilized in your truck, the decrease management arms and ball joints carry nearly all of the load. It is usually typical that the correct will put on extra quickly, because the right-side tire is within the gutter of the street. Contemplating the price of elements and labor nowadays, I agree with repairing solely what’s unsuitable now. I might additionally thank your mechanic for searching for each your security and your pockets. 

Q. Whereas ready for numerous visitors lights I hear folks in automobiles close to me turning their automobiles on and off.  Is that this to avoid wasting gasoline, and do you suggest I do that?

A. Many automobiles made up to now few years use an idle-stop characteristic that when sure situations are met, will cease the engine to avoid wasting gas. These automobiles will usually have a extra sturdy battery and starter. To save lots of gas in your automobile, maintain tires correctly inflated, speed up step by step, and apply the brakes gently. Additionally, keep on the velocity restrict, and when you frequent espresso and different quick meals drive-thrus, park the automobile and stroll in. These small adjustments in driving habits have confirmed to avoid wasting gasoline and enhance general miles per gallon. 

John Paul is AAA Northeast’s Automotive Physician. He has over 40 years of expertise within the automotive enterprise and is an ASE-certified grasp technician. E-mail your automobile query to [email protected]. Hearken to the Automotive Physician podcast at

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