Q. I have a lot of little scratches on my windshield. When The sun shines on it, I can see the scratches, but when the sun is not shining, I don't see them. Is there anything that I can put on the windshield to make the scratches go away so I don't notice them when the sun shines on it? A. The rule of thumb is, if you can feel the scratch with your fingernail, it is too deep and the windshield will have to be replaced. A scratch like that is typically caused by a worn out or broken wiper blade. If the windshield has real fine scratches like you are describing, you may be able to polish the glass. If you Google "windshield polishing kits," several will pop up. It certainly wouldn't hurt to give this a try before replacing the windshield. Good luck!
Your car’s air conditioning system, you love it, you depend on it, so if you don’t want to find yourself sweltering in the summer heat, maintain it. The rule of thumb is to have your vehicle’s A/C unit checked by a trusted mechanic once a year BEFORE anything goes wrong...and there are several things that can go wrong. If your A/C is blowing less cold air than it used to, that could signal a couple of things. It may just need to be recharged with more refrigerant. Your mechanic can recharge the system to levels specifically for your vehicle to have it blowing icy cold again. Typically, he or she will also test the system for leaks. A leak could be coming from your A/C line or from the compressor. A line leak is easy enough to fix, but if it’s your A/C’s compressor, it could be a leak or a complete fail if the oil in it has depleted. If it is the compressor, you’ll need to have it replaced. It’s an expense you c ... read more
Q. I own a 2007 Chevy Malibu LE 4 cylinder with 46,000 miles. I love the car except for one thing: the information located in the radio area cannot be read on a bright day. This displays the time, temp, radio station, etc. On cloudy days it is fine. I have tried adjusting the brightness of the interior lights, which makes no difference. Is there anything that I can do to make the information readable on a bright day? A. I am not really sure what is going on here with your Malibu. Typically, when you have the headlights turned off, or if it is bright out and the auto headlights are off, your dash lights, radio and heater control will be at its brightest. When the lights are on you should be able to bring the brightness all the way up with the dimmer. Is the brightness OK on all the other controls? Has it always been like this or did something change? After a quick search on the Internet it seems several other Malibu owners are having this problem an ... read more
It’s summer vacation time and families are preparing to head out on the open road. While you’re packing the sunscreen and swimsuits, don’t forget something much more important - a car that’s ready to take on hundreds of miles you’ll put it through. Check the following before you take off. 1. Fluids. Check the oil and all the other fluids under the hood as well. Your car can’t function if your oil is so old. Also, make sure there IS oil. Let it run dry and you’ll lock up your engine because they require clean oil to function properly. 2. Battery. Make sure yours has plenty of life, fluid, and the terminals aren’t corroded. If your battery is more than 5 years old you may want to replace it. 3. Brakes. You don’t want to think about what might happen if your brakes fail. Get ‘em checked. 4. Belts and hoses. If they’re old or cracked, you’re in for a breakdown soon. 5. Cooling system. Make sure t ... read more