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Q: My dashboard light went on indicating low air in one or more tires of my 2005 Subaru Outback Sedan according to the TPMS. The technician at the tire store said that the pressure was fine, but that the battery in the TPMS in one of the tires needed to...
Tags: Buick, Subaru, Michigan Avenue, Services and Shopping, Vehicles
Q: My wife and I owned a 2001 Mercury Marquis and a 2001 Lincoln Town Car. At 70,000 miles, the driver's side ball joint broke on the Mercury as my wife was parking the car. It had been making noise for some time, but the garage said it was OK. At a...
Tags: Mercury, Nissan, Honda, Emmaus, Passenger Cars
Q: I have a 2007 Ford 150 pickup. While accelerating to about 30 or 40 mph the third gear in the automatic transmission blew out. I have never plowed or towed with this truck. I went to a transmission shop, told them how it happened, allowed them to...
Tags: Michigan Avenue, New Britain, Renovation
Q: In case of a disaster such as Hurricane Sandy what is the best way to get gas out of one's car for use in a generator? — R.H., Hinsdale, Ill. A: You're not thinking of sneaking over to your neighbor's place, are you? Unless it's an older...
Q: I have 125,000 miles on my 2004 Toyota Sienna and have not needed to replace the rear brakes. The pads still look good. I am worried that my front brakes are doing all the braking. Is this a problem and should I be concerned? — J.P., La Grange,...
Tags: Toyota, Passenger Cars, Pontiac, Services and Shopping, Vehicles
NEW YORK — A slender, silver-haired gentleman steps onto a nearly bare stage, the instantaneous applause continuing long after he reaches the spare wooden table awaiting him. For a moment, amid the din, he studies the audience — young and...
Q: I have had experiences with Volkswagen dealers where I was told that oil and filter changes are due every 5,000 miles, but according to the factory manual, the oil and filter should be changed every 10,000 miles. My daughter has a 2007 VW Rabbit and...
Q: I have a mint condition 1983 Lincoln Mark IV. The wipers will not shut off unless I shut off the engine. Then they will not start again unless I touch the wiper lever. Once again the wipers will not stop although the speeds are under control. The...
Tags: Michigan Avenue, Oil Changes
'Dr. No' Has Suave Hero, Lots of Girls. That was the headline on the May 24, 1963 Chicago Tribune review of the first James Bond picture. The headline had truth on its side, to be sure. The anonymous reviewer, filing under the coy, long-standing...
For someone in their 20s, retirement is something their parents are talking about. It is almost impossible for them to imagine their own lives 50 years out. Telling kids to save for that day — when student loans and car payments and fixed expenses...
As South Side and south suburban Chicago Transit Authority riders figure out the best way to get to work and other activities Monday without Red Line Dan Ryan service, a new analysis shows that the CTA's fare increases for one-day and seven-day passes...
Special to the TribuneTwo years ago, Jason Pietrucha read the foreclosure writing on the wall. The mortgage broker saw California's growing default rate and prepared for the home-loan tsunami to hit Illinois. Switching to real estate sales, Pietrucha deals almost exclusively...
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