Straight Talk

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Above is the oil fill cap on a General Motors vehicle which specifies that only engine oil that meets the “dexos” rating and that has the specified viscosity should be used. Contributed by James Halderman

Reader asks about what oil to use

Wheels: Bob P. write by e-mail: “You always have good answers for me and I’d like to try another. I have a 2006 Toyota Highlander with 41,000 miles. I love it. I picked up the wrong oil. I usually use Castrol all Synthetic SAE 5W-20. But somehow I got the ...

All pushbutton-start and most late-model vehicles that use a key to start are computer-controlled. Just turning the key or depressing the button will start the cranking process so there is no need to keep the key in the start position if the start is computer-controlled. Photo by James Halderman

Reader asks about an engine cranking concern

Wheels: Paul S. writes by e-mail: “I have a 2008 Chevrolet Equinox with a 3.4-liter engine and 58,000 miles on it. When I turn the key to start position and release the key back, the engine keeps cranking for about 3-4 seconds like I am still holding the key in ...

Replacing an engine is a major job and therefore very expensive. Often it requires many hours of diagnostic time to determine how serious an engine problem is so that time has to be added to the time and cost of a replacement engine. Photo contributed by James Halderman

Reader asks for advice as to what options she has

Wheels: Sherry from Oakwood asks: “My sister has a Pontiac Sunfire with 170,000 miles on it. Drive chain finished, so it needs a new engine. She is considering getting it fixed, for $6,000 or so, because she doesn’t want to buy a new car. She refuses to look at a ...

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