Q: I have two vehicles in Arizona that I had to leave there on March 18. I have not been able to get them due to the virus. When I am able to get them, what type of maintenance should I have done to them? They have been garaged with trickle chargers. Should I have the oil changed and all flu… Read More ⇒

Q: I have always been told that tires should be rotated every 5,000 to 8,000 miles. Now I just saw an article that said to rotate them “only if needed.” Is that correct? Is it OK to not rotate them if they appear to be wearing evenly? Read More ⇒

Q: I’ve been thinking about trading in my 2008 Silverado for a new truck. Just the other day my check engine light came on. I used the OBD scanner I bought to see what the code was. It said cylinder 1 misfire. This is creeping me out, as it sounds serious. The truck only has 80,000 miles on … Read More ⇒

Q: I recently took my 2014 Kia Soul in for its 7,500-mile service. I have a little over 31,000 miles on it; we are seniors and don’t do a lot of driving. Our service adviser told us all was well except for the battery. It is three years old, and the climate here in Las Vegas doesn’t favor th… Read More ⇒

Q: I understand that the composition of gasoline marketed in the Chicago area is adjusted seasonally (“summer blend” and “winter blend”) due to EPA requirements. Given that many people are driving less during the shelter-in-place, what would be the effect on drivability if you filled your ta… Read More ⇒

Hyundai should score a choice slice of the shrinking pie for midsize hybrid sedans with the stylish and well-equipped 2020 Sonata hybrid. The new hybrid offers a miserly version that the EPA rates at 52 mpg in combined city and highway driving and a loaded top model rated at 47 mpg combined. Read More ⇒

Every fall, after that one last drive, my old Corvette goes into the garage for its long winter nap. I rarely intend for it to be the last drive, but the weather changes, battery dies, and it’s in for the count. A similar phenomenon happened during COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. Cars were par… Read More ⇒

Q: I have a hybrid Ford Fusion. Most of the miles driven are on the battery, and I use very little gasoline. Sometimes the gas is in the tank for almost six months until the tank is refilled. Is there anything I should add to the tank to keep the gasoline “fresh?” Read More ⇒

DETROIT — Two months into the COVID-19 shutdown, Michigan motorheads were taking to their sports cars for some therapeutic social-distancing. Metro Detroit’s Woodward Avenue, suburban twisties and country roads were suddenly full of spring songbirds: the sharp call of the Porsche flat-six, t… Read More ⇒

Q: I just bought a nice used car for my 16-year-old daughter to drive. Among all the care and usage recommendations I have given her, the one thing she’s most perplexed about are the gauges. Can you please explain them and their importance? Also, any other tips for a new driver to keep her s… Read More ⇒

Q: I want to ask a follow-up question regarding a recent column. I always use regular gas, except when I’m driving out West in high altitudes. If I’m driving through the mountains, I use premium for better performance. Am I just burning money? Is there a certain altitude at which it makes se… Read More ⇒

Q: Would you please repeat the information about doing the penny test on your tires to determine if they have enough tread depth? My wife and I take walks and sometimes I look at the tires of parked cars and I am saddened by the number that have minimal, if any, tread on them. Read More ⇒