Q: Each time I deliver my 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe in for an oil change they promote me an air filter. Is that this wanted each six months? In that case, can I do it myself?
A: Engine air filters sometimes can final two to a few years earlier than they want substitute. The exception could be when you drive on very dusty roads and even in excessive pollen areas.
The Hyundai Santa-Fe has one of many best air filters to vary. The air filter housing is out within the open and the filter slides out simply. Test the filter at every oil change and substitute it when it’s soiled.
Q: Can my wheel — that obtained all banged up from hitting a curb — actually be repaired? Can I do it myself?
A: Wheel restore is quite common lately, nevertheless it relies on the quantity of injury. Look points from bumping a curb are usually simply repaired.
Extra intensive harm comparable to bent wheels and cracks have to be evaluated on a person foundation.
You’ll be able to actually restore minor harm your self and repaint the wheel and even fill in chips with epoxy. Similar to any portray venture, preparation is the important thing to a very good consequence.
Q: I’ve a 2010 Honda Accord Sedan. The TPMS mild intermittently comes on strong for days at a time. Not the low-pressure indicator; we all know the best way to add air. It is a drawback as a result of when this mild is on, your capability to return out of traction management/VSA is disabled. Getting out of snow is a harmful drawback when the system is disabled.
That is now my 18-year-old’s automotive, and, actually, it provides a level of fear on wintery nights.
I’ve been to 4 mechanics, together with a tire middle, two unbiased retailers and a dealership. Their treatment has been to “reset the TPMS.” They are saying the in-tire TPMS signifies that it is being charged and is related/transmitting.
This has been a irritating drawback, as a result of it doesn’t go away error code tracks and retains occurring. Ought to we proactively substitute the on-car TPMS, or ought to we red-flag the automotive and never function it in winter climate? It is a good automotive that now we have maintained correctly. Any ideas?
A: There are a number of prospects, though the commonest problem is that the wheel sensors are nearing the tip of their helpful life. Sometimes, the kind of wheel sensor in your automotive that electronically transmits the tire strain to the pc has a couple of 10-year life.
Essentially the most economical time to switch these sensors is when you’re changing the tires. There are additionally some good-quality and cost-effective replacements that may be a substitute for the manufacturing facility half.
Concerning parking the automotive for the winter, TPMS and stability management are security methods, and that may be a private choice. These methods are useful to a brand new driver, though once you had been his age, your automotive didn’t have these methods.
Q: Just lately I noticed an image on Fb of a truck on the market, and the window sticker had a $499 cost for lifetime nitrogen fill within the tires. The sticker additionally had a $10,000 market adjustment. Are these actual numbers? Is nitrogen well worth the cash?
A: In these odd occasions, with semiconductor shortages and provide chain points, there’s a scarcity of recent (and used) automobiles.
As a consequence of this, some sellers are marking up automobiles. So long as shoppers are keen to pay the value, the market will decide the precise value of the car.
Concerning nitrogen, since common air is 78% nitrogen and it’s free, I might by no means pay for a nitrogen tire package deal.
John Paul is the AAA Northeast Automotive Physician. He has greater than 40 years of expertise within the vehicle trade and is an ASE-Licensed Grasp Technician. Write to John Paul, The Automotive Physician, at 110 Royal Little Drive, Windfall, RI 02904. Or electronic mail firstname.lastname@example.org and put “Automotive Physician” within the topic discipline. Observe him on Twitter @johnfpaul or on Fb.