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Tricky problem sparks solution with thorough examination

I have to admit that when it comes to attacking complex automotive problems, I’m a bit of a mechanical geek. On the second day of 2015, I encountered such a problem – reminding me of the old adage, “You learn something new every day.”

One of my longtime customers brought in her 2009 Subaru Forester 2.5L Non-Turbo with 87,000 miles. She complained of a rattling sound from the engine that occurred mostly on startup and usually did not go away.

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Driving to LA in an MKZ


Courtesy of Lincoln
Motor Co. The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid averages more than 30 mpg (highway). It’s built on the same platform as the Ford Fusion.

The Tournament of Roses Parade has been a must-see for us every New Year’s Day we can remember, which goes back to the days when we watched it on a black-and-white television.

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A 'Journey' to ponder


courtesy of Infiniti
The Infiniti Q60 Coupe Journey is sleek and has solid all-around performance, but the car has a lot of competitors at its price point.

We recently drove the Infiniti Q60 Coupe Journey. Here is our quick take on it, which includes answers to some of the most-pertinent questions.

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Oh, rats, my car has a problem

For a long time now, I have seen a type of car failure that is almost never discussed.

I’m sure you could think of or have experienced many types of car problems, and most of them probably involve the computer, secondary ignition, fuel or suspension.

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Is it illegal to carry alcohol in your car?

Q: My friend told me that it’s illegal to carry alcohol in the car. Is that correct?

A: It is illegal for an owner or driver to keep an open container of alcohol in a vehicle except in the trunk or other area out of the immediate control of the occupants. It is also unlawful for passengers to possess an open container of alcohol. You must not drink any amount of alcohol in any vehicle. A container of liquor, beer or wine carried inside the vehicle must be full, sealed and unopened. Otherwise, it must be kept in the trunk of the vehicle or in a place where passengers do not sit.

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Annual auto show arrives in San Jose


Courtesy of Shelbi Okumura
The 2015 Silicon Valley International Auto Show runs Thursday through Sunday at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.

The 2015 Silicon Valley International Auto Show rolls into San Jose Thursday through Sunday at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, 150 W. San Carlos St.

The show features hundreds of new models, including alternative-fuel vehicles, high-end exotics and preproduction cars, in addition to vintage and custom cars.

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DMV warns of license-application scam

The California Department of Motor Vehicles reminds consumers to avoid scams involving driver license applications, such as efforts to charge for services that the DMV offers for free.

“Paying someone who promises to speed up the process of obtaining a California Driver License will only waste your time and money,” said DMV Director Jean Shiomoto in a press release issued last month. “It is easy to get a new driver license by making a free appointment at your local DMV office, so do not waste your money paying anyone to help you.”

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