Yes, that’s a lovely Saab 96, so why does the look on that Meeths-shopper look so terrified? That woman looks like she’s using all of her might not to lose her shit. Whats’s going on here? Is that Saab the ghost of her former Saab? I’m confused. … [Read more...] about Yes, that’s a lovely Saab 96, so why does the look on that Meeths-shopper look so terrified? That wo
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The dealer road-tested my 2016 Subaru Forester but said it operated normally. Q. I own a 2016 Subaru Forester, which I purchased new. I mostly drive on city streets and only occasionally on the highway. The problem is that sometimes when I’m driving at 60 miles per hour, the car suddenly vibrates. It lasts about five minutes and then everything returns to normal. This has happened more than once, but I can’t seem to reproduce it. The dealership road-tested the car, but the mechanics said it operated normally. What can I do? A. I’ve heard of no known problems specific to this model that could cause the type of vibration you describe. A malfunctioning transmission torque converter or a worn or defective axle can cause an intermittent vibration. It could even be caused by a tire that has water in it. At this point, time may be the best diagnostic tool. Wait until the problem becomes more consistent. Once the problem can be substantiated, the cause of the … [Read more...] about Why does my car vibrate when I drive?
In the process of testing the 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid, the car actually managed to hurt me, a little bit. I’m not talking about the existential soul-bruising kick that every painfully rational and practical and boring car like the Camry gives you, this is an actuall, physical bit of pain, imparted by the car to me when I operated one of its controls. You know how, on many modern cars, if you open one side window at speed you get an annoying thrum thrum thrum wind sound? Car engineers call that “side window buffeting” and it’s technically known as “Hemholz resonance.” I did a whole explainer about this phenomenon a few years back: “Air passing over an opening forms tiny tornadoes as it moves past the front edge of that opening. When those tornadoes, or vortices, reach the opening’s back edge, they make a wave of pressure that pushes air into and out of the car. Since sound is nothing more than waves of pressure, this makes noise. If … [Read more...] about The 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid Can Actually Cause You Pain
The noise does not come from the engine area; it seems like it comes from the rear of the car. Any ideas on what could be wrong? Q. My 2010 Honda CR-V with four-wheel drive has about 106,500 miles. At 35-40 miles per hour, the car makes a loud rumbling noise. It doesn’t happen when the car is accelerating from a stop, and it doesn’t seem to be there at highway speeds. The noise does not come from the engine area; it seems like it comes from the rear of the car. Any ideas on what could be wrong? A. I would start with an overall diagnosis of the vehicle, including a performance test of the engine. Something as simple as a slight engine misfire might be enough to cause a slight shudder, but not enough to set a check-engine light. Another possibility is an internal transmission failure. Some Honda models, such as the CR-V, had an internal failure that caused a fracture of a shaft support bearing/ring. The other, less expensive issue is the rear differential … [Read more...] about Why does my car make a rumbling noise?
When it comes to purchasing a new car, fuel economy is always important. Manufacturers are required to test their vehicles in line with a mandated procedure (which is detailed under the Australian Design Rule (ADR) 81/02 Fuel Consumption Labelling for Light Vehicles). We get a number of e-mails from readers each week complaining about their vehicle's fuel consumption and we thought we would answer the question posed by reader Tanya. Tanya asked how the fuel consumption figure on the vehicle's label is determined and why her car uses more fuel than the figure on the label.This article was first published in September, 2015Q: I bought a Toyota LandCruiser Sahara a few months ago and I'm finding that I can never get close to the fuel consumption figure listed on the windscreen sticker. Is there something wrong with my car? Why can Toyota claim the car is using less fuel than it actually does? How do they come up with these figures?A: Great question, Tanya. The figures listed … [Read more...] about How is fuel economy tested? Why does my car use more fuel than the fuel label?