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How to Drive an SUV in the Winter
If If you are from an area with consistently inclement weather, you’ll know the hardships of driving in the winter (https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/5-essential-things-to-know-about-winter-driving). Between the snow, the ice, and the temperature, winter makes for driving at its harshest. Sports utility vehicles (https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/5-essential-things-to-know-before-buying-an-suv)...

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Advice on Winter Prep

Hi there, thanks for writing in. I'd be happy to provide you with my suggestions to prolong the life of this car, especially for the cold winter in Michigan. First, here are some tips for driving an SUV in the...

Car hesitates when accelerating, plus lurches & stalls

When faults are intermittent such as this, they can be much harder to diagnose. Especially if they do not leave a code of some sort. A few different components can cause this fault. The most likely would be a fuel...

Replaced the air conditioning line twice due to rust

Hello. I would suggest that you get the A/C lines replaced again. Next time the A/C is recharged (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/ac-recharge) make sure they completely flush the system by adding fluid back into it, as crazy as it sounds. It's possible to flush...

Opinion on '90 to '95 Nissan Pathfinder

Not the new ones, but the old ones were good, yes. Nissan Pathfinders (https://www.yourmechanic.com/scheduled-maintenance/nissan-pathfinder) were decent vehicles, but you don't want to get one that is all worn out. Those have a lot of problems with automatic transmissions. If you...

How Much Does Using the AC Affect Fuel Economy

There are several variables that will influence the answer to that. It depends on your vehicle, how you drive, where you drive, and how hot it is outside. But there are some things that are certain: operating an A/C system...

SUV lurches forward with acceleration

Hello. The first thing that I would do is to find out if the dealer has any technical service bulletins (https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/how-to-use-a-technical-service-bulletin-by-parker-hill) relating to your current problem. If there is a technical service bulletin related to your problem, you may be...

After accelerating, car has clunking sound from transmission

Hi there. This is not an uncommon fault. The most likely causes would be low transmission fluid (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/transmission-fluid-service), a shift solenoid (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/downshift-solenoid-replacement), transmission mounts (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/engine-mount-replacement), or a drive shaft (https://www.yourmechanic.com/services/driveshaft-replacement). Your best bet may be to have a qualified professional,...

SUV sounds like 2 pieces knocking together underneath

Hi there. There are a number of things that can cause this. The most common causes of noise under this vehicle are loose frame cross members or worn out shocks. If the springs are worn out then the control arm...

Looking for a car that is good in winter

Hello. If you’re going to buy a Sante Fe (https://www.yourmechanic.com/cars/hyundai/santa-fe) that offers all wheel drive or four wheel drive (https://www.yourmechanic.com/article/3-essential-things-to-know-about-four-wheel-drive-4wd), it should hold up pretty well in the harsh winter weather conditions. A Sante Fe with front wheel or four...

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