Maintenance Editor, AOL Autos
Tom Torbjornsen is an automotive expert of 37 years and has been in automotive talk radio for 20 years. An automotive journalist in good standing with the IMPA (International Motor Press Association)… and the MPG (Motor Press Guild), Torbjornsen is a major contributor to AOL Autos, Edmunds, CNN and many other websites, he also writes for several newspapers across the country. His first book, How To Make Your Car Last Forever was released in Oct of 2010. Torbjornsen is the auto expert of record for Channel 4 WIVB TV, Western New York's CBS affiliate. Hear his radio show, America’s Car Show with Tom Torbjornsen, on the SSI Radio Network, Saturdays at Noon EST and on the Sirius XM Satellite Radio Channel - Stars Too -- Sirius 108 and XM 139; Sunday afternoons at 5PM EST. Send your car questions to his website at: www.americascarshow.com.
With gas prices above $3.50 a gallon, companies which manufacture "fuel saving" devices are thriving. These companies are vying for the motoring public's dollars and preying on their ignorance.
Problems facing your car or truck usually range from a hesitating engine to a "thunking" sound you can't identify. Or maybe your minivan door sticks. But some car owners have problems with ants, raccoons, red squirrels and even porcupines. They can be tricky to get rid of, but easier to prevent if you know how.
Roadways across America are mostly thawed out and revealing their scars and wheel busting craters. Whether you are buying a new car, about to get new tires or trying to avoid big repair bills, we have some advice for you.
Have you ever gone to a quick-lube place for an oil change and, while you're waiting in the lobby for your car, the service bay/sales person informs you that a certain service(s) "must" be performed on the vehicle immediately to avert a disaster of immense proportion?
The 3,000-mile oil change has gone the way of the dinosaur. What do I base this statement on given my staunch support of the 3,000-mile oil change for so many years? Today oils and lubricants are so much better compared to several years ago. Under normal driving conditions, viscosity breakdown (viscosity is the oil's ability to flow and lubricate) usually occurred at about 3,000 miles. The element...