Q: I have a Jeep Grand Cherokee in warranty and stopped at the dealer because my memory seats stopped working. It was said that it would be a two-week wait and that it would be restricted all day. Take an appointment. The following week, I got an oil change for my wife’s car at the local mechanic and reported the pocket seat problem to a service clerk. Tell me just use the power switch forward and backward all the way in each direction and it will reset. When I got home I tried it and made sure it worked again. I wonder what the dealer would have carried if it was out of warranty?
MW, Westchester, Illinois
A: One of the mysteries of life is why things lose their memories, but as I have found, these memories can sometimes be restored. If the electric windows stop working properly, try the same. Put them down and hold down the switch for three seconds and then up for three seconds. there he is.
Q: Some drivers pulled their wiper blades away from the windshield while it was snowing. Does this help extend the life of the wiper blades at this elevation position away from the windshield?
A: Yes, it extends the life of the blades. how? It prevents them from freezing on the glass. Many motorists damage the wiper blades when scraping snow and ice from the windshield. Sometimes they forget to close the wipers when parking, and when starting the next day, the wiper (the rubber part) is damaged. Even minor damage results in streaks, which almost always seem to happen directly into your line of sight.
Q: I have a 2020 Nissan Titan 2 wheel drive car, and when I took it for an oil change, I knew I needed to flush the brake line and replace the brake fluid, and check and/or replace at 15,000 miles for the 30k miles. I towed a travel trailer, so I went with a flush and replaced it at 22,000 miles. I’ve been driving for over 50 years and this is the first time I’ve heard of this, and it’s in the manual! Is it really necessary?
MG, Port Orange, Florida
A: If it is in the owner’s manual (vehicle bible/Torah/Quran/…) then yes, it is necessary.
Q: I read your article about brake lights flashing. I agree they are annoying, and they shouldn’t be allowed to. However, I’m sure you get emails that some new cars are coming in stock with a CHMSL (third brake light) pulse. Honda and Toyota seem to be doing just that. I’m starting to see some GMO products with it as well.
RC, Great Falls, Montana
A: Although strobe brake lights are available on the aftermarket, that doesn’t make them legal. You can’t blame car owners who want to improve their safety, but the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) states that only solid incandescent brake lights are allowed, albeit at a much brighter level than taillights. There may be some car dealers who sell customers to CHMSLs (Central Raised Parking Lights) and as far as I know it’s not illegal to sell them. Its presentation, however, is another matter. Federal law does not prohibit a vehicle owner from installing them. Check the law in your state to determine if a flashing third brake light is allowed.
If the electric windows stop working properly, try the same. Put them down and hold down the switch for three seconds and then up for three seconds.