Dear Doctor: I own a 2005 and a 2009 Acura TL. They both have the same power window problem. The windows do not go up properly with the push of the button. The dealer said both cars would need new window motors at a great expense. What can I do? Matt
Dear Matt: Before spending money replacing window motors, I recommend that you lubricate the window rubber channels with a silicone spray. We use a Ford lubricant called mini-vent window lubricant. It comes in a 4-ounce plastic container and costs about $15 — and is worth every penny.
Dear Doctor: I have a 2005 Ford Taurus and its power steering dipstick indicates that it could use some additional fluid. I have an old bottle of power steering fluid that indicates it meets Ford specification M2C128C&D. The owner’s manual specifies Ford “Mercon.” Can I use the old bottle of fluid without causing a problem? Michael
Dear Michael: Ford power steering pumps do have some issues, from making noises to actual pump failure. I would not add anything other than what is recommended by the manufacturer on any fluid change or top off. I would recommend using a turkey baste and suck out the old power steering fluid and refill it with the correct fluid.
Dear Doctor: I cannot remove the key from the ignition switch on my 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix. The battery drains completely dead overnight, unless I disconnect the positive post or the negative post. Do I have to remove the steering wheel, complete ignition assembly and key tumbler and replace with new ones? Can you give me a resource that would give me instructions to correct this problem? Richard
Dear Richard: Some ignition cylinder removals can be done with the removal of the lower inspection cover and the use of a small pin to release the lock pin in the key cylinder. Note: the key has to be correct and the cylinder must be able to turn. I recommend you subscribe to www.alldata.com for detailed instructions for key cylinder removal. You will be able to download everything that you could ever want for your vehicle, including pictures and diagrams.
Dear Doctor: My wife has a 2001 Dodge Caravan that has 118,000 miles on it. Recently, the transmission started making a thud sound when slowing down. As soon as it drops to 25 mph there is a thump sound and a slight jerk. Does it have anything to do with the torque converter? William
Dear William: The thud sound you hear and feel is the transmission actually downshifting into a lower gear.