SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

Business

February 15, 2014

Auto Scanner: Do back tires need to match those in front?

Q: I need your advice on tires. I was told by my local mechanic that I desperately needed two rear tires. I’ve been shopping around and was told by one dealer that I should match my front ones, which are Pirellis. Someone else said it was OK not to match the front tires. So, I’m getting quotes as my car is getting older, and I figure I may only have a year or two left with her. Can you advise me if I have to match the front tires?

A: You should match the rears to the front or you will have a handling problem. If the fronts are almost gone, you may be better off buying four lower-priced tires, which may be less expensive than just getting two Pirellis.

Q: I have a 2001 Taurus that continually loses heat. The heater core seems to be working fine, and I use a compressor and blow it out. It works for a couple of weeks, then goes cold again. Any suggestions?

A: If blowing out the heater core temporarily repairs the problem, it indicates the coolant system is very dirty. I would try to have a professional cooling system flush performed on the car. To test for a blocked heater core: After the car is warm, check the two heater hoses. If one is cold and one is hot, it means the core is blocked. If both are hot, but the air is cold, it is more likely a blend door issue.

Q: My friend has a 1996 Mustang with a 3.8-liter, six-cylinder engine. He wants to put a 5.4-liter engine from a Ford Expedition in it. I say it won’t fit; he says it will. Can you settle this dispute between us?

A: If the ’96 had a 5.4-liter engine as an option from the factory, then it will fit. If not, modifications will have to be made. You will also need to change the computer.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Business

AP Video
All Aboard! LIRR Strike Averted Microsoft to Cut Up to 18,000 Jobs Time Warner Rejects Murdoch's Takeover Bid Yellen Says Economy Still Needs Fed Support Cleveland Expects Economic Boom From Lebron Justice Dept. Fines Citigroup $7 Billion Justice Dept. Fines Citigroup $7 Billion Downside of Low Mortgage Rates? Less Selling Cupcake Shop Crumbs Shuttering All Its Stores San Francisco Prepares for Soda Battle Dow Breaks Record 17,000 GM Crash Compensation Could Top $1 Billion GM Won't Limit Crash Compensation Funds Justices Rule for Broadcasters in Aereo Fight
NDN Video
Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid Kanye West Tells-All on Wedding in "GQ" Interview Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Scarlett Johansson Set To Marry In August New Star Wars Episode XII X-Wing Revealed Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB' Adam Levine Ties the Knot Sebastian The Ibis Walks Beautiful Bride Down The Aisle | ACC Must See Moment NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Faces of Souls Lost in Malaysian Plane Crash 105-year-old woman throws first pitch Man Creates Spreadsheet of Wife's Reasons for Turning Down Sex 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success Rory McIlroy struggles, surges, wins British Open
Comments Trcker