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September 21, 2013

Auto Scanner: ’02 Camry has occasional steering column issue

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A: A search in the ALLDATA information system does not show any technical service bulletins at this time concerning this problem. I am curious why you didn’t feel this problem when you road-tested your car before the purchase. Since you say the other cars on the Honda dealers’ lot have the same problem, I would expect the problem was there during the road test. As far as a safety issue goes, you may want to call the National Highway and Transportation Authority and report this potential crash situation. One little adjustment I would like you to try would be manually put the car in first gear when you start out, and then manually use the shifter to go up through the gears. If the hesitation is gone doing this, than you are experiencing a problem of the transmission starting in second gear rather than in first. A software update issued by Honda will be enough to resolve this issue.

Car Care Tip: While driving home the other night, I glanced over at cars near me on Route 95 in the Topsfield area. Seven of 10 drivers that I passed or that were near me had cellphones to their heads and they clearly were not giving full concentration to their driving. To those who need to talk on the phone while they drive, consider a Bluetooth device. Your cellphone retailer will be able to help you hook it up.

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Larry Rubenstein is a master technician who owns a North Shore service station. His column appears every Saturday. Write to Larry at The Salem News, c/o Auto Scanner, 32 Dunham Road, Beverly, MA 01915, or send an email to scanauto@aol.com.

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