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June 15, 2013

Auto Scanner: Escalade keeps breaking down at 120,000 miles

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Q: I have a 2002 Toyota Camry LE and I have an occasional rub from my steering wheel on turning the wheel. I have no other problems with steering. What do you think the problem is?

A: Two probable causes come to mind. First, a piece of the plastic steering column cover may be loose, causing a plastic rubbing at times. The other common problem I see is the steering column has a joint in it that resembles a universal joint. These tend to bind up occasionally. Either case, if the problem gets worse, it may cause your steering wheel to not return to center coming off of a corner turn. You should have this looked at soon.

Car Care Tip: Lately I see a lot of do-it-yourself air conditioner recharge kits. If you decide to try your own recharge, be aware that overcharging your system could destroy the compressor.

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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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