A: I believe the Mitsubishi dealer missed the problem when they blamed the problem on the ground cable. I find it strange that a ground cable would be loose on this 21/2-year-old car unless there was major surgery done to this car before you purchased it. Did you get a vehicle history report? Finally, I believe the Mitsubishi dealer should give you a refund due to the missed diagnostics. Let us know how you make out.
Car Care Tip: An overheating engine should be shut down and the vehicle should be towed to the repair facility. Pushing it a bit further could cost you $3,000 for a new engine versus $30 for a thermostat.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.