Car Care Tip: The difference between a recall and a technical service bulletin is as follows: A recall is a procedure mandated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration due to the safety of the car being compromised. A recall is paid for by the car manufacturer. A technical service bulletin is a procedure approved by the manufacturer to repair a common problem. But if the car is out of warranty, you are on the hook for the cost of repairs.
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.