, Salem, MA


April 6, 2013

Head gasket sealer should be used only as a temporary fix


A: The van will now be used around town more than on the highway, which means you are putting the vehicle through more torturous use. I would recommend an oil change at least twice a year. If your owner’s manual calls for synthetic oil, well, you have to use it in order to stay in compliance for warranty issues. Radiator and transmission flushes should be performed at either three years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first. Further, I recommend having the tires rotated every six months in order to get the most out of your tires. Two fluids that should be checked for water content and cleanliness are the power steering fluid and the brake fluid. The Honda Odyssey has a great reputation, and it should give you years of trouble-free miles.

Car Care Tip: Out of sight and out of mind is where your car’s spare tire lives. However, the day will come when you will need to put it into service. Some cars, but not all, have tire pressure monitors in the spare tire. When having your car serviced at your local auto repair facility, ask to have your spare tire’s pressure checked.


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

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