, Salem, MA


July 27, 2013

Auto Scanner: How to deal with rusty rotors


A: The way your letter is written, it appears to be a one-time event. If indeed that is the case, chalk it up to a bad gas nozzle. If this is a constant problem, you have a problem with either the fuel filler neck or a baffle in the fuel tank.

Q: I own a 2001 Lexus RX 300, six-cylinder, all-wheel drive with 175,000 miles on it. I bought it used with 88,000 miles; I changed the timing belt as soon as I bought it at 88,000. I just read your recent column and am wondering if I need to replace the timing belt again.

A: For your Lexus, it’s every 90,000 miles or 72 months, so you’re almost there. You should schedule it in at your repair facility and get this needed service taken care of.

Car Care Tip: Did you know that tires will degrade with time whether they are used or not? Whenever you buy new tires, used tires, or even a used car, check the tires for the manufacture date. Tires that are more than 6 years old, used or unused, should be replaced.


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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