, Salem, MA


August 11, 2012

Paint bubbling not uncommon on Ford Freestyle


Q: My daughter has an 2003 Acura RSX with 57,000 miles. She bought it in 2009 with 47,000 miles on it from a dealer I know very well in New Hampshire. The car hit a tree when it had about 26,000 miles. The dealer bought it off the customer and repaired the vehicle. In fact, the dealer’s daughter drove the car until we purchased it. During the latter part of 2009, we had a check engine light for the emissions control for the gas tank. We had that fixed. In 2010, we had another check engine light, this time for the oxygen sensors. We had that fixed. Our latest problem is the Safety Restraint System warning light. The local shop I use does not know whether it is an air-bag problem or a seat-belt retractor problem. I don’t want to go to the local dealer due to the high dealer prices. Do you have any thoughts on this problem?


A visit to a good repair shop with good diagnostic equipment and ASE-certified diagnosticians is exactly what you are looking for. There are reports of this car having failed connectors under the seat, causing the SRS light to illuminate. So you don’t need the dealer, you just need to find a good shop in your area, and the fix may be much less than you think.

Car Care Tip:

Building a relationship with a good auto repair shop and showing a loyalty to that shop will definitely pay off in the long run.


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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