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February 2, 2013

Auto Scanner: Why won’t dashboard knobs light up?

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A: Most major repair facilities have scanners that link to your car’s computer. With this scanner, they will be able to monitor the signal from your fuel tank and also be able to emulate a signal to your instrument panel. This is how the problem is isolated. Expect to spend between one to 11/2 hours for diagnostic costs to be able to nail down the problem. The cost of the repair itself, of course, is dependent on which component has the problem.

Car Care Tip: Lately, there has been quite a bit of controversy concerning tire pressure in the vehicles we drive. A lot of this interest is due to the use of tire pressure monitor systems. Fill the tire to the car engineer specs, or fill the tire to the tire manufacturer specs? This writer is still leaning to the vehicle manufacturer specs.

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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 scanauto@aol.com.

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