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Different for Volvo: 2017 S60 Cross Country

By Junior Damato, April 8th, 2017

strong>Dear Doctor: Have you driven the new Volvo Cross Country? The appearance is sporty hot and I'm thinking of putting it on my list of vehicles to test. Eric

Manufacturer photo: 2017 Volvo S60 Cross Country
Manufacturer photo: 2017 Volvo S60 Cross Country

strong>Dear Eric: I agree, the new raised appearance on the body id hot-looking. I drove the 2017 Volvo S60 Cross Country with all-wheel drive. The 19-inch all-season tires fill the wheel wells nicely. Even the body design and style separates it from other Volvo vehicles. The 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbocharged delivers 250 instant horsepower via a quick shifting six-speed automatic. Acceleration is instant from the moment you touch the gas pedal from idle to any throttle position. There is no tire scrubbing or steering wheel movement in tight parking lot maneuvers at slow speed, due in part to the center all-wheel drive transfer case. Unlike older Volvos, the suspension is more designed for today's road and drivers; there's very little body roll and no bump steer or body shake.

strong>Dear Doctor: I purchased the new 2017 Subaru Legacy with the four-cylinder engine linked to a CVT transmission. When I shift from reverse to drive there is a very small delay before the drive gear actually engages. Is this normal? John

strong>Dear John: This is normal. CVT transmissions do have a short delay between gear changes, as well as shifting from park to forward. Dual clutch automatic transmissions take even longer to get used to as far a delay when starting from a stop forward or backwards.

strong>Dear Doctor: I have a 2013 Mercedes-Benz E350 station wagon. I cannot find the power steering reservoir to check the level. Help please. Where is it? Ray

strong>Dear Ray: If your Mercedes has a power steering pump, then lift up the plastic engine cover and the power steering pump fill is located just behind the engine oil filter. However, some vehicles have electric power steering assist, which do not have an engine-mounted power steering pump. Make sure you use the correct power steering fluid. Mercedes-Benz factory fluid is recommended.

strong>Dear Doctor: I saw on television that Mobil One has a new synthetic motor oil that can go for one year before changing. Any comment on this? I know you say that all motor oil should be changed every six months. Bill

strong>Dear Bill: There's no question engine oil and fuel management have improved over the years. There are also many highline car manufacturers that have oil change intervals of just once a year. Mobil One has a good reputation and this new line does advertise an annual oil change with the newly introduced oil. If your vehicle is under warranty, then check with the dealer before extending the oil change interval for one year -- and make sure the oil meets all of the requirements of your vehicle.

strong>Dear Doctor: Sometime ago you replied to a reader about a sloshing sound and water entering the passenger side footwell in his late model Mustang. I think you mentioned something about a heater box. I had the exact same symptoms but it turned out to be something much less complicated: The drain at the bottom of the outside of the firewall was clogged with leaves and pine needles and the area had filled with water, and it backed up through the cabin air filter. Apparently it's not that uncommon, as I found this out through a fellow Mustang owner. John

strong>Dear John: Thanks for writing, I appreciate your comments. Sloshing from water in the heater box is more common than you think. All heater boxes have a small drain hole that often gets blocked from debris, as your vehicle did. A simple use of a shop blow gun in the drain hose usually unclogs the drain. There's also another sloshing sound that can sometimes be heard while the engine is running; it's from the coolant flowing through the heater core. In this case a small reducer in the coolant hose will take care of the noise.

Big Drop in Fuel Mileage: Get Engine Test

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Big Drop in Fuel Mileage: Get Engine Test

strong>Dear Doctor: I have a 2014 Ford F-150 with the EcoBoost engine. The dealership cannot tell me why my gas mileage is at 9 mpg. It was 24 mpg when I purchased it. Can you help me out? Gerald

Gas Mileage Misread: Fuel System Needs Attention

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Gas Mileage Misread: Fuel System Needs Attention

strong>Dear Doctor: I own a 2006 Ram 2500. The mileage calculator says I'm getting 30 miles per gallon in fuel economy, but I'm actually getting about 20 mpg. What should I do? Mark

Car Shakes at Idle: Check for Multiple Fault Codes

10/05

Car Shakes at Idle: Check for Multiple Fault Codes

strong>Dear Doctor: My 2009 Toyota Camry with 199,600 miles has a check engine light showing the codes P0101 and P0170. I have already replaced the MAF sensor, PCV valve, throttle body, the car's computer, O2 sensors, cam sensor, crank sensor, fuel pump, injectors, and fuel pressure regulator. I also checked for multiple vacuum or air leaks, and the cabin air filter, spark plugs, alternator, and battery have all been checked over the course of a year. Now the car has both codes showing consistently and it shakes at idle. What should we do? Cheyenne

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