Question Asked: Is intermittent steering noise a safety issue?
April 28, 2009, 06:13 AM
I have a 2006 Sebring Convertible with 26000 miles that's developed an intermittent steering noise. It appears only after a high-speed freeway trip of at least 2 hours, and it disappears during short local trips. The noise is a grinding, squealing, or chirping kind of sound when the steering wheel is turned to the left and returned to center while the car is going slowly. It's never there when I bring the car to the dealer and they can't find anything wrong. I'm concerned about safety of the steering system. Maybe this has happened to other 2006 Sebring Convertibles and someone can explain what is happening.
Question Asked: Are System Flushes a Rip Off?
April 27, 2009, 06:54 PM
I've been driving for decades and have kept at least a dozen well maintained cars well into mileage in the hundred thousands. Never, until now, has a mechanic suggested flushes of brake, power steering and transmission systems. Recently though I was sold these services for both my Acura (66,000 miles) and my Honda 2002 Accord (40000 miles) by the dealers. I now have second thoughts. The maintenance schedules in the manufacturers' owner's manuals make no mention of these flushes. Was I ripped off for expensive and unnecessary services by dealers I had learned to trust?