Q: With all of the producers speaking about going to electrical automobiles, I’m wondering how my neighbors who’ve 4 SUVs of their driveway and storage filled with stuff and the folks within the metropolis who park on the road nightly will cost their automobiles?
— F.M., Darien, Illinois

A: Charging in a single’s driveway shouldn’t be an issue if the cable is lengthy sufficient. In any other case, the best choice could also be a public charging station. Extra companies and procuring venues are putting in them. Some residence buildings and condos have chargers. Finally charging stations will change into extra ubiquitous. London, for instance, has lamppost stations.

Q: I’ve been instructed that with a purpose to make even a small proportion of automobiles battery-powered, you want uncommon earth parts which are in brief provide proper now and unimaginable to extract to make this doable. In the event you can’t make the batteries, how are you going to count on to satisfy this agenda?
— C.S., Chicago, Illinois

A: At the moment, there is no such thing as a scarcity of lithium for batteries, however there may be some speak amongst specialists that there could also be a scarcity round 2025 as carmakers launch extra electrical automobiles. OilPrice.com lately reported that Tesla’s Elon Musk “claims that Nevada alone holds sufficient lithium to transform your entire U.S. automobile fleet into electrical. Tesla has rights on over 10,000 acres of a lithium clay deposit in Nevada, from which it plans to extract lithium.”

Q: My 2013 Nissan Altima SE solely blows chilly air when the automotive is shifting. When the automotive is idling at a light-weight or shifting at low speeds in visitors, it blows heat air. A number of mechanics couldn’t discover something flawed, they usually inform me it’s most certainly {an electrical} concern that would run into hundreds of {dollars}! One mechanic thought it was a fuse and changed it, however nothing modified. Have you ever heard of this concern earlier than? Assist! Summer season is simply across the nook right here in South Florida!
— R.W., Boynton Seashore, Florida

A: The air-con condenser sits in entrance of the automotive’s radiator to chill the compressed refrigerant gasoline right into a liquid. An electrical fan attracts in outdoors air. At freeway speeds, the fan is usually pointless. If the fan doesn’t change on at low automobile pace, the A/C efficiency suffers. It might be a wiring downside, a foul fan or one thing that controls the fan.

Q: I’ve a 2004 Toyota Solara convertible with 103,000 unique miles on it. Love this automotive! Each time I put the highest down, I really feel like I’m on trip! I’ve had it effectively maintained by the Toyota dealership all these years, and they’re very happy to switch issues that put on out. Seventeen years in, I plan on preserving this soon-to-be-classic automobile. Why do they all the time demur after I ask about changing the struts? The trip, in any case these Chicago winters that tear up our streets, isn’t prefer it was when new. Wouldn’t new struts enhance the trip?
— A.M., North Riverside, Illinois

A: New struts normally make an enormous distinction, not just for the trip however for safer braking. There’s nothing uncommon about changing the entrance struts, however there may be for the rear struts. To realize entry to the higher strut mounting bolts, the rear seat cushions and a number of other panels have to be eliminated. Yeah, it’s a problem. The additional labor will, after all, value you more money. Get a quote earlier than you approve the job.

Bob Weber is a author and mechanic who turned an ASE-certified Grasp Vehicle Technician in 1976. He maintains this standing by in search of certification each 5 years. Weber’s work seems in skilled commerce magazines and different client publications. His writing additionally seems in automotive commerce publications, Client Information and Customers Digest. Ship questions together with identify and city to [email protected]