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How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Auto Q&A with Tom Torbjornsen
How to Make Your Car Last Forever: Auto Q&A with Tom Torbjornsen

Dear Tom,

I own a 2010 Infiniti G-37 coupe. The tires were fine until it got cold outside. Now the tire pressure monitoring system indicates that the tire pressures are low. The tires look fine to me. What’s up with this? 

Delilah from Burlington, VT


Infiniti came out with a TSB (Technical Service Bulletin) stating that tire pressures change approximately 0.06 to 1.0 pound for every degree drop in temperature. Have the tire pressures checked. If they are a couple of pounds low, it’s probably due to the temps dropping during winter. Inflate to the proper level and the tires should be fine. If one or more is found to be extremely low (5-10 lbs. or more), the tires are leaking due to a hole, leaking valve stem or rim bead leak and should be repaired and reinflated to the correct level. Best to you.


Dear Tom,

I own a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe with heated seats and, when I tried to move the seats to the forward position, they went backward. Now the seats won’t work and they don’t heat up. I also discovered that the passenger side windows wouldn’t go down. I changed the breaker for the seats and still nothing. What is the problem?

Melinda from Charlotte, NC


It sounds like there is an issue with the wiring harness to the seats. Check the connectors to the electric motor that drives the seat. It might be short-circuited. As for the seat heaters, check the wiring and connector to the electric heating element. I think you’ll find your problem in the wiring or connectors. Good luck.


For more great advice from auto expert Tom Torbjornsen, visit the America’s Car Show website at www.americascarshow.com or become a fan on Facebook for frequent updates. You can also hear Tom’s radio show at noon EST Saturdays on the SSI Radio Network and at 10 p.m. EST Sundays on Stars Too — Sirius 108 & XM 139. And, pick up a copy of Tom’s latest book, “How to Make Your Car Last Forever,” on Amazon.com. Follow Tom’s Q&A blogs every week on WGRZ.com, Buffalo.com and Examiner.com. If you have an automotive question for Tom, send him an e-mail: tom@americascarshow.com.

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