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  • Talking Cars: This Volvo fix is no charge

  • I own a 2006 Volvo XC90. The passenger side window goes up all the way and then comes back down three inches. The only way I can get it up is to keep tapping the power window button. My local mechanic said I had to take the car to the dealer for this repair. I called the dealer and they said it would need to be checked at a cost of $120 to start with. Can you offer any help?

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  • QUESTION: I own a 2006 Volvo XC90. The passenger side window goes up all the way and then comes back down three inches. The only way I can get it up is to keep tapping the power window button. My local mechanic said I had to take the car to the dealer for this repair. I called the dealer and they said it would need to be checked at a cost of $120 to start with. Can you offer any help?
    ANSWER: A lot of today’s vehicles have a one-touch window feature that has a built in mini-processor. These mini-processors can forget settings. I have been down this road before with a variety of vehicles. I will admit that I do not know every answer to every question, and I always check our Identifix website. Sure enough, on this vehicle, Identifix has the same vehicle having the same condition. The cure is simple removing the #6 fuse while the window is in motion then release button, replace fuse and bring window to top and hold button in up position for five seconds. Then the window motor system will be relearned.
     
    QUESTION: I own a 2002 Ford E250 5.4 liter V/8 automatic transmission with 60,000 miles. Recently the transmission started to occasionally chatter or slip when starting from a stop and going around corners. I checked the transmission fluid and the dipstick is hard to read. I had the computer checked for trouble fault codes and there are none. Do you have any ideas what could be wrong?
    ANSWER: My first thought is the transmission fluid is low and when taking off from a stop or during cornering if the transmission will suck air instead of fluid. You also need to get the correct transmission fluid for the van. When you order the fluid from the Ford dealer, you must use the VIN number or transmission ID number. You may also want to change the transmission fluid and filter. Some transmission pan gaskets are reusable.
     
    QUESTION: I am interested in buying a new Mustang GT500 and would like your opinion on buying a 2012 or waiting for a 2013. I have read about the 2013 and it seems like a completely updated car. Can you comment?
    ANSWER: There is no question that the 2013 GT500 is the most powerful Mustang yet. With this said, if you were to buy a 2011 or 2012 there would be a big dollar savings and a few bolt-on performance upgrades will put you over 600 horsepower. I own a 2009 GT500 and have added a number of both horsepower upgrades as well as suspension upgrades. At just about any speed when you hit the gas pedal the back tire breaks loose. When it comes to horsepower any either rear or front drive over 400 will spin the tires from stop with full power on. On the other hand all wheel drive cars can support 600 plus horsepower without spinning tires out of control. For all-out racing and performance the 2013 GT500 will be hard to beat. As for the older GT500s they have more power than almost anyone could want without being modified. I would suggest you test drive a 2012 or older and see if it has enough power for you. You may also want to test drive a convertible if you, in fact, you like convertibles.
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    Junior Damato writes regularly about cars. You can send questions to him care of the Old Colony Memorial, 182 Standish Ave., Plymouth, MA 02360.

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