Motormouth: Can we also use this charging station? | Cars
Q: We have a new 2021 Ford Mustang Mach E and have a question regarding remote charging stations.
We have noticed that many charging stations located in shopping center parking lots say “Tesla cars only”. Does this mean that only Teslas can recharge at these locations? I realize that most of these units were installed when only Tesla were on the road. Would charging our Mustang Mach E at Tesla charging stations cause damage to our car? I’m sure owners of other electric car models would be interested to know if they could use Tesla charging stations as well.
DG, Northbrook, Illinois
A: In July 2021, Elon Musk reportedly said that the chargers would be available to all electric car owners. Deployment is expected to begin in Europe. Currently, (pun intended) only Tesla owners can use Superchargers, which not only entices people to buy Tesla vehicles, but also avoids car backups waiting to use them.
Q: I have been driving Toyota vehicles for many years and now that I am about to quit driving I am faced with a dilemma. I am 93 years old and have a 1999 Toyota Sienna with low mileage and it does not rust.
The vehicle is in my driveway with a power steering leak. I tried to stop the leak to no avail. It can’t be driven this way, so what’s my best way to fix it or sell it?
JM, Syracuse, New York
A: Most power steering leaks are not severe enough to prevent going to a repair shop. Leaks from the rack and pinion steering unit are common and can cost around $ 500 to repair. But the leak could be as simple as a hose, which would cost a lot less. If the repairs aren’t within your budget, let the potential buyer know about the leak.
Q: I recently purchased a 2018 Equinox and it is equipped with an “automatic shutdown”. A few questions: Does this really save so much fuel and does it impact starter life? If it’s not really fuel efficient and causes more starter wear, is there a way to turn it off?
A: Maybe you don’t save much on fuel costs, but if a million cars save even a little, it makes a significant difference. For automakers, fuel economy improvements help meet Enterprise Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards. For the rest of us, it helps purify the air. The starter is robust.
Q: In 1978, I bought the first year model of the Dodge Omni. The dealership owner apologized for the orange directional signals on the back. He said that soon all cars will have them. I had owned a Volvo from 1970 before, so I thought it was a big step forward for American cars. What happened? Have they been victims of designers or accountants? Orange directional signals, placed appropriately, should be the law.
CS, Norfolk, Virginia
A: Orange tail signals are required in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, South Africa, and most countries in South America, but not the United States. I don’t know why, but I feel like there hasn’t been any study or data to prove that amber lenses are safer. Anecdotal evidence is not enough for NHTSA which has other issues to occupy it.