DEN­NIS O’SUL­LI­VAN

The Hamilton Spectator - - WHEELS - DEN­NIS O’SUL­LI­VAN

Af­ter re­plac­ing and then find­ing lost keys, will they still work for the ve­hi­cle?

QUES­TION

About one year ago, my son from out West, lost the only keys to his 2012 BMW. At great ex­pense, he had to have two keys or­dered from the deal­er­ship. We have since found the keys and were told that if the car were re­pro­grammed with the new keys, the old keys would not work. I would like to send the keys out to him but will not do so if they will not work. Will the old keys still work or could he have them re­pro­grammed back to the car again?

Bob from Burling­ton

AN­SWER

The old keys should still work as far as start­ing the car but he might have to, de­pend­ing on the key, have to re­place the bat­ter­ies in the re­mote in or­der to op­er­ate the doors. If the re­mote does not have a bat­tery then he has to use the key to start the car and it will charge when the car is be­ing driven.

QUES­TION

I have a 2005 GMC ½ ton and the driver’s seat belt is torn. I have been ad­vised that you can have the belt re­paired but I am re­luc­tant to do this as most deal­ers will tell you that it is safer to just pur­chase a new seat belt. A new belt is pricy. I would like your opin­ion please.

Ju­dith from Dun­das

AN­SWER

There are out­lets ad­ver­tised on the In­ter­net that can re­pair your ve­hi­cle’s seat belt. You can ei­ther re­move the seat belt and take or send it to them or you can take the ve­hi­cle to them and they will re­pair your seat belt for you. Just re­mem­ber that if you re­move the seat belt you can­not drive the ve­hi­cle. An­other op­tion is that you can just go to any auto re­cy­cler and see if they have one that matches your seat belt’s colour. If price is a fac­tor, then check out the prices on both op­tions and then de­cide.

QUES­TION

Thank you very much for your as­sis­tance with the used car dealer in get­ting my prob­lem solved. I was work­ing with them for over two months with no res­o­lu­tion but the prob­lem was solved just four days af­ter you in­ter­vened. I have a ques­tion for you on an­other mat­ter still deal­ing with the 2012 Volvo. The car on the high­way wants to wan­der more than usual. My me­chanic, who does all my oil changes, has looked at the car and says that he sees noth­ing the mat­ter with the front end. He says that there might have been ma­jor col­li­sion dam­age to the car in the past and that it has not been re­paired prop­erly. If the car has been in a ma­jor ac­ci­dent and not re­paired prop­erly, what are my op­tions at this time?

AN­SWER

As you might re­call, we had done a Car fax on the car and it came back clean. We also found out that it was a one-owner car so I do not think that your me­chanic, by giv­ing you un­ver­i­fied al­le­ga­tions about ma­jor col­li­sion dam­age, is help­ing you with the prob­lem. One or more faulty tires can cause road wan­der­ing as well as a car with a front or rear end that is out of align­ment. I sug­gest that you take the car to a proper align­ment shop and let them check the car for you. You will most likely find that the car needs an align­ment.

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