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

Dear Tom,

I own a ’02 Ford Focus that came with one key when I bought it (used). When I went to get a second key made I was told that they couldn't make a key for it because it had a “transponder” and I would need to get one from a dealer. This is expensive! Is this absolutely necessary or is there another way to get a key?

Jan from Eagle, CO

Jan,

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

Dear Tom,

I own a ’98 Dodge Neon with 97,000 miles. A few days ago while driving, I noticed that the battery light was on and all the gauges were going crazy (up and down). This happens only when the vehicle is in motion. I tested the battery and it’s good. What’s causing the problem?

Louis from Baltimore, MD

Road Closure Kenmore Avenue

The Westbound lane of Kenmore Avenue near Niagara Falls Boulevard will be closed and traffic rerouted Tuesday, October 5, 2010-9AM-6PM and Wednesday October 6, 2010 for the same duration.  Traffic will be rerouted down Allenhurst to Princeton to Niagara Falls Boulevard.  Please allow extra time if traveling this route.