Q. The automatic transmission in my 2018 Honda Civic hatchback doesn't slow me down if I shift down to second gear. I want to use it for going down hills, but it doesn't seem to hold the speed down like my old '05 Civic did. Is the new transmission not made to do that?

Q. While browsing cartalk.com recently (I had nothing better to do ... I was at work), I came across a user's comment that a vehicle that is driven less than 10 miles per outing is more likely to develop engine problems. I hate to sound like "the little old lady who only drives to church on …

Q. I change the oil in our cars, mainly because I'm too cheap to pay what oil-change shops charge. Is there any way to test to see when the oil in a vehicle is almost worn out? Our cars vary widely in their use. One does a daily 15-mile commute; another goes 60,000 highway miles a year; and …

Q. My soon-to-be-80-year-old mom is a lifelong convertible driver. She currently drives a 2005 Chrysler Sebring Convertible with 64,000 miles on it. Over the years, the car seems to have gotten lower to the ground, and she's having difficulty getting into and out of it. For her birthday, I w…

Q. Our kids admitted that they spilled soda on the passenger-side belt buckle of the car they use. Now it doesn't latch in cold weather — not a good thing in Minnesota. My son's solution is to pour water on it and park it in the garage until it dries out. Not only would that make a mess, but…

Q. You recently answered a question from another 83-year-old woman who asked about upgrading her car for a newer Subaru with more safety features. I just want to second your advice. I took your suggestion and bought a new car with such features, and I love it! I feel much safer now. Thanks.