Tag: mechanics

61 Posts

Most people don't trust their mechanic
Dec 07, 2016

Two-Thirds of Americans Don't Trust Auto Repair Shops

Jim Motavalli

AAA reports that Americans don't trust mechanics, thinking they're being overcharged or being sold unnecessary parts. Frankly, they'd rather go to the dentist than to their local garage. 

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how can I get a refund for work that was never performed
Nov 29, 2016

Did Dealer Lie about Replaced Hydraulic Lifters?

Dear Car Talk

Don got a bill for $3751 and he's not sure the work was done. If the lifters weren't fitted, how can he ensure his claim isn't aquitted?

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now that my warranty has expired should i stick with the dealership for maintenance
Apr 26, 2016

Dealership or Indy Mechanic for the New-ish Car?

Dear Car Talk

Should you stick with your dealership or look for an independent mechanic? Pablo wants to know his options for his Avalon.

mechanics maintenance

could my mechanic have predicted the oil leak in my car
Mar 15, 2016

Does Oil Leak Mean Engine Death For Sue's Subaru?

Dear Car Talk

Sue just changed the head gasket on her 2002 Subaru Forrester. Now it's leaking oil. What gives? 

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Can repairing a tire damamge the tire sensor
Jan 28, 2016

Today: Did Phil's Mechanic Break the Tire Sensor?

Dear Car Talk

Phil's mechanic noticed that his tire sensor was cracked, but Phil decided not to repair it since it was still working fine. Two days later it was broken. Is his mechanic responsible, or is it true that "the stingy man pays the most?"

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Oct 12, 2015

Americans Defer Car Repairs Big Time (Especially if They Don't Trust Their Mechanics)

Jim Motavalli

Thirty five percent of us put off auto maintenance until tomorrow, even though it ends up costing more in the end. It helps if you trust your local dealer or garage.

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Should a mechanic call before doing expensive repairs
Jun 30, 2015

To Dump or Not to Dump: The Mechanic Who Didn't Call

Dear Car Talk

Would you stick with a mechanic who performed a $1000+ service without your permission? What if he's done great work for you in the past, even for free? That's Jeff's question to Car Talk today. Our advice, right here.

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Toyota Sienna repair estimate is high
Jul 29, 2014

Today: A Good Time for a Second Opinion

Dear Car Talk

Donna's Toyota Sienna has been diagnosed with a $4800 repair. How can this be necessary at such low miles and given that Donna drives "like an old lady?" Tom and Ray think the estimate sounds high. Find out what Donna should do, right here.

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Subaru Outback axle clamps are leaking
Mar 17, 2014

Today: Will Leaking Axle Clamps Cause Problems?

Dear Car Talk

Karen's oil change guys say the axle clamps are leaking on her Subaru Outback. The dealership says it's not a big deal. Who should Karen believe? Tom and Ray say her dealership sounds lazy...but that doesn't mean that they're wrong! Read their advice to Karen, right here. 

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is it worth paying three times as much for genuine subaru parts
May 28, 2013

Today: Is Bill's Dealer Charging Too Much?

Dear Car Talk

Bill's Subaru needs a new timing belt, and the dealer is asking twice what his local mechanic wants for the job. Tom and Ray say there may be more to this story than meets the eye. 

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