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Today: A Good Time for a Second Opinion

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.

Today: Will Leaking Axle Clamps Cause Problems?

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. 

Today: Is Bill's Dealer Charging Too Much?

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. 

Today: Shade-Tree Mechanics Club?

John wants to start a DIY garage. Can Tom and Ray talk him out of it? Plus, the guys reveal details from their own experiences owning a DIY garage in years gone by. 

Today: How Ethical is Shopping Around?

Khai likes to do his own repairs but he's not confident about his diagnoses. Is it fair for him to ask a shop to make a diagnose but then use that information to do his own work? Tom and Ray weigh in on this mechanical, ethical dilemma.

Thank a Mechanic Day

Here's how we celebrated our country's greatest new holiday, Thank a Mechanic Day! 

Car Talk Presents... Thank a Mechanic Day!

We’re proclaiming Thursday, November 15th as “Thank a Mechanic Day.” Find out how you can get involved!

Is paying for a post-diagnostic repair a rip-off?

We recently took our 2001 VW Jetta to the dealer because the Check Engine light was on. After guessing at the solution (something about the code was vague), they charged us 280 dollars for diagnostics and to replace the air filter and...

Today: Are professional-quality tools really worth the extra money?

I have a question that doesn't involve a car problem. I am currently going to school to earn an associate of applied science in the automotive field. Ever since high-school auto class, I have heard the names Snap-on, Matco...

Should Mary further investigate this dealer mishap?

I have a 2003 Toyota Prius, which has gone 67,000 miles. I always take it to the dealer, and recently had it there for its 65,000-mile service. After a fairly long wait, the service manager came to me to tell me that...


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