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Dealership or Indy Mechanic for the New-ish Car?

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

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

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

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

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?"

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

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.

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

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.

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.


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