Posts Tagged "repairs"

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When Is a Newer Car a Better Fit for a New Driver?

09.13.2016

Gordon's faithful old Toyota needs some pricey repairs before he hands the keys to his teen granddaughter. Should he go to the shop or car lot?

Getting That Reality Check Before Writing a Check

08.09.2016
Bill asks whether his repair estimate is reasonable or booogus--and if there's a website that'll help him decide.

Who Keeps That Faulty Part?

07.12.2016
Ellen's new alternator left her stranded 90 miles away from the shop. The mechanic wants it back before he'll refund her money. Is this common?

Applying Some Smarts to a Failed Fourtwo Repair

05.24.2016
Is Bonnie's Smart dealership giving her the runaround when it comes to fixing her runabout? 

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

03.15.2016
Sue just changed the head gasket on her 2002 Subaru Forrester. Now it's leaking oil. What gives? 

Don't Gamble on Ball Joints

09.19.2013
A mechanic at John's local quick oil change place told him his ball joints were worn. John hasn't noticed any changes in the handling or tire wear, and he doesn't trust this guy. What should he do? Tom and Ray say even if this mechanic is running a scam, John would be wise to heed the warning and get a second opinion. Find out why, right here. 

Is Favorite Safe Car Post-Collision?

05.21.2013
Phil's Honda Fit was sandwiched between a big Jeep and an even bigger mini-van during a recent rear-end collision. The insurance repaired the car but Phil wonders if they should be worried.
Find out how Tom and Ray would check for structural damage, right here.

Today: Is Cathy Stuck With Son's Sebring?

03.28.2013
Cathy's son moved to Europe and left his 2001 Chrysler Sebring with his mother. Problem is, the engine imploded only a few weeks after his departure. They still owe a few payments on the car and now Cathy's not sure what to do with it once it's paid off. What will Tom and Ray reccomend? 

Today: When to Replace Brake Rotors

07.06.2012
Ed's wondering about brake jobs--how do you know whether to replace the rotors, pads or both? Tom and Ray cover all the bases in their reply, starting with the history of brake pad materials, what's used most often in modern cars, and even make a prediction about the future of used brake rotors. 

Patrick's Audi Failed Inspection: Should He Sell?

04.19.2012
Patrick's 2001 Audi needs a new catalytic converter but the cost of the repair nearly equals the value of the car. Tom and Ray think it might be worth it to fix the car in this case. Find out why right here.

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