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Who Keeps That Faulty Part?

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

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?

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

Don't Gamble on Ball Joints

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?

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?

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

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?

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.

Today: Plugs, patches or new tires?

Bill has had three flat tires in less than twenty-four hours and suspects there may be more flats in his future. Can he safely repair his tires using plugs or patches, or is he going to need to invest in new tires every few weeks?

Can Sarah get away with spending less on her brakes?

So my Kia Rio has a brake-fluid leak A reeeeally bad brake-fluid leak So bad that the floor of my back seat is fully littered with empty brake-fluid bottles Now I am pretty low on money Quite broke indeed And...


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