Tag: repairs

118 Posts

should i trade in my car or keep it until it totally dies
Oct 18, 2016

When the Car Tells You It's Time to Trade, Listen

Dear Car Talk

Is that little whisper saying "fix me" or "trade me"? Here's one story where the message is clear.

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why would a car shake shiver while idling
Oct 13, 2016

The Scion with the Shimmy

Dear Car Talk

Ann's Scion tC has a case of the shakes at idle. Is replacing the spark plugs a good guess at a solution?

spark plugs repairs Scion tC 2007

is exhaust from a classic car dangerous to breathe
Oct 11, 2016

The Engine is a Stinker, But Have They Exhausted All Options?

Dear Car Talk

Lola's '46 Ford truck has the smelliest exhaust in the neighborhood. Is it worth fixing, or is it a health hazard?

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should i spend another two grand on a twenty-year-old car
Sep 13, 2016

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

Dear Car Talk

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?

repairs teens safety oil Toyota Tercel

how can i find fair prices for car repairs
Aug 09, 2016

Getting That Reality Check Before Writing a Check

Dear Car Talk

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

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do i need to surrender a faulty part to get a mechanic to replace it
Jul 12, 2016

Who Keeps That Faulty Part?

Dear Car Talk

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?

alternators repairs Honda Odyssey 2002

Smart Fortwo mechanic problems
May 24, 2016

Applying Some Smarts to a Failed Fortwo Repair

Dear Car Talk

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

transmissions repairs Smart ForTwo 2008

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? 

gaskets oil leaks repairs mechanics Subaru Forester 2002

How important are ball joints
Sep 19, 2013

Don't Gamble on Ball Joints

Dear Car Talk

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. 

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is it safe to drive my honda fit after being rear ended
May 21, 2013

Is Favorite Safe Car Post-Collision?

Dear Car Talk

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.

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