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Turd of the Week: Ford Fiesta

01.15.2016
This week's honoree takes home the prize for rough shifting and worse--transmission failures. 

Mechanic vs. Manual: When's the Right Time to Change Fluids?

01.19.2016
Leroy can't get a straight answer on when to change the transmission fluids in his older cars. Can Car Talk set the record straight? 

Turd of the Week: Transmission Failures, Engine Troubles and More!

10.19.2015
Our Turd of the Week features a car that we think is going to be headed to the scrapyard before its time. Our editorial team, working with our pals at Car Complaints, combs through the Car Complaints database and spots problem cars before anyone--except the unfortunate owners. This week's result, right here.

Today: Acceptable Substitutions for Transmission Fluid?

09.10.2015
Marc wants to substitute tractor hydraulic fluid for the recommended Dextron trasmission fluid his car takes. Can Car Talk talk him out of this harebrained idea?

Today in Bogus: Transmission Preservation

05.22.2014
Today: David wants Tom and Ray to set the record straight on some bizarre driving behavior from the past. In high school, he used to cruise around with his friend in the friend's dad's '73 lime green Ford Pinto. The dad insisted that the kid use first and third gears on odd numbered days and second and fourth on the even numbered days, which he insisted would double the life of the transmission. Where does this fall on the scale of one to completely BoOoOoOgus?  

What Happened to Tamerlyn's Transmission?

04.24.2014
One of Tamerlyn's transmission lines blew out and she wants to know why. Tom and Ray first offer their condolences, and then explain how these lines work, and what can cause them to fail, right here. 

Today: Best Way to Change Transmission Fluid?

12.12.2013
Jim needs to change the transmission fluid in his 2005 Chrysler 300C, but he's a little nervous about it. The last time he got this done (on his previous car) the transmission went out a week later. Tom and Ray explain the different methods and try to reassure Jim that the fluid change was not responsible for the demise of his last car. 

Today: CV Transmissions

07.02.2013
Pete's considering buying a new Honda but he's curious about the CV transmission. He's driven manuals and automatics for the last 50 years and isn't sure he's ready for something new. Tom and Ray explain how CVTs work, and encourage Pete to go for a test drive. 

Dangerous Stuff First, Expensive Stuff Second

06.18.2013
That's Tom and Ray's advice for Bob, who's car has been making strange thumps and jolts when he parks. It sounds like bad news for Bob's wallet. Find out what Tom and Ray think could be causing it, right here. 

Today: Jim's Maxima Can't Take the Heat

04.09.2013
Jim's Maxima has been overheating when he travels to hot places. But his San Fransisco-based mechanics can't duplicate the problem because the weather is just too nice there. Tom and Ray recommend an auxiliary transmission cooler as a short-term fix.

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