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

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?

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

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?

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?

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

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

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

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.

Today: How to Join Ray's Bonehead Support Group

Tony was trying to save a buck by doing his own oil change and he accidentally drained the transmission fluid from his 2005 Toyota Sienna. And he was a few miles down the road before he realized his mistake. Now he wants to know what this boneheaded move is going to cost him. Find out Tom and Ray's predictions right here.

Shake, Rattle, Roll and Hand Over Your Wallet

Kyle's Toyota Tundra makes a loud noise when driven between 22 and 45 mph. The local mechanics and the dealership are totally stumped.Tom and Ray advise Kyle to hold onto his wallet "tightly and dearly" for the news is not great.


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