Can Tom and Ray help Peter finish his brake job?

09.01.2010

In my infinite wisdom, I woke up early one Saturday morning and decided I would do something productive with my weekend. Even though I've never attempted any sort of car repair in my life, I decided to change the front...

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Just what is that curious hole doing in Jeff's Camry's exhaust pipe?

09.01.2010

My wife has a 1994 Toyota Camry with a very loud exhaust. I figured there has to be a hole somewhere causing this. So, when I got home today, I started her car and could tell that the noise was coming...

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Can Chuck find a way to bring an Armenian ride back to the states?

09.01.2010

I just returned from visiting my daughter, who is a Peace Corps volunteer, in Yeghegnadzor, Armenia. Now, my daughter is an adventuresome gal, and she's become infatuated with the Lada Niva. It's a very small but particularly utilitarian 4-wheel-drive SUV...

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Today: was the "leaky radiator cap" diagnosis legit?

09.01.2010

My wife went to a quickie oil-change place, and they told her that her radiator cap needed to be replaced because it wasn't holding pressure anymore. She called me and asked if she should let them replace it. I asked...

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Is a vehicle easier to start with your foot pressing the clutch?

09.01.2010

I am a college student who loves anything mechanical, and I work on a local farm to earn a little extra money. My boss likes to keep costs down, and that includes maintenance on tractors. That being said, none of...

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What's the right way to stop safely, if your brakes fail?

09.01.2010

I just saw a few minutes of "Worst Case Scenario: Brakes Fail" on TV, and it seemed like they were suggesting the opposite of what I've always been told. Basically, the host was saying if you're going under 20 mph, then...

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Could a simple battery change really cost over 400 bucks?

09.01.2010

The BMW dealer told me that it is going to cost 445 dollars to replace the battery on my 2006 330i BMW. I was told that it cost this much because they have to reprogram the car's computer to tell it that...

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Does a car with 30k miles really need a 500-dollar premium service?

09.01.2010

I have a mechanics' ethics question for you. I drive a 2009 Nissan Rogue. I love this car. I was getting ready for a road trip, and I realized that there were three minor recalls on the car and that it...

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Is Art dreaming, or were copper pennies once used to save batteries?

09.01.2010

I may be dreaming, hallucinating or even suffering from dementia. I seem to remember something from my childhood that other people my age do not. When I was but a tadpole, I seem to remember my dad checking the water...

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