Tag: cleaning

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how can i prevent fleas in my car
Sep 04, 2012

Today: My Mechanic Has Fleas!

Dear Car Talk

Karen just got her car back from the shop and now it's full of fleas! Turns out Tom and Ray are suspiciously knowledgable about flea infestations. Find out what they suggest for Karen right here.

cleaning pets interiors

how should I clean the headliner of my car
May 01, 2011

Today: headliner cleaning tips that keep the sky from falling.

Dear Car Talk

I recently purchased a '99 Chevy Suburban. It's replacing an '87 Suburban (which I call my Sanford and Son truck, and my daughter simply calls "Rusty"). The '99 is a great vehicle, in good shape, but is pretty grubby inside...

cleaning interiors

who should pay for cleaning a car after someone gets sick in it
Nov 01, 2010

Today: Tom and Ray handle a very sick etiquette question.

Dear Car Talk

I have an etiquette question. Consider the case of three families, all friends. Family A gets a new Escalade with all the bells and whistles. It is Daddy A's baby! Family B has a teenager with a history of motion...

etiquette cleaning smells

Car underpowered after carwash
Apr 01, 2010

How could a carwash cause Jonathan's Porsche to sputter?

Dear Car Talk

I bought a '72 Porsche 914 a few weeks ago. It was running great for about 10 days. Then I took it through a carwash. When it came out, it ran terribly. It was underpowered, and sputtered whenever I hit the gas...

cleaning spark plugs

removing the smell of vomit from a car
Mar 01, 2010

Today: what's the best way to clean up some... vomit?

Dear Car Talk

A passenger in my son's Toyota Tacoma truck did not get his head all the way out of the window prior to vomiting. The exterior and the interior of the truck have been detailed, but the smell lingers. When the...

smells cleaning

What is claying for a car
Oct 01, 2009

Could there actually be a good reason for putting clay on your car?

Dear Car Talk

So I'm thinking of getting my car detailed, and an associate gives me a referral. While perusing the service sheet, under "Options" is listed "Claying, add $30-$40." I'm thinking, "Holy spa treatment, Batman!" The other side of the service sheet...

cleaning paint

How to clean an engine
Jun 01, 2009

What's the right way to clean a dirty engine?

Dear Car Talk

I have a 1984 Nissan pickup with only 64,000 miles. It runs great, but the engine is so dirty that I am embarrassed to have it worked on. How should an engine be cleaned? Is steam cleaning appropriate? Thanks. -- Roy...

cleaning engines

Does washing brakes reduce squeaking
Apr 01, 2009

Will washing your brakes reduce squeaking?

Dear Car Talk

My daughter-in-law just sent her son out to wash her car's brakes. I told her I had never heard of that before. She said that when her brakes start to squeak, she gets her son to wash the accumulated dust...

brakes noises cleaning

Antifreeze in windshield-washer reservoir
Apr 01, 2009

Can Catherine get the coolant out of her windshield-washer reservoir?

Dear Car Talk

I recently had my 2006 Chevy HHR worked on at the dealership where I purchased it new. Long story short, the mechanic put antifreeze in the windshield-washer reservoir. Of course, the dealer believes his mechanic would never make that kind of...

coolant fluids cleaning

Nov 01, 2008

Can Kelly de-waxify her car's insides?

Dear Car Talk

I did something that was, at best, careless -- and at worst, really, really stupid. So don't tell anyone! When I turn on my 2006 Jeep Liberty, the vents emit a "not so nice" smell. So, I put a very pleasantly...