Tag: fluids

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Subaru Loyale with broken dipstick
Oct 01, 2011

Today: Will a stuck dipstick on Ken's Subaru Loyale cause trouble?

Dear Car Talk

I have a Subaru Loyale -wheel-drive wagon The transmission-fluid dipstick has broken off the cap The stem is down the fill tube beyond where I can reach it with a telescoping magnet I tried to grasp it with a long...

transmissions fluids

Can I use synthetic motor oil
Sep 01, 2011

Will Lisa's big mistake lead to a crash?

Dear Car Talk

I'm an idiot I just poured synthetic motor oil into my master cylinder Am I destined to crash -- Lisa RAY Well not unless you drive the car Lisa If you leave it parked you should be fine TOM It's...

fluids brakes

Can you use malt liquor as an engine coolant
Jan 01, 2011

Can malt liquor be used as an engine coolant?

Dear Car Talk

Last summer, I was commuting home from work on the highway, and my 1998 Nissan Maxima started to overheat. The temperature outside was 90+. The engine started heaving, so I had to pull off the interstate and sit for a while, waiting...

radiators fluids coolant

why would the fluids in my car need to be flushed twice what is power flushing
Oct 01, 2010

Does Rick need a little power behind his transmission flush?

Dear Car Talk

Hi, guys! I have a 2006 Toyota RAV4 that was due recently for the 60,000-mile maintenance. Toyota recommends that the transmission fluid be checked, but I told the independent shop that since it had never been changed (I bought it with...

transmissions fluids maintenance

Colt Vista brake warning light on
Aug 01, 2010

Is that nagging brake light a big deal for Emma?

Dear Car Talk

I remember listening to your radio show, "Car Talk," with my parents when I was a little kid, and hearing my mom say about a billion times that one of you had the same kind of car she had. That...

brakes fluids warning lights

windshield washer fluid and coolant mix up
Aug 01, 2010

What to do when the washer fluid goes astray?

Dear Car Talk

My aunt called me the other day and said she had trouble trying to find the place where you put more windshield-washer fluid. She told me the only cover she found was one that said "Coolant." You guessed it --...

fluids wipers

Chevrolet S-10 has oil in the coolant
Aug 01, 2009

How do you wind up with oil in your coolant? Find out.

Dear Car Talk

I have a 1991 Chevrolet S-10 with the four-cylinder mill. I bought it because I had to park my Ford F-350 Dually when diesel fuel went above $4 per gallon. I have had the Chevy less than a year and have had...

fluids gaskets

Effects of antifreeze in the crankcase
Apr 01, 2009

Does antifreeze poured in the crankcase mean it's new engine time?

Dear Car Talk

I have a soldier who mistakenly poured a gallon of antifreeze in his crankcase. He then started and ran the car for several minutes before he realized what he had done. He is being told that he needs a new...

coolant fluids

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

how does the maintenance schedule change for a car that is old but has very low miles
Aug 01, 2006

Rosalie's got a 10-year-old car with less than 12,000 miles. So, why does she need to change the oil every six months?

Dear Car Talk

I have a question about cars with VERY low mileage. I have a 10-year-old car that has less than 12,000 miles. What maintenance should I be doing or not doing? I am told at the dealership that, due to the "time"...

oil changes fluids maintenance