Tag: leaks

77 Posts

what is a smoke test for a car used to detect
May 01, 2011

Can a "smoke test" be used to track down a gas leak?

Dear Car Talk

I've been driving for more years than I care to say, but this is the first I've heard of something called a "smoke test." Recently I noticed a gas odor coming from somewhere around the back end of my car...


can i clean out the weep channels in my car myself
Nov 01, 2010

Today: Tom and Ray help Annah de-leakify her Camry's roof.

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A few years ago, our 1998 Camry started to leak water inside. This is a problem in Oregon, so we took it in for repair, and 500 dollars later, they told us that they cleared the "weep channels" in the sunroof. Evidently...

leaks DIY windshields windows interiors

Dec 01, 2008

Can Jeff stop the oil leaking from his Fiat? Read today's column.

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My wife and I just became the proud owners of a 1981 Fiat 2000 Spider with only 40,000 miles on the odometer. The car is in great shape, runs like new and is absolutely fun to drive. After parking the car overnight, I...

leaks gaskets DIY

Jul 01, 2008

What could cause Vicky's mysterious, infrequent coolant leak?

Dear Car Talk

I drive a 2002 Subaru Outback. During this past winter, we had a significant cold snap where I live, with temperatures below zero. After the first day of the cold snap, I noticed a puddle of coolant on the floor of...

leaks coolant

Feb 01, 2008

Could that lightheadedness Kelly's feeling be Camry-induced carbon monoxide poisoning?

Dear Car Talk

I recently had my 1994 Toyota Camry XLE in for a front exhaust leak. The main symptom was a muffled noise coming from the front. After the repair, I still heard the noise, though not as bad. And call me crazy...


Jan 01, 2008

Can an egg really help plug a radiator leak?

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Following an end-of-semester party, my university English students were headed home for the holidays -- sober, at least for the moment. One of the girls said she was concerned about driving home in the snow with a radiator that had...

radiators leaks DIY

Jun 01, 2007

From eggs to additives, Tom and Ray offer ideas to help Lynne plug a leak in her radiator.

Dear Car Talk

I recently found out that my '88 Subaru needs a new radiator because there is a place where it is spewing a small amount of water, causing my motor to overheat about every 7 miles. I asked my son if it...

radiators leaks DIY

can you tell me how to fix a bad leak in my trunk
Nov 01, 2006

Are Kelli's nursing skills transferable to the leaking wound on her '97 Nissan? Find out.

Dear Car Talk

I am a very poor nursing student with a '97 Nissan Sentra that has developed a very large trunk leak. I poured water over the trunk, and it was very obviously coming in behind the seal between the yellow taillight...

DIY leaks trunks

how to fix puddles of condensation from the car air conditioner
Nov 01, 2003

When running the AC condensation builds up until there is a puddle on my floor.

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I have a Honda Accord with miles When I run the air conditioning condensation quickly builds up in the ventilation system and drips water onto the floor mats and feet of both driver and passenger I'm guessing there is a...

air conditioning leaks

can additives really help prevent leaks around seals in my car
Jun 01, 2003

Do additives that claim to repair seals and stop leaks really work?


I have a Jeep Grand Cherokee and live in the hot dry Southwest Both my main seal and my transfer-case seal are slowly leaking There are a number of additive products available at the auto-parts store that claim they will...

leaks additives