Tag: maintenance

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What routine maintenance is critical
Aug 13, 2015

Routine Maintenance: What Can You Skip?

Dear Car Talk

Lilian's car is due for routine maintenance, but she's on a fixed income. What's critical to her car and what can she skip? Car Talk's answer, right here.

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How often to drive a car to keep it running
Oct 01, 2013

Short Drives Good For Car in Storage

Dear Car Talk

Today, Dave is storing his daughter's Nissan Altima and wants to know how often he needs to drive it to keep it running. Tom and Ray explain why the occasional short drive is the best way to maintain the battery and exhaust systems. 

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Do cars still need to be lubed
Sep 06, 2013

Time to Retire the Grease Gun

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Dann gets his oil and filter changed regularly, but he wants to know if he should get the car lubed too. Are all those squeaks and squawks coming from the undercarriage just his imagination? Tom and Ray explain why most cars don't need lube jobs anymore, and have some alternative uses for their now-idle grease gun. (Toilet seat on April Fool's Day, anyone?)

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Is it dangerous to change oil and rotate tires
Jul 25, 2013

The Oil Change and the Overprotective Dad

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Joe's daughter wants to learn some car repairs and she wants her dear old dad to teach her. The problem? Joe's worried that if she gets injured, he'll feel guilty for the rest of his life. Tom and Ray offer some basic safety tips but will it be enough to set Joe's mind at ease?

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is it worth paying three times as much for genuine subaru parts
May 28, 2013

Today: Is Bill's Dealer Charging Too Much?

Dear Car Talk

Bill's Subaru needs a new timing belt, and the dealer is asking twice what his local mechanic wants for the job. Tom and Ray say there may be more to this story than meets the eye. 

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is there a cheap way to get just my air and fluid levels checked
Mar 18, 2013

Today: Who Will Check Rick's Oil?

Dear Car Talk

Rick, a self-identified geezer, has reached the age where he just wants to pay someone else to check his car's pressure and fluids for him. But he's had no luck finding a gas station that offers this service. Tom and Ray think these services are less important than they used to be. Find out why and whether they have any advice for Rick, all right here. 

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does brake fluid need to be flushed
Nov 01, 2012

Is Steve Paranoid or Is His Mechanic Shy a Boat Payment?

Dear Car Talk

Steve is sure he smells a rat after his mechanic recommended that he flush out his brake lines and replace the brake fluid. Can Tom and Ray talk him down from his ledge of paranoia?

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do i need to rotate tires when they aren't new
Sep 27, 2012

Today: Dorothy Vs. Husband in Tire Balancing Act

Dear Car Talk

Dorothy wants Tom and Ray to settle a marital dispute. She thinks tires should be balanced and rotated; he thinks rotating is enough. Who's right?

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how do i really know when i need shocks
Aug 02, 2012

Today: Ken Wonders When to Change the Shocks

Dear Car Talk

Ken wants to know how he can tell when he needs to get new shocks. It turns out there are many variables to consider. Read Tom and Ray's highly unscientific calculations right here, plus a test that you can try at home. 

suspension maintenance

do i have to use synthetic oil from now on because i used it once
Jun 14, 2012

Today: Synthetic Oil Myths

Dear Car Talk

Richard is considering switching to synthetic oil but the sales clerk warned him that once he goes synthetic, he'll damage his engine if he tries to go back to regular or even blended oil. Tom and Ray think this is a bunch of baloney. Read their highly plausible explaination right here. 

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