Tag: oil

133 Posts

Ford Ranger is rusty and leaks oil
Sep 08, 2015

So Hard to Say Goodbye . . .

Dear Car Talk

Phil wants Car Talk to help him preserve the life of his 1990 Ford Ranger, which leaks and burns oil, smells like coolant, and the chassis, shocks and gas lines are almost rusted through. Is Phil delusional?

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GMC Envoy XL warning lights flashing
Apr 23, 2015

Oil Pressure Mystery: Stephen's GMC Envoy

Dear Car Talk

The oil pressure in Stephen's GMC Envoy is acting up, fine one minute, warning lights the next. Is he damaging the engine if he drives it while it's doing this? Car Talk's take, here.

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Advantanges of synthetic oil
Feb 19, 2015

Today: Synthetic Oil Sticker Shock

Dear Car Talk

Sherri's used to paying $35 for an oil change, but her new car requires synthetic oil, at $75 a pop. Car Talk explains why it's worth it, right here.

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Acura offers new engine for gas guzzling TL
Sep 30, 2014

Should Lars Take the Free Engine?

Dear Car Talk

Acura has offered Lars a brand new engine in the hopes that it will fix his current car's oil guzzling problem. The car has no other issues. Should he accept Acura's offer? Tom and Ray's question to Lars: What are you waiting for?

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Chrysler Pacifica Touring is losing oil
Sep 02, 2014

The Case of the Disappearing Oil

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Loretta's  2005 Chrysler Pacifica Touring is losing oil but it doesn't appear to be leaking or smoking. Can Tom and Ray solve this automotive mystery? 

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Mercury Grand Marquis oil light on
Jul 31, 2014

Oil Light vs. Dipstick: Which is More Accurate?

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The oil light came on in Scott's 1985 Mercury Grand Marquis, but when he checked the levels himself, they appeared to be fine. Find out which indicator Scott should believe, and why Tom and Ray say he should pony up the extra cash to get the sensor fixed, right here. 

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What the "w" stands for on motor oil
Jan 16, 2014

Today: Oil Numbers Explained

Dear Car Talk

Tom and Ray hear from Fred who wants to know what the "W" stands for on his motor oil. Winter? Weight? Tom and Ray settle the question once and for all.

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Can you use paper towels to clean a dipstick
Dec 02, 2013

Today: Death by Lint?

Dear Car Talk

Tom and Ray hear from Joan who wonders if there's a particular type of towel she should be using to clean the dipstick when she checks her oil. Can lint make its way into the engine and cause damage? Find out why Joan doesn't need to worry, right here.

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Do cars still need to be lubed
Sep 06, 2013

Time to Retire the Grease Gun

Dear Car Talk

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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Difference in heavy and lightweight oil
Sep 03, 2013

Today: Which Oil is Best for New Car?

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Jim just bought a new Mazda and he's worried that the oil recommended by his owner's manual is too lightweight. Can Tom and Ray set Jim's fears to rest? Find out how oil has changed over the years and who can get away with using the lighter stuff, right here.

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