Tag: oil

130 Posts

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

Should Lars Take the Free Engine?

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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

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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.


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

Today: Death by Lint?

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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

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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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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.


can you damage car by driving four miles short distance without transmission fluid
Mar 05, 2013

Today: How to Join Ray's Bonehead Support Group

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Tony was trying to save a buck by doing his own oil change and he accidentally drained the transmission fluid from his 2005 Toyota Sienna. And he was a few miles down the road before he realized his mistake. Now he wants to know what this boneheaded move is going to cost him. Find out Tom and Ray's predictions right here.

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what should i do for an oil leak that is getting worse and worse
Oct 26, 2012

Today: Kylee's Not-So-Small Oil Leak

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Kylee used Mercury Sable came with a "small" oil leak. It's only getting worse and she's getting tired of filling it every couple weeks. Tom and Ray have plenty of sympathy for Kylee but don't hold out much hope for the Mercury. Find out why, right here.

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should you add oil when the dipstick reads full or add
Aug 16, 2012

Family Feud: When To Add Engine Oil?

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Can Tom and Ray settle a dispute about engine oil between Richard and his father-in-law? Plus, some wild theorizing about why dipsticks are marked the way they are.