Tag: suspension

36 Posts

Are new air bags affordable
Jan 01, 2011

How can Fee get that nice, comfy ride back-- affordably?

Dear Car Talk

My third black Mercury Grand Marquis, "Batmobile," is a 2002 with 80,000 miles on it. Yesterday my dealer told me that the air bags have aged -- lost their elasticity, inflatability and verve. My mind leapt to my 62-year-old breasts as the...

suspension

Will passenger weight damage shocks
Apr 01, 2010

Today: A reader with a truly "weighty" issue.

Dear Car Talk

Hello! My older sister has a 1996 Saturn SC2, and she is constantly yelling at my sister, my mom and myself for supposedly "plopping" into the seat. She claims that because we don't carefully control our muscles while we get into...

suspension

how to test for bad shocks
Oct 01, 2009

Today: the test for bad shock absorbers.

Dear Car Talk

I have a 2001 Toyota 4Runner with 160,000 miles. I also have a pop-up camper that I pull on occasion with the 4Runner. I just made a trip from Colorado up to Minnesota pulling the camper. The last 20 percent of the trip...

suspension

Aug 01, 2008

Will stopping on rough surfaces damage your car's braking system?

Dear Car Talk

Way back when, when I was 16, I went on a backpacking trip with my pal Cliff. We took my venerable '68 VW Squareback. As we were approaching a stop sign with railroad tracks in front of it, I braked while...

brakes suspension

Aug 01, 2007

Today: learn the signs and symptoms of worn out shocks and struts.

Dear Car Talk

I recently bought for my daughter a Ford T-bird from an acquaintance who bought it new kept it in great shape and only put miles on it When taking it for an oil change and inspection the shop suggested new...

suspension struts

Sep 01, 2002

Does bad alignment cause tires to "cup"?

Dear Car Talk

I have a ' Honda Civic with miles Over the past month I've noticed that my car seems to bounce excessively when I'm driving over bumps Also when I am accelerating or braking quickly on a bumpy surface the wheels...

tires alignment struts suspension

Oct 01, 2000

Henry's Honda Civic is Too Tall

Dear Car Talk

16-year-old Henry desperately wants to modify the Honda Civic that his parents got him. Tom and Ray have advice for him and sympathy for his parents.

suspension DIY

Jan 01, 2000

Are damaged struts a safety hazard, or just a loud, uncomfortable annoyance?

Dear Car Talk

We have a Toyota Tercel and have been informed that we need new struts We have been driving the car in this condition for some time and it's gotten so bad that the rear of the car makes a loud...

struts suspension safety

Aug 01, 1999

What could be causing a bad wear pattern on the tires of a relatively new vehicle?

Dear Car Talk

Our relatively new Toyota Runner has us stumped While checking the tires on a recent trip I noticed a strange wear pattern on the two front tires I had the tires rotated soon after that and the strange wear was...

tires alignment suspension

Apr 01, 1999

What's causing the funky wear pattern on my tires?

Dear Car Talk

I have a ' Toyota Corolla Despite having bought new tires and having several wheel alignments I still get a sawtooth-shaped tire wear pattern Each little nub of rubber on the tire becomes individually slanted like the teeth on a...

tires alignment suspension