Tag: oil

122 Posts

Why Do the Pros Tighten Everything So Tight?
Jun 13, 2017

Why Do the Pros Tighten Everything So Tight?

Dear Car Talk

David uses a breaker bar to loosen his oil filter. Is the Hulk working at his oil change shop, or is this normal?

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Jan 26, 2017

Proper Maintenance, Not Additives, Is What a Car Needs

Dear Car Talk

Prolonging your engine's life may mean keeping clean oil in it instead of feeding it slick additives.

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should i keep my car with blue smoke and a broken odometer
Dec 20, 2016

Is It Time to Say Goodbye to a Faithful Truck?

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Lee's Toyota had 208,000 miles on it--when the odometer broke ten years ago. Should he keep his daily driver running, or let it go?

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Suburus burning oil.
Sep 14, 2016

Used Subarus– Buy This One, Not That One

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Used Subarus pose a unique challenge for buyers. Here's what you need to know about the excessive oil consumption issue.

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should i spend another two grand on a twenty-year-old car
Sep 13, 2016

When Is a Newer Car a Better Fit for a New Driver?

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Gordon's faithful old Toyota needs some pricey repairs before he hands the keys to his teen granddaughter. Should he go to the shop or car lot?

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should i keep a car with sentimental value even if its not practical
Aug 30, 2016

Does the Old Gray Mare Have a Few Miles Left?

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Barb's Town and Country needs transmission work. Should she spend the money or put it out to pasture?

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can a special oil drainage plug keep engine oil from getting discolored
Aug 23, 2016

'Magic' Oil Plug Comprised Mostly of Snake Oil

Dear Car Talk

Did a $5 widget sold in the 1950's actually keep oil clean, or did it just clean out wallets?

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could my mechanic have predicted the oil leak in my car
Mar 15, 2016

Does Oil Leak Mean Engine Death For Sue's Subaru?

Dear Car Talk

Sue just changed the head gasket on her 2002 Subaru Forrester. Now it's leaking oil. What gives? 

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Is there an oil substitute for Jaguar XF
Dec 03, 2015

Why Does Michael's Jaguar Require Oil From Ford?

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Michael's Jaguar XF needs a certain type of motor oil that is made by Ford and is only sold in Europe. Can he safely substitute something else? Car Talk's advice here.

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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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