Tag: mechanics

74 Posts

Toyota Sienna repair estimate is high
Jul 29, 2014

Today: A Good Time for a Second Opinion

Dear Car Talk

Donna's Toyota Sienna has been diagnosed with a $4800 repair. How can this be necessary at such low miles and given that Donna drives "like an old lady?" Tom and Ray think the estimate sounds high. Find out what Donna should do, right here.

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Subaru Outback axle clamps are leaking
Mar 17, 2014

Today: Will Leaking Axle Clamps Cause Problems?

Dear Car Talk

Karen's oil change guys say the axle clamps are leaking on her Subaru Outback. The dealership says it's not a big deal. Who should Karen believe? Tom and Ray say her dealership sounds lazy...but that doesn't mean that they're wrong! Read their advice to Karen, right here. 

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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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tips for setting up a community garage
May 14, 2013

Today: Shade-Tree Mechanics Club?

Dear Car Talk

John wants to start a DIY garage. Can Tom and Ray talk him out of it? Plus, the guys reveal details from their own experiences owning a DIY garage in years gone by. 

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Is it unethical to get a shop diagnosis and not pay
Jan 22, 2013

Today: How Ethical is Shopping Around?

Dear Car Talk

Khai likes to do his own repairs but he's not confident about his diagnoses. Is it fair for him to ask a shop to make a diagnose but then use that information to do his own work? Tom and Ray weigh in on this mechanical, ethical dilemma.

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Nov 19, 2012

Thank a Mechanic Day

Staff Blog

Here's how we celebrated our country's greatest new holiday, Thank a Mechanic Day! 

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Nov 09, 2012

Car Talk Presents... Thank a Mechanic Day!

Staff Blog

We’re proclaiming Thursday, November 15th as “Thank a Mechanic Day.” Find out how you can get involved!

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what is fair compensation for a mechanic who helps you sell your car
May 11, 2012

Today: Mechanic-Approved Thank You Gifts

Dear Car Talk

Mary's mechanic is helping her sell her used Subaru and she wants to do something to show her appreciation. Tom and Ray recommend mechanic-approved thank-you gifts.

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should i trust a mechanic who has already made mistakes in repairing our car
May 09, 2012

Today: Can Robert Trust His VW Dealer?

Dear Car Talk

Robert's wife narrowly avoided an accident caused by the negligence of their Volkswagon dealer. Even though the dealer 'fessed up and claims to have fixed the problem with the Passat, she's still skittish. Can they trust that the dealer got it right this time?

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why would i be charged three times for the mechanic to read the codes from my car's computer
Apr 10, 2012

Did Randy Get Ripped Off?

Dear Car Talk

Randy's mechanic charged him for three times for three separate diagnostic scans in one trip to the shop. Is this dishonest or just bad customer service?

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