Tag: mechanics

61 Posts

do I need a premium package when getting routine maintenance
Sep 01, 2010

Does a car with 30k miles really need a 500-dollar premium service?

Dear Car Talk

I have a mechanics' ethics question for you. I drive a 2009 Nissan Rogue. I love this car. I was getting ready for a road trip, and I realized that there were three minor recalls on the car and that it...

mechanics maintenance

Jun 01, 2010

Is paying for a post-diagnostic repair a rip-off?

Dear Car Talk

We recently took our 2001 VW Jetta to the dealer because the Check Engine light was on. After guessing at the solution (something about the code was vague), they charged us 280 dollars for diagnostics and to replace the air filter and...

mechanics repairs

are expensive garage tools worth the money
Mar 01, 2010

Today: Are professional-quality tools really worth the extra money?

Dear Car Talk

I have a question that doesn't involve a car problem. I am currently going to school to earn an associate of applied science in the automotive field. Ever since high-school auto class, I have heard the names Snap-on, Matco...

DIY mechanics repairs

Car damaged when it fell off a lift
Feb 01, 2010

Should Mary further investigate this dealer mishap?

Dear Car Talk

I have a 2003 Toyota Prius, which has gone 67,000 miles. I always take it to the dealer, and recently had it there for its 65,000-mile service. After a fairly long wait, the service manager came to me to tell me that...


What is a TSB (Technical Service Bulletin)
Jan 01, 2010

Today: Technical Service Bulletins, explained.

Dear Car Talk

I've heard you refer to "bulletins" ("maybe there's a bulletin on it") in addressing repair problems. My question is this: If there is, in fact, a bulletin out on a repair, does that mean the dealership cannot (or ought not)...

repairs mechanics

Dec 01, 2009

Is it ever right to tip your mechanic?

Dear Car Talk

So, should you tip your mechanic? Would it be insulting? Would it be appreciated? How do you know how much you should tip if, indeed, you should tip at all? I ask because recently I went to a mechanic I...

mechanics etiquette

How to handle a dishonest mechanic
Jul 01, 2009

Today: how to handle a dishonest mechanic.

Dear Car Talk

I took my car in because the air conditioner wasn't blowing cold air. I was told there was a leak in the high-pressure hose and it needed to be replaced. Well, 250 dollars later, I had cool air again ... for a...

scams mechanics

Mar 01, 2009

Could Laura's cascade of problems be related-- or is it just bad luck?

Dear Car Talk

Love the column, hate that I now have a reason to write to you myself! I have a 2001 BMW 325xi, which I have serviced regularly at a local independent BMW mechanic (and I do mean regularly -- that stupid car...


Mar 01, 2009

Today: dealer or independent shop for routine service?

Dear Car Talk

My husband and I disagree on many things, but with this one, we both think you can help! We have a 2005 Nissan Sentra, and it's time for its scheduled 30,000-mile checkup. Because we still have the warranty, I prefer we...

dealers mechanics maintenance warranties

Is recommended service necessary
Jan 01, 2009

Did Dennis almost get taken for a ride on his Prius' 55k service?

Dear Car Talk

Today I took my 2005 Prius in for its 55,000-mile routine service. I have been basically faithful in getting service done on schedule since getting it new in May of 2005. In addition to the routine maintenance items, they suggested...

mechanics hybrid repair