Tag: wheels

52 Posts

You Picked a Fine Time to Leave Me, Loose Wheel
Aug 07, 2018

You Picked a Fine Time to Leave Me, Loose Wheel

Dear Car Talk

Sheared off lug nuts on this old VW were likely due to overtightening with an air wrench.

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How to Reset Steering Wheel's 'Clock'
Jun 07, 2018

How to Reset Steering Wheel's 'Clock'

Dear Car Talk

When your steering wheel says 11 a.m. but your wheels insist it's noon, it's time for a mechanic.

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Alloy wheel
Dec 07, 2017

Will Alloy Wheels Improve Mileage and Handling?

Dear Car Talk

Jesada's Jetta might look better but would she notice any other changes?

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Did Tire Place Forget to Replace Hubcaps, or Were They Left off on Purpose?
Apr 04, 2017

Did Tire Place Forget to Replace Hubcaps, or Were They Left off on Purpose?

Dear Car Talk

Pat's hubcaps were left in the back seat after a visit to the tire shop. Was it forgetfulness, or something else?

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Jan 19, 2017

Avoiding the Wheel of Misfortune

Dear Car Talk

Larger wheels have both advantages and disadvantages. Here's how to make a decision on a lower profile wheel and tire combo.

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GMC Jimmy makes rattling noise
Apr 30, 2015

Today: The Rattling GMC Jimmy

Dear Car Talk

Today: What's causing Becki's 2001 GMC Jimmy to rattle? And is it going to take her over the nearest cliff? Car Talk's advice right here.

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What wheels are best for a Ram Laramie
Jan 07, 2014

Big or Little? Which Wheels Better for New Pickup?

Dear Car Talk

Stewart's buying a new Ram Laramie and has to choose between 20" and 17" wheels. He wants whichever will give him the best mileage as he tows a 7500 pound trailer. And whichever will be easiest for his wife and dog (who both have short legs) to get in and out of. Find out what Tom and Ray recommend, right here. 

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Can't remove wheels from a Camry
Nov 19, 2013

Best Way to Loosen Stuck Lug Nuts?

Dear Car Talk

Nick's newish Camry is great except for one problem--he can't remove the wheels when he needs to swap in his snow tires. The dealership was able to help him out (with sledgehammers). The service manager says Nick can loosen the lug nuts just a bit and then drive a short distance, and the wheels will come loose on their own. Can this possibly be good advice? Tom and Ray offer some clarification, right here.


How important are ball joints
Sep 19, 2013

Don't Gamble on Ball Joints

Dear Car Talk

A mechanic at John's local quick oil change place told him his ball joints were worn. John hasn't noticed any changes in the handling or tire wear, and he doesn't trust this guy. What should he do? Tom and Ray say even if this mechanic is running a scam, John would be wise to heed the warning and get a second opinion. Find out why, right here. 

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what pattern should be used to rotate tires
Nov 08, 2012

There's More Than One Way to Rotate a Tire

Dear Car Talk

Eddie's tires are wearing out unevenly and he wants to know why. Trouble is, the two different tire shops he asked gave him two different answers. Can Tom and Ray set the record straight?

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