Tag: fluids

55 Posts

Colt Vista brake warning light on
Aug 01, 2010

Is that nagging brake light a big deal for Emma?

Dear Car Talk

I remember listening to your radio show, "Car Talk," with my parents when I was a little kid, and hearing my mom say about a billion times that one of you had the same kind of car she had. That...

brakes fluids warning lights

windshield washer fluid and coolant mix up
Aug 01, 2010

What to do when the washer fluid goes astray?

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My aunt called me the other day and said she had trouble trying to find the place where you put more windshield-washer fluid. She told me the only cover she found was one that said "Coolant." You guessed it --...

fluids wipers

Chevrolet S-10 has oil in the coolant
Aug 01, 2009

How do you wind up with oil in your coolant? Find out.

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I have a 1991 Chevrolet S-10 with the four-cylinder mill. I bought it because I had to park my Ford F-350 Dually when diesel fuel went above $4 per gallon. I have had the Chevy less than a year and have had...

fluids gaskets

Effects of antifreeze in the crankcase
Apr 01, 2009

Does antifreeze poured in the crankcase mean it's new engine time?

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I have a soldier who mistakenly poured a gallon of antifreeze in his crankcase. He then started and ran the car for several minutes before he realized what he had done. He is being told that he needs a new...

coolant fluids

Antifreeze in windshield-washer reservoir
Apr 01, 2009

Can Megan get the coolant out of her windshield-washer reservoir?

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I recently had my 2006 Chevy HHR worked on at the dealership where I purchased it new. Long story short, the mechanic put antifreeze in the windshield-washer reservoir. Of course, the dealer believes his mechanic would never make that kind of...

coolant fluids cleaning

how does the maintenance schedule change for a car that is old but has very low miles
Aug 01, 2006

Rosalie's got a 10-year-old car with less than 12,000 miles. So, why does she need to change the oil every six months?

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I have a question about cars with VERY low mileage. I have a 10-year-old car that has less than 12,000 miles. What maintenance should I be doing or not doing? I am told at the dealership that, due to the "time"...

oil changes fluids maintenance

is it worthwhile to replace my transmission fluid every time i change my oil
Aug 01, 2005

Is changing the transmission fluid every 3k miles overkill?

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I have a 1989 Jaguar XJ6. And every 3,000 miles when I change the oil, I also drain out 3 quarts of the automatic-transmission fluid by removing the transmission drain plug. Then I put in 3 new quarts of ATF to replace it. I'm...

transmissions fluids maintenance

why does the coolant system already need to be flushed at 30 k miles
May 01, 2005

Does "acid in the coolant" a reasonable diagnosis for a car with only 30,000 miles on it?

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We recently had our family's Honda Odyssey in for the -mile service at a Phoenix Honda dealer During the visit the service adviser counseled us that the coolant system contained acid and would require a complete flushing at a cost...

fluids maintenance dealers

does differential oil need to be changed and how much should it cost
Jan 01, 2003

Just because fluids are dirty it doesn't necessarily mean they need to be replaced.

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I recently took my Dodge Ram conversion van in for an oil change The shop did a full-service check of all my fluids and put a sample of each on a plastic card to compare the colors with those of...

fluids steering differentials

Dec 01, 2002

Hey guys, not ALL cars can mix different colored coolants.

Dear Car Talk

You wrote recently that different-colored coolants regular and long life can be mixed without danger Your info might be accurate regarding GM and Toyota coolant but as a Volkswagen Service Manager I can tell you that it's not true with...

coolant fluids Volkswagen