Tag: liability

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are loose steering wheel bolts a factory defect
Dec 03, 2012

Should Toyota Pay for New Steering Column?

Dear Car Talk

Dennis's daughter-in-law is having trouble with her Toyota Corolla. At 40,000 miles, the steering wheel fell off. Could this have been her fault? And if not, who should pay? Get Tom and Ray's opinion, right here.

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How to tell if a shop has removed an oil plug
Jun 01, 2009

Today: Tom and Ray investigate a very pricey "who-dunnit."

Dear Car Talk

I have a 2003 Infiniti FX45 that was due for an oil change. I had some time to kill, so I went to a Wal-Mart Tire and Lube Express. I left the car, and when I came back they said they...

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should a mechanic pay if its faulty repairs diminish my fuel efficiency
Mar 01, 2006

Tom and Ray answer a somewhat hypothetical ethical repair question... from a very cheap customer.

Dear Car Talk

OK guys, here is a somewhat hypothetical ethics question, and since you are the most ethical guys in the business, you get to answer it. Suppose that The Jalopy Garage (not the real name) diagnoses a problem dealing with excessive...

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should i be charged a restocking fee to return a part my mechanic told me to buy
Oct 01, 2005

Should I have to pay a re-stocking fee for parts I didn't end up needing?

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I took my car to a mechanic to have a leak checked out. It was losing radiator fluid, and I was concerned (naturally). The mechanic said that the problem was with my radiator and that I would need a new...

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was permanent damage done to my car when my mechanic left a clamp on it
Jul 01, 2004

Did leaving a clamp off my radiator hose do any lasting damage?

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About two months ago the Toyota dealer left a clamp off my radiator hose after servicing my car After almost making it home about miles the car began to steam This was my first hint that the car was overheating...

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how did my engine get ruined if it had all the oil it needed
Sep 01, 2003

Blowing a Toyota engine without any warning at only 57k miles? Sounds fishy.

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Help Our third Toyota Camry with K miles blew a piston last week The oil light never came on until the last few seconds of the engine's life The car never leaked oil in its parking spot We had the...

liability engines Toyota

Dec 01, 2002

Mechanic admits I didn't need a new engine, so do I have to pay for it?

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I was told by three different mechanics about a month ago that the knock in my ' Grand Cherokee was an engine about to go After comparing options it seemed the best route was a new engine with a three-year...

mechanics liability

Oct 01, 2002

If a car's broken into in a mechanic's lot, who pays?

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My car got broken into while sitting in my mechanic's parking lot waiting to get fixed The vandals broke the passenger-side window The mechanic called the police and filed a police report then replaced the window He said he would...

liability

Aug 01, 2002

Is it possible for a partially tightened oil plug to work its way loose after a few thousand miles?

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I'm a lawyer but I hope you won't hold that against me -- at least not too much A client of mine -- a nice hardworking lady -- has a Suzuki Grand Vitara In January she took the vehicle to...

liability oil changes

Jun 01, 2002

Does the mechanic who replaced our water pump owe us a new engine?

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My wife has a ' Subaru Justy with about miles on it It has been treated well throughout its lifetime When the temperature gauge showed that it was running hot we took the car to the Subaru dealer Six hundred...

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