The Truth About Cars » Repair http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 11 Feb 2016 13:26:24 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Repair http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com EXCLUSIVE: Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Fixes to Begin in US in February http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/exclusive-volkswagen-diesel-emissions-fixes-to-begin-in-february-in-us/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/11/exclusive-volkswagen-diesel-emissions-fixes-to-begin-in-february-in-us/#comments Fri, 06 Nov 2015 03:35:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1212713 According to the same source who revealed to TTAC that Volkswagen will announce next week its “TDI Goodwill Program”, the automaker will also begin to roll out fixes for affected diesel emissions cars in the U.S. in February. The fix, which was mentioned to dealers and communicated to dealer staff, will comprise of an ECU flash. The […]

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According to the same source who revealed to TTAC that Volkswagen will announce next week its “TDI Goodwill Program”, the automaker will also begin to roll out fixes for affected diesel emissions cars in the U.S. in February. The fix, which was mentioned to dealers and communicated to dealer staff, will comprise of an ECU flash. The […]

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Piston Slap: Garbage In, Garbage Out! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/piston-slap-garbage-garbage/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/piston-slap-garbage-garbage/#comments Tue, 13 Oct 2015 12:00:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1193098 Stefan writes: Dear Sajeev, I am the last person who would want to be even peripherally involved in you losing your job or impeding that great Lincoln rebuild. I am a loyal reader of TTAC and “slavishly” read your column. My Subie is just touching 120,000 miles. It has been a really great, reliable ride […]

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Stefan writes: Dear Sajeev, I am the last person who would want to be even peripherally involved in you losing your job or impeding that great Lincoln rebuild. I am a loyal reader of TTAC and “slavishly” read your column. My Subie is just touching 120,000 miles. It has been a really great, reliable ride […]

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Piston Slap: Winning Tips for the 24 Hours of LeMons from The Judge Himself http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/piston-slap-just-bribe-way-victory/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/piston-slap-just-bribe-way-victory/#comments Thu, 24 Sep 2015 14:00:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1176226   Stephen writes: Sajeev, A friend and I want to get into LeMons racing, but neither of us has much cash to throw at a hooptie or experience working on cars. I’ve changed oil, tires, lights, and brake pads but done little else. We’re aiming at class C, which hopefully will mean just installing the […]

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  Stephen writes: Sajeev, A friend and I want to get into LeMons racing, but neither of us has much cash to throw at a hooptie or experience working on cars. I’ve changed oil, tires, lights, and brake pads but done little else. We’re aiming at class C, which hopefully will mean just installing the […]

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AutoNation Won’t Sell Any Cars Subject To Recalls http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/autonation-wont-sell-any-cars-subject-to-recalls/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/autonation-wont-sell-any-cars-subject-to-recalls/#comments Sun, 06 Sep 2015 15:35:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1162378 AutoNation won’t sell any cars with open recalls, used or new, at its dealerships, according to Automotive News. AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson said the costly policy would mean that roughly 5 percent to 10 percent of cars on its lots would be unsellable at any one time. The change in policy for AutoNation comes while […]

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AutoNation won’t sell any cars with open recalls, used or new, at its dealerships, according to Automotive News. AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson said the costly policy would mean that roughly 5 percent to 10 percent of cars on its lots would be unsellable at any one time. The change in policy for AutoNation comes while […]

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DIY Recall: Fix Your Fire-prone Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon with Toyota Parts http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/diy-recall-fix-fire-prone-chevy-colorado-gmc-canyon-toyota-parts/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/diy-recall-fix-fire-prone-chevy-colorado-gmc-canyon-toyota-parts/#comments Thu, 23 Jul 2015 15:00:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1122313   The fire-risk blower motor resistor harness has been recalled in the Hummer H3 and owners will start receiving repairs once parts become available. Owners of the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky should be able to use the updated parts as well but will have to pay out of pocket as General Motors has not […]

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  The fire-risk blower motor resistor harness has been recalled in the Hummer H3 and owners will start receiving repairs once parts become available. Owners of the Pontiac Solstice and Saturn Sky should be able to use the updated parts as well but will have to pay out of pocket as General Motors has not […]

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Piston Slap: Saabaru, The “Reliable” Subaru? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/piston-slap-saabaru-reliable-subaru/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/piston-slap-saabaru-reliable-subaru/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 22:50:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1036929 Adam writes: Hello Sajeev, I have a classic “keep it or sell it” question for you and the greater TTAC audience. Two years ago I bought my wife a 2005 Saab 9-2X Aero (sadly an automatic, which was a non-negotiable requirement for my wife). You may remember these as being rebadged Subaru WRX wagons, and that […]

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Adam writes: Hello Sajeev, I have a classic “keep it or sell it” question for you and the greater TTAC audience. Two years ago I bought my wife a 2005 Saab 9-2X Aero (sadly an automatic, which was a non-negotiable requirement for my wife). You may remember these as being rebadged Subaru WRX wagons, and that […]

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Piston Slap: The Sportcombi’s Gloomy Vue? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/piston-slap-vue-sportcombi/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/piston-slap-vue-sportcombi/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 12:38:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=926233   Keith writes: Sajeev – I’ve gotta get rid of 1 of my 4 family of cars – the family consists of a 2011 Civic LX (for the kids), 2009 Taurus X (for the wife) – and the two on the chopping block – 2006 Saab 9-5 Sport Combi (with 154,000 miles) verses 2006 Saturn […]

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  Keith writes: Sajeev – I’ve gotta get rid of 1 of my 4 family of cars – the family consists of a 2011 Civic LX (for the kids), 2009 Taurus X (for the wife) – and the two on the chopping block – 2006 Saab 9-5 Sport Combi (with 154,000 miles) verses 2006 Saturn […]

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Sunday Story: Shade Tree Redux http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/sunday-story-shade-tree-redux/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/sunday-story-shade-tree-redux/#comments Sun, 11 May 2014 12:00:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=819066 Image courtesy of Mstyslav Chernov: http://tinyurl.com/k8atv8o “Cool photo. Is that your grandpa or something?” Mark pointed to the sun-bleached black and white photo that hung on the wall of the garage. A smiling, grease-stained man in mechanic’s overalls stood proudly in front of a 1950s dirt-track racer. Sitting at his feet was a trophy. Danny […]

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Image courtesy of Mstyslav Chernov: http://tinyurl.com/k8atv8o “Cool photo. Is that your grandpa or something?” Mark pointed to the sun-bleached black and white photo that hung on the wall of the garage. A smiling, grease-stained man in mechanic’s overalls stood proudly in front of a 1950s dirt-track racer. Sitting at his feet was a trophy. Danny […]

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QOTD: Special Feature, Special Weakness http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/qotd-special-feature-special-weakness/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/qotd-special-feature-special-weakness/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 04:04:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=797274 On a busy freeway, a first-generation Scion xB putters along. Ahead, a confused medley of dump trucks, semis, and passenger cars performs the lane-change dance that we all know and loathe. For the driver and passenger of the toaster, things are about to get interesting- and infuriating. The dump trucks are fully laden, and there’s […]

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On a busy freeway, a first-generation Scion xB putters along. Ahead, a confused medley of dump trucks, semis, and passenger cars performs the lane-change dance that we all know and loathe. For the driver and passenger of the toaster, things are about to get interesting- and infuriating. The dump trucks are fully laden, and there’s […]

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Piston Slap: Singin’ the Topaz Blues? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/piston-slap-the-topaz-worth-keeping/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/02/piston-slap-the-topaz-worth-keeping/#comments Wed, 12 Feb 2014 12:26:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=738081 Matthew writes: So I have a beautiful Topaz Blue 2001 BMW 325Ci with the sport package and Steptronic automatic. It has 226,000 miles but the tranny was rebuilt 19,000 miles earlier (warranty is good for 24,000), the shocks were updated with Koni FSD’s (installed myself) and some fresh Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric tires were added over the summer soon […]

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Matthew writes: So I have a beautiful Topaz Blue 2001 BMW 325Ci with the sport package and Steptronic automatic. It has 226,000 miles but the tranny was rebuilt 19,000 miles earlier (warranty is good for 24,000), the shocks were updated with Koni FSD’s (installed myself) and some fresh Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric tires were added over the summer soon […]

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Pride Before the Fall http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/pride-before-the-fall/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/pride-before-the-fall/#comments Tue, 19 Nov 2013 20:38:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=656274 The ’91 GSXR 1100 was a feral beast. It had been tame once, well “mostly tame” anyhow, but the bike’s previous owner had stripped away the thin veneer that civilization had imposed upon it and restored it to its primeval form. It hadn’t taken much, really. Larger carburetors, performance cams and a full race exhaust […]

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The ’91 GSXR 1100 was a feral beast. It had been tame once, well “mostly tame” anyhow, but the bike’s previous owner had stripped away the thin veneer that civilization had imposed upon it and restored it to its primeval form. It hadn’t taken much, really. Larger carburetors, performance cams and a full race exhaust […]

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Piston Slap: Bad Vibes from The “Value” Timeline http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/piston-slap-bad-vibes-from-the-value-timeline/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/piston-slap-bad-vibes-from-the-value-timeline/#comments Wed, 25 Sep 2013 12:40:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=525785 James writes: Sajeev, My question is – when should I sell my current car? Our family runs a 2004 Pontiac Vibe with 109k miles. It is our only car and it seems to run better since it broke the 100k mark. It has been exceptionally reliable, cheap to own, and gets excellent mileage – I […]

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James writes: Sajeev, My question is – when should I sell my current car? Our family runs a 2004 Pontiac Vibe with 109k miles. It is our only car and it seems to run better since it broke the 100k mark. It has been exceptionally reliable, cheap to own, and gets excellent mileage – I […]

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Total Recall Update: Rustectomy Successful But Change Is In The Wind http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/total-recall-update-rustectomy-successful-but-change-is-in-the-wind/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/total-recall-update-rustectomy-successful-but-change-is-in-the-wind/#comments Mon, 29 Jul 2013 13:56:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=497310 Saturday was a day of reckoning for my Ford Freestar. As detailed in an article I wrote last week, my Freestar required a trip to the dealer to repair rust related issues that affected the rear wheel wells and the third row seat latches and the cost of the repairs were covered by Ford under […]

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Saturday was a day of reckoning for my Ford Freestar. As detailed in an article I wrote last week, my Freestar required a trip to the dealer to repair rust related issues that affected the rear wheel wells and the third row seat latches and the cost of the repairs were covered by Ford under […]

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Piston Slap: In God We Rust, Part III http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/piston-slap-in-god-we-rust-part-iii/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/piston-slap-in-god-we-rust-part-iii/#comments Mon, 08 Jul 2013 12:00:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=494455 TTAC commentator Kovalove writes: Hi Sajeev, Long-time lurker on a daily basis for over 5 years now. Not sure if this is a worthy question for Piston Slap but here we go: In about two weeks’ time I’ll make my final payment (0% loan ftw) on my 2008 Mazda3 GT 4-door (‘S Grand Touring’ in […]

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TTAC commentator Kovalove writes: Hi Sajeev, Long-time lurker on a daily basis for over 5 years now. Not sure if this is a worthy question for Piston Slap but here we go: In about two weeks’ time I’ll make my final payment (0% loan ftw) on my 2008 Mazda3 GT 4-door (‘S Grand Touring’ in […]

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Piston Slap: Crystal Ballin’ The Mighty Dak’s Tranny http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/piston-slap-crystal-ballin-the-mighty-daks-tranny/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/piston-slap-crystal-ballin-the-mighty-daks-tranny/#comments Wed, 29 May 2013 11:03:36 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=489736 TTAC Commentator PartsUnknown writes: Hi Sajeev, I have a transmission issue, but to mix it up a little, it’s not attached to a Honda.  This is my dad’s 1999 Dodge Dakota with the 3.9 liter V6 boat anchor.  When shifted into drive, it will move forward but will not shift itself out of first gear.  […]

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TTAC Commentator PartsUnknown writes: Hi Sajeev, I have a transmission issue, but to mix it up a little, it’s not attached to a Honda.  This is my dad’s 1999 Dodge Dakota with the 3.9 liter V6 boat anchor.  When shifted into drive, it will move forward but will not shift itself out of first gear.  […]

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Piston Slap: Me Thinks It’s Undiluted BS! http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/piston-slap-me-thinks-its-undiluted-bs/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/piston-slap-me-thinks-its-undiluted-bs/#comments Tue, 28 May 2013 11:34:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=489725 Fernando writes: I own a 2005 Honda Civic Hybrid. At exactly 7 years and 7 months, and 68k miles, the battery quit. Being well within Honda’s 8 year, 80k miles warranty, the dealership replaced it fully free of charge. The vehicle is working like a charm again. Other than this mishap, it has been completely trouble-free, and […]

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Fernando writes: I own a 2005 Honda Civic Hybrid. At exactly 7 years and 7 months, and 68k miles, the battery quit. Being well within Honda’s 8 year, 80k miles warranty, the dealership replaced it fully free of charge. The vehicle is working like a charm again. Other than this mishap, it has been completely trouble-free, and […]

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Collision Collusion: How Insurance Companies Junk Your Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/collision-collusion-how-insurance-companies-junk-your-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/02/collision-collusion-how-insurance-companies-junk-your-car/#comments Fri, 15 Feb 2013 15:53:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=477663 Drivers who were in a collision often follow the recommendation of their insurance company when it comes to fixing the car. By doing so, they hope for a more accommodating insurance company. They also are likely to end up with a car that has lost a lot of value. In collusion with insurance companies, low-cost […]

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Drivers who were in a collision often follow the recommendation of their insurance company when it comes to fixing the car. By doing so, they hope for a more accommodating insurance company. They also are likely to end up with a car that has lost a lot of value. In collusion with insurance companies, low-cost […]

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Piston Slap: Your Body is A Temple? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/piston-slap-your-body-is-a-temple/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/piston-slap-your-body-is-a-temple/#comments Mon, 07 Jan 2013 12:18:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=472483 TTAC contributor David Holzman writes: Sajeev, My brother Tom’s Prius has been suffering neglect: a scraped door here, a tear in the bumper there, and my heavens, enough dirt to coat all the government buildings in the Washington DC metro area, where Tom lives and works, and pretty soon a two year old Prius is […]

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TTAC contributor David Holzman writes: Sajeev, My brother Tom’s Prius has been suffering neglect: a scraped door here, a tear in the bumper there, and my heavens, enough dirt to coat all the government buildings in the Washington DC metro area, where Tom lives and works, and pretty soon a two year old Prius is […]

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Working On a Harlequin Interior For My Civic, One Junkyard Piece At a Time http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/working-on-a-harlequin-interior-for-my-civic-one-junkyard-piece-at-a-time/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/05/working-on-a-harlequin-interior-for-my-civic-one-junkyard-piece-at-a-time/#comments Wed, 30 May 2012 18:03:27 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=446763 There’s a liberating feeling when you have to fix some interior component on a beater transportation car (e.g., my destined-to-become-a-track-car 1992 Civic DX) and you don’t care about color matching. Item #3,491 on the list of Parts Whose Failure Doesn’t Stop You From Driving, But Still Drives You Crazy: the glovebox door latch. My Civic […]

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There’s a liberating feeling when you have to fix some interior component on a beater transportation car (e.g., my destined-to-become-a-track-car 1992 Civic DX) and you don’t care about color matching. Item #3,491 on the list of Parts Whose Failure Doesn’t Stop You From Driving, But Still Drives You Crazy: the glovebox door latch. My Civic […]

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Saab Pulls The Plug On Repairs http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/saab-pulls-the-plug-on-repairs/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/01/saab-pulls-the-plug-on-repairs/#comments Tue, 24 Jan 2012 19:43:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=427934 Saab owners receive two pieces of bad news today: Their allegedly “iconic” and “quirky” brand that supposedly embodies everything that is good in Sweden, turns out to be a dud. It landed with a thud at the very bottom of the Consumer Reports 2012 Car-Brand Perception Survey. Probably more disconcerting to a Saab owner: Repairs […]

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Saab owners receive two pieces of bad news today: Their allegedly “iconic” and “quirky” brand that supposedly embodies everything that is good in Sweden, turns out to be a dud. It landed with a thud at the very bottom of the Consumer Reports 2012 Car-Brand Perception Survey. Probably more disconcerting to a Saab owner: Repairs […]

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Ford, Aftermarket Tangle Over Collision Replacement Parts http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/ford-aftermarket-tangle-over-collision-replacement-parts/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/ford-aftermarket-tangle-over-collision-replacement-parts/#comments Tue, 16 Aug 2011 19:03:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=407415 For some time now, there’s been something of a low-scale war going on between OEMs and aftermarket parts suppliers just below the national media radar. The issue: whether or not aftermarket structural parts are as good as OEM parts. Ford has been a major proponent of the OEM-only approach, making the video you see above […]

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For some time now, there’s been something of a low-scale war going on between OEMs and aftermarket parts suppliers just below the national media radar. The issue: whether or not aftermarket structural parts are as good as OEM parts. Ford has been a major proponent of the OEM-only approach, making the video you see above […]

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Hammer Time: The Boss Killed My Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/hammer-time-the-boss-killed-my-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/hammer-time-the-boss-killed-my-car/#comments Tue, 14 Jun 2011 13:50:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=398545 Your worst nightmare. A pleasant drive along a yawning rural two-laner is met by a sudden ‘jolt!’  You quickly take your foot off the accelerator. Was it a transmission shudder? A miss in the engine? Some gravitational push from a UFO? After a couple of mini-jolts it looks like problem number one. You do what […]

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Your worst nightmare. A pleasant drive along a yawning rural two-laner is met by a sudden ‘jolt!’  You quickly take your foot off the accelerator. Was it a transmission shudder? A miss in the engine? Some gravitational push from a UFO? After a couple of mini-jolts it looks like problem number one. You do what […]

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Field Expedient Engineering: JB Weld Porsche Cylinder Head Repair http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/field-expedient-engineering-jb-weld-porsche-cylinder-head-repair/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/04/field-expedient-engineering-jb-weld-porsche-cylinder-head-repair/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2011 16:57:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=393167 When your 1980 Porsche 924 craps out minutes after the start of its first race and you’re in rural Texas, parts might be a little hard to find. You won’t get far with a blown head gasket and big ol’ notches burned in the head itself. But, damn, the clock keeps ticking! The Moose Knuckles […]

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When your 1980 Porsche 924 craps out minutes after the start of its first race and you’re in rural Texas, parts might be a little hard to find. You won’t get far with a blown head gasket and big ol’ notches burned in the head itself. But, damn, the clock keeps ticking! The Moose Knuckles […]

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Hammer Time: Repairs http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/hammer-time-repairs/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/hammer-time-repairs/#comments Thu, 13 May 2010 15:41:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=356421 $110 an hour. That’s what certain European dealerships will charge for their $15 an hour technicians. Now granted you’re paying for the nice marble floor and a waiting room filled with old magazines, cable news and pretzels. But still that’s an awful lot of money to part with. In fact, a lot of dealerships make […]

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$110 an hour. That’s what certain European dealerships will charge for their $15 an hour technicians. Now granted you’re paying for the nice marble floor and a waiting room filled with old magazines, cable news and pretzels. But still that’s an awful lot of money to part with. In fact, a lot of dealerships make […]

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Adventures Under the Hood http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/adventures-under-the-hood/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/adventures-under-the-hood/#comments Sat, 17 Apr 2010 16:18:31 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=353016 I’d been wondering if I’d damaged the fuel pump when I ran out of gas a couple of months ago, for the only time in my 350,000-400,000 lifetime miles. Sometimes, after coasting in gear I’d feel the Accord 5-speed subtly hesitate as I gently pressed the gas. But this morning, the engine seemed to be […]

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I’d been wondering if I’d damaged the fuel pump when I ran out of gas a couple of months ago, for the only time in my 350,000-400,000 lifetime miles. Sometimes, after coasting in gear I’d feel the Accord 5-speed subtly hesitate as I gently pressed the gas. But this morning, the engine seemed to be […]

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