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2017

May 27, Hr 1 - Should Headlights Light Up All Landscape? (mp3) - M4A

The significance of Memorial Day : a 98 Ford Crown Victoria with hesitation, idle and stalling problems : a 15 Buick Verano with headlights that light up the tops of trees and everything else : and an 03 Dodge Caravan with brakes that always feel like ABS is engaged.

May 27, Hr 2 - Using Oil Conditioners With Synthetic Oils (mp3) - M4A

Ron's Uncle Steve, who was shot down over Germany in World War 2, reflects on Memorial Day : questions on using oil conditioners with synthetic oils : an 11 F150 with severe running issues : and a 99 Suburban with a gas smell in the cabin.

May 20, Hr 1 - The Coolest of Car Auctions (mp3) - M4A

The Coolest of Car Auctions.  Ron talks to Yvette VanDerBrink of VanDerBrink Auctions, an auction house that runs some of the best classic car auctions in the country : takes a call on a 97 Buick Park Avenue where the right turn signals are not working : and takes a call on a 99 Nissan Sentra where the caller has changed the oil - but left the oil cap off and now has oil all over the engine.

May 20, Hr 2 - You Shouldn't Rely On Just Scan Information To Diagnose A Car (mp3) - M4A

You Shouldn't Rely On Just Scan Information To Diagnose A Car, as Ron starts with a story of two different vehicles and the value in looking not only at scan information, but also closely looking at the symptoms to arrive at a diagnosis : takes a call on an 03 Silverado with a multiple misfire code : takes a call on an 07 Impala, an 05 Sierra and an 08 Silverado - all with check engine lights : takes a call on a 2000 Montecarlo where the caller heard a noise like a pop, and now the car is very difficult to start and it will not stay running : and takes a call on a 99 Acura where the driver's side door won't open.

May 13, Hr 1 - What Is The Value In The Extended Oil Change? (mp3) - M4A

What is the value in the extended oil change, and can any be found?  Ron starts the hour by discussing this point : takes a call on a 95 Corvette where the courtesy lights won't come on with the left door open : takes a call asking if an analog or digital instrument cluster would be more accurate : takes a call on a 94 Chevy S-10 where the caller is looking for a recommendation on the best synthetic manual transmission and differential oils to use : and Ron ponders a listener's question about parts that fall off cars on the roadside - and how that will manifest itself in the coming flying car era.

May 13, Hr 2 - Some Repairs Take A Long Time.  Why? (mp3) - M4A

Some repairs take a long time.  Why?  Ron starts with the story of a 2-1/2 year repair : takes a call on an 04 Grand Cherokee where the blend doors are banging after the car is shut off : takes a call on an 04 GMC Envoy XL that makes a noise somewhat like maraccas from the left rear : takes a call on an 07 Silverado with detonation : takes a call on an 07 Honda Odyssey with questions on coolant type : and answers an email regarding transmission maintenance on a Toyota Avalon.

May 6, Hr 1 - Your Scan Tool Does More Than Read Error Codes (mp3) - M4A

Your scan tool does more than read error codes - and Ron talks to Steve Zack, Technical Instructor for Bosch, about the importance of scan tools : takes a call on a 15 Subaru Legacy where the caller is prepping for a long road trip : takes a call on an 06 Subaru Grand Vitara that has problems with the power windows : and has a discussion on flying cars.

May 6, Hr 2 - Can Self Driving Cars Be Fun? (mp3) - M4A

Can self driving cars be fun? is one of the topics discussed on this hour of The Car Doctor : Ron starts with a story of a 2013 F150 with a 3.5 V6 engine he had in for repair earlier in the week : takes a call on an F350 that stalls : takes a call on an 07 Chevy Van with spongy brakes : takes a call on an 89 Escort and questions about possibly cam shaft issues : has a discussion on whether self driving cars can be fun to drive, or not drive : and takes a call on an 09 GMC Yukon with a possible fuel pump issue.

April 29, Hr 1 - What Causes A Car To Stall These Days?(mp3) - M4A

What causes a car to stall these days? is one of the topics of discussion this hour.  Ron starts with a report that UBER states it will have flying cars in Texas in 2020 : takes a call on a 96 GMC Suburban with a stuck gas guage : takes a call on a 2010 Subaru Forester that is stalling : takes a call on a 98 Corvette where the caller is asking questions on the correct warm up time and temperature of the engine : takes a call on a 2013 F150 that has lost 2 front axles in 9 months : and answers an email on how to choose a tire.

April 29, Hr 2 - Flying Cars?  UBER Says YES in 2020 (mp3) - M4A

Flying Cars?  UBER says YES in 2020 is a topic of discussion this hour : Ron starts talking about flying cars and scan tools : takes a call from a listener who sent in an article regarding UBER stating they will have flying cars in Texas in 2020 : takes a call on a Chevy S-10 with air conditioning problems in a follow up from last week : takes a call on a 2000 Honda CR-V with a vibration : takes a call on an 06 Chevy Impala asking how to properly bleed the brake system : and takes a call on an 04 Impala with a cam position sensor code.

April 22, Hr 1 - What Is The Value of an Experienced Technician?(mp3) - M4A

What is the value of an experienced technician is the topic of this hour of The Car Doctor.  Ron starts by discussing the VW fine and his experiences installing new security cameras at the shop : takes a call on an 01 Chevy S10 pickup with AC issues : answers an email expressing the value of an experienced technician : discusses Toyota valve cover gaskets : takes a call on a 16 Toyota Camry with an oil leak : and answers an email regarding the quality of car parts.

April 22, Hr 2 - OK-So You Operate The Power Window And The Radio Shuts Off? (mp3) - M4A

OK - so you operate the power window and the radio shuts off? is the topic of discussion to start this hour of The Car Doctor : Ron takes a call from a listener with a suggestion to solve his Miata bolt dilemma from last week's show : answers an email on bad AC evaporator drain hoses in Toyota Camrys : answers an email about the possibility of using model car kits to get and keep kids interested in cars : discusses whether a parking brake should be used in a driveway with a slight incline : takes a call on an 01 Toyota Celica GT that is smoking and using 5 quarts of oil in a week : and talks about a learning moment with a 10 Ford Escape he worked on this week.

April 15, Hr 1 - How Do We Get Kids Interested In Cars?(mp3) - M4A

How do we get kids interested in cars and car repair?  A question asked by Ron looking for listener input.  The show starts with Ron talking with Andy Boyd of 3M about their new Accuspray paint system : Ron takes a call on an 01 Tacoma with brake issues : takes a call on an 07 Camry where the air conditioning evaporator coil is draining into the passenger compartment : and talks about a AAA article on cars that are not maintained breaking down.

April 15, Hr 2 - The Guy Who Told You He Knew Transmissions Did What? (mp3) - M4A

The guy who told you he knew transmissions did what? is a topic of discussion with a caller.  Ron opens with a story about changing the timing belt on a Miata and how the alignment markers made no sense : takes a call on an 07 Impala with questions on the heating controls and their interaction with a remote start system : takes a call on a Buick Rondevous where the transmission was replaced by someone who did not fully understanding what they were doing and now may need to be junked : takes a call on an 07 Ford F150 and an 08 Prius with the caller asking about proper maintenance past 200,000 miles : and takes a call on an 01 Taurus with flashing oil and gas cap lights.

April 8, Hr 1 - You Built a Car So The Roof Can Leak?(mp3) - M4A

You Built a Car So The Roof Can Leak? - The hour starts with a call discussing extended oil change intervals : Ron takes a call on a 98 Ford Expedition with a shimmy that comes and goes : takes a call on a 94 Buick Roadmaster that bucks between 40-70 MPH : discusses a water leak in a Honda Odyssey caused by the poor spot welds in the sectioned roof : and takes a call about cars that accelerate very quickly and could this finally be leading to flying cars?

April 8, Hr 2 - Carbon Buildup in a Ford Eco Boost Engine (mp3) - M4A

Carbon Buildup in a Ford Eco Boost Engine is a topic of discussion.  Ron discusses a generator that was rebuilt incorrectly : takes a call about tires and aftermarket parts : takes a call about carbon buildup in a Ford Eco Boost Engine : takes a call on a 2016 Toyota Corolla with hail storm damage : takes a call on an ignition switch in a 2012 Ford Escape.

2017

May 27, Hr 1 - Should Headlights Light Up All Landscape? (mp3)

The significance of Memorial Day : a 98 Ford Crown Victoria with hesitation, idle and stalling problems : a 15 Buick Verano with headlights that light up the tops of trees and everything else : and an 03 Dodge Caravan with brakes that always feel like ABS is engaged.

May 27, Hr 2 - Using Oil Conditioners With Synthetic Oils (mp3)

Ron's Uncle Steve, who was shot down over Germany in World War 2, reflects on Memorial Day : questions on using oil conditioners with synthetic oils : an 11 F150 with severe running issues : and a 99 Suburban with a gas smell in the cabin.

May 20, Hr 1 - The Coolest of Car Auctions (mp3)

The Coolest of Car Auctions.  Ron talks to Yvette VanDerBrink of VanDerBrink Auctions, an auction house that runs some of the best classic car auctions in the country : takes a call on a 97 Buick Park Avenue where the right turn signals are not working : and takes a call on a 99 Nissan Sentra where the caller has changed the oil - but left the oil cap off and now has oil all over the engine.

May 20, Hr 2 - You Shouldn't Relay On Just Scan Information To Diagnose A Car (mp3)

You Shouldn't Rely On Just Scan Information To Diagnose A Car, as Ron starts with a story of two different vehicles and the value in looking not only at scan information, but also closely looking at the symptoms to arrive at a diagnosis : takes a call on an 03 Silverado with a multiple misfire code : takes a call on an 07 Impala, an 05 Sierra and an 08 Silverado - all with check engine lights : takes a call on a 2000 Montecarlo where the caller heard a noise like a pop, and now the car is very difficult to start and it will not stay running : and takes a call on a 99 Acura where the driver's side door won't open.

May 13, Hr 1 - What Is The Value In The Extended Oil Change? (mp3)

What is the value in the extended oil change, and can any be found?  Ron starts the hour by discussing this point : takes a call on a 95 Corvette where the courtesy lights won't come on with the left door open : takes a call asking if an analog or digital instrument cluster would be more accurate : takes a call on a 94 Chevy S-10 where the caller is looking for a recommendation on the best synthetic manual transmission and differential oils to use : and Ron ponders a listener's question about parts that fall off cars on the roadside - and how that will manifest itself in the coming flying car era.

May 13, Hr 2 - Some Repairs Take A Long Time.  Why? (mp3)

Some repairs take a long time.  Why?  Ron starts with the story of a 2-1/2 year repair : takes a call on an 04 Grand Cherokee where the blend doors are banging after the car is shut off : takes a call on an 04 GMC Envoy XL that makes a noise somewhat like maraccas from the left rear : takes a call on an 07 Silverado with detonation : takes a call on an 07 Honda Odyssey with questions on coolant type : and answers an email regarding transmission maintenance on a Toyota Avalon.

May 6, Hr 1 - Your Scan Tool Does More Than Read Error Codes (mp3)

Your scan tool does more than read error codes - and Ron talks to Steve Zack, Technical Instructor for Bosch, about the importance of scan tools : takes a call on a 15 Subaru Legacy where the caller is prepping for a long road trip : takes a call on an 06 Subaru Grand Vitara that has problems with the power windows : and has a discussion on flying cars.

May 6, Hr 2 - Can Self Driving Cars Be Fun? (mp3)

Can self driving cars be fun? is one of the topics discussed on this hour of The Car Doctor : Ron starts with a story of a 2013 F150 with a 3.5 V6 engine he had in for repair earlier in the week : takes a call on an F350 that stalls : takes a call on an 07 Chevy Van with spongy brakes : takes a call on an 89 Escort and questions about possibly cam shaft issues : has a discussion on whether self driving cars can be fun to drive, or not drive : and takes a call on an 09 GMC Yukon with a possible fuel pump issue.

April 29, Hr 1 - What Causes A Car To Stall These Days? (mp3)

What causes a car to stall these days? is one of the topics of discussion this hour.  Ron starts with a report that UBER states it will have flying cars in Texas in 2020 : takes a call on a 96 GMC Suburban with a stuck gas guage : takes a call on a 2010 Subaru Forester that is stalling : takes a call on a 98 Corvette where the caller is asking questions on the correct warm up time and temperature of the engine : takes a call on a 2013 F150 that has lost 2 front axles in 9 months : and answers an email on how to choose a tire.             

April 29, Hr 2 - Flying Cars?  UBER Says YES in 2020 (mp3)

Flying Cars?  UBER says YES in 2020 is a topic of discussion this hour : Ron starts talking about flying cars and scan tools : takes a call from a listener who sent in an article regarding UBER stating they will have flying cars in Texas in 2020 : takes a call on a Chevy S-10 with air conditioning problems in a follow up from last week : takes a call on a 2000 Honda CR-V with a vibration : takes a call on an 06 Chevy Impala asking how to properly bleed the brake system : and takes a call on an 04 Impala with a cam position sensor code.

April 22, Hr 1 - What Is The Value of an Experienced Technician? (mp3)

What is the value of an experienced technician is the topic of this hour of The Car Doctor.  Ron starts by discussing the VW fine and his experiences installing new security cameras at the shop : takes a call on an 01 Chevy S10 pickup with AC issues : answers an email expressing the value of an experienced technician : discusses Toyota valve cover gaskets : takes a call on a 16 Toyota Camry with an oil leak : and answers an email regarding the quality of car parts.

April 22, Hr 2 - OK-So You Operate The Power Window And The Radio Shuts Off? (mp3)

OK - so you operate the power window and the radio shuts off? is the topic of discussion to start this hour of The Car Doctor : Ron takes a call from a listener with a suggestion to solve his Miata bolt dilemma from last week's show : answers an email on bad AC evaporator drain hoses in Toyota Camrys : answers an email about the possibility of using model car kits to get and keep kids interested in cars : discusses whether a parking brake should be used in a driveway with a slight incline : takes a call on an 01 Toyota Celica GT that is smoking and using 5 quarts of oil in a week : and talks about a learning moment with a 10 Ford Escape he worked on this week.

April 15, Hr 1 - How Do We Get Kids Interested In Cars? (mp3)

How do we get kids interested in cars and car repair?  A question asked by Ron looking for listener input.  The show starts with Ron talking with Andy Boyd of 3M about their new Accuspray paint system : Ron takes a call on an 01 Tacoma with brake issues : takes a call on an 07 Camry where the air conditioning evaporator coil is draining into the passenger compartment : and talks about a AAA article on cars that are not maintained breaking down.

April 15, Hr 2 - The Guy Who Told You He Knew Transmissions Did What? (mp3)

The guy who told you he knew transmissions did what? is a topic of discussion with a caller.  Ron opens with a story about changing the timing belt on a Miata and how the alignment markers made no sense : takes a call on an 07 Impala with questions on the heating controls and their interaction with a remote start system : takes a call on a Buick Rondevous where the transmission was replaced by someone who did not fully understanding what they were doing and now may need to be junked : takes a call on an 07 Ford F150 and an 08 Prius with the caller asking about proper maintenance past 200,000 miles : and takes a call on an 01 Taurus with flashing oil and gas cap lights.

April 8, Hr 1 - You Built a Car So The Roof Can Leak? (mp3)

You Built a Car So The Roof Can Leak? - The hour starts with a call discussing extended oil change intervals : Ron takes a call on a 98 Ford Expedition with a shimmy that comes and goes : takes a call on a 94 Buick Roadmaster that bucks between 40-70 MPH : discusses a water leak in a Honda Odyssey caused by the poor spot welds in the sectioned roof : and takes a call about cars that accelerate very quickly and could this finally be leading to flying cars?

April 8, Hr 2 - Carbon Buildup in a Ford Eco Boost Engine (mp3)

Carbon Buildup in a Ford Eco Boost Engine is a topic of discussion.  Ron discusses a generator that was rebuilt incorrectly : takes a call about tires and aftermarket parts : takes a call about carbon buildup in a Ford Eco Boost Engine : takes a call on a 2016 Toyota Corolla with hail storm damage : takes a call on an ignition switch in a 2012 Ford Escape.