Scotty's Car Talk Podcast Of Sat March 17 At 10 AM CST

Scotty's Car Talk Podcast Of Sat March 17 At 10 AM CST

Scotty Kilmer,mechanic for the last 50 years, answers your car questions every thursday and saturday LIVE. Yes, it's live and it's free, so don't miss out on some great advice and fun.

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D3vilpup
D3vilpup

Hi Scotty, I have a 2015 Mustang Ecoboost with 60k miles. Have changed the oil every 5k. No catch can installed. Installing one now. Should I be concerned with any damage to the engine for the time it has been without a catch can? If so anything I can/should do to clean it to help it last longer? Thanks.

vickietrickey
vickietrickey

Hey scotty, 2002 Kia Optima, took battery out to replace headlight,replaced battery, headlight works fine, but--- power windows and tail lights stopped working. Blinkers, brakelights work, powerlock,trunk lid, and gas door works. Please help

52ford
52ford

2006 Ford Focus wagon
Auto.
Transmission slips often in the morning when it’s cool out when I pull out of my driveway about 50-100 yards away from my driveway it slips once
Tranny fluid is full (but not overfilled)
(I often pull a 4x8 utility trailer every couple weeks ,I never overload it, lite loads only)
Should I be concerned about the tranny slip?

TheAutoAdventurer
TheAutoAdventurer

Micheal-Hanna, Scotty would say to try changing the transmission fluid and PRAY it’s just that. If not, you will either need to hire a professional mechanic for 1,000s of dollars or you might have to get another car.

michael-hanna
michael-hanna

Hello scotty i have code p 1870 on my 2000 chevy camaro and the mechanic suggested to rebuild the transmission without even checking the car, it doesn’t really slip or maybe it does but not that i can feel it since it accelerates so fast but it start jerking after driving for about 80 miles
Is there any cheaper solution

TheAutoAdventurer
TheAutoAdventurer

Scotty, when I read you tubers comments. Apparently more people like ford than GM or Chrysler. It has to do with their engineering. I had a friend that owned a Chevy, I am not sure what model it was, what year it was but he was bothered by Chevys electronics, he also got outraged that a distributor was in the very back of the engine. I was looking under the hood of many Chevys from google images, it’s kinda like dissecting their engineering, it is put together kinda weird, the battery of many late modern Chevys in on the trunk hiding behind a spare tire. My friend owns a 1985 Ford F-150 now, he loves it because he understood it. I can give ford this, even though they are mixed bag, they do OK engineering their cars though. My dad hates ford though for leaks and stuff. It sounds like American brands are being very inconsistent lately.

ScottyKilmer
ScottyKilmer

Editor

fair

TheAutoAdventurer
TheAutoAdventurer

Scotty, how is Mazda right now from your experience? I have not heard much about that brand from you, I would expect it because it’s a small market company.

Great⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Good⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Fair⭐️⭐️⭐️
Mediocre⭐️⭐️
Junk⭐️

ScottyKilmer
ScottyKilmer

Editor

ratings mean nothing, people get paid off all the time. realize writers don't get paid much salary, so the perks often outweigh it with trips, gifts, and just plain payola.

TheAutoAdventurer
TheAutoAdventurer

Well, thanks for the truth Scotty, some of these numbers and info seemed way too strange to me. How can Subaru be ranked high if what I read was blown head gaskets? Cvt failures and everything else I read was rare but blown head gaskets are a big common flaw with Subies. Another mechanic said the 6 cylinders don’t have that problem but if anything goes wrong on a boxer 6 cylinder, it can be extremely expensive.

ScottyKilmer
ScottyKilmer

Editor

do not believe stuff like kelley blue book or others, most are tied into other companies and have ulterior motives (and get kick backs from car makers>) Kias are better, but they used to be junk. Still nothing close to toyota or honda

TheAutoAdventurer
TheAutoAdventurer

Scotty, I did research of many cars in many consumer surveys mostly Kelley blue book, consumer reports, getting positive and negative feedback of many different fans and owners of other brands on you tube but there is this strange pattern that I am noticing coming from consumer reports where Kia a brand that used to be a joke a little more than a decade ago is now in the top 3 right behind Toyota and Lexus but than other brands constantly switch spots including popular brands like Honda, does the reliability of late modern cars change due to additions of technology and engineering? I am not getting why cars that are NOT Toyota’s or Lexus keep switching spots on who’s built better because I am trying to get to the bottom of this. I do believe GM and Chrysler are declining because no surveys, people or many like them, how did GM and Chrysler, companies that used to be so powerful became weak if they are known as American brands? why do they also appear as Mexican cars? Another thing that confuses me is that Japanese name plates like a Honda or Toyota are American.

ScottyKilmer
ScottyKilmer

Editor

I know it cause I've been working on cars the last 50 years. You have to learn something all that time

TheAutoAdventurer
TheAutoAdventurer

Thanks Scotty. The one of few car owning strategies that I thought was awesome from you was having a car with a standard transmission. I had no idea why minority’s drove them but an amazing combination of fun, low maintenance and interestingly can make a lot of cars way better than their lackluster counterparts like the Nissan Sentra and Ford Focus automatics, I did not believe Honda automatic transmissions were weak especially the new ones since people love for their excellence but how you know Honda’s Achilles heel?

ScottyKilmer
ScottyKilmer

Editor

some of the older ones had frame rusting, but only a short period of time. You can easily spot it on an old used one. New ones do not have that problem and have not for the last decade and further

TheAutoAdventurer
TheAutoAdventurer

Hey Scotty, how do you think of Tacoma’s and Tundras? I read in reviews that they were mostly positive but with one flaw, something about underbody frame rust. Granted I hear there is a lot of good trucks anyway. If you know Bernie Pawlik, another mechanic, he loves Chevy and dodge trucks over fords.

ScottyKilmer
ScottyKilmer

Editor

new pads AND rotors

SergioBars
SergioBars

Hey scotty big fan, i have a 2010 cadilac dts my wheel shakes side to side while im braking do i need new brks?

Iax
Iax

Does the engine turn by hand-with a cheater bar? Do it, to lubricate everything after you add new oil. If it starts alright and runs, replace all fluids, esp.the coolant. You might need to replace some hoses also while you're at it. The tires would have gone dangerously bad too. Maybe it's not worth it.

JacobJurek
JacobJurek

I’m trying to restore my great grandparents 1987 4.9L 6 cylinder e150. It ran when parked about 6 years ago. I have a few questions about it that maybe you could help we with. I’ve done a few things to it such as: drained the gas and oil, I’ve changed the spark plugs and I have also added a new battery. At this point I don’t know what to do to it. Any help or pointers would be great!

hamza5
hamza5

TheAutoAdventurer yes its a cvt its a 2015 sentra sv

TheAutoAdventurer
TheAutoAdventurer

Hamza5 is your Sentra a CVT? How old is it? It’s because I hear those cars have to be strictly maintained or Scotty’s cat jumps off the roof.

hamza5
hamza5

TheAutoAdventurer thanks

hamza5
hamza5

scotty i have a nissan sentra sv with 30,000 miles should i change the oil and fluids

TheAutoAdventurer
TheAutoAdventurer

hamza5 there are no CVTs in trucks or busses. The platforms are too heavy, can have diesel or can be gas hogs anyway.

ScottyKilmer
ScottyKilmer

Editor

Yea, I will make that one day

TheAutoAdventurer
TheAutoAdventurer

Scotty, I talked to a you tuber and he or she explained to me about the materials honda and Toyota use on there CVTs, apparently they use a chain driven cvt while Nissan uses a cheaply made strap belt, that one wares out way quicker. A ford owner, A FORD OWNER told me to avoid Nissans like if they were the grim reaper, it really is that bad. You know what, you should make a video about, “Why you shouldn’t buy a Nissan?”

ScottyKilmer
ScottyKilmer

Editor

that's the alarm system going on. Get your key, put it in the ignition turned on with cable off, then put cable on. If that doesn't work, you alarm should shut off with the fob if you still have it

jkon37s
jkon37s

Hey Scotty love the show and your personality! I have an issue on my 2011 mustang gt 5.0. I had the negative terminal disconnected from the battery while I was installing a set of long tube headers and once I reinstalled everything I went o put the - terminal back on and as soon as it touched the battery, the horn starts blaring. Its not a beep....beep...beep it literally stays on until I pull the negative terminal back off the battery. I read it could be something to do with the PATS system. What do you think?

Woogie
Woogie

Thank you scotty.

ScottyKilmer
ScottyKilmer

Editor

I would, those are really fiat trannys, very weak

Woogie
Woogie

Hey scotty I have a Chrysler 2015 200 limited with 61,000 miles should I change the transmission fludid

ScottyKilmer
ScottyKilmer

Editor

well, they merged a decade and a half ago and since then, nissan has taken a nosedive

TheAutoAdventurer
TheAutoAdventurer

Scotty, Is the story about Renault shattering Nissan true?