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Scotty Kilmer

Watch Scotty's Live Car Talk Podcasts Here OnThurs and Sats

Scotty Kilmer, mechanic for the last 52 years, answers your car questions here every Thursday afternoon at 1 PM CST and Saturday mornings at 10 AM CST. Where else can you ask live questions and get answers right away from such an expert with over 900 million views on his internet videos?

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JaneHonda
JaneHonda

With Honda's oil dilution problems in their modern turbo engines, can they still be reliable and can wear be reduced if you change the oil before the maintenance minder says to?

Hatim
Hatim

Hie scotty
good morning

I have a small issue with my car

I own nissan altima 2009 v4 2.5ltr engine

The engine runs fine and gear box also fine.

When i accelerate more thn half the car runs but after the halt the engine hesitate / misfire. If i turn off the car and switch it on again back to normal.
I changed car plugs coils.
Computer says no error.
Your help will be highly appreciated
Thanks

Monicoflores636
Monicoflores636

Hey Scotty. About to buy a 1996 Ford ranger. 2.3 4 cylinder automatic transmission. I've always wanted one. However I need your opinion. The owner is gonna give it too me for 500$ only has 169,700 miles. Owner says drives good. New tires. New headlamps and oil filter. Has some Michigan Rust Does it look worth it? Thanks

IBM Selectric Typist
IBM Selectric Typist

Hey Scotty, I want to buy a new (used) car in the 1000$ neighborhood, and I did find a 1995 Buick skylark. It does look it a good buy, 53,000 miles, but I am skeptical to buy it as a daily driver because of its age. Is this something I should worry about? Link to the Craigslist is here; https://newyork.craigslist.org/brk/cto/d/brooklyn-1995-buick-skylark-custom/7061062178.html Thanks Scotty.

UberRafInLasVegas
UberRafInLasVegas

UberRafInLasVegas
4 days

Hey Scotty, thank you for always having amazing videos and easy to understand breakdowns of dos and donts. GREAT Wisdom!

a couple questions about my Honda FIt 2015, i have had it for more then 3 yrs and i driver uber in Las Vegas. it has 160,000 miles on it and i got it with 11,000 miles on it. So far it has been great! no big fixes at all, frequent oil changes; brake pads and tires have been switched out on this vehicle and one accident. It was a rear end collision that happen while i had just arrived at a stop light, someone was going 40 miles an hour behind me and forgot to break LOL so ever since then the fog lights and the headlights on the driver side go out all the time, what should i do? the collision place that fixed my car told me it just needed a bulb exchange but they keep going out.....

other then that the vehicle has been doing well, i had a check engine light for the catalytic converter and just recently i just tried your trick because i was never sure if it was the sensor or not until i took it to a shop and they confirmed it for me.... so i tried the lacquer thinner trick with a half a tank of gas and it worked for the most part. NO engine light and the car is running much smoother now! its unbelievable.

the reason why i am messaging you is because i might need to work Uber for another 2 more yrs, my wife is studying to become an RN and i need the flexibility so i can help out at home and be able to continue to work in a field that i like. what do you recommend? i have some income tax money to play with, i would like to do a radiator flush; transmission fluid change... tune up, rotors and maybe some more fixes that i mentioned. is there anything else i should look out for? ok thanks for reading. take care!

Alexmurphy
Alexmurphy

Is it a good idea to buy a car from a wholesale auction to flip for a profit? Its Not something I plan on doing for a living btw

Mangosvision
Mangosvision

Hey Scotty, why did Volkswagen and Audi go crazy with diesel engines back in the 2000s with the Audi Q7 V12 TDI and the Volkswagen Toureg V10 TDI?

Pacman95
Pacman95

Hey Scotty, I recently moved to Austin and purchased a 2010 Acura Tsx v6 with 82k miles for $7800. The car was well maintained with all the service records. I intend to keep it for at least 5 years. What do you recommend I do to get most out of this car?

Alexmurphy
Alexmurphy

What's your opinion on the a 2006-2009 Dodge Charger R/T with a 5.7 Hemi V8 and AWD (this was when chrysler was owned by Daimler)? I was consdering one but I am a bit skeptical given what you have been saying about chrysler

Alexmurphy
Alexmurphy

How reliable are the TDI Audi A4s? I would think that they arent terrible as VW has been making diesels for a long time

Alexmurphy
Alexmurphy

How well do the 2006-2009 Mazda MX5s hold their value and will they increase in value in the future? I've considered buying a miata from that generation as they are more powerful than the NA and NB versions. Plus they're better on gas mileage as well

Bogator_z
Bogator_z

Hello Scotty, 2014 corolla S 79,000 miles. Got an Odd buzzing vibration type noise when accelerating at low speed only at 2,000-2,200 RPM. Sound is nonexistent otherwise. Sounds similar to an object being stuck inside of an area fan or something. Any ideas?

Alexmurphy
Alexmurphy

How bad were the first generation Audi TTs in terms of maintence costs? I'm talking about the 1.8 liter 4 cylinder turbo version with the manual transmission (I know that VW automatics are unreliable) and quattro AWD. They arent really luxury cars, but I am bit skeptical about buying one after seeing your videos branding VW products as "endless money pits". If I recall, the TT was made in Germany but I could be wrong.

Alexmurphy
Alexmurphy

I know you dont like modern Volkswagens, but were the 2006-2009 Volkswagen Mk5 Golf GTIs reliable if you get one with a manual transmission? What are the common problems on those cars?

Alexmurphy
Alexmurphy

Is buying an auction car to strip it of parts and sell the parts a good way to make money on the side? Thought about buying a Jaguar, BMW, audi or mercedes at an auction (It doesn't matter whether they run or not)and selling the parts. Chrisfix did that with a Jaguar X type

RookieMonkey
RookieMonkey

Yo Scotty, a friend had a Honda CRV towed after some shaking and non-starts/non-moves. Noticed it was leaking oil prior to this event. Tow away. shop says compression low cylinder two only, and it's dead in the lot. If what they say is true, can he potentially unplug the #2 injector and remove spark plug to drive three good cylinders home?

Alexmurphy
Alexmurphy

What is the main problem with modern volvos? Their automatic transmissions?

Alexmurphy
Alexmurphy

Is a 1985 Jaguar XJ going to appreciate in value in the future? I found one on sale that had just been overhauled for $3000. I wouldnt daily drive it as I know how bad jags from that time were (you were not the first one to tell me how bad they were lol)

noebarrios20
noebarrios20

Hello Scotty! Recently, my mother’s 2003 Ford Expedition XLT Has been okay. Now she has a problem where she starts the car up, it runs like normal, and then it starts making like a metal clanging noise in the engine, but it still drives. Could it be that a rod is going bad, or does it need an oil change? (It does burn oil by the way)

Alexmurphy
Alexmurphy

What do you think of the 2005-2008 Acura RL? Ive considered buying one, wanted to know if they are prone to the transmission problems that plagued the Honda Odysseys. The main reason I like the RL is it has AWD and the engine has power.

Alexmurphy
Alexmurphy

How much does it cost to convert a normal car (built after 1995) to a flex fuel car, so it can run on E85? Is it something you can eaisly do yourself or is it one of those things only a mechanic can do?

Chuck28
Chuck28

Hey Scotty, I know your dislike of modern day GM trucks, but those stuck with them can’t do too much until they start breaking. I was wondering, will AFM mode destroy my truck? If so, what do you think of “Range Technology’s AFM Disabler”?

Alexmurphy
Alexmurphy

I also wanted to ask, what do you think of a 2004 Ford Mustang GT with a manual transmission with 109,699 miles? How well built are these cars? Heres an example of one. However I will have mechanic inspect the car (I would do it with any car I'm buying used, no matter what it is).

Alexmurphy
Alexmurphy

Hey scotty. I know you think Infiniti G35s can be money pits, but are they reliable if you get a manual transmission? I know that much of Nissan's Post-Renault merger automatic transmissions are unreliable. I'm asking this question because I found a 2004 infiniti g35 sedan (it has the manual 6 speed gearbox) with 114,000 miles for $5k. I dont plan on driving it much, most of the time I will do shorter trips. From what I know the fatal flaw on the Infiniti G35 models of the day were their automatic transmissions. I also wanted to ask you, can you tell me what problems I should look for when checking out a G35?

njlloman
njlloman

Hello again, Scotty! 🖐🏼 You advise not to flush automatic transmissions, is this also your advice for CVTs? Thanks in advance & more power!

Alvaropera90
Alvaropera90

Hey Scotty! Since most Car manufacturers are swtiching over to CVT transmissions. Who would you say make the best CVT out there?

NathanShu
NathanShu

What do u think of a 2003 mazda tribute with 101000 miles for $3100

Mangosvision
Mangosvision

Hey Scotty, what do you think of a 1966 Volvo 1800s?

PeterCarlson
PeterCarlson

Hi Scotty, I currently have a 2014 ford fiesta with that terrible dct transmission, however it has 36000 miles on it so I am hoping it will last me a few more years. Ford has replaced the clutch multiple times and I think it has finally been resolved. My problem is you recently made a video about the Acura ILX and you said that DCT is actually very durable and reliable because of the torque converter. Would you still recommend that car even though the history of DCT reliability hasn't been that great? If so I will put this car on my short list for my next car. I was also thinking about the 2019 Honda Civic Si with the standard transmission, however I am concerned about Honda's 1.5t oil dilution problem and can't seem to find an answer to whether it has been resolved or not, so I would prefer the engine in the 2019 Acura ilx, but it's that DCT transmission that has me questioning its longterm durability. (Also I live in Minnesota so the rear wheel drive lexus IS is not a good solution).

Jack12345
Jack12345

hey scotty,

I have a 07 tc auto with 125k and the engine takes a bit longer than normal to start when I crank it. At first it seemed intermittent but now it’s pretty much every cold start, maybe due to the whether change (im in north TX). I actually have some spark plugs I bought for it a few months ago. Should I try that? And if that doesn’t work, what should I try? Only thing i’ve changed on it since owning it for a few months is oil and air filter.

Thanks!

Alvaropera90
Alvaropera90

Hey Scotty. I have never seen a video of you talking about subcompact cars. What are the best used Subcompact cars for the money. Any suggestions? Between the years 2008-2013.

All the best!

donut tire
donut tire

Hey scotty , what is your opinion of the 460 v8 engine ? Reliable playing field or junk ?

ScottHawk
ScottHawk

Hi Scotty, i saw your update on the upcoming GF6B oil type for GDI engines. I've been using Amsoil Full Synthetic 5W30 Signature Series and various premium filters on a 2018 Ford Escape 2L Ecoboost. The oil changes cost me more than my Mercedes oil changes with the fleece filter! Am i wasting good coin over a marketing scheme?

Alvaropera90
Alvaropera90

Hey Scotty! What do you think of this?

Do you think the quality of the newer Corolla's will suffer because they will move its production to Mexico?

mikey2019
mikey2019

Scotty I have a 2008 Toyota RAV4 2.4 liter 136,000 miles I just bought it one owner have every receipt for oil changes and maint done well 2 days ago I put it in reverse and give it a little gas and it’s pops out of reverse and goes back it and will keep doing it now what could this be besides needing a trans rebuild all forward gears are great thanks

Kathleen Castro
Kathleen Castro

Cant see live podcast this morning, hmmm.

Kathleen Castro
Kathleen Castro

Scotty, My 95 toyota t100 v6 with 215,000 miles recently had a valve cover gasket replaced. No check engine light, just burning oil. Now check engine light comes on with code P0710. Would a bad VCG replacement be triggering this code or is it just a "coincidence" that all of a sudden this code pops up. Sincerely, Confused.

jdavis1189
jdavis1189

Scotty I own a 2017 Ford Fusion Sport with 50K miles but it was half the price of a 44K car with the 2.7L Ecoboost engine from the F150, recently too 3 months ago. I than recently watched your Cheap car video followed by the do not buy f150 video can you tell me by chance the top things I need to look out for I want and need to keep this as long as I can is there any tips you can recommend for the 2017 Ford Fusion Sport 2.7L V6 Ecoboost AWD (should of been a ST). Thanks Scotty

Alvaropera90
Alvaropera90

Hey Scotty, greetings from Toronto! Love your show

I bought a 2017 Nissan Sentra SV new before I started listening to your show. Now it has 32,300miles and I want to get rid of it before it starts to give me problems. In your experience at what mileage does the CVT transmission starts to give out?

Thank you very much.

Ejemmexy
Ejemmexy

Hi scotty, I live in dubai, i got an Audi A4 B8 with over 200km, it's been three months now, it's been riding okay, no major problem, the only issue I had with the car was the oil pressure switch, it was leaking oil badly and I had it changed, otherwise no issue, my question is is that a good choice of car I made?

Alvaropera90
Alvaropera90

Hey Scotty!

I live in Toronto and planning to buy a used car. My budget is 4000-5000 CAD. Cannot decide between a Civic or Corolla from 2006-2009. I want something reliable that I can use for the next 3 to 5 years without major repairs.

All the best!

Shuaib
Shuaib

Hey Scotty, I have a 2006 Sienna with 200k miles with CEL, VSC and Trac Off lights on. Codes given are P0430 and P0420. The car has poor mpg(12), hesitant and jerks on acceleration. Changed all the spark plugs and cleaned the throttle body a week ago. Also changed the o2 sensors with after market ones around the same time. What do you think is the problem?

Michael_xD
Michael_xD

Hi Scotty,

I have a 2003 Ford Expedition XLT 4.6 liter v8 with an oil issue. Whenever I go down a steep grade or brake hard, the oil pressure gauge drops to L(low) and the light “HI TEMP LOW OIL” turns on for about a couple of seconds and it goes back to normal with no issues or hesitations. What do you suggest I do?

supercam0978
supercam0978

Scotty my parents gave me their 2003 Ford explorer it has the 4.0 liter v6 the car has 250000 miles and the timing chain went but the transmission was redone at 170000 miles and me and my friend thought about putting a used motor in it what do you think

carlover
carlover

Is a 93’ Chevy pickup made like a tank.

hp001
hp001

What do you think about 2010 Honda CR-V EX-L (AWD) with 126K mileage for $8,800? Is it a reliable SUV?

jeff981273
jeff981273

Which would you get? a 92 Camry with 162,000 for $1300, or an 02 Corolla with 132,000 for $1000

Azhar
Azhar

Hi Scotty. I've 2009 Toyota Camry. Recently, I went on vacation disconnecting my cars positive and negative battery terminals. I made sure that terminals don't touch each other or any car part. After returning, I connected the battery terminals and the car didn't start. After few cranks it started, but stopped twice in middle of the road. Drove it for 2 days with AC ON and still it is idiling low. Any suggestions?


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