Category Archive: Auto Questions & Answers

US vs. Foreign Auto Repairs

Car Information:
Mercury Grand Marquis
Year: 1994
Engine Size: V8
Trans: Automatic

Issue/Question: It used to be that the repair cost for American autos were less than foreign autos. Is this still true today even though some are made in the U.S? Thanks.

In years past, before Toyota and Honda were as big as they are today, parts from them were a little higher than a comparable American made part. But nowadays, other than the branding, the power train designs are very similar. Since so many imports are actually made here in the states, parts and labor operations are now very close to the same.

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Car Information:
Ford F-250
Year: 2009
Engine Size: 6.4 Diesel
Trans: Automatic

Issue/Question: Love your show. A while back I heard you mention an Amsoil product that improved mileage and lubricated the fuel system and I cant remember which one it was. I think you said it’s ok to use it every other tank. (Maybe the 50:1)? Thanks for all the great advise!

Try the 100 to 1 Amsoil synthetic out board oil use 8 ounces with a full tank of fuel.


Car Information:
Toyota Camry
Year: 2000
Engine Size: 2.2L
Trans: Automatic

Issue/Question: I want to buy a used camry 2000 to 2003. I remember you said Toyota had a sludge problem at one time. What should I look out for?

If you buy a 4 cylinder you shouldn’t have to worry about it, but if its a 3.0 V-6 don’t buy it unless the front cam cover is removed for sludge inspection.

Questions & Answers – Angies List

Good afternoon, – My name is Betsy and I’m doing a little research for our founder Angie who writes a weekly consumer column. The questions are generated from people who write us with certain concerns.

This week we got a question from a driver asking about the risks or benefits of changing from regular (conventional) motor oil to synthetic oil. I’ve included a couple questions below. If you have a moment to help us with our research, I would certainly appreciate it. Thanks.

Question: What’s the harm or benefit of changing from regular motor oil to a synthetic oil?
Answer – Synthetic motor oils are attracted to heat and high wear points in an engine, reducing friction, These benefits reduce or eliminate engine wear and allows an engine to get better fuel economy usually 10 to 15% more miles to the gallon.

Question: If I decide to switch from one type to the other, how does that affect the regular maintenance of the vehicle?
Answer – It doesn’t, unless the synthetic oil your using recommends extended drain intervals, If that’s the case some synthetic motor oils only recommend changing their oil once a year or an advertised mileage making the higher priced synthetic oils more cost effective to use.

Question: What’s synthetic oil made of?
Answer –
Theirs two types of synthetic oil available for automotive use, One is Petroleum oil that’s under went a process called hydro cracking or hydro fining these are the cheaper versions of synthetic oils and usually do not recommend extended drains intervals. The other is what’s called PAO oils (Poly-Alpha-Olefin) these synthetic base stocks are manufactured from irritated plastics giving them their superior lubricating benefits increasing fuel economy and eliminating wear. Readily available PAO oils are products such as Mobil 1 synthetic’s and Amsoil synthetic motor oils.

Question: Are newer cars more likely to benefit from synthetic oils?
Answer – All vehicles can benefit from superior lubrication such as PAO base stock lubricants, better fuel economy and reduced or eliminated wear is money in the bank for any vehicle. Many new car manufactures are now only recommending synthetic engine oils and will actually void engine warranties if a petroleum oil was used and a malfunction was due to a lubrication problem associated with its use.

Question: Do I need a different type of oil filter if I switch my care to synthetic oill?
Answer: No, synthetic oil will flow through any factory or aftermarket oil filter.


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