The Car Doctor

The Car Doctor

  • Car Doctor, April 12, Hour 2

    Apr 12, 2014 | 37 min
    Ron starts the hour by taking a call on a 2002 Mustang with air conditioning problems - the compressor comes on and off quickly : talks about fault codes in the repair of the week - a 96 Volvo that was at its fuel trim limit : takes a call on a 92 Miata looking to get more power out of it : and takes a call asking about "designer spark plugs" - and makes a statement on a 2012-2013 Ford Focus with fuel in the crankcase.
  • Car Doctor, April 12, Hour 1

    Apr 12, 2014 | 37 min
    Ron starts the hour talking about the responsibilities of car repair - and who is responsible for what - with a story about a guy who wanted Ron to eveluate an unregistered, untitled vehicle : takes a call on a 98 Lumina that is losing coolant - possibly a head gasket : answers an email regarding oil filters : takes a call on an 88 Chevy Astro that has been "sleeping" for 3-4 years : and takes a call on a 98 F150 pickup that intermittently won't start - and recently died on the road.
  • Car Doctor, April 5, Hour 1

    Apr 05, 2014 | 37 min
    Ron starts the hour by answering an email on oil change intervals and how it factors into the cost of repair over the life of the vehicle : takes a call on the quality of synthetic versus regular oil, longevity of oil filters and why a new vehicle pings : takes a call on a 93 Volvo that has trouble starting and running - and also a transmission fluid question on an Infinity : interview Edward Covington, VP of Quality Assurance at Affinity Global Filtration regarding oil filters and their quality : takes a question on a 98 Expedition with heat problems after radiator replacement : and takes a call on a high idle problem with a 97 Ford Ranger.
  • Car Doctor, April 5, Hour 2

    Apr 05, 2014 | 37 min
    Ron starts the hour with a story about the slightly hard of hearing auto mechanic : takes a call on a 2010 Mercedes with a broken motor mount after crossing a railroad track : takes a call on an 08 Ford Expedition with a parasitic draw on the battery - a former police vehicle : takes a call on a 2002 GMC Yukon 1500 XL showing a wiggle in the voltmeter and a flickering of the headlights after alternator replacement : takes a call on a 2001 Subaru with a blend door problem : and takes a call on a 2007 Toyota with a lot of recent sensor failures.
  • Car Doctor, March 29, Hour 2

    Mar 29, 2014 | 37 min
    Ron asks whether God exists in auto repair. You see, he met a priest in the deli over the past week.... : takes a call on a 2005 Hemi pickup truck with an electrical problem that was caused and a part that is difficult to find : takes a call on a 97 Buick with low voltage on the throttle position sensor : takes a call on a possible thermostat issue on a Honda - and two dealerships are contradicting themselves on the possible causes : answers an email on Cold Air Intake and whether it is legal to run : takes a call on an 05 Chevy 3/4 ton pickup that lost power steering and the brakes in extreme cold weather : takes a call on bigger trucks and oil change intervals : answers an email regarding ...
  • Car Doctor, March 29, Hour 1

    Mar 29, 2014 | 37 min
    Ron starts the hour stating that he sold more software subscriptions than parts this week repairing autos, and says that the days of conventional car repair are over : takes a call on an 87 Bronco with axle, transmission and transfer case issues : interviews Frank from the Hudson Valley in NY who has a 2014 Corvette that Ron saw in a diner parking lot last week : and takes a call regarding synthetic oil and oil filters.
  • Car Doctor, March 22, Hour 1

    Mar 22, 2014 | 37 min
    Ron broadcasts from the AASPNJ Automotive Trade Show in Secaucus, New Jersey and discusses body shop information, body shop repair procedures and mechanical issues with industry experts.
  • Car Doctor, March 22, Hour 2

    Mar 22, 2014 | 37 min
    Ron broadcasts from the AASPNJ Automotive Trade Show in Secaucus, New Jersey and discusses body shop information, body shop repair procedures and mechanical issues with industry experts.
  • Car Doctor, March 15, Hour 2

    Mar 15, 2014 | 37 min
    Ron starts with the story of the case of the no charge Honda : takes a call on an 07 Trailblazer with a check engine light that was running rough and was tested for possible no compression in the number 2 cylinder : takes a call on a 97 Ford E350 with a non working odometer : answers an email on a 99 Chrysler 300M regarding the use of synthetic oil : does a review on scan tools and the OTC3111 Scan Tool : takes a call from a listener wanting an opinion on purchasing an 06/07 Pissat or an 06/06 Audi A3, as the listeners Volkswagen met an unfortunate end : takes a call from a former winner of an Escort Passport Max radar detector who compares it to others : and takes a call on an 05 Ford Exped...
  • Car Doctor, March 15, Hour 1

    Mar 15, 2014 | 37 min
    Ron opens the show talking about a vehicle that came in this week that was 14,000 miles between oil changes - and what he found : takes a call regarding Bluetooth OBD code readers : takes a call on a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee with a noise from the transmission that also has the ABS light coming on : interviews Jeff McDowell, Owner of Leslie Auto Body regarding the upcoming AASP of NJ trade show and whether a vehicle that has been in an accident can be repaired to factory specs : and takes a call on a 2004 GMC pickup hose climate control is stuck on cold.
  • Car Doctor, March 8, Hour 1

    Mar 08, 2014 | 37 min
    Ron opens the show talking about the lack of spare tires in new cars. : takes a call on an antifreeze/oil leak in an 08 Ford Taurus : takes a call on an 04 Jeep Wrangler with a question on changing the fuel filter : Did you know that there are radar detectors for radar detectors? Ron interviews Ron Givenden of Escort Radar Detectors who tells us about this.
  • Car Doctor, March 8, Hour 2

    Mar 08, 2014 | 37 min
    Ron does nothing but phone calls this hour - not even a monologue. : takes a call on a 78 Ford F150 4 WD with a brake light that is on constantly : takes a call on a 99 Nissan Ultima with acceleration problems in first gear : takes a call on buying a used car - what to look for, and how to get a mechanic to look at a used vehicle : takes a call on an 04 Volkswagen Jetta that is going through water pumps : takes a call on an 05 Ford Ranger that has a problem with the charging light : and takes a call on an 06 Chevy Malibu Maxx SS with transmission problems.
  • Car Doctor, March 1, Hour 2

    Mar 01, 2014 | 37 min
    Ron opens the hour wondering what would happen if you could not depend on jumper cables and two trucks - and asks if people would take better care of their vehicles : takes a call on an 09 Nissan Ultima - and a question on maintenance, particularly regarding changing the fluid in its CVT transmission : takes a call on a 97 F-150 that won't start : answers an email on someone looking for a Chevy Monte Carlo : takes a call on a 2002 GMC Sierra that is stuck in 4WD mode : takes a call on a 2006 Cadillac with headlight problems - the caller is looking for advice on how to change them : and takes a call looking for a recommendation on purchasing a scan tool.
  • Car Doctor, March 1, Hour 1

    Mar 01, 2014 | 37 min
    Ron opens the show by stating that cars are computers with tires, and talks about the repair of the week - a car that needed its software updated - and the update had a glitch in it : takes a call on a 2008 Dodge Caravan with an antifreeze leak from the rear heater : takes a call on a 2011 Camaro with a backfire issue after a custom tuning : takes a call with an opinion on the Honda with the heat problem from last weeks show : and takes a call on a 99 Silverado pickup with an electrical intermittent where the caller hears a clicking sound as if the turn signals were on.
  • Car Doctor, February 22, Hour 2

    Feb 22, 2014 | 38 min
    Ron opens the hour discussing an article from the Chicago Tribune regarding what technology is doing to the driving experience : takes a call on a 2009 Jeep Grand Cherokee with a leaking sunroof : takes a call on a 2006 Chevy Equinox with a grinding noise in the front : and interviews Lake Speed, Jr. of Driven Racing Oils regarding motor oil.
  • Car Doctor, Lake Speed Jr. Interview

    Feb 22, 2014 | 16 min
    Ron interviews Lake Speed, Jr. of Driven Racing Oils on motor oil.
  • Car Doctor, February 22, Hour 1

    Feb 22, 2014 | 38 min
    Ron opens the show with the repair of the week, and states that people should try to fix their own cars and a story on a 2005 Kia Rio that wouldn't start and was burning oil when it did start : takes a call on a 2008 Chrysler Town and Country that has a power seat stuck fully forward : takes a call on a 2011 Honda Accord - a return call on a car that shows varying temperature going up hills : takes a call on a faulty security system on a 95 Jeep Grand Cherokee - and takes a call regarding Rain-X products.
  • Car Doctor, February 15, Hour 2

    Feb 15, 2014 | 38 min
    Ron opens the hour asking if owning a car is a thing of the past : takes a call on a 97 Toyota Corolla that won't crank - but everything else seems fine : interviews Jason Searle of Johnson Controls about car batteries and new technologies : takes a call on a 2000 Buick that is pulling to the right even after a lot of front end work : takes a call on an 07 Saturn where the brake lights stay on and the cruise control does not work : takes a call on a 2000 Chevy Silverado pickup with a Service 4 Wheel Drive light : and takes a call on a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee with no heat.
  • Car Doctor, February 15, Hour 1

    Feb 15, 2014 | 38 min
    Ron opens the show with the Fix-The-Air-Conditioning-In-The-Middle-Of-The-Blizzard repair of the week story : takes a call on a 2001 Audi A-8 with an aftermarket warranty that does not want to cover a water pump leak : takes a call on an oil break in questions and zinc additives : takes a call on a 94 GMC with a rough idle : and ends the hour with a story about an aftermarket replacement for the 500 dollar Ford Focus air filter.
  • Car Doctor, February 8, Hour 2

    Feb 08, 2014 | 37 min
    Ron starts by stating that fixing high tech problems is all about simple : takes a call on an 07 Cadillac SRX with the caller asking Ron's opinion on the vehicle : takes a call on a 2013 Chevy Volt and the gasoline to use in this vehicle : and takes a call on a 2011 Honda Accord with a temperature guage-heating issue.
  • Car Doctor, February 8, Hour 1

    Feb 08, 2014 | 37 min
    Ron opens the show asking if your car and your cell phone are talking to each other : takes a call on braided stainless steel brake lines : takes a call on a 72 Lincoln Continental with a lock cylinder that sticks in cold weather : takes a call on a 2000 and 2004 Buick LeSabre's regarding air adjustable shocks on the rear : and takes a call from Hawaii asking how to properly clean headlight lenses.
  • Car Doctor, February 1, Hour 1

    Feb 01, 2014 | 37 min
    Ron opens the show talking about people who work on their own cars and diagnose the problem AFTER they begin the repair : takes a call on a 2001 Chevy 2500 with dashboard lights and the AC blower not working correctly : takes a call on a 2001 Toyota Tundra with an intermittent starting problem : answers an email regarding heat in cars and the function of the blend door : and takes a call on a 95 Chevy pickup that was bought at auction that won't start.
  • Car Doctor, February 1, Hour 2

    Feb 01, 2014 | 37 min
    Ron starts by talking about the difficulty of spending money on repairing cars : takes a call on a 2004 Dakota with high beams that go on and off by themselves : interviews Rich Dwyer of KN Filters : takes a call on a 2002 Isuzu that cuts out and has starting problems in cold weather : and takes a call on a 97 Buick Lesabre that idles extremely high.
  • Car Doctor, May 4, Hour 1

    Jan 28, 2014 | 37 min
    Ron asks, is there a place for kindness in auto repair : takes a call on a Ford Escape with idle problems : takes a call on a Chevy Suburban with a starting/rough running issue : and takes a call on a Chrysler Imperial with a brake light/brake issue.
  • Car Doctor, May 4, Hour 2

    Jan 28, 2014 | 37 min
    The repair of the week is a Ford Focus that the owner cannot get gas into : Ron takes a call on vehicle longevity - the caller has a Trans Am with 635,000 miles on it! : takes a call from an R/A Auto customer on Ron's recommendation to buy a Ford Escape : takes a call on a Buick Century with a gas guage issue : and takes a call on a car with fluctuating engine temperature.
  • Car Doctor, January 25, Hour 1

    Jan 25, 2014 | 37 min
    Ron opens the show talking about your point of pain with car repair - especially regarding changing your oil and dipsticks or lack thereof, in particular on a 2009 Audi with an electronic dipstick : takes a call on a 2013 Honda Civic and the recommended oil change interval : talks to Joe Morrison of Drive for COPD about professional drag racing : takes a call on a 93 Toyota Celica whose engine is running hot after a radiator replacement and leaving tan sludge on the pavement : and takes a call on a 98 Caravan with a dashboard that goes dead.
  • Car Doctor, January 25, Hour 2

    Jan 25, 2014 | 37 min
    Ron starts by talking about the number one reason you cannot find a good mechanic : takes a call on a 98 Saturn whose temperature gauge goes to the top and the engine revs : takes a call on an 08 F-150 that downshifts hard : takes a call on a Kia Sportage with a trouble code of P0440 : takes a call on a 98 Infinity with a P1320 code and white smoke : and takes a call on auto starts and stops.
  • Car Doctor, January 18, Hour 2

    Jan 18, 2014 | 37 min
    Ron starts by talking about Area 51 as it applies to an 05 Lincoln with an intermittent blown fuse 22 : takes a call on a 99 Dodge Durango with a battery draw down problem : takes a call regarding two different trucks the caller is considering for purchase : takes a call on an 09 RAV 4 with poor gas mileage : continues his battery discussion : talks about Escort radar detectors and what was said about them at the recent CES show : and takes a call on a 96 Jeep that stopped charging.
  • Car Doctor, January 18, Hour 1

    Jan 18, 2014 | 37 min
    Ron opens the show by asking if you can tell a bad mechanic from a good mechanic, and what to look for : takes a call on an 02 Ford VX2 with a non-working speedometer cluster : answers an email from Austrailia on an 06 Subaru Outback regarding coasting in reverse and warming up an engine : takes a call on an 01 Taurus that has a strange intermittent starting problem : talks to a gent from Great Britain that recently stopped by RA Automotive to meet Ron - he listens to the show in a pub with a group of friends : and talks about picking a battery.
  • Car Doctor, January 11, Hour 1

    Jan 11, 2014 | 37 min
    Ron opens the show talking about suck, squeeze, pop, blow - the story of a truck that stopped sucking in air : takes a call about the useage of fog lights : answers an email from Abu Dhabi regarding an 11 Yukon Denali with a hesitation problem and a check engine light : takes a call from Florida regarding static shocks when exiting a vehicle : answers an email from Michigan on a 90 Olds Trefeo with a stalling problem : takes a call on changing the oil in a BMW at low miles : takes a call regarding scan tools : and gives away a 50 dollar gift certificate to OReilly Auto Parts.
  • Car Doctor, January 11, Hour 2

    Jan 11, 2014 | 37 min
    Ron starts by talking about the warning signs of what not to do for the next generation of auto mechanics : takes a call on an 03 Corolla and changing the battery : interviews Joe McIssac, a Brake Hardware Expert from IBI Carlson regarding brake hardware : takes a call on an 02 Ford Explorer where the rear timing chain broke : takes a call on a 73 Barrauda that has trouble returning to idle : and finishes answering the email from last hour on a 90 Olds Trefeo.
  • Car Doctor, January 4, Hour 1

    Jan 04, 2014 | 37 min
    Ron opens the show by asking if you really know how long it should be between oil changes and what he calls the sticker shell game. He cites data from Mann Hubbel-Purolator and Pennzoil.com : takes a call on fuel injector cleaners and how to use them, and relates his experiences with using CRC 1 Tank Power Renew : takes a call on a 98 Ford Ranger and how to increase gas mileage. The caller asks if a K and N filter will help : and interviews Ed Lipscomb of Bosch Automotive regarding scan tools.
  • Car Doctor, January 4, Hour 2

    Jan 04, 2014 | 37 min
    Ron starts by talking about winter driving and preparing cars for the cold weather. Ron reviews Winter Car Care and Driving Tips as published on firestonecompleteautocare.com. : takes a call from Wisconsin on a Smart Car that has antifreeze that tests to 28 below zero : takes a call on a 95 Tacoma that has a lean fuel condition and a possible charging issue, and the caller also has a 93 Saturn Vue with a throttle body code : takes a call on an 04 GMC Canyon that need its brake pads changed, asking how difficult this is on this particular vehicle. The caller also has a question on using an engine flush : takes a call on an 07 Audi A3 that loses power : and answers an email regarding film on t...
  • Car Doctor, December 28, Hour 2

    Dec 28, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron starts by talking about misfires on older cars : the repair of the week is a 92 Toyota Corolla with a loose hood : takes a call on an 87 Bronco 2 that had a used axle put in and developed a transmission problem : talks with Paul Eisenstein about the best and worst of 2013 : and takes a call on a 95 Dodge Dakota with intermittent air-fuel mixture problems.
  • Car Doctor, December 28, Hour 1

    Dec 28, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron opens the show by asking if you have 5 or 6 senses, because it takes a 6th sense to repair cars : takes a call on a 2012 Subaru with a windshield problem : takes a call on a 2002 Jeep with a power window problem : answers an email with a question on changing the transmission fluid on a 2007 Nissan Mirano : takes a call on an 07 Ford Focus Coupe with a lifetime air filter : and ends the hour talking about scan tools.
  • Car Doctor, December 21, Hour 2

    Dec 21, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron starts by asking if your car is on the level : takes a call on a 2007 Chrysler Pacifica with non working windshield wipers : discusses car rot in Maine from their snow removal process : takes a call on a 92 Pissat with a carbon problem : takes a call on a 75 Ford Maverick with electrical problems, and answers a question on how long to run a car in the winter before driving it : and takes a call on changing CV transmission fluid on a 2007 Nissan Mirano.
  • Car Doctor, December 21, Hour 1

    Dec 21, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron opens the show by talking about oxygen sensors and their function : talkes about a news story regarding a production increase in North America of import vehicles : takes a call regarding cleaning the inside of the engine fuel system : interviews Paul Marshall of All Data : and takes a call on a 2005 Chevy Equinox with a smell of antifreeze and coolant loss.
  • Car Doctor, December 14, Hour 2

    Dec 14, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron starts by discussing repair obligations : takes a call with a question about scan tools : interviews Brian Noble of Sylvania Lighting : takes a call on a 2003 Toyota Corolla and a complaint about the seats : takes a call on an 08 Honda Pilot with solenoid noise in the air conditioning : and takes a call on an 02 Saturn with a grinding noise in the differential.
  • Car Doctor, December 14, Hour 1

    Dec 14, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron opens the show by talking about why, when you step on the brakes, the car shakes : answers an email regarding scan tools : takes a call on an 06 Jeep Commander with a sealed transmission : and interviews Harlan Siegel of Launch Tech USA regarding scan tools.
  • Car Doctor, December 7, Hour 2

    Dec 07, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron starts by discussing how to diagnose a problem : takes a call on a vehicle with a lot of crankcase pressure : interviews Jerry Ostalecki from getGibbs.com : takes a call on a 74 Corvette with a miss at high speed : takes a call on an 05 Civic with a bad motor mount : takes a call on a 98 GMC Jimmy with a starting problem.
  • Car Doctor, December 7, Hour 1

    Dec 07, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron opens the show by asking, when do you change your headlights? : takes a call on a 99 maxima with dash and headlight flickering issues : takes a call on an 11 BMW regarding oil change issues on this car with no dipstick : discusses headlight cleaning : takes a call on a 14 Honda CRV with wind noise around the doors : takes a call on a 95 GMC pickup with no start : and answers an email on an 09 300 C Class Mercedes with a possible electronic shift lock problem.
  • Car Doctor, November 30, Hour 2

    Nov 30, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron starts the hour talking about the gas cap code : talks about thermostats and interviews Chris Hoffman of Stant Corporation : takes a call on an 87 Bronco II and a possible driveshaft issue : takes a call on an 06 Mercury Monterrey and warm up questions : and talks about the Hidden Compartment Law in Ohio.
  • Car Doctor, November 30, Hour 1

    Nov 30, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron opens the show by talking about an intermittent rough running 2004 Dodge Caravan he recently worked on : interviews Tim McDonnell of Mitchell regarding the recent SEMA APEX trade show in Las Vegas : takes a call on an 08 Toyota Tacoma regarding sealed transmissions and oil change intervals : and answers an email on a 92 F150 that burns up ignition modules.
  • Car Doctor, November 23, Hour 2

    Nov 23, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron starts the hour with the story of the broken - stalling - Dodge truck : takes a call on proper care of a 2010 Kia Soul : takes a call on a 97 GMC Savannah van with a fuel pump problem : takes a call on a 99 Ford Ranger with exhaust issues and a gas odor : and takes a call on an 07 Ford Focus that sounds like a sewing machine when cold.
  • Car Doctor, November 23, Hour 1

    Nov 23, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron opens the show by talking about batteries as winter is upon us and highlights PowerFrame grid technology : takes a call on an 02 Grand Prix with a battery draining problem : interviews Harlan Siegel from Launch Scan Tools regarding scan tool technology : talks about Toyota and their unintended acceleration problem that has surfaced in the news again : and talks about the Tesla Model S cars that catch fire.
  • Car Doctor, November 16, Hour 2

    Nov 16, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron starts the hour by asking How many ways can a car heater break : answers an email where the listener asks what Ron thinks of dipstick-less automatic transmissions : takes a call from a listener talking about the Liquid Wrench 6 pack he won on the show : takes a call on an 09 Suzuki that had a check engine light that went out when the oil dipstick was pulled : takes a call on an 11 Chevy Silverado that only gets 17 MPG : takes a call on an 02 Saturn with a grinding noise : takes a call on an 06 Mini Cooper and the stability control sensor : talks about a call from last week regarding a Silverado that was being restored : and ends by talking about the OTC hammer that is virtually indestruc...
  • Car Doctor, November 16, Hour 1

    Nov 16, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron opens the show by talking about knowing when to replace your car : takes a call on a 96 Volkswagen Jetta and using scan tools to diagnose it : takes a call on a 95 BMW where the battery died and then the car would not start back up : and takes a call on an 03 Toyota Tacoma with leaking rear axel seals that contaminated the brakes.
  • Car Doctor, November 9, Hour 1

    Nov 09, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron opens the show by talking about the quality of replacement parts : takes a call on those poor quality auto parts : talks about the quality of repairs : takes a call on an 82 Chevy diesel regarding a restoration of the vehicle : takes a call on a 2013 Corolla and oil change intervals : and talks about Pennzoil synthetic motor oil.
  • Car Doctor, November 9, Hour 2

    Nov 09, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron starts the hour talking about auto repair and human emotion : takes a call on a 95 Honda Accord that doesn't drive in drive : takes a call on an 07 Chevy Uplander that hesitates and slams into first : answers an email on a 2000 Honda Insight regarding changing spark plugs on a car with poor mileage : takes a call on a 94 Chevy Caprice with the coolant light staying on : takes a call on a 98 Chevy S10 with a 4th gear problem : and takes a call on a 2010 Toyota Rav-4 that is dead after 3-4 weeks.
  • Car Doctor, November 2, Hour 2

    Nov 02, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron starts the hour talking about going into winter driving and tires : takes a call on a 98 Ford Taurus where the battery was draining, the radio was removed, and now the defrosters are on full time : takes a call on an 08 Toyota Yaris with battery problems - - it exploded : talks about purchasing batteries : takes a call on a 91 Chevy pickup where the brake light comes on at 35-40 MPH : takes a call on an 05 Toyota Highlander with a TPMS light : and ends by answering an email on the shelf life of motor oil.
  • Car Doctor, November 2, Hour 1

    Nov 02, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron opens the show by talking about changes in auto repair : takes a call on an 00 Dodge Caravan having problems shifting : takes a call on an 06 Kia Sorrento with a transmission problem : interviews Tim McDonald of Mitchell One : and takes a call on a 13 Audi A4 and wanting to improve performance and how that will affect the warranty.
  • Car Doctor, October 26, Hour 1

    Oct 26, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron opens the show by talking about insurance companies and their abuse of their policy holders : takes a call on an 89 Chevy Celebrity with an AC line that will not come loose : takes a call on a 99 Chrysler 300M with lean fuel condition codes : takes a call on an 06 Ford Explorer with a coolant leak : reminds listeners about using paraffin wax to loosen stuck bolts : and takes a call on oil filters which is a complaint.
  • Car Doctor, October 26, Hour 2

    Oct 26, 2013 | 37 min
    The repair of the week is The Case of the Shifty Jeep : Ron takes a call from a listener that called last week with a problem with her 06 Honda : talks mass air flow sensors with Rich Dwyer of K and N Filters : takes a call on an 06 Kia Sedona where the left front control arm rusted through : and takes a call on an 04 Cavalier with a guage cluster problem.
  • Car Doctor, October 19, Hour 2

    Oct 19, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron starts the hour talking about complicated repairs : takes a call on an 04 Grand Cherokee with power mirrors that do not maintain their presets : talks to Obie OBrien from Obies Hotrods : takes a call on a 2010 Toyota Matrix and what to expect when working on the brakes : takes a call on an 06 Honda CRV that sways : takes a call on where to get specialty tools : and takes a call on a 99 Mazda Miata that sits and how to clear up a rough running issue.
  • Car Doctor, October 19, Hour 1

    Oct 19, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron opens the show by talking about misfires : interviews ESPN Nascar pit reporter Jamie Little about her book Essential Car Care for Women : interviews Paul Bogers of Pennzoil : and talks about Volvo embedding batteries into carbon fiber body parts.
  • Car Doctor, October 12, Hour 1

    Oct 12, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron opens the show talking about loose gas cap syndrome, where, when you get gas and the check engine light comes on : takes a call on a Saab 2000 with a starting problem : interviews Andrew DelColle from Popular Mechanics magazine about self driving cars : takes a call on whether to keep a car past the 300,000 mile point and when to get rid of it : and talks about replacing the blower motor on a vehicle and auto parts quality.
  • Car Doctor, October 12, Hour 2

    Oct 12, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron starts the hour talking about misfires : talks to Paul Eisenstein of The Detroit Bureau dot com about what is new in the automotive world, and in particular, with diesel : takes a call on an 04 Subaru with 205,000 miles that loses coolant : and takes a call on a 95 Jeep and looking for a suitable replacement for it that is easy to repair.
  • Car Doctor, October 5, Hour 1

    Oct 05, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron opens the show asking how far a repair shop should go regarding oil changes : takes a call on removing a broken stud in a manifold by using paraffin wax to free the rusted bolt : takes a call on a 97 Eldorado that has a gas guage issue : inverviews Ed Lipscomb of Bosch Automotives about scan tools : and talks about a Toyota hybrid recall.
  • Car Doctor, October 5, Hour 2

    Oct 05, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron starts by talking about fuel systems : takes a call on an 03 Honda Element that may need a throttle body replacement : takes a call on a 95 Monte Carlo with a carbon buildup under the EGR valve : takes a call on a 96 Ford Explorer with leaking valve cover gaskets : and takes a call on a 2000 Chrysler Town and Country that falters around 2500 rpm.
  • Car Doctor, September 28, Hour 1

    Sep 28, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron opens the show talking about the repair process : takes a call on an 04 BMW that as a remote convertable top opener problem : interviews Holly Chabot of Mann and Hummell regarding oil filters : takes a call on a 2011 Ford Crown Vic with dim dash lights : takes a call on the difference between CVT transmissions and regular transmissions : and answers an email on a squeaking door and the proper lube to use.
  • Car Doctor, September 28, Hour 2

    Sep 28, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron tells us hot they design in "obsolete" : takes a call on an 06 Chevy Van with a cold missing problem : takes a call on an 07 Escape that has a vibration problem : takes a call on an 03 Chevy Impala with a blend door problem : takes a call regarding buying a good used station wagon : and takes a call on a 96 Chevy Tahoe with a lag problem when cold.
  • Car Doctor, September 21, Hour 2

    Sep 21, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron starts the hour talking about that 99 Mercury with a no start problem that he has been working on and has had trouble finding the obsolete part it needs : takes a call on a 98 Chevy S-10 with a miss : takes a call on a 2000 Mazda B-4000 with a possible bad door switch : takes a call on an 02 Honda Odyssey with a surging problem : and takes a call on an 05 Toyota Tundra with an axel seal problem.
  • Car Doctor, September 21, Hour 1

    Sep 21, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron opens the show talking about rust : takes a call on an 02 Chevy Silverado diesel that blew an engine with an overpressurized fuel delivery system : takes a call on an 01 Silverado with power steering that is squealing after the power steering pump was replaced : takes a call on an 05 Matrix with a P0446 evaporative emissions code : and takes a call on an 08 Ford F-150 pickup with an exhaust gasket problem.
  • Car Doctor, September 14, Hour 2

    Sep 14, 2013 | 36 min
    Ron starts by taking a call on a 2000 Expedition with heater problems : talks with Jeff Dent of Delphi about the evolution of fuel pumps : and takes a call on an 03 Nissan Ultima where the mechanic wanted to change the brake fluid, but not bleed the system.
  • Car Doctor, September 14, Hour 1

    Sep 14, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron starts by talking about a customer that has a wreck of a vehicle - with 160,000 miles on it - that is 16 years old - and has had a problem since it was new : takes a call on a vehicle with a shake - 2 new tires were deemed bad - then a third went bad : takes a call on a 97 Chevy P-30 truck with an acceleration problem : takes a call on a 2000 Dodge Dakota with a rear end issue - and a differential that cannot be removed : takes a call on an 03 Silverado with a staticky AM radio : and talks about Mazda bringing back a diesel.
  • Car Doctor, September 7, Hour 2

    Sep 07, 2013 | 37 min
    The repair of the week is a 56 Chrysler Windsor station wagon - and why older cars are better for everyone : Ron takes a call on an 01 Dodge pickup and whether running the A/C will really affect gas mileage : Ron mentions an auto news item on Nissan TPMS : takes a call on an 04 F250 diesel and changing or exchanging antifreeze : Ron comments on his road test with the Escort Passport Max : and takes a call on a 99 Caddy DeVille with a cooling system problem.
  • Car Doctor, September 7, Hour 1

    Sep 07, 2013 | 37 min
    The show starts with Ron talking about the value of the car repair job - because of an intermittent A/C problem in an 07 Accord : Ron takes a call on an 86 Ford with cylinder failure : takes a call on a 98 Taurus with a heater core problem : takes a call on a 99 Chrysler 300M and adding a remote start : takes a call on an 09 Toyota Venza with a knocking noise in the engine when it's cold : and talks about ethanol based fuel.
  • Car Doctor, August 31, Hour 2

    Aug 31, 2013 | 37 min
    The repair of the week is a 56 Chrysler Windsor station wagon - and why older cars are better for everyone : Ron takes a call on an 01 Dodge pickup and whether running the A/C will really affect gas mileage : Ron mentions an auto news item on Nissan TPMS : takes a call on an 04 F250 diesel and changing or exchanging antifreeze : Ron comments on his road test with the Escort Passport Max : and takes a call on a 99 Caddy DeVille with a cooling system problem.
  • Car Doctor, August 31, Hour 1

    Aug 31, 2013 | 37 min
    The show starts with Ron talking about the value of the car repair job - because of an intermittent A/C problem in an 07 Accord : Ron takes a call on an 86 Ford with cylinder failure : takes a call on a 98 Taurus with a heater core problem : takes a call on a 99 Chrysler 300M and adding a remote start : takes a call on an 09 Toyota Venza with a knocking noise in the engine when it's cold : and talks about ethanol based fuel.
  • Car Doctor, August 24, Hour 2

    Aug 24, 2013 | 37 min
    The repair of the week is how NOT to repair an ABS sensor : Ron takes a call on a 13 Honda Fit with a windshield wiper problem : takes a call on an 05 Ford Focus stuck on defrost : talks about purchasing a Kia over a Hyundai : takes a call regarding a U-SCAN : and takes a call on a 91 Mazda Miata with a spark plug that blew out of the engine block.
  • Car Doctor, August 24, Hour 1

    Aug 24, 2013 | 37 min
    The show starts with Ron talking about older cars on the road : Ron takes a call on an 02 Grand Prix with air conditioning problems : takes a call on a 12 Jeep Liberty and lift limits : takes a call a 92 K-1500 Chevy Pickup with a leaking driveshaft : and talks about the 12 Jeep Grand Cherokee with sun visors that catch fire.
  • Car Doctor, August 17, Hour 1

    Aug 17, 2013 | 37 min
    On the 40th anniversary of the movie, American Graffiti, Ron talks about working on - and abusing - his own vehicle : takes a call on an 84 Caddy with a transmission problem only on the highway : talks to Obie O'Brien of Obie's Hotrods in Nottingham, PA - Obie is also the producer and Engineer for Bon Jovi : takes a call on an 02 Chevy S10 with a starting issue : and takes a call on a 13 Ford Escape regarding using full synthetic oil.
  • Car Doctor, August 17, Hour 2

    Aug 17, 2013 | 37 min
    The repair of the week is an 08 Subaru that is an intermittent no-start : Ron takes a call on a 2000 Chrysler Grand Voyager minivan with a grabbing brake issue : talks to Rich Conklin of Dead Man's Curve Custom Machines car club regarding their upcoming car show in Mahwah, NJ : answers an email regarding batteries for winter : takes a call on an 02 Escalade with a possible All Wheel Drive problem : takes a call on an 04 Buick Custom with a transmission problem : and takes a call on an 85 S10 pickup that has been parked for 3 years and won't start.
  • Car Doctor, August 10, Hour 1

    Aug 10, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron starts by reporting on the used car story he did a few weeks ago - and dealers that put service contracts on used vehicles without the buyers knowledge : takes a call on an 08 Dodge Ram with a skipping cylinder 5 code : takes a call on a 51 Ford pickup with a manual transmission problem : takes a call on a 2010 Infinity and an extended warranty question : and takes a call on an 06 Camry with an instrument cluster problem.
  • Car Doctor, August 10, Hour 2

    Aug 10, 2013 | 37 min
    The repair of the week is a vehicle that was clunking - had been repaired - and was missing a part or two : Ron takes a call on an 02 Grand Cherokee that Ron helped the listener diagnose : takes a call on an 07 Chevy Tahoe with a cruise control problem : takes a call from a listener trying to decide between buying an Acura or a Ford : answers an email from a listener about changing brake fluid in an ABS system without a scan tool : and answers an email on a sunroof leak.
  • Car Doctor, August 3, Hour 1

    Aug 03, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron asks, Can your car be hacked? You'll be surprised by the answer : Ron talks to Paul Eisenstein of thedetroitbureau.com about the 2014 Silverado and other audio news : Ron takes a call on an 02 Cherokee that will barely run : takes a call on an 07 Silverado with uneven brake wear - on the same rotor : answers an email regarding battery quality.
  • Car Doctor, August 3, Hour 2

    Aug 03, 2013 | 37 min
    The repair of the week is, check engine lights and gas caps : Ron takes a call on an Audio cruise control system : takes a call on a 93 Corvette that just shuts off : takes a call on a 96 Toyota with a sticking gas pedal : takes a call on a 98 Accord that won't start intermittently : takes a call on an 11 Hyundai with intermittent no start : takes a call on a 2000 Lexus with possible transmission problems.
  • Car Doctor, July 27, Hour 1

    Jul 27, 2013 | 37 min
    The show starts with a drive-by-wire story involving a scan tool and Chief Engineer Tom Ray's 2010 Ford Escape : Ron takes a call on a vehicle with hesitation and backfiring : takes a call on an 05 Silverado with an AC problem : takes a call on a 99 Blazer with a misfire after sitting for the winter : and takes a call on an AC problem in an 06 PT Cruiser.
  • Car Doctor, July 27, Hour 2

    Jul 27, 2013 | 37 min
    The repair of the week is a 2004 Audi A4 with a transmission problem : Ron takes a call on a 49 Mercury that needs its engine replaced, and also an 02 Jeep Cherokee with a starting issue : takes a call on a 78 Olds Cutlass with a starter issue : takes a call on an 06 S-2000 with a horsepower problem : takes a call on an 07 Acura with upholstery problems : takes a call on a 2000 Lexus the owner wants to convert to 2 wheel drive : and takes a call on an 05 Jeep Grand Cherokee with an AC problem.
  • Car Doctor, July 20, Hour 1

    Jul 20, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron starts by telling the used car story where a college kid was ripped off : takes a call regarding an AC fuse problem and how to troubleshoot it : takes a call regarding brakes that won't release on an 85 Mercury : takes a call on a Fusion with an acceleration problem : and tells a great "Never Ever Worked" story.
  • Car Doctor, July 20, Hour 2

    Jul 20, 2013 | 37 min
    The repair of the week is an intermittent no start, no crank with strange symptoms : Ron takes a call regarding tires on a Civic : takes a call on alternator wiring : takes a call on a 97 Chevy Step Van with a vibration issue : takes a call on a Dodge Ram with a possible transmission issue, and takes a call on a Subaru that is blowing fan fuses.
  • Car Doctor, July 13, Hour 1

    Jul 13, 2013 | 37 min
    The program starts with a welcome home to Ron's daughter, Kate Ananian, a specialist in the US Army : Ron asks if you'd go back to a repair show you know cheated you : tells a story on a college kid that was ripped off on a used car : takes calls on filling tires with nitrogen, on a 70 Mustang and metal fatigue, on a Lincoln with electrical problems, regarding bundled costs on vehicle maintenance, and on CVT transmissions.
  • Car Doctor, July 13, Hour 2

    Jul 13, 2013 | 37 min
    The repair of the week is on a vehicle where the owner likes to do his own work, and what was found. Ron talks to a listener regarding a squeaky Corvette suspension and operation of a modulated cylinder displacement engine, talks to Ron Dwyer of K and N regarding vehicle warranties and after market parts, and takes calls on a Toyota with a humming noise, regarding top tier gasoline, and on an Olds with a stalling problem.
  • Car Doctor, July 6, Hour 2

    Jul 06, 2013 | 37 min
    The repair of the week is an air conditioning problem in a 2011 Chevy Traverse where the vehicle design dictated the repair approach : Ron takes a call regarding brake fluid addition and life : takes a question on how to interpret the vehicle owner's manual : takes a call on a 79 MBG - replacing the engine and the difference between OBD1 and OBD2 : and answers an email on an A/C blower switch problem.
  • Car Doctor, July 6, Hour 1

    Jul 06, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron talks about the responsibility of car repair - ultimately, whose responsibility is it? : Discusses the new guidelines on oil consumption in automobile engines : interviews Ron Ross and talks about fuel cells for cars : and talks about the 2025 Federal Fuel Standard, which is to be 54 MPG.
  • Car Doctor, June 29, Hour 1

    Jun 29, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron talks more about "Ron-isms", his perspectives on life and autos : talks about his State inspection on his inspection machine - that broke it : takes a call on a VW Rabbit with a tire issue : takes a call on a Taurus with worn tie rod ends : takes a call on an Ultima with a rough idle issue : takes a call on an 02 Corolla with a stalling issue related to the defrosters : and takes a call on a 94 Four Runner with a power steering issue.
  • Car Doctor, June 29, Hour 2

    Jun 29, 2013 | 37 min
    The repair of the week is a an 05 Toyota that loses power on long drives : Ron talks to Brian Fuller of Actron scan tools : takes a call regarding using premium or regular fuel in vehicles : answers an email on an 06 Grand Prix that needs brakes : and answers an email on a Silverado with electric shock absorbers.
  • Car Doctor, June 22, Hour 2

    Jun 22, 2013 | 37 min
    The repair of the week is a 2003 VW Beetle with a lean fuel condition | Ron takes a call on a GMC Safari that can't seem to start | talks to Dr. Larry Beaver of Liquid Wrench | and takes a call on a 98 Dodge Caravan that won't upshift.
  • Car Doctor, June 22, Hour 1

    Jun 22, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron talks about "Ron-isms": things that will happen no matter what | takes a call on a Chevy with an electric power steering issue | takes a call on another GM power steering problem | talks with Ron Gividen of Escort | and takes a call on a 69 Mustang that needs a differential rebuild.
  • Car Doctor, June 15, Hour 2

    Jun 15, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron broadcasts from the Mary Knoll Car Show in Ossining, NY and talks to various people regarding cars and putting on car shows..
  • Car Doctor, June 15, Hour 1

    Jun 15, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron broadcasts from the Mary Knoll Car Show in Ossining, NY and talks to various people regarding cars and putting on car shows.
  • Car Doctor, June 8, Hour 2

    Jun 08, 2013 | 37 min
    The repair of the week is a difficult to diagnose fault code : Ron takes a call on a Corvette with a warm weather squeek : interviews Henry Kopacz of Hankook Tire : takes a call on a steering issue : takes a call on 30K service on a Ford : takes a call on an air suspension system.
  • Car Doctor, June 8, Hour 1

    Jun 08, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron talks about an intermittent cold starting problem : takes a call on a car sitting for 2 years : takes a call on a steering problem : interviews Bobby Elks of AC Pro : takes a call on a dash light problem : and takes a call on an AC problem.
  • Car Doctor, June 1, Hour 2

    Jun 01, 2013 | 37 min
    The repair of the week is a cruise control problem : Ron takes a call on an A/C problem : interviews Joe McIssac of IBI/Carlson about brake hardware : takes a call about a vehicle security system problem : and takes a call on a no start issue.
  • Car Doctor, June 1, Hour 1

    Jun 01, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron talks about servicing your car's A/C : advises a caller on buying a particular car : takes a call on an ABS light affecting the ability to shift : takes a call on how to ID a police car : and takes a call on an electrical issue.
  • Car Doctor, May 25, Hour 1

    May 25, 2013 | 37 min
    A Memorial Day tribute to our Armed Forces. Ron asks if last minute repairs are unnecessary : takes a call on a Grand Prix A/C problem : talks to Ron Ross racing at Maple Grove : talks road safety with Detective David Wells.
  • Car Doctor, May 25, Hour 2

    May 25, 2013 | 37 min
    The repair of the week is an electronic locking problem : Ron takes a call on a Ford Focus with a vibration problem : takes a call on a Toyota with a differential problem : and talks to his Uncle Steve who flew during World War 2.
  • Car Doctor, May 18, Hour 2

    May 18, 2013 | 36 min
    The repair of the week answers the question why a DIY repair project might *COST* you money : Ron takes a call on a 99 Dodge Ram with a miss : takes a call on a 94 F-150 with a spout connector problem : and an F-150 with a vibration problem.
  • Car Doctor, May 18, Hour 1

    May 18, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron asks: does auto repair indicate how well the economy is doing? : takes a call on a rough riding 92 Pissat station wagon : talks about self driving cars : and takec a call on an 03 NIssan Maxima with a computer issue - it was in a flood.
  • Car Doctor, May 11, Hour 1

    May 11, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron discusses a 2010 Dodge Journey with a broken valve stem : takes a call on a 2010 Grand Am with a ABS light issue : discusses an email about the care of minimal use vehicles : and discusses a 2005 Chrysler with a power seat problem.
  • Car Doctor, May 11, Hour 2

    May 11, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron discusses 3 Hondas with different problems but the same solution : interviews Joe Verbanic of Sylvania on headlight maintenance : takes a call about a 67 Chevy with a bad master cylinder : takes a call on an 06 F-150 that just stops running.
  • Car Doctor, April 27, Hour 1

    Apr 27, 2013 | 37 min
    Ron talks about oil changes and takes listener calls on various repair issues.

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