Piston Slap: Blinded by the Light or BGE Clarity?

Looooooongtime TTAC reader Robin writes: Even after all these years on the road (driving since 1972) there are still situations that raise the hackles on my my neck. This is my cautionary tale. The other day I was on 75, heading south to Dallas, from M…

Piston Slap: That Slow TSI Coolant Burn?

Jonathan writes: Sajeev, Our 2016 Passat (turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder) appears to be losing coolant at the rate of a quart per year. We are driving the car only 5,500 miles per year in Chicago, so the coolant system isn’t under a whole l…

Piston Slap: Go Blue, Wither the Long Range Cruiser?

Rick writes: Hi Sajeev: With the demise of diesel cars and 21 gallon fuel tanks, I am on the hunt for a true long-range cruiser. The “old” diesel cars were big, comfortable and had a freeway range of over 800 miles. Not that I would actuall…

Piston Slap: Takata’s in-Fusion of Customer Involvement?

Mike writes: Hi Sajeev, I have a 2008 Ford Fusion V6 AWD with about 101,000 miles. Like many cars, it is one of the vehicles recalled under the massive Takata airbag recall/fiasco. The first recall letter I got from Ford said the car was subject to the…

Piston Slap: Calibrate AWD for an SRT-4?

Geovanni writes, Hi, I have a 2008 Dodge Caliber SRT-4 and for a while I’ve been looking for someone that might be able to help me convert it from FWD to AWD. I was wondering if you think there’s a way of making an AWD Caliber SRT-4 without dumping mor…