Talking Cars 310: We Answer Your Questions

Our audience members ask us about oil overfills, buying an EV in 2022, and modifying an SUV

Main theme: It’s another all-questions episode! This week, we field questions about motor oil, whether an owner should be worried about the engine in a plug-in hybrid that isn’t used often, and which car colors are safest.

  • Why did Volvo change the oil specification in my Volvo XC60?
  • Will there be any negative consequences to raising the suspension and putting bigger wheels and tires on my Toyota Highlander Hybrid?
  • How can I get my child safety seat secure, and is it possible to make the harnesses too tight?
  • What should I do if I get my car back from service and the mechanics overfilled the oil?
  • Should I wait until 2022 to buy an electric vehicle instead of buying one this year?
  • Is there any evidence that some car colors are more or less safe than others?
  • Since my daily commute in my plug-in hybrid is totally on electric power, does it pose any problems for my engine if I don’t use it that often?
'Talking Cars' Panelists Gabe Shenhar, Jon Linkov, and Keith Barry.

Photo: Consumer Reports Photo: Consumer Reports

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Jon Linkov

I owe my career to two fateful events: my father buying a 1965 Corvette and my purchase of an Audi A4 rather than a Chevy Tahoe. The Corvette jump-started my love of cars, and the Audi led me to automotive journalism, track days, and amateur car repair. In my free time I cycle as much as possible, no matter the season.