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Valve May Be Culprit in Car That's Hard to Refuel

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Dear Car Talk | Jun 22, 2017

Mark's Roadmaster takes a long time to fill up at the pumps, and not just because of size of the tank. There's a common problem that may explain it.

gas tanks Buick Roadmaster 1996

Aug 01, 1998

Is AutoNation all it's cracked up to be?

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I have heard about a used-car buying service called AutoNation It's supposed to be a place where you can buy a used car without haggling kind of like the Saturn philosophy I imagine Is this all it's cracked up to...

buying used cars

Aug 01, 1998

Can I justify buying that shiny new Miata when I have a perfectly serviceable Honda?

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I'm a -year-old with a new grandchild and a perfectly wonderful but boring ' Honda Accord I stopped by the local Mazda dealership and experienced some sort of out-of-body experience when I saw the ' Miata -- in my colors...

buying midlife crisis Mazda Miata

Aug 01, 1998

Any number of things could be causing that loud, metallic banging noise...but check your torque converter.

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My classic Ford Mustang coupe is on blocks in my driveway because I am concerned about an awful noise emanating from somewhere beneath the hood It is the V The sound of this engine turns me on more than the...

noises transmissions diagnostics

Aug 01, 1998

Any idea what could cause a sudden brake failure?

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My adult daughter was driving my Toyota Camry when she was involved in an accident due to reported failure of the brakes She badly bruised the palm and little finger of her right hand in an attempt to apply the...

brakes parking brakes accidents

Aug 01, 1998

The dealer "over-coated" the rusty undercarriage of the SUV I want to buy. Is it a good idea?

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I am interested in purchasing a Toyota -Runner with miles The vehicle is clean fully loaded and is in great shape with the exception of the undercarriage which is completely rusted The dealership has overcoated it and assures me it...

rust buying used cars

Jul 01, 1998

Could adding AC to a used car be a DIY project?

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My relationship with my ' Mercury Tracer is in trouble We've been together through many winters in Alaska but now that we are living in Southern California the bloom is off the rose You see the car has no air...

air conditioning DIY aftermarket parts

Jul 01, 1998

How can I keep the battery charged in my son's car while he's traveling?

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I want to know if I'm doing the right thing Since my son graduated from college four years ago I have been babysitting on and off for his Honda Accord with miles All this time he has been roaming the...

storage batteries

Jul 01, 1998

Help me convert my sweetheart from a two-footed driver to a "proper" driver.

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I am the proud owner of a Subaru Legacy Wagon and have been the sole driver of this car until recently for percent of its miles Obviously the key words here are until recently For the past year and a...

clutches safe driving tips

Jul 01, 1998

Would those "Engine Overhall" pellets I've seen advertised help stave off an engine rebuild?

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I have a Plymouth Voyager with an oil-gulping -liter V engine The old gal has miles on her and runs pretty well except for all the blue smoke I've been told by one mechanic that I need my valve guide...

oil additives