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Is My Car Sending Smoke Signals about Its Health?

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Dear Car Talk | Mar 23, 2017

White smoke on starting, you and your car soon will be parting.

engines smoke Toyota Camry

Jun 01, 1999

Do tires go bad with age?

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Please help me out The tires on my Buick are original They still have good tread as we have only miles on the car My wife insists that the tires are getting old and need to be replaced I say...

tires

Jun 01, 1999

How fast can I go in reverse before doing some damage?

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For the past three years I've been living in the bush in Africa as an Emergency Relief Coordinator I generally travel in a Toyota Landcruiser and I have a couple of questions First if I get caught in an ambush...

driving tips manual transmissions clutches

Jun 01, 1999

An opportunity to buy a new diagnostic tool: this time, a "short tester".

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I just bought a Ford Escort Wagon for my wife and I found out the brake lights don't work The fuse was burned out When I replaced it it took just a pump or two on the brakes to blow...

electrical wiring diagnostics

Jun 01, 1999

Did all that radiator flushing and coolant changing do any good?

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I recently had the radiator replaced on my ' GM Van I got years out of it so I really don't have much reason to complain -- but I will anyway I regularly had the radiator flushed and the coolant...

maintenance radiators

May 01, 1999

Does tire size impact your speedometer readings?

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I'm having a dispute with my father-in-law who in a past life was a large- vehicle diesel mechanic Even though I'm a banker with no mechanical training whatsoever I still think he must be wrong He swears that the size...

tires wheels speedometers

May 01, 1999

Every time I press the windshield wiper button my car stalls!

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It started last fall as I was driving my wife's ' Taurus When I depressed the windshield washer button the car immediately stalled I had to get the car towed to a Ford dealer who analyzed the problem and told...

hoses leaks wipers diagnostics

May 01, 1999

Those shimmying front wheels might indicate some warped rotors.

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I drive a Acura Legend with miles on it It has an annoying problem The front wheels shimmy when the brakes are applied The brake rotors have been turned the steering gearbox valve rack guide screw has been adjusted and...

diagnostics rotors

May 01, 1999

Can cold weather cause an engine to flood?

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Well I'm using that old line I'm writing for a friend But in this case it's actually true A friend of mine recently bought a brand-new Dodge Neon After five months of blissful ownership the Neon refused to start when...

gasoline winter

May 01, 1999

That thud in the back of your Caravan might be a loose exhaust pipe.

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I recently purchased a Dodge Caravan SE I really enjoy it but am wondering about a thudding noise that sounds a little like a dead body rolling around in the back of the van every time I accelerate quickly I...

exhaust pipes noises