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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

May 01, 1999

Should we be worried about Y2K?

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Regarding Y K what problems can we anticipate with current models What about older cars -- Tony TOM As far as we know there's absolutely nothing to worry about Of course I'm spending the fall getting my Schwinn tuned up...

computers

May 01, 1999

Why does automatic transmission fluid vary so much in price?

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Enclosed are some ads for automatic transmission fluid changes Why is there such a wide array of costs And why should I change the transmission fluid anyway -- Cliff RAY Good questions Cliff I see you've attached three expertly clipped...

transmissions fluids maintenance

May 01, 1999

What could be causing problems with the battery, alternator and starter?

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I have an ' Mercury Grand Marquis with a V- engine and miles A year ago the battery died I recharged it and it died again I had the alternator and starter relay replaced After that the battery was fine...

solenoids diagnostics

May 01, 1999

Is there anything that could cause comression loss that is a cheap fix?

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I have an ' Celica GT with the following problem It's as if the engine has absolutely no compression The starter engages the motor turns over I can see the timing belt turn there is spark at the spark plug...

engines diagnostics

May 01, 1999

What do you think about adding a little vinegar before changing the coolant?

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I am writing about changing the coolant in my vehicles I have two cars and an RV that are ready for this service What do you think of applying a bit of vinegar into the system letting it circulate a...

additives coolant maintenance

May 01, 1999

Ideas for removing a spark plug that is stuck in place?

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After my wife left her Mercury Tracer at the dealer for a tuneup she received a call from the service manager He said one of the spark plugs was stuck and could not be removed without the risk of breaking...

spark plugs

May 01, 1999

How do you pre-fill an oil filter that is mounted horizontally?

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I have a question about the advice you gave a few weeks ago When changing the oil you suggested filling the new oil filter with oil before putting it back on How do you keep the oil in the filter...

oil changes filters

Apr 01, 1999

That "300 clicks per minute" sound you hear is your clutch trying to get your attention.

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I have a Ford Ranger pickup with miles on it About six months ago it started making a rapid ticking tapping sound at the rate of about ticks per minute It happens all the time regardless of whether or not...

noises clutches

Apr 01, 1999

Ford Escort or BMW for a 16-Year-Old Boy?

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16-year-old Matt says he's looking for a car to get him to and from his burger flipping job. But Tom and Ray see through this question and get to the real heart of the matter.

buying teens