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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

Jul 01, 1998

If it's not the fuel filter causing you to stall, your next best bet is the fuel pump.

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I have a Subaru wagon which has been treated nicely all of its long life It has about miles on it and has never given me any trouble until recently when it decided not to run It would start and...

filters fuel pumps

Jul 01, 1998

If my front-end starts to go, will I have any warning this time?

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I too once owned a Dodge Dart and it was a very good car giving me miles of relatively trouble-free driving However one day as I drove down the freeway the front end gave out The ball joints let loose...

front-ends maintenance

Jul 01, 1998

Cars that are expensive to buy are expensive to maintain.

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Today has been the best of days and today has been the worst of days I got a call from my husband that announced we were new owners of a Mercedes d I was elated because I've always wanted a...

buying used cars Mercedes-Benz

Jul 01, 1998

Do I need to turn off every accessory (fan, radio, etc) before restarting the manual transmission I'm learning to drive?

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I have one of those marital strife-type questions for you Both of our cars have standard transmissions and I am new to the world of driving a stick shift car Mind you I'm much better now than I was a...

driving tips manual transmissions

Jul 01, 1998

Now here's a midlife crisis car purchase that we can get excited about.

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I am having a genuine bona fide midlife crisis I can tell because I think I am acting the way all my friends say guys act when they have midlife crises I want to ditch a perfectly good reliable Honda...

vans buying midlife crisis Volkswagen Eurovan Volkswagen Vanagon

Jul 01, 1998

Which way does the coolant run when cooling down the engine?

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I need some help My roommate and I have a serious bet going on He thinks he knows everything about cars and I DO know everything about cars just kidding He says that the cooling system runs water from the...

bets coolant radiators engines

Jul 01, 1998

What's your recommendation for an SUV to drive around Africa for a year?

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My daughter and I want to go to Africa buy a car and travel around for a year I am she is and we are both in reasonably good health We have agreed that if one of us begins to...

Toyota Land Cruiser

Jul 01, 1998

Gas is getting into the oil pan.

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I have been working on a feed truck for some time The gas is getting into the oil pan I put on a new carburetor and that didn't stop it I put on a new fuel pump and that didn't...

thermostats chokes carburetors

Jul 01, 1998

Does revving the engine regularly while doing 70 mph harm the transmission?

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My wife has a Toyota Camry A great car of course but she's doing something I believe is going to lead to premature replacement of her automatic transmission As she drives at a steady speed say on the highway she...

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