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A Weaving Car Is Not Safe to Drive

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Dear Car Talk | May 25, 2017

Lucy checked all the usual suspects on her weaving Corolla, but there's another culprit to investigate.

alignment tires steering Toyota Corolla 1999

May 01, 1998

Is there a car part equivalent of the appendix?

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I'm a registered nurse and I have a question that is somewhat medical in origin The appendix is an organ that is believed to have once had a function but is now without purpose except as an income generator for...

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May 01, 1998

Is throttle-body cleaning really necessary maintenance?

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My four-cylinder Dodge Caravan has miles on it The dealer says I need new plugs plus I need to have the throttle body cleaned This sounds like the old gag from Mad magazine about replacing the thelman wire Is this...

throttles maintenance

May 01, 1998

What happens to a car when you drop it on its side from six feet up?

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MAGLIOZZI Dear Tom and Ray I am in a quandary as to how to proceed Yesterday we took my wife's ' Olds Cutlass Ciera with miles to a shop for four new tires and an alignment The next thing I...

liability

May 01, 1998

How can I keep water out of my headlights?

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I am a pre-med student at the University of Michigan and I have a constant problem with my Ford Escort a k a the Esco-Porsche Ha The headlights constantly have about three inches of water in them They look like...

headlights

May 01, 1998

Can I improve my car's clearance by simply buying bigger tires?

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We live up a very steep and unforgiving road on the north side of St Thomas U S Virgin Islands There are several spots that require exceptional steering dexterity Top speed is about mph The bottom of our Honda Civic...

tires wheels

May 01, 1998

The "check engine light" comes on every once in a while but my mechanic says everything checks out. Should I worry?

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I drive an ' Dodge Colt I have a question about my little treasure After I drive my car for about a mile the Check Engine light comes on It goes out again within five minutes This happens just about...

check engine light mechanics

May 01, 1998

Should I be concerned about my "milky" looking oil?

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I have a Taurus SHO with miles Last week I had the oil changed and the attendant advised me that my old oil appeared milky When I asked him what that meant he could only offer a shrug and a...

oil

May 01, 1998

Why can our mechanic get our van to pass emissions, but we can't?

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We own a Chevy Van which we bought used Since we've owned it it has not passed our state emissions test We bring it in and it doesn't pass Then we take it to our mechanic and he brings it...

emissions

Apr 01, 1998

Did I cause my boss' transmission to start slipping and, more importantly, should I tell him about it?

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Oh boy Here goes My boss left to go to Japan on vacation My boyfriend and I moved into his luxurious home to housesit and feed his prized cats He also said I could drive his Mercury Sable station wagon...

ethics transmissions