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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

Mar 01, 1999

Shouldn't the manufacturer pay to replace a defective seatbelt?

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I have a Saturn SL with miles I recently needed the passenger lap belt replaced due to faulty stitching near the buckle The dealer charged me for this repair I was under the impression that seat belts were covered by...

liability recalls

Mar 01, 1999

Was I ripped off for my exhaust system repair?

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I took my Toyota Tercel back to the dealer when I heard a loud noise The noise occurred when I pressed on the gas pedal and I presumed it was the muffler The car is fixed but the bill was...

mechanics exhaust system

Mar 01, 1999

A mechanical approach won't solve an emotional problem.

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I'm a -year-old and I've listened to your radio show and read your column for many years My dad has an ' Dodge Caravan I guess he must have been a nerd with a five-speed transmission My mom just bought...

teens parents mail bag

Mar 01, 1999

What is causing me to go through motor mounts?

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I have a ' Jeep Cherokee by with miles It has the liter engine The three motor mount bolts that go into the block sheared off on the passenger side They had to drill out the bolts They put in...

motor mounts

Mar 01, 1999

Can I use rubbling alcohol instead of "dry gas"?gaso

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I have a question about Dry Gas I know some brands contain methanol and some contain isopropyl alcohol I know that isopropyl is recommended for cars with fuel injection The question is can I use the isopropyl rubbing alcohol I...

gasoline additives

Mar 01, 1999

Dealerhips are great for second opinions.

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The engine on my ' Toyota Celica sounds as if it is full of tree frogs This sound seems to go away when I push in the clutch My mechanic said my throttle bearings are going bad When I asked...

dealers mechanics

Mar 01, 1999

Tips for keeping doors from freezing shut.

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Both I and one of my fellow poor friends have very old economy subcompact cars I have an ' Honda hatchback she has an old VW Golf We both live in Connecticut where it sometimes gets very cold in the...

winter doors

Feb 01, 1999

Why did starting my car with a trickle charger attached to the battery cause said battery to explode?

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Several months ago I was having some difficulty with my car battery It was not holding a charge so I had the bright idea of putting a trickle charger on it and charging it up overnight so that I could...

batteries science

Feb 01, 1999

If you didn't need a new gas tank yet, you probably would real soon.

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I took my Mazda LX to a garage and told them I smelled gas near the tank after driving They said that water collects on the top of the tank in these cars and after years it probably rusted through...

gas tanks rust