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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

May 01, 1998

How do I get car wax off my windshield?

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I get my car washed at the gas station car wash a couple of times a month and always get the super duper package which includes spray-on wax Now I know that I am supposed to wash and wax my...

cleaning windshields

May 01, 1998

Advice on switching a Ford Pinto's steering column to manual steering.

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I live right in New York I've got a Ford Pinto Wagon that came from Florida It's in very good shape ugly green though To me it's worth fixing but to a limit Right now I'm driving it with no...

DIY steering Ford Pinto

May 01, 1998

Can I disconnect the airbags of my wife's car...for her own good?

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I own a Honda Accord EX I got married and haven't driven the car since She drives the Accord and I've been banished to her old car a Chevy Beretta I would like to disconnect the air bags on the...

safety safety features regulation airbags

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