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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

Mar 01, 1998

Camry's are notorious for carbon build-up on their valve stems as they age.

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We own a Toyota Camry four-cylinder with a stick shift and miles Whenever we attempt to pass another vehicle particularly on a hill or a curve we lose power and have to relinquish our position and glide sheepishly over to...

valves repairs carbon buildup Toyota Camry

Mar 01, 1998

Cold spell bringing on an axle issue?

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I'm from Huntsville Ala the home of the Space and Rocket Center and Werner von Braun the famous German rocket scientist knowing this tidbit now qualifies you as an historian of Huntsville Anyway I have a Mazda i pickup with...

noises axles differentials

Mar 01, 1998

If I see coolant dripping from my engine compartment is my heater core busted?

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I seem to have a problem with my ' Ford Tempo I have a leak in the cooling system and I'm stumped After driving the car I often hear the sizzle of coolant hitting the exhaust I can sometimes see...

leaks hoses coolant

Mar 01, 1998

Is a 100lb dog enough reason to justify buying a Chevy Suburban?

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We need your help in resolving a dispute We have done our research and have come up with three possible new cars Ford Expedition Chevy Suburban and Chevy Tahoe We are now ready to throw darts and choose one Our...

SUVs buying

Mar 01, 1998

What to do with this Tercel's plugged up radiator.

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My ' Tercel temperature gauge approaches the red mark when I drive on the highway At speeds under it's fine Turning on the heat inside the car seems to make the needle go down a little I have had the...

radiators

Mar 01, 1998

Your rotors are humming, Phil.

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I did a front-end brake job on my ' Dodge Ram truck I took the front rotors off and had them turned at a local shop I put in new pads and put everything back together correctly I drove away...

rotors noises

Mar 01, 1998

If your local mechanic has already replaced two clutches, it's time to let the dealer have a crack.

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Unless you can give me an answer to my problem I may need to sell my car on a cold morning in the dead of winter I have a Nissan SX with a five-speed transmission When I first start the...

clutches diagnostics

Mar 01, 1998

Fact or fiction: Diesel is less polluting than gasoline.

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My husband is buying a new Ford pickup He wants to buy a diesel engine because he says it's more fuel-efficient will last longer and is less polluting than gas I don't know about the first two but I find...

diesel emissions science

Mar 01, 1998

Can you recommend a small AWD vehicle for my petite wife?

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I'm about to purchase a new vehicle primarily for my wife's use She has no interest in being involved in the purchase decision but will be the first to let me know if I've made a mistake after the fact...

buying AWD