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Winter to Blame for Gas Mileage Plunge

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Dear Car Talk | Jun 27, 2017

Donald has the same driving habits all year, but his Civic is more frugal with gas during the summer. What's the reason behind his winter of discontent?

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Jan 01, 1998

Which do you want to last longer: your transmission or your marriage?

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OK I've had it My soon-to-be-wife has a commercial driver's license and assumes that she knows a lot about driving Well she does but this is something I can't understand Her car is a Escort with automatic transmission She insists...

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Jan 01, 1998

Was the Pontiac dealer really worried about my safety, or did someone have a large boat payment due?

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I own a Pontiac Gran Prix with miles The other day I noticed that my brakes required additional pedal pressure I took it to the local Pontiac garage a big one They stated that my brake fluid was contaminated and...

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Jan 01, 1998

Is it better to repair the CV boot right away, or wait until the whole joint goes?

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My father and I enjoy your column I have an ' Honda Accord which evidently has cracked CV joint boots one outer one inner boot At first I was told it would be OK to drive the car this way...

CV joints repairs

Jan 01, 1998

When braking my steering wheel rattles and shakes.

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First of all I have to disagree with you gentlemen on your opinion of BMW drivers we don't ALL drive on the sidewalk I have a e and it has a problem I cannot figure out Sometimes when I step...

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Dec 01, 1997

Is warming up a car for 45 minutes (!) every morning harming the car?

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My husband Gary reads your column every week and since he and I are disagreeing about a car matter I thought I'd write and ask your opinion unbeknownst to Gary The first thing Gary does every morning during the winter...

idling

Dec 01, 1997

Is using the clutch to hold my car on the hills burning it up?

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Please help me settle a little dispute I have been having with my gorgeous bride for some time It is the only blemish on an otherwise perfect marriage She insists that using the clutch to hold a car on a...

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Dec 01, 1997

Where can I find a wiring diagram for a 1956 Mercury Monterey?

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I am looking for a print of a wiring diagram for a Mercury Monterey I am mostly interested in the gas- and oil-gauge section -- Michel TOM Do you want a framed print And does it have to be original...

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Dec 01, 1997

Which is more economical in the long run: buying new or used?

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I have a Honda Civic WD wagon which I bought a year ago for It's been wonderful and absolutely nothing has gone wrong with it My boyfriend has a Mustang which he's trying to sell now that he has me...

buying used cars

Dec 01, 1997

No matter how poorly you've maintained your Buick, you still couldn't be possible for a timing chain failure at 34k miles.

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My wife has a Buick Skylark which seems to be overly plagued by problems Most recently at miles the timing chain broke The car was towed to a local Buick dealer They said the cause was poor maintenance and they...

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