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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?

fuel economy Honda Civic 2016

Nov 01, 1997

Is it OK to use a garden hose to spray road dust off my engine?

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I have a ' Chevy S- pickup Is it OK to spray the water hose on the engine to keep it clean of road dust -- Grant RAY Sure Don't forget that whenever you drive in the rain water gets...

cleaning engines

Nov 01, 1997

Should we change the oil at 7,500 miles or 3,750 miles?

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My wife Deborah and I have a constant and ongoing discussion about oil changes and when to do them We recently bought a Honda Civic The dealer told us it was important to change the oil every miles The owner's...

oil changes maintenance

Nov 01, 1997

How do I keep critters out of my truck's ventilation system?

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Having recently moved from Australia to Maine I find myself with a car problem I'm living in the wilds of western Maine where the trees are abundant and so are the squirrels chipmunks etc What I'd like to know is...

wildlife

Oct 01, 1997

Could the shock I get when closing the door of my Geo Metro be to do with the lightening ball I was hit with years ago?

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My Geo Metro miles gives me a nasty shock whenever I get out and close the door Oooww Is something wrong with it It has done this occasionally for years but lately it seems worse Could it have something to...

mother nature science static electricity

Oct 01, 1997

A car starting infrequently when the key is turned could be caused by a number of things. Here's where to look.

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I have a ' Camaro -- and believe it or not my name is NOT Donna -- that I think either has an electrical short or a key that isn't working properly Sometimes I turn the key in the ignition...

starters ignition diagnostics

Oct 01, 1997

Myth buster: There's no need to worry about sludge in the bottom of your gas tank.

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I am looking to you to validate or refute a family myth My father-in-law and mother-in-law believe in the phenomenon of sludge at the bottom of the gas tank The family myth goes that you should never allow your tank...

myths gas tanks

Oct 01, 1997

Isn't 22k miles a little early for a serpentine belt to wear out?

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Recently I took my Buick Century to a local dealer for servicing prior to starting on a road trip The odometer reading was slightly over miles and at the time I had had the car months I was shocked when...

belts

Oct 01, 1997

We heard from a lot of experts about our assertion that a truck's gas mileage would improve with the tailgate down.

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I read your recent article in which a reader also named Kathy asked whether a pickup truck gets better gas mileage with the tailgate up or down You guys said down My husband and I made a very large bet...

bets trucks fuel economy science

Oct 01, 1997

How important to a car's health is body damage repair?

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My wife has the unfortunate habit of sideswiping our house with our ' Dodge Caravan The first time she did it we took it to the body shop to have the dented plastic side piece replaced and various scratches repaired...

body damage repairs