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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

Aug 01, 1998

The dealer "over-coated" the rusty undercarriage of the SUV I want to buy. Is it a good idea?

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I am interested in purchasing a Toyota -Runner with miles The vehicle is clean fully loaded and is in great shape with the exception of the undercarriage which is completely rusted The dealership has overcoated it and assures me it...

rust buying used cars

Jul 01, 1998

Could adding AC to a used car be a DIY project?

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My relationship with my ' Mercury Tracer is in trouble We've been together through many winters in Alaska but now that we are living in Southern California the bloom is off the rose You see the car has no air...

air conditioning DIY aftermarket parts

Jul 01, 1998

How can I keep the battery charged in my son's car while he's traveling?

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I want to know if I'm doing the right thing Since my son graduated from college four years ago I have been babysitting on and off for his Honda Accord with miles All this time he has been roaming the...

storage batteries

Jul 01, 1998

Help me convert my sweetheart from a two-footed driver to a "proper" driver.

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I am the proud owner of a Subaru Legacy Wagon and have been the sole driver of this car until recently for percent of its miles Obviously the key words here are until recently For the past year and a...

clutches safe driving tips

Jul 01, 1998

Would those "Engine Overhall" pellets I've seen advertised help stave off an engine rebuild?

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I have a Plymouth Voyager with an oil-gulping -liter V engine The old gal has miles on her and runs pretty well except for all the blue smoke I've been told by one mechanic that I need my valve guide...

oil additives

Jul 01, 1998

If it's not the fuel filter causing you to stall, your next best bet is the fuel pump.

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I have a Subaru wagon which has been treated nicely all of its long life It has about miles on it and has never given me any trouble until recently when it decided not to run It would start and...

filters fuel pumps

Jul 01, 1998

If my front-end starts to go, will I have any warning this time?

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I too once owned a Dodge Dart and it was a very good car giving me miles of relatively trouble-free driving However one day as I drove down the freeway the front end gave out The ball joints let loose...

front-ends maintenance

Jul 01, 1998

Cars that are expensive to buy are expensive to maintain.

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Today has been the best of days and today has been the worst of days I got a call from my husband that announced we were new owners of a Mercedes d I was elated because I've always wanted a...

buying used cars Mercedes-Benz

Jul 01, 1998

Do I need to turn off every accessory (fan, radio, etc) before restarting the manual transmission I'm learning to drive?

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I have one of those marital strife-type questions for you Both of our cars have standard transmissions and I am new to the world of driving a stick shift car Mind you I'm much better now than I was a...

driving tips manual transmissions