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Should Mike Ignore a Cam Sensor Error?

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Dear Car Talk | Mar 30, 2017

Mike's cam sensor error isn't a good candidate for the black-tape 'fix', but there's good news.

check engine light Chevrolet Malibu 2008

May 01, 1997

I just blew a spark plug but after putting it back in, the car runs fine. Do I need to do anything else?

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I was driving home from a friend's house and was on my way up a hill when I stopped at a Stop sign After restarting and letting the clutch out on my Ford Escort GT with miles on it the...

spark plugs

May 01, 1997

When I turn on the AC it makes my Volvo smell like a litter box.

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My car is a ' Volvo When I first turn on the air conditioner it gives off an odor which makes me think the car is harboring a well-used cat-litter box This odor stink is more descriptive goes away after...

smells air conditioning

May 01, 1997

Getting a shock from your car? Your tires might be to blame.

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I've heard that you both graduated from MIT in Mechanical Engineering If this is true then we have that in common But I hope we don't have my car problem in common My car builds up a static charge And...

static electricity tires

May 01, 1997

When I turn the ignition, it sounds as if the car is already running...but it's not.

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My Nissan SX gave me quite a scare I turned the ignition key and it sounded like the motor was already running I sat there for a minute thinking I had left my car running No I had the keys...

flywheels

May 01, 1997

Can you please explain what "overdrive" is and what purpose it serves?

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On my Camry there's a button called overdrive Can you please explain to me its functions and usage -- Mike TOM Yes Mike That's the mother-in-law ejection seat But it only works once Mike so make sure you wait until...

transmissions design

Apr 01, 1997

Is the dealer taking me for a ride by recommending new ball joints?

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blue Honda Accord into the dealer last month for a new battery they called me to say that I needed new front lower ball joints Suspecting that they may just have had a boat payment due I asked why they...

ball joints

Apr 01, 1997

What kind of camper van do you recommend for a Great American Roadtrip?

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In a few years I'm planning to take to the road in true hippie fashion and go in search of America I want to purchase a small used camper-van for my wanderings The obvious choice would seem to be a...

vans RVs

Apr 01, 1997

How can I protect myself from my own airbag when I'm only 5 feet tall and must sit close to the steering wheel?

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have here is not a trivial lava lamp type question but a serious life or death kind of problem I'm a little surprised you haven't addressed this one yet Nearly a year ago my stalled VW Cabriolet got creamed from...

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Apr 01, 1997

Will I really be doing my new Mazda a disservice by taking it to a quickie-lube place for oil changes?

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I just bought a brand-new Mazda three months ago The time will soon be approaching for its first oil change Like a mother about to send her baby off to kindergarten I want to make sure it's a good experience...

maintenance oil changes warranties dealers