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Valve May Be Culprit in Car That's Hard to Refuel

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Dear Car Talk | Jun 22, 2017

Mark's Roadmaster takes a long time to fill up at the pumps, and not just because of size of the tank. There's a common problem that may explain it.

gas tanks Buick Roadmaster 1996

Jul 01, 1997

Is draining oil better than siphoning it out?

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The quick-oil-change dealer in my town has begun to siphon the oil from cars through the dipstick tube He still changes the filter and the new oil looks clean But it seems to me that debris could be left in...

oil changes

Jul 01, 1997

The owner of a brake shop is hot under the collar after Tom & Ray recommend using factory brake pads on a Nissan.

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I own a Porsche and a subscription to my newspaper It's the newspaper I'm having trouble with Judy wrote to you a while back with squealing brakes on her Nissan ZX She had just had Wagner pads put in and...

hate mail brake pads aftermarket parts

Jul 01, 1997

With a new short block, crankcase and sensor, why is my car still overheating?

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I have an ' Olds Cutlass Ciera with miles on it and it has been a great little car To make a long story short I was having a problem with overheating and my GM dealer examined the car and...

diagnostics

Jul 01, 1997

Which brother will spend the most on car repairs: the one with the Volvo or with the Vanagon?

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My brother and his wife like to snicker at what they perceive to be the high cost of repairs that my wife and I occasionally incur on our vehicles -- an ' Volvo DL sedan and an ' Volvo DL...

bets repairs Volkswagen Vanagon Volvo

Jul 01, 1997

Which settings on my new charger should I use to charge my batteries?

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I have received a battery charger as a gift It has the following settings on it -volt amp -volt amp -volt amp I have a Oldsmobile a ' Chevy pickup truck and a Snapper rider mower Which of the above...

DIY tools batteries

Jul 01, 1997

My diesel engine won't start anymore when the temperature drops. What are my options?

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I have a Mercedes D with miles In the warm months I have no problem starting this car But for the past couple of winters it struggled to start when the temperature fell to around F and refused to start...

diesel diesel repair block heaters engines winter

Jul 01, 1997

Help! My dashboard sounds like it's gurgling.

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I have an ' Toyota truck that makes a wild loud gurgling sound whenever I turn on the heater There's plenty of water in the radiator The heat seems to work fine but this weird noise comes out from the...

blower motors heating noises

Jul 01, 1997

My car doesn't have cruise control...but it acts like it does.

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I've been driving my standard-transmission ' Ford Escort for miles and just discovered it has a feature I don't want virtual cruise control It doesn't have cruise control but it sometimes acts like it does Sometimes when I take my...

throttles cruise control

Jul 01, 1997

Help us fix our radio antennae so we can listen to your Lousy Show.

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I'm sure you guys will come up with something funny to say about this but my wife and I are pretty mad about it Our Toyota Camry has a temperamental power antenna that does not like to come up after...

sound systems electrical wiring