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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

Mar 01, 1997

Do all cars get lower gas mileage during the winter months?

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I have a Honda Civic From June to October it got miles per gallon From mid-October through February it got only mpg The dealer says all cars get lower mileage in the winter due to the reformulation of gasolines They...

fuel economy

Mar 01, 1997

What can be done about car doors freezing overnight?

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I have a Mazda and my car doors are freezing shut overnight I can't open them in the morning Is there something I can put on the rubber gasket to stop this from happening I'm really sick of climbing in...

winter doors

Mar 01, 1997

How do we know when to change a timing belt (or chain) when we can't see into the enging to look at it?

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We've been told that after so many miles the timing belt or timing chain should be changed or dire consequences will result Since we can't see inside the engine how do we know when to make this change I have...

timing belts timing chains maintenance

Mar 01, 1997

What can I do to help my rear-wheel drive Camaro handle better in the snow?

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I have a Camaro Z- with just about every option except for the automatic transmission It is really hot and the babes really dig it -- especially those really wide Z-rated tires I actually go out on dates now The...

winter

Mar 01, 1997

Help! It sounds like someone's rolling marbles around my car's rear tire area.

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Help My Toyota Tercel with almost miles has developed a strange scratching noise in the rear-tire area Sometimes it sounds like marbles pebbles or ball bearings are rolling around intermittently hitting against metal or plastic There's no real pattern Some...

wheels tires noises

Mar 01, 1997

After new belts and tensioners, I'm still hearing a "tick-tick-tick".

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I have a Chevy Cavalier with a -liter four-cylinder engine and a three-speed transmission It makes a loud ticking noise--a fast tick tick tick tick The dealer has replaced belts and lifters It doesn't make the noise constantly but the...

oil pumps noises

Mar 01, 1997

What's the skinny on these $400 tune-ups that auto dealers offer?

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I need your help I know this is a very basic question but I hope you'll answer it anyway I drive a Honda Civic four-door great car knock on wood I haven't had a lick of trouble with it outside...

maintenance dealers

Mar 01, 1997

My Ford Escort feels too fast for me. Can you recommend something smaller?

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I am driving a Ford Escort It's a nice car but I find it is too fast for me Can you recommend a smaller car with the lowest possible horsepower and good brakes --Jeanne RAY Wow Jeanne This is the...

horsepower

Mar 01, 1997

Will frequent windshield wiper use wear down the windshield?

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My father is always telling me to turn my windshield wipers down or off whenever possible He says they will wear into the windshield glass especially at high speed Is this true -- Jessica TOM Your father is an unmitigated...

wipers windshields