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Oct 01, 1997

Can I wait longer than 1,500 miles between oil changes?

Dear Car Talk

I change the oil and filter every three months on my ' Olds I usually have or fewer miles on it between changes Can I wait longer between changes I have several cars and that's why the mileage is low...

oil changes

Oct 01, 1997

You should only use high-octane fuel if your owner's manual specifically recommends it...and the FTC backs us up!

Dear Car Talk

We at the Federal Trade Commission would like you guys to help spread the word about buying -- and not overbuying -- the proper octane gasoline For years gasoline companies have been pitching higher-octane gasoline as a way to lower...

regulation gasoline

Oct 01, 1997

What is causing fuses to regularly blow out on my daughter's car?

Dear Car Talk

I have teen-agers and I try to maintain a small fleet of used cars for them to drive My problem with my daughter's ' Dodge Shadow however has left me several hundred dollars poorer and no closer to a solution...

electrical wiring fuses diagnostics

Oct 01, 1997

How do I remove melted hot-pink lipstick from the fabric upholstery of my Maxima?

Dear Car Talk

Help How do I remove melted hot-pink lipstick from the fabric upholstery of my ' Nissan Maxima I need an answer quickly before my wife discovers the rubbed-in pink splotch The fabric was Scotchguarded when we purchased the car What's...

interiors cleaning

Sep 01, 1997

Am I bonkers to spend $1,500 to repair my well maintained Maxima that's only worth $3000?

Dear Car Talk

I am a senior citizen who remembers the days when cars were distinctive We currently own a Nissan Maxima with miles This car has distinctive styling -- not the jelly-bean look -- and runs great I have maintained it well...

used cars repairs

Sep 01, 1997

What is this battery gauge on my dashboard trying to tell me?

Dear Car Talk

On the dashboard of my Plymouth Voyager is a dial with a picture of a battery The numbers show a range from to What is this gauge and what is it trying to tell me -- James RAY It's your...

gauges batteries

Sep 01, 1997

Is Toyota's "rust warranty" void in Wisconsin due to salty winter roads?

Dear Car Talk

I'm going to buy a new car -- a black Toyota Camry for use in Wisconsin The dealer says the Toyota rust warranty is essentially void in Wisconsin because we use salt on the roads in the winter Is he...

rust warranties

Sep 01, 1997

My husband likes to drive with the windows open instead...

Dear Car Talk

My husband likes to drive with the windows open instead of using the air conditioner He claims the outside fresh air keeps him from getting sleepy We are about to go on a trip and I would like your opinion...

Sep 01, 1997

Is the recommended break-in period for a new car really important?

Dear Car Talk

Is the recommended break-in period for a new car really important My new Corolla's manual says that for miles I can't drive faster than mph can't drive at steady speeds etc It's a bit frustrating to get a new car...

buying