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Is My Car Sending Smoke Signals about Its Health?

Dear Car Talk

Dear Car Talk | Mar 23, 2017

White smoke on starting, you and your car soon will be parting.

engines smoke Toyota Camry

Apr 01, 1998

What's your take on cruise control for short distances?

Dear Car Talk

My fiance and I have been arguing about of all things cruise control He loves to use the cruise control for even short distances three or four miles is fine with him I told him this is not good for...

cruise control

Apr 01, 1998

Timing belt maintenance isn't included in your Stanza's owner's manual...but you should still change it.

Dear Car Talk

I have an ' Nissan Stanza with about miles on it It has been a wonderful car and I've taken good care of it Recently I went in for new tires and the Goodyear store took me for a ride...

timing belts maintenance Nissan Stanza

Apr 01, 1998

You can guess what happens when Our Lousy Column runs in the Food section of your local rag -- more lousy jokes!

Dear Car Talk

As the proud owner of a ' Chevy pickup I have utilized and appreciated your technical prowess and humor Your efforts have helped me and obviously countless others deal with the love-hate relationships that are inevitable in motor vehicle ownership...

mail bag lame jokes

Mar 01, 1998

A reader lets us know about a new car related money-making scheme...er, scam.

Dear Car Talk

Here's a story I think most people should know about I went to the doctor's office to seek help for a sinus infection the other day I parked my ' Jeep Cherokee on the street When I got done the...

scams

Mar 01, 1998

What is causing this spark plug to keep getting fouled with oil?

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I have a Honda Civic wagon Over the last few years I've had the valves and rings replaced oil seals replaced head checked for cracks and maybe more I can't remember But the same problem keeps popping up The number...

valves spark plugs

Mar 01, 1998

Which do you recommend for safety: a Volvo wagon or a Toyota minivan?

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I'm in the process of shopping for a new car and would like your opinion I'm in a quandary over safety issues Our plan all along had been to get a minivan We have two young kids currently own a...

buying safety safety features Toyota Sienna Volvo

Mar 01, 1998

Reader responses to our survey: Should a 16-Year-Old Have a Car?

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couple of weeks we've been printing some of the responses we got to our Should a -Year-Old Have a Car survey RAY And while our readers were against the idea -to- the responses seemed to break down into two categories...

polls

Mar 01, 1998

Shimmying at a certain speed? Try getting your tires balanced.

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a bit of a rarity I'm and love my Volvo It's a with miles While most of my friends prefer sportier cars or big trucks I couldn't be happier with my squared-off Swede However something weird has been going on...

wheels tires

Mar 01, 1998

Camry's are notorious for carbon build-up on their valve stems as they age.

Dear Car Talk

We own a Toyota Camry four-cylinder with a stick shift and miles Whenever we attempt to pass another vehicle particularly on a hill or a curve we lose power and have to relinquish our position and glide sheepishly over to...

valves repairs carbon buildup Toyota Camry