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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

Jan 01, 1997

Sputtering, lurching and backfiring. So many things could cause this, but we'd start with the sensors.

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I have a Nissan ZX turbo with miles When I start the car up on cold mornings there is a loud tapping noise for a few seconds even though the engine idles smoothly When I drive it it sputters and...

sensors diagnostics

Jan 01, 1997

What can I do if I think my dealer is trying to wait out my extended warranty that expires in 800 miles?

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Help My extended warranty expires in miles and I can't seem to convince the Toyota dealership that there is actually anything wrong with the transmission on my ' Celica GT Liftback Recently in the last six months I've noticed that...

transmissions dealers warranties

Jan 01, 1997

Different columnists are recommending different tire air pressures -- who's correct?

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A while back you guys told a reader not to inflate his tires to psi the maximum allowable printed on the sidewall You guys said instead to use psi the pressure recommended by the manufacturer in the owner's manual The...

air pressure

Jan 01, 1997

Where could I find a gas cap for a 1961 Plymouth Valiant?

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My wife is very upset with me because I lost the gas cap from her Plymouth Valiant She doesn't drive the car because it doesn't have power steering But it has great sentimental value because her mother drove it for...

auto parts used cars

Jan 01, 1997

I dropped a driveshaft on my brand new Ford Ranger on the way home from the dealership!

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On September after years of deliberation I decided to purchase my first new vehicle a white Ford Ranger extended cab pickup -- automatic -liter engine and rear ABS About two miles from the dealership I brake fairly hard to slow...

warranties Ford Ranger

Jan 01, 1997

Why have manufacturers put hotter thermostats in their engines?

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Why have automobile manufacturers put hotter thermostats in their engines The old thermostats used to be - degrees Now they're or degrees hotter than that Why would they do this It's fairly common knowledge that heat is the worst enemy...

thermostats

Jan 01, 1997

Should I spend $726 to fix the ABS on my Buick when the car still brakes just fine?

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Before my husband passed away he purchased a new Buick LeSabre in for us We have taken good care of the car and have had it repaired and serviced when necessary Now it has almost miles on it and the...

ABS GMC

Jan 01, 1997

I put Ford Type F transmission fluid into my Chrysler. Can I leave it in or should I drain it?

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I was startled when I checked the transmission-fluid level on my Chrysler New Yorker and found it about three pints low I then looked under the car and saw that the area between the engine and transmission was a bit...

fluids additives transmissions

Jan 01, 1997

My Chrysler wagon "runs on" after I turn it off. What's going on?

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I have a problem with my Chrysler station wagon It will run on after I turn it off And on the road it will continue to go fast even with my foot off the gas Can you give me any...

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