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A Weaving Car Is Not Safe to Drive

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Dear Car Talk | May 25, 2017

Lucy checked all the usual suspects on her weaving Corolla, but there's another culprit to investigate.

alignment tires steering Toyota Corolla 1999

Feb 01, 1997

What could cause an engine to turn rough after about an hour of highway driving?

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Help My wife drives an ' Nissan Sentra station wagon one of the few cars available she can comfortably see over the hood of with the aid of a pillow This car does not have a powerhouse of an engine...

throttles carburetors valves

Feb 01, 1997

Your petite granddaughter will need pedal extenders to drive your Chevy.

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My granddaughter enjoys driving my Chevy Celebrity but is rather short in stature So even with the seat pulled up and a cushion behind her back she can only control the accelerator with the tip of her toes This not...

aftermarket parts safety

Feb 01, 1997

Fact or fiction: Adding mothballs to your gas tank increases the octane.

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I have been told that adding seven or eight naphthalene mothballs to a tank of gasoline increases the octane Is this true If it is true what will it do to the engine of the vehicle -- Donald RAY That's...

myths additives gasoline

Feb 01, 1997

Did we destroy our car by dropping a test thermometer in the radiator opening?

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My husband was checking the anti-freeze in our ' Cadillac and he accidentally dropped the test thermometer into the radiator opening The bulb was floating at the top but he was having trouble removing it So trying to be helpful...

radiators

Jan 01, 1997

What does an oxygen sensor do and I how can I keep it from causing a smog test failure again?

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Please tell me what an oxygen sensor is I failed my smog test last month apparently because of a faulty oxygen sensor They termed me a gross polluter Can you imagine My car is LeBaron with only miles on it...

sensors emissions

Jan 01, 1997

You need a new mechanic to fix your carburetor problem -- one with some gray hair.

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Guys can you help a damsel in distress I've had this Chevrolet Caprice Classic running just fine for miles with only minor repairs I have a great mechanic who's scratching his head about the problem my car now has I...

carburetors

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