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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

Nov 01, 1996

We've seen failures of Volvo motor mounts, but not usually at 45k miles.

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I have a Volvo GL that I recently took into the dealership for my annual service -- this time the -mile service While I was waiting for all of this to happen the assistant service manager came out and told...

motor mounts Volvo

Nov 01, 1996

I own a Nissan ZX For the past six months...

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I own a Nissan ZX For the past six months the brakes have been squealing when applied at slow speeds And while backing up there is a popping sound I have had the brakes checked twice over the past six...

Nov 01, 1996

Smelling gasoline INSIDE the car? Probably a leaky fuel pump.

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My husband and I have a problem with an ' Toyota Tercel that has miles We can't get rid of the odor of gasoline inside the car We originally took the car to the dealer six months ago because it...

smells fuel pumps

Nov 01, 1996

Pre-'94 Camry owners should ask their dealers to install an "anti-vibration kit". They'll know what you mean.

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been built by Jerry Lee Lewis since it sure has a Whole Lot of Shakin' Goin' On when I sit in traffic or at a red light Using the air conditioner really aggravates the vibration My mechanic is a Patsy...

recalls steering Toyota Camry

Nov 01, 1996

$100 for a CV boot now, or $300 for a CV joint later.

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What kind of trouble will I have if I don't fix the CV boot on my Plymouth Voyager The outside boot has torn and left the joint exposed I'm in a bit of a financial fix right now but I...

CV joints

Nov 01, 1996

Should I be concerned if I'm burning about 1 qt of oil ever 1,000 miles if the car runs well?

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We recently purchased a Chevy Lumina with automatic transmission from a friend According to him the car has always used oil Currently at miles it requires about half a quart every miles The car has always had oil changes every...

oil

Nov 01, 1996

Brakes have been grinding ever since the pads were replaced.

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Civic DX with about miles on it In March the front brake pads were replaced and the rear brakes were adjusted Since then the brakes make a grinding metallic crunching noise whenever I apply them At first the noise was...

brakes noises

Oct 01, 1996

What's the clicking sound coming from my left wheel?

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I am driving a Chevy Celebrity with approximately miles There is a loud clicking sound emanating from the left front wheel The click is apparent at any speed but it sounds faster at higher speeds Three different mechanics have checked...

rotors noises

Oct 01, 1996

Saving wear and tear on an engine while waiting for the oil filter to fill up.

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I change the oil on our and Ford Tempos When I start the engine right after an oil change the oil light stays on for two or three seconds until the oil filter fills up The filter is almost horizontal...

oil