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Winter to Blame for Gas Mileage Plunge

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Dear Car Talk | Jun 27, 2017

Donald has the same driving habits all year, but his Civic is more frugal with gas during the summer. What's the reason behind his winter of discontent?

fuel economy Honda Civic 2016

Feb 01, 1997

How often do headlights need to be adjusted?

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How often if ever do the headlights of a Ford Crown Victoria have to be adjusted I have such a car and when it was recently given an annual inspection per state law I was charged an additional for a...

headlights

Feb 01, 1997

Can you recommend a "near-luxury" vehicle? I'm looking at a Lexus and an Infiniti.

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I would like your recommendation on a new-car purchase Currently I have an ' Toyota Celica ST and an ' Acura Integra At age I want to indulge myself I'm looking for a good-performing four-door sedan that's reliable quiet and...

buying Infiniti I30 Lexus ES 300

Feb 01, 1997

Why does my AC change to heat when I step on the gas pedal?

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We have a Oldsmobile Delta with miles on it With all of the ventilation controls off the heat will suddenly come on With the air conditioner on it suddenly changes to heat when I step on the gas hard and...

vacuum hoses

Feb 01, 1997

Tom and Ray play detective on a cold case accident.

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This is a curiosity question as the incident happened years ago when we had a teen at home We bought him a Chevy truck and except for accidentally driving on a major interstate the wrong way a couple of times...

accidents

Feb 01, 1997

Any tips for removing horizontally mounted oil filters without creating a mess?

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I am the proud owner of two vehicles with horizontally mounted filters Both of them are Fords a big Bronco and a Escort wagon Do you have any tips for removing these oil filters without creating a mess Letting the...

filters oil changes DIY

Feb 01, 1997

I'm having to add coolant like crazy but I can't figure out where it's going.

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I recently purchased a ' Ford Mustang V The car has only miles now and was originally owned by a little old lady It's a great car and goes like Leona Helmsley being chased by the IRS My problem is...

leaks gaskets

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