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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

Oct 01, 1996

My Ford ranger acts up in winter conditions. Could it be "carburetor icing"?

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Ford Ranger with a problem Often in temperatures below degrees usually when there's moisture present my truck will begin to run rough It loses power like it's not running on all cylinders black smoke comes out the tailpipe and it...

winter carburetors

Oct 01, 1996

Finding a buyer for the Chalmers Owner magazine I just found from 1911.

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Recently while cleaning out the basement I found a copy of The Chalmers Owner magazine with all of the articles dated The magazine is about inch thick and is in near-perfect condition I have tried to find someone who would...

mail bag history classic cars

Oct 01, 1996

Washboard Roads: Fast or Slow?

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Tom and Ray need your help. They got a letter from Ron, who wants to know whether it's better to drive fast or slow on "washboard roads". He says slow, but his wife votes for fast. Tom and Ray aren't sure who's righ, and they want to hear from you! 

suspension driving tips

Oct 01, 1996

Is it worth repairing my old Volvo or should I replace it with another used Volvo (I like the old body style).

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I currently have a Volvo DL and am considering the purchase of another Volvo I have resisted purchasing a new Volvo because the body style changed to the new aerodynamic look that all new cars have My DL is an...

buying used cars Volvo

Oct 01, 1996

Why does brake fluid turn dark when it seems clean?

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Could you please clear up a question that has been nagging this weekend mechanic Why are so many brake master cylinders mounted at such odd angles My older cars have nice level reservoirs and they seem to brake just fine...

brakes fluids maintenance

Oct 01, 1996

When to go back to the dealer to drain excess oil.

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I recently purchased a new GMC Suburban -- diesel This is my third Suburban and having logged miles on my other two you could correctly assume that I like these vehicles and I am very serious about maintenance On my...

oil

Oct 01, 1996

Better to warm up a car in a garage or on the road?

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My drive to work each day is less than a mile from my home Because I often work at night walking is out of the question My husband tells me my car should be warmed up longer than it takes...

idling

Oct 01, 1996

Just as GM improves their public image, there they go shooting themselves in the foot with lousy customer service.

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Do you remember the s GM's reputation for customer service and trust were low Well now we're in the s and GM seems to have made great strides in these areas The Mr Goodwrench commercials had finally convinced me to...

dealers GMC

Oct 01, 1996

Moisture in the air filter housing: PCV problem, or do I need a "heat stove"?

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Monte Carlo with original miles on it The car was driven very little for short distances when driven at all it was a grandma car Overall it runs great The problem is that moisture accumulates in the air filter housing...

repairs filters