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Florida residents scrambled to find cover for their cars, and found themselves at odds with car dealers.

Apr 01, 1997

guys a couple of months ago but I guess my...

Dear Car Talk

guys a couple of months ago but I guess my problem doesn't rate because you haven't answered it yet Here it is again My ' Olds stalls on my wife and me once or twice a month It just stops...

Apr 01, 1997

Is there a magic formula for deciding when it's time to trade in an old car for a new one?

Dear Car Talk

I have a Volvo with miles on it The body is in excellent condition because I crashed it once and it's been redone I love this car But at the garage today where I dropped off the car for another...

trade-ins buying

Apr 01, 1997

One of those rare cases where both the dealer and the newspaper columnists were 100 percent correct.

Dear Car Talk

Sleazeball is the correct term to describe you guys In a recent column you told Kathy that was a fair price for a new ignition module on her Chevy Lumina The price of an ignition module is about in a...

hate mail

Apr 01, 1997

I have yet to talk to anyone who has replaced a timing belt as preventive maintenance. Why should I do it?

Dear Car Talk

I need your advice I have a Nissan Maxima with miles The dealer tells me I'm driving on borrowed time by not having the timing belt changed The guys at my office think I'm nuts for even considering such a...

maintenance timing belts

Apr 01, 1997

Can I tow a small trailer behind my Honda Civic from Texas to Las Vegas?

Dear Car Talk

Later this spring I am moving from my student digs in College Station Texas to Las Vegas I have already determined that my furnishings aren't worth the or so that it would cost me rent a U-Haul truck and drive...

towing

Mar 01, 1997

When I stop at a red light and am using headlights, wipers and AC, my car shakes like it's going to break apart.

Dear Car Talk

We have a Corsica four-cylinder with miles When I use the headlights windshield wipers and air conditioning and then stop for a red light the car feels like it's going to shake to pieces I can stop the vibration by...

throttles idling sensors computers

Mar 01, 1997

Are my car's squeaky brakes due to the weather, or should I have them checked out?

Dear Car Talk

I have a new Audi A with miles so far Lately I've noticed that the brakes emit a high-pitched noise when I step on them with any significant pressure My husband says it's because of the cold damp temperatures where...

brakes noises

Mar 01, 1997

Any ideas what could be causing my previously reliable used Corolla to not start every time it rains?

Dear Car Talk

Help I own a Toyota Corolla four-door sedan with a five-speed transmission I bought it used and it was extremely reliable for a year then starting at the beginning of last summer every time it rains the car won't start...

spark plugs distributors diagnostics

Mar 01, 1997

Is the "Cathodic Protection" that dealers are now offering a valid rust inhibitor?

Dear Car Talk

OK guys I went to buy a Honda Accord for my mom But those dealers always have something new up their sleeves This time it was Cathodic Protection aka Auto Saver System It's a little gizmo connected to your car's...

dealers aftermarket parts rust