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Staff Blog | Jul 21, 2017

Summer driving tips from Car Talk. Print these out for trouble-free motoring on your summer road trips.  

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Jan 01, 1997

I dropped a driveshaft on my brand new Ford Ranger on the way home from the dealership!

Dear Car Talk

On September after years of deliberation I decided to purchase my first new vehicle a white Ford Ranger extended cab pickup -- automatic -liter engine and rear ABS About two miles from the dealership I brake fairly hard to slow...

warranties Ford Ranger

Jan 01, 1997

Why have manufacturers put hotter thermostats in their engines?

Dear Car Talk

Why have automobile manufacturers put hotter thermostats in their engines The old thermostats used to be - degrees Now they're or degrees hotter than that Why would they do this It's fairly common knowledge that heat is the worst enemy...

thermostats

Jan 01, 1997

Should I spend $726 to fix the ABS on my Buick when the car still brakes just fine?

Dear Car Talk

Before my husband passed away he purchased a new Buick LeSabre in for us We have taken good care of the car and have had it repaired and serviced when necessary Now it has almost miles on it and the...

ABS GMC

Jan 01, 1997

I put Ford Type F transmission fluid into my Chrysler. Can I leave it in or should I drain it?

Dear Car Talk

I was startled when I checked the transmission-fluid level on my Chrysler New Yorker and found it about three pints low I then looked under the car and saw that the area between the engine and transmission was a bit...

fluids additives transmissions

Jan 01, 1997

My Chrysler wagon "runs on" after I turn it off. What's going on?

Dear Car Talk

I have a problem with my Chrysler station wagon It will run on after I turn it off And on the road it will continue to go fast even with my foot off the gas Can you give me any...

carburetors throttles

Jan 01, 1997

I was taught to downshift a manual transmission while slowing down. What do you recommend these days?

Dear Car Talk

My husband recently bought me a Saturn SC with a five-speed manual transmission Because I haven't driven a stick shift car in years I asked my daughter -- who also drives a Saturn stick shift -- for some advice Years...

driving tips manual transmissions clutches

Jan 01, 1997

Is Mom hurting anything by leaving her T-bird in "overdrive" if she never drives faster than 45 mph?

Dear Car Talk

My mother age bought a T-Bird with automatic Overdrive and the O D is the default when the car is started Since she only drives around town and is afraid of the highways the car rarely gets above mph The...

driving tips engines transmissions

Dec 01, 1996

Is it true that new federal regulations prohibit asbestos brake pads from being sold?

Dear Car Talk

My dealer tells me that the reason I have to get brakes on my Nissan Stanza about every six months is because of new federal regulations which prohibit the use of asbestos brakes which used to last longer Is this...

brake pads regulation

Dec 01, 1996

Is a higher mileage Toyota better than a lower mileage Ford?

Dear Car Talk

blond female and a devotee of your column Your pamphlet Ten Ways You May Be Ruining Your Car Without Even Knowing It probably saved my last car Now I need you to help save my marriage My husband's car a...

buying used cars Ford Tempo Toyota Tercel