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A Weaving Car Is Not Safe to Drive

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Dear Car Talk | May 25, 2017

Lucy checked all the usual suspects on her weaving Corolla, but there's another culprit to investigate.

alignment tires steering Toyota Corolla 1999

Sep 01, 1996

Toyota is finally offering a solution to pre-'94 Camry owners with vibration in the steering column.

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A while ago you got a letter from a guy named Richard complaining about his Toyota Camry with a four-cylinder engine He said the whole steering column vibrated when he stopped at a light with the car in Drive You...

motor mounts recalls steering Toyota Camry

Sep 01, 1996

Does running the AC use more gasoline?

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Is it true that one uses more gasoline while running the air conditioner in the car I have a friend who insists on driving with the windows open in order to save on gasoline usage Isn't it a health hazard...

fuel economy air conditioning

Sep 01, 1996

New brakes are clicking.

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I have a Ford Ranger X with miles on it I recently had new front brakes installed I got new pads new calipers and had the rotors turned Since then when I drive I hear a clicking noise When I...

brakes noises

Sep 01, 1996

Your radio reception changes are due to either an electrical issue or a mechanical one. Here are some things you can test.

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I think I may have you both stumped but I hope not I have a Ford Taurus When driving with the radio on in the AM mode I get nothing but static However as soon as I apply the brakes...

sound systems diagnostics

Sep 01, 1996

Can rustproofing your undercarriage actually do more harm than good?

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I'm an old geezer who last bought a new car in Obviously the manufacture and the warranties are different on my new Buick LeSabre Living in the rust belt I can't imagine NOT undercoating the underside of the car The...

rust

Sep 01, 1996

Is it possible to go oil-change-free with a roll of toilet paper?

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Please don't think this is a crank letter This is for real I have a friend who has a van with over miles on it and he's never changed the oil He put something on the filter that holds a...

oil changes

Sep 01, 1996

What do the letters in "STP" stand for...and does it work?

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For a few years I have been trying without success to find out just what the letters STP stand for Many calls to large impressive lubrication headquarters around the country revealed only that it is a trade name of the...

oil additives

Sep 01, 1996

After 90k miles, paying to replace CV boots is about right.

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I've talked to several Honda Accord owners who like me have had to replace cracked CV joint boots around miles -- at great expense If ozone and the weather make the rubber boot brittle and it cracks then why doesn't...

CV joints

Sep 01, 1996

Is all the hype about changing a timing belt at 60k miles just that? Hype?

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My Toyota dealer keeps sending advertisements warning me of the dire consequences that may befall me if I do not change my timing belt at miles Do I really need to replace the timing belt on my Corolla which now...

timing belts