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

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

Dec 01, 1996

Try looking for an intake manifold leak.

Dear Car Talk

red Honda Civic with a cc engine and a five-speed transmission A friend sold me the car in and it now has miles on it At first glance I was reluctant to buy it because of the large amount of...

leaks diagnostics

Dec 01, 1996

Why do dealers get to place their names on the backs of the cars they sell?

Dear Car Talk

dealers get free advertising by placing their dealership name or logo on the rear of cars There is no useful purpose in this -- not for identification not for service not for anything If I sell you a suit to...

dealers advertising

Dec 01, 1996

Smoke in the heater vents and the smell of coolant? Sounds like a leaky heater core.

Dear Car Talk

I own a Chrysler LeBaron When I first start the car smoke comes out of the heater vents This doesn't happen every time but when it does there's also a strange odor Do you have any idea what this might...

leaks smoke

Dec 01, 1996

Engine races when car is partially warmed up and restarted.

Dear Car Talk

Ford Taurus It has a problem which has baffled the mechanics at my Ford dealer When the car is partially warmed up and is restarted after having been off for a while the engine races And it only does this...

sensors

Dec 01, 1996

Shaking during uphill acceleration. If not a front-end problem, what is it?

Dear Car Talk

I have a Suburban with approximately miles on it When we accelerate up hills usually going between and mph the front end of the vehicle shakes violently We have taken the vehicle to our authorized dealer and they can't find...

front-ends engines

Dec 01, 1996

What about preemptively replacing this used Isuzu Trooper engine BEFORE it wears out?

Dear Car Talk

really clean Isuzu Trooper LS with miles I've since had what I think is a brainstorm Instead of waiting around for inevitable major engine problems to develop why not consider buying a remanufactured engine now and avoid all that piece-by-piece...

engines

Dec 01, 1996

Why aren't cars using better gear ratios for better gas mileage...or are they?

Dear Car Talk

Since everyone is complaining about cars getting poorer gas mileage with the recent raising of speed limits why don't manufacturers start using better gear ratios in cars so the engines are turning slower while the cars go faster -- Frank...

fuel economy