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Winter to Blame for Gas Mileage Plunge

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Dear Car Talk | Jun 27, 2017

Donald has the same driving habits all year, but his Civic is more frugal with gas during the summer. What's the reason behind his winter of discontent?

fuel economy Honda Civic 2016

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

Sep 01, 1996

How do speedometers work without a cable?

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I have just recently purchased a Dodge Caravan I was mystified when I heard that the speedometer doesn't have a cable anymore Could you explain how the speedometer works without a cable -- Steve RAY Will miracles never cease Next...

speedometers

Sep 01, 1996

Once you use one brand of oil in an engine do you have to stick with it?

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I change my own oil and filter in my cars every miles I try to buy the oil and filters when they're on sale to economize I have always heard that once you start to use an oil you should...

myths oil oil changes

Sep 01, 1996

WIll leaving my car in "overdrive" damage my engine?

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I recently bought a Pontiac Bonneville with Overdrive I'm getting more confused all the time about the use of the Overdrive feature Prior to my Bonneville I had a Chevy Caprice and I drove in overdrive all the time just...

transmissions

Sep 01, 1996

What's to blame for worn out front brakes: front-wheel drive or my driving style?

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Please settle an argument I am having with my boyfriend I own a Grand Prix STE This is the forth front-wheel-drive car I have owned I travel in stop-and-go traffic daily At miles I have had to replace my front...

brakes

Sep 01, 1996

What do some vehicles need higher octane gasoline?

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Being one of those who marvels everytime I turn the switch and the car starts I would like to know why some vehicles need a higher octane gasoline -- Jeffrey TOM The simple answer is to stop them from pinging...

gasoline