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Valve May Be Culprit in Car That's Hard to Refuel

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Dear Car Talk | Jun 22, 2017

Mark's Roadmaster takes a long time to fill up at the pumps, and not just because of size of the tank. There's a common problem that may explain it.

gas tanks Buick Roadmaster 1996

Jul 01, 1996

Should I worry about a dipstick reading that shows oil ABOVE the full mark?

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Please settle a little argument my friend and I are having about engine oil levels I change the oil in my cars every miles I usually let the fast-oil-change places do the work More times than not when I check...

oil changes

Jul 01, 1996

Where can I find pictures of ancient automobiles like the Hupmobile or the DeVeux?

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I'm years old and my grandchildren won't believe that there was an auto called the Hupmobile or that I owned a DeVeux coupe complete with a rumble seat Can you tell me where I can get photos of these cars...

history

Jul 01, 1996

How important is mileage when buying a used car these days?

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How important is mileage in buying a used car Why would highway miles be any different from other types of miles It used to be that miles was high mileage Now one sees cars with to miles on dealers' lots...

buying used cars

Jul 01, 1996

How can I avoid a messy disaster when I change those difficult Toyota oil filters?

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In my Toyota Camry the oil filter is mounted upside down meaning that the open end of the filter is face-down to the ground This creates a tremendous problem when I go to change the filter No matter what I...

DIY oil filters

Jul 01, 1996

Ideas for a car that can be used to commute during the week and haul the family on the weekend?

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I read your column every week You not only supply great automotive advice but you add that extra quart of humor that we all need I'm in need of a combination vehicle I need a four-door six-passenger car with good...

reviews Toyota Avalon 1996

Jun 01, 1996

The definitive clutch-slipping test.

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My wife and I were driving across the country on a concert tour about five years ago in our VW Golf Starting uphill at a traffic light the clutch made a whining sound while she released the clutch pedal When...

clutches diagnostics

Jun 01, 1996

Will repairing this oil leak cost more than the car is worth?

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I have a Crown Victoria with miles It's now leaking oil My mechanic has checked the obvious places for leaks and tells me that checking further would involve stripping down the motor and would cost me more than the car...

leaks oil

Jun 01, 1996

Bucking and stalling: engine or transmission issue?

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I have an ' Olds Cutlass Ciera A few months ago my wife was in the process of slowing down to stop on an exit ramp The vehicle started jerking as though the engine would die By the time she...

transmissions diagnostics

Jun 01, 1996

Is there an organisation that rates the ergonomics of automobile seats?

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For quite some time I've wondered about the support provided by the seats in today's automobiles Specifically I would like to know if there is an organization or individual who rates automobiles based on how orthopedically correct their seats are...

seats