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Is My Car Sending Smoke Signals about Its Health?

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Dear Car Talk | Mar 23, 2017

White smoke on starting, you and your car soon will be parting.

engines smoke Toyota Camry

May 01, 1997

Can you please explain what "overdrive" is and what purpose it serves?

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On my Camry there's a button called overdrive Can you please explain to me its functions and usage -- Mike TOM Yes Mike That's the mother-in-law ejection seat But it only works once Mike so make sure you wait until...

transmissions design

Apr 01, 1997

Is the dealer taking me for a ride by recommending new ball joints?

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blue Honda Accord into the dealer last month for a new battery they called me to say that I needed new front lower ball joints Suspecting that they may just have had a boat payment due I asked why they...

ball joints

Apr 01, 1997

What kind of camper van do you recommend for a Great American Roadtrip?

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In a few years I'm planning to take to the road in true hippie fashion and go in search of America I want to purchase a small used camper-van for my wanderings The obvious choice would seem to be a...

vans RVs

Apr 01, 1997

How can I protect myself from my own airbag when I'm only 5 feet tall and must sit close to the steering wheel?

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have here is not a trivial lava lamp type question but a serious life or death kind of problem I'm a little surprised you haven't addressed this one yet Nearly a year ago my stalled VW Cabriolet got creamed from...

safety safety features regulation airbags

Apr 01, 1997

Will I really be doing my new Mazda a disservice by taking it to a quickie-lube place for oil changes?

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I just bought a brand-new Mazda three months ago The time will soon be approaching for its first oil change Like a mother about to send her baby off to kindergarten I want to make sure it's a good experience...

maintenance oil changes warranties dealers

Apr 01, 1997

What could be causing this Vanagon to run hot?

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has been having overheating problems with his ' VW Vanagon On a trip to visit us recently one of his lower coolant hoses blew While he was here one on the upper right side blew On his way back home...

radiators gaskets diagnostics

Apr 01, 1997

What is a PCV valve, and does it really need to be changed so often?

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I have a ' Camaro with miles Last week when I went in for an oil change the technician told me I needed to replace my PCV valve He said GM recommends replacing this valve every - miles Since mine...

valves

Apr 01, 1997

guys a couple of months ago but I guess my...

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guys a couple of months ago but I guess my problem doesn't rate because you haven't answered it yet Here it is again My ' Olds stalls on my wife and me once or twice a month It just stops...

Apr 01, 1997

Is there a magic formula for deciding when it's time to trade in an old car for a new one?

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I have a Volvo with miles on it The body is in excellent condition because I crashed it once and it's been redone I love this car But at the garage today where I dropped off the car for another...

trade-ins buying