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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

Jun 01, 1996

Another bad alternator, or a rare case of a Swedish syndrome known as "ground wire burnout"?

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Here's another Saab story for you My girlfriend has a non-turbo It starts fine idles for a while then stalls If you try to start it the battery just acts dead If you jump start it it will run fine...

alternators electrical wiring Saab

Jun 01, 1996

Are there any aftermarket products that could improve gas mileage on my new truck?

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I just bought a Ford F- short bed extended cab small V- I know trucks are not known for getting great gas mileage However can you suggest any aftermarket products I can use that would help improve the mileage I've...

fuel economy aftermarket parts

Jun 01, 1996

What are "arm bushings" and "sway bushings"...and is it worth replacing them?

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I recently took my Toyota Camry All Wheel Drive to the dealer to have the center exhaust pipe repaired In addition to fixing the pipe the dealer informed me that I need to replace the rear control arm bushings and...

suspension

Jun 01, 1996

What is "dealer cost" and is it legitimate?

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I had the agonizing experience of negotiating the buying of a new Jeep Wrangler S The subject of dealer cost came up time and again during the course of our lengthy negotiations The sales people including two or three levels...

buying dealers shameless commerce

Jun 01, 1996

An unconventional fix for a well known issue with the factory sealed choke of Plymouth Voyager minivans.

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We own a Plymouth Voyager minivan and have been extremely happy with it except for the cold start system When the engine and weather are cold the exhaust is a deep black color We were told this is a common...

repairs chokes Plymouth Voyager

Jun 01, 1996

Overdrive on steep, hilly roads?

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I have a Mitsubishi Montero with an automatic transmission It is incredibly reliable and I hope to have it for many years I recently got a new job and my daily commute now takes me down a long winding mountain...

transmissions driving tips

Jun 01, 1996

Is AC installed after-market at the dealer as good as factory installed AC?

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I am considering a new Honda Civic I need air conditioning and I'm wondering if factory-installed air works better than a c installed at the dealer -- Kelly RAY Almost all cars are set up for factory air conditioning these...

air conditioning aftermarket parts

Jun 01, 1996

It seems like the AC shuts off above 50 mph. What's going on?

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Our Lincoln Town Car -- which rides like a charm and is in excellent condition -- is now giving us problems with the air conditioner It cools very well if I don't exceed miles an hour But on the higher-speed...

air conditioning

May 01, 1996

Do fuel pumps make noises when they start to go bad?

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own a Ford Escort with miles In several weeks we plan to trade in the Escort for a brand-new Windstar van When Goose the salesman test-drove the Escort he said the fuel pump was making noises and needed to be...

fuel pumps noises