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Is Beaten-Up Car with a Rap Sheet worth Saving?

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Dear Car Talk | Mar 28, 2017

B.J.'s prodigal Silverado is home after theives used it for their getaway car, but the insurance company totalled it. Is it worth fixing?

insurance Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2007

Feb 01, 1996

Suggestions for replacing a stripped drain plug?

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I hope you can help me find a product you mentioned in your column The product is a repair kit for Honda oil pans My drain plug is stripped and I've tried several auto parts stores and none of them...

leaks

Feb 01, 1996

Going through batteries? Check your alternator.

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months after we purchased our Ford T-bird the original -month battery died with no warning signs and had to be replaced months later THAT -month battery died again without warning and had to be replaced months later the low battery...

alternators

Feb 01, 1996

Noises going over speed bumps.

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I drive an ' Beretta and just recently I've noticed that when I drive over a speed bump my car makes a loud bang-bang sound that wasn't there before I asked my brother in law if he thought I should...

suspension noises

Feb 01, 1996

Replacing the water pump while changing a timing belt -- good idea or waste of money?

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I have a Honda Prelude The owner's manual recommends changing the timing belt at miles I took it to a repairman for an estimate and he also recommended that I change the water pump He said water pumps only last...

timing belts water pumps

Feb 01, 1996

Worn out shocks or struts?

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I have a Celica which has begun to exhibit signs of what I think are worn shocks or struts It frequently bottoms out through dips and the tires have begun to rub against something when making sharper turns at moderate...

suspension struts

Feb 01, 1996

Sputtering and couging while pressing the gas pedal? Check the fuel filter & pump.

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I have a Volvo with automatic transmission and miles When I give it gas to accelerate it sputters and coughs like it won't take gas If I pull over and wait for a while it seems to catch up and...

fuel pumps filters

Feb 01, 1996

Sprucing up a paint job without repainting.

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Do you have any advice for shining up a gray Ford Econoline The roof and hood are very dull and now they are under several layers of wax none of which shined up the paint How do I strip off...

paint

Feb 01, 1996

Platinum tipped spark plugs.

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I would like to know the information you have on platinum tipped spark plugs Are they really worth their weight in platinum I have an ' Chevy S pickup with a V and miles I was thinking about putting platinum...

spark plugs

Feb 01, 1996

Can new pads and rotors be recommended without ever taking off the wheels?

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I think I have the best of all possible cars a iL BMW I recently had my rear brakes repaired In doing so the BMW shop said I would need new pads and rotors The problem is I don't believe...

brakes