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Using Cruise Control on Downgrades Won't Harm Your Engine

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Dear Car Talk | May 23, 2017

Doug uses cruise control to slow his roll on descents. How does this affect his drivetrain?

cruise control safety transmissions

Apr 01, 1996

Can I disconnect my rear defroster?

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My husband just bought me a ' Chevy Cavalier It has a rear defogger If I had this disconnected would it be harmful to my car in any way The reason for disconnecting it is that we live in a...

defrosters

Apr 01, 1996

Anything I can do to give my Suzuki Samurai a power boost?

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I recently bought an ' Suzuki Samarai It was a good value runs well and looks great However it is really under powered for some of the driving I have to do and quite unstable at times Is there anything...

horsepower Suzuki Samurai

Apr 01, 1996

Will products like Echo-Guard protect my car from rust?

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I recently purchased a product called Echo Guard with a new-car purchase The product is supposed to substitute for normal undercoating and rustproofing It theoretically prevents rust from developing on all metal surfaces by replacing the electrons lost due to...

rust

Apr 01, 1996

I have a Buick Somerset Everytime the coolant gauge reaches...

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I have a Buick Somerset Everytime the coolant gauge reaches the mid point between cold and hot the oil light comes on If I then stop and turn off the car it won't restart Meanwhile the temperature gauge continues to...

Apr 01, 1996

What is an "oil slinger"...and is it important? 'Cuz I forgot it.

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I have a ' Ford motor home with a engine I have replaced the timing chain and gears with new steel gears and a new chain After I had put it back together I realized that I had left out...

timing chains

Apr 01, 1996

Rocker panels falling off Camrys due to design flaw. Is Toyota responsible?

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The rocker panel covers fell off my ' Camry and cost to replace Each black strip which runs between the wheel wells is a thin membrane of rubber around a piece of ungalvanized steel When the supporting strip rusts to...

body damage warranties liability Toyota Camry

Apr 01, 1996

Is it possible to just chain up one wheel for snow driving?

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It's this neighbor of mine see The guy always makes wild statements after we put a can of beer in his hands This time he was after the snow chain manufacturers claiming they make a bundle unnecessarily because a regular...

winter differentials 4WD

Apr 01, 1996

How do I get a tape out of my dad's tape deck?

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My name is James and I'm nine years old My father has a Jaguar XJ Vanden Plas He got a tape stuck in the tape player and he can't get it out It is a Philips tape player I am...

sound systems

Apr 01, 1996

I made a huge mistake My car was running rough...

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I made a huge mistake My car was running rough so I used a coupon to get a tuneup for my ' Toyota I walked out poorer with a diagnostic tuneup an induction service and a car that was still...