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Sep 01, 1996

Is all the hype about changing a timing belt at 60k miles just that? Hype?

Dear Car Talk

My Toyota dealer keeps sending advertisements warning me of the dire consequences that may befall me if I do not change my timing belt at miles Do I really need to replace the timing belt on my Corolla which now...

timing belts

Sep 01, 1996

How do speedometers work without a cable?

Dear Car Talk

I have just recently purchased a Dodge Caravan I was mystified when I heard that the speedometer doesn't have a cable anymore Could you explain how the speedometer works without a cable -- Steve RAY Will miracles never cease Next...

speedometers

Sep 01, 1996

Once you use one brand of oil in an engine do you have to stick with it?

Dear Car Talk

I change my own oil and filter in my cars every miles I try to buy the oil and filters when they're on sale to economize I have always heard that once you start to use an oil you should...

myths oil oil changes

Sep 01, 1996

WIll leaving my car in "overdrive" damage my engine?

Dear Car Talk

I recently bought a Pontiac Bonneville with Overdrive I'm getting more confused all the time about the use of the Overdrive feature Prior to my Bonneville I had a Chevy Caprice and I drove in overdrive all the time just...

transmissions

Sep 01, 1996

What's to blame for worn out front brakes: front-wheel drive or my driving style?

Dear Car Talk

Please settle an argument I am having with my boyfriend I own a Grand Prix STE This is the forth front-wheel-drive car I have owned I travel in stop-and-go traffic daily At miles I have had to replace my front...

brakes

Sep 01, 1996

What do some vehicles need higher octane gasoline?

Dear Car Talk

Being one of those who marvels everytime I turn the switch and the car starts I would like to know why some vehicles need a higher octane gasoline -- Jeffrey TOM The simple answer is to stop them from pinging...

gasoline

Sep 01, 1996

Why are horsepower numbers listed as different rpms?

Dear Car Talk

I've noticed that my ' Taurus has horsepower at rpm The ' Taurus has horsepower at rpm Would my Taurus have horsepower at rpm too Why are the horsepower numbers listed at different rpm Is this just a numbers game...

horsepower

Aug 01, 1996

Should I turn off the AC before turning off the engine?

Dear Car Talk

We've just purchased a new Ford Ranger pickup The salesman told us the air conditioner should be turned off before turning off the ignition when we park the pickup He said something about it making the O-rings last longer We...

myths air conditioning

Aug 01, 1996

Pinging and knocking during pre-ignition could involve a number of systems. Here's where to begin looking.

Dear Car Talk

I have a Honda Accord Lxi which knocks and pings when it is under load unless I use super premium gas What's actually going on when it does this What is pinging -- Kenny RAY I asked my -year-old son...

noises diagnostics carbon buildup