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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

Are there any resources out there for data on customers' car ratings?

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Annually Consumer Reports JD Power and others poll owners of new cars to check on customer satisfaction for the first year of ownership Then they rate the cars accordingly But what about the second and following years It seems to...

shameless commerce buying

Apr 01, 1996

What could be causing gasoline to get into my oil?

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I have gas in the oil of my Olds Cutlass Is it possible that a bad distributor is causing this -- Greg RAY Is it possible that space aliens were responsible for the Iran-Contra affair Sure But it's not very...

carburetors

Apr 01, 1996

Is it ever OK to run the AC along with the heat?

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I just bought a four-cylinder Plymouth Acclaim The salesman told me to put the temperature controls on air-conditioning in the winter when I want heat instead of on the heat setting He says that I'll get just as much heat...

air conditioning heating

Apr 01, 1996

Can a trip odometer be reset while the car is in motion?

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Both of our cars have trip odometers which we always forget to reset when starting out on a trip -- or when we just want to measure the distance from point A to point B My husband insists that we...

odometers

Apr 01, 1996

If a power-brake booster doesn't work, then you have a vacuum problem.

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I have an Honda with miles One fall morning I started to go to work and the brake pedal was as hard as a brick The brakes still worked if I stood on the pedal then after a couple of...

brakes

Apr 01, 1996

Is it possible to turn a steering wheel too far?

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I own a vehicle that has power steering A few of my friends while driving my vehicle get into situations that require them to turn the steering wheel until it can't be turned anymore But they insist on trying to...

steering

Mar 01, 1996

Recently a guy named Warren wrote to you regarding the...

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Recently a guy named Warren wrote to you regarding the placement of the fuel filler tube He argued that it ought to be in a uniform position and he advocated for the driver's side If I remember correctly you agreed...

Mar 01, 1996

Is it possible for coolant to leak back into the passenger compartment?

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I have a friend who insists that anti-freeze leaks back into the interior of her car causing her headaches She sold the car because of this Can this be true or is it all in her head Mary RAY I...

coolant leaks

Mar 01, 1996

I'd like a minivan that feels like a Lincoln Continental. Does it exist?

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I am a year old six foot pound salesman driving - miles annually I've driven a Lincoln Continental or Buick Park Avenue for over years and love the luxury and soft comfortable ride Now my new sales lines require the...

vans minivans buying Chrysler Town & Country