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A Weaving Car Is Not Safe to Drive

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Dear Car Talk | May 25, 2017

Lucy checked all the usual suspects on her weaving Corolla, but there's another culprit to investigate.

alignment tires steering Toyota Corolla 1999

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

Feb 01, 1996

Knock-knock. Who's there? Your engine.

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My Toyota Corolla is equipped with a manual gearbox and has miles At about the engine developed a tendency to knock under certain conditions Curiously it knocks most severely under moderate throttle with minimal or no knock at wide-open throttle...

engines noises

Feb 01, 1996

Best car for teens? We prioritize safety.

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What is the best car to buy our sixteen year old daughter Cost while a factor is a lower priority than air bags reinforced doors anti-lock brakes and other safety features that will improve her chances of survival should she...

teens buying Volvo