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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

Jan 01, 1996

Is it true you get better gas mileage using cruise control? Why?

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I recently purchased a ' Ford Probe Cars certainly have come a long way since I last bought one years ago I'm new to cruise control but it didn't take very long to be sold on it However I have...

cruise control fuel economy

Jan 01, 1996

How often does my Honda Civic need a valve adjustment?

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I recently purchased an ' Honda Civic One issue of The Consumer Guide Used Car Book says valves must be adjusted every miles to prevent engine woes Later issues of the book do not mention this What is your opinion...

valves maintenance

Jan 01, 1996

How to test your starter to see if it's functioning correctly.

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I have a Toyota Celica Sport Coupe Two months ago after driving about ten miles to a shopping mall I returned to my car and it wouldn't start The ignition was completely dead I got a jump and whipped over...

starters

Dec 01, 1995

Does 20mph in speed make a difference in fuel efficiency?

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Please help settle a dispute with a colleague She insists that there is a negligible difference in the amount of gas used going mph vs mph I say there is an optimum gas saving speed and for most cars that...

fuel economy

Dec 01, 1995

How long can I store anti-freeze?

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I bought three gallons of Prestone anti freeze several years ago but used only one What is the shelf life of this stuff Will RAY Forever It'll keep your shelf from freezing forever Will TOM Actually a couple of years...

coolant storage

Dec 01, 1995

Check your cap and hoses before replacing your radiator.

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I have an ' Dodge Omni I can fill the radiator itself to the top while the overflow bottle remains at MIN After I drive and let the car cool off the overflow bottle is at MAX and the radiator...

radiators hoses

Dec 01, 1995

When putting a ton of miles on my used car is there anything special I should do to maintain it?

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First I want to tell you how much I enjoy your column I don't know a whole lot about cars but your column is easy to follow and puts things in plain english The question I have is in reference...

maintenance

Dec 01, 1995

Earlier this year my wife and I bought a Dodge...

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Earlier this year my wife and I bought a Dodge Daytona for our son to drive Although he considers himself a student athlete he considers it wise to drive the entire one-half-mile to school My contention is that this is...

Dec 01, 1995

Is this new Caddy supposed to be as loud as a Harley?

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I am retired age and I finally splurged on a new car that I have only dreamed about up until now I figure I only have so many years left and since you can't take it with you I bought...

exhaust system noises Cadillac Eldorado