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May 01, 1996

Suggestions on what your mechanic might look for on a failing Nissan Stanza.

Dear Car Talk

I make a religion out of keeping my vehicles for at least years and miles but I've lost faith in my Nissan Stanza automatic wagon with It has lost more and more power over the years Now it can't even...

repairs

May 01, 1996

Could I have messed something up while changing the battery?

Dear Car Talk

The local mechanics think I'm crazy My Chevy Beretta with a V- engine and automatic transmission doesn't idle correctly and I believe it is an electrical problem Here's why Until one day last week the car was perfect in every...

batteries diagnostics

May 01, 1996

Using cruise control for around town?

Dear Car Talk

My question is about speed control I use mine for just that to avoid getting speeding tickets I use my speed control in speed-limited areas like when I have to drive or mph Will my cruise-control switch wear out Should...

cruise control safe driving tips

May 01, 1996

Why am I getting a shock every time I touch my truck's door?

Dear Car Talk

Dodge Dakota and whenever I leave the truck I get a shock when I touch the door This is really starting to tick me off Other than wearing a rubber suit and gloves what can I do -- Duke RAY...

tires science static electricity

May 01, 1996

Moisture getting into headlights.

Dear Car Talk

I have recently purchased a Honda CRX which I love so far The only problem that I have encountered is that the headlights seem to have collected moisture which beads up on the inside of the lenses I was wondering...

headlights

May 01, 1996

Why does a helium balloon in the car go backwards when you step on the brakes?

Dear Car Talk

The other day my kids had a helium-filled balloon in the car Whenever I stepped on the brakes all the passengers were pushed forward but the helium filled balloon went backwards Why is this -- Jeff TOM Great question Jeff...

science

May 01, 1996

Plastic versus metal radiators.

Dear Car Talk

The radiator on my Mercury Marquis with miles needed replacing and much to my surprise it was plastic It was a bigger surprise when a new one cost plus labor Please give me your opinion on plastic radiators Is Ford...

radiators

May 01, 1996

Big puffs of smoke and lots of racket whenever I downshift.

Dear Car Talk

I purchased a Ford Ranger V -speed The truck runs like a charm My problem is when I downshift into second gear and accelerate the engine pings very loudly and sounds like a diesel and belches out blue oily smoke...

engines

May 01, 1996

Regular or premium unleaded? Follow the manufacturer's recommendation.

Dear Car Talk

We really enjoy your column Our car is a Honda Accord Our service man tells us that we would get better mileage as well as a cleaner engine if we use unleaded premium gas instead of the recommended -- and...

gasoline