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May 01, 1996

Separating fact from fiction regarding timing belt changes.

Dear Car Talk

Thanks for your irreverent and uplifting oily and greasy advice My question is one of timing Timing belts that is I have an Acura Legend four-door midnight blue with miles I have received three different opinions about changing the timing...

timing belts maintenance

Apr 01, 1996

Sluggish starts? Check these three things.

Dear Car Talk

My Renault Alliance -liter has more power in Reverse than in Drive What can I do to stop the sluggishness when starting from a stopped position -- Ariel RAY The truth is most cars feel zippy in Reverse because the...

engines ignition catalytic converters

Apr 01, 1996

Is it still true that you shouldn't put a car battery on the concrete floor of a garage?

Dear Car Talk

My wife drives minutes to work five days a week After a recent vacation when she didn't drive the car for a few weeks I found the battery dead I took the battery out and trotted up to the local...

batteries

Apr 01, 1996

Is there a warning for when your brakes are about to fail?

Dear Car Talk

Please help You fellows are a dear to us single females who own cars What does a driver do when her brakes fail This happened to me and it was a hellish experience believe me I had a Dodge Dart...

brakes warning lights emergencies

Apr 01, 1996

Can I disconnect my rear defroster?

Dear Car Talk

My husband just bought me a ' Chevy Cavalier It has a rear defogger If I had this disconnected would it be harmful to my car in any way The reason for disconnecting it is that we live in a...

defrosters

Apr 01, 1996

Anything I can do to give my Suzuki Samurai a power boost?

Dear Car Talk

I recently bought an ' Suzuki Samarai It was a good value runs well and looks great However it is really under powered for some of the driving I have to do and quite unstable at times Is there anything...

horsepower Suzuki Samurai

Apr 01, 1996

Will products like Echo-Guard protect my car from rust?

Dear Car Talk

I recently purchased a product called Echo Guard with a new-car purchase The product is supposed to substitute for normal undercoating and rustproofing It theoretically prevents rust from developing on all metal surfaces by replacing the electrons lost due to...

rust

Apr 01, 1996

I have a Buick Somerset Everytime the coolant gauge reaches...

Dear Car Talk

I have a Buick Somerset Everytime the coolant gauge reaches the mid point between cold and hot the oil light comes on If I then stop and turn off the car it won't restart Meanwhile the temperature gauge continues to...

Apr 01, 1996

What is an "oil slinger"...and is it important? 'Cuz I forgot it.

Dear Car Talk

I have a ' Ford motor home with a engine I have replaced the timing chain and gears with new steel gears and a new chain After I had put it back together I realized that I had left out...

timing chains