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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

Dec 01, 1995

How often should I change the coolant in my Buick?

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A milk man I had a talk with claims that with these late model cars the anti freeze has to be changed every two years I have a ' Buick Century A mechanic at the GM plant I retired from...

coolant maintenance

Dec 01, 1995

99% chance that your Suburu's "Check Engine Light" is on because of a bad solenoid.

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I have a Subaru GL station wagon with miles There is not a dealer around and local mechanics can't answer this question After about minutes of operation the ECS light comes on I assume this indicates a scheduled adjustment or...

warning lights check engine light solenoids Subaru

Dec 01, 1995

How do I know when it's time to sell my used car?

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I have a Toyota Camry with miles on it There are no apparent problems It has always been serviced by the dealer with emphasis on preventive maintenance However considering the mileage do you suggest it's time for a replacement If...

used cars

Dec 01, 1995

Does that engine knock spell doom for my Buick?

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I have a Buick Century which has been a great car aside from having the steering rack replaced twice The only problem I have is that there is a tapping in the engine which lasts for a couple of minutes...

noises engines

Dec 01, 1995

Should we pay for the undercoating and rustproofing on a new car?

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My wife and I are in the process of purchasing a brand new Mercury Villager Our question revolves around the issue of undercoating and rustproofing Do we really need to have our car rustproofed And if we do who should...

buying rust

Dec 01, 1995

Do bigger wheels make the speedometer read faster or slower?

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Does putting bigger wheels on your car make the speedometer read faster or slower I've got a bet on this Jim RAY The speedometer will read slower Jim The speedometer reading is based on how many times the axle turns...

bets wheels speedometers

Dec 01, 1995

A classic case of GMPSS: General Motors Power Steering Syndrome

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I have a Chevy Cavalier When the temperature outside gets into the s or colder the power steering will feel like it's not working for about seconds After that time it seems to warm up and work normally This problem...

steering recalls GMC

Dec 01, 1995

Even a Jeep couldn't have so many things fail at once. What's the culprit?

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I have a Jeep Cherokee with a four-cylinder liter Jeep engine Over the past year my four wheel drive has started to engage only part way the cruise control won't hold its speed it drops slowly and the dash vents...

hoses

Nov 01, 1995

Can this do-it-yourself mechanic get away with using wedge shaped head?

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I specialize in old Hondas and have had remarkably good fortune with a ' Civic hatchback the Yellow Peril and an ' Civic station wagon Both are on their second engines I put an Accord engine in the ' Civic...

DIY repairs