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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

Nov 01, 1995

Hydraulic pump failure or a collapsed hose?

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I have a foot motor home mounted on a Chevy G- chassis with a V- Both power steering and power brake systems are hydraulic activated from the belt-driven power steering pump Lose the pump you lose them both Recently after...

hoses hydraulics

Nov 01, 1995

I love your column and have a problem I have...

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I love your column and have a problem I have an wagon with wooden spokes and wheels And gol darn it if the fifth spoke on the right rear wheel ain't always breaking Seems every time I go over a...

Nov 01, 1995

When in doubt, try electrical tape.

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On my ' Olds Cutlass Supreme my voltmeter gauge always reads a little shy of volts When I turn on the air conditioning the gauge dips down almost to the red area--about volts Is this something I should be concerned...

electrical wiring

Nov 01, 1995

Does shifting an automatic into neutral put unecessary wear on the transmission?

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My father and mother are constantly arguing about whether it is right to put the car in Neutral sometimes My father drives an automatic car and when he goes down a hill or is ready to stop he puts the...

transmissions driving tips

Nov 01, 1995

Click and Clack make a recommendation to a newly widowed car buyer.

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Help I need it Your advice is imperative because of my husband's recent death I plan to downsize Can you help me At present I have a large car too big for me a Lincoln I'm thinking of a car...

Ford Contour 1995

Nov 01, 1995

Is it a good idea to downshift an automatic transmission while going downhill?

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I drive a Ford Escort with automatic transmission We live on a mountain Should I shift down to nd gear when going down a steep grade When coming up My husband advises me to do so But if it's a...

transmissions driving tips

Nov 01, 1995

Is it worth turning the engine off between delivery stops or can I just let the engine idle?

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Now for a dumb blonde question I deliver from to meals once or twice a week for my town's Meals on Wheels program Each stop takes from seconds to a minute except for one that requires five minutes for three...

idling

Nov 01, 1995

"Best of Car Talk" tapes...come and get 'em!

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A friend of mine said you recently came out with a tape of the funniest calls you've gotten on your radio show Can you tell me where I can get a copy for my dad Melanie TOM I'm sorry Melanie...

shameless commerce

Oct 01, 1995

Sounds like Pam's Datsun needs a solenoid adjusted.

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My problem is a Datsun B no that's not the end of my story When I start the car I must start it in gear any gear until the engine warms up If I leave it in Neutral or try...

repairs