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A Weaving Car Is Not Safe to Drive

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Dear Car Talk | May 25, 2017

Lucy checked all the usual suspects on her weaving Corolla, but there's another culprit to investigate.

alignment tires steering Toyota Corolla 1999

Nov 01, 1995

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

Dear Car Talk

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!

Dear Car Talk

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.

Dear Car Talk

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

Oct 01, 1995

Can you recommend a vehicle that will be able to handle Lake Tahoe snow?

Dear Car Talk

I recently moved to Lake Tahoe California to be with my fiance I drive an ' Dodge Colt which has been a great car but I believe I need something better suited to the ice and snow as well as...

SUVs AWD 4WD winter 1995

Oct 01, 1995

Why has the auto industry begun putting computers in cars when it makes car repair so complicated?

Dear Car Talk

Can you tell me why the auto industry puts computers in cars What is the advantage It used to be that any mechanically minded person with experience could repair a car Now of course it is necessary to take the...

computers

Oct 01, 1995

Is it possible to swap out a manual transmission for an automatic?

Dear Car Talk

My daughter has given me her car a VW Jetta which is a stick shift I am having difficulty shifting and wonder if I could have the transmission changed to an automatic Or would it be cheaper and safer to...

manual transmissions transmissions

Oct 01, 1995

Is a rubber plug sufficient to stop an oil leak?

Dear Car Talk

I'm writing for my daughter who is a single parent with two kids and little income The oil pan on her Nova with miles has been stripped We installed a self-tapping replacement drain plug but after a while that leaked...

leaks

Oct 01, 1995

Differentials, explained.

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I bought a new Mercury Sable wagon back in Several times I've noticed that only one of the front wheels has power transmitted to it for traction purposes This has resulted in one wheel spinning on snow covered surfaces while...

differentials

Oct 01, 1995

Mr. Goodwrench owes you more than a temporary fix.

Dear Car Talk

I own a Chevy pickup Early in its life it developed an engine noise After a few thousand miles a new short block was installed in the motor under warranty Now I have an interior coolant leak of some kind...

liability