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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

Sep 01, 1995

My Volvo starts to smell after ten minutes of driving. Help!

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I have an Volvo DL and every time I drive it for more than minutes I get this acrid smell that makes me think the insulation is being burned off a wire What would be your guess as to the...

blower motors smells

Sep 01, 1995

A reader suggests a way to escape a vehicle if its electric windows fail in an emergency.

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Some time ago you guys published a letter about a little old lady who was fearful that her car's electric windows wouldn't work if the car plunged into a river In your inimitable way you made her look like an...

safety emergencies accidents

Sep 01, 1995

Could a cigarette lighter be used to plug in small appliances?

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I have a Ford LTD I would at times like to use items like a vacuum cleaner small refrigerator emergency lights etc I would like to know if using the cigarette lighter to plug these things in would harm my...

cigarette lighters

Sep 01, 1995

Why doesn't every car come with overdrive?

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A transmission with overdrive increases gas mileage and reduces engine wear right So how come every car doesn't come with overdrive Ken TOM Almost all cars do Ken Except for a few remaining cheapo cars with three speed automatic transmissions...

transmissions

Sep 01, 1995

When do I get the most accurate reading on my dipstick?

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When do I get the most accurate reading on a dipstick when checking my oil I've heard two suggestions when the car has been warmed up and the oil is hot and when the car is cold and has been...

oil

Sep 01, 1995

Can I get away with just buying more oil to avoid a hefty repair bill?

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We recently decided to reduce our expenses and increase our fitness levels by becoming a one-car family Unfortunately it now appears that we will increase both our expenses and our fitness The remaining car is a Hyundai Sonata which burns...

oil engines repairs

Sep 01, 1995

Where can I find a wiring kit for a 1924 Studebaker?

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I have a question that nobody has been able to answer I own a restored Studebaker and recently had a small fire under the dash with the wiring I would like to rewire the ignition and whatever else is necessary...

auto parts DIY classic cars

Sep 01, 1995

No, your car should NOT start in Drive.

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I have a Toyota Corolla that starts in Park Neutral AND Drive It was my understanding that cars are only supposed to star in Park or Neutral not Drive Is this something I should worry about Or is it just...

safety

Sep 01, 1995

Why is there no manual override for electric windows?

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Can you please tell me why cars with electric windows don't have a bypass control to open a window when the ignition is turned off If my husband stops for gas and happens to remove the key I have to...

windows