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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

Was this burned out clutch caused by its foreign moniker or by towing a boat?

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It was very reassuring to learn from your booklet Ten Ways You May Be Ruining Your Car Without Even Knowing It that I'm doing a lot of the right things to keep my car in good condition I hope you...

clutches towing

Sep 01, 1995

An advertisement for the new Cadillac claims that the car...

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An advertisement for the new Cadillac claims that the car is capable of travelling miles without engine damage even if it lost all of its coolant The Cadillac saleman said that this is the result of a sophisticated system that...

Sep 01, 1995

Could removing the "gappers" from your spark plugs increase power and gas mileage?

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I drive an old about years Chevy which gets terrible gas mileage Someone at work mentioned once that he had as an experiment removed the gappers from his spark plugs and that by doing so he had increased both the...

spark plugs

Sep 01, 1995

When should I be engaging the 4WD on my Ford Explorer?

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With winter driving conditions upon us I need to have a difference of opinion settled I have a four wheel drive Ford Explorer The four wheel drive should be a plus in hazardous driving conditions such as ice However whenever...

4WD

Sep 01, 1995

What's the shelf life for an unopened can of motor oil?

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Can you tell me anything about the shelf life of unused motor oil By circumstance I have inherited unopened quarts and I can't help but wonder if the additives contained therein may have broken down over time in the can...

oil

Sep 01, 1995

Get that front-end shimmy looked at by a mechanic...pronto.

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I have a ' Capri At about mph on a left turn the front end shimmies It doesn't shimmy at any other time It seems that the right front dips down when it happens and the right front shock seems...

front-ends

Aug 01, 1995

Do mice prefer Mazdas over Jeeps?

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Recently I noticed my Mazda RX- was not accelerating properly When I took the car into the dealership the service manager told me that the fuel injection system was apparently stuffed with bird seed and dog food which I keep...

wildlife

Aug 01, 1995

WD-40 to fix squeaky belts? Bad idea.

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I am the owner of a Mercury Grand Marquis Recently I had all new belts installed at miles because I plan to keep the car a while longer Within a few days the belts began squealing unmercifully We returned to...

belts noises

Aug 01, 1995

Saving money while Mother Nature picks up the tab.

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Here's an oil recycling idea My work car burns one quart of oil per week When I change the oil in my new family car I save the oil and pour it into the old oil burner Am I eco-friendly...

waste disposal oil