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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

Aug 01, 1995

Is the transmission on my Microbus kaput?

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Here's the story VW van On a cold damp day in February the manual transmission got stuck in Reverse After much cajoling swearing and pushing it it unsticks and seems to be fine Now in the hot humid weather I...

manual transmissions

Aug 01, 1995

How Much Gas Does it Take to Start a Car?

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How much gas does it take to start a car anyway? Andy needs to settle a bet with his sister's boyfriend who says it's less wasteful to leave a car idling than it is to turn it off and back on again. Who's right?

gasoline

Aug 01, 1995

What's the best way to warm up a car? Lunch hangs in the balance.

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It has recently been brought to my attention that a certain co-worker of mine has depleted his reserve of brain cells You see he is a product of the sixties and you know what that means He is under the...

bets

Jul 01, 1995

And yet another parking light aficionado...

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Parking lights needed and justified or a relic from the past Both As defined in the SAE Society of Automotive Engineers in Surface Vehicle Standard J Parking lamps whether separate or combined with other lamps are located on both the...

lights mail bag rants

Jul 01, 1995

Electrical wiring issue...or a ghost?

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I've got a tough one for you My daughter's Ford Probe GT was possessed by a ghost at a cemetery three years ago She parked it and turned off the ignition but everything lights radio engine stayed on So she...

ignition

Jul 01, 1995

Don't call our Ford Escorts cheap!

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I am a steady reader of your column Recently you called the Ford Escort a cheap small noisy car I resent this Three of us here have Escorts--good gas mileage no problems comfortable We are very happy with our cheap...

hate mail Ford Escort

Jul 01, 1995

Driving and parking tips for the new owner of a manual transmission.

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I recently purchased a vehicle with a manual transmission I have two questions Is it bad to leave the transmission in gear when parked on a hill without having the parking brake engaged How harmful is it to rest your...

manual transmissions parking driving tips

Jul 01, 1995

Could my carburetor be icing up when it's cold out?

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I'm having a problem with my Honda Accord LX with a carburetor When it's very foggy or rainy and cold out I lose rpms in all gears Stopping and waiting a while helps My brother thinks the carburetor is icing...

carburetors

Jul 01, 1995

Octane ratings explained!

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For umpteen years I have had a choice of octane octane and octane gas I always purchased octane because it was the least expensive And my cars have always performed well on octane I now have a car that has...

gasoline