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Is My Car Sending Smoke Signals about Its Health?

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Dear Car Talk | Mar 23, 2017

White smoke on starting, you and your car soon will be parting.

engines smoke Toyota Camry

May 01, 1995

I have four wheels on my rear axle -- is that just as good as 4-wheel drive?

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Please settle an argument in which I am embroiled My Dodge-chassis motorhome has dual rear wheels side by side I maintain that I thus have a four wheel drive vehicle in effect with as much traction as any garden-variety WD...

4WD RVs

May 01, 1995

Sometimes car advice is worth what you pay for.

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I read your column every week--why I don t know And I have to admit to a little envy I d love to get paid you do get paid don t you for writing smart aleck answers to really dumb...

hate mail

May 01, 1995

Is there a "safe" way to stop an out-of-control vehicle with a stuck accelerator pedal?

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A tragic accident happened this past spring in the Denver area A woman was driving a U-Haul truck on the interstate when the accelerator stuck in the full open position She fought it for a mile apparently before hitting numerous...

emergencies safe driving tips

May 01, 1995

Do these 12 year old tires have any wear left in them?

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My mom has a set of tires with only miles on them But these tires are years old The car is driven about once a month Are the tires safe John TOM Probably As long as there's no cracking on...

tires

May 01, 1995

If these GM cars are fuel injected, why do I see a carburetor on their engines?

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I'm confused about fuel injection on GM cars and trucks I've noticed that the V and Cadillac V engines are fuel injected but the V trucks are not They call them electronically fuel injected but there's still a carburetor sitting...

fuel injection carburetors

May 01, 1995

Should I fix this leak or just plan on investing more in motor oil?

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I love your column for its laughs and straight ahead information I have a VW Scirocco with miles Recently it started burning a quart of oil every miles My mechanic checked it for leaks and did a compression test He...

oil repairs

May 01, 1995

Any idea what "LX, DX, GT, LS, LE", etc. mean when car shopping?

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I'm going to buy my first car ever Many dealer salesmen talked a lot about LX DX GT LS LE etc All of these letters confuse me I consulted some car books but I got no help Help please Cory...

mail bag lame jokes

May 01, 1995

Fact or fiction: One should never mix motor oils?

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I have tried to maintain my own cars for about years Now about all I can do is change the oil and I'm even having second thoughts about that One of the first things I was told was NEVER to...

oil myths

May 01, 1995

Any suggestions to keep my car from "dieseling"?

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My car engine does not always turn off immediately It diesels My cousin suggests turning the key off while the car is in Drive or Reverse Should I do it Bill TOM You can do it Bill But you might...

idling engines