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Winter to Blame for Gas Mileage Plunge

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Dear Car Talk | Jun 27, 2017

Donald has the same driving habits all year, but his Civic is more frugal with gas during the summer. What's the reason behind his winter of discontent?

fuel economy Honda Civic 2016

Aug 01, 1995

Where can Ernest find a new gas tank for his 1950 Chevy DeLuxe?

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I own a Chevrolet four door DeLuxe This car has been in the garage for years and the gasoline tank has rusted away Where can I get a gas tank for this car Ernest RAY We have two suggestions Ernest...

auto parts used cars

Aug 01, 1995

Any recommendations for an SUV in 1995?

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My question concerns buying a sport utility vehicle I am enamored with the way the Jeep Grand Cherokee looks but I've heard some disaster stories about its performance Consumer Reports does not recommend it My next choices are the Isuzu...

SUVs reviews Ford Explorer Isuzu Trooper Jeep Cherokee Nissan Pathfinder 1995

Aug 01, 1995

Why is the dealer's quote so much lower on a rack and pinion job?

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I've been told I need a rack and pinion job on my ' Honda Prelude I was quoted by a local repair shop for the parts only Surprisingly the Honda dealer quoted me for parts AND labor the parts portion...

steering repairs

Aug 01, 1995

Tell me it's not normal for a Suburu clutch to wear out every 26k miles!

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The clutch had to be replaced on our Subaru Legacy Wagon at miles My husband and I each have more than years of experience driving with a clutch and our other three cars had original clutches at over miles The...

clutches maintenance Subaru

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