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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

Jun 01, 1995

What could be causing Glen to burn through so many alternator belts?

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My work vehicle is a Chevy G- van with a engine My problem is that I keep burning up alternator belts If I turn on the headlights or AC I'm likely to smoke the belt It's as if the alternator...

belts

Jun 01, 1995

We took our van for a routine oil change and...

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We took our van for a routine oil change and when we got it home it was leaking around the oil plug We called the shop took it back they drained the oil put on a new drain plug gasket...

May 01, 1995

The wind chill factor: not just for humans.

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I have a friend with a Honda Prelude This past winter on the coldest night of the year she forgot to put her car in the garage They were also predicting extremely low wind chill temperatures I told her the...

winter

May 01, 1995

Was this turn signal's miraculous recovery down to patience?

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Have you ever had to re-teach a car to do something it forgot how to do Surprisingly enough it happened to me and all it required was time and patience I have a El Camino with miles About a month...

turn signals

May 01, 1995

Why would the exact same car call for gasoline with a different octane reading in Canada?

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My husband and I rewarded ourselves with a Lexus GS for our th wedding anniversary The owners manual calls for premium gasoline But my husband has a question The same car in Canada does not require premium gasoline Why the...

gasoline

May 01, 1995

I think you missed part of the boat in your...

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I think you missed part of the boat in your reply to Confused in NJ Her cross-dresser boyfriend was going into the ladies room when she confronted him I don't know about you but all the women I talked to...

May 01, 1995

On my Ford F pickup cylinder four speed manual transmission...

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On my Ford F pickup cylinder four speed manual transmission the accelerator pedal sticks down when starting in cold weather I have had the carburetor rebuilt Another mechanic said it must be moisture in the gas that is freezing but...

May 01, 1995

What could be causing this "washboard" effect in my Tercel?

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Our Toyota Tercel has a peculiar problem that we haven't been able to demonstrate for our Toyota dealer or our local mechanic When the car has been out in the rain overnight parked on the street as usual after starting...

ignition

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