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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

Mar 01, 1995

This car salesman takes issue with our depiction of dealership sales tactics.

Dear Car Talk

I regularly read your column and in most cases enjoy what you have to say However I and many members of our sales department take issue with your depiction of car salespeople as rats The analogy was humorous at first...

dealers hate mail

Mar 01, 1995

Could speeding in a four-speed car do damage to my little four-cylinder engine?

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I have a hypothetical question for you guys Suppose a person had a Dodge Colt with four cylinders a four speed standard transmission and she gave it regular oil changes Now suppose the hypothetical owner drives just a little fast...

driving tips

Mar 01, 1995

Where could this knocking sound come from on a car with a brand new axle?

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I would guess that untyped letters are put on the bottom of the stack How about good large writing So far so good Still with me I have two Hondas One is a hatchback and one is a four door...

CV joints noises

Mar 01, 1995

Am I doing any damage if I use "small engine" motor oil on a big engine?

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I have a Buick LeSabre with a V I use Castrol motor oil What does Castrol mean when it says made for smaller engines Am I doing anything wrong by using it on a big engine Arthur RAY Not to...

oil maintenance

Mar 01, 1995

Why would my husband listen to his little brother when he is NEVER right?

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My husband and I really enjoy your column I have a story for you about brothers and cars My husband's brother John has two older cars The transmission went on his favorite beater so he had to do some minor...

spouses

Mar 01, 1995

Why was nitrogen used in race car tires?

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The recent inquiry about using nitrogen in tires caught my eye I was in the automobile trade in the s and s The only time I remember using nitrogen in tires was at the Indianapolis speedway Race cars there used...

tires science racing

Mar 01, 1995

Could a "battery buddy" protect my battery from my absent-mindedness?

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I have a bad habit of parking the car with the lights on once or twice a year and draining the battery Our Toyota Corolla does not have a system for turning off the lights in cases like that Recently...

batteries

Mar 01, 1995

How can I avoid generating so much static electricity in my car during winter months?

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How do you stop the Charge you get when you slide out of your car on winter days The spark from me to the first metal object usually the driver's door can jump about six inches Steve RAY C'mon Steve...

winter static electricity

Mar 01, 1995

Any chance a bad thermostat could cause my check-engine-light to come on?

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I have a Ford Aerostar with miles on it I have two problems Problem When I put on the brakes my oil light comes on and my oil needle drops all the way down like I don't have any oil...

heating warning lights oil