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Hit it With a Rock: DIY Repairs

Mike's truck wouldn't start and a mechanic of a mechanic passing by suggested he hit the fuel-pump with a hammer while someone else tried to start the car. Can Car Talk explain why this method works and whether he still needs to replace the fuel-pump?

Today: Annie's New Husband Is Running On Empty

Annie's soon-to-be husband is perfect except for one unnerving habit: he refuses to fill up before the gas light comes on. Annie has heard that coasting into the station on fumes can be bad for the fuel pump. Can Tom and Ray help her make her case? 

Why won't "Ophelia" the Accord start when it's hot?

I drive an art car named Ophelia. She is a 91' Honda Accord with 250,000 miles on her. When I bought her, 11 years ago, the man I purchased her from said, "Oh and sometimes she won't start if it's hot out."...

Is Marisia's Xterra suffering from a case of sugar-induced shakes?

So ... I'm pretty sure my ex put sugar in my gas tank. I'm positive about the sugar; can't prove that he did it. But he's crazy, and this happened the first night I had gone out on the town and...

Today: The pros and cons of having your boyfriend repair your car.

I'm a busy, poor veterinary student with an old, 1989 Volvo 240 DL. I have a wannabe boyfriend/mechanic who likes to tear into things and see what's inside, then put things back together the best he can. I appreciate his efforts...

Is a burping fuel pump a dying fuel pump?

My husband and I have been married for two months Recently I found out that his Dodge Dakota has been having a problem He says You just have to burp it sometimes What does that actually mean He reports that...

What's the cure for vapor-lock-- when it's 145 degrees outside? Find out.

I'm a soldier in Iraq, and I have a problem with what I suspect is vapor lock on a 2005 Polaris Rover all-terrain vehicle. Frequently (although usually occurring during the hot parts of the day and after driving about 2-4 miles)...

A half full or half empty tank.

First of all I really enjoy your column even though I'm not a car person I own a Volvo DL wagon It has miles on it and it runs well My problem is that when the tank gets almost half...

What to do about a humming fuel pump...

I have a Volvo DL with a humming fuel pump From inside it sounds like a hum from outside it sounds like a buzz The hum buzz gets louder when the gas tank gets below full My husband called our...

What to do when a carburetor cleaning doesn't help...

I bought a used Nissan Stanza with miles which has two problems First when travelling on a highway with even a small grade the car tends to lose power I must downshift to as low as second gear and eventually...

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