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"Best of Car Talk" tapes...come and get 'em!

11.01.1995

A friend of mine said you recently came out with a tape of the funniest calls you've gotten on your radio show Can you tell me where I can get a copy for my dad Melanie TOM I'm sorry Melanie...

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Can this do-it-yourself mechanic get away with using wedge shaped head?

11.01.1995

I specialize in old Hondas and have had remarkably good fortune with a ' Civic hatchback the Yellow Peril and an ' Civic station wagon Both are on their second engines I put an Accord engine in the ' Civic...

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Can you recommend a vehicle that will be able to handle Lake Tahoe snow?

10.01.1995

I recently moved to Lake Tahoe California to be with my fiance I drive an ' Dodge Colt which has been a great car but I believe I need something better suited to the ice and snow as well as...

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Why has the auto industry begun putting computers in cars when it makes car repair so complicated?

10.01.1995

Can you tell me why the auto industry puts computers in cars What is the advantage It used to be that any mechanically minded person with experience could repair a car Now of course it is necessary to take the...

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Is it possible to swap out a manual transmission for an automatic?

10.01.1995

My daughter has given me her car a VW Jetta which is a stick shift I am having difficulty shifting and wonder if I could have the transmission changed to an automatic Or would it be cheaper and safer to...

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Is a rubber plug sufficient to stop an oil leak?

10.01.1995

I'm writing for my daughter who is a single parent with two kids and little income The oil pan on her Nova with miles has been stripped We installed a self-tapping replacement drain plug but after a while that leaked...

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Differentials, explained.

10.01.1995

I bought a new Mercury Sable wagon back in Several times I've noticed that only one of the front wheels has power transmitted to it for traction purposes This has resulted in one wheel spinning on snow covered surfaces while...

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Mr. Goodwrench owes you more than a temporary fix.

10.01.1995

I own a Chevy pickup Early in its life it developed an engine noise After a few thousand miles a new short block was installed in the motor under warranty Now I have an interior coolant leak of some kind...

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What could cause vibration upon acceleration?

10.01.1995

We have a Olds with miles on it It gets serviced regularly at the dealership and always by the book Between - miles per hour the car begins to vibrate but only when accelerating When we drive faster than mph...

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What can I do with a car that isn't fit to sell?

10.01.1995

I have a ' Buick with a dead battery that didn't run very well even when the battery wasn't dead I have to admit it's not worth much of anything so I don't feel right selling it to anybody Other...

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