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Nosey Device or Noisy Relay?

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Dear Car Talk | Nov 16, 2017

That "tracking device" sound is probably just a noisy blend door.

noises Honda Civic 2011

Feb 01, 1999

Using the AC in winter to keep internal parts lubricated?

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I've heard that one should periodically turn on one's air conditioner even in the winter to keep the internal parts lubricated Do you agree with this recommendation And how periodically are we talking about -- David RAY Yes I think...

air conditioning winter

Feb 01, 1999

Brake replacement is not a job for a first time do-it-yourselfer.

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I have a Toyota Tercel which has never given me a moment's trouble I have more than miles on it and I've never even had it serviced Risky I know but in retrospect nothing has ever gone wrong Until now...

brakes DIY

Feb 01, 1999

When the temp drops below freezing, our car's horn starts beeping.

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We have a Dodge Shadow In the middle of a frigid winter's night we thought we heard a car alarm going off at about a m It turned out to be our car horn It seems that any time the...

winter horns

Feb 01, 1999

Why some horns blare and others sound whimpy.

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My question concerns car horns Why are horns on some cars mostly wimpy imports so wimpy while the horns on other cars particularly massive domestics are so impressive and powerful Why can't I just go to the junkyard and get...

horns

Jan 01, 1999

How can I turn off my annoying daytime running lights?

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I have a Chevy pickup and I'm trying to turn off those annoying daytime running lights DRLs Any suggestions as to how I can go about it -- Gregg TOM How about a hammer RAY Actually you should start by...

headlights

Jan 01, 1999

Can radiators "rot"?

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I have a question about radiators I own a Honda Accord EX with -plus miles on it During the -mile inspection the technician found a small spot on the radiator that was beginning to rot He recommended the radiator be...

radiators hoses

Jan 01, 1999

Is it reasonable for me to expect that a new car I buy from a dealer should have zero miles on it?

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I have a question about my last car-shopping experience which was five years and miles ago the horror is still with me I settled upon the purchase of a new Mazda The salesman happily informed me that there was one...

dealers buying

Jan 01, 1999

How can I keep my battery charged when I don't drive very often?

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My ' Dodge Aries K wagon has miles on it I park it in the garage year- round Because of a disability I no longer work so my car sits a lot except for trips to the doctor and shopping...

batteries storage

Jan 01, 1999

Is it better to park in a flat space instead of a slanted one?

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A guy that I have been working with over the past two decades and I have a running argument about regularly parking on a slant At two different companies where we've both worked the parking lots are multilevel and there...

parking