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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

Jan 01, 1999

Which carburetor should I buy: the one rebuilt by my local garage or by the factory?

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I'm having carburetor problems I've been told I have two choices -- No Have the carburetor rebuilt at my local garage or No Buy a factory rebuilt carburetor from an auto parts store The cost seems to be about the...

carburetors auto parts

Jan 01, 1999

Marital disagreement: to build a Lotus or remodel the kitchen?

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My husband Tom and I need some marriage counseling We have been married for years and have weathered a variety of car disagreements but the current one is the most difficult Tom who is in midlife wants to buy a...

spouses

Jan 01, 1999

Is idling the engine with the AC on hurting my 150k mile Corolla?

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My husband is retired And since we enjoy each other's company very much he always goes to the grocery store with me While I shop he stays in the car reading books The problem is in the summer In order...

idling air conditioning

Jan 01, 1999

Can I convert my AWD car to front-wheel drive during the 6 months of the year with good weather?

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I have a Subaru Outback As you know this is an All-Wheel Drive vehicle in which the four-wheel drive mode is always on I got a flat tire soon after I bought the car While checking the owners manual for...

AWD fuel economy front-wheel drive DIY

Jan 01, 1999

How much does rust impact a vehicle's overall function and safety?

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How does excessive rust affect the suspension braking fuel lines and general safety of a vehicle How does rust affect the resale value of a car Should the owner of a car with excessive rust in the above systems be...

rust

Jan 01, 1999

A piece of plastic fell into my engine while filling it with oil. How much damage have I done?

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Two weeks ago I was putting a quart of oil into my Saturn SL Much to my horror the little plastic ring that's supposed to stay on the bottle after you twist off the cap fell into the engine It...

oil changes

Jan 01, 1999

Turns out a lot of you agree with us: Cell phone use while driving should be illegal.

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the amount of mail we received over the cell phone column we wrote some weeks ago While we expected to get hate mail from the cell phone industry we'll print that in an upcoming column we were stunned by how...

distracted driving

Jan 01, 1999

What's causing my air filter to clog up with gasoline?

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I am and have been trying to call your radio show for the past years well it seems like it and all I get is a busy signal Before I die I need an answer to the question I've been...

filters

Dec 01, 1998

Is the dealer brushing me off by recommending I DON'T fix a transfer case leak on my Jeep?

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I have a Jeep Cherokee with miles My problem is the car has started to leak fluid from the transfer case The seals were replaced twice in the last two months Both times the leak did stop for almost a...

leaks fluids repairs