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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

Nov 01, 1998

We hear from a fan of Saturn's "one sticker car price" pricing strategy.

Dear Car Talk

I just want to thank you for your discussion of car dealers and your backing of the one sticker price idea I was in a car accident and my car was totaled so I had to buy a new car...

buying dealers Saturn

Nov 01, 1998

What happens if you shift from "drive" to "neutral" while in cruise control?

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What would happen if you suddenly thrust your shifter from Drive to Neutral while the car is on cruise control Does it screw up the transmission at all I want to try it but I am scared that it will...

cruise control

Nov 01, 1998

I've got a lot of play in my clutch pedal which changes according to temperature.

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I'm driving a Nissan x pickup four-cylinder with roughly miles on it Recently I've noticed that the clutch pedal has excessive play I adjusted the pedal but found to my surprise that early in the morning when it's cool out...

brakes clutches

Nov 01, 1998

Why do dealers charge a delivery fee when you pick the car up from them?

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My friend just bought a new car and paid a delivery charge of We were wondering if you could help us understand why he had to pay this charge Keep in mind that he picked up the car from the...

dealers buying

Nov 01, 1998

If the differential drain plug is tightened to factory specifications, could it vibrate loose under normal driving conditions?

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My Toyota Camry's transmission just failed completely at miles It seems the differential drain plug was only finger-tight when they removed the transmission and because of that the fluid had leaked out There was less than a pint of fluid...

liability dealers transmissions

Nov 01, 1998

Will a new fuse fix my faulty cigarette lighter?

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My wife and I just had our first child a boy And yes you guessed right the names Tom and Ray were at the very bottom of our list right below Pius XII and Heidi In any case we just...

fuses DIY

Nov 01, 1998

Why don't car manufacturers all put the gas filler on the same side of their cars?

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Why do some manufacturers build their cars with the gas-tank filler tube on the driver's side and some put it on the passenger side My theory was that my Subaru had the gas- tank filler on the right side because...

gas tanks gasoline design

Nov 01, 1998

Is there anything I can do to make my truck ride a bit more like a Lexus?

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As the head of Buildings and Grounds for my family I needed and purchased a Nissan X pickup truck Unfortunately my real work fundraising consultant to snooty private schools requires that I log many miles especially on the New Jersey...

suspension trucks

Nov 01, 1998

Why do struts have to be replaced in pairs?

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I've got a simple question Why do struts have to be replaced in pairs I have a ' Cavalier that had new struts put on a year ago after getting hit while parked The same thing happened this year and...

struts