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A Story of a Moron and His New Blue Lights

Tim Cotton

Tim Cotton | Oct 20, 2017

"No, I did not misuse the blue lights in order to take a parking space. At least not intentionally." 

law enforcement

Jun 01, 1998

Is the short distance garage sale driving ruining our car?

Dear Car Talk

My wife and I have a Nissan Sentra with miles on it My wife is kind of stingy with our expenses and attends a lot of garage sales on Saturday mornings Typically she wakes up about in the morning and...

driving tips marital advice

Jun 01, 1998

What do you recommend I include in a toolbox that I'll keep in my car in case of breakdowns?

Dear Car Talk

I am involved in bird research during the spring and summer in western Oregon that has several times left me in the middle of nowhere with a car problem usually a flat tire I drive over extremely crummy roads and...

DIY repairs tools

Jun 01, 1998

Is it true that one shouldn't generally let a car run below a quarter tank of gas?

Dear Car Talk

I've heard from many different sources that it is unhealthy for a car to be low on gas often Allegedly it puts wear and tear on the engine if you always let it get to empty before refilling the tank...

gasoline gas tanks

Jun 01, 1998

Can I put snow tires on just the two rear wheels of my rear-wheel drive Lexus?

Dear Car Talk

I drive a Lexus LS We live in the country and have a long steep driveway the driveway from hell when there is snow and ice And no paving it is not an option My Lexus has rear-wheel drive so...

winter snow tires

Jun 01, 1998

I may or may not have cost my friend's car a head gasket, but I don't know. Should I tell him?

Dear Car Talk

After I was involved in an accident a good friend lent me his stealth car a Honda Accord hatchback with miles on this engine I drove it for a week and may have killed it He warned me that it...

ethics

Jun 01, 1998

Can my kids ride safely in a new truck?

Dear Car Talk

I have a brand-new baby and I'm looking for a new car Trucks are cheap and I've always wanted one like maybe a Ford Ranger The trouble is I can't find any info on kids and trucks Are they safe...

trucks safety

Jun 01, 1998

A car dealer explains what "dealer invoice" really means.

Dear Car Talk

next three weeks we will be printing three responses to our column about dealer cost All are from dealers or former dealers who read the column The first which runs today details more specifics about dealer cost In the second...

dealers selling

Jun 01, 1998

Is it possible to fix a winshield scratch without repalcing the windshield?

Dear Car Talk

I've got a Subaru Legacy Wagon which I LOVE But one day in some very heavy rain my windshield wiper blade sort of slipped out of its channel and the metal arm scratched my windshield I didn't even notice it...

windshields repairs

Jun 01, 1998

Pointing your mechanic in the right direction to address those noisy brakes.

Dear Car Talk

Help My husband is driving a Honda Accord that has about miles on it Recently we've noticed a loud screeching noise coming from the front right tire when he depresses the brake pedal anticipating your advice we checked for small...

brake pads brakes diagnostics