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That Faulty Air Bag Light Requires a Scan

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Dear Car Talk | Nov 23, 2017

Don't ignore or tape over this one, even if you have a helmet handy.

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Jul 01, 1998

How can I keep the battery charged in my son's car while he's traveling?

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I want to know if I'm doing the right thing Since my son graduated from college four years ago I have been babysitting on and off for his Honda Accord with miles All this time he has been roaming the...

storage batteries

Jul 01, 1998

Help me convert my sweetheart from a two-footed driver to a "proper" driver.

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I am the proud owner of a Subaru Legacy Wagon and have been the sole driver of this car until recently for percent of its miles Obviously the key words here are until recently For the past year and a...

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Jul 01, 1998

Would those "Engine Overhall" pellets I've seen advertised help stave off an engine rebuild?

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I have a Plymouth Voyager with an oil-gulping -liter V engine The old gal has miles on her and runs pretty well except for all the blue smoke I've been told by one mechanic that I need my valve guide...

oil additives

Jul 01, 1998

If it's not the fuel filter causing you to stall, your next best bet is the fuel pump.

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I have a Subaru wagon which has been treated nicely all of its long life It has about miles on it and has never given me any trouble until recently when it decided not to run It would start and...

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Jul 01, 1998

If my front-end starts to go, will I have any warning this time?

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I too once owned a Dodge Dart and it was a very good car giving me miles of relatively trouble-free driving However one day as I drove down the freeway the front end gave out The ball joints let loose...

front-ends maintenance

Jul 01, 1998

Cars that are expensive to buy are expensive to maintain.

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Today has been the best of days and today has been the worst of days I got a call from my husband that announced we were new owners of a Mercedes d I was elated because I've always wanted a...

buying used cars Mercedes-Benz

Jul 01, 1998

Do I need to turn off every accessory (fan, radio, etc) before restarting the manual transmission I'm learning to drive?

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I have one of those marital strife-type questions for you Both of our cars have standard transmissions and I am new to the world of driving a stick shift car Mind you I'm much better now than I was a...

driving tips manual transmissions

Jul 01, 1998

Now here's a midlife crisis car purchase that we can get excited about.

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I am having a genuine bona fide midlife crisis I can tell because I think I am acting the way all my friends say guys act when they have midlife crises I want to ditch a perfectly good reliable Honda...

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Jul 01, 1998

Which way does the coolant run when cooling down the engine?

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I need some help My roommate and I have a serious bet going on He thinks he knows everything about cars and I DO know everything about cars just kidding He says that the cooling system runs water from the...

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