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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.

airbags Honda Accord 1996

Jul 01, 1998

What's your recommendation for an SUV to drive around Africa for a year?

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My daughter and I want to go to Africa buy a car and travel around for a year I am she is and we are both in reasonably good health We have agreed that if one of us begins to...

Toyota Land Cruiser

Jul 01, 1998

Gas is getting into the oil pan.

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I have been working on a feed truck for some time The gas is getting into the oil pan I put on a new carburetor and that didn't stop it I put on a new fuel pump and that didn't...

thermostats chokes carburetors

Jul 01, 1998

Does revving the engine regularly while doing 70 mph harm the transmission?

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My wife has a Toyota Camry A great car of course but she's doing something I believe is going to lead to premature replacement of her automatic transmission As she drives at a steady speed say on the highway she...

transmissions

Jul 01, 1998

Is the rotational speed of double overhead cams the same as a single?

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I'm hoping that you two automotive geniuses I'm not kidding can settle a bet that I have with a co-worker He maintains that the benefit of double overhead cams is that the cams can rotate at half the speed of...

engines design

Jun 01, 1998

Is the short distance garage sale driving ruining our car?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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