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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

May 01, 1998

Why can our mechanic get our van to pass emissions, but we can't?

Dear Car Talk

We own a Chevy Van which we bought used Since we've owned it it has not passed our state emissions test We bring it in and it doesn't pass Then we take it to our mechanic and he brings it...

emissions

Apr 01, 1998

Did I cause my boss' transmission to start slipping and, more importantly, should I tell him about it?

Dear Car Talk

Oh boy Here goes My boss left to go to Japan on vacation My boyfriend and I moved into his luxurious home to housesit and feed his prized cats He also said I could drive his Mercury Sable station wagon...

ethics transmissions

Apr 01, 1998

My gas gauge goes straight to empty when the tank reaches half-full.

Dear Car Talk

I have a strange problem in my car which surprisingly has improved my dating life My gas gauge goes straight to empty when the tank reaches half-full So I appear to have run out of gas a lot which is...

gas tanks gauges

Apr 01, 1998

Help! I can't get the previous owner's cigarette smoke smell out of my new-to-me van.

Dear Car Talk

I recently purchased an ' Chevy Astro van for my wife at an auction My mechanic has done the necessary repairs and it looks like we got a fairly good deal The only problem is that the car stinks --...

smoke smells cleaning

Apr 01, 1998

Is the "GM Morning Sickness" that's causing my steering problem a safety issue?

Dear Car Talk

I have a Olds Cutlass Ciera with a steering problem My mechanic tells me it's GM Morning Sickness where the steering is very stiff first thing in the morning but loosens up after five or minutes I got a free...

steering safety Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera

Apr 01, 1998

True or false: It's possible to blow up your battery by starting your car with the AC on.

Dear Car Talk

I think Disney may make a movie about me Honey I Blew Up the Car I ran a -mile errand with the company car a ' Escort wagon with automatic transmission It was a hot day and I had the...

batteries air conditioning

Apr 01, 1998

What is the "dealer invoice price" and why does it change from dealer to dealer?

Dear Car Talk

I'm planning to buy a Chevy truck I got a price from one dealer and am now going to other dealers to see if they will beat it The first dealer showed me the invoice price with all the options...

dealers buying

Apr 01, 1998

Teaching your mother-in-law how to drive a stick will be harder on more than just your clutch.

Dear Car Talk

I have a situation on my hands that I thought might tickle your funny bone My mother-in-law is coming to visit and stay with my husband and me for a long weekend During her visit she wants me to teach...

clutches driver education

Apr 01, 1998

Is it normal to lost power when shifting into "overdrive"?

Dear Car Talk

I have a question about my husband's Ford Ranger The Ranger has a standard transmission and a four-cylinder engine When we put the Ranger into Overdrive the rpm goes down but the engine loses power In order to climb a...

horsepower