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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

May 01, 1998

How can I keep water out of my headlights?

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I am a pre-med student at the University of Michigan and I have a constant problem with my Ford Escort a k a the Esco-Porsche Ha The headlights constantly have about three inches of water in them They look like...

headlights

May 01, 1998

Can I improve my car's clearance by simply buying bigger tires?

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We live up a very steep and unforgiving road on the north side of St Thomas U S Virgin Islands There are several spots that require exceptional steering dexterity Top speed is about mph The bottom of our Honda Civic...

tires wheels

May 01, 1998

The "check engine light" comes on every once in a while but my mechanic says everything checks out. Should I worry?

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I drive an ' Dodge Colt I have a question about my little treasure After I drive my car for about a mile the Check Engine light comes on It goes out again within five minutes This happens just about...

check engine light mechanics

May 01, 1998

Should I be concerned about my "milky" looking oil?

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I have a Taurus SHO with miles Last week I had the oil changed and the attendant advised me that my old oil appeared milky When I asked him what that meant he could only offer a shrug and a...

oil

May 01, 1998

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

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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