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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

Jan 01, 1998

Is it better to repair the CV boot right away, or wait until the whole joint goes?

Dear Car Talk

My father and I enjoy your column I have an ' Honda Accord which evidently has cracked CV joint boots one outer one inner boot At first I was told it would be OK to drive the car this way...

CV joints repairs

Jan 01, 1998

When braking my steering wheel rattles and shakes.

Dear Car Talk

First of all I have to disagree with you gentlemen on your opinion of BMW drivers we don't ALL drive on the sidewalk I have a e and it has a problem I cannot figure out Sometimes when I step...

brakes rotors universal joints

Dec 01, 1997

Is warming up a car for 45 minutes (!) every morning harming the car?

Dear Car Talk

My husband Gary reads your column every week and since he and I are disagreeing about a car matter I thought I'd write and ask your opinion unbeknownst to Gary The first thing Gary does every morning during the winter...

idling

Dec 01, 1997

Is using the clutch to hold my car on the hills burning it up?

Dear Car Talk

Please help me settle a little dispute I have been having with my gorgeous bride for some time It is the only blemish on an otherwise perfect marriage She insists that using the clutch to hold a car on a...

clutches manual transmissions driving tips

Dec 01, 1997

Where can I find a wiring diagram for a 1956 Mercury Monterey?

Dear Car Talk

I am looking for a print of a wiring diagram for a Mercury Monterey I am mostly interested in the gas- and oil-gauge section -- Michel TOM Do you want a framed print And does it have to be original...

classic cars used cars restoration

Dec 01, 1997

Which is more economical in the long run: buying new or used?

Dear Car Talk

I have a Honda Civic WD wagon which I bought a year ago for It's been wonderful and absolutely nothing has gone wrong with it My boyfriend has a Mustang which he's trying to sell now that he has me...

buying used cars

Dec 01, 1997

No matter how poorly you've maintained your Buick, you still couldn't be possible for a timing chain failure at 34k miles.

Dear Car Talk

My wife has a Buick Skylark which seems to be overly plagued by problems Most recently at miles the timing chain broke The car was towed to a local Buick dealer They said the cause was poor maintenance and they...

timing chains dealers liability Buick

Dec 01, 1997

When an automatic is stopped at a light, and you take your foot off the brake, should the car move forward on its own?

Dear Car Talk

Guys I know you love solving bets And in this bet you get the added bonus of getting involved in a marital squabble too He says When a car with an automatic transmission is stopped say at a stop light...

bets transmissions

Dec 01, 1997

Is it possible to find a reliable car for our college student daughter with a daily 1.5 hour commute?

Dear Car Talk

Your column is very informative and a big help to me a parent with two teen-age drivers What advice can you give me in looking for a used reliable car for my daughter who will be commuting to college next...

buying teens