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Nosey Device or Noisy Relay?

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Dear Car Talk | Nov 16, 2017

That "tracking device" sound is probably just a noisy blend door.

noises Honda Civic 2011

Dec 01, 1997

You paid for a new starter, but it was replacing the $11 "neutral safety switch" that fixed your Suburban.

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I had a problem with my ' Chevrolet Suburban For a period of approximately one month I could not get the engine started I'd turn the key and nothing at all would happen When I moved the shift handle slightly...

liability shifters starters

Dec 01, 1997

Will putting heavier weight oil in my engine cause it to blow if the engine's already on its way out?

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I have an elderly car a Pontiac I took it in for an oil change the other day after I noticed a slight clicking noise At the oil-change shop the fellow said he couldn't change my oil because the clicking...

diagnostics oil

Dec 01, 1997

When Should You Turn Off Traction Control?

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The traction control on Ken's Ford Contour can be turned on and off. Ken wonders, if traction control is so great, why would he ever want to turn it off? Tom and Ray manage to come up with one idea, which isn't bad, considering their track record!

safety features winter

Dec 01, 1997

Am I spending money needlessly on premium gasoline?

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We purchased a ' Nissan Maxima automatic in January and love it The owner's manual recommends unleaded premium gasoline with an octane rating of at least It also says If unleaded premium is unavailable unleaded regular gasoline with an octane...

gasoline

Dec 01, 1997

Worry less about the power distribution to the wheels in your truck and focus on getting better quality tires.

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Since early childhood I have been told by many a cigar-smoking wrench-toting grease-covered mechanic that a normal rear differential delivers power to only one rear wheel I was further told that this phenomenon was so complicated and required such advanced...

differentials 4WD tires

Dec 01, 1997

I installed a rebuilt Caddy engine in my Suburban and am now using a quart of oil every 300 miles.

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I have a significant mystery on my hands I installed a completely rebuilt -cubic-inch Cadillac engine in my GMC Suburban I then towed a travel trailer miles and it used a quart of oil every miles I'm not leaking any...

oil engines

Nov 01, 1997

Can you recommend an affordable VW scanner for this intrepid do-it-yourselfer mechanic?

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My wife and I both have VWs I am a do-it-yourselfer and my car is a ' VW Passat The entire engine management system is the Bosch KE-Motronic pin with an ODB scanner port Does anybody make a scanner for...

DIY tools

Nov 01, 1997

What would be a fair amount to pay to fix a turn signal?

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I have a Buick Century Recently the left directional flasher went out i e stopped flashing The local service-station mechanic didn't have a clue He said about an hour's labor plus parts I took it to another station and was...

turn signals repairs

Nov 01, 1997

Are the majority of airbag related deaths caused by not wearing a seatbelt?

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I keep reading that air bags are dangerous and are responsible for a number of deaths especially in children and short people Since of course air bags are supposed to be used together with seat belts I wonder if any...

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