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Q. Why can't you take a turkey to church?
A.They use fowl language.

lame jokes

Nov 01, 1997

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

Dear Car Talk

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?

Dear Car Talk

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?

Dear Car Talk

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...

airbags safety features accidents

Nov 01, 1997

Replace the fan, but only after you dump the girlfriend.

Dear Car Talk

I have a ' Acura Integra with miles For the greater part of seven years the fan blower has worked fine Recently it started not coming on right away It takes from two to minutes for it to start up...

fans

Nov 01, 1997

Are Super Soaker water guns powerful enough to crack a windshield?

Dear Car Talk

A week ago my -year-old son and his friend came running into the house to inform me that my Dodge Caravan had mysteriously developed a crack right down the middle of the windshield They excitedly announced their discovery while holding...

windshields

Nov 01, 1997

Tom & Ray pose the question: Should a 16-year old have their own car?

Dear Car Talk

16-year-old Sarah desperately wants her own car, but her parents say no. Tom and Ray disagree on whether or not her parents are, in fact, the meanest ever.

parents teens polls

Nov 01, 1997

We don't know WHICH problems you'll run into during this DIY hatchet job, we just know you'll run into a lot of them.

Dear Car Talk

I am putting a big-block car engine into a Dodge pickup truck So far I have run into two problems One is the oil pan The sump or deep end was in the wrong place The second problem was the...

DIY

Nov 01, 1997

Shouldn't a brake specialist be able to prove with a micrometer that a rotor is too thin to be recut before insisting on new rotors?

Dear Car Talk

When my grandson was visiting me during his last college break the brakes on his old Honda conked out His dad wired money for a minimum brake job what father wouldn't But the young man called me in a panic...

rotors repairs

Nov 01, 1997

Is it dangerous to drive my Trooper with an antifreeze leak I can't find?

Dear Car Talk

I own a Isuzu Trooper II that has miles on it A few months ago we noticed that it was leaking antifreeze No one can pinpoint where the leak is coming from There is always coolant in the reserve tank...

leaks coolant