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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

Sep 01, 1997

Is it more cost-effective to use your brakes rather than downshifting?

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My future brother-in-law claims that it's more cost-effective to use your brakes rather than downshifting He says this is true for both hills and normal driving He argues that it only costs him a couple of hundred dollars to replace...

driving tips brakes manual transmissions

Sep 01, 1997

Is there a chance the manufacturer would help cover the cost of my failing paint job?

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I have a dark green Lexus ES with miles on it It rides great and I love the car but about a year ago the clear-coat finish started to fade I had it detailed and that helped for a short...

paint

Sep 01, 1997

Help! My BMW smells like B.O...and yes, I practice good personal hygiene.

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I have a BMW e with miles on it It's a great car I take very good care of it and I have it professionally detailed once a year I'm a flight attendant and park the car at the airport...

cleaning smells

Aug 01, 1997

Speculation on whether it's more aerodynamic to drive a truck with the tailgate up or down.

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My father wants me to do an experiment with our pickup truck on our upcoming drive from Seattle to L A He believes leaving the tailgate down will improve fuel economy by three to five miles per gallon We have...

trucks science

Aug 01, 1997

If I've let the transmission go without 100k miles, shoud I just continue to not maintain it?

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We recently contacted the local Aamco transmission shop about servicing our Chevy Blazer's automatic transmission which is working just fine The vehicle has almost miles of mostly highway driving The Aamco man said that it should have been serviced every...

transmissions maintenance

Aug 01, 1997

The starter, solenoid, and battery cables have all been replaced, so why the smoke coming from the ground wire?

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I have a Mercury Marquis sold to me by a family friend that has been a money pit and the bane of my existence for two years now The car was getting more and more difficult to start One day...

diagnostics batteries jump-starting starters electrical wiring

Aug 01, 1997

How can you tell when a transmission is starting to weaken?

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I own a Ford Probe with an automatic transmission and miles I have heard and read that the transmission on this car is problematic I purchased the car with miles and aside from leaking in the rain and squeaking and...

transmissions

Aug 01, 1997

Is a $1,600 extended warranty on my Lexus worth it?

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I have a Lexus ES the cheap Lexus How I managed such a car is beside the point but I will own up to being good at saving money and being middle-aged In a year my warranty will expire and...

warranties

Aug 01, 1997

Your wife DOES sound like a terrible driver, but your marriage comes first.

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I have no car problem My wife Elaine is the problem She has many driving quirks I'll name the three I consider most annoying The speed limit on our road is mph She goes the moment she gets to the...

marital advice