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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

Aug 01, 1997

Could leaving the oil cap off have caused my car to die a month later?

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I have a Pontiac Sunbird with miles A couple of weeks ago my husband forgot to put the cap back over the oil filler tube under the hood About miles later I was going slow through a residential neighborhood and...

oil changes

Aug 01, 1997

Do two-stroke engines still exist in cars?

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The first car I drove in was a Saab with a two-stroke slant-three engine Friends jested that this was a lawnmower engine because I had to add a quart of oil to the gas tank every time I filled it...

engines design

Aug 01, 1997

Smelling coolant in the tailpipe...I think.

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I have an ' Ford Mustang with a V engine and miles My problem is that a lot of steam comes out of the tailpipe Then when I step on the accelerator water comes out of the tailpipe and I...

coolant leaks smells

Aug 01, 1997

What has happened to all the gas station attendants who used to tell you your oil is low, or that your tire tread is worn?

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When I was younger I used to go to my friendly service-station guy Jack He'd shoot the breeze with me while he checked the oil the water in the battery and filled the car with gas Sometimes he'd even say...

history mechanics

Aug 01, 1997

What gear is best to park in on a hill?

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Besides complaining about my driving my wife complains about how I park She says when I park facing downhill I should put my gear shift in Reverse And when I park facing uphill I should put the shifter in First...

parking driving tips manual transmissions

Aug 01, 1997

Don't let the dealership wait you out until your warranty expires.

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I have a Toyota Camry LE V with an automatic transmission and a little over miles on it It has been properly maintained At about - mph a high-pitched whine develops in the transmission while the accelerator pedal is depressed...

warranties differentials dealers

Aug 01, 1997

A clutch release bearings salesman takes issue with Tom & Ray's clutch driving advice.

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OK guys it's time for both of you to sign up for Clutch and I just read your response to Susan You told her to leave her transmission in Neutral and her foot off the clutch pedal when stopped at...

clutches driving tips

Aug 01, 1997

How can we prevent another beloved pet from licking antifreeze off the ground?

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We recently lost a dear cat-friend and believe he died after consuming some antifreeze that had dripped in our driveway We are not negligent pet or car owners -- the darned thing had never leaked before We are terribly saddened...

pets safety fluids

Aug 01, 1997

Will thumping away on the steering wheel with my drumsticks cause the airbag to deploy?

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Being a musical kind of guy I often pass the time at long lights by drumming on the steering wheel of my Mercedes C- with a pair of drumsticks I keep in the driver's door pocket Incredibly my -year-old daughter...

airbags